Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Feb. 17 — PRESIDENT’S DAY.

Feb. 18 — “Say Cheese!” (photography program), 6-7 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

Feb. 21 Bookmarks: Olive Kitteridge & Olive, Again, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 21 The Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Feb. 22 — WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY.

Feb. 22 — Hamfest, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St.

Feb. 22 — Heart Healthy Diets!, 10-11 a.m., Coolspring Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

Feb. 22 — Pokemon Go Community Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 22 — Karstens’ Club Challenge Chili Cook Off, noon-3 p.m., Disabled American Veterans, 2301 Ohio St. Cost: $5 donation. Info: (219) 873-1506.

Feb. 22 — “Woods on a Snowy Evening: Poems of Winter Beauty,” 1-2 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Feb. 22 — Getting Our Hearts Right: 3 Keys to Better Relationships, 1-2:30 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

Feb. 22 — Science in the National Park, 2-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Feb. 24 — Great Decisions, 6:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 25 — Harbor County Hikers program, hiking’s health benefits, 6 p.m. EST, New Buffalo Township Library Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Free. Info: www.harborcountryhikers.com

Feb. 25 — Free seminar, “Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy,” 6 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, Meeting Room A, 904 Indiana Ave. RSVP: (219) 221-6958.

Feb. 25 — Chicago Bears Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. Info: (219) 983-9715.

Feb. 26 — Supa-Epic Dog Man Pawty, 6-7 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration: (219) 926-7696.

Feb. 26-27 — Carden Circus, 6:30 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Reservations: www.tickets.spectacularcircus.com/affiliate/website/

In the Region

Feb. 19 — 2020 jury process, 59th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, Mendel Center Mainstage @ Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Mich. Info: krasl.org, (269) 983-0271.

Feb. 21-March 7 “First Date,” Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Times (Eastern): 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22, 28-29, March 6-7, 3 p.m. March 1. Tickets: adults/$21, students & seniors (62+)/$19. Reservations: (574) 848-4116, elkhartcivictheatre.org/tickets

Feb. 22 — Edible Horticulture, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EST, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $60, $48/members. Registration: (269) 695-6491, www.fernwoodbotanical.org.

Feb. 22 — Harbor Country Hikers, 1 p.m. EST, Lydick Bog Nature Preserve near South Bend. Free. Info: www.harborcountryhikers.com

Feb. 22-April 29 Free display, “Cruisin’ Through the Times,” Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Info: (219) 989-7979.

Feb. 23 — Poetry reading, Mexican-American poet Gilbert Arzola, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Don Quijote, 119 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

Feb. 23 — Meet-the-artist reception, Suzy Vance (fiber paintings/mixed media), 1:30 p.m., The Village Gallery @ Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. Info: (219) 465-1591.

Wednesdays — Musician jam sessions, 6-9 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Performer signup: Nicole Pierard @ anso91@yahoo.com. Audience donation: $5.

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./Franciscian Hospital Clair of Assisi Room, 3500 Franciscan Way; 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.

Thursdays — Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, 6:15 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, Maria Theresia Conference Room C, 3500 Franciscan Way. Info: (219) 801-1296.

Indiana Dunes National Park

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 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.

Science in the National Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research, followed by a short hike. Dress for the weather.

Snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet for a quick lesson, then hike through fields and woods surrounding the center. A regular hike will be offered if there is fewer than two inches of snow. A limited amount of equipment is available.

Movie Screenings at the Douglas Center from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Join a ranger for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary. Feb. 22-23 includes a documentary on Harriet Tubman’s life and the National Historic Site that bears her name.

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

Indiana Dunes State Park

• Feed the Birds at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding.

“Woods on a Snowy Evening: Poems of Winter Beauty” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Spoken word performer Glory-June Greiff will present poetry that explores nature and winter. The program is funded through an Indiana Arts Commission Arts in the Parks grant.

• Reptile Rendezvous at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
Meet a naturalist at the Nature Center to see turtles and snakes, and learn how they survive the cold winter months.

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.

LaPorte County Public Library

“Say Cheese!” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the main library.
Local expert photographers will share tips and tricks using lighting and posing.

Teen Advisory Board from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the main library.
The board allows teens in seventh grade and older to share ideas and get involved. Volunteer opportunities include: teaching younger students in the Maker Lab during STEAM classes; recommending  library services and materials by creating displays; creating social media content; helping serve after school snacks; proposing special projects.

Anime Club from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Meet other teen anime fans through the club.

Heart Healthy Diets! from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Coolspring branch.
Purdue Extension experts will identify appropriate diets, and tips for transitioning to a new diet. A tasting of heart healthy recipes is planned.

Getting Our Hearts Right: 3 Keys to Better Relationships from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Participants receive a copy of the “Getting Our Hearts Right” workbook, and are entered into a drawing for a personal gratitude journal.

STEAM Sandbox from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Students in grades 3 and older can move through levels, earning a certificate for each completed level. They work independently and chart their progress while completing hands-on, interactive projects.

MAKE a Difference from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays in February.
The focus is fidget sleeves for Golden Living residents.

LaPorte County Public Library is located at 904 Indiana Ave. The Coolspring Branch is located at 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Visit www.laportelibrary.org for more details.

Michigan City Public Library

Makerspace: open lab hours at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Youth ages 6-18 can create with LEGO WeDo, Micro Bits, paper circuits and Ozobots. Children 12 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend with them.

Bookmarks: Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Jessica Hoffmaster will review the Pulitzer Prize-winning books by Elizabeth Strout.

Pokemon Go Community Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Staff will place a lure on the library pokestop, while Pokemon-themed giveaways are planned while supplies last. Call (219) 873-3045 for details.

Creative Coding Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22.
Children and families will create with interactive media projects using the Scratch programming language, Makey Makey and the BBC Micro:bit. The program is appropriate for children 8-18. Those 12 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend with them.

Great Decisions at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
The foreign-policy discussion program returns for its 22nd season. The discussion is India and Pakistan. Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

Story Time at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
The Story Time Crew presents stories, songs, activities and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive your child’s name tag. The program is appropriate for children birth-5 accompanied by an adult.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

• 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.

Michigan City Public Library is located at 100 E. Fourth St. Contact Robin Kohn at (219) 873-3049 for more information on library programming.

Westchester Public Library

Chicago Bears Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Westchester Township History Museum.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and remain open until the event is full. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for a prize. Refreshments will be served.

Supa-Epic Dog Man Pawty from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Children ages 7-11 will play a K-9 sniff game, learn how to dust for pawprints, make a Shrinky Dink and engineer an 80-HD robot sidekick using craft supplies. Registration is required.

DIY Pom-Pom Wreaths from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
All materials are provided. Registration is required.

Hageman Library (219-926-9080) is located at 100 Francis St., Porter. Thomas Library (219-926-7696) is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Westchester Township History Museum (219-983-9715) is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The Baugher Center is located at 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.