Calendar – 01-22-20

Friday, Jan. 24

Philippines Topic at VIC

The Fourth Friday program sponsored by the Valparaiso International Center is the Philippines. Presented at 7:00 p.m. at the Montague-Urschel Gallery of the Porter County Museum, the program features Eduardo Gimenez, a native Filipino born during the Japanese occupation. This program is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 153 Franklin St., Valparaiso. To learn more, visit

Saturday, Jan. 25

Big Barn Beer Fest

The Big Barn Beer Fest is coming to County Line Orchard in Hobart. This is an opportunity to sample from more than 100 craft beers from around the region and support Lake Area United Way and local area food pantries. The benefit includes a food buffet and live music. The orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. For more details, call 219-947-4477.

Art Center Offerings

Chesterton Art Center is starting a six-week prismacolor pencil class from 9:00 a.m. to noon, starting today. The class is designed for beginners. Cost is $200, with a $2 member discount. Also starting today is a six-week oil painting class from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The class is designed for beginners and more advanced students. The art center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711 or visit

Daddy-Daughter Date Night

The Valparaiso Family YMCA is hosting a Daddy-Daughter Date Night. The evening includes dinner, dancing, and fun. There are no age limits. Advance ticket purchases are necessary. Call 219-462-4185 ext. 233 or visit for more details, including tickets and times. The Valpo Y is located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr.

Annual Gardening Show

The PCMGA Garden Show, sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and Porter County Master Gardeners, is one of the largest seed and bulb exchanges in the country. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors, a photo contest, children’s activity area, and food service, the show takes place at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. For more details, call 219-644-6720.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Lions Serving Pork Chops

The Hobart Lions Club will hold a pork chop dinner today from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran School, 891 S. Linda St. in Hobart. See any Lions member for tickets.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Trivia Night at the Museum 

Join us for Arrested Development Trivia Night, from 7:00 to  8:30 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for the prize. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and will remain open until the event is full. Refreshments will be served. The Westchester Township History Museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. For more information please call the museum at 219-983-9715.

Saturday Feb. 1

Valpo Y Ready for Bash-ing

The Valparaiso Family YMCA will hold its Y Bash benefit today at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. This casual evening affair benefits the Valpo Y’s annual campaign. The program includes hors d’oeuvres, DJ music, and live and silent auctions. Call 219-462-4185 or visit for more details.

Cell Phone Photo Class

Chesterton Art Center is hosting a class on beginning cell phone photography today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants should bring their own smartphone. Cost is $50, with a $20 membership discount. The art center is located at 105 S. 4th St., Chesterton. To learn more, call 219-926-4711 or visit

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Planning for Retirement

Centier Bank will present a free program on planning for retirement today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hobart Branch Library, 100 Main St. To register, call 219-942-2243.

Candy Olympics

The Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library will host the Candy Olympics today from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.Children ages 6-12 years are invited to compete in a variety of challenges all involving candy. Registration is required; call 219-962-2409. The library’s address is 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station.

Friday, Feb. 7

Daddy & Daughter Dance

Oakwood Grand Hall at Woodland Park in Portage will be the site for a Daddy and Daughter Dance. This event is for girls, ages 3 and older, and their fathers. The evening includes dinner, music, corsage, and a 5×7 photo. Registration closes at 360 registries. The park is located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd. For more information, call 219-762-1675.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Family Game Day in Lake Station

Families are invited to “hang out” at the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library as if it was their own living room. The library, located at 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station, is providing video games and board games. All ages are welcome. Registration is required; call 219-962-2409.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Dressing for the ‘50s

Staff and volunteers from Hospice of the Calumet Area will donate 1950s apparel, provided by Towle Theater for a benefit today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Patrician Banquets, 419 E. U.S. Hwy. 30 in Schererville. A wine and cheese reception and fashion boutique shopping will take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $40; reservations are due Jan. 29. For more details, call 219-922-2732.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Family Fun at Library

Families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to the Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library for storytime activities, playtime, food samples, raffles, and giveaways. The program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is located at 2007 Central Ave., Lake Station. Registration is required; call 219-962-2409

Thursday, Feb. 20

Kiwanis Serving Chili

The Hobart Kiwanis Club will hold its annual chili support today from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Bridget Parish Center, Second and Center streets in downtown Hobart. See any Kiwanian for ticket information.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Fish On at Outdoor Show

Fish On, the annual Portage Fishing and Outdoor Show, is coming today and tomorrow, Feb. 23 to Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Sponsored by the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Sea Quest Lures, the show features such outdoor activities as fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, archery, kayaking, and hiking. The program includes door prizes, children’s activities, and seminars throughout the weekend. For information on times and tickets, call 219-762-3300 or visit

Saturday, Feb. 29

Healthy Family Day at Valpo Y

The Valparaiso Family YMCA will host a Healthy Family Day, an afternoon of interactive learning and activities for families of all ages. Admission is free. The Valparaiso Y is located is 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr. For more information, including times, call 219-462-4185 or visit


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.

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