Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Feb. 23 — Dream Big and Engineer On!, 2-6 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 23 — Graphic Novel Book Club, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Feb. 24Exploring Science,” 7-8 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Feb. 25 — Octave Chanute Talk, 1-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Feb. 26 RESCHEDULED to March 5th
Maple Sugar Time Demonstration, noon-3 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Free. Info: friendshipgardens.org, (219) 878-9885.

Feb. 26 — “Metropolis” with Original Score by Dan Schaaf, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 26 — First Flowers of the Spring!, 2-3 p.m., Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Feb. 26 — Documentary, “Lake Michigan in a Dugout,” 1-2 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Feb. 27 — STEAM Ahead Kids: Ozobots, 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Feb. 27 — Monday Musicale, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Ninth St. Free; donations to scholarship fund accepted. Info: (219) 874-3754, (219) 362-1421.

Feb. 28 CANCELED
Fat Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m., St. Luke United Lutheran Church, 2000 E. Coolspring Ave. Tickets: $8/adults, $4/children. Info: (219) 879-9415.

Feb. 28 — Hamilton Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Through Feb. 28 — “The Bill of Rights and You” Pop-up Exhibit, Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

March 1 — ASH WEDNESDAY.

Through February — Vintage Valentine display, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave., La Porte. Info: www.laportecountyhistory.org, (219) 324-6767.

Through February — Traveling Indiana Historical Society exhibit, “Auto Indiana,” La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportecountyhistory.org, (219) 324-6767.

Through March 18 — Michigan City Area Schools art-teacher exhibit, “Inspired to Inspire,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St.

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

Feb. 24-25, March 3-5, 10-11 — “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. All times 7:30 p.m. EST/March 5 — 3 p.m. EST. Tickets: $19/adults, $17/students. Info: (574) 848-4116, elkhartcivictheatre.org

February 27-28 — Auditions, Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder,” 7 p.m. EST, Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Info: (574) 848-4116, elkhartcivictheatre.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
• “Exploring Science” from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Learn how science works with Megan Korte, a U.S. Geological Survey researcher investigating an endangered species in the National Lakeshore. Visitors also will learn about scientific investigations within Great Lakes national parks.

Octave Chanute Talk from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Simine Short, author of “Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution,” will discuss the major figure in developing aviation, and a contributor to the Wright brothers’ success.

Documentary, “Lake Michigan in a Dugout,” from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
The documentary tells the story of two young women who built a dugout canoe and successfully paddled and sailed around the entire shore of Lake Michigan.

Winter Fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in February at Paul H. Douglas Center.
If there’s enough snow, borrow some of the center’s cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore Miller Woods. Then, warm up inside the center with free hot chocolate, help feed the resident turtles and fish, or explore the indoor exhibits.

The Visitor Center is at 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. The Paul H. Douglas Center is on Lake Street in Gary. Call (219) 395-1882 for more information.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Snowshoe Shuffle from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Nature Center.
Meet a park interpreter for an introduction to the winter transportation, then try a pair for a short walk through the woods. A short hike will be offered if there isn’t enough snow.

First Flowers of the Spring! from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Nature Center.
Join a naturalist for a hike to find the first flower of spring. Dress for the weather.

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

Dream Big and Engineer On! from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
Participate in free activities — all materials are provided — related to engineering. The program is recommended for children 2-8 accompanied by an adult.

Understanding Your Dreams at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Experienced dream therapist Terese Fabbri leads the workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance.

“Metropolis” with Original Score by Dan Schaaf at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.
The screening offers a chance not only to view the film, but also to meet Schaaf. The film is considered the first great science-fiction film, with vast sets, 25,000 extras and elaborate special effects.

STEAM Ahead Kids: Ozobots at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The program aimed at youth 7-18 involves programming robots using color-coding and block-based coding with the Ozoblockly app. Register at the Youth Services desk. Call (219) 873-3055 or (219) 873-3045 and ask for Dave if requiring more information.

• Great Decisions at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The foreign-policy discussion program returns for its 19th season. Discussions this month are “The Future of Europe” and “Trade and Politics.” Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

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

Westchester Public Library

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The focus is Hayao Miyazaki’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.

Rainbow Loom on Friday, Feb. 24, at the 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. Advanced loomers should attend from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and beginner loomers from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Battles of the American Civil War from noon Saturday, Feb. 25, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
History buff and Civil War enthusiast Thomas Murphy will discuss the Battle of Chickamauga/Chattanooga.

The Unnamed Guild of Gamers from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Events will include a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign, as well as “Munchkin,” “Ultimate Werewolf,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Pandemic.”

Bits & Bytes series, Intro to Computers & Windows 10, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 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.

Food & Nutrition: Fresh & Fit Weight Loss from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Registered Dietetic Technician Gia DeMartinis will lead the program. Registration can be done in person at the Thomas Reference Department or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Pokemon League from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Thomas Library.
The program is aimed at children in first grade and older. Attendees learn to make decks of 60 cards. They don’t need to take anything unless wanting to take a starter pack of cards.

Hamilton Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Teams of one to four people can vie for the prize by answering questions about the musical “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the founding fathers and U.S. currency. Refreshments will be served.

Children’s Crochet Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Aimed at children in third grade and older, attendees learn beginning crochet from Sadie Steciuch. Children should take a size G crochet hook and skein of medium weight yarn. Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.