Calendar 05-23-18

Thursday, May 24

Kappa Taste of Valpo

Tri Kappa will present its 28th annual Taste of Valpo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd. The program features dishes, beverages, and desserts from more than 30 local restaurants and companies. The program also includes a raffle and silent auction. Tickets will be available April 10 from any Tri Kappa member or these businesses: Tudor Floor Carpet One and Valparaiso Town & Country Market. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. To learn more, visit

Friday, May 25

All About Colombia

The Valparaiso International Center will hold its Fourth Friday program tonight at 7:00 p.m. Oscar Castillo will spek on his native Colombia. This program is free and open to the public. The center is located at 309 E. Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso. For ore information, call 219-464-1122 or visit

Wednesday, May 30

Senior Health and Fitness Fair      

Avalon Springs is hosting a senior health and fitness fair from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at its health campus located at 2400 Silhavy Rd. in Valparaiso. If interested in being a vendor at the event, contact Heather Schlegelmilch at 219-221-3275.

Friday, June 1

Golf Outing for Cancer Kids

The Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation is sponsoring the Mark Hill Memorial Golf Outing, starting at 11:00 a.m. at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point. Cost is $125 per golfer or $450 per foursome. Fees include lunch, 18 holes of golf, and dinner. For more details, call 219-765-7677 or visit

Saturday, June 2

Yoga Classes at Arboretum

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest will host summer yoga classes on Saturdays starting today from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Reservations are available in five-class bundles. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members, along with a $10 drop-in fee. The arboretum is located at 450 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso. Call 219-462-0025 for more details or visit

Jammin’ for the Dunes

The eighth annual Jammin’ with Save the Dunes is coming to the Guy Foreman Amphitheater at Michigan City’s Washington Park. The evening of family-friendly fun includes live music, food, and beer. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free. Ticket reservations are evailable from or Shoreline Brewery. To learn more, call 219-879-3564 x121.

Science of Frankenstein

Professor Steve will address the science of Frankenstein, as displayed in movies or the classic novel, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Westchester Public Library’s Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. This program is intended for children ages 5 and up and their caregiver. Tickets are this free program are available from the children’s departments at the Thomas and Hageman branch libraries. Call 219-926-7696 for more details.

Arabian Horse Show

The ASAAD Arabian horse show returns to the Porter County Expo Center today and tomorrow, June 3, starting at 8:00 a.m. both days. This is an opportunity to educate the public on these unique animals. Admission is free. The Expo Center is located at 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Call 219-762-4883 to learn more. 

Sunday, June 3

Cancer Survivors Day

St. Mary Medical Center’s Waterfall Café will host the annual National Cancer Survivors Day program from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This is a local celebration of the nationa observance honoring those who have lived and continue to live with cancer. This is  free program. To register, call 219-836-3477. The hospital is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., Hobart.

Monday, June 4

Classes on Diabetes

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart is hosting three days of classes on diabetes today, June 5 and 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This free course is geared for newly-diagnosed patients seeking education or a refresher course on ther basics of diabetes care. To register, call 219-947-6234. The medical center is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. A similar course will be offered Aug. 7-9, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center, 3800 St. Mary Dr.  To register for either program, call 219-947-6234.

Thursday, June 7

Storytime in the Park

The Lake Station-New Chicago branch library will offer storytime in the park at Riverview Park off Ripley St. (Ind. 51) from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. The kids’ program features stories, songs, and games. Call 219-962-2409 to learn more.

Friday, June 8

Portage YMCA in Relay for Life

The Portage Township YMCA is seeking team members and/or donors for the Relay of Life starting at 6:00 p.m. and concluding at 6:00 a.m. the following day at Willowcreek Middle School, 5962 Central Ave., Portage. The relay benefits the American Cancer Society. To learn more about this project email Ms.CC@ymcaofportage.orgor call 219-762-9622.

Saturday, June 9

Spring Yard Sale for Kitties

The Independent Cat Society will hold its Aunt Kitty’s Spring Yard Sale today and tomorrow, June 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the shelter, 4061 S. County Line Rd., Westville (northeast corner of U.S. 6 and County Line Rd.). Both days feature food, fun, and bargains. To learn more, call 219-785-4936 or email

Chalk the Walk

The public is invited to view the original artwork along the courthouse square sidewalks in downtown Valparaiso during the annual Chalk the Walk from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There’ll be music and children’s activities throughout the day. To learn more, call 219-464-9585.

Just Getting Outdoors

National Get Outdoors Day will be observed at the Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton today from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join the staffs from the learning center and National Park Service in a day of guided activities outdoors The learning center is located at 700 Howe Rd. Call 219-395-9555 for more details on this free program.

Sunday, June 10

Valpo Doll & Bear Show

The Valparaiso Doll and Bear Show returns to the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is the largest show in Northwest Indiana of antique, vintage, and collectible dolls and bears and related material. Admission is $6, with $1 off with coupon. Call 219-476-7384 for more information.

Tuesday, June 12

Meals on Wheels Training

Looking to volunteer and have a set of wheels? Meals on Wheels needs drivers, especially for Griffith, Hammond, and Merrillville. A volunteer orientation training meeting will be held today at 10:00 a.m. at the Meals office at 8446 Virginia St., Merrillvile. Another session will take place Thursday, Jjune 21 at 1:00 at the Merrillville site. To register for either meeting, call Joan Vith at 219-756-3663.

Wednesday, June 13

Blood Profile Screening

St .Mary Medical Center in Hobart is offering blood profile screening from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in its fifth-floor outpatient laboratory. Screenings cover cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides, and glucose. No physician’s order is required. Fees are $5 per test or $20 for the panel. Fasting is required. Register by calling 219-836-3477.

Friday, June 15

Mint Festival in Starke County

The North Judson Mint Festival runs today through Sunday, June 17at Lane St. and North Judson Park. Indiana’s only mint festival is celebrating its 42nd year with crafts, car show, parade, mint cooking, and 5K run. Call 219-395-6504 for more details.  

Benefit for Towle Theater

The Towle Theater in Hammond is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a benefit today from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the theater at 5205 Hohman Ave. Featured are food from area restaurants, beer and wine, auctions, and raffle. Tickets are $50. Call 219-937-8780 or visit to learn more.

Saturday, June 16

Water Festival in Hobart

The city of Hobart’s Storm Water District presents its annual Water Festival today from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd. Activities and attractions include live animals, games, food, music, birds of prey show, and Animals for Awareness. For more information, call 219-942-3619 or email

Wednesday, June 20

Cheerleaders at Library

The Lake Station-New Chicago branch library at 2007 Central Ave. in Lake Station will host a cheerleading camp today from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Cheerleaders from River Forest High School will talk about cheerleading and teach a cheer. To learn more, call 219-962-2409.

Saturday, June 23

Historical Summer Festival

The Portage Community Historical Society Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Highlights include games for children, hayrides, a watermelon eating contest, museum tours, children’s fishing derby, silent auction, and other historical tours. Events will take place at Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum, 5250 US. Hwy. 6 in Portage.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 219-762-8349 or visit

Sunday, July 1

Lightning Bug Music Fest Returns

The Lightning Bug Music Festival returns to Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso. The benefit concert for the Dunes Learning Center runs noon to 8:00 p.m. and includes music, local food trucks, and craft beers. Children can make tie-dye t-shirts and will receive build kits. Tickets are $30 for adults; children 12 and under who come with an adult will be admitted free. For ticket information, go to


Hands-on Day Camp

A day camp at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest runs daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended care is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for $10 a day. Member pricing (per week) is $140 for the first child, $125 for an additional child. Non-member pricing (per week) is $150 for the first child, $135 for an additional child. Registration and payment are due one week prior to each start date. Visit to register online or call 219-462-0025 for more information. The arboretum is located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso.


Sprouts!, a program for toddlers, is starting Wednesday, May 16 at Gabis Aroboretum at Purdue Northwest. Bring your toddler every third Wednesday of the month and join a naturalist at the arboretum from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Spend time exploring nature and creating a take-home project. Each week features a story and hands-on activity. Visit www. www.taltree.orgto register or call 219-462-0025 for more information. The arboretum is located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso.

Freedom from Smoking

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart hosts the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program on Tuesdays, May 22 to July 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The program includes instruction, counseling, and behavior modification.  The initial fee is $25, which is reimbursed after completing all sessions. Call 219-836-3477 to register. The hospital is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.

Choices in Childbirth

St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart will offer a six-week course to expectant parents on choices in childbirth on Tuesdays, June 5 to July 3, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Classes address what toe expect during labor, birth, and post-partum delivery. The series is free, but registration is required. Call 219-836-3477. The hospital is located at 1500 S. Lake Park Ave.

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

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.

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, and Valparaiso. 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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