Calendar – 03-11-20

 Friday, March 13

Morgan Township Fish Fry

Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Dept. will hold a fish fry today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the first station, 291-2 S. St. Rd. 49 (behind Morgan Township School). Only advance tickets will be sold; none at the door. Tickets are $11 for adults and seniors; $5 for children ages 5-11. For tickets, call 219-462-1665 or stop by Jake’s Feed and Garden in Valparaiso.


Bunco at the CP Library

Bunco players of all skill levels are invited to come for a night of dice-rolling fun to help raise money for books. Friends of the Crown Point Library are sponsoring Bunco for Books, to provide funding for new library books and other supplies. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., Crown Point, followed by dinner at 6:00 and bunco beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $30 for Friends members.  More details are available at


Saturday, March 14

Amazing Together for OE

Amazing Together, the 28th annual Delta Theta Tau benefit gala for Opportunity Enterprises, runs 6:00 to 11:30 p.m. at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, and Spa in Michigan City. This black-tie-preferred event features a gourmet dinner, live music, open bar, live and silent auctions, and cash raffle. Tickets are $150 each or $1,250 for a table of 10. Interested? Call Amy at 219-464-9621 x333.



Maple Syrup at Deep River Park

    The public is invited to Deep River county Park to see how maple syrup is produced today, tomorrow, March 15 and the following weekend, March 21-22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. admission is free. Much of the festival is conducted outdoors, so visitors should dress accordingly. Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Ave. For more information, call 219-947-1958. 


Corkscrew and Brew


Duneland Chamber of Commerce presents Corkscrew and Brew, an event featuring local breweries and wineries, from noon to 4:00 p.m. today at Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway in downtown Chesterton. Food and music are also part of this 21+ event. Cost is $40 for general admission and $10 for a designated driver. For ticket information, call 219-926-5513 or visit


DLC Spring Open House

Dunes Learning Center will hold an open house today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a free opportunity to sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet the staff, and ask about the upcoming summer session. Registration is required; go to The DLC is located at 700 Howe Rd., Chesterton. 


Valpo Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Valparaiso Kiwanis will be serving pancakes today at Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell Rd. This is a benefit for the Kiwanians’ service activities in the community. To learn more, including times, call 219-508-3947 or visit on Facebook.


Tuesday, March 17

Talent Show Auditions

Auditions for the 29th annual Duneland Exchange Club Talent Show will be held today and Thursday, March 19 at the Chesterton Middle School auditorium. Any Duneland student is welcome to audition. Entry forms, available at schools, are due Tuesday, March 10. The show is Saturday, April 18 at Chesterton High School; a mandatory dress rehearsal is Friday, April 17. Questions may be directed to Judi Rue at


Friday, March 20

Candles and Gifts Benefit

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a Mimi’s Candles and Gifts benefit today from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room #, near the west entrance of the Hobart hospital. Open to the public, the benefit features a selection of handmade candles, soaps, and bath bombs. The hospital is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. For more information, call 219-947-6011.   


Saturday, March 21

Shipshewana Comes to Valpo

Shipshewana on the Road, a gift, food, and craft show, is coming to the Porter County Expo Center today and tomorrow, March 22. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. This promises to be a weekend of fun with interesting, innovation, and creative items for sale. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 12 and under. Ready to shop? Call 219-979-8888. The Expo Center is located at 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.


Bar Bingo Night

Bar Bingo Night, a benefit for Maria Reiner Senior Center in downtown Hobart, will be held at the Hobart Moose, 143 S. Hobart Rd. in Hobart. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with games starting at 7:00 p.m. The bar and kitchen will be open. Features include $10 for 10 games, prizes, basket raffles, and 50/50 raffles. You must be at least 18 to play.


Sunday, March 22

‘Passion of Christ’ at Monastery

Live Theater Productions, a Polish theater troupe from Chicago, will present “The Passion of Christ” at the Carmelite Monastery at 1628 Ridge Rd. in Munster. There will be two performances: 5:00 p.m. in Polish and 7:3 p.m. in English. A free-will offering will be taken. To learn more, call 219-838-7111.


Tuesday, March 24

Topic: Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer: Screening, Surgery, and Survival is a free informational program coming to the west auditorium at St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Medical staff will review risk factors, screening, and diagnostic tools related to colorectal cancer. Registration is required; call 219-836-3477. The Hobart hospital is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. 



Saturday, March 28

Humane Indiana Gala

Want to help some animals while having a good time? The Humane Indiana Gala is coming to Avalon Banquet Manor off U.S. 30 in Hobart. This is a benefit for shelter pet and rehabilitation of wildlife animals. The program features a silent auction and VIP section. VIP tickets are $120; general admission is $85. To learn more, call 219-513-8911. 


Spring Fever Craft Show

Schererville Parks presents its Spring Fever Craft Show today from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St. Featured will be more than 125 craft vendors, food trucks, and raffles. Admission and parking are free. For more details, including vendor applications, call 219-865-5530 or email


Monday, March 30

Sounds of Jazz at VU

The annual Valparaiso University Jazz Festival starts today and runs through Friday, April 3 at VU’s Harre Union and Athletics-Recreation Center, 1709 Chapel Dr. This weeklong event features performances from high school bands to professional-level musicians. For more information, including times and tickets, call 219-464-5415 or visit


Saturday, April 4

Empty Bowl Project

The Empty Bowl Project, an annual benefit for the Portage Food Pantry, will be held at the Portage High School West cafeteria (use door D), 6450 U.S. Hwy. 6. The benefit includes ceramic bowls and other items made by PHS Art Club members, with the support of local groups, as ROTC members will serve a variety of soups. Hungry? Call 219-764-6097 or visit events to learn more.


Benefit Gala for Paladin

Paladin’s Splash of Color Gala and Auction is coming to Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Dr. in Chesterton, starting at 6:00 p.m. This benefit supports an agency serving those with disabilities. The program includes entertainment, food, cocktails, and socializing. For ticket information, call Erin at 219-234-0656.


Ringing in Spring at Valpo Y

The Valparais9o Family YMCA will host the 26th annual Ringing in Spring 5K Run-Walk and 10K Run. Events start from the Valpo Y at 1201 Cumberland Dr. Registrations are being taken in advance at Registration will be taken until the day of the event. 


Saturday, May 9

Momentum 5K Benefit

The MOMentum 5K Run-Walk to benefit Sojourner Truth House takes place at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve amphitheater, 2401 Village Ct., Chesterton. The event is open to the public and is family friendly. Located in Gary, Sojourner Truth House is a shelter for homeless women and children. Registration fee is $30. Register online at For more details, call 219-462-6144.







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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