Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Aug. 20 — Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum, Belle Gunness, 6 p.m. EDT, library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org

Aug. 21 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, William Halliar, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free, donations accepted. Info: (219) 608-5358.

Aug. 21 — Animal Origami, 3 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Aug. 21-22 — Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Dennis Smith Amphitheater @ Fox Park, LaPorte. Schedule: Aug. 21/Agape Worship Band, pre-concert/Youth SWAG in the Park/Spiritual Wisdom and Godliness with Ron Gaston & FCA; Aug. 22/Indika, pre-concert/Frontline Foundation – The Salt Exchange.

Aug. 22 — Leapin’ Lizards Hike, 10-11 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Aug. 22 — Herbs 101, 6-7 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration: (219) 926-7696.

Aug. 23 — Little Something’s Debut CD Release with opener Valerie Ingle, 7:30 p.m. EDT, The Acorn, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $18. Reservations: acornlive.org

Aug. 23-25 — Tour de LaPorte, Cummings Lodge, 350 Grangemouth Road, LaPorte. Info: tourdelaporte.org

Aug. 23-28 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Yesterday.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tue.-Wed. Also: “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri., 2:45 p.m. Sat. Also: “Maiden.” Rated PG. Times: 9 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com, (269) 756-3522.

Aug. 23-25, Aug. 30-31 & Sept. 1, Sept. 6-8 —  “Working,” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat./2 p.m. Sun. General admission: $20, seniors & students/$18. Reservations: (219) 879-7509, www.dunesartsfoundation.org

Aug. 24 — Fox Park Music Fest 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., LaPorte’s Fox Park. Tickets: $8.

Aug. 24 — Saving a Century of Progress: Rebirth of the Homes, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Aug. 24 — WPL Movies in August: “Avengers: Endgame,” 3 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Aug. 24 — Dog Days, 4-7 p.m., Draft Horse Barn @ LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W. Indiana 2.

Aug. 24 — Region of Three Oaks Museum fundraiser, 5 p.m. EDT, Café Gulistan, 13591 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Mich. Cost: $30/members, $35/non-members.

Aug. 24 — Music in the Park, Andreas Kapsalis, 6:30 p.m. EDT, Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, Mich. Free, donations accepted. Info: www.harborarts.com

Aug. 24 — Stargazing, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Aug. 24-25 — Watercolor sale (Dave Knoebber), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT, Art Loft Studio & Gallery, 10232 Wilson Road, New Buffalo, Mich. Info: (630) 441-8976.

Aug. 24-25 — 33rd Annual Mill Pond Festival, Mill Pond, Union Mills.

Aug. 25 — Lyric Opera in the Gardens, 3-6 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Tickets: $45 on EventBrite. Info: (219) 878-9885, www.friendshipgardens.org

Aug. 28-29 — Arts in the Park, 7 p.m., Dennis Smith Amphitheater @ Fox Park, LaPorte. Schedule: Aug. 28/Jerica Paliga, pre-concert/Guitar Madness; Aug. 29/Tom Milo Band, pre-concert/ballroom dancing with Dance Sophisticates & Guitar Madness Finale.

Aug. 26 — Geology Rocks Hike, 3 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

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

Aug. 23 — Valparaiso International Center First Friday series, 7 p.m., Montague/Urschel Gallery @ Porter County Museum, 20 Indiana Ave. Info: www.valpovic.org

Aug. 23 — Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, 7 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Cost: $10. Info: (269) 983-3688, boxfactoryforthearts.org

Aug. 24 — National Park Service Birthday Celebration, 1-2 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St., Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Aug. 25 — Open Mic Night at the Box with hosts Nikki Gauthier/Rob Skibbe, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Performer reservation: nikki@boxfactoryforthearts.org . Donations accepted.

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: 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.

Thursdays — Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families, 6 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, Maria Theresia Conference Room C, 3500 Franciscan Way. Info: (219) 801-1296.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Beachside with a Ranger from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 6 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.

Campground Program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Dunewood Campground Amphitheater.
Join a ranger and fellow campers for a program showcasing the park’s diversity and recreational opportunities. 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. 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.

National Park Service Birthday Celebration from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education.
Celebrate the NPS’ 103rd birthday by taking part in a short play about its earliest days. Afterward, view a musical photo tour of national parks. Cake will be served.

Art in the National Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 9 at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
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 (219) 395-1882 for more information and to register.

BARK Ranger Hike from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at West Beach.
Participants can take a leashed pet on the hike, which could be as long as three miles and include walking along the beach. Take a leash, pickup bags and water. Pets will receive a free BARK Ranger dog tag.  Meet at the West Beach parking lot, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage. There is a $6 per car fee from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Stargazing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Kemil Beach parking area.
Members from Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society and Calumet Astronomical Society will attend with telescopes. Dress for the weather. Take binoculars. The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton.

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.

Wonders of Wildlife — Monarchs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at The Paul H. Douglas Center.
Search outside for monarchs, learn about their life cycles and how to help the struggling butterfly.

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.

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 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

Critter Dinner at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.
Meet at the Nature Center as reptiles and amphibians eat live meals.

Fur-tastic Show n’ Tell from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Stop by the Nature Center for a look at mammals of the dunes.

Geology Rocks Hike at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Learn the story behind the dunes’ changing landscape during the moderate hike.

Animal Origami at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.
 Learn about dunes animals, then fold them during a craft project.

Leapin’ Lizards Hike from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
The program involves a moderate hike to seek out the only lizard species in the Indiana Dunes.

Marvelous Monarchs from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about monarchs and their migration.

• Feed the Birds at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 25.
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

Glacial Goodies at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.
Enjoy ice cream with toppings, while supplies last, and while learning about glacial drift in the Indiana Dunes landscape.

• Wetland Wander at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Take a 45-minute hike into the dune wetlands to explore breeding birds and underwater critters.

• Reptile Review at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
The 45-minute discovery program, held at the Nature Center outside program area, includes discussion on turtles, snakes and lizards.

Morning Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug 25.
Take binoculars or borrow a pair for an easy walk searching for birds.

Beach Mysteries at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.
Meet at the Nature Center to identify items found on the beach.

Photo Scavenger Hunt at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.
Take a camera or phone to the Nature Center for the game that includes a list and prizes.

Geology Rocks Hike at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.
Learn the story behind the dunes’ changing landscape during the moderate hike.

Ant Lion Safari at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for the short discovery walk.

Turtle Time at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Meet outside the nature center to learn more about turtles.

Fur-tastic Show n’ Tell from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Stop by the Nature Center for a look at mammals of the dunes.

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

100 E. Fourth St.:

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.

Saving a Century of Progress: Rebirth of the Homes at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
Robin Carlascio and Theresa Badovich will present a program on the beginnings and rebirth of the Century of Progress Homes.

• 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

Herbs 101 from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Advanced Master Gardener Jill Kilhefner, Valparaiso, will discuss growing, using and preserving herbs. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

WPL Movies in August: “Avengers: Endgame” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The movie is Rated PG-13. Free popcorn is served.