Calendar 2-6-19

Friday, Feb. 8

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Woodland Park’s Oakwood Grand Hall will be the scene for a daddy-daughter (ages 3 and older) dance that features dinner, music, corsage for each young woman, and one 5×7 memoir photo. Registration closes at 360 registrants. Cost is $20 per person. The hall is located at 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Call 219-762-1675 for more information.

Dance for Dads, Daughters

A Daddy-Daughter Dance will take place at the South Haven Club at 723 Long Run Rd., Valparaiso. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with the event beginning one hour later. Cost is $20 per family. The event includes dinner, DJ music, corsage for each young woman, and 5×7 memoir photo. This dance is for dads and daughters only. Call 219-759-2505 for more details.  

Saturday, Feb. 9

Chinese New Year Gala at VU

Valparaiso University’s Confucius Institute invites the public to a Chinese New Year Gala from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at VU’s Duesenberg Recital Hall and the VU Center for the Arts building. Tickets are $5 and are available from the Harre Union building front desk. Want to learn more? Email

Sunday, Feb .10

Friends & Fashion Style Show

Friends of Hospice of the Calumet Area are presenting the fifth annual style show and luncheon, Friends & Fashion, today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Dr., Schererville. The benefit features Vanis and Judy’s Fashion Market. Tickets range from $40 to $400. Visit www.eventbrite.comfor ticket reservations.

Soup Social Benefits Bats

Discovery Trackers 4-H Club will hold its fourth annual all-you-can-eat soup social today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Charter School, 800 Canonie Dr., Porter. More than 10 varieties of soups will be available, with proceeds benefitting the club’s nature project of providing habitats for Indiana bats. Interested? Email

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Family, Food and Fun

Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library invites families with children ages 2 and under to have some family fun and food from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Activities include storytime, cooking and nutrition classes for parents, hot lunch, and raffle prizes. Interested? Call 219-962-2409 to learn more.

Low Vision Support Group

Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group meets today from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Banta Center, 605 Beach St., Valparaiso. The group also meets two weeks later, Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the first-floor Celebration Room at Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. For more information about the group and speakers, call 219-464-1867.  

Thursday, Feb. 14

It’s Tea Time at Library

Hageman Branch Library will host a free Valentine Tea from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Linda Bayman from Purdue

Saturday, Feb. 16

Benefit Pancake Breakfast

The second annual pancake breakfast to benefit the Duneland Boys & Girls Club takes place from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. at George’s Gyros, 325 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton. Take outs are available. Tickets are available from the Duneland Boys & Girls Club. To learn more, contact the restaurant at 219-926-5435.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Indoor Beer Festival

Patrician Banquet Center at 410 E. U.S. Hwy. 30 in Schererville will host its fourth indoor beer festival from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event features 50-plus beers, ciders, and meads from regional and national brewers. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. The program includes food available for purchase and live music. Call 219-864-4000 to learn more.

Bach Performance at VU

The Bach Institute presents J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion as performed by the Valparaiso University Chorale and Bach Choir. The performance begins at 5:00 in VU’s Chapel of the Resurrection, 1600 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso. Call 219-464-5162 for ticket information.

Annual Fishing and Outdoor Show

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Sea Quest Lures, presents the annual Portage Fishing and Outdoor Show today and tomorrow, Feb. 23-24, at Woodland Park’s Oakwood Grand Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission fees are: adults, $6; seniors, $5; children ages 7-18, $2; and children 6 and under, free. Call 219-762-3300 to learn more.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Road Trip to Blackhawks Game

Valpo Parks is sponsoring a bus trip to the Chicago Blackhawks hockey game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Cost is $129, which includes game tickets, box lunch, and motor coach transportation. Plan to meet that Sunday at the parks office, 3210 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, by 11:00 a.m.; departure is at 11:30. To learn more, email jgrennes@valpo.usor call 219-462-5144.

Saturday, March 2

It’s Maple Sugar Time

Maple Sugar Times returns to Northwest Indiana today and tomorrow, March 2-3, and March 9-10, to Chellberg Farm on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter. Admission is free to this early taste of spring in the Dunes. Call 219-395-1882 for more details.

Saturday, March 9

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Valparaiso Kiwanis will be serving ACYE pancakes from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell Rd. Cost is $6 in advance, $8 at the door; preschoolers eat free. Activities also include child-friendly games, entertainment, and raffles. Call 219-241-4098 for further details.

Saturday, March 16

Corkscrew and Brew

The annual Corkscrew and Brew is coming to Chesterton’s Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Local wineries and brewers will gather for spot-on tasting, with food for purchase. This is a 21-and-older-only event. Cost is $40 general admission and $10 for a designated driver. Contact the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 219-926-5513 for more information.


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.


Library Book Sale Dates

Porter County Public Library System has released its 2019 book sale dates by branch: March 27-30 and Sept. 25-28 at Valparaiso; April 10-13 at Portage; Aug. 21-24 at Hebron; Oct. 10-12 at Kouts; and Oct. 23-26 at Portage. For more library programming, visit



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