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Join the Chesterton History Hunt

The Westchester Township History Museum and the Duneland Historical Society will co-sponsor the Chesterton History Hunt on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The hunt is a free program in which participants will solve riddles, clues, and puzzles to find nine historic Chesterton locations. No registration is necessary.

Meet at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, anytime between 2 and 3 p.m. and begin following the clues on foot, by bike or by car. Participation may be done individually or in a group.

The entire hunt has a distance of approximately 2.5 miles and takes about one hour to complete.  A reward awaits those who complete the hunt.

The Westchester Township History Museum is a cultural and educational service of Westchester Public Library and is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment.  For more information, call the museum at 219-983-9715.

Free Fishing Workshop for Kids

Fishing Workshop for KidsPortage Township Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a free fishing workshop for kids in September.  Sponsored by the Porter County Conservation Club, kids will learn the basics of fishing including; choosing the right lure and bait, tying knots, and casting.

Kids will meet two consecutive Saturdays at Field of Dreams Park, 402 W. 700 N., in Valparaiso, and then put their new skills to the test on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Porter County Conservation Club for a day of fishing fun. Materials and equipment provided.  The workshop details are as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 15 at Field of Dreams Park, ages 5 to 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; ages 11 to 15, 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 at Field of Dreams Park, ages 5 to 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; ages 11 to 15, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23 at Porter County Conservation Club (State Road 130 and Froberg Road, Valparaiso), all ages, one day fishing trip, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunch and transportation provided.

Registration required by Friday, Sept. 7 at noon at the Portage Township Trustee’s Office, 3484 Airport Road, Portage. For questions or more information, call 219-762-1623, ext. 31.

Jewelry Making Classes at the Portage Library

Mara Wible, formerly of MegaBeads, will lead jewelry making classes Fridays in September.  Pre-registration at the library is requested. Fee per class varies and all supplies included.

Sept. 7: European 4-in-1 Bracelet. This weave originated centuries ago and was used to make protective armor for knights and soldiers.  Class is held from 12 to 2 p.m. Cost is $25.

Sept. 14: Netting Bracelet. The basic netting technique is a simple bead weaving technique; great for a beginner or a more advanced beader. Varying the beads or the pattern in this technique will allow you to create hundreds of designs. Class is held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $25.

Sept. 21:  Box Chain Bracelet.  In the European family of chain maille weaves, box chain starts out like Byzantine but ends up something different. Class is held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cost is $20.

Sept. 28:  Crochet Bracelet.  Learn how the most basic crochet stitch is used to create a delicate piece of wearable art that will result in something distinctively different every time. You will make one silver and colored bead bracelet in this class. Class is held from 12 to 2 p.m. Cost is $20.

For more information, visit the Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving St., Portage or call 219-763-1508.

Africa Fest at Valparaiso University

The Valparaiso University Graduate School and Continuing Studies is sponsoring Africa Fest on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Harre Union Ballrooms, 1509 Chapel Drive at Valparaiso University.

Africa Fest marks the continued progress of Valpo in establishing a Sub-Saharan African Institute on campus. A panel discussion on Nigerian culture, economy, arts, Nigerian Village Market, educational tables, and writers and scholars, as well as hair braiding, face painting, and crafts for children will be available.

Tickets are required for the gala dinner.  Cost $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. To register or for more information, visit
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Food vendor proposals accepted for the Great Downtown Tailgate

Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is currently accepting proposals for two local vendors to serve food at the 1st Great Downtown Tailgate Event to be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Central Park Plaza. Event times are 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Proposals are due no later than Friday, Sept. 14.  Submissions can be emailed to or sent to VCFE, 162 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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New Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support group

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Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso, 1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, will be hosting a new Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Support Group on the fourth Saturday of every month at 1 p.m.

Free meetings will be held for family members and/or friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The group focuses on providing education and support. Group leaders and members provide mutual emotional support, exchange care giving skills, share information about helpful community services and problem-solve together. All information shared at support group meetings is confidential.  The support group is offered through Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact group facilitator Lisa Gress at 219-531-2484.

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