Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Oct. 19 — Northwest Indiana Green Drinks in Michigan City, 6:30 p.m., Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St. Suggested donation/$5, $2/students. Info: (219) 210-7513.

Oct. 20 — Scary Stories Family Fun, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 20 — Bookmarks: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 20 — “What Happens at the Library When the Lights Go Out?,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: (219) 362-6156, laportelibrary.org

Oct. 20 — Bacchus Festival 2017, 7:30-10 p.m. EDT, Marina Grand Resort, 600 W. Water St., New Buffalo, Mich. Cost: $65. Info: tinyurl.com/y8lsqor9

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

Oct. 20-23 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Viceroy’s House.” Not Rated. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Teacher.” Not Rated. In Slovak with English subtitles. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Oct. 20, 27, 30-31 — Blackout Tours,” Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St.  Times: 8 p.m./families, 10 p.m./adults only. Tickets: $15/adult, $10/youth. Info: www.facebook.com/barkermansion, Eventbrite.

Oct. 21-22 — Barker Hall Silent Movie Festival, 7 p.m., Barker Hall, 600 Franklin Square. Advance tickets: $18 @ Eventbrite.com. Individual tickets: $10 @ door.

Oct. 21 — Run for Jake, Legacy Hills Golf Course, 299 W. Johnson Road, La Porte. Registration/6:45-7:45 a.m., race/8 a.m. Registration/info: runsignup.com/runforjake

Oct. 21 — New Buffalo Service League arts & crafts show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo High School/Middle School, 1112 E. Clay St. Admission: $1.

Oct. 21 — Harbor Country Hikers, 1 p.m. EDT, Galien River County Park, 17424 Red Arrow Highway. Info: harborcountryhikers.com

Oct. 21 — Fall Colors Hike, 1-3 p.m., Chellberg Farm, Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20/12, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 21Writing Out Loud: Poet Tara Betts, 7:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049. 

Oct. 21 — Stargazing, Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Times/info: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 21 — Boo at the Zoo, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Washington Park Zoo. Info: www.washingtonparkzoo.com

Oct. 21 — “Alan Barcus: Confessions of a Reluctant Musician IV,” 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $25. Info: www.acorntheater.com, (269) 756-3879.

Oct. 21-22, 28-29 — Hesston Ghost Train, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000 North, La Porte. Trains: noon-5 p.m. Fares: $5/adults, $3/children 3-12. Info: www.hesston.org.

Oct. 22 — Keith Scott Blues, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 23 — Ozobots, 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 23-Jan. 6 — New exhibits, “Fragile Codes” & “In the Abstract,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: hhammond@lubeznikcenter.org, (219) 874-4900.

Oct. 24 — UNITED NATIONS DAY.

Oct. 25 — Story Time Trick-or-Treat Parade, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus Catholic Church farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., parking lot next to tennis courts. Info: ssmcfarmersmarket@gmail.com, (219) 851-1785.

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

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

In the Region

Oct. 21 — “HOWL-O-ween,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Regular admission, plus $5 dog fee. Info: (269) 695-6491.

Oct. 21 — “The Portrait,” 7:30 p.m. EDT, Judith Racht Gallery, 13707 Prairie Road, Harbert, Mich. Tickets: $20. Info: (269) 469-1080.

Oct. 22 — “Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song,” 2:30 & 7 p.m., Munster’s  Theatre at the Center. Tickets/times: (219) 836-3255, www.tickets.com

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. 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.

• Volunteers needed for Miller Woods restoration work at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28.
Join Student Conservation Association interns for the programs that last about 90 minutes. No experience is needed. Each morning begins with a brief history of the area and safety precautions. Participants then set out on the Miller Woods Trail to clip seed heads from two invasive plants: phragmites and cattails. Wear comfortable clothes; tools and work gloves will be furnished.

Fall Colors Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Chellberg Farm.
Join a ranger for the hike along the Chellberg Farm Trail. The parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12 in Porter.

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

Stargazing on Saturday, Oct. 21, 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. The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Call (219) 395-1882 for times.

Dune Buggy Bus Tours from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Join a ranger for a free two-hour tour in one of the park’s 15-passenger shuttle buses. Reservations are required because space is limited.

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.

Michigan City Public Library

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

AARP Smart Driver Course at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the meeting room.
The course targets drivers 50 and older; however, anyone can attend. AARP membership is not required, and there are no tests to pass. Some insurance companies offer discounts for taking the course. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

Scary Stories Family Fun at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the meeting room.
Storyteller Grant Fitch will share spooky tales.

Bookmarks: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.” at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the meeting room.
Therese Oniskin will review David Grann’s acclaimed account of the 1920s murders of members of Oklahoma’s Osage Indian Nation.

Writing Out Loud: Poet Tara Betts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the meeting room.
An author and professor, Betts wrote “Break the Habit” (2016) and “Arc & Hue” (2009). Her chapbooks include “7x7: kwansabas” (2015) and “The GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali” (2013). She also is an editor for “The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century” (2017).

Keith Scott Blues at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the meeting room.
Chicago-based blues/rock guitarist Keith Scott will present a concert of heavy blues tunes.

Intermediate Spanish Language Course at 9:10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 23 and 30, in the meeting room.
Previous study of the language is needed. There is no cost, but a $5 textbook is required. Registration is limited. Call Al Tieken at (219) 878-8519 for more information.

Ozobots at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the meeting room.
Children will program Ozobots using color codes and block-based coding with the Ozoblockly app. Register at the Youth Services desk. Call Dave at (219) 873-3045 for more information.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 24 and 31.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

Story Time Trick-or-Treat Parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Wear a favorite costume and take a treat bag to collect goodies. The program is appropriate for children up to age 5 accompanied by an adult.

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. 19, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Terese Oniskin will review David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The selection is Graham Greene’s “The Heart of the Matter.” Register at the reference desk, at the upstairs computer classroom or by calling (219) 926-7696. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

Rainbow Loom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Thomas Library Children’s Department.
Children in grades 3-6 create rainbow loom bracelets. Looms and rubber bands are supplied, but participants can take their own. Supplies are limited.  Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Duplo Club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Thomas Library’s Children’s Department.
Geared towards preschoolers ages 2-5, registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Intro to the Ukulele from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 23, 25, 30 and Nov. 1 at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
No experience is necessary. The hands-on introduction to the ukulele involves learning basic chords, rhythm and ukulele history. The library will provide instruments; however, those who have one can take it to class and should indicate so when registering. Space is limited, so register at the library’s children’s department or call (219) 926-7696.

Bits & Bytes series, Tech Questions with Dan, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 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.

Crochet Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 28 at Thomas Library.
Attendees learn beginning crochet from instructor Sadie Steciuch. Children are asked to take a size G crochet hook and skein of medium-weight yarn to each session. Class size is limited, so registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.