Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Dec. 14 — Holiday Music (South Bend Symphony string quintet), noon, Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 14 — Music at the Museum, 2-3:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Dec. 14-18 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Wonderstruck.” Rated PG. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Divine Order.” Not Rated. In Swiss/German with English subtitles. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Also: Free holiday movie: “Love, Actually.” Time: 6 p.m. Dec. 14. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Dec. 15 — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Party, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 15 — Save the Tunes Council, 7:30-9 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Dec. 15 – Harbor Country Singers Christmas concert series, 7 p.m. EST, Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Mich. Free.

Dec. 15 — “Makeshift Up” (improv night), 8 p.m. EST, 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton. Tickets: $10. Reservations: 4thstreetncca.com, (219) 926-7875.

Dec. 15-17 — “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”/“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” La Porte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 & 16/2 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students & children. Reservations: (219) 362-5113, laportelittletheatreclub.com

Dec. 16 — Christmas carols (La Porte Little Theatre Club cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”), La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info: (219) 324-6767.

Dec. 16 — Annual bake sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 7396 W. Johnson Road.

Dec. 16 — Holiday Film Presentation, “Remember the Night,” 3 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Dec. 16 — Monday Musicale: The Sounds of the Holidays, 4 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 16 — Stargazing, Kemil Beach parking area, 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton. Time/info: (219) 395-1882.

Dec. 16 — Twin City Players staged reading, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 2 p.m. EST, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children. Info: www.acorntheater.com, (269) 756-3879.

Dec. 16-17 — “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail,” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16/2 & 5 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children. Info: (219) 874-4269.

Dec. 16, 30 — Glowing Lights Nights, 4-6 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $8/adult, $5/seniors, youth 15 & younger. Info: www.BarkerMansion.com

Dec. 17 — Dune Buggy Bus Tours, 9-11 a.m./1-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Dec. 17 — St. Mary of the Lake’s Altar and Rosary Society Christmas cookie bake sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST, church hall, 718 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Mich.

Dec. 17 — Cookie decorating, 11 a.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Free after paying mansion admission: $8/adult, $5/child. Info: www.BarkerMansion.com

Dec. 17 — Holiday Movie: “Christmas in Connecticut,” 1:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 17 — Swedish Christmas Music, 2-3 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Dec. 18 — Holiday Art à la Carte, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 18 — Michigan City Community Chorus Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church Community Room, 1237 E. Coolspring Ave. Free/donations accepted.

Dec. 20 — Ozobots!, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Through Dec. 29 — Robert Rothermel’s “Through the Ethereal,” Area Artist Association Gallery @ Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St.

In the Region

Dec. 17 — Opening reception, Terry Walsh oils/pen/ink, 1:30 p.m., Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. Info: (219) 465-1591.

Through Jan. 21 — Cracker Jack exhibit, “Toys Across Time,” Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Info: www.fernwoodbotanical.org, (269) 695-6491.

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, Dec. 15, 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.

Stargazing on Saturday, Dec. 16, 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. Call (219) 395-1882 for the time.

Dune Buggy Bus Tours from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Join a ranger for a free two-hour tour in one of the park’s 15-passenger shuttle buses. Reservations are required because space is limited.

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

Beginning German and Spanish Classes at 9:10 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30.           
Each class is eight weeks long. German starts at 9:10 a.m. and Spanish at 10:15 a.m. The German class will cover basic expressions, grammar and pronunciation. The Spanish class will cover greetings, words and phrases about family, home, hobbies, telling time and shopping. Call Al Tieken at (219) 878-8519 for details.

• Holiday Music at noon Thursday, Dec. 14, in the meeting room.
South Bend Symphony-to-Go will present its string quintet.

Duneland Stamp Club at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.
The club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Party at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the meeting room.
Snacks, crafts and games are planned for children 4-10 accompanied by an adult.

• Monday Musicale: The Sounds of the Holidays at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the meeting room.
Monday Musicale will present a variety of traditional Christmas music. Donations to The Salvation Army food pantry will be accepted.

• Holiday Movie: “Christmas in Connecticut” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the meeting room.
The holiday classic stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet. Those present are eligible to win a DVD of the movie. Holiday treats will be served.

Holiday Art à la Carte at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in Youth Services.
Children 4-10 years accompanied by an adult will create a Christmas tree ornament. All materials are provided. Children must be present to receive the supplies.

Ozobots! at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the meeting room.
Children program Ozobots using color codes and block-based coding with the Ozoblockly app. Advance registration is required. Register at the Youth Services desk. Call (219) 873-3045 and ask for Dave for more details.

Mitten Tree and Food Drive.
Library staff are collecting mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to decorate the holiday tree. Donations will be sent to The Salvation Army. Staff also are collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. A box is located near the circulation desk through Jan. 5.

• Volunteers Needed for VITA Tax Program.
Volunteers are needed at least one day a week during the tax season (February-April) for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The IRS provides some training, and volunteers must pass the VITA test through the intermediate level. Testing and training are online.

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

Westchester Public Library

NorthShore Health Center free blood-pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter, and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Interested patrons also can receive help calculating Body Mass Index.

Music at the Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Westchester Township Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
The Flashbacks will perform. Members are: Suzanne Keldsen, playing guitar, recorders and fiddle; Julietta Raby, playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar; Nancy Cairns on dulcimer and ukulele; Paul Mache playing guitar and banjo; and Marti Pizzini on autoharp, dulcimer and guitar.

Knit Wits and Pearls of Wisdom at 9 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 14, 21, 28, at Hageman Library.
The weekly meeting is open to the skilled and novices, with no registration required.

Make-N-Take Holiday Ornament Craft Time on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Thomas Library.
Stop by the children’s department at any time to create something new for the Christmas tree or winter décor. A new holiday ornament is planned every week while supplies last.

Holiday movie, “Remember the Night,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Free popcorn is available during the movie.

Swedish Christmas Music from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Westchester Township History Museum.
Jim Nelson will sing traditional Swedish Christmas music and tell the tales behind them.

• Library closings.
The Westchester Public Library system, which includes Thomas Branch, Hageman Branch, Baugher Center and Westchester Township History Museum, will be closed from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, for the annual staff holiday gathering. All branches resume regular hours after 2 p.m.

“Dealing with Caregiver Stress and Considerations for those with Dementia During the Holidays” from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Room.
Sarah Milligan, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter care consultant, will discuss what to consider for the person with dementia, and the appropriate expectations for caregivers.

Pizza Pajama Book Club for Teens from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Thomas Library Young Adult Room.
Teens in grades 6-12 can discuss the Harry Potter series. Pizza will be provided. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696 or visiting the library.