Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Dec. 3 — Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum, 6 p.m., New Buffalo Public Library Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

Dec. 4 — Harbor Country Hikers, 6 p.m. EST, New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: harborcountryhikers.com

Dec. 5 — Tell Your Toy Story — A History of Toys, 6-7 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

Dec. 5 — Ugly Holiday Sweater Creation Station, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Dec. 6 — “One City, One Sound” concert, 7 p.m., Michigan City High School gymnasium, 8466 Pahs Road. Free; Salvation Army donations accepted.

Dec. 7 — First Friday in the Chapel concert, organist Carol Garret, noon, LaPorte Hospital chapel, 1007 Lincolnway.  Free. Info: (219) 325-7633.

Dec. 7 — Fandom Fridays, 3-4 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

Dec. 7 — First Friday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., Uptown Arts District (downtown Michigan City).

Dec. 7 — Reception, Tom Brand’s “Burnt Offerings,” 5-8 p.m., Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St

Dec. 7 — Works by Wendy Wilcox Kermen, 5-8 p.m., Old Lighthouse Museum, Washington Park.

Dec. 7 — Open house, 5-8 p.m., Artists Studio above Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St.

Dec. 7 — “Give a Book for the Holidays”/“New Perspectives” exhibit, 5-8 p.m., Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org

Dec. 7 — Dig the Dunes calendar release party, 5-8 p.m., SFC Gallery, 607 Franklin St. Info: DigtheDunes.com

Dec. 7 — Christmas Behind the Scenes Tour, 7-9 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $15/adults, $10/seniors or youth. Reservations: Eventbrite.

Dec. 7-10 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Wildlife.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Happy Prince.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Dec. 7-9, 13-16 — “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas,” Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St. Times: Fri.-Sat./7:30 p.m., Sun./2 p.m. Tickets: $15/adults, $10/Thursdays, children 12 & younger. Reservations: (219) 874-4035, www.footlightplayers.

Dec. 7-9, 14-16 — “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/children. Reservations: laportelittletheatreclub.com

Dec. 8 — Holiday festival, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran School, 111 Kingsbury Ave., LaPorte. Breakfast with Santa tickets: (210) 742-5802.

Dec. 8 — Cookie walk/bazaar, 9-11:30 a.m., St. Luke United Lutheran Church, 2000 E. Coolspring Ave. Info: (219) 879-9415.

Dec. 8 — Monday Musicale: “The Sounds of the Holidays,” 3 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 8 — Free Christmas concert, 2 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, U.S. 12 & Moore Road.

Dec. 8 — Essential Oil Gifts You Can Make, 3-4:30 p.m., Coolspring Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Registration: www.laportelibrary.org

Dec. 8 — Holiday at the Pops Concert, 7 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Balcony tickets: $10/adults, $5/children. Reservations: holidaypopslaporte.org

Dec. 8-9 — Candy Cane Express, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000 North, LaPorte. Trains: noon-5 p.m. Fares: $5/adults, children 3-12/$3, children 3 & younger/free. Visit: www.hesston.org, (219) 778- 2783.

Dec. 8-9 — Annual holiday open house, Independent Cat Society, 4061 S. County Line Road, Westville. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Info: (219) 785-4936.

Dec. 8-9 — Annual cookie sale and bazaar, St. Mary of the Lake Church, 718 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Mich. Hours (Eastern): 4-8 p.m. Sat./10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Dec. 9 — Christmas in the Gardens, 2-5 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12.

Dec. 9, 12 — Harbor Country Singers free Christmas concerts, 2 p.m. EST Dec. 9, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich./7 p.m. EST Dec. 12, Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Mich.

Dec. 10 — CoderDojo, 5 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 11 — Lunch With the League, 11:30 a.m., Patrick’s Grille, 4125 Franklin St. Info: LWVLaPorte@gmail.com

Dec. 12 — Polish Advent & Christmas Customs, 5 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Free. Reservations: (219) 464-1369, (219) 873-3049.

Saturdays in December — Glowing Lights Night, 4 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $8/adults, $5/youth or senior. Reservation: Eventbrite.

Through Jan. 4 — Holiday Artisan Market, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org

Through January — Duneland Plein Air Painters exhibit, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Info: www.chestertonart.com

In the Region

Dec. 8 — Box Factory Artists and Members Show,  5-7 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Info: www.boxfactoryforthearts.org

Dec. 8 — Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra holiday concert, “Glad Tidings,” 7:30 p.m. EST, Mendel Center Mainstage, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, Mich. Tickets: www.smso.org, (269) 982-4030.

Dec. 8-9, 15-16 — “Weekends With Santa,” Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, 71 N. County Road 500 West near Valparaiso. Photos with Santa/noon-4 p.m. Carload admission: $5. Info: (219) 462-0025.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Holiday Traditions in the Dunes on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Dunes Learning Center and noon to 3 p.m. at Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm
Learning center staff will celebrate the season with a Swedish pancake breakfast covered in lingonberry syrup, as well as traditional pancakes and maple syrup. Folk music and seasonal Swedish customs, including the Santa Lucia tradition, are planned. Local author and historian Ken Schoon will speak at noon about his new book, Swedish Settlements on the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The cost of the breakfast is $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children 3-12. Pre-register at duneslearningcenter.org/events/pancake.
A free traditional Swedish Christmas begins at Chellberg Farm from noon to 3 p.m. In the farmhouse, volunteers in traditional dress will explain Swedish holiday customs and decorations on display, and present Santa Lucia and her story while Jul Tomte (Santa) listens to children’s wishes in the parlor. Then, meet Papa and learn how the Santa Lucia legend is celebrated in many Swedish households. Finish the tour in the kitchen, where various Swedish foods of the holiday season will be displayed and a traditional holiday cookie given to each visitor.
Chellberg Farm is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter. Dunes Learning Center is located at 700 Howe Road in Porter.

Stargazing from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 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.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, at the Paul H. Douglas Center.
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.

Michigan City Public Library

100 E. Fourth St.:

• Needle Arts League at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27.
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.

Monday Musicale: “The Sounds of the Holidays” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Members will present traditional Christmas music. Donations to The Salvation Army food pantry will be accepted.

Story Time at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the LAC, 101 W. Second St. 
The Story Time Crew entertains families with stories and songs, and guides a craft project. The interactive program is appropriate for infants through age 5 and their parents or guardians.

CoderDojo at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
The free coding club for ages 8-18 explores programming such as Ozobots, Spheros, Chibi Chips and 3-D modeling. Coding tools include Scratch, Hopscotch and MakeCode. Children 12 and younger must have a parent attend. Visit the library’s CoderDojo page or contact Jonathan at jlovett@mclib.org for details.

Ozobots! at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 
Program Ozobots using color codes and block-based coding with the Ozoblockly app. Call (219) 873-3045 and ask for Dave for details.

Polish Advent & Christmas Customs at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
Father Wally Wladyslaw Rakoczy leads the program that includes his collection of szopki (Nativity scenes), ornaments, Koledy (Polish Christmas) albums and paintings on glass. He also will share stories and information on how Advent and Christmas are celebrated in Poland. The program is free, but seating is limited. Call Theresa Child at (219) 464-1369 or Robin Kohn at (219) 873-3049 for reservations.

• Learning Center Volunteers Needed
The Learning Center needs volunteer tutors for children and adults. Students need assistance in: reading, math, high school equivalency and English as a Second Language. All supplies and training are provided. All that’s required are two hours a week. Contact Jessica Hoffmaster at (219) 873-3043 or stop by the center for more information.

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

New Buffalo Public Library

33 N. Thompson St. (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Dec. 6

• Teen STEAM Series: December Engineering, with signup for ages 11-18, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7

• Yoga — 1:30 p.m.

• Story Time — 4 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10

• Read with Newdle the therapy dog, 11 a.m.

• Lego Club — 3 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

• Lego Club — 3 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

• Stitches, Needles, Threads and More — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Email nbtlcreate@gmail.com for more detail.

Westchester Public Library

Gingerbread House Decorating on Friday, Dec. 7, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Adults and children 5 and older are invited to the free program. Materials are provided, but factory-sealed packages of candy donations will be accepted.
Sessions start at 3 p.m. and continue every half hour until 6 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required by calling (219) 926-9080.

Christmas at Westchester Township History Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.
A traditional Victorian Christmas party is from 2 to 4 p.m. At 2 p.m., Dot Pakan will lead Christmas caroling to the accompaniment of the 19th-century Hillstrom organ. At 3 p.m., Rory McMahan will read a Christmas story. Visitors also can see the temporary exhibit, “The Cold War in Duneland,” and enjoy Victorian-era refreshments. Jim Nelson will help celebrate Swedish Christmas music and traditions at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. He will sing traditional Swedish Christmas music, and tell the tales behind them. Some songs will be sung in Swedish.
The museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Intro to the Ukulele from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 9 at the Thomas Bertha Wood Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Learn basic chords, rhythm and ukulele history. Ukuleles will be provided, although participants can take their own and should indicate so during registration. No experience is necessary, and space is limited. Register at the Thomas Branch Reference Department or by calling (219) 926-7696.

“Dealing with Caregiver Stress and Considerations for those with Dementia During the Holidays.”
The program, led by Sarah Milligan, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter care consultant, is from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Thomas Branch. No registration is required

Pizza Pajama Book Club for Teens from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Thomas Library Young Adult Room.
Teens in grades 6-12 will discuss David Levithan’s “Every Day.” Pizza will be provided. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.