Calendar 04-10-19

Friday, April 12

Malt Shop Memories

Malt shop memories will be rekindled at the Residences at Coffee Creek, starting at 2:00 p.m. Come dressed in your ‘50s best, as prizes will be awarded. Features include a vintage photo booth. Refreshments include mini sliders, hot dogs, French fries, onion rings, and root beer floats. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Call 219-921-5200. The facility is located at 2300 Village Point, Chesterton.

Saturday, April 13

Spring Fever Craft Show

The town of Schererville is hosting its Spring Fever Craft Show from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Schererville Community Center; 500 E. Joliet St. Featured will be more than 125 crafters, food trucks, free raffles, balloon artists, and free parking. Visit for more details. Vendors should email

Spirit Run 5K in Valpo

St. Paul Catholic School in Valparaiso will hold its 22nd annual St. Paul 5K Run and half-mile Youth Dash. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. from school grounds, 1755 W. Harrison Blvd. To enter, register online at or register at the school. For more details, call 219-689-2864 or visit

Dunes Native Plant Sale

The annual Friends of Indiana Dunes native plant sale runs today from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. St. Rd. 49, Porter. This is an opportunity to improve your garden through native plant species. The event is free to attend, but pre-ordering is recommended. To learn more, call 219-628-4954 or visit

Beatles in the Barn

For those of you who loved John, Paul, George, and Ringo, County Line Orchard is hosting a night of music dedicated to the Beatles. The program runs 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 219-947-4477 for ticket prices. The orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. Visit to learn more.

Celebrating The Masters

In time for The Masters, Valpo Parks is sponsoring a Par 3 Tournament today at Creekside Golf Couse, 2355 Clifford Rd., Valparaiso. This is open to all ages. Tee times are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $20 per golfer, which includes lunch. To register, call Beth, 219-531-7888.

Pancakes and Easter Eggs

The Portage Kiwanis will hold pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., with the egg hunt at 10:00 a.m. in Oakwood Grand Hall at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd. Free photos will be taken with the Easter Bunny. All proceeds from the breakfast benefit Kiwanis community projects. Costs for breakfast are $5 for adults, $3 for children. Call 219-762-1675 for more details.

Thursday, April 18

Community & Business Night

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual Portage Community & Business Night runs today from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd. This is an opportunity for more than 100 area businesses to showcase their products and services. The public entry fee is $2. To learn more, call 219-762-3300 or email

 Public Forum on Autism

The Michigan City Human Rights Commission will present a forum on autism today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Living Way Church, 2410 Duneland Dr. This program features a number of speakers. The forum is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Tuesday, April 23

Helping Those with Low Vision

Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group today from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Celebration Room of Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. Within Porter County and during daylight hours, call the Porter County Aging & Community Services bus at 219-462-4302 for a free door-to-door ride for the legally blind, or 50 cents each way for seniors, $1 each way for others.  Phone a week or two ahead.

Thursday, April 25

Reiki Workshop

A Reiki workshop is coming to the Residences at Coffee Creek today at 2:00 p.m. Kate Schlobohm, a Reiki master, will lead this program on the Japanese technique involving “laying on hands” for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The workshop is geared to teaching you the amazing healing benefits of Reiki and how balancing your energy center can create optimal health. Space is limited. Register by calling 219-921-5200 or going online to The facility is located at 2300 Village Point, Chesterton.

Friday, April 26

Spring Book Sale

Westchester Public Library’s Friends of the Library spring book sale runs today through Sunday, April 28 at the Thomas Branch Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Sale hours are: Friday, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Friends only); Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday is also $3 a bag day. Donations of books in good condition may be dropped off at the Thomas Branch. Call 219-926-7696 to learn more.


Saturday, April 27

Hobart Parks Clean-up Day

The city of Hobart will hold a community parks clean-up day, starting at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers should meet at Ravalli Band shell in Festival Park and come dressed for work. For more information, call 219-942-2987. The rain make-up day is Saturday, May 4.


Healthy Kids at Valpo Y

The Valparaiso Family YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a free event geared toward children, but all ages are welcome. There will be health-related vendors, medical personnel, and an obstacle course, among other features. Admission is free. The YMCA is located at 1201Cumberland Crossing Dr., Valparaiso. For more details, call 219-462-4185 or visit

Walking in Chocolate

Valparaiso Events is sponsoring a day of chocolate bliss. Ticket holders will be able to visit more than 20 downtown Valpo destinations and sample a tasty chocolate treat. These include ice cream shops, candy makers, and bakers. The walk, with times to be determined, starts from the Valparaiso Events office, 150 W. Lincolnway, Suite 1006. Limited tickets are available; check for tickets. For more information, call 219-531-8043. 

Earth Day Gardening

Chellberg Farm in Indiana Dunes National Park is the site for Earth Day gardening today from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, as this is an opportunity to help gardening at Chellberg Farm get off to a good start. The farm is located at 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter. For more details, call 219-395-1882.

Sunday, April 28

Getting Kids Active in Valpo

Valpo Parks are encouraging children to “get active” and “be healthy” with a free Active Kids Day event at Urschel Pavilion, 70 Lafayette in downtown Valparaiso. Events run from noon to 3:00 p.m. To learn more, call 219-462-5144.

‘Dream Catcher’ Style Show

St. Bridget Church in Hobart is hosting “Dream Catcher,” its annual style show, luncheon, and basket raffle, at the parish center at Second and Center streets. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.; lunch is served at 1:30 p.m., followed by the style show. Tickets are $35 and reservations are due April 12. For more details, call 219-942-6441.

Thursday, May 2

Honoring Friends and Legends

Valpo Parks Foundation invites the public to its annual Friends & Legends awards reception, to be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. This year’s honorees for contributions to the community are Mayor Jon Costas, Sharon Swihart, Bill Oeding, and Dr. Robert Behrend. For tickets to this free event, email

Saturday, May 4

Native Plant Sale

Wild Ones-Gibson Woods 19th annual Native Plant Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We sell over 100 native species of flowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, and shrubs – including those suited for prairie (full sun), wetland, shade, and woodland settings. Gibson Woods is located at 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond. Visit or www.lakecountyparks.comfor a complete list of plants available. Arrive early for best selection and visit our White Elephant Table. For more information call 219-844-3188 or 219-433-5731.

Spring Jewelry & Craft Show

Just in time for Mothers Day, a spring jewelry and craft show is coming to Woodland Park’s Oakwood Hall at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. in Portage. Items include jewelry and custom gifts. Admission is free, but patrons are asked to bring an item for the Portage Food Pantry. The show runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 219-762-1675.

Mosaic Jewelry for Mom

Looking ahead to Mothers Day, Chesterton Art Center is hosting a mosaic jewelry class from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. This class provides an opportunity to create two mosaic pendant, one of which can go to a mom. Cost is $60, with a $20 membership discount. All supplies are included in the class fee. The art center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesgterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711 or visit

Sunday, May 5

VNA Stroll for Hospice

The Porter County VNA Stroll for VNA Home Hospice and the Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center will be held today, starting with registration at noon and the walk at 1:15 p.m. from Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. The walk is 2.1 miles; strollers, wagons, and well-behaved pets are welcome. Individuals and teams may register by going to Participants may also collect pledge money for VNA. A picnic, awards ceremony, and other activities follow the walk. For more information, call 219-531-8049.


Friday, May 10

5×5 at the Depot

Many artists have created original 5×5 artwork for this fundraising exhibit at the Beverly Shores Depot Museum & Art Gallery, 525 Broadway, Beverly Shores. Admission is free; the program runs 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. To learn more, call 219-250-2290 or visit


Valpo Film Festival

Aspiring student moviemakers from Valparaiso High School will present their short works at a film festival at their school at 2727 N. Campbell Ave. from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. “One Minute to Film It” is a contest to inspire student film creations. Admission is free. Call 219-531-3160 for more details.


Thursday, May 16

Portage Senior Health Fair

Woodland Park in Portage will host a senior health fair today from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The program features health screenings and more than 70 vendors. Admission is free. The park is located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. To learn more, call 219-762-1675.


Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival runs May 16-19, and this is an opportunity to celebrate spring bird migrations along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. The festival includes field trips, presentations, and live bird programs. Visit the website,, for specific times. Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. St. Rd. 49, Porter. There is a fee to enter the state park. For other information, call 219-395-1882.


Saturday, May 18

Spring Out Festival

Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield, son of Blues musician Muddy Waters, will be the highlight act at Spring Out to Sunset, a festival coming to Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. The festival runs noon to 4:00 p.m., with the concert beginning at 4:00.  Tickets are $10 and are available from Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle.


Hobart’s Trash or Treasure

Today from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., people can travel the streets of Hobart for rummage or yard sales. A map of participating Hobart households will be available from the Community Center and the city clerk-treasurer’s office. To register a sale, visit  or call Hobart Events at 219-942-4511.


Sunday, May 19

Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet

The Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet are coming to the Porter County fairgrounds at 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, starting at 8:00 a.m. The show features more than 50 awards, door prizes, DJ music, and food booths. Entry fee is $5 per car. Revved up already? Call 708-821-6941 or visit www.regionrides.comfor 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


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 dates by branch: Sept. 25-28 at Valparaiso; April 10-13 at Portage; Aug. 21-24 at Hebron; Oct. 10-12 at Kouts; and Oct. 23-26 at Portage. For more library programming, visit





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