Activities to Explore

In the Area:

March 19 — Tinkercad, 4 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

March 19 — Author talk (Tim Smith & Gospel Gold), 6 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933.

March 21 — World Puppetry Day Craft, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

March 21 — Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens, 5 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

March 21 — 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.

March 22 — Bookmarks: Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

March 22 — (Almost) Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m., Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

March 22 — In The Valley Below (opener Fragile Soul), 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $25. Reservations: (269) 756-3879.

March 22-25 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “On the Basis of Sex.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “Stan & Ollie.” Rated PG. Times: 3 & 9 p.m. Sat./3 p.m. Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com, (269) 756-3522.

March 23 — LaPorte County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Michigan City High School, 8466 W. Pahs Road. Admission: $10/door, $8/advance, free/children 12 & younger. Info: www.laportemastergardener.com, (219) 324-9407.

March 23 — Spring Bird Search, 10 a.m., Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

March 23 — “The Early History of LaPorte Hospitals,” 1 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info: (219) 324-6767, www.laportecountyhistory.org

March 23 — Sphero Skate Park, 2-4 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info:  www.laportelibrary.org

March 23 — WPL Movies in March: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” 3 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

March 23 — Stargazing, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 395-1882.

March 23 — Every Kind of Talent Show with Captain Ambivalent, 7 p.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Info: (219) 262-5200.

March 24 — Beginner Bird Drawing and Painting Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Registration: Kristina Knowski Art facebook event.

March 24 — Chicago Cellar Boys in Concert, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

March 24 — Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra series, “From Ragtime to Rock ‘n Roll,” 2 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $25. Reservations: www.smso.org, www.acorntheater.org

March 25 — Minute-to-Win-It Challenge for Kids, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. Registration: (219) 926-9080.

March 26 — Reader’s Corner, Diane Ackerman’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” 6-7 p.m., Coolspring Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

March 26 — New Buffalo Library Community Forum, 6 p.m. EDT, library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

March 27 — Heritage interpreter presentations, 6 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Free. Info: barkermansion.com, (219) 873-1520.

Through April 1 — Display, Great Lakes Museum of Military History memorabilia, Visit Michigan City LaPorte tourism bureau, Franklin Street next to Planet Fitness. Info: (219) 872-5055.

In the Region

March 19 — River Valley Garden Club, “Vegetables in the Garden,” 1 p.m. EDT, Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer, Mich. Info: www.rivervalleygardenclub.org, evpalulis@yahoo.com

March 19 — Open Mic Night with host Morgan Ingle, 7-10 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Signup: 6:30 p.m. EDT. Admission: free/performers, $5/audience (12 & younger/$1). Info: boxfactoryforthearts.org, (269) 983-3688.

March 22 — Unwrapped at the Box: Jack Adams with Van Tassel’s Uncanny Elixir, 8 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Admission: $10. Info: (269) 983-3688, boxfactoryforthearts.org

March 23 — Fiddler’s Congress in concert, 7 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Admission: $10. Info: (269) 983-3688, boxfactoryforthearts.org

March 24 – ArtsBridge concert, Jenna Mammina/Rolf Sturm, 4 p.m. EDT, First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave., Benton Harbor, Mich. Free; donations accepted. Info: (269) 925-7075.

Sundays through May 26 — Miller Woods Hike, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Lake Street, north of U.S. 12, Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

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.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Science in the National Lakeshore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research, followed by a short hike. Dress for the weather.

Stargazing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 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.

A ranger will lead a two-hour tour in one of the park’s 16-passenger buses from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
The free tours meet at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants board for the tour. Reservations are required by calling (219) 395-1882.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through May 26 at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare black oak savanna, and offers views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Art in the National Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through May 11 at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to take photos, paint, draw or write. Programs may be inside or outside.

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

(Almost) Full Moon Hike at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22.
Meet at the Nature Center for treats and a short presentation about the moon, followed by a hike to Lake Michigan and back.

Spring Bird Search at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23.
Meet at the Nature Center for an easy discovery hike for all birding levels.

Invasive Species Stroll at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Meet a naturalist and volunteers at the Nature Center for the 90-minute hike.

Beginner Bird Drawing & Painting Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
Local artist Kristina Knowski leads the workshop that includes hands-on help, drawing inspiration from the park’s mounted bird specimens. Register by visiting Kristina Knowski Art facebook event, then click on the Eventbrite page.

 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

904 Indiana Ave.:
Sphero Skate Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Activities range from coding Sphero robots to engineering skate park equipment.

Tinker Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Teens and adults can use the Cricut Maker, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Spark and Lightroom, and the 3-D printer.

• Stories & More from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays.
Children ages 3-5 with their caregivers experience stories, songs, crafts and activities that include using iPads to build early literacy skills.

The following program is at the Coolspring branch, 6925 W. County Road 400 North:
Reader’s Corner from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.
The focus is Diane Ackerman’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

Visit www.laportelibrary.org for more details.

Michigan City Public Library

100 E. Fourth St.

Makerspace: open lab hours from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in March.
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.

World Puppetry Day Craft at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
Children 4 and older, accompanied by an adult, can make a felt hand puppet. All materials are provided. Children must be present to receive supplies.

Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21.
The focus is “The Life of Captain Marvel.” The group is aimed at teens 13-18. Stop by Youth Services for more information.

• Needle Arts League at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 21 and 28.
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.

Bookmarks: Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22.
Pat Klewer is the reviewer.

Pokemon Go Community Day at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Youth Services.
The library Pokestop will have a lure placed on it, while Pokemon-themed giveaways — while supplies last — are planned. The day will feature Gen 3 Grass-type starter Treecko. Call Jonathan at (219) 873-3045 for details.

Chicago Cellar Boys in Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
Formed in 2017, the five-piece band specializes in jazz and dance music from the 1920s and 1930s.

Great Decisions at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25.
The foreign-policy discussion program returns for its 21st season. The discussion is Nationalism in Europe. Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

Registration is under way for the genealogy bus trip to Allen County Public Library.
The annual trip, cosponsored by the library and LaPorte County Genealogical Society, is Wednesday, April 24. The center has an extensive collection of North American genealogy resources. The $21 cost is due by April 1. Send a check payable to LaPorte County Genealogical Society, c/o Patricia Harris, 504 Greenwood Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360.
Pickup is at 7 a.m. at Marquette Mall by the former Marquette Theatre. It will arrive at Kabelin’s Ace Hardware in LaPorte at 7:30 a.m. The bus leaves the library for the trip back at 4 p.m.

• 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.

Westchester Public Library

Bits & Bytes series, Intro to Windows 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
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.

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Pat Klewer will review Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.”

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The selection is “The Essential Thomas Paine.” 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 Improv from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The improvisational games are aimed at youth 8-12. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

WPL Movies in March: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The film is Rated PG-13. Free popcorn is served.

Spring Break Cupcakes and Canvas at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Museum Educator Susan Swarner shows children ages 6-12 how to create a spring-themed work. Sessions available are: Monday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.; or Wednesday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-noon. Class size is limited to 10 children per session. Register by calling (219) 983-9715.

Minute-to-Win-It Challenge for Kids from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Children ages 6-12 try to complete challenges within 60 seconds using everyday items such as marbles, ping pong balls and balloons. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-9080.

Daddy/Daughter Hair Salon from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, or Wednesday, March 27, at the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Stylists Beth Gowen and Claudia Murray show fathers how to properly brush a child’s hair, and do a braid, bun and ponytail. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.