Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Nov. 16 — Books That Make You Think Discussion Group, David Liss’ “The Coffee Trader,” 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Nov. 16 — Duneland Historical Society, 7 p.m., Westchester Public Library’s Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Info: (219) 983-9715.

Nov. 17 — Bookmarks: “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Nov. 17 — Cookies and Canvas, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Times: children 3-7/5-6:30 p.m., 8 & older/7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10, $5/members. Info:

Nov. 17 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Nov. 17 — Reely Dan — A Tribute to Steely Dan, 8 p.m. EST, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Info:, (269) 756-3879.

Nov. 17-19“13 The Musical!,” Michigan City High School, 8466 Pahs Road. Times: 7 p.m. Fri./Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students.

Nov. 17-19 — “The Primary English Class,” 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton. Times: 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $20. Reservations:, (219) 926-7875.

Nov. 17-20 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Stronger.” Rated R. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “Victoria and Abdul.” Rated PG. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info:

Nov. 18 — Regional K-12 Chess Tournament, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Marquette Catholic High School Scholl Center, 306 W. 10th St.

Nov. 18 — Harbor Country Hikers, 10 a.m. EST, Great Marsh in Beverly Shores. Parking lots north of U.S. 12 on Broadway. Info:

Nov. 18 — La Pour Brew & Wine Fest, noon-4 p.m., La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Tickets/info:

Nov. 18 — Robert R. Smith’s “Railroad Stations of Porter County,” 2-3 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Nov. 18 — Michigan City Chamber Music Festival concert, oboist Jennet Ingle, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Ninth St. Donations accepted. Info: (219) 561-1939,

Nov. 18 — Stargazing, Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Time: call (219) 395-1882.

Nov. 18-19 — Dunes Woman’s Club “Sharing the Joy” Marketplace, Beverly Shores Community House on Service Avenue. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat./10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun.

Nov. 18-Jan. 5 — Holiday Artisan Market, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Kickoff: noon Nov. 18. Info:, (219) 874-4900

Nov. 19 — Fall Films on DVD Series, “The Hero,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Nov. 19 — “Antiques Roadshow”-type event with Tom McCaffry, 11 a.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Free.

Nov. 20 — Thanksgiving Craft, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Nov. 22 — “The Lego Batman Movie,” 1 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Through December — World War I exhibit, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info:, (219) 324-6767.

In the Region

Nov. 17-Dec. 10 — “A Christmas Story: the Musical,” Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Times (Eastern): 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19, Dec. 1-2 & 8-9, 3 p.m. Dec. 3 & 10. Tickets: $21/adults, $19 for students & seniors. Reservations: (574) 848-4116,

Nov. 18 — Miller Beach Garden Club winter wreath-making craft project, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary.  Fee: $15. Registration: 9:30 a.m. Info: (219) 938-8532.

Nov. 18-19 — Holidaze Sell-A-Bration Arts and Crafts Show, Valparaiso’s Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18/10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19. Admission: $2, children 12 & younger/free. Info: (219) 464-9918.

Nov. 19 — ArtsBridge Thanksgiving and Praise Concert and Exhibit, 4 p.m. EST, First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave., Benton Harbor, Mich. Free-will donation. Info:

Support Groups

Mondays — Codependents Anonymous (CoDA), 6 p.m., Franciscan Alliance-St. Anthony Health. Info: (219) 879-3817.

Mondays, Fridays — Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mon./Franciscan St. Anthony Health, 301 W. Homer St., 9 a.m. Fri./First United Methodist Church, 121 E. Seventh St. Info:, (219) 879-0300.

Wednesdays — Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group for Caregivers, 2 p.m., third Wednesday of each month, Rittenhouse Senior Living, 4300 Cleveland Ave. Info: (888) 303-0180.

Wednesdays — Al-Anon meetings, 6-7 p.m., Franciscan Alliance-St. Anthony Health. Info: (708) 927-5287.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
The group preserves folk songs in the traditional way, using guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy and other obscure instruments.

Stewardship Program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at Miller Woods.
Volunteers will focus on the area’s oak savannas.

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create nature art and feed the resident fish, turtles, snakes, toads and frogs. Dress for the weather.

Stargazing on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Kemil Beach parking area.
Members from Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society and Calumet Astronomical Society will attend with telescopes. Dress for the weather. Take binoculars. Call (219) 395-1882 for times.
The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare black oak savanna, and offers views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

The Visitor Center is at 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. The Paul H. Douglas Center is at 100 N. Lake St. in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Call (219) 395-1882 for more information.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstrations at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 16-19.
Indiana Audubon Society leads the programs where visitors learn about Indiana’s smallest owl. The program is weather dependent. Visitors should call ahead to confirm banding will take place.

Bird Drawing and Painting Workshop at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.
Local artist Kristina Knowski will offer hands-on help, working from the park’s mounted specimens, to draw, learn and paint diverse bird life. Finished projects can be taken home. Email for details.
The workshop is a 2017 Indiana Arts in the Parks program.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 N. County Road 25 East (the north end of Indiana 49), Chesterton. Call (219) 926-1390 for more information.

Michigan City Public Library

The following programs are available at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Attitudes of Gratitude: Our Thankful Angels at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the meeting room.
The program is led by Ange Benz. Call (219) 874-3754 for details.

Bookmarks: “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules” at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in the meeting room.
Dennis Norman will review Catharina Ingleman-Sundberg’s book.

Snapshots from the Syrian Refugee Crisis at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the meeting room.
The Welcome Network’s executive director will discuss the Syrian Crisis, relief trips and refugee resettlement in Northwest Indiana.

Fall Films on DVD Series, “The Hero,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in the meeting room.
“The Hero” stars Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a Western icon whose best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into focus. The movie, Rated R, is co-sponsored with Purdue University Northwest Odyssey Arts and Cultural Series.

Thanksgiving Craft at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the meeting room.
Children 3 and older accompanied by an adult can make a Thanksgiving decoration. All materials are provided. Children must be present to receive craft materials.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 21 and 28, and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 22 and 29.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

“The Lego Batman Movie” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, in the meeting room.
The movie is rated PG. Light refreshments will be available. Children 18 and younger are eligible to win a copy of the movie. They must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to be considered.

Contact Robin Kohn at (219) 873-3049 for more information on library programming.