Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Jan. 14 — The League of Women Voters LaPorte County Dinner With The League, 6 p.m., Patrick’s Grille, 4125 Franklin St. Info:

Jan. 15 — PJ Time with Your Stuffed Friend, 10-10:45 a.m., Luhr County Park Nature Center, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Info/registration: (219) 325-8315,

Jan. 15 — Parent & Child Discovery Days, “Let it Snow!,” 6-7:15 p.m., Luhr County Park Nature Center, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Cost: $5/child. Info/registration: (219) 325-8315,

Jan. 17 Anime Club, 3:45-4:45 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info:

Jan. 17 — The Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 17-19 — “The Bullying Collection,” LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $5/students, $10/adults. Info:

Jan. 18 — Geocache Adventure Day — “Duneland Architecture,” 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info:

Jan. 18 — Harbor Country Hikers, 1 p.m. EST, Robinson Woods Preserve, 8016 East Road, Three Oaks, Mich. Free. Info:

Jan. 18 — Stargazing, 5-7 p.m., Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 18 — CSNY Tribute Marrakesh Express, 8 p.m. EST, The Acorn, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Info:

Jan. 18-19 — “A Night at the Opera” featuring Monday Musicale, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18/2 p.m. Jan. 19, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St. Tickets: $15/adults, $10/children 12 & younger. Reservations:, (219) 874-4035.

Jan. 19 — Pokemon Go Community Day, 1-2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 20 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m., PNW James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex Great Hall, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville. Free. Info:

Jan. 21 — Tinkercad, 4 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 22 — Caring for Birds in the Winter, 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration: (219) 926-7696.

In the Region

Jan. 18 — In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2-3 p.m., The Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 18 — Terrarium Making, 2-3:30 p.m. EST,  Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $55, $44/members. Info:, (269) 695-6491.

Jan. 18 — Miller Garden Club “Bingo for Boulders” fundraiser, 6-10 p.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake’s Lessard Hall, 6060 Miller Ave., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Admission: $20 @ door or Eventbrite. Info: (312) 543-1561,

Jan. 18 — Indoor flea market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EST, New Troy (Mich.) Community Center, 13372 California Road. Info: (773) 803-9773.

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, 6:15 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, Maria Theresia Conference Room C, 3500 Franciscan Way. Info: (219) 801-1296.

Indiana Dunes National Park

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 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.

Drop-In Volunteer Program from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18.
Projects focus on preserving the park’s resources. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk off trail. All equipment and protective gear, including gloves and eye protection, will be provided. Meet at The Park Connection volunteer office, which is adjacent to the main Chellberg Farm parking lot.

A snowshoe hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet for a quick lesson, then hike through fields and woods surrounding the center. A regular hike will be offered if there is fewer than two inches of snow. A limited amount of equipment is available.

Movie Screenings at the Douglas Center from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Join a ranger for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary. The film selection includes Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
A ranger leads the presentation on national park sites that commemorate the civil-rights struggle.

Stargazing from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Kemil Beach parking area.
Members from Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society and Calumet Astronomical Society attend with telescopes. Dress for the weather. Take binoculars. The 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, Jan. 19.
The tour meets at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants board for the tour. Tours are free, but reservations are required by calling (219) 395-1882.

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

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

Geocache Adventure Day — “Duneland Architecture” from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
The event lets any level of geocachers compete. This year’s challenges and prizes are themed around Duneland architecture. Full details are at, search zip code 46304 for the event page. The day ends with a chili dump at the Nature Center at 4:30 p.m. Email for more details.

Breakfast with the Birds at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
Join naturalists at the Nature Center for coffee, hot chocolate and donuts, then help put out seeds for the birds.

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

Anime Club from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
Teens can meet with other anime fans, and attend in cosplay if interested.

Talk to a Lawyer Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 20.
Lawyers from the LaPorte County Bar Association will provide free legal assistance as an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event is on a first-come, first-served basis. Consultations are roughly 10-15 minutes.

Teen Advisory Board from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The board allows teens in seventh grade and older to share ideas and get involved. Volunteer opportunities include: teaching younger students in the Maker Lab during STEAM classes; recommending  library services and materials by creating displays; creating social media content; helping serve after school snacks; proposing special projects.

STEAM Sandbox from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Students in grades 3 and older can move through levels, earning a certificate for each completed level. They work independently and chart their progress while completing hands-on, interactive projects.

MAKE a Difference from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays in January and February.
The January focus is making winter hats for students at area elementary schools. The February focus is fidget sleeves for Golden Living residents.

LaPorte County Public Library is located at 904 Indiana Ave. Visit for more details.

Michigan City Public Library

Makerspace: open lab hours at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.
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.

Pokemon Go Community Day from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
Call Jonathan at (219) 873-3045 for details.

Tinkercad at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Makerspace.
Registration is required for the program that involves Tinkercad, a free online collection of software tools. This session, for children 10-18, serves as an introduction to 3-D design, art and printing. No experience is necessary. All registered participants receive a 3-D print of his/her creations. Register at the Youth Services desk or call (219) 873-3045 for more info. Space is limited. MCPL 3-D printing rules apply, and the printing fee is waived for this program.

• 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.

Michigan City Public Library is located at 100 E. Fourth St. Contact Robin Kohn at (219) 873-3049 for more information on library programming.

Westchester Public Library

Maker Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Thomas Library upstairs IT classroom.
Local software engineer Adam Johnson will lead a hands-on program, appropriate for patrons 12 and older, about Arduino circuit devices. Registration is required.

Caring for Birds in the Winter from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Local environmental scientist Joy Marburger of Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary will discuss birds in the area and how to help in colder months. Participants make birdseed wreaths to take home. Registration is required

Step To It Scavenger Hunt in January.
Indoor scavenger hunts run through the month at Thomas and Hageman branches, as well as the history museum. Ask for a clue sheet at the front desk at each location. After finding all 10 clues, participants are entered to win a Fitbit Versa Lite.

Hageman Library (219-926-9080) is located at 100 Francis St., Porter. Thomas Library (219-926-7696) is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Westchester Township History Museum (219-983-9715) is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.