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WEDNESDAY

Support BRIDGES, The Arc

HOBART | The BRIDGES Development Foundation and Friends of The Arc Northwest Indiana Inc. will host their 11th annual Buds and Blossoms Evening at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7. Browse boutiques and items for the silent and live auctions. Tickets are $40 per person, tables of 10 seats are available. For more information, contact Sue E. Crisman, (219) 985-6562, scrisman@thearcnwindaana.com, http://www.thearcnwindiana.com.

THURSDAY

Day of Prayer observance

CROWN POINT | The National Day of Prayer will be observed at noon on the east lawn of Old Lake County Courthouse on the downtown square. The theme is One Voice United in Prayer.

FRIDAY

Griffith's Central Market opens

GRIFFITH | Griffith's Central Market opens from 3 to 9 p.m. in Central Park, 600 N. Broad St. It features foods, wines/beers, and crafted wares.

Poker benefits safety village

SCHERERVILLE | Tri-Town Safety Village will hold its Texas Hold'em Tournament at 5:30 p.m. at the Patrician Banquet Center, 410 E. U.S. 30, Schererville. Proceeds benefit the construction of the Fire Station Museum at the children's safety village in Schererville. Buy-in is $60. For more information, contact William Jarvis, (219) 865-9600, jarvis@safetyvillage.ue. http://www.safetyvillage.us.

Violinist to perform

CROWN POINT | Violinist Corey Cerovsek and his “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728 will return to the Auditorium at Bethel Church to perform Barber’s virtuosic Violin Concerto with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $65 and $10 for students. For more information, contact the Symphony Office, (219) 836-0525, info@nisorchestra.org. http://www.nisorchestra.org.

SATURDAY

Parade to mark season's start

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Youth Girls Softball and Cal Ripken Youth Boys Baseball will host a parade and opening ceremonies. The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse square in front of the movie theater. Softball opening ceremonies will take place at the Crown Point Legacy Fields, 1313 E. North St., while construction is still taking place at their location. Cal Ripken Boys Little League opening ceremonies will take place on the Majors Field. The 2013 World Series champs will lead the parade and be recognized. For more information, contact Diana Bosse, (219) 662-3240, dbosse@crownpoint.in.gov. http://www.crownpoint.in.gov.

Mother's Day plants for sale

ST. JOHN | The Lake Central Gridiron Club will sell flowers for Mother's Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lake Central High School parking lot. It includes hanging baskets and flats. For those who can't make the sale, there are pre-sale $25 vouchers to use to shop at Scheeringa’s Farms and Green house, 9436 Cline Ave., Highland. To purchase a voucher or ask questions, call or email Linda Scott, (219) 682-6548, lscott0688@hotmail.com. http://www.lcgridironclub.com.

Coin Club sponsors show

CROWN POINT | The Goodfellow Coin Club of Northwest Indiana will sponsor its annual Tri-Cities Coin Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Matthias Church Hall, 101 W. Burrell Drive, Crown Point. Multiple dealers will be selling and buying collectible coins, gold, silver and collecting supplies. Club members will be on hand to answer collecting questions and give information on club membership.

Native plant sale at preserve

HAMMOND | Gibson Woods Wilds Ones will hold a native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave. Hammond.

Auction boosts scholarships

HOBART | A quarter auction fundraiser is set for 1 to 6 p.m. at Assumption Hall, 3530 Illinois St., Hobart. Bring rolls of quarters for bidding. Items are worth $10 to $100 for only one to four quarters each. Proceeds benefit two scholarships. For tickets, call Jennifer Kemp at (219) 902-4121 (IUHPFL scholarship) and/or Ellney's Bakery, 1995 W. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, at (219) 942-4954 (Eddie Spain scholarship). Admission is $5.

Concert benefits Rapha House

MERRILLVILLE | A concert in conjunction with a fundraiser for Rapha House, which helps rescue girls from human trafficking, is set for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Spill the Beans Gourmet Coffee, 7992 Broadway, Merrillville. It features acoustic guitar duo Bob Hall & Rob Martin. There is no cover charge. Menu items will be available for purchase, as well as items made by Rapha girls to earn a living for themselves.

SUNDAY

Burchfield Brothers to perform

CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake United Methodist Church presents The Burchfield Brothers in concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 U.S. 41, Cedar Lake. An all-you-can-eat chicken dinner will be followed by a Christian music concert. Proceeds support Project Love Food Pantry, a ministry of the church. For tickets, call (219) 374-7312. Tickets are $20.

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