Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Sept. 29 — YOM KIPPUR.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 — Westville Pumpkin Festival, Prairie Meadow Park. Info:

Sept. 29-Oct. 2 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Rated PG. Times: 6:15 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Midwife.” Not Rated. Subtitled. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3:15 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info:

Sept. 29-Oct. 8 — “Zombie Prom,” La Porte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat./2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students. Reservations:,  (219) 362-5113.

Sept. 30 — National Public Lands Day. Free admission to Indiana Dunes State Park. Info:

Sept. 30 — CASA Superhero 5K, La Porte’s Cummings Lodge, 350 Grangemouth Road. Times/info:, (219) 324-3385.

Sept. 30 — United Methodist Women Arts & Crafts Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., La Porte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W. Indiana 2. Info: (219) 362-2443.

Sept. 30 — Children’s Movie: “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” 10:30 a.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Sept. 30 — Shirley Heinze Land Trust “Hike with Hounds,” 1-4 p.m., Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. County Road 700 North, Valparaiso. Free. Info: (219) 242-8558,

Sept. 30 — Writing Out Loud: Paul Chappell, 7:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Sept. 30 — Singing Sands Star Gaze, 8-11 p.m., beach pavilion @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Sept. 30 — Bryan Lubeck & The Three Gringos with opener Chad Michael, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $25. Info:, (269) 756-3879.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 — Aunt Kitty’s Fall Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Independent Cat Society, 4061 S. County Line Road, Westville. Info: (219) 785-4936,

Oct. 1 — Dune Buggy Bus Tours, 9-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Free. Registration: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 1Oktoberfest Music Concert, 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 2 — Popular Books, Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend,” 2 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Oct. 2 — Poochapalooza Halloween Dog Social, 5:45 p.m., Creek Ridge County Park’s No Leash Bark Park, 7943 W. County Road 400 North. Free. Registration: (219) 325-8315.

Oct. 3 — Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum, Michiana’s Native Americans, 6:30 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Free. Info: (269) 469-2933.

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus Catholic Church farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., parking lot next to tennis courts. Info:, (219) 851-1785.

Saturdays — La Porte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway & Monroe. Info:

Through December — World War I exhibit, La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. Info:, (219) 324-6767.

In the Region

Sept. 30 — “Fest in the Southwest” (Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence benefit), 2-6 p.m. EDT, Watermark Brewing Co., 5781 St. Joseph Ave., Stevensville, Mich. Info/donations:

Oct. 4-6 — Actors From The London Stage, “Measure for Measure,” 7:30 p.m. EDT, Notre Dame’s Washington Hall. Tickets: $23, $13/students (18 & younger free with regular ticket purchase). Info: (574) 631-2800,

Through Nov. 2 — Ken Reif exhibit, The Village Gallery @ Pines Village Retirement Communities, Valparaiso. Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Info: (219) 465-1591.

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:, (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

Stewardship Program — National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at Miller Woods.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. At Miller Woods, help a ranger improve a globally rare oak savanna.

Dune Buggy Bus Tours from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 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.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Singing Sands Star Gaze from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the beach pavilion.

Calumet Astronomical Society members will bring telescopes and share their expertise. The park’s interpretive naturalists will kick off the event with American Indian sky lore. Constellation talks will highlight star formations visible over the dunes this time of year.
The program is sponsored by Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services and the Calumet Astronomical Society. It will be canceled if the weather is poor.

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 program is available at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Understanding Your Dreams at 2 p.m. Saturday,  Sept. 30.
Experienced dream therapist Terese Fabbri leads the workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance.

Writing Out Loud: Paul Chappell at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
Chappell is an international peace educator who serves as the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s peace leadership director. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq and left active duty as a captain. He is the author of the seven-book “Road to Peace” series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living and our shared humanity. The first six published books in the series are “Will War Ever End?,” “The End of War,” “Peaceful Revolution,” “The Art of Waging Peace,” “The Cosmic Ocean” and “Soldiers of Peace.”
Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on peace leadership and peace literacy. Chappell grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half- white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. And, having grown up in a violent household, Chappell has forged a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose and hope.
The program is co-sponsored with Michigan City Rotary Club.

Oktoberfest Music Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
Stephen Kowalczyk will present a accordion concert that celebrates harvest time.

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

Westchester Public Library

Bits & Bytes series, Teach Yourself Using YouTube, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at Click on the Bits & Bytes link.

Rainbow Loom on Friday, Sept. 29, at Thomas Library Children’s Department.
Children in grades 3-6 create rainbow loom bracelets. Looms and rubber bands are supplied, but participants can take their own. Supplies are limited.  Advanced loomers attend from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and  beginner loomers from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7696.

Community Conversations at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The new series features area professionals sharing insight on difficult health topics. Dr. Erik Mikaitis, Franciscan Alliance regional palliative care medical director, will discuss palliative care. Registration is encouraged because seating is limited. Visit or call Karyn at the Thomas Branch at (219) 926-7696.

Children’s Movie: “Smurfs: The Lost Village”  at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Thomas Library.
Attendees can take a pillow or stuffed animal. Popcorn will be provided. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Knitting Together from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Area knitters, and those who crochet or do needlework, are invited.

Popular Books at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Room.
The focus is Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend.”

Bits & Bytes series, Internet Basics, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at Click on the Bits & Bytes link.

Adult Coloring Program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Registration can be done in person or by phone at (219) 926-9080.

Crochet Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 28 at Thomas Library.
Attendees learn beginning crochet from instructor Sadie Steciuch. Children are asked to take a size G crochet hook and skein of medium-weight yarn to each session. Class size is limited, so registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Minecraft Meet-up from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 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.

Teen Nail Art from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Youth in grades 6-12 can learn new trends and techniques. Nail polish will be supplied, but teens can take some to share. This month’s theme is autumn dots. Registration is required in person or by calling (219) 926-7697.