Calendar | 09-15-21

Friday, Sept. 17

Fall Campfire, Hayrides

Enjoy an autumn evening at Rogers Lakewood Park, 5502 N. Meridian Rd., in Valparaiso as you ride along on a tractor-drawn hay wagon. Then gather around a glowing campfire. Bring your marshmallows. This is a great outing for youth groups, scouts, service clubs, birthday parties and parent organizations. Restrooms are available for your use. Valpo Parks staff will start campfire and guests may bring food and drink. Reservations need two weeks in advance. For more information and cost call 219-548-4888.

Musical at Opera House

Memorial Opera House at 104 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso is presenting 9 to 5 The Musical, starting today and running Sept. 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and Oct. 1-3. Curtain times are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $23 for adults and $21 for seniors, students, and military. Call 219-548-9137 for more details.

Party in the Park

The 2021 Party in the Park fundraiser is scheduled at Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette St., Valparaiso. Help Valpo Parks, Valpo Parks Foundation and the City of Valparaiso Celebrate the Past & Ignite the Future Fundraiser! Cost $50 per person. Event ticket includes premium food with onsite Paella demonstration from Don Quijote, cash bar featuring a signature drink from Journeyman Distillery, live music by Chris & Lou, trivia competition, and more. Pre-purchase your tickets at Eventbright.

Heartache Tonight: A Tribute to The Eagles Concert!

Enjoy a family-friendly evening at Gabis Arboretum while listening to a performance of the music of the Eagles. Heartache Tonight brings together music from all eras and incarnations of this huge American rock powerhouse that produced hits over four decades. Craft beer and wine available for purchase with cash only and food from local vendors. Don’t forget your lawn chair! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Opener starts at 6:00 p.m. Headliner starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices: members $15 for individual; non-members: $15 advance purchase and $20 week of purchase for individual concert. For ticket purchase, visit programs/summer concerts.

Saturday, Sept. 18

    Hooked on Art Festival 

     Watch live street artists utilize a variety of mediums to express their creativity; completing a work of art from start to finish over the course of a day. Taking place at Thomas Centennial Park, 109 Broadway, Chesterton. Rain or shine, 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delicious food, unique shopping, live music, and art activities for all ages are just a few of the highlights that will welcome you at the event! Proceeds from the Hooked on Art Street Festival are used to support recovery programs and scholarships at Three20 Recovery Community. For more information call 219-238-6840 or email

Fall Fire Flannel Fest

Lowell Volunteer Fire Department presents its Fall Fire Flannel Fest, a car, truck, and bike show, at Freedom Park, 17105 Cline Ave., Lowell. There is a $20 fee for entries; the show is open to the public. There will be judging starting at 10:00 a.m. and trophies awarded at noon. Interested? Call 219-696-8919 or 219-696-1017.

Houseplant & Replanting Workshop

Chesterton Feed & Garden experts will turn your thumb green as they cover houseplant topics of Potting and repotting (when is the best time, what type of soils and fertilizers to use), propagation (stem cuttings, soft and hardwood cuttings, root divisions, leaf cuttings, and air layering), pruning (air circulation, bushier growth – aka pinching), pests and more. Class held at Rogers Lakewood Park5502 N. Meridian Rd., Valparaiso from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Supplies will be provided to repot one houseplant 12″ and smaller along with the soil. Ages 8+  (age 8 – 13 accompanied by an adult). Cost $15.00. For more information, registration visit

Portage’s Best – For the Foodies and the Boozies

Portage will host its 8th Annual Portage Brewfest (now Portage’s Best) for adults 21+ at the Open Air Pavillion, 6010 U.S. Hwy. 12 in Portage.  Food vendors will offer up specialty dish samples to compete for the Best Foodie award! Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the Boozie/Foodie tastings will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the Crawpuppies taking the stage from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Purchase an All Access Pass, Foodie Only or General Admission tickets at Proceeds aid the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce and the Portage Township YMCA. For more information or to obtain a vendor application, contact Erin Robles, or 219-762-9622.

Sunday, Sept. 19

World Cultural Fair

Valparaiso International Center will hold its 12th annual World Cultural Fair today from noon to 5:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza and Urschel Pavilion is downtown Valparaiso. This is an afternoon to cultural entertainment, world cuisine, and multi-cultural experiences. To learn more, visit

Kids Closet Fall Sale 

Looking for gently used kids clothes? Valpo Parks annual Kids Closet Fall Sale is held today, Sept. 27 and Oct. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Still seeking vendors. Do you have boxes of clothes your children have grown out of? Wishing you could sell those nice items without hassling with a yard sale or marketplace? Just bring your items and sell for $45, the first table and $20 each additional table. For more information, visit

Saturday, Sept. 25

It Takes a Village 4 Fundraiser

Join the Duneland Exchange Club at The Village Tavern, 128 Lincoln St., Porter on Saturday, Sept. 25 for their annual fundraiser for the Prevention of Child Abuse. General admission $10 per person; tickets can be purchased in advance from Duneland Exchange Club member or at the day of event. Bean Bag Tournament starts at 11:00 a.m.; Entertainment from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Food available at 1:00 p.m., hot dog or brat and chip for $5; raffle tickets and silent auction at additional cost. For more information, visit

Valparaiso Brewfest

Join us in kicking off Valparaiso Brewfest with a Pop-Up Biergarten in Central Park Plaza. Enjoy Live Music by The German Band. German inspired Food Pairings and more. Food and Drink sales available A la Carte. Cash and credit card accepted. This event is 21+. Valid ID required for Entry. Reserve Tickets on Eventbrite. This is a free event, but tickets are limited. For more information, visit

COMHS Child Car Seat Safety Checks

Community Healthcare System is offering free car seat safety checks for National Seat Check Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Community Veterans Memorial, 9710 Calumet Ave., Munster. A certified child passenger safety technician will assist in installing car seats, inspect current seat installation and ensure children are in the appropriate seat for their age, height and weight. Children must be present for a proper fitting. Nearly half—48 percent—of all car seats are installed incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Masks are required for participants. Appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 219-703-1008.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Woodland Park Job Fair

    The Portage Chamber of Commerce, Portage EDC and the Portage Park Dept. are hosting this indoor job fair at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Masks are recommended but not required. For more information call the Portage Chamber at 219-762-3300 or email