Calendar 08-07-19

Thursday, Aug. 8

Inquisitive Minds and Fluid Art

The Hagamen Branch Library at 100 Francis St. in Porter is hosting a program on fluid art today from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. This is a guided process to create one piece of abstract art. Reservations are required. Call 219-926-9080

Friday, Aug. 9

Touch of Dutch Fest

DeMotte’s Touch of Dutch Festival runs today and tomorrow, Aug. 10, at Spencer Park with a parade, crafts, car show, live entertainment, food, and family activities. There is no admission charge. For more details, call 219-987-5800 or visit

Sunday, Aug. 11

Prairie Magic Music Fest

The Prairie Magic Music Fest is coming to Valparaiso’s Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 N. Meridian St., from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The festival features live music with a headline artist at the outdoor amphitheater. Also featured are food vendors, beer garden, and kids’ activities. Tickets are $20. Call 219-465-3447 or visit

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Valpo Low Vision Support

The Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group meets today from 10:00 to at 11:30 a.m. at Banta Senior Center, 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso. For reservations call Julia Young, 219-462-4340. These meetings are open to all persons.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Creating an Artful Life 

The Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library will host an art program today from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Working with acrylics and canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. There is a $20 materials fee. The library is located at 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station. For more information, call 219-962-2409.


Hobart’s Lakefront Festival

Hobart’s 27th annual Lakefront Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday, Aug. 18 at Festival Park along the downtown lakefront. Festivities include food, booths, vendors, beer garden, and the Dam Duck Race on Sunday. Want to learn more? Visit


Saturday, Aug. 17

Tom Dreesen in Valpo

Comic Tom Dreesen, who used to open for Frank Sinatra, will do a benefit for Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso at 7:00 p.m. Dreesen will provide an evening of laughter and stories. This is a one-night-only show. The opera house is located at 104 Indiana Ave. For tickets, call 219-548-9137.

Monday, Aug. 19

Teen Coping Resources

Today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hobart Branch Library, Hobart High School Mental Health Counselor Heather Ganske will hold a Q&A session to introduce the School City of Hobart’s guidance counseling system and answer any questions about coping with issues of all sizes. The library is located at 100 Main St. For more details, call 219-942-2243.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Car Show at Rittenhouse

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Rittenhouse of Portage Car Show runs today from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the facility at 6235 Sterling Creek Rd. The program includes vintage vehicles, music, entertainment, refreshments, and community tours of Rittenhouse. Entry fee is $15 per vehicle. Rain date is Aug. 29. For more details, call 219-764-2900.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Kielbasa Fest in East Chicago

Celebrate Polish heritage during Kielbasa Fest at East Chicago’s Kosciuscko Park with live music, food vendors, and a Polish beer garden. There is no admission fee. For more details, call 219-391-8206.

Porking Out in Kouts

The annual Kouts Pork Fest runs today along downtown Main Street. This small-town festival features crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, kids’ area, and a parade. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 219-405-1452 or visit

Aukiki River Festival

Experience life as it was from the mid-1700s to the 1930s at the Aukiki River Festival today and tomorrow, Aug. 25, at Collier Lodge, 1097 Baums Bridge Rd., Kouts. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Sights include more than 35 encampments, blanket traders, and a general store. There’ll also be historical music, period-themed food, and kids’ crafts. Suggested donation is $4; children under age 12 are admitted free. Call 219-766-2302 or visit www.kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.orgfor more details.

 Sunday, Aug. 25

Valpo Car Show and Swap Meet

The Valpo Car Show and Swap Meet begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Porter County Fairgrounds, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. This event features more than 50 awards and door prizes, DJ music, and food booths. Fees are $5 admission and $15 for swap spaces. For more details, call 708-821-6941 or visit

Tuesday, August 27

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The Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group meets today from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Celebration Room, first floor of Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. These meetings are open to all persons. For more information, call 219-462-5340.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Rock N’ Rail Fest

Griffith’s downtown Broad Street will be the site for a Rock N’ Rail Fest today through Sunday, Sept. 1. The festival features live entertainment, food vendors, crafts, and children’s activity area. There is no admission fee. To learn more, call 219-924-7500 or visit

One-on-One Tech Support

Need some hands-on support with your technology equipment? Bring your tablet, laptop, or other device to the Hobart Branch Library today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for some assistance from library staff. The library is located at 100 Main St. Call 291-942-2243 for more details. 

Saturday, Aug. 31

Taste of Duneland

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Duneland runs 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway, Chesterton. Sample food from local eateries and nonprofit groups in the Duneland area. Festivities include live music, beer and wine garden, and bounce houses for children. Admission is free. Call 219-926-5513 or visit www.dunelandchamber.orgfor more details.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Valpo Popcorn Festival

The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival comes to downtown Valpo along Lincolnway from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with live music from noon to 6:30 p.m. The festival includes more than 250 arts and crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic Run, two live music stages, and the Popcorn Parade. Admission is free. Call 219-464-8332 or visit www.valparaisoevents.comto learn more.


Sunday, Sept. 8

Valpo Doll and Bear Show 

The Valpo Doll and Bear Show is billed as the largest show in Northwest Indiana of antiques, vintage and collectible dolls, bears, miniatures, doll furniture, and everything else that’s doll-related. The show runs today from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Admission is $6. For more information, call 219-476-7384 or visit


Sunday, Sept. 15

Biking for Hospice

Hospice of the Calumet Area will hold its annual Hospice Hustle bike benefit today, starting and finishing from the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point. Cycling distances are 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. Entry fee is $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event. Register before July 8 and receive a free t-shirt. Register now 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.

Library Book Sale Dates

Porter County Public Library System has released its 2019 book sale dates by branch: Sept. 25-28 at Valparaiso; Aug. 21-24 at Hebron; Oct. 10-12 at Kouts; and Oct. 23-26 at Portage. For more library programming, visit

Indiana Dunes National Park

Kids Rule!

Every Sunday from1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center, 1215 St. Rd. 49 in Porter.  Join a ranger in the visitor center’s activity room for a Sunday afternoon of kid’s 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

Sunset Hill Farm County Park

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 from March through November at the Sunset Hill Farm animal barn.  Admission is free, and no registration is required.  The 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. Also remember that the Family Hike program takes place right after the Meet the Animals each month.

Sunset Hill Farm County Park

Family Hike

From 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso on the on the first Saturday and Second Friday of the month from March through November.  Meet up 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 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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