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Homeless shelter fundraiser

MUNSTER —A fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday for Brothers' Keeper, a men's homeless shelter. The event will be held at Ridge United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 8607 Columbia Ave. Inspirational speaker Connie Kann will perform her one-woman production.

Dinner with the League

MICHIGAN CITY — The League of Women Voters LaPorte County will host Ken Layton at their Tuesday Dinner With The League speaker. Known to all as Kenny, he has a long and respected history in LaPorte County, ranging from working for 30 years in the Sheriff's Department to his years as a county commissioner. The meeting is at Patrick's Grille, 4125 Franklin St. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. and may purchase a dinner of their choice from the menu; the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. For more information about the event, please email the league at

Triviafest Set for March 16

MICHIGAN CITY — Attention trivia buffs and music lovers: Triviafest 2018 will take place at the St. Joe Club in Michigan City, 2001 Franklin St., on Friday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m.  There will be food and drinks for sale, and the event will feature several prize drawings and raffles. Triviafest is hosted by local trivia master Mark Kline, and proceeds will benefit the Michigan City High School marching band. Teams of eight to 10 are encouraged. Call 219-362-4224 or email

Practice Spanish and English

The Valparaiso International Center will host Intercambio, a free evening of Spanish and English conversation and learning from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the organization’s headquarters, 309 East Lincolnway. The VIC is an independent nonprofit organization that serves all of Northwest Indiana from its headquarters in downtown Valparaiso. Visit

Bunco fundraiser

VALPARAISO — Every Child Ministries will hold a bunco fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Calvary Church, 1325 Evans Ave. Cost is $25 per person. A reservation fee includes dinner and bunco. Make reservations at

Mind Tripping Show benefit

VALPARAISO — A special performance of Indianapolis’ Mind Tripping Show will held on Saturday at the Magic & Mischief Benefit for Saint Paul Catholic School. The benefit will be held at The Market, 2405 U.S. 30. Event doors open at 6 p.m. and include live/silent auctions and raffles. The Mind Tripping Show will start at 8 p.m. It is an interactive comedy with a psychological twist. Husband-wife duo, Christian and Katalina, describe themselves as the No. 1 husband and wife mind-reading act in the nation. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at All proceeds benefit Saint Paul Catholic School in Valparaiso.

The Glen sponsors ninth annual 'Spoken Word'

The African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc. will sponsor “The Spoken Word” at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. The program will feature Christian poets and rappers. Among those performing are Eric Banks, Jonathan Wilson, Bilnesha Tillman, Wafiq Shabazz, Brandon Long, Evangelist Davida Johnson, Kenneth “The Poet” Cooper, Javer “Mello J” Owens and LaDonte Suchie. In addition, members of the Permanent Ink Slam Poets' Club, of Merrillville High School, and Hammond Academy’s Poet Club will perform. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court. For additional information, contact Smith at 219-887-2046.

Duneland Weavers' Guild

The Duneland Weavers’ Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Members and guests will be entertained by results of the fiber challenge for weavers and spinners. For more information about the programs and examples of the guild's fiber arts, see

Family Games Day

The Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township will host a Family Games Day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Washington Township High School. This year’s theme, games, features a variety of games and related crafts. Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops will be offering hands-on activities and games for boys and girls to participate in. Some of the featured booths are minute to win it, bowling, wobbly broomstick, marble track, escargot, would you rather? and candy land. Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout troops will be selling hot dogs, soda, fresh veggies and homemade desserts. Admission to Games at Scouting-Girl Style is one non-perishable food item.

PFLAG meeting

Newly formed Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Michigan City and LaPorte County chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at PARC Community Center, 1713 Franklin St. Call 219-561-0948.

Coffee with a Cop

Hammond Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop from 3 to 5 p.m. March 14 at Hammond Public Library, 564 State St. Call 219-852-6376.

St. Baldrick’s event

A St. Baldrick fundraiser is 3 to 6 p.m. March 16 at Crown Point High School. The organization raises money, support and awareness for childhood cancer and research. In order to sign up as a volunteer, shavee or team captain, go to For more information about the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, contact Candis Carey, of the Crown Point High School, at 219-663-4885, ext. 11271.

Swim, splash, hunt

The Hobart Family YMCA will hold an Easter egg hunt in the pool beginning at 1 p.m. March 17. Cost for members is $3; for nonmembers, it's $6. Call 219-942-2183.

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day is 10 a.m. to noon March 17 at the Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place. Explore new activities and healthy habits at the Y. Call 219-942-2183.

Corned beef and cabbage dinner

The St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. March 17 at the Crown Point Fire Station. Dinners may be purchased beforehand or paid for at the door. Call 219-662-3290.

Hobart Family YMCA JOY Luncheon

HOBART — The next YMCA JOY Fellowship is March 22 at the Y, 601 W. 40th Place. Come join adults who are young at heart for a time of monthly fellowship. Please bring a $3 donation, a dish to share and a canned good. For participants who do not want to bring a dish, please bring $5 donation and one canned good, or $6 and just yourself. Call 219-942-2183 and ask for Sharon. Reservations are necessary.

Career fair planned

Brightwood College in Hammond will host a career fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at 7833 Indianapolis Blvd. The event is free and open to the public and will feature career development opportunities, refreshments and giveaways. Also, event attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as a Chromebook or four $25 gift cards. Members of the community planning to attend must register with the campus prior to the event by calling 219-989-5044.

Volunteer training

MERRILLVILLE — Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to deliver meals, especially in the Dyer and Schererville communities. An orientation/training begins at 10 a.m. March 13 and 1 p.m. March 22 at 8446 Virginia St. Call 219-756-3663 or email

Annual gala

New Star, a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with special needs throughout the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, will host its annual gala, Hollywood Nights, on March 24. New Star, with offices in Chicago Heights, Dolton, Crete and Schererville, will host this year’s gala at Villa Cesare. The gala typically draws more than 300 guests and features dinner, complimentary cocktails, live music and dancing, silent and live auctions plus an opportunity to win a $2,000 diamond. All proceeds will support more than 650 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana with job training and employment, daily life skills enrichment, senior care, residential services and special recreation. Call Patricia at 708-755-8030, ext. 2232.

Walk For Sexual Assault Awareness

HIGHLAND — Fair Haven will host its annual Fun Run and Walk in the Park at 10:15 a.m. April 28 at Wicker Memorial Park. The three-mile walk, now in its 15th year, hopes to bring awareness to victims of sexual assault. All citizens and businesses from Northwest Indiana are invited to attend. Call 219-961-4357.


Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.

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