Calendar – 5/5/21

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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 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.

Spring Sports Registration

Valpo Parks is taking signups for the following spring sports: coed spring soccer, baseball leagues, lacrosse clinic. This is also the last call for adult soccer and softball leagues. Also sought are soccer and softball officials. For more details, call 219-462-5144, or register online at

      Tuesday, May 18

      Business Expo 2021

      Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to participate in Expo 2021 today at RailCats Stadium in Gary for the opening day game. This is an opportunity for businesses to re-connect and re-energize their marketing efforts. Hours are 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. for business to business and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for business to community. Interested? Call 219-769-8180. 

      Thursday, May 20

      Porter-Starke Symposium 

      Porter-Starke Services is sponsoring a Living Health, Balance, and Hope Symposium from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Guest speaker is Dr. Scott D. Miler, who will discuss deliberate practices to improve performance. Fee is $75. To learn more, call 219-531-3500

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.

      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

      Our 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.

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 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 219-762-9622 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 time. The Valpo Y is located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing off Calumet Avenue.