Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Aug. 16-17 — Arts in the Park, La Porte’s Fox Park. Aug. 16:  Junior & the Igniters/Aug. 17: Midwest Hype. Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info: www.artsintheparklaporte.com

Aug. 17-20 — “The Mousetrap,” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets/info: www.dunesartsfoundation.org/box-office

Aug. 17-20 — “Crimes of the Heart,” Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $10/children 12 & younger & Aug. 17 performance. Reservations: www.FootlightPlayers.org, (219) 874-4035.

Aug. 18 — Bookmarks: Paula Hawkins’ “Into the Water,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Aug. 18 — A Look at Aquatic Life in the Little Calumet River, 6-7 p.m., Little Calumet River Trail Head Parking Lot, Howe Road, 1/2 mile south of Oakhill Road, Porter.

Aug. 18 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Aug. 18 — Movies in Washington Park: “The Lego Batman Movie,” 8:15 p.m., Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion.

Aug. 18 — Three Oaks (Mich.) Sesquicentennial Celebration Movies-in-the-Park, dusk, Dewey Cannon Park. Free. Movie: “The General” (1927).

Aug. 18-19 — Civil War encampment, 9 a.m. EDT,  Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, Mich.

Aug. 18-23 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Maudie.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Also: “My Cousin Rachel.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Aug. 19 — La Porte Chamber Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., The Herald-Argus parking lot, Monroe & State streets. Info: (219) 362-3178.

Aug. 19 — Author Visit: “Cub Fans Dream Come True,” 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Aug. 19 — “Gather at Gardena,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gardena Park.

Aug. 19 — Bacchus and Beer Fest, 6-10 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Cost: $35, VIP/$40. Reservations: Call (219) 878-9885, info@friendshipgardens.org

Aug. 19 — Stargazing, 8-10 p.m., Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Aug. 19-20 — Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lubeznik Center, 101 W. Second St. Admission: $5 @ gate. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org

Aug. 19-20 — Photographer Joe Ladendorf, noon-5 p.m. EDT, The Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Mich. Info: (800) 291-9287.

Aug. 20 — Bird Drawing and Painting Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: kristinaknowski@gmail.com

Aug. 20 — Butterfly Bonanza, 2-4 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Free. Info: (219) 878-9885.

Aug. 21 — New Buffalo Library Community Forum, 6:30 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

Aug. 23 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (269) 469-0051.

Aug. 23 — Graphic Novel Book Club, “Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: Darkest Reflection,” 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus Catholic Church farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., parking lot next to tennis courts. Info: ssmcfarmersmarket@gmail.com, (219) 851-1785.

Saturdays — La Porte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway & Monroe. Info: www.facebook.com/laportefarmersmarket

Saturdays — Pinhook Bog Open House, noon-3 p.m., 700 N. Wozniak Road, Michigan City. Through Sept. 23. Info: (219) 395-1882.

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

Aug. 19 — Fernwood Book Group, “Little Heathens: Hard Times & High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Info: (269) 695-6491.

Aug. 19 — Lake Effect Jazz Band, 7:30-9:30 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: $10. Info/reservations: (269) 983-3688, info@boxfactoryforthearts.org, www.boxfactoryforthearts.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

Sunset Paddles at Marquette Lagoons from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Take a kayak or canoe, life jacket and paddle for the leisurely sunset paddle with a park ranger, co-sponsored by the Miller Spotlight Access Committee. The program includes a visit to a beaver lodge. Meet at the Marquette Park Lagoon parking lot near the stairs north of the Marquette Pavilion. Marquette Park is located about two miles north of U.S. 12 in Gary’s Miller neighborhood.

A Look at Aquatic Life in the Little Calumet River from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.
IDNL Environmental Protection Specialist Charles Morris and his staff will showcase live fish and other organisms found in the Little Calumet River. The parking lot is on Howe Road, about 1/2 mile south of Oakhill Road, Porter.

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 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.

Beginning Birding Tours from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Great Marsh Trail.
No experience is required. A spotting scope and binoculars are provided. The program starts at the southern gravel parking lot, followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to look for herons, egrets, ducks and other birds. Anyone arriving late should hike to the observation deck.
The trail south parking lot is on Broadway, about 1/4 mile north of U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores.

Junior Wildland Firefighter Program at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Meet the IDNL’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment. Children then receive a Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch.

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 23.
Tour the bog and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who explain the unique area filled with carnivorous plants. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is located at 700 N. Wozniak Road, Michigan City.

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at The Paul H. Douglas Center.
Explore Miller Woods, build a fort, climb a tree, create nature art and feed the resident fish, turtles, snakes, toads and frogs. Dress for the weather.

Stargazing from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Kemil Beach parking area.
Members from Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society and Calumet Astronomical Society will attend with telescopes. Sagittarius and Scorpio will be visible, as well as Saturn and many star clusters. Dress for the weather. Take binoculars. The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton.

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
 Tour the Chellberg Farmhouse and Bailly Homestead to learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. The parking lot 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 Aug. 20.
Join a park ranger for a hike through an oak savanna. The hike varies in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Wear sturdy shoes, and take water and insect repellent.

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

Dunes Creek Crossing from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.
Meet at the campground gate for a morning exploration of Dunes Creek. Creek wading is possible.

• Feed the Birds from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

• Bird Drawing and Painting Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
Local artist Kristina Knowski will lead the hands-on program, working from the park’s mounted specimens to draw, learn and paint some of Indiana’s diverse bird life. Email kristinaknowski@gmail.com for details.

Tragedy Beneath the Waves from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.
Meet at the Nature Center auditorium for an interactive look at Lake Michigan tales of death and tragedy.

• Dunes Wetland Wander at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Take a 45-minute hike into the dune wetlands to explore breeding birds and underwater critters.

Beach House Blowout Bound at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Meet a naturalist at the Nature Center for the moderate hike to the Beach House Blowout.

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

The following programs are available at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Introduction to American Sign Language at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, in the library meeting room.
The eight-week class taught by Valeria Vaughn meets Thursdays. Space is limited. A $32.50 fee is due at registration. Call (219) 873-3049 to register or for more information.

Bookmarks: Paula Hawkins’ “Into the Water” at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the library meeting room.
Jessica Hoffmaster is the reviewer.

Movies in Washington Park: “The Lego Batman Movie” at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion.
The movie, Rated PG, is the final entry in the  summer series.

Author Visit: “Cub Fans Dream Come True” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the library meeting room.
Wanatah resident David Wilgus wrote the story “for the express purpose of giving reading pleasure to baseball fans throughout the country.”

Understanding Your Dreams at 2 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 19.
Experienced dream therapist Terese Fabbri leads the workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance.

Beginning Spanish Classes at 9:15 a.m. Mondays through Aug. 21 in the library meeting room.
The course will include instruction on Spanish-language greetings, talking about yourself and home, counting and telling time, finding your way around and asking for what you want in shops. A $5 textbook is required, but there is no other charge. Call Al Tieken at (219) 878-8519 to register.

Beginning French Classes at 10:15 a.m. Mondays through Aug. 21 in the library meeting room.
The course will include instruction on French-language greetings, talking about yourself and home, counting and telling time, finding your way around and asking for what you want in shops. A $5 textbook is required, but there is no other charge. Call Al Tieken at (219) 878-8519 to register.

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