Activities to Explore

In the Area:

May 25 — Harbor Country Book Club, Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal,” 6:30 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St.

May 25-28, June 1-4 — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s  “Sunset Boulevard,” 4th Street Theater, 125 Fourth St., Chesterton. Times: 3 p.m. Sun./8 p.m. all other times. Tickets: $20. Reservations: (219) 926-7875,

May 26Michigan City Community Chorus spring concert, 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1237 E. Coolspring Ave. Free; donations accepted. Info: (219) 874-4035.

May 26 — Mount Baldy Sunset Hike, 7-8:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Reservations: (219) 395-1882.

May 26 — Dunes Sunset Creek Hike, 8-9 p.m., campground gate @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

May 26-29 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Their Finest.” Rated R. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info:

May 27 — Backpacking for Fitness, noon-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

May 27 — Teen Movie Night: “Split,” 5 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

May 27 — Artist reception, Sherry Giryotas/Phillip Shore, 6-9 p.m. EDT, Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 S. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Info:

May 27 — Journeyman — Tribute to Eric Clapton, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $20-$30. Info:, (269) 756-3879.

May 27-28 — Michigan City Food Truck Festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Washington Park’s Fedder’s Alley. Info:

May 27-29 — Hesston Steam Museum, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 1201 E. County Road 1000 North, La Porte. Train fares: $5/adults, $3/children 3-12. Info:

May 28 — A High Tech Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m.,  Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.


May 29 — Blessing of the Fleet/pancake breakfast, 9 a.m., Michigan City Yacht Club. Breakfast tickets: $10/adults, $6/children 12 & younger. Reservations:

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

May 31 — Cocktails for a Cure (La Porte County Relay for Life fundraiser), 5-8 p.m., Patrick’s Grille, 4125 Franklin St. Advance tickets: $10. Reservations: (219) 851-3418.

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

Saturdays — La Porte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway & Monroe. Info:

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:, (219) 324-6767.

In the Region

May 26 — Tall Grass 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,

May 31 — Berrien Conservation District Native Plant Presentation and Sale, 1 p.m. EDT, Bridgman (Mich.) Public Library, 4460 Lake St

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:, (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

Mount Baldy Sunset Hike from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 26.
While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, visitors can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the dune’s western edge found to be free of holes. The program starts at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter, then follows a ranger to Mount Baldy. Reservations are required by calling (219) 395-1882.

Backpacking for Fitness from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Park ranger Kip Walton and volunteer T.J. Caraccii will lead a short presentation before heading to Chellberg Farm for a hike. The experience stresses how to get stronger, burn calories, have a healthier heart and improve posture. Dress for the weather, and take a comfortable backpack weighing 10 to 20 pounds, including water.

Campground Program from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Dunewood Campground.
Join a ranger around the campfire to learn about the diversity of park resources encountered on the Dunes Scavenger Hunt. The campground is at Broadway and U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores.

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.

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House from 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, May 28.
 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

The following programs are offered:

Friday, May 26

Dunes Sunset Creek Hike from 8 to 9 p.m.
Meet at the campground gate to explore plant and animal life while looking for evening signs of life.

Saturday, May 27

• 3 p.m. — The Incredible Journey.
Meet a naturalist at the Nature Center to explore the twists and turns a single drop of water takes in Northwest Indiana before it reaches Lake Michigan. A water game and craft are planned.

Sunday, May 28

 • 10 a.m. — A High Tech Scavenger Hunt.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about geocaching, and take a stab at finding one. Prizes for children are planned.

• 3 p.m. — Shipwreck Tales.
Meet at the Nature Center to hear tales of death and tragedy on Lake Michigan.

Monday, May 29

• 3 p.m. — Turtle Time.
Meet at the Nature Center for a look at turtles that live in the dunes, then get in a circle and let them crawl around.

Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday through Sept. 3.

• Beach Yoga — 9 to 10 a.m.
The Duneland YMCA will offer beach yoga at the main beach by the pavilion. The cost is $10 per session. Call (219) 926-4204 to register, or just show up.

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.:

• Poetry Slam Camp on June 19-23.
The library will celebrate the sixth year of Poetry Slam Camp for middle-schoolers, collaborating with Purdue University Northwest on programming and activities such as writing, performance and video-making.

Holiday closings.
The library will be closed Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day.

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

Westchester Public Library

Knit Wits and Pearls of Wisdom at 9 a.m. Thursdays at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
The weekly meeting is open to the skilled and novices, with no registration required.

Bits & Bytes series, Computer Security Part 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Serials/Automation Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at Click on the Bits & Bytes link.

Rainbow Loom on Friday, May 26, at 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 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.

Teen Movie Night: “Split” at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The film is rated PG-13. Free popcorn will be served.

The Unnamed Guild of Gamers from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Events include a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign, as well as “Munchkin,” “Ultimate Werewolf,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Pandemic.”

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.

The Beatles Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Trivia ranges from songs and lyrics to band members’ lives, tragedies and scandals. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for a prize.

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.

Holiday hours.
Both branches, Westchester Township History Museum, Baugher Center, Chesterton Adult Learning Center and the Westchester Township Trustee office will be closed Monday, May 29. Normal hours resume Tuesday, May 30.