Activities to Explore

In the Area:

July 19-20 — Arts in the Park, La Porte’s Fox Park. July 19: La Porte City Band/July 20: Pierce Avenue. Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info: www.artsintheparklaporte.com

July 19-29 — “Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter),” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Times: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $16-$17. Reservations: info@canterburytheatre.org, (219) 874-4269.

July 20 — Build a Lighthouse, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 20-30 — Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Reservations: tinyurl.com/y9hzd4t5

July 21 — “Despicable Me 2,” 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 21 — Bookmarks: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 21 — Bandstand Concert & Family Film Series, Thomas Centennial Park, downtown Chesterton. Tommy Thompson Band @ 7 p.m., “Moana” @ 8 p.m.

July 21 — Corky Siegel & Howard Levy, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $35. Info: www.acorntheater.com, (269) 756-3879.

July 21-27 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “The Woman’s Balcony.” Not rated. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Times: 6:15 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tues.-Thur. Also: “The Hero.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 3:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Times: All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

July 22 — Memorial service, 102nd anniversary of S.S. Eastland disaster, 11 a.m., Millennium Park.

July 22 — “Cries from Syria,” 1 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 22 — Floral arranging class, 1-3 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Public Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Cost: $20. Registration: (269) 469-2933.

July 22 — Rotary Club of La Porte free “Hub of Awesome” waterski show, 6-7 p.m., La Porte’s Pine Lake. Spectator area: “Ski Beach” on Waverly Road.

July 22-23 — Photographer Dave Wheeler, noon-5 p.m. EDT, The Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Mich. Info: (800) 291-9287.

July 23 — Annual pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m.- noon, St. Ann of the Dunes, 433 Golf Wood Road, Beverly Shores. Cost: $6, $2/children 6-10, free/6 & younger. Info: (219) 879-7565.

July 23 — Tragedy Beneath the Waves, 3-4 p.m.,  Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. CR 25E, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

July 26 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (269) 469-0051.

July 26 — Graphic Novel Book Club, Marguerite Bennett’s “DC Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted,” 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

July 20 — Coastline Children’s Film Festival, “Window Horses,” 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Suggested donation: $1. Info: boxfactoryforthearts.org

July 21 — Art Market grand opening, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Info: boxfactoryforthearts.org, (269) 983-03688,

July 21-23 — “Big, the Musical,” Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula. Times (Eastern): July 21 & 22 @ 7:30 p.m./July 23 @ 3 p.m. Tickets: (574) 848-4116, elkhartcivictheatre.org

July 22 — Coffee with a Ranger, 9:30 a.m., Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. Info: (219) 395-1882.

July 22 — Flint knapping program, 1-3 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. Info: (219) 395-1882.

July 22 — “Celebrate Chikaming,” noon-6 p.m. EDT, Harbert Community Park, 13526 Red Arrow Highway. Info: harborcountryhikers.com

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 Paddle with a Ranger from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in July at Marquette Lagoons.
Take a kayak or canoe, as well as a life jacket and paddle, for the leisurely sunset paddle that includes a visit to a beaver site. Meet at the Marquette Park Lagoon parking lot near the stairs just north of the Marquette Pavilion. Marquette Park is located in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood.

Beach Fun Fridays from 2 p.m. to about 30 minutes past sunset at West Beach.
Activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, sunset hike and beach campfire. Try a kayak or paddleboard starting at 2 p.m. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail starts at 7:45 p.m. from the Ranger Contact Station in the north end of the parking lot. A beach campfire, complete with marshmallow toasting, starts shortly before sunset.
There is a $6 per car parking fee charged until 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner. Meet at the West Beach parking lot, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage.

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, 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.

Coffee with a Ranger at 9:30 a.m. Saturday July 22, at the Paul H. Douglas Center.
Coffee, tea and juice, as well as binoculars, will be provided. For those interested, a free shuttle heads to Lake Street Beach or Marquette Park until 6 p.m.

Fort Building Contest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
Form a family or small group team, and test architecture skills in the Nature Play Zone.

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 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.

Flint knapping program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
Watch the technique of making various types of points by a park ranger, and learn about what shapes were made for various purposes.

 • Mount Baldy Hikes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays in July.
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.

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House from 1:30-4 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, July 20.
Meet at the campground gate for a morning exploration of Dunes Creek. Creek wading is possible.

• Feed the Birds from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

Tragedy Beneath the Waves from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23.
Meet in the Nature Center auditorium for a look at death and tragedy on Lake Michigan.

Dunes Explorer Summer Camp II from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 24-28.
The nature-related day camp is for students  9-13. Registration is required, and space is limited. The $29 cost includes snacks, lunch on Friday, crafts and park entrance fees. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Email bbumgardner@dnr.in.gov for details.

• Dunes Wetland Wander at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25.
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, July 26.
Meet a naturalist at the Nature Center for the moderate hike to the Beach House Blowout.

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.:

Story Time at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, in the library meeting room
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

Build a Lighthouse at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, in Youth Services.
The Summer Reading Program activity is aimed at families.

“Despicable Me 2” at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, in the library meeting room.
The movie is Rated PG. Light refreshments will be served. All viewers 18 and younger who arrive by 10:30 a.m. have a chance to win a DVD of the movie. They must be present to win.

Bookmarks: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, in the library meeting room.
Hilda DeMuth Lutze is the reviewer.

Film screening, “Cries from Syria,” at 1 p.m.  Saturday, July 22, in the library meeting room.
The showing is a joint effort between the library and Concerned Citizens for the Syrian Refugees. It contains content some may find disturbing and should not be viewed by children 14 and younger without adult supervision. A discussion follows the films, with light refreshments served.

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.

Westchester Public Library

Special closing.
The two branches — Thomas, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman, 100 Francis St., Porter — and Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, will be closed from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20, for its annual staff appreciation luncheon. The library system reopens at 2 p.m.

Kids Science Explorer Club at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, at the Thomas Library Children’s Department.
Duneland School Corp. teacher Kim Stahura leads the science-based program for children 6 and older. The focus this month is roller coasters. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Bandstand Concert & Family Film Series on Friday, July 21, at Porter’s Hawthorne Park gazebo.
Tommy Thompson Band performs at 7 p.m., followed by “Moana” at around 8 p.m.

Duplo Club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Thomas Library’s Children’s Department.
Geared towards preschoolers ages 2-5, registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Bits & Bytes series, Internet Privacy, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department.
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.

Disney & Pixar Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Westchester Township History Museum.
All questions revolve around Disney and Pixar movies and TV shows. Appropriate for participants 12 and older, teams of 1-4 people can vie for a prize.

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The focus is Marguerite Bennett’s “DC Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.