Calendar 12-13-17

Saturday, Dec. 16

Valpo Luminary Walk

Valpo Parks presents the community’s Luminary Walk today from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Vale Park West Pathway. The program features thousands of luminaries, singing, and hot chocolate along the pathway that overlooks Beauty Creek. To learn more, call 219-462-5144 or visit

Stories with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso is hosting children’ stories with Santa and Mrs. Claus today and tomorrow, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children will have the opportunity to decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa, and listen to a holiday story from Santa, who will be available for photos after storytelling. Ticket prices begin at $10. Register online at

Sunday, Dec. 24

Jingle Bell Run in Chesterton

Participants can wear their most festive holiday gear for the Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run, starting from the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the run at 8:00. This is not a competitive race and it will not be timed. Participants can bring nonperishable food items or new and unopened toiletries for the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry. To learn more, go to

Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Indiana Dunes State Park will host a morning stroll; starting at 10:00 a.m. Participants can join naturalists for a traditional stroll through dune forests. There is a fee to enter the state park, located at 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-1952.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Winter Day Camp

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will host a Winter Mini Explorer Day starting today and also running Dec. 28 and Jan. 3 and 4. The program features indoor and outdoor activities for learning about winter for children ages 6-11. Cost per child per class is $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Taltree is located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso. For more details, call 219-462-0025 or visit

Sunday, Dec. 31

Ring in 2018 at Expo Center

A New Year’s Eve dinner-dance will take place at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Attire is casual to formal for those ages 21 and older. Tickets are $75 a person. Call 219-464-0133 for more details.

Sunday, Jan. 21

NWI Bridal Expo

The Northwest Indiana Bridal Expo is coming to the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be 120 booths featuring the area’s top wedding specialists. The afternoon includes door prizes and fashion runways. Admission is free to those who register online. For more details, call 574-234-1061.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Valparaiso Family YMCA will host Daddy-Daughter Date Night at 6:30 p.m. at the facility at Cumberland Crossing Drive. This is an evening of dinner and dancing for dads and daughters. Tickets are $40 per couple and $10 for each additional child. Call 219-462-4185 to learn more.

Big Barn Beer Blast

County Line Orchard in Hobart will host the Big Barn Beer Blast from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. to benefit Lake Area United Way and local food pantries. More than 100 craft beers will be featured. Admission is $50. The orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. Call 219-947-4477 for more details.

Garden Show at Expo Center

Porter County Master Gardeners Association will sponsor a garden show from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Featured will be local gardening experts, seed and bulb exhcnage, garden photo contest, and 100 exhibitors and vendors. Admission is $10; children under age 12 will be admitted free. Call 219-465-3555 to learn more.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Y-Bash Benefit Planned

Valparaiso Family YMCA will sponsor Y-Bash to help those in need from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Admission is $60 to the program that includes food, raffles, auctions, and entertainment. To learn more, call 219-462-4185.

Friday, Feb. 9

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Portage Parks Department will sponsor a Daddy-Daughter Dance from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodland Park’s Oakland Grand Hall. The dance is for daughters ages 3 and older. The evening includes dinner, music, corsage, and 5×7 photo. This dance is for dads and daughters only. Admission is $40 per couple, $15 for the additional child, and a $10 nonresident fee. The park is located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Call 219-464-5162 to learn more.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Gun and Knife Show

Dunes Rifle and Pistol Club will hold a gun and knife show from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today and tomorrow, Feb. 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. With 350 tables, this is the largest show if its kind in northern Indiana. Admission is $6; children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Call 219-942-4514 for more details.

Orchestra Concert at VU

The Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra Concdert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in VU’s Chapel of the Resurrection, 1600 Chapel Dr. Concerto competition student winners will join the symphony orchestra for solo performances. Call 219-464-500 to learn more.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Annual Fishing and Outdoor Show

The Greater Portare Chamber of Commerce and Sea Quest Lures present “Fish On,” an annual fishing and outdoor show, at the Portage High School fieldhouse, 6450 U.S. Hwy. 6, today from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow, Feb. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities in boats, vendors, seminars, door prize, and charter boat captains, Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 7-13, and free to children 6 and under.

Saturday, March 3

Maple Sugar Time

Maple Sugar Time returns to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm today and tomorrow, March 4, and continues March 11-12. Hours all dates are 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, as visitors witness activities of maple sugaring. The farm is located at 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. ,Porter. Call 219-395-1882 for more information.

Antiques and Collectibles

More than 60 dealers will be at the antiques and collectibles show at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and tomorrow, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Early bird admission is 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The program includes drawings every hour and free appraisals with each full admission (no weapons). Admission is $5. The Expo Center is located at 215 E. Division Rd. Call 219-462-6267 to learn more.

Friday, March 9

Home Improvement

The Porter County Home Improvement Market runs today through March 11 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. today, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be home improvement vendors and home purchasing ideas, along with an opportunity to meet service and product providers. Admission is free. To learn more, call 219-464-2944.

Saturday, March 17

Corkscrew and Brew

Duneland Chamber of Commerce will hold Corkscrew and Brew, an annual event featuring local breweries and winteries, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in downtown Chesterton. Food will also be available for purchase. Ticket ranges from $10 to $40. You must be at least 21 to enter. Call 219-926-5513 for more details.

Photos with Easter Bunny

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso will host photos with the Easter Bunny today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Depot. This program is free to members, with a carload fee for nonmembers. After your photos (bring your camera), you can visit Taltree’s Railway Garden and Easter Village. Taltree is located at 450 W. 100 North. Interested? Call 219-462-0025.

Running with the Irish

The Running with the Irish 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. today at Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton. Activities include the 5K run, half-mile kids’ fun run, and noncompetitive 5K fitness walk. Fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the half-mile, along with fees to enter the state park. Call 219-926-1952 to learn more.

Shipshewana Comes to Valpo

Shipshewana on the Road comes to Valparaiso’s Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 18. Independent vendors will offer products and merchandise to the general public. Admission is $4. For more details, call 269-979-8888.


Holiday Lights Drive Through

Now through Tuesday, Jan. 2, Sunset Hill Farm County Park at 775 Meridian Rd. in Valparaiso invites the public to drive through the region’s top holiday light display. Hours are 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. To learn more, call 219-465-3586 or visit



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