Calendar 06-05-19

Friday, June 7

Summer Safety Fest in Porter

The annual Summer Safety Festival runs today from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Dr., Porter. This free event features interactive demonstrations by law enforcement and public safety agencies. Demonstrations include K-9 units and Jaws of Life extrications from vehicles. Call 219-983-1042 for more details.

Art Center Activities

Chesterton Art Center will host a Sand & Seagulls edition of Cookies and Canvas today from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 3-7 and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for those 8 and older. Cost is $10, with a $5 member discount. Also, the art center at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton will host a Kids Clay Camp starting Monday, July 8. The camp runs Monday through Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Cost is $80, with a $20 member discount. To learn more about art center programming, visit www.chestertonart.com

Saturday, June 8

Cat Society Spring Yard Sale

The Independent Cat Society will hold Aunt Kitty’s Spring Yard Sale & Grand Opening today and Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at US Rt. 6 & LaPorter/Porter County Line Rd., Westville. ICS is accepting donated yard sale items (no clothing or large furniture).  There will be homemade vittles and treats for sale by 3 Old Cat Ladies Café.  For more information visit the website at www.catsociety.orgor call 219-785-4936.

Great Outdoors Open House

Dunes Learning Center will hold a Great Outdoors Open House today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Family activities include free hikes, crafts, and a picnic lunch. Reservations are accepted online at www.DunesLearningCenbter.org/events. The center is located at 700 Howe Rd., Chesterton.

Family Game Day  

All ages of children and their families are invited to come play a variety of board games and video games at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bring your favorite game from home, or try something new by playing one of ours.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243. 

Sunday, June 9

Spinning Spokes Feeding Folks

Meals on Wheels will hold its Spinning Spokes Feeding Folks event to raise money to help provide the elderly and disabled with nutritious meals. All participants will meet at the Trek Bicycle Store on 651 US 30 in Schererville on Sunday, June 9. Check-in is at 7 a.m. and the ride will begin at 8 a.m. For those interested in volunteering or participating in the event, tickets can be purchased for $25 online or contact joan@mownwi.org for volunteering opportunities.

Monday, June 10

Tie Dye Galaxy T-Shirts

Everyone from age 6 and older can make a tie-dye t-shirt at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main Street, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bring a plain white, pre-washed, cotton t-shirt, a plastic bag, and maybe an adult to help.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Tuesday, June 11

Chellberg Farm Camps

Historic Chellberg Farm,  709-747 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, isthe backdrop for Dunes Learning Center’s newest camp, where kids can interact with the animals, explore the forest and play fun games to learn more about life at the farm. Tuition is $79 per session. For ages 5-6, day camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Session 1A runs Tuesdays, June 11, 18, and 25; session 2A runs Tuesdays, July 9, 16, and 23.  For ages 7-8, camp runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Both sessions run Thursdays. Session 1B is held June 13, 20, and 27; session 2B runs July 11, 18, and 25.  For more information about program and other activities at the Dunes, call 219-395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.

Storytime in the Park

The Hobart Branch Library will meet at Festival Park in downtown Hobart for stories, songs, and a craft from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243. 

Low Vision Support Group

The Valparaiso Low Vison Support Group meets today from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Banta Senior Center, 605 Beech St., Valparaiso. The group next meets on Tuesday, June 25 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the first floor Celebration Room at Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. For more information about the group, call 219-462-4340 or 464-1867.

 

Lunch and Learn

The Lake Station Chamber of Commerce will hold a “lunch and learn” from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library, 2007 Central Ave. Guest speakers will share tips on doing marketing on a shoestring budget. Seated is limited; registration is required. Call 219-962-2409 for more details.

Wednesday, June 12

Free Summer Concert Series

Westchester Public Library sponsors the free summer concert series and movies, both of which have yet to be finalized. The program runs Fridays, today through Aug. 14, with concerts starting at 7:00 p.m., followed by movies at dusk.  Nearly all the concerts and movies will take place at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in Chesterton; the Aug. 14 concert and movie take place at Hawthorne Millennium Park on Ackerman Drive in Porter. Call 219-926-7696 to learn more or visit https://wpl.lib.in.us.

Shipshewana Bus Outing

Valpo Parks is sponsoring a bus trip to the Shipshewana flea market and its more than 900 booths. Tickets are $59, which includes motorcoach transportation and dinner. Meet at Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N. Campbell St., no later than 8:15 a.m.; the bus leaves at 8:30. For more details, call 219-462-5144 or email jgrennes@valpo.us.  

Teen MakerStation: Solar Bugs

Teens will use soldering and crafting skills to create a solar “bug” a the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Due to the use of very hot temperatures, a parent/guardian must sign a waiver form before teens participate. Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Thursday, June 13

Astronomy: No Telescope Needed

The Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., will host Larry Maka from the Calumet Astronomical Society from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. He will address the many ways to enjoy the night sky. This is open to all ages, but registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

 Crafternoon Fun

School-age children are invited to the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an hour of art and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited.  Wear clothes that can get messy.  Registration is required. For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Saturday, June 15

Hobart’ Water Festival

Hobart’s eighth annual Water Festival is coming to Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd., 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Features include kayaking rentals, live animals, games, food, and prizes. For more information, call 219-942-3619 or email sdoerr@cityofhobart.org. 

Sunday, June 16

Father’s Day at the Arboretum 

Treat Dad to a day outdoors from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gabis Arboretum, 450 W. 100 N., Valparaiso.  Enjoy food trucks, lawn games, hiking, trains and fishing. Bring your own fishing gear for catch-and-release fishing at the North Pond.  All activities are included with admission, Dads are admitted free. No registration is required.  For more information and reservations, call 219-462-0025 or visit www.pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum.

Monday, June 17

Teen Anime Club 

Watch episodes from an anime series at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main Street, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. We’ll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on. Registration is required. For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Humane Indiana: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Come to the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. as Humane Indiana brings five animals and discusses the natural history of each species. Speakers will explore the history of the rehab center, and what they provide for the wildlife in need. For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Wednesday, June 19

Medicare Extra Help 

Need help paying for Medicare? Don Camp will help you learn about cost saving programs for Medicare at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main Street from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Friday, June 21

Music Heritage Series

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes National Park, 1215 St. Rd. 49 in Porter.  Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the current time period. For more information about program and other activities at the Dunes, call 219-395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu.

Watercolor Class

Dick Church will be offering a 6-week Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor Class at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Dick will lead students through a variety of watercolor techniques – a perfect class for the first-time painter or a wonderful refresher for the mildly experienced. The cost of the class is $95, with members receiving a $20 discount. Supplies are not included. Dick will discuss supplies with all beginners to start the class. For questions, call 219-926-4711. To see a full listing of classes, visit www.chestertonart.com.

Monday, June 24

Dunes Discovery Camps

Dunes Learning Center, located at 700 Howe Rd. in Chesterton. Explore rivers, search for salamanders, identify insects, hike through dunes, cool off in Lake Michigan, laugh with new friends, and sing around the campfire. Children ages 9–13 discover just how fun and exciting nature can be at this five-day/four-night summer camp in the national park. Camp dates are June 24-28, July 15-19, and July 22-26. Tuition is$479.  To learn more or to download information, call 219-395-9555 or visit https://duneslearningcenter.org.              

Star Trek Goes Interactive

Come to the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. for an interactive Star Trek experience.  You can take part in the action with props and sound effects, or just sit back and enjoy the movie, which is rated: PG-13.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Wednesday, June 26

All about Beekeeping

Local beekeeping expert Christine Pierce will lead a program for the whole family at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Learn about why bees are important and how to start a bee colony of your own.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243. 

Saturday, June 29

MakerStation: Sashiko Embroidery

Learn how to do Sashiko embroidery, a Japanese technique that can be used to make decorative pieces or do mending, at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St., from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for a hands-on workshop.  Registration is required.  For more information, visit lcplin.org/branches/ho.htm or call 219-942-2243.

Ongoing

 

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 www.alz.org/indiana.

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 www.pcpls.org.

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 www.nps.gov/indu

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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