Calendar 11-27-19

Sunday, Dec. 1

Brunch with Santa

Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House is sponsoring a Brunch with Santa today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Activities include meeting Santa, a cookie walk, puppy parade, and silent auction. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $10 for children ages 4-14; those under age 4 are admitted free. The brunch raises funds for the Porter County Animal Shelter and LimeLight Scholarship Fund. Call 219-548-9137 to learn more.

Knitting Together at Museum

Westchester Township History Museum knitters and those who crochet or do needlework to an afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. Interested? Call 219-983-9715.

Holiday Miracle Turns Musical

Memorial Opera House is presenting the musical “Miracle on 34th Street”. The curtain rises Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15; times are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors, students, and military. The MOH is located at 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso. For more details, call 219-548-9137 or 574-386-2693. The website is 

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Let’s Go Caroling

Westchester Township History Museum invites the community for an afternoon of Christmas caroling at the museum on the Brown Mansion, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. Participants will also learn the history behind these popular holiday songs. Call 219-983-9715 to learn more.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Art Center Programming

Chesterton Art Center is hosting a holiday jewelry open studio today from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This studio is open to adults and children ages 8 and older. On Monday, Dec. 9, the center is hosting a prismacolor colored pencil cardinal workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Art center programs generally have fees and membership discounts. The center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711 or visit

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Holiday Caregiver Stress

Westchester Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will present a program on dealing with caregiver stress during the holidays. The program runs from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library’s Thomas Branch, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Dr. Richard Nemeth, a pathologist, will lead the discussion. For more details, call 219-926-7696.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Blood Profile Screening

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart is offering blood profile screening today from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. No physician order is needed, but a 10-12-hoiur fast is required. Cost is $5 per test or $20 for the panel. Using the hospital’s east entrance, participants should proceed to the fifth-floor outpatient laboratory. The medical center is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. To register, call 219-836-3477.

Saturday, Dec. 14

MOH for the Holidays

Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso is hosting a holiday concert today at noon. The program features appetizers, cash bar, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Porter County Animal Shelter and LimeLight Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $10 for children ages 4-14; those under age 4 are admitted free. Call 574-386-2693 or visit for more information.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Gingerbread Houses

It’s time to build gingerbread houses at the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library, 2007 Central Ave. in Lake Station from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. All materials are provided. This program is for children ages 6-15. Registration is required; call 219-962-2409.

Friday, Dec. 20                  

Challenger Open House

Challenger Learning Center is hosting an open house today from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The program includes science experiments, time in the planetarium, and a light show. The center is located on the campus of Purdue Northwest in Hammond at 2300 173rd St. General admission tickets are $8 each. For more information, call 219-989-3250.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Globetrotters in Valpo

As part of their “Pushing the Limits” world tour, the Harlem Globetrotters will perform at 7:00 p.m. at Valparaiso University’s Athletics Recreation Center. Tickets are on sale at


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.

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

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 registration is required.



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