Activities to Explore

In the Area:

May 23 — Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens, 5 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

May 24 — YMCA Teen Night, 5-8 p.m., LaPorte County Family YMCA Elston Branch, 1202 Spring St. Info: (219) 221-4055.

May 24 — Mount Baldy Summit Sunset Hike, 7-8:30 p.m., parking lot off U.S. 12. Info: (219) 395-1882.

May 24-30 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Amazing Grace.” Rated G. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. Also: “The Best of Enemies.” Rated PG-13. Times: 2:30 & 9:15 p.m. Sat./2:30 p.m. Sun. All times Eastern. Info:, (269) 756-3522.

May 25 — Silk Stocking Row Walking Tour, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Tickets: $5. Reservations: Eventbrite, (219) 873-1520.

May 25 — Memorial Day celebration, 11 a.m., Beverly Shores Museum and Art Gallery, 525 S. Broadway. Info: (219) 229-1483,

May 25 — Battle of the Bulge presentation, 1 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave.

May 25 — Reely Dan — Steely Dan Tribute, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Reservations:

May 25 — Stargazing, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 395-1882.

May 25 — Sense-ational Night Hike, 8 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

May 25-27 — Opening weekend, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000 North. Museum opens @ 11:30 a.m./rides thru 5 p.m. Fares: $5/adults, $3/children 3-12. Info:, (219) 778-2783.


May 27 — Memorial Day parade, 10 a.m. EDT, downtown New Buffalo, Mich. Info: (269) 469-0770.

May 27 — Military Members Day, Washington Park Zoo, 100 Lake Shore Drive. Admission: free to military.

May 27 — Dunes Creek Hike, 10:30 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Saturdays through October — Michigan City Mainstreet Association Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Eighth & Washington streets.

Saturdays through Oct. 26 — LaPorte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway parking lot next to Mucho Mas.

In the Region

May 25 — Tallgrass Prairie Walk, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $12, $10/members. Info:, (269) 695-6491.

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:, (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 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, Maria Theresia Conference Room C, 3500 Franciscan Way. Info: (219) 801-1296.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Mount Baldy Summit Sunset Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.
Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot off U.S. 12 for a ranger-led hike. The parking lot and beach are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The dune, however, is still closed for general public use.

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
Talk a self-guided tour of the bog and talk to rangers along the trail for a better understanding of the site filled with carnivorous plants and orchids. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is at 700 N. Wozniak Road in Michigan City.

Science in the National Lakeshore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research, followed by a short hike. Dress for the weather.

Stargazing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 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.

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
Explore the grounds of both historic homes, and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to the region in the 1800s. Park at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter.

Feeding Time at Chellberg Farm at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
Join a ranger for the 30-minute program. The farm is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12 in Porter.

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.

Movie Screenings at the Visitor Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 27.
Join a ranger for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary.

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

Critters in the Campground from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 24.
Join a naturalist at the campground shelter next to campsite 113 for treats and information on upcoming programs.

Volunteer Beach Cleanup with the Friends of Indiana Dunes at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25.
Meet Friends of Indiana Dunes Board Member Paul Stofko at the main beach pavilion. Trash bags and gloves are provided.

High Dunes Hike at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25.
Meet a naturalist at the nature center for a hike to the summit of the state’s highest sand dune. Wear hiking shoes.

Sssssnakes Alive! at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
Meet at the Nature Center to view snakes and learn more about them.

Sense-ational Night Hike at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25.
Meet at the Nature Center for a hike and hands-on activities.

Ant Lion Safari at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 26.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for the short discovery walk.

• Sun Fun at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
Celebrating National Sunscreen Day, the program at the Nature Center auditorium involves solar facts and a craft.

Spider Sniffing Saunter at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn the technique for finding spiders’ eyes at night along the trail.

Dunes Creek Hike at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 27.
Meet a naturalist at the campground shelter next to campsite 113 for a program on the creek that flows through the dunes.

Turtle Time at 3 p.m. Monday, May 27.
Meet outside the nature center to learn more about turtles.

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.:

• 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.

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.

Visit http://www.laportelibrary.orgfor more details.

Michigan City Public Library

100 E. Fourth St.:

Makerspace: open lab hours at 3 p.m. Thursdays in May.
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.

Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23.
The focus this month is Shazam. The group is aimed at teens 13-18. Stop by Youth Services for more information.

• Needle Arts League at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in May.
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.

Great Decisions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.
The foreign-policy discussion program concludes its 21st season with “The State of the State Department.” Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

• Library Hours.
The library will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, due to a staff meeting. It will close Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. Afterward, it will be closed Sundays through Sept. 1.

• 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.