Activities to Explore

In the Area:

July 15 — Monster Mashup, 1-4 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Registration: laportelibrary.org

July 15 — Apollo 11 Webcast, 3 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 17 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Ann Dobie, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free, donations accepted. Info: (219) 608-5358.

July 17-18 — Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Dennis Smith Amphitheater @ Fox Park, LaPorte. Schedule: July 17/LaPorte City Band; July 18/People & Songs with the Emerging Sound.

July 17-27 — “John & Jen,” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Performances: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $16/Wed.-Thur., $17/Fri.-Sat. Reservations: tiny.cc/CST2019, (219) 874-4269, info@canterburytheatre.org

July 18 — Summer Reading Finale: The Magic of Jim Merrills, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 19 — Bookmarks: Susan Holloway Scott’s “I, Eliza Hamilton,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 19 — Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, “Violins & Vino!,” 7 p.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Free. Info: mccmf.org

July 19 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

July 19 — Movie in Washington Park: “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” dusk, Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion. Info: (219) 395-1882.

July 19 — R-E-S-P-E-C-T 2, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Reservations: acornlive.org

July 19-24 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Echo in the Canyon.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tue. Also: “All is True.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Also: GreenScreens: An Environmental Film Festival, presented by Chikaming Open Lands and Fernwood Botanical Garden. Time: 7 p.m. Wed. Tickets: info@fernwoodbotanical.com, (269) 695-6491. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com, (269) 756-3522.

July 19-21, 26-28 — Young People’s Theatre Co., “Sister Act,” Holdcraft Performing Arts Center, 1200 Spring St. Times: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students. Reservations: www.yptcinc.com

July 20 — 12th Annual Classic & Antique Car Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Admission: $5/carload. Info: (219) 324-6767.

July 20 — Immigration History Walking Tour, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Tickets: Eventbrite, (219) 873-1520.

July 20 — Free “Gather at Gardena,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gardena Park, 800 block of Gardena Street.

July 20 — LaPorte Firefighters’ Rock the Park, LaPorte’s Fox Park. Gates open @ noon. Tickets: $15. Reservations: eventbrite.com

July 20 — Premiere, “Lights! Cameras! Three Oaks! The Making of Prancer,” noon EDT, Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Cost: $5 donation. Info: regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com

July 20 — Free American Music Festival, 1-4 p.m. EDT, Dewey Cannon Park’s Spring Creek Stage, Three Oaks, Mich.

July 20 — Music in the Park, Cabildo, 6:30 p.m. EDT, Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, Mich. Free, donations accepted. Info: www.harborarts.com

July 20 — Art in Nature performance, 8 p.m., Tryon Farm, 1500 Tryon Road. Suggested donation: $20/adults, $10/children. Info: (614) 638-6186.

July 20 — 3-Dune Night Hike, 8:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East (the north end of Indiana 49), Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

July 20-21 — Make and Take Craft Weekends, 1-4 p.m., Luhr Park Nature Center, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Free. Info: (219) 325-8315.

July 22 — PJ Time With Your Stuffed Friend, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Luhr Park Nature Center, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Free. Registration: (219) 325-8315.

July 24 — Cool Craft for Kids, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

July 24 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Lee Meyer, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free, donations accepted. Info: (219) 608-5358.

July 24-25 — Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Dennis Smith Amphitheater @ Fox Park, LaPorte. Schedule: July 24/LaPorte City Band; July 25/Midwest Hype. Pre-concert: LaPorte Drum Circle.

Thursdays through Aug. 8 — Michigan City Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m., Washington Park Guy Foreman Amphitheater.

Through Oct. 5 — Art exhibit, former LaPorte resident Roland Lee Hockett, LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2504 Indiana Ave.

Saturdays through October — Michigan City Mainstreet Association Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Eighth & Washington streets.

Saturdays through Oct. 26 — LaPorte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway parking lot next to Mucho Mas.

Sundays through Sept. 8 — Mount Baldy Open House, 1-4 p.m., parking lot off U.S. 12. Info: (219) 395-1882.

In the Region

July 19 — Reception, Series 5 Art Exhibit, 5:30-7:30 p.m. EDT, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Exhibit end date: Aug. 24. Info: nikki@boxfactoryforthearts.org, (269) 983-3688.

July 20 — Harbor Country Hikers, 10 a.m. EDT, Harbert Road Preserve, east of I-94 overpass on Harbert Road. Info: harborcountryhikers.com

July 20 — Summerfest, Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph, Mich. Gates open 4 p.m. EDT. Tickets: $20 ($25 day of). Reservations: SMSO.org, (269) 982-4030.

July 22 — Open Mic Night at the Box, host Jenna Mammina, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Registration: nikki@boxfactoryforthearts.org

Indiana Dunes National Park

Beachside with a Ranger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 9 at the West Beach parking lot.
Learn about the park’s preservation story, including challenges the region faced and the largest threats today. The parking lot is located at 376 N. County Line Road.

Drop-in Volunteering at West Beach from 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 6.
Join staff and fellow volunteers in helping care for the site. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. West Beach parking lot is 376 N. County Line Road, Portage.

Mount Baldy Summit Hike from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30.
The Mount Baldy parking lot and beach are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily after being closed for the last several years. The dune, however, is still closed for general public use, so the ranger-led hike offers the chance to experience the dune as much as is possible. No reservations are required. The parking lot is located off U.S. 12.
Also offered is Mount Baldy Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 8. Explore the issues and science surrounding the dune.

The Save the Tunes Council performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, 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.

Junior Wildland Firefighter Program from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet the IDNL’s fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment. Children then receive a Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch. The 30-minute program is repeated throughout the day

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 7.
Talk a self-guided tour of the bog and talk to rangers along the trail for a better understanding of the site filled with carnivorous plants and orchids. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is at 700 N. Wozniak Road in Michigan City.

Beach Fun Saturdays from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 10 at West Beach.
Try a kayak or paddleboard starting at 1 p.m. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail starts at 7 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. Meet at the West Beach parking lot. A $6 per car parking fee is charged until 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner and warmer clothing for the evening sunset and beach campfire.

Playdate in the Nature Play Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
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.

Rollerblading with a Ranger from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 3.
Meet at Robinson Lake parking lot, S. Liverpool Road, Hobart, to explore the Oak Savannah Trail with a ranger on roller blades.

Art in the National Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 9 at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
Join an Art Barn artist and learn how to paint the dunes. A canvas and paint are provided for the free class. Registration is required, and the class is limited to 20 adult painters. Be prepared to park in auxiliary sites during the summer due to parking congestion. Call the visitor center at (219) 395-1882 for more information and to register.

Science in the National Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research, followed by a hike. Dress for the weather.

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 1.
Explore the grounds of both historic homes, and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to the region in the 1800s. Park at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24 at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare black oak savanna, with views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Feed the Farm Animals at Chellberg Farm from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The farm includes cows, pigs, goats, chickens and turkeys.

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.
Catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion, and roast marshmallows from the fireplace.

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

• Who Done It? at 3 p.m. Monday, July 15.
Help solve clues animals leave behind during the short hike.

• Full Moon Hike at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.
Meet naturalists and volunteers for the hike to Lake Michigan and back. Before then is a presentation on the moon and treats.

Scat & Tracks at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.
Learn skills about the mysteries animals leave behind.

Glacial Goodies at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 18.
Enjoy ice cream with toppings, while supplies last, and while learning about glacial drift in the Indiana Dunes landscape.

• Feed the Birds at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

Snakes Alive! at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Meet at the Nature Center to view snakes and learn more about them.

3-Dune Night Hike at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
Join a naturalist for activities to test skills in the dark at the top of each peak during the 1.5-mile challenge.

Morning Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 21.
Take binoculars or borrow a pair for an easy walk searching for birds.

• Creek Peek at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 21.
Join a naturalist for a short, wet walk searching for animals that call the habitat home.

Bird Window Bingo at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21.
Prizes will be awarded during a bird-theme version of the game.

Awesome Amphibians at 3 p.m. Monday, July 22.
Meet at the Nature Center to explore the differences and similarities between Dunes amphibians during a short hike to the marsh.

Wild Edibles Walk at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk exploring dune delicacies.

Ant Lion Safari at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for the short discovery walk.

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

904 Indiana Ave.:

• Stories & More from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays.
Children ages 3-5 with their caregivers experience stories, songs, crafts and activities that include using iPads to build early literacy skills.

Tinker Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Teens and adults can use the Cricut Maker, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Spark and Lightroom, and the 3-D printer.

6925 W. County Road 400 North:

Reins of Life Day from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, July 25.
Presenters will cover topics such as grooming, what horses eat, how to measure a horse, Native American symbols, wants vs. needs and safety. Attendees should wear closed-toed shoes for safety.

Visit www.laportelibrary.org for more details.

Michigan City Public Library

100 E. Fourth St.:

Summer Reading Finale: The Magic of Jim Merrills at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18.
The show incorporates comedy and magic.

Makerspace: open lab hours from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Youth ages 6-18 create with LEGO WeDo, Micro Bits, paper circuits and Ozobots. Children 12 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend.

Bookmarks: Susan Holloway Scott’s “I, Eliza Hamilton” at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19.
Hilda DeMuth Lutze is the reviewer.

Movie in Washington Park: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at dusk Friday, July 19, at Washington Park’s North Pointe Pavilion.
The film is Rated PG. The free showing is a collaboration with the Michigan City park department.

Pokemon Go Community Day from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in Youth Services.
Pokemon-themed giveaways are planned while supplies last. Call (219) 873-3045 for details.

• Cool Craft for Kids at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24.
Children 4 and older, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. All materials are provided, and children must be present to receive supplies.

• 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.

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

Westchester Public Library

Bandstand Concert & Movie Series on Friday, July 19, at Thomas Centennial Park Gazebo, Chesterton.
Cynthia Shelhart performs at 7 p.m., followed by “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” at 8 p.m. If it rains, the program moves to The Baugher Center.

The Messier The Better for 9- to 30-month-olds at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through July 23 at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Miss Ronnie will lead children in singing songs and an art experience. Dress to get messy.