Calendar 06-07-17

Wednesday, June 7

Movie Night in the Square

The food truck season kicks off with food and movies at the Burns Harbor Food Truck Square, 1237 Westport Rd. in Burns Harbor. Admission is free to the program starting with food at 5 p.m. At around 8 p.m., the Westchester Public Library will present the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ The film has a running time of two hours abd 13 minutes. Want to know more? Call 219-787-9413.

Thursday, June 8

Music at the Museum

Want to hear the top hits from the past 300 years? The Flashbacks, a local group, will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave. in Chesterton. Interested? Cal 219-983-9715 to learn more. 

Spanish Table at VIC

You can practice your conversational Spanish from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Valparaiso International Center, 309 E. Lincolnway. The Spanish Table conversation group is open to the public. For more details, visit

Friday, June 9

Family Fun Night

Join the Hobart Chamber of Commerce for a Family Fun, Mini Golf Night at Zao Island, 1050 Horse Prairie Ave., in Valparaiso (off Rt. 30) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Featuring a pizza buffet, unlimited golf, unlimited slide & bounce house with extra kids activities. $20 per person. Balloon rides sponsored by Remax Pace Realty, weather permitting. For more information or to order tickets visit, or call 219-942-5774. 

Outdoor Concert and Movie

The Valparaiso Community/University Band will perform at the Hawthorne Park gazebo, 500 Ackerman Dr. in Porter. This free concert, starting at 7 p.m., is part of Westchester Public Library’s Bandstand Concert and Family Film Series. The concert is followed at dusk by the showing of the film “Angry Birds.” Remember to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and bug spray. In case of rain, the concert and movie showing are moved to the Hawthorne Park community building. For more information, call 219-926-9676.

Saturday, June 10

ICS Aunt Kitty’s Spring Yard Sale

The Independent Cat Society (ICS) will sponsor Aunt Kitty’s Spring Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., today and tomorrow, at the ICS Shelter, U.S. 6 and LaPorte/Porter County Line Rd. in Westville. This is an opportunity for food, fun and bargains, as well as to take time and visit with the kittens. Visit for more information or call 219-785-4936.

Chalk the Walk in Valpo

The fifth annual Chalk the Walk, sponsored by Family & Youth Services Bureau, will take place on the sidewalks surrounding the Porter County Courhouse along Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso. More than 100 3×3-foot squares will be filled with colorful drawings by artists and others. The event begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m. For more details, call 219-464-9585 or visit

Time to Get Outdoors

The Dunes Learning Center celebrates National Get Outdoors Day with hikes, crafts, and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the nature facility at 700 Howe Rd. in Chesterton. Admission is free, but donations of supplies for children’s education programs are accepted. These include rain gear, boots, coats, and ponchos. To learn more, visit

Walk for Sojourner Truth House

The annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House begins with check-in at 8 a.m. and the benefit walk at 9 a.m. at 410 W. 13th Ave. in Gary. Sojourner Truth House is a halfway facility for displaced women and children. The walk is 1.6 miles and refreshments will be provided. Register by calling 219-947-8560 or going online,

Initial Volunteer Fair

United Way of Porter County and Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities invites the public to the inaugural volunteer fair. More than 20 nonprofit groups will discuss their programs and volunteer needs. This free program runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NEO’s new location at 5201 U.S. 6 in Portage. For more details, visit www.UnitedWay

Summer Safety Tent

The annual Summer Safety Tent is coming to Hawthorne Park at 500 Ackerman Dr. in Porter. The program runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features K-9 and jaws of life demonstrations, other presentations, and a dunk tank. Admission is free and the program is open to all ages. Call 219-921-1687 to learn more.

Sunday, June 11

Biking for Meals on Wheels

A bicycling benefit for Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana will be held today, starting from Trek Bicycle Store, 651 U.S. 30 in Schererville. Check-in is at 7 a.m., with an 8 a.m. start for the 25- nd 40-mile routes and a 9 a.m. start for the 15-mile option. Call 219-756-3663 for more details. Register online at

Puppy Crawl 2017

Puppy Crawl 2017, a 1.5-mile benefit walk for Lakeshore PAWS, takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park, 70 Lafayette St. Admission is free. The program includes music and exhibits. For details, go to

Monday, June 12

Men’s Health Week

Join HealthShore Health Centers today through Friday, June 16 for discounted health screenings for uninsured or highly deductible patients at all locations in Portage, Lake Station, Chesterton, Hammond and Merrillville. Complete Physical exam, heart disease, risk evaluation, blood and health assessment, blood test for colorectal cancer and prostate cancer risk evaluation. Additional cost reductions may be based on income. For more information call 219-763-8112 or visit

 Wednesday, June 14

Celebrate Schererville Festival, Parade

The Schererville Parks and Recreation Dept. reports the Celebrate Schererville Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday, June 18 at Redar Park. Nightly activities include entertainment, food booths, abd a beer garden. In addition, the 26th annual Celebrate Schererville Parade is Saturday, June 17, starting at 5 p.m. from Joliet Street and Roman Road, concluding at Redar Park. Need more details ?Call 219-865-5530 ext. 6102.

 Friday, June 16

Portage Chamber Goes Golfing

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual golf outing will take place at Robbinhurst Golf Course, 383 W. 875 N. in Valparaiso. This event is open to chamber members and the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and dinner, awards at 3 p.m. To learn more, call 219-762-3300 or email

Saturday, June 17

Annual Water Festival

The city of Hobart’s annual Water Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd. New this year: birds of prey show, priate ship bounce house, hula hoop show and workshop, and electric cars and motorcycle. Volunteers and environmentally friendly vendors are needed. Call 219-942-3619.


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 to 11 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 a.m.; an extra class on Thursdays meets at 7 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 926-4204 for more details.

Summer Reading Program

The Westchester Public Library’s Summer Reading Program runs June 1 to July 15. No registration is required, but participants need a valid library card. The program takes place at the library’s Thomas Branch, 200 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton, and Hageman Branch, 100 Francis St. in Porter. Ready to read? Call 219-926-7696 or 926-9080.

Fairy House Garden

From now until June 30, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will display is Fairy House Garden. This exhibit features more than a dozen houses constructed from natural and recycled materials. Most of the materials for the houses is collected from Taltree’s grounds. Taltree is located at 450 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso. To learb more, visit

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Do you feel alone, taking care of your loved one? Come and talk to those who are experiencing the same difficulties you are. The group meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Pesto’s Italian Restaurant, 3123 Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso. No reservations needed. Refreshments served.

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 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 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 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month at Thomas, 200 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Hageman, 100 Francis St., Porter. For more information, call 219-921-0964, ext. 1150.

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