Calendar 9-2-20

Thursday, Sept. 3

Right to Life Banquet at Avalon

The annual Lake County Right to Life banquet will be held today at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Hwy. in Hobart, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission charge, but registrations must be made to 219-838-1138. The program, featuring a guest speaker, will also be live-streamed. 

Friday, Sept. 4

Hospice Hustle goes Virtual

Hospice Hustle 2020, an annual benefit for Hospice of the Calumet Area, is going virtual this year. This socially distanced cycling event runs today through Sunday, Sept. 13. As a virtual ride, participants choose the location and length of the biking course. All proceeds benefit HCA programs and client care. Register at For more details, call Sarah Hankins at 219-922-2732.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Kernel Race at Fairgrounds

Valparaiso’s Kernel Race, open to ages 8-12, takes place at 5:00 p.m. at Fairgrounds Park, 704 McCord Rd. Runners will take one lap a three-quarter-mile track. Fee is $12. Visit to learn more.

Friday, Sept. 11

Summer Swing Golf Outing

Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce is holding its 37th annual Summer Swing Golf Outing at Robbinhurst Golf Course, 383 W. 875 N., Valparaiso. Breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served, with the awards dinner at 3:00 p.m. Early registration fees are $120 for an individual or $450 for a foursome; after Aug. 28, rates are $130 and $500. To learn more, call 219-762-3300 or visit 

Valpo Heroes Bike Ride

Valparaiso Parks Department is sponsoring its Valpo Pathways Heroes Bike Ride. All ages are welcome to the ride that starts and finishes at Foundation Meadows Service Memorial fountain. The bike ride, starting at 4:00 p.m., is free. To learn more, call 219-462-5144.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Popcorn Panic & Lit’l Kernel

Valparaiso’s annual Popcorn Panic 5-mile run and 5K run-walk starts with the 5-mile run at 7:00 a.m. from Washington St. and Lincolnway, with the 5K run-walk 10 minutes later. Fee is $30 through Aug. 5, $35 thereafter. Register at The Lit’l Kernel Puff Run of 100-300 yards around Central Park, 70 Lafayette St., begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $22. Register

Monday, Sept. 14

Active Arts with Valpo Parks

Valparaiso Parks Department is offering a new youth enrichment program, Active Arts with the Parks, running Mondays in September, October, and November: Sept. 14-28, Oct. 2-26, and Nov. 2-30 (no session Nov. 23. The program runs 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Heartland Church, 170 S. S.R. 49, Valparaiso. Class size is small, so early registration is encouraged. Call 219-462-5144.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Houseplant Workshop

Valparaiso Parks Department is sponsoring a houseplant and replanting workshop at Rogers Lakewood Park, 5502 Campbell St., Valparaiso. Staff from Chesterton Feed & Garden Center will present the program; topics include potting and repotting, propagation, pruning, and pests. The program runs 10:00 a.m. to noon. After the program, potting supplies will be provided. Cost is $15. The program is open to those 8 and older; children ages 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by Sept. 9. Call 219-462-5144 to learn more.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Shooting for Scholarships

The 8th annual don Quixote Education Fund Fun Shoot takes place today at the Oakwood Gun Club in Wheatfield. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the entrance fee is $65. Participants should bring their own shotgun and ammo. The event is limited to 60 shooters. This is a benefit for learning the Spanish language and culture. To learn more, contact Ed Kasza to 219-384-5131 or email

Monday, Sept. 21

Beginning Ceramics

Chesterton Art Center is offering a five-week beginning ceramics course today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing is observed. Class fee is $135, with a $20 membership discount. The art center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711 or visit


Starting in October

Valpo V-ball Leagues

The Valparaiso Parks Department coed and women’s (18+, not playing high school sports) league runs October through March. Team fees are $410/$470, depending on residency. Register by Sept. 18. The park department’s youth coed volleyball program runs Oct. 19 to Dec. 9. Each session consists of 30 minutes of instruction and another 30 minutes of scrimmaging, with participants divided by grade level. The program will take place at either Heavlin or Flint Lake elementary. Register by Oct. 1. Call 219-462-5144 for more details.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Scarecrows from Scratch

The public is invited to build its own scarecrows at a Valparaiso Parks program today from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Butterfield Family Pavilion, 600 Evans Ave. Cost is $30, which includes materials and refreshments. Register by Sept. 30 to

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart will host an in-person seminar on “Weight loss surgery: Is it right for me?” today from 7:15 to 8:00 p.m. in conference rooms 3 and 3A at the west entrance of the hospital at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. Classes are limited to 10 participants. Call 219-703-2019 or visit to register. Live online seminars will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 2 and Nov. 2, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required to obtain instructions, link, and password.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

OE Gala Goes Virtual

“Amazing Together…apart!” is this year’s theme for the 28th annual gala benefitting Opportunity Enterprises. This year’s gala is going virtual. The program features inspirational videos, speakers, live and silent auctions, and a raffle. For more information, contact Amy Wulf at 219-464-9621 x333 or

Sunday, Oct. 25

Haunted Howl Run-Walk

The Valparaiso Parks’ Haunted Howl 5K and 2K runs-walks, open to all ages, begin at 8:30 a.m. at Creekside Golf Course & Training Center, 2355 Clifford Rd. Fees are $30 in advance and $35 on event day. Learn more at

Saturday, Nov. 28

Winter Fest, Tree Lighting

Downtown Valparaiso’s Winter Fest runs 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. This free event includes caroling, figure skating performance, photos with Santa, and lighting of the plaza Christmas tree. Learn more at

Saturday, Dec. 12


Children of all ages can explore their favorite rigs at Touch-A-Truck, running 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots effort. Visit to learn more.

Ongoing throughout Summer

Sports Camps, Clinics

Valpo Parks offers a variety of sports camps, clinics, and leagues, including tennis, track and field, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and baseball. Beginning photography is also offered. Call the parks office at 219-462-5144 or visit for more information.

YMCA Programming

Area YMCA’s have reopened with revised programming and reduced hours due to the coronavirus. To learn more about what’s happening at your local YMCA, call the following numbers: Hobart, 219-942-2183; Valparaiso, 219-462-4185; Duneland, 219-926-4204; or Southlake, 219-663-5810.

Volunteers for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is seeking volunteers for its programs, including drivers and Phone Pals. Training is available. Applicants from age 18 and up are welcome. For more details, call Joan Vith at 219-756-3663 or visit

Auxiliary Looking for Volunteers

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary in Hobart is looking for volunteers.  There is a special need for volunteers, 18 and older, in the Gift Shop, west information desk and transporting.  All safety protocols are being observed and masks will be provided as needed.  For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 219-947-6011 for a one-on-one interview.

Fourth Fridays in Valpo

Whether you’re a Valparaiso resident or visitor, you may visit downtown Valpo for a special night out and special shopping features every fourth Friday, now through November, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 219-464-8332 or visit

Tuesdays and Thursdays at Portage Y

Community Healthcare System provides free blood pressure screenings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Information on health issues will also be available. Call 219-942-2183 for more information.

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