Calendar 08-23-17

Friday, Aug. 25

Greek Fest at Expo Center

The Porter County Expo Center will host the Greek Fest today through Sunday, Aug. 27. Hours are 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. today, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. The ethnic menu includes kabobs, Greek chicken, barbecue lamb, and homemade Greek desserts. Admission is free. Call 219-462-4052 to learn more.

Evening Under the Sun

Schererville Parks and Recreation Department will present its annual Evening Under the Sun from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Scherervile Community Center. Bring a lawn chair or blanker and listen to big band and swing music by the group Bopology. Admission is free. For more details, call 219-865-5530 or email

Saturday, Aug. 26

YMCA Birthday Bash

The Portage YMCA’s 40th anniversary, will be celebrating with a “Birthday Bash.”  This event will feature live music, a photo booth, games, giveaways, and fitness classes.  The Board invites the surrounding community to celebrate the impact of the Portage YMCA over the past 40 years by visiting the Y to participate in the fun from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Portage YMCA is located at 3100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. For more information call 219-762-9622 or visit

Back-To-School Health Fair

The Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center will offer $20 school physicals and $20 flu vaccinations as part of a Back to School Health Fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Valparaiso Health Center, located just off Rt. 49 and 500 North at 3800 St. Mary Dr. in Valparaiso. The health fair will offer fun education stations and interactive displays related to common sports injuries, proper hydration, hand washing and more. Participating students will receive a free backpack, first-served basis.  Refreshments will be provided. Parents are asked to bring the necessary school physical forms. For more information, call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477 or, visit 

Kouts Pork Fest

Downtown Kouts is the site for the annual Pork Fest. Activities include a walk/run, parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, pork burger eating contest, cornhole tournament, and a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig contest. Admission is free. Call 219-405-1452 for more information.

Motorcycle Show in Valpo

The Valparaiso Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd. All makes and models of motorcycles will be on display. Admission is $5. Call 219-464-9918 for more details.

Amazing Golf Outing for OE

The 10th annual One Amazing Golf Outing to benefit Opportunity Enterprises takes place at the Valparaiso Country Club, 2501 Country Club Rd. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $150 per golfer. Registrations are due Aug. 1. Want to know more? Call 630-364-9801 or email .

Sunday, Aug. 27

Fiesta Mexicana Dance

Viva Portage, where Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company of Northwest Indiana will be performing on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., on the new Indiana-American Water Amphitheater stage in Founders Square Park, 6300 Central Ave., Portage (north side of the new Portage Fire Station #3).  It’s all part of the 2017 Portage Summer Music Series of free entertainment held outdoors. For more information call the Portage Chamber at 219-762-3300; Parks and Recreation at 219-762-1675; Terry Hardin at 219-762-5025 or visit the

Monday, Aug. 28

Fore the Kids Golf Outing

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana will hold its annual golf outing, It’s Fore the Kids, at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville. Registration for the four-person scramble format begins at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Cost for a partner foursome is $1,000, which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, social hour, and hole sponsordship sign. To register, call 219-881-1060 ext. 415 or email

Landscapes and Ceramics

Chesterton Art Center will host a three-day landscape painting workshop today through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Local artist Mark VanderVinne will lead the workshop to be held at the center at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton. Workshop fee is $260, with a $30 member discount. A supply list will be provided. Also this evening, the center is host Monday Night Ceramics from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $135 for the six-week session, with a $25 member discount. To learn about either program, call 219-936-4711.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Night Hike

Join Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 71 N. 500 W. in Valparaiso explore the arboretum after hours from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. This summer, we’ve spotted a Short-eared Owl, American Woodcock and bats – which creatures will we see this time? How can they survive in the darkness? Join a Taltree Naturalist and find out. $5 per participant. No registration required. For more information call 219-462-0025 or visit


Food Truck Thursday

Summer Food Truck Event at Porter Business Park, 75 Balgrove Ave., (parking lot) just west of Porter Hospital at the corner of Rt 6 and Hwy 49, every Thursday (now until Aug. 31) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come join the fun and food from local food trucks.

Summer Music in the Park

Now on Tuesdays through Aug. 29, Portage’s Woodland Park will host this community’s Summer Music in the Park. Performances begin at 6:00 p.m., indoors at either Sycamore Hall or Oakwood Grand Hall in the park at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. This is a collaboration of Portage Parks and Recreation, Greagter Portage Chamber of Commerce, and Portage Live Entertainmdent. Admission is free. A variety of music will be featured. For more details and schedule of concerts, call 219-762-5025.

Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings

Fagen Pharmacy at 3400 N Calumet Ave, in Valparaiso is offering free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Cholesterol and A1c will also be available for $20 each. For more information call 219-462-4381 or visit

Beach Yoga Classes

Indiana Dunes State Park is partnering with Duneland Family YMCA to offer beach yoga classes this summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays this summer through Sept. 4. Classes meet at the beach pavilion those three days at 9:00 a.m.; an extra class on Thursdays meets at 7:00 p.m. Classes cost $10 per session; bring a beach towel or yoga mat. The state park is located at 1600 N. 25 East in Chesterton. Call 219-926-1390 or 219-926-4204 for more details.

Support for Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association offers three local support groups: at its Merrillville facility at 8679 Connecticut St. on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in Michigan City at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John’s Rd., the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; and at the Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., the second Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. For more information, call 800-272-3900 or visit

Men’s Support Group

Do you feel overwhelmed taking care of your loved one? You are not alone. Come and join other men who are experiencing the same difficulties you are. The men meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Viking Chili Bowl, 105 U.S. Hwy. 30 in Valparaiso. Senior breakfast is included.

Blood Pressure Screening

NorthShore Health Center provides free blood pressure screenings to walk-in patrons at Westchester Public Library’s Thomas and Hageman branches. Screenings are offered from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month at Thomas, 200 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton, and from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Hageman, 100 Francis St. in Porter. For more information, call 219-921-0964 ext. 1150.

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