Activities to Explore

In the Area:

July 17 — Mo’ Beat Blues, 10-11 a.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

July 18 — Superhero Secrets, 5-7 p.m., Coolspring Branch Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

July 18 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Matt Gerhard, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (the former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (219) 608-5358.

July 18 — Robert Smith’s Historic Structures of North Porter County, 2-3 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

July 18 — Behind the Scenes Tour, 7 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $15/adults, $10/senior or youth 15 & younger. Reservations: Eventbrite.

July 18-19 — Arts in the Park, LaPorte’s Fox Park. July 18: LaPorte City Band/July 19: People & Songs artists. Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info: www.artsintheparklaporte.com

July 18-28 — “Tick, Tick...Boom!,” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Times: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $16-$17. Info: (219) 874-4269, info@canterburytheatre.org

July 19 — Summer Reading Program: “Make Mine Music,” 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 20 — Bookmarks: “Lord of Misrule,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 20 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

July 20 — Movies in Washington Park: “Coco,” 8:15 p.m., Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 20 — Fashioning the Gilded Age, 7-9 p.m.,  Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $10. Reservations: Eventbrite, (219) 873-1520.

July 20-22 — Young Peoples Theatre Co., “Avenue Q,” The Holdcraft Performing Arts Center, 1200 Spring St. Times: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students. Available @ door, online @ www.yptcinc.com/tickets

July 20-24 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Hearts Beat Loud.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tue. Also Showing: “Disobedience.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Also Showing: “Five Seasons with Piet Oudolf.” Time: 7 p.m. July 25. Cost: $10 (Fernwood & Chikaming Open Lands members/$8). Registration: (269) 695-6491, www.fernwoodbotanical.org. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

July 20-Aug. 5 — “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat./2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $18/general admission, $15/seniors & students. Reservations: (219) 879-7509, dunesartsfoundation.org

July 21 — Old Car Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave., LaPorte.

July 21 — 45th anniversary celebration, 9 a.m.-noon, Old Lighthouse Museum, Washington Park.

July 21 — LaPorte Rotary Club “Hub of Awesome” show, 5:30 p.m., LaPorte’s Pine Lake (Waverly Road). Free.

July 21 — “Celtic Psalms from Northern Ireland,” 7 p.m., The Presbyterian Church of LaPorte, 307 Kingsbury Ave. Info: yourhomechurch.org, (219) 362-6219.

July 22 — Pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-noon, St. Ann of the Dunes, 433 Golf Wood Road, Beverly Shores. Cost: $6. Info: (219) 879-7565.

July 22 — FOP No. 75 Fly In/Drive In all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 7 a.m.-noon, Michigan City Municipal Airport Phillips Field, 1300 Indiana 212 North. Cost: $7.50/adults, $5.50/children 5-12, free/ children 4 & younger.

July 21 — Jewelry Making, 10 a.m.-noon, LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Registration: www.laportelibrary.org

July 24 — Kite Decoration Craft for Kids, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 25 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Ben Basile, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (the former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (219) 608-5358.

Through Oct. 13 — “Warhol: Icon & Influence,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus of Michigan City farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 27, parking lot next to tennis courts. Info: ssmcfarmersmarket@gmail.com, (219) 851-1785.

Saturdays — Michigan City Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Eighth and Washington streets. Through October.

Saturdays — La Porte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway & Monroe. Info: www.facebook.com/laportefarmersmarket

In the Region

July 20 — Fernwood Friday, Kennedy’s Kitchen, 5:30-9 p.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $5, Fernwood & WVPE members/free. Info: (269) 695-6491, www.fernwoodbotanical.org

July 20 — “In the Heights” (Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra concert version), 7 p.m. EDT, Silver Beach, St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: lawn seating/$15, reserved seating/$25, children 12 & younger/$5. Info: bbpnet.com/x28a

July 21 — Summerfest Music & Microbrews, 4-10 p.m. EDT, Shadowland Pavilion, 101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: $15 ($5 higher day of), 12 & younger/free. Reservations: (269) 982-4030, bbpnet.com/x28b

July 21 — French Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Mich. Info: (269) 469-1441.

July 22 — Meet-the-artist reception, Ben Calvert III block-relief prints, 1:30 p.m., The Village Gallery @ Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. Info: (219) 465-1591.

Saturdays — Beach Fun Saturdays, 1 p.m.-30 minutes past sunset, West Beach, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
Catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion, and roast marshmallows from the fireplace.

Community Hike and Sunset Paddle from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in Marquette Park.
A ranger leads the hike through Miller Woods, with the paddle on Marquette Lagoon. The program is limited to 20 participants. Make reservations at (219) 395-1824. Marquette Park is located at 1 N. Grand Blvd., about two miles north of U.S. 12 in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood.

Mount Baldy Summit Hike from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The Mount Baldy parking lot and beach are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The dune, however, is still closed for general public use, so the ranger-led hike offers a chance to experience the dune as much as is possible. No reservations are required. The parking lot is located off U.S. 12.

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 20, 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.

Drop-In Volunteer Program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21.
Projects focus on preserving the park’s resources. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk off trail. All equipment and protective gear, including gloves and eye protection, will be provided. Meet at The Park Connection volunteer office, which is adjacent to the main Chellberg Farm parking lot.

Beginning Birding from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1 at the Great Marsh Trail.
A ranger leads the hike. Meet at the parking lot on Broadway north of the Beverly Shores train station.

Hike With Your Hound from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, in Miller Woods.
Join a ranger for a leisurely hike through Miller Woods, with pets allowed. Take a leash, pick-up bags, a bowl and water.

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 8.
Talk a self-guided tour of the bog and talk to rangers along the trail for a better understanding of the site filled with carnivorous plants and orchids. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is at 700 N. Wozniak Road in Michigan City.

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 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.

Volunteer at Miller Woods from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Join staff and fellow volunteers to help restore the Miller Woods oak savanna. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk off trail.

Beach Fun Saturdays from 1 p.m. to about 30 minutes past sunset every Saturday through Sept. 1 at West Beach.
Try a kayak or paddleboard starting at 1 p.m. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail starts at 7 p.m. from the Ranger Contact Station in the north end of the parking lot. A beach campfire, complete with marshmallow toasting, starts shortly before sunset. Meet at the West Beach parking lot, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage. A $6 per car parking fee is charged until 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner and warmer clothing for the evening sunset and beach campfire.

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
Explore the grounds of both historic homes, and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to the region in the 1800s. Park at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a black oak savanna, and offers views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Feed the Farm Animals at Chellberg Farm from 4 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28.
The farm’s current residents include cows, pigs and chickens. The animals are at the farm through a partnership with Dunes Learning Center, Friends of Indiana Dunes, 4-H Club of Porter County and the FFA of Westville. Chellberg Farm is off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12 in Porter.

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
Catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion, and roast marshmallows from the fireplace.

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

• A High Tech Scavenger Hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 16.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about geocaching, and take a stab at finding one. Prizes for children are planned

Awesome Amphibians from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 16.
Meet at the Nature Center to explore the differences and similarities between Dunes amphibians during a short hike to the marsh.

Beach Yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday, July 17.
The class for all levels is taught by Duneland YMCA instructors. The cost per class is $10, which is paid to the instructor. A $40 five-class pass is available. Classes cancel in case of inclement weather. Take a yoga mat or towel. The program is located near the beach pavilion

• Feed the Birds from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

• Turtle Time from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.
Meet at the Nature Center for a look at turtles that live in the dunes, then get in a circle and let them crawl around.

To the Blowout and Back from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, July 19.
Meet at the Nature Center for a trek USA Today voted as Indiana’s greatest hike.

Drama in the Dunes from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
Learn how nature can inspire acting through different exercises. No experience is needed. Attendees can participate once or weekly, with ensuing dates July 26 and Aug. 2 and 9. Visit www.dramainthedunes.com for details.

Beaver Tales from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn facts about beaver adaptations.

Park Plays from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
Park Plays features local theater groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare, to contemporary musical, to improv. Take a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion.

• Sunset Yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
The class for all levels is taught by Duneland YMCA instructors. The cost per class is $10, which is paid to the instructor. A $40 five-class pass is available. Classes cancel in case of inclement weather. Take a yoga mat or towel. The program is located near the beach pavilion.

• Tree ID Spree from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 20.
Meet at the Nature Center to explore simple ways to ID trees.

Tea Time from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 20.
Meet at the Nature Center for the free taste testing of teas made with natural items.

High Dunes Hike from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 21.
Meet a naturalist at the nature center for a hike to the summit of the state’s highest sand dune. Wear hiking shoes.

Sssssnakes Alive! from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
Meet at the Nature Center to view snakes and learn more about them.

Spider Sniffing Saunter from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn the technique for finding spiders’ eyes at night along the trail.

Beach Yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 24.
The class for all levels is taught by Duneland YMCA instructors. The cost per class is $10, which is paid to the instructor. A $40 five-class pass is available. Classes cancel in case of inclement weather. Take a yoga mat or towel. The program is located near the beach pavilion

From Dunes With Love from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 22.
Make postcards at the Nature Center.

Shipwreck Stories from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
Meet in the Nature Center Auditorium for the interactive program.

• Feed the Birds from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 23.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

The Sun Did It! from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 23.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about solar energy.

• Fun with Furs from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Meet at the Nature Center for the interactive program on dunes mammals.

• High Tech Scavenger Hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about geocaching, and take a stab at finding one. Prizes for children are planned

Wetland Wonders from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.
Meet at the Nature Center for the hands-on 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

Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Summer Reading Program: “Make Mine Music” at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19.
Disney’s eighth full-length animated film offers musically charged animated shorts, including “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by Sterling Holloway. Youth 18 and younger who arrive by 10:30 a.m. have a chance to win a copy of the movie, which is Rated G. Light refreshments are provided.

Bookmarks: “Lord of Misrule” at 2 p.m. Friday, July 20.
Jessica Hoffmaster will review Jaimy Gordon’s book that won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010.

Movies in Washington Park: “Coco” at 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 20, in Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion.
The free series is co-sponsored by the Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department.

STEAM Ahead Kids: Ozobots at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 23.
Register at the Youth Services Desk or call (219) 873-3045 and ask for Dave. The program is appropriate for children 7 and older accompanied by an adult.

Kite Decoration Craft for Kids at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Children 3 and older accompanied by an adult can create a “stained glass” kite window decoration using tissue paper squares and contact paper. All materials are provided.

• Angels Among Us at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Ange Benz leads the discussion on inspiring stories about the presence of angels in everyday lives.

Story Time at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

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

Westchester Public Library

Bits & Bytes series, iOS devices, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at www.wpl.lib.in.us. Click on the Bits & Bytes link.

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Jessica Hoffmaster will review “Lord of Misrule,” the 2010 National Book Award winner by Jaimy Gordon.

Bandstand Concert & Movie Series on Friday, July 20, at the Thomas Centennial Park bandstand in downtown Chesterton
The Patti Shaffner Jazz Trio performs at 7 p.m., followed by a screening of “Cars 3” at 8 p.m.

Ukulele Rocks from 3 to 4 p.m. Sundays in July in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The program targets students 10-17 who finished the Intro to Ukulele Class. The schedule is: July 22, “Let it Be” by The Beatles; and July 29, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley or “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg (student’s choice.) Space is limited, and registration is required. The library has ukuleles that can be checked out; however, those with ukuleles should indicate so. Call (219) 926-7696 to register.

“Local Life in the New Century: 1920-1929” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Westchester Township History Museum.
Joan Costello takes a look at life in the Duneland  area in the 1920s.

Superhero Shoes Craft Program for Tweens from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 23, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Aimed at children 7-12, tweens should take a new or clean older pair of canvas shoes. Supplies to decorate them will be provided. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-9080.

“It’s the Little Things” Miniature Workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Learn how to upcycle little things from recycling and odds-and-ends bins.

Bits & Bytes series, Learn to Navigate Facebook, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at www.wpl.lib.in.us. Click on the Bits & Bytes link.