Calendar 02-28-18

Thursday, March 1

Master Naturalist Sessions

Gabis (formerly Taltree) Arboretum at Purdue Northwest in Valparaiso is hosting a 10-week Indiana Master Naturalist program, running weekly today through May 10; starting at 9:00 a.m. Open to anyone age 18 and older; the program provides an appreciation of plants, wildlife, and other natural resources. Cost is $100. Gabis is located at 450 W. 100 North. To learn more, call 219-742-8147 or email

Friday, March 2

Rittenhouse Village’s Charity Fish Fry

Rittenhouse Village at Valparaiso, 1300 Vale Park Rd., Valparaiso will be hosting its Friday Fish Fry from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. One of the community’s biggest celebration of the year will feature a meal including fried ocean perch, french fries, homemade coleslaw, and hushpuppies. All proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Agnes Adult Day Center, who specializes in taking care of those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Can’t stay for the event? That’s okay, to-go meals are ready. Event tickets can be purchased at Rittenhouse Village At Valparaiso and St. Agnes Adult Day Center; Cost $10 adult dinner, $5 child dinner. For reservations call 219-872-6800 or visit

Pee Wee Prom at Portage Y

Portage Township YMCA will host a Pee Wee Prom for children ages 7 and older and their parents/guardians today from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The theme is Mardi Gras Masquerade. The evening includes refreshments, music and dancing, and photos. Tickets, if purchased after Feb. 26, are $24 per couple and $12 for each family member. The Portage Y is located at 3100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. For tickets or more information, call 219-762-9622.

Saturday, March 3

Maple Sugar Time

Maple Sugar Time returns to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm today and tomorrow, March 4, and continues March 11-12. Hours all dates are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, as visitors witness activities of maple sugaring. The farm is located at 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. in Porter. Call 219-395-1882 for more information.

Antiques and Collectibles

More than 60 dealers will be at the antiques and collectibles show at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and tomorrow, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Early-bird admission is 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The program includes drawings every hour and free appraisals with each full admission (no weapons). Admission is $5. The Expo Center is located at 215 E. Division Rd. Call 219-462-6267 to learn more.

 Workshop on Enameling

A two-day enameling workshop runs today and tomorrow, March 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days at Chesterton Art Center. Cost is $225, with a $25 member discount. The art center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711. For more information on art center programs, visit

Sunday, March 4

Movie Time at Library

The movie, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at Westchester Public Library’s Baugher Center. This darkly comic drama stars Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson and is rated R. Reservations are not required for the free showing; complimentary popcorn will be available. The center is located at 100 W. Indiana Ave.., Chesterton. Call 219-926-7696 for more details.

Tuesday, March 6

Nutrition Education

The Lake Station-New Chicago branch library will host a series of programs on nutrition education starting today and running three successive Tuesdays: March 13, 20, and 27. The programs, presented by Beth Noel of Purdue University Extension, run 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The library’s address is 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station. For more details, call 219-962-2409. 

Thursday, March 8

Folk Music Performed

The Flashbacks, a local folk music group that prides itself on playing the top hits from the past 300 years, will be at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. There is no charge for this performance. To learn more about museum programming, call 219-983-9715.

Friday, March 9

Home Improvement

The Porter County Home Improvement Market runs today through March 11 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. today, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be home improvement vendors and home purchasing ideas, along with an opportunity to meet service and product providers. Admission is free. To learn more, call 219-464-2944.

Saturday, March 10

Soup and Salad Luncheon

First Presbyterian Church 6225 Lute Rd., Portage is having their annual Soup and Salad Luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy a large variety of homemade soups, tossed salad, bread, dessert, and beverage.  Cost is $8 for age 11-adult, and $4 for age 5-10.  Proceeds go towards the ministry of the church.  Building is completely handicapped accessible.  For more information call  219-762-4914. 

A Little Magic and Mischief

St, Paul Catholic School is sponsoring a Magic and Mischief benefit today at The Market, 2405 Hwy. 30, Valparaiso, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. The evening includes raffles, food, live and silent auctions, along with The Mind Tripping Show by a husband-and-wife magic team. Proceeds benefit the Valparaiso parochial school. Tickets are available online at

Friday, March 16

Fish Fry at Fire Station

Morgan Twp. Fire Department will host a fish fry today from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The firehouse is located at 291-2 S. St. Rd. 49, Valparaiso. Advance tickets are available by calling 219-462-1665. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $11 for adults and seniors and $5 for children ages 5-12.

Saturday, March 17

Corkscrew and Brew

Duneland Chamber of Commerce will hold Corkscrew and Brew, an annual event featuring local breweries and wineries, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in downtown Chesterton. Food will also be available for purchase. Ticket ranges from $10 to $40. You must be at least 21 to enter. Call 219-926-5513 for more details. 

Running with the Irish

The Running with the Irish 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. today at Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton. Activities include the 5K run, half-mile kids’ fun run, and noncompetitive 5K fitness walk. Fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the half-mile, along with fees to enter the state park. Call 219-926-1952 to learn more.

Shipshewana Comes to Valpo

Shipshewana on the Road comes to Valparaiso’s Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 18. Independent vendors will offer products and merchandise to the general public. Admission is $4. For more details, call 269-979-8888.


Open Skating at Valpo Pavilion

Now through March, ice skating will take place at the Urschel Pavilion at 70 Lafayette St. in downtown Valparaiso. The pavilion is covered, with time blocks also available for hockey. Admission is $5; skate rental is $3. Call 219-548-4888 or visit for hours.

Dunes Photo Exhibit

Now through April 29, Westchester Township History Museum presents the exhibit, “David Larson: 50 Years of Photography in the Indiana Dunes.” The photo exhibit captures the changing dunes, including some which no longer exist. The museum is located in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. Call 219-983-9715 to learn more   

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

Men’s Support Group

Do you feel overwhelmed taking care of your loved one? You are not alone. Come and join other men who are experiencing the same difficulties you are. The men meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Viking Chili Bowl, 105 U.S. Hwy. 30 in Valparaiso. Senior breakfast is included.

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, and Valparaiso. 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.




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