Calendar 07-04-18

Tuesday, July 10

Heartsaver Certification

The Lake Station-New Chicago branch library at 2007 Central Ave. in Lake Station will host Heartsaver AED-CPR certification today and Saturday, July 28, both from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m… A $35 fee is due at the time of class. Those who successfully complete the class will earn CPR certification valid for two years. Call 219-962-2409 for more details.

Low Vision Support

The Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group meets today from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin, Valparaiso. The group also meets Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Celebration Room of Pines Village Retirement Community, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. For more information, call 219-464-1867 or email

Volunteer Driver Training

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana needs volunteer drivers, especially for Griffith and Hammond routes. Two orientation and training sessions run today at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the Meals on Wheels office, 8446 Virginia St., Merrillville. Sessions last one hour. If interested, call Joan Vith at 219-756-3663.

Wednesday, July 11

Challenger Science Show

The Lake Station-New Chicago branch library at 2007 Central Ave. in Lake Station will host the Challenger Learning Center science show from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. Challenger staff members will bring science activities for children. Interested? Call 219-962-2409 to learn more.

Thursday, July 12

Nativity Fest 2018

Nativity of Our Savior Catholic Church will hold its annual parish festival today through Sunday, July 15 on its property at 2949 Willowcreek Rd. in Portage. The festival begins at 6:00 p.m. today, 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Festivities include homemade food, carnival rides, games, bingo, live entertainment, beer garden, and a $10,000 Super Raffle. Admission is free. Call 219-762-4858 for more details.

Young Artists at Sunset Hill

Porter County Parks and Recreation invites youngsters ages 5-12 years for an art project at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. The project runs today and Thursday, July 26, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $8 (all supplies included). Children should dress to get messy. To learn more, call 219-465-3586 or visit

St. John Festival

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in St. John will holds its parish festival July 12-15 on its property at U.S. 41 (Wicker Ave.) and 93rd Ave. The festival includes food, children’s rides, games, gambling tent, bingo, entertainment, and 5K run. Call 219-200-4076 or visit to learn more.

Friday, July 13

Antique Tractor and Farm Show

The South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society Antique Tractor and Farm Show is coming to Lake County Fairgrounds today and tomorrow, July 14. Besides antique vehicles and farm equipment, the show features a flea market, large model railroad, thrashing, homemade pies, and pork chop dinner. There is an admission fee. Call 219-662-9204 or visit for more details.

Saturday, July 14

ICS Abridged Book Sale

The Independent Cat Society will hold an abridged book sale today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and tomorrow, July 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Valparaiso Moose Lodge, 108 Indiana Ave. Featured are books, raffles, baked goods, food,ICS merchandise and cat toys. Call 219-785-4936 for more details.

Sand Sculpture Contest

Dragons and other creations can be seen at the annual sand sculpture contest today from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 East in Chesterton. There is a fee to enter the state park. Want to know more? Call 219-926-1390.

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park is coming to Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in downtown Chesterton. Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. for the program that runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities include a 5K run and more than 35 booths from pet services, shelters, rescue centers, and pet merchandise. Training and obedience demonstrations will be featured. Admission is free. Cal 219-617-1742 to learn more.

Indoor Garage Sale

A gigantic indoor summer garage sale will be held today from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Admission is $2. For more information, call 219-464-0133.

Valpo Wine Festival

More than 100 wines can be sipped or sampled at the Valparaiso Wine Festival from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. today at Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette in downtown Valparaiso. Tickets, all pre-sale, are $45 general admission, $60 VIP, and $15 for designated driver. Patrons must be at least 21 with a valid ID to enter. Call 219-464-8332 to learn more.

Monday, July 16

Camp, Classes at Art Center

Chesterton Art Center is hosting two children’s camps, today through July 19 and July 23-26 for age groups 4-7 years and 8-up. Cost is $80 per session, with a $20 member discount. Also this month, the art center is offering Monday night ceramics, life drawing open studio, and pysanky egg classes. Ogden Dunes resident Jean Bergeron is the featured artist for July. The art center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. For more details, call 219-962-4711 or visit

Wednesday, July 18

Festival of the Lakes

Hammond’s annual Festival of the Lakes returns to the Wolf Lake Pavilion. Festivities include national entertainment, carnival, food vendors, splash, 5K walk/run, polka party custom bike and hot rod show, and fishing derby. Parking fee is $25. Call 219-853-6378 or visit for more information.

Thursday, July 19

Porter County Fair

The Porter County Fair runs today through Saturday, July 28 at the Porter County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 217 E. Division Rd. in Valparaiso. Commercial buildings open to noon; rides open at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $6; children under age 10 are admitted free. For a schedule of fair events, visit or call 219-462-0321.

Saturday, July 21

Road Rally for Special Olympics

A benefit car and motorcycle road rally supporting Porter County Special Olympics will begin and end at the Chesterton Moose Lodge, 602 Broadway in Chesterton. Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. Fees are $7 for breakfast, $20 per vehicle and driver, and $10 for additional riders. Following the ride will be a dinner, silent auction, raffle, door prizes, and DJ entertainment. Call 219-617-3901 to learn more.

Tuesday, July 24

Lakeshore Comes to Library

Park Ranger Kip Walton will speak on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore today from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Hobart branch library, 100 Main St. Walton will address the park’s biodiversity and show furs and live animals. For more information on this free program, call 219-942-2243.

Thursday, July 26

Acrylic Painting at Library

Porter County Parks and Recreation present acrylic painting at the Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., today from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Participants should be age 18 and older, but the program is open to all skill levels. There is a $10 fee. For more details, call 219-465-3586 or visit


Friday, July 27

Pierogi Fest Returns

In a festival that has to be seen to be believed, Pierogi Fest returns to downtown Whiting today through Sunday, July 29. Activities include a parade, food, and entertainment. Visit www.pierogifest.netto learn more.

Saturday, July 28

Eyes on the Kitty’s Pies

The Independent Cat Society will hold its annual Eyes on the Pies benefit and summer open house today and tomorrow, July 29. Available will be pies and other baked goods, raffle, and ICS merchandise. The no-kill animal shelter is located at 4061 S. County Line Rd., Westville. For times and more details, call 219-785-4936 or email

WPL Comic Con

For those of you into comic books, Westchester Public Library will sponsor Comic Con from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the library’s Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. The program features artists, vendors, panel discussions, children’s activities, and costume contest.  Admission is free. Call 219-926-7696 for 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

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 in 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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