Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Jan. 18 — Bookmarks at the Museum, 2 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Jan. 18 — A.A. Milne’s Birthday Celebration, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth S. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 18 — Books That Make You Think Discussion Group, Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March,” 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Jan. 18 — 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.

Jan. 19 — Bookmarks: Gordon S. Wood’s “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth S. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 19 — T.J. Kalin discussion, “The Red Cross Meets the Mansion,” 5:30 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Free-will offering. Info: www.barkermansion.com

Jan. 19 & 26, Feb. 2 — Indiana Historical Society traveling exhibit, “The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines,” 5-7 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Free-will offering. Info: www.barkermansion.com

Jan. 20 — Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society, 8-10 a.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 20 — Geocache Adventure, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., nature center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Jan. 20 — Stewardship Program — Sugar Maple Research, 1-3 p.m., Chellberg Farm, Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12/20, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 20 — The Tony Stanzas (improv), 8 p.m., 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton.  Tickets: $10. Info: 4thstreetncca.com, (219) 926-7875.

Jan. 20 — The Chicago Experience with opener Dina Bach, 8 p.m. EST, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Info: www.acorntheater.com, (269) 756-3879.

Jan. 21 — Winter Mount Baldy Hike, 1-3 p.m., Mount Baldy parking lot off U.S. 12 west of Michigan City. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Jan. 21 — Author William Hazelgrove: “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth S. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 22 — Monday Musicale open meeting, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Ninth St. Scholarship fund donations welcome. Info: (219) 874-3754, (219) 362-1421.

Jan. 24 — Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Free. Info: www.laportecountyhistory.org, (219) 324-6767.

Jan. 24 — “Rajasthan India: 30 Years to the Present,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

In the Region

Jan. 19-21 — “Little Women,” Elkhart Civic Theatre at Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Times (eastern): 7 p.m. Jan. 19-20/3 p.m. Jan. 21. Cost: $14/adults, $12/students. Reservations: (574) 848-4116, or elkhartcivictheatre.org

Jan. 19-March 3 — “Sherwood Snyder: A Retrospective,” Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 19. Info: www.boxfactoryforthearts.org, (269) 983-3688.

Jan. 20 — Indoor flea market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EST, New Troy (Mich.) Community Center, 13372 California Road. Free. Info:  www.facebook.com/NewTroyFleaMarket

Through Jan. 21 — Cracker Jack exhibit, “Toys Across Time,” Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Info: www.fernwoodbotanical.org, (269) 695-6491.

Through Feb. 25 — “Here and There: Intimate and Large Scale Views in Photography,” Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main St., Elkhart. Info: (574) 293-6660, www.MidwestMuseum.US

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, Jan. 19, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
The group preserves folk songs in the traditional way, using guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, har-monica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy and other obscure instruments.

Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Brad Bumgardner, birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society executive director, leads the program that carpools to a birding spot. No experience is required. Take binoculars, and dress for the weather.

Stewardship Program — Sugar Maple Research from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Chellberg Farm.
Help park staff survey maple trees part of a sugar maple research study. If weather permits, staff will start “tapping” the trees. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk in the winter woods. The Chellberg parking lot is off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter.

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

Winter Mount Baldy Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.
The ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and views from the top of the dune. No reservation is required. The hike is held regardless of weather conditions. Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot off U.S. 12 west of Michigan City.
The program is part of the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventures Series, with events held throughout the year and culminating in the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival on Oct. 5-7.

Climate Change Workshop for Educators from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion.
The workshop also is open to Scout leaders and others who work with youth. It includes information about the impact global climate change is having on the region’s resources, and activity ideas, including a Climate Backpack with educational props that can be used to help students understand climate change.
Teachers and others completing the workshop receive copies of the books “Climate Change: A Hot Topic” (for ages 10-14), and “Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Those attending the workshop can borrow the Climate Backpack to use with youth.
The workshop is co-sponsored by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunes Learning Center, Animalia Project, Chicago Wilderness Climate Education & Engagement Committee and the Great Lakes Research and Education Center.
The $40 workshop fee includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is required, and registration is limited. Visit duneslearningcenter.org/adults or call (219) 395-9555 to register.

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

Geocache Adventure from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the nature center.
Using GPS technology, participants will travel the park and nearby Duneland area while completing outdoor challenges. They must have a  GPS unit or geocaching phone application.
This year’s program explores the history of the dunes and its relationship to the South Shore Line. It ends with prizes and awards during the annual chili dump dinner at 4:30 p.m. Participants can take their own chili to dump into a kettle that will be cooking over a fire at the nature center.
Partners from Barker Mansion, Northwest Indiana Geocachers Association and Westchester Township History Museum helped plan the event.
Participants can register at geocaching.com. Search the zip code 46304 to find it. The event is free after paying the standard park admission of $7 per in-state vehicle or $12 per out-of-state vehicle.

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.:

A.A. Milne’s Birthday Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the meeting room.
Library staff will show a compilation of shorts that are Rated G.

Bookmarks: Gordon S. Wood’s “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson” at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the meeting room.
Serena Sutliff is the reviewer.

Author William Hazelgrove: “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the meeting room.
Hazelgrove returns to discuss his new book, a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 23 and 30, and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 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.

• Volunteers Needed for VITA Tax Program.
Volunteers are needed at least one day a week during the tax season (February-April) for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The IRS provides some training, and volunteers must pass the VITA test through the intermediate level. Testing and training are online.

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

Westchester Public Library

Knit Wits and Purls of Wisdom at 9 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 and 25, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
The weekly meeting is open to the skilled and novices, with no registration required.

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Serena Ard will review Gordon S. Wood’s “Friends Divided.” Books are available at Thomas and Hageman branches. Refreshments will be served.

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The selection is Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March.” Register at the reference desk, at the upstairs computer classroom or by calling (219) 926-7696. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

Kids Science Explorer Club at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Thomas Library Children’s Department.
Duneland School Corp. teacher Kim Stahura leads the science-based program for children 6 and older. The focus this month is the science behind catapults. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Duplo Club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Thomas Library’s Children’s Department.
Geared towards preschoolers ages 2-5, registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Saturday Crafternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hageman Library.
Children 2-4 can make paper mittens and decorate them with colorful pom-poms.

Intro to the Ukulele from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11, at the Thomas Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
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.

Children’s Crochet Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 24 in the Thomas Library Children’s Department.
Children in grades 3 and older learn beginning crochet from instructor Sadie Steciuch. They should take a size G crochet hook and skein of medium weight yarn. Call (219) 926-7696 to register.

“Peaceful People” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 27 at the Thomas Library children’s department.
Aimed at children 6 and older, and their caregivers, each session opens with a short exercise to become aware of breathing, followed by a book or two that stress empathy or kindness. Activities are designed to increase feelings of peace and well-being, including mandala construction, gratitude journaling and painting kindness rocks.
Registration is required because space is limited. Call the Children’s Department at (219) 926-7696 or visit the library.

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The focus is Brian K. Vaughn’s “Paper Girls.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.

“Rajasthan India: 30 Years to the Present” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Room.
The educational presentation by botanist/environmental scientist Joy Marburger includes a slideshow with photos and artifacts from India, and a group discussion. Free jasmine tea and cookies will be served.