Calendar 10-21-20

Sunday, Nov. 8

Hilltop House Pantry Benefit

Valparaiso’s don Quijote Restaurante is hosting a benefit for the hungry hosts to provide Thanksgiving baskets for Hilltop Neighborhood House food pantry clients. See the choices for carry-out dinners and purchase tickets online at Dinners can be sponsored without attending the event. One dinner goes for $70; two for $125. Purchases earn matching funds with United Way of Porter County.  Pick up your dinners between 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at don Quijote Restaurante, 119 E. Lincolnway. Safety precautions will be observed.

 Tuesday, Nov. 10

Celebrating Women

Duneland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a women’s tea featuring a panel of female speakers to address the many hats women wear. This program runs 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. Tickets are $30. Register to 219-926-5513 or

Saturday, Nov. 14

Andrean holds Diamond Ball

Andrean High School’s second annual Diamond Ball takes place from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at Avalon Manor Banquet Center in Hobart. Tickets are $250 each. Festivities include cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner and program at 7:30 p.m., and dancing at 9:00 p.m. This is a black tie-optional event. For more information, call 219-887-5959 ext. 225 or 244 or email

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Sports Camps, Clinics

Valparaiso Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports programs. These include youth hockey for ages 5-14, Nov. 17-March 7; skating lessons, ages 6-17, Dec. 2-6; and adult hockey, ages 18-plus, Mondays and Tuesdays starting in January. Call the parks office at 219-462-5144 or visit for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Breakfast and Bingo

Residences at Coffee Creek will sponsor breakfast and bingo from 10;00 a.m. to noon at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Dr., Porter. A light breakfast will be provided. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. To register, call 219-921-5200 or visit

Saturday, Nov. 28

Winter Fest, Tree Lighting

Downtown Valparaiso’s Winter Fest runs 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. This free event includes caroling, figure skating performance, photos with Santa, and lighting of the plaza Christmas tree. Learn more at

 Winter Lighting Drive-Through

There may not be a winter festival at the park this season, but Sunset Hill Farm County Park will host its annual winter lighting drive-through every day, Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. The park is located at 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. This holiday event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 219-465-3586.

Saturday, Dec. 12


Children of all ages can explore their favorite rigs at Touch-A-Truck, running 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Central Park Plaza, 70 W. Lafayette St. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots effort. Visit to learn more.

Ongoing throughout 2020

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.

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 Joan Vith at 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.

Fourth Fridays in Valpo

Whether you’re a Valparaiso resident or visitor, you may visit downtown Valpo for a special night out and special shopping features every fourth Friday, now through November, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 219-464-8332 or visit

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.

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