Calendar 08-16-17

Thursday, Aug. 17

Hobart Lakefront Festival

Festival Park in Hobart will be filled with crafts, food vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment and kids’ activities for the annual Lakefront Festival at Festival Park, 111 E. Ridge Rd., along the downtown lakefront. Among the highlights is the annual Dam Duck Race on Sunday. Call 219-942-2489 or visit

Car Show Rescheduled

The third annual car show fundraiser has been rescheduled for today from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 6235 Sterling Creek Rd., Portage. Sponsored by Rittenhouse Village at Portage and the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, the benefit show features vintage vehicles, music, entertaintment, and refreshments. Want to know more? Call 219-764-2900 or 219-762-3320.

Friday, Aug. 18

Watercolor Classes

A six-week beginner-intermediate watercolor class begins today from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. Instructor is Dick Church. Cost is $80, with a $5 member discount. Supplies are not included. Call 219-926-4711 for more details.

Indiana Master Naturalist

Today is the deadline for register for the Indiana Master Naturalist program at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso. Cost is $100 for the fall session, held in the Taltree classroom. The program is open to anyone over age 18. For more information, visit or email

Saturday, Aug. 19

Catch & Release Fishing

Join Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 71 North 500 West, Valparaiso for a morning of catch and release fishing day at the north pond from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Families have caught numerous bluegill and even a rock bass! Bring your own equipment and remember to release your fish back into the pond, please. Fishing is free with admission.  For more information call 219-462-0025 or visit 

Art & Artisan Festival

Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host its Art and Artisan Festival today and tomorrow (Aug. 20). Featured are contemporary art, artists, and artisans from the area. Also featured will be music, food, beer, and wine. There is an admission fee. The art center is located at 101 W. 2nd St. Call 219-874-4900 or visit

Tape & Cardboard Regatta

Hobart’s Duct Tape & Cardboard Regatta takes place today at 3:00 p.m. in the boat deck behind Cagney’s 236 Main St. This is your chance to get creative and design a vessel using carboard and duct tape. Prizes will be awarded for the most original and most spectacular sinking ship. Boats will be on display starting at noon for public viewing. Call 219-942-4511 for more details.


The Schererville Parks and Recreation Department presents its annual Touch-a-Truck event at Redar Park from noon to 3:00 p.m. Featured will be fire trucks, police cars, tractors, and other “big” trucks. Everyone is invited. Food and craft vendors will be there. For more details, call 219-865-5530 or email

Sunday, Aug. 20

Inflatable Obstacle Course Fun Run

Last year, Jacob’s Ladder gave out $150,000 in scholarships to help special children gain access to the critical therapy services they needed.  This year they are putting teams together for the Inflatable Obstacle Course Fun Run starting at 9:00 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. Cost is $35,;registration ends Aug. 19. The course is one mile in length with five inflatable obstacle courses along the way and fun for all ages.  Visit , select Jacob’s Ladder as your team and print your pledge form to track the money you raise.  Use coupon code:  KIDS for discounted child registration of $15.

Monday, Aug. 21

AARP Driver Training

Westchester Public Library’s Thomas Branch will host the AARP Driver Safety Project from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. The project is designed for drivers age 50 and older, but all ages are welcome. The library is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration is required; visit or call 219-949-6307.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Low Vision Support Group

The Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group will meet from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the first-floor in the Celebration Room at Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Vilage Ct. (Building behind Aperion Health Systems; formerly Whispering Pines Health Care Center, 3301 N. Calumet) in Valparaiso. Moderator:Verne R. Sanford, Topic is how to live with low vision. For more information call Verne R. Sanford at 219-464-1867 or email

Learning About Depression

Porter-Starke Services at 3176 Lancer St. in Portage will host a Learn@Lunch program on depression overview with screening tools from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is free; bring your own lunch. For more details, call 219-476-4502 or email

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Beginning/Intermediate Pastels

MaryAnn Pals will be teaching a six-week session of beginning/intermediate pastels at the Chesterton Art Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Participating students must have some drawing experience, but no previous pastel experience is required to attend. The cost of class is $75, with members receiving a $5 discount. To register, call the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711. The center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. For more information about classes, visit

Pysanky Egg Classes

The Chesterton Art Center will host classes on making Pysanky eggs today from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, Aug 26 from 9:00 a.m. to non. The program on decorating eggs using waxes and dyes is open to adults and children ages 10 and older. Cost is $50, with a $5 member discount. The center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. Call 219-926-4711 for more details.

Friday, Aug. 25

Greek Fest at Expo Center

The Porter County Expo Center will host the Greek Fest today through Sunday, Aug. 27. Hours are 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. today, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. The ethnic menu includes kabobs, Greek chicken, barbecue lamb, and homemade Greek desserts. Admission is free. Call 219-462-4052 to learn more.

Saturday, Aug. 26

YMCA Birthday Bash

The Portage YMCA’s 40th anniversary, will be celebrating with a “Birthday Bash.”  This event will feature live music, a photo booth, games, giveaways, and fitness classes.  The Board invites the surrounding community to celebrate the impact of the Portage YMCA over the past 40 years by visiting the Y to participate in the fun from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Portage YMCA is located at 3100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. For more information call 219-762-9622 or visit


Back-To-School Health Fair

The Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center will offer $20 school physicals and $20 flu vaccinations as part of a Back to School Health Fair. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Valparaiso Health Center, located just off Rt. 49 and 500 North at 3800 St. Mary Dr. in Valparaiso. The health fair will offer fun education stations and interactive displays related to common sports injuries, proper hydration, hand washing and more. Participating students will receive a free backpack, first-served basis.  Refreshments will be provided. Parents are asked to bring the necessary school physical forms. For more information, call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477 or, visit 

Kouts Pork Fest

Downtown Kouts is the site for the annual Pork Fest. Activities include a walk/run, parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, pork burger eating contest, cornhole tournament, and a guess-the-weight-of-the-pig contest. Admission is free. Call 219-405-1452 for more information.


Motorcycle Show in Valpo

The Valparaiso Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd. All makes and models of motorcycles will be on display. Admission is $5. Call 219-464-9918 for more details.

Amazing Golf Outing for OE

The 10th annual One Amazing Golf Outing to benefit Opportunity Enterprises takes place at the Valparaiso Country Club, 2501 Country Club Rd. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $150 per golfer. Registrations are due Aug. 1. Want to know more? Call 630-364-9801 or email .

Monday, Aug. 28

Fore the Kids Golf Outing

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana will hold its annual golf outing, It’s Fore the Kids, at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville. Registration for the four-person scramble format begins at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Cost for a partner foursome is $1,000, which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, social hour, and hole sponsordship sign. To register, call 219-881-1060 ext. 415 or email

Landscapes and Ceramics

Chesterton Art Center will host a three-day landscape painting workshop today through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Local artist Mark VanderVinne will lead the workshop to be held at the center at 115 S. 4th St. in Chesterton. Workshop fee is $260, with a $30 member discount. A supply list will be provided. Also this evening, the center is host Monday Night Ceramics from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $135 for the six-week session, with a $25 member discount. To learn about either program, call 219-936-4711

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Night Hike

Join Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 71 North 500 West, in Valparaiso explore the arboretum after hours from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. This summer, we’ve spotted a Short-eared Owl, American Woodcock and bats – which creatures will we see this time? How can they survive in the darkness? Join a Taltree Naturalist and find out. $5 per participant. No registration required. For more information call 219-462-0025 or visit


Food Truck Thursday

Summer Food Truck Event at Porter Business Park, 75 Balgrove Ave., (parking lot) just west of Porter Hospital at the corner of Rt 6 and Hwy 49, every Thursday (now until Aug. 31) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come join the fun and food from local food trucks.

 Summer Music in the Park

Now on Tuesdays through Aug. 29, Portage’s Woodland Park will host this community’s Summer Music in the Park. Performances begin at 6:00 p.m., indoors at either Sycamore Hall or Oakwood Grand Hall in the park at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. This is a collaboration of Portage Parks and Recreation, Greagter Portage Chamber of Commerce, and Portage Live Entertainmdent. Admission is free. A variety of music will be featured. For more details and schedule of concerts, call 219-762-5025.

Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings

Fagen Pharmacy at 3400 N Calumet Ave, in Valparaiso is offering free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Cholesterol and A1c will also be available for $20 each. For more information call 219-462-4381 or visit

Beach Yoga Classes

Indiana Dunes State Park is partnering with Duneland Family YMCA to offer beach yoga classes this summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays this summer through Sept. 4. Classes meet at the beach pavilion those three days at 9:00 a.m.; an extra class on Thursdays meets at 7:00 p.m. Classes cost $10 per session; bring a beach towel or yoga mat. The state park is located at 1600 N. 25 East in Chesterton. Call 219-926-1390 or 219-926-4204 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.

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 Thomas, 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 Hageman, 100 Francis St. in Porter. For more information, call 219-921-0964 ext. 1150.

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