Calendar 3-3-21

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Parks Offer Art for Adults

Porter County Parks is offering a 6-hour oil painting class the second Saturday of the month for April, June, August, October and December from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Class fee is $65 and the program takes place at the Sunset Hill Farm Program Center, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. The park system is also offering adult art classes on acrylics, unstructured, scarf and fabric painting, and the art of graffiti. To learn more, call 219-465-3586.

Valpo Sports Clinics

Valpo Parks is offering a baseball pitching clinic is running through March 21 for ages 7-12. A coed T-ball clinic runs March 7-21 for ages 3-6. A softball pitching clinic for ages 7-12 runs March 7-21. To learn more, call 219-462-5144.

Winter Photo Contest

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is seeking entries for its winter photo contest. Submissions must be of scenes at Gabis, with entries divided into 2 categories: landscape and nature and fun with family and friends. Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 20. To register, go to

Free Virtual Seminars

Methodist Hospitals is offering several free virtual seminars on varied topics, all at 5:00 p.m. They include:  Cardiac care during pandemic, Thursday, March 18: Seven steps to a healthy heart, Tuesday, April 6; and Don’t let leg cramps put a crimp in your style, Thursday, April 22. To reserve your virtual seat for any of these seminars, call 1-888-909-3627 or visit

Spring Sports Registration

Valpo Parks is taking signups for the following spring sports: coed spring soccer, baseball leagues, lacrosse clinic, fastpitch softball, flag football, and tennis sampler. Interested? You can visit the Valpo Parks office, call 219-462-5144, or register online at

Friday, March 5

Virtual Town Hall

Lake County Public Library is holding a series of Friday virtual Town Hall meetings with members of the Indiana House. All three programs begin at noon. The program starts today with Hal Slager, Dist. 15; followed March 12 with Mike Andrade, Dist. 12; and finishing March 26 with Julie Olthoff, Dist. 19. For more information on this series, call the Hobart Branch Library, 219-942-2243.

Saturday, March 13

Gardening by the Moon

Porter County Parks invites adults to gardening by the moon, an opportunity to learn about the history and science of using the phases of the moon to plan and plant gardens. Participants will also do a make=and-take activity. The class takes place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Sunset Hill Farm Program Center, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. Class fee is $15. Call 219-465-3586 for more details.

Tuesday, March 16

Virtual Book Chat

The Hobart Branch Library is holding a virtual book chat today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Zoom format focuses on “The Widows” by Jess Montgomery. Copies are available through the library’s curbside pickup. To learn more, call 219-942-2243 or email

Thursday, March 18

Chronic Pain Relief Seminar

Methodist Hospitals is holding a free virtual seminar on chronic foot and ankle pain relief today at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Mark Jones, a foot and ankle surgeon, will present the program. Call 1-888-909-3627 or visit

Thursday, April 1

Free Online Classes

Northwest Health Network is offering several free online classes this month. A class on breastfeeding runs today from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday, April 7, childbirth education will be presented from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Another class on breastfeeding will run Tuesday, April 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Call 219-983-8543 to register and receive educational materials.

Saturday, April 3

Ringing in Spring 5K

Valparaiso Family YMCA is hosting the annual Ringing in Spring 5K Run/Walk today from the Y, 1202 Cumberland Crossing Dr. Rolling times begin at 7:00 a.m., with corral times available until 9:00 a.m. This event is open to all ages and skill levels. To register, go to

Ongoing throughout season

 Instructors Welcome

 Do you possess a skill or trade that can be taught in small groups or online atmosphere? Valpo Parks is looking for instructors for 2021 programs. This could include nutrition, languages, martial arts, technology, and hobbies. If interested, call the parks office at 219-462-5155.

Arboretum Offerings

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest welcomes guests to such winter programs as animal tracking, sledding, and snowshoe and cross-country skiing. Gabis is located at 444 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso. Interested? Visit

Free Balance Screenings

Methodist Hospitals is offering free balance screenings at its Southlake Campus, 303 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville. The screening is completed in 20 minutes and no physician order is required. To learn more, call 219-738-3500.

Health Education Classes

Are hospitals and medical centers have resumed offering community health education classes and seminars. Some are in-person, others are virtual, and others are pre-recorded seminars. To learn more, contact the hospital in your community.

Winter Sports Clinics

Valpo Parks is offering winter youth sports clinics, including soccer and baseball pitching. To learn more about registration, call 219-462-5144.


YMCA Programming

Area YMCA’s have reopened with revised programming and reduced hours due to the coronavirus. To learn more about what’s happening at your local YMCA, call the following numbers: Hobart, 219-942-2183; Valparaiso, 219-462-4185; Duneland, 219-926-4204; or Southlake, 219-663-5810.

Full Swing Simulator

Looking to play golf in the winter? Valpo Parks invites golfers to Creekside Golf Course & Training Center at 2355 Clifford Rd. to play at the indoor full swing simulator. Cost is $12 for 30 minutes or $24 per hour. To book tee times, call 219-531-7888.

Volunteers for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is seeking volunteers for its programs, including drivers and Phone Pals. Training is available. Applicants from age 18 and up are welcome. For more details, call 219-756-3663 or visit

Auxiliary Looking for Volunteers

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary in Hobart is looking for volunteers.  There is a special need for volunteers, 18 and older, in the Gift Shop, west information desk and transporting.  All safety protocols are being observed and masks will be provided as needed.  For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 219-947-6011 for a one-on-one interview.

Health Screenings at Portage Y

Community Healthcare System provides free blood pressure screenings from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Information on health issues will also be available. Call 219-942-2183 for more information.

Free BP Testing at Hobart YMCA

The Hobart Family YMCA offers free blood pressure screenings Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., and Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Hobart Y is located at 601 W. 41st Place, Hobart. Call 219-942-2183 to learn more.

Valpo Y Hosts BP Screening

The Valparaiso Family YMCA offers free blood pressure screening and information on ailments related to heart health, such as diabetes or congestive heart failure. Screenings are free. Call 219-464-4185 ext. 262 for days and times. The Valpo Y is located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing off Calumet Avenue.

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