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Make winter more bearable with these fun events

Written by Ken Kosky. Posted in Community News, Entertainment, Featured

Published on December 16, 2015 with No Comments

I like to keep busy during the winter because just doing things – whether it’s shopping at Shipshewana on the Road Comes to Valparaiso, or catching a local theater performance – seems to make the cold months more bearable.

Here are some of the happenings we can all take advantage of:

Holiday-related fun

Head out to Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, through Sunday, Jan. 3 to see one of Northwest Indiana’s top holiday light displays. It’s free, but donations are accepted.

Break from the hustle and bustle

A tradition for many families is to enjoy the peace of a nature hike. Indiana Dunes State Park is offering its Christmas Eve Shopping Stroll at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24 at the park, located at 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton. There is a $7 per car entry fee to get into the park for Indiana residents.

Celebrate the new year

Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso, is again hosting its New Years Eve Party starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Call 219-464-0133 for information.

Get in touch with your creative side

Enjoy new exhibits at Brauer Museum of Art.

Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art, 1709 Chapel Drive, will have new exhibits starting Friday, Jan. 8, including Carlos Lopez’s paintings, a retrospective of Betty LaDuke’s paintings, a Michael Miller acrylic on wood collection and new works by Neil Goodman which feature the Midwest industrial landscape. Entry is free.

Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso, is performing the play The Lieutenant of Ishmore Friday, Jan. 29 to Saturday, Feb. 13. Call 219-464-1636 or visit www.chicagostreet.org for tickets.

Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, will perform The Wizard of Oz Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, March 6. Call 219-548-9137 or visit www.memorialoperahouse.com for tickets.

Or, try your own hand at art at Palette & Cork, a wine and painting event held one Saturday evening a month at Artsmith Studio, 325-1 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton. The cost is $40. Call 219-405-0617 or visit www.artsmithstudio.org. Or create a painted sign at Wine & Sign, held on various dates at Sandpaper, 51 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. The cost is $36 per person. Call 219-707-5333 or visit www.sandpaperin.com. Finally, visit www.facebook.com/Canvasescapes/events for more opportunities.

Must-do nature event

Enjoy crafts, hiking and more at Dunes Learning Center’s Winter Open House

Finally, visit www.duneslearningcenter.org to register for the free Winter Open House at Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Road, Chesterton. There will be guided hikes, live music, snacks and more.

For more ideas, pick up the 2016 Calendar of Events guide when it prints later this month. The guide will be at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter. Or visit www.indianadunes.com/events to view events online.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Ken Kosky is promotions director at Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

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