Pizza and Punchlines returns

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Winter in Indiana can be brutal, and by February, many residents can use some cheering up. On Feb. 22, CrossRoads Church in Westfield aims to do that by conducting the fourth annual Pizza and Punchlines at Westfield High School, 18250 N. Union St.

The free event begins at 6 p.m. and features three comedians.

“This is our fourth year hosting the event,” Senior Pastor Rev. Eric Lohe said. “We figured by February, everyone is over winter and in need of a laugh. It’s a fun night of laughter for the community. As a church, our whole motto is, ‘For our neighbor,’ so we created this event for our neighbors.”

Ross Bennett, Lee Hardin, and headliner Kay Dodd, will perform family friendly stand-up comedy.

“This is something parents will feel good about their children seeing,” Lohe said.

The comedians range in age and locale.

“We tried to have a variety of age groups in our comedians so they would appeal to a wide range of people,” Lohe said. “Initially, we only had one comedian, which was great, but there is something about having more than one that helps you look at life differently.”

Free pizza will be served prior to the show.

“We’re planning to have as much pizza as the auditorium seats,” Lohe said. “If we don’t have that many people show up, we will donate the pizza to an organization in Indianapolis. Nothing will go to waste.”

Last year, more than 500 people attended.

“It’s just grown tremendously over the years,” Lohe said. “It’s an opportunity for us to meet our local neighbors and to serve the community. We hope this will help people slow down and meet each other.”

The event is open to the public. Pre-registration isn’t required. For more, visit crchurch.org.

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