Activities to Explore

In the Area:

May 15 — Beauty in the Hoosier Landscape, 6-7 p.m., Coolspring Branch Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

May 15 — Junior Achievement Achieve-A-Bowl, 6-8 p.m., City Lanes, 1901 S. Woodland Ave. Info: lisa.scheller@ja.org

May 15 — Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum, 6:30 p.m. EDT, library Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Free. Info: (269) 469-2933, newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org

May 17 — Sandcastle Writers program, 5:30-7 p.m., Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org, (219) 874-4900

May 17 — Books That Make You Think Discussion Group, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” 6-7:30 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

May 17-20 — Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes State Park. Info: indunesbirdingfestival.com

May 18 — Bookmarks: “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

May 18 — “Sips, Suds and Songs: In the Garden at Barker Mansion,” 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30. Registration: bbpnet.com/x18c

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

May 18-20 — “James and the Giant Peach,” LaPorte Little Theatre, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat./2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students. Reservations: laportelittletheatreclub.com

May 18-21 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Lean on Pete.” Rated R. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also Showing: “The Leisure Seeker.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

May 19 — The School of American Music sixth annual Spring Recital, 2 p.m. EDT, Three Oaks Arts &Education Center, 14 Maple St.

May 19 — Teen Movie: “Black Panther,” 3 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

May 19 — Visions of Santana!, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $25. Info: www.acorntheater.org, (269) 756-3879.

May 20 — Orchard Country Bicycle Tour, 7 a.m.-noon, LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W. Indiana 2. Cost: $20/advance, $25/race day. Registration/info: (219) 362-4200.

May 20 — Polish Heritage Association, Ignacy Jan Paderewski celebration, 1 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12.

May 20 — United Way of LaPorte County gala, “Seeds of Impact,” 1-4 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Tickets: $75. Reservations/info: unitedwaylpc.org/seedsofimpact.

May 20 — Film excerpt screening, “The Voice That Rocked America,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

May 22 — New Buffalo Library Community Forum, guided tour of Purdue University Northwest’s sculpture collection, 10 a.m. EDT. Free. Reservations: (269) 469-2933, new.buffalo.fol@gmail.com

May 23 — Sinai Temple Deli Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sinai Temple, 2800 Franklin St. Call-in orders: (219) 874-4477, (219)-877-7541.

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus of Michigan City farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 27, 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

Through May 26 — Photography exhibit, “The View As We See It,” Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Info: (219) 926-4711.

Through May — “Up Up and Away!: A Look at Aerial Photography from La Porte County!,” La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportecountyhistory.org, (219) 324-6767.

In the Region

May 18 — Opening reception, “Dual Insights: Carole Stodder and Tom Brand — Paintings,” 6-9 p.m., Marshall Gardner Art Center, 940 S. Lake St., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood.

May 18-20 — “I Hate Hamlet,” Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Times (Eastern): 7:30 p.m. May 18-19, 3 p.m. May 20. Tickets: $21/adults; $19/students &  seniors (62+). Reservations: elkhartcivictheatre.org

May 19 — Douglas Center Grand Reopening and National Kids to Parks Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

May 19 — River Valley Garden Club plant sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT, Harbert Community Park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert. Info: www.rivervalleygardenclub.org

May 19 — South Bend Comic Book Convention, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT, Comfort Suites, 52933 U.S. 933 (Cleveland and U.S. 31).Info: (309) 657-1599.

May 19 — “Spring Out To Sunset” festival, noon-5 p.m., Spring Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. Info: (219) 462-6104.

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

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

Douglas Center Grand Reopening and National Kids to Parks Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
The center closed in December for the installation of a new heating and cooling system with a “greener” footprint, as well as new doors and skylight windows.
The annual National Kids to Parks Day, sponsored by the National Park Trust, connects kids and families to public lands and encourages STEM learning.
Guests can visit stations inside and around the center that emphasize nature-focused activities such as an outdoor scavenger hunt, fort building, arts and crafts, yoga on a dune, birding and seed ball making.
For a deeper look into Miller Woods, a picnic hike to the beach and back is at 11 a.m. Participants should take lunches and water for the 3+ mile hike.
PBS Kids’ Nature Cat will attend the festivities.

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.

Michigan City Public Library

Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Great Decisions at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the meeting room.
The foreign-policy discussion program continues its 20th season. The topic is South Africa’s fragile democracy. Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

Story Time Graduation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the meeting room.
Children through age 5 accompanied by an adult can enjoy stories, songs, activities and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive your child’s name tag.

Bookmarks: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the meeting room.
Marian Wray will review Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”

Film excerpt screening: “The Voice That Rocked America” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the meeting room.
Pamela Pulice will discuss her project that began in 2014, showing 20 minutes of the documentary.

Poetry SlamCamp 2018 on Monday through Friday, June 18-22.
This summer marks the camp’s seventh year. Aimed at middle-schoolers, the library collaborates with Purdue University Northwest on programming and activities, including writing and performance. Additional details will be announced soon.

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

Westchester Public Library

Tinker, Create, Invent and Have Fun! from 3:30  to 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Hageman Library.
Children 4-6 engage in classes based on science, design, engineering and art. Space is limited to 12, and registration is required by calling (219) 926-9080.

Minecraft Meet-up from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Thomas Library
Registration is required and must be done in person. The WPL Gaming Policy and Rules of Conduct must be signed upon registration as well. Parents are welcome to attend, but required for youth 10 and younger.

Pizza Pajama Book Club for Teens from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the Thomas Library Young Adult Room.
Teens in grades 6-12 will discuss Neal Shusterman’s “Thunderhead.” Pizza will be provided. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696 or visiting the library.

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Marian Wray will review Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The selection is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” Register at the reference desk, at the upstairs computer classroom or by calling (219) 926-7696. Copies of the book are available for checkout.

Kids Science Explorer Club at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 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 hover crafts. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Duplo Club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Thomas Library’s Children’s Department.
Geared towards preschoolers ages 2-5, registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Teen Movie: “Black Panther” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The movie is Rated PG-13. Free popcorn is served.

Maker Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 21, 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 necessary in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Bits & Bytes series, Intro to Computers/Windows, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 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.

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The focus is Kurtis Wiebe’s “Rat Queens.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.