Calendar 10-16-19

Thursday, Oct. 17

Haunted Hayride

Portage’s Woodland Park will host a haunted hayride today through Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be available. This event is not recommended for children ages 3 and under. Admission is $3. Woodland Park is located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. Call 219-762-1675 or visit for more details.

Friday, Oct. 18

Harvest Fest in Valpo

Downtown Valparaiso will be the site for a Fall Harvest Festival today and tomorrow, Oct. 19. Hours are 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. These are two days of costumes, tricks, treats, live entertainment, an inflatable pumpkin jump, and more family activities. Admission is free. Need more details? Call 219-464-8332 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 19

Pumpkins in Hobart Y Pool

The Hobart Family YMCA is starting a new tradition in its pool with a “floating pumpkin patch.” After picking pumpkins in the pool, participants can then paint and decorate their pumpkins. Four 30-minute time slots are available: 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Fees are $10 per child for members, $20 for non-members. The Hobart Y is located at 601 W. 40th Place, Hobart. To learn more, call 219-942-2183.

Beer, Brats & Bulbs

The Miller Garden Club presents Beer, Brats & Bulbs (and Bluegrass) today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Aquatorium along Miller Beach. Cost is $6 for bratwurst lunches and 18th Street Brewery beer. Bluegrass music is provided by Colonel Buster’s 3-Piece Chicken Dinner. More than 3,000 rare, wild, and unusual bulbs will be available for purchase. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Healing Hearts for Kids

Hospice of the Calumet Area is offering Healing Hearts for Kids, a bereavement support group for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This service, offered at no cost, meets today, Oct. 29, and Nov. 5 at Ridge United Methodist Church, 8607 Calumet Ave., Munster. The group meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. Written parental permission is required. To learn more, call 219-922-2732.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Trunk Or Treat

Kids, put on your costumes and join the fun. Truck or Treat will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the NEO parking lot, 5201 U.S. Hwy. 6, Portage.  This is sponsored by NorthShore Health Centers and NEO. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is an outside event, so dress warm. For more information call 888-459-2349 or, visit

Friday, Oct. 25

Trick or Treat Downtown Chesterton

Parents can bring their costumed goblins to downtown Chesterton for this annual event. Trick-or-treaters should look for the posters in the windows of participating merchants and restaurants. Admission is free. For more information, call 219-926-5513 or visit

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Hobart’s Maria Reiner Center will host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair today from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This event is free and open to the public. A variety of tests and screenings will be provided; some fasting and pre-registering (219-947-1637) is required. Refreshments and door prizes will also be available. Interested? Call 219-947-1864 to learn more.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Chesterton’s Pumpkin Palooza

Chesterton’s European Market will hold a Pumpkin Palooza today from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with a children’s costume contest at 10:00 a.m. and puppy costume contest at 11:00 a.m. The program takes place in downtown Chesterton, near Third and Broadway. Events include trick-or-treating with merchants, free pumpkin decorating, and the costume contests. Admission is free. Call 219-926-5513 or visit for more information.

‘Howl’oween in the Dunes

Indiana Dunes State Park will host Halloween events today and throughout the weekend from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is a fee to enter the state park, which is located at 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton. Call 219-926-1390 or visit for more spooky details.

Kiwanians Holding Bingo

The Hobart Kiwanis Breakfast Club are holding a bingo at the Hobart Moose Lodge, 143 S. Hobart Rd. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for 10 games. The evening also features cash prizes, food, and bar.

Trick-or-Treat for Pets

Chesterton Feed and Garden is hosting trick-of-treat for pets. Goodie bags will go to all pets in costume, with family-pet photos also available. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Best Buddies Pet Pantry. The business is located at 400 Locust St. in Chesterton. For more details, call 219-926-2790.

Pumpkins in the Park

Pumpkins in the Park, a fun-filled, Halloween-themed evening for the entire family, is coming to Hobart’s Brickie Bowl, 705 E. Fourth St. The program runs 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information on city of Hobart special events, visit

Sunday, Oct. 27

Boo Bash in Park

Hawthorne Park in Porter will host Boo Bash, a Halloween celebration of games, prizes, crafts, doughnut decorating, snacks, and costume contest at 1:00 p.m. Costume contest ages range from 3 to 13 years. Admission is free. The park is located at 500 Ackerman Dr. To learn more, call 219-926-5460.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Trunk Or Treat

Kids, put on your costumes and join the fun. Truck or Treat will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the NorthShore parking lot at 2490 Central Ave., Lake Station.  This is sponsored by NorthShore Health Centers and NEO. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is an outside event, so dress warm. For more information, call 888-459-2349 or visit

Saturday, Nov. 2

Farm to Table

County Line Orchard in Hobart is hosting Farm to Table, a night of food made fresh with local sourced ingredients. There will be an appetizer bar, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, chef’s offerings, and dessert. This program runs 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. To learn more, call 219-947-4477 or visit for ticket prices.

Sunday, Nov. 17

It’s Turkey Bingo Time

St. Bridget Church in downtown Hobart will hold a Turkey Bingo today in the parish center at Second and Center streets. Doors open at noon, with the first call at 12:30 p.m. There will be a bake sale, raffles, and door prizes. For more details, call 219-942-6441.


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

Dancing at the Elks

Dancing to live big-band music is available the first and third Sundays at the Valparaiso Elks, 157 Jefferson St. This is open to all; no jeans are allowed. Hours are 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 219-464-0825.

Caregiver Support Groups

St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center in Valparaiso sponsors two monthly Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support groups. The women’s group meets from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at Pesto’s Italian Restaurant, 3123 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. The men’s group convenes the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Viking Chili Bowl, 105 U.S. 30 in Valparaiso, senior breakfast is included. Call 219-477-5671 for more information.

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 the Thomas Branch, 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 the Hageman Branch, 100 Francis St. in Porter. For more information, call 219-921-0964 ext.1150.

Library Book Sale Dates

Porter County Public Library System has released its 2019 book sale from Oct. 23-26 at Portage. For more library programming, visit

Kids Rule at Dunes National Park

Every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center, 1215 St. Rd. 49 in Porter, children can join a ranger in the visitor center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kids’ activities, puppet shows, and stories. Children will learn a little more about their neighborhood national park. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information about program and other activities at the Dunes, call 219-395-1882 or visit

Meet the Animals at Sunset Hill Farm

The public can meet the animals from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso on the first Saturday and Second Friday of the month, March through November at the Sunset Hill Farm animal barn.  Admission is free and no registration is required.  Farm animals include horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and bunnies.  Learn about each species while taking the opportunity to feed, pet, and groom them.

Family Hike at Sunset Hill Farm County Park

Family hikes take place from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso, on the first Saturday and second Friday of the month, March through November. Meet at the Sunset Hill Farm parking lot and enjoy nature on a guided hike.  This hike is interactive and designed for children of all ages. Strollers are welcome.  Locations vary and topics change monthly.  Check out the Sunset Hill Farm County Park’s Facebook page for each month’s theme. Admission is free and no registra

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