Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Oct. 15 — “Michigan Magic,” 6 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Public Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

Oct. 17 — Pumpkin Painting, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. Registration: (219) 926-9080.

Oct. 18 — Halloween craft, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 18 — Free trunk or treat, 4:30 p.m., Michigan City YMCA Elston Branch, 1202 Spring St. Info: (219) 221-4055.

Oct. 19 — Bookmarks: Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 19 – Lights Out!, 6:30-8 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave.

Oct. 19 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 19-21 — “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A. St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students. Reservations: www.laportelittletheatreclub.com

Oct. 19-21 — The Friends of Westchester Public Library three-day book sale, Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Hours: The Friends Only Preview Sale/4-8 p.m. Fri., Sat.-Sun. hours/9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 19-22 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Juliet, Naked.” Rated R. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “BlacKkKlansman.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Oct. 19-20, 26-27 — Barker Blackout Tours, 8 & 10 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Tickets: $15/adults & seniors, $10/youth. Reservations: Eventbrite.

Oct. 20 — Boo at the Zoo, Washington Park Zoo. Two sessions: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: 16 & older/$4, 2-16/$5, toddlers 1 or younger/free. Advance tickets: Eventbrite, zoo office.

Oct. 20 — Painting party, 1-3 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Cost: $20. Info: (219) 324-6767.

Oct. 20 — “Bob Dylan: Nobel Poet of Our Time,” 1 p.m., Sinai Temple, 2800 Franklin St. Admission: $10. Tickets: (219) 874-4477.

Oct. 20 -— Stories from Around the World and an Open Mic, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Oct. 20 — Family Advocates 2018 Oktoberfest, 6-10 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Tickets: $35. Info: www.lpfamilyadvocates.com

Oct. 20-21, 26-28 — Ghost Train, noon-5 p.m., Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000 North, LaPorte. Train fares: $5/adults, $3/children 3-12. Info: www.hesston.org

Oct. 21 — Independent Cat Society Black Cat Strut 5k Trail Run/Non-Competitive 5k Walk, 9 a.m., Red Mill County Park, 0185 S. Holmesville Road, LaPorte. Registration: bbpnet.com/x41a

Oct. 21 — Pokemon Go Community Day, 1 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 21 — Films on DVD Series: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 22 — New Buffalo Library Community Forum, “Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir,” 6 p.m. EDT, library Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

Oct. 22 — Free concert, SAM piano instructor Aglaja Petrova, 7 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theatre, 107 Generations Drive, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich.

Oct. 24 — Sinai Temple Deli Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sinai Temple, 2800 Franklin St. Orders: (219) 874-4477/(219)-877-7541.

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.

In the Region

Oct. 20 — Halloween Hoopla, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Lake Street north of U.S. 12, Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 20 — New Troy Indoor Flea Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT, New Troy (Mich.) Community Center, 13372 California Road. Info: (773) 803-9773.

Oct. 20 — Miller Garden Club Fall Beer, Brats and Bulbs Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (312) 543-1561.

Through Nov. 10 — Eli Zilke Collaborative exhibit, “Collaborative Nature,” The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Free/donations accepted. Info: (269) 983-3688, info@boxfactoryforthearts.org, www.boxfactoryforthearts.org

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: https://oa.org, (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, Oct. 19, 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, Oct. 20.
Projects focus on preserving the park’s natural and cultural 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.

Fall Colors Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm.
The hike begins in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot, which is off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Halloween Hoopla from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

The center will be decked out in Halloween décor. Before the program, visitors can hike through Miller Woods, build a fort, play in the Nature Play Zone, make a free craft or help feed the fish, reptiles and amphibians in the center’s animal room
At 2 p.m., local turtle enthusiast Ruth Marcoe will share hints on how turtles can be helped.
Kim Hoover of “Hoots to Howls” rehabilitation center will bring native owls and share stories from 3 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium. The non-profit center cares for raptors and mammals unreleasable into the wild.

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 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.

A ranger will lead a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park’s 16-passenger buses at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
The tours meet at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants board for the tour. Tours are free, but reservations are required by calling (219) 395-1882.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare 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.

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

Stories and Sing Alongs from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
Folk musician Luke Nover and Northwest Indiana Storytellers will perform at the campground shelter next to campsite 113. Friends of the Indiana Dunes will provide cider and cookies.

Stories for Children from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20.
Stories told with puppets and props are planned at the Nature Center Auditorium.

Storyteller’s Favorites from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
Listen to stories at the Nature Center.

Stories from Around the World and an Open Mic from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
Stories will be shared before the open-mic portion of the program.

Ghost Stories from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
The open-air concert is at the Wilson Shelter, so take a blanket. Two sessions are planned: children 7 and younger from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., then youth 8 and older from 7 to 8 p.m. Friends of the Indiana Dunes will provide cider and snacks. The program is free, but donations are accepted.

Fall Turtle Talk from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Meet at the Nature Center Auditorium to explore what turtles are up to as they prepare for winter.

Dunes Through the Seasons from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Check out the changing seasons at the Nature Center Auditorium. The program also shows early photographs and highlights the park’s early history.

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

100 E. Fourth St.

• Halloween Craft at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.
The craft is appropriate for children 3 and older accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided, and children must be present to receive craft supplies.

• Needle Arts League at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 18 and 25.
Membership to the group, formerly known as the Knit Club, is open to anyone interested in needle arts such as crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, crewel, tatting and other hand stitching. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Light Painting at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the meeting room.
Paint with glow sticks and other luminous utensils on a big screen.

• Bookmarks: Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere” at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the meeting room.
Therese Oniskin is the reviewer.

Pokemon Go Community Day at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the meeting room.
Staff will place a lure on the library pokestop, with Pokemon-themed giveaways planned.

Films on DVD Series: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the meeting room.
The series is a collaboration with Purdue University Northwest. The film, 2018’s highest-grossing documentary, examines the life and legacy of children’s TV host Fred Rogers. It is Rated PG-13.

Beginner/Intermediate Spanish Language Course at 9:10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29, in the meeting room.
The eight-week course is ideal for students who have completed the beginning course. The class is free, but a $5 textbook is required.

Beginner/Intermediate French Language Course at 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29, in the meeting room.
The eight-week course is ideal for students who have completed the beginning course. The class is free, but a $5 textbook is required.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

Ozobots at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the meeting room. 
Program Ozobot robots using color codes and block-based coding with the Ozoblockly app. Advance registration is required. Register at the Youth Services desk. Call Dave at (219) 873-3045 for more information.

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

Westchester Public Library

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Terese Oniskin will review Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The selection is Joseph Heller’s “Catch 22.” Register at the reference desk, at the upstairs computer classroom or by calling (219) 926-7696. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

The Friends of Westchester Public Library three-day book sale Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21, at Thomas Library.
The Friends Only Preview Sale is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with only current members admitted; however, patrons may buy a 2018 membership at the door for $5. The public sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A large selection of hardcover books will be sold for $1 and paperback books for 50 cents. Children’s and Young Adult books cost 25 cents. On Sunday, all items will be sold for $3 a bag.

Pumpkin Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Westchester Township History Museum.
Children 6-12 search for pumpkins. Participants also can paint a pumpkin for their Halloween or fall decorations. Children are encouraged to dress in costume.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The film is Rated PG-13. Free popcorn is served.