Activities to Explore

In the Area:

June 21-22 — Arts in the Park, La Porte’s Fox Park. June 21: La Porte City Band/June 22: Black Masala. Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info:

June 21-July 1 — “Have a Nice Day! The ’70s Musical Flashback,” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Times: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $16-$17. Reservations:, (219) 874-4269.

June 22 — Build a Newspaper Shelter, 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 22-July 2 — “I Hate Hamlet, ” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets:

June 23 — Slam Camp Showcase & Celebration,  6 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 23 — Bandstand Concert & Family Film Series, 7 p.m., Thomas Centennial Park, downtown Chesterton.

June 23-25 — Young People’s Theatre Company, “Shrek Jr.,” Elston Performing Arts Center, 1200 Spring St. Times: 7 p.m. June 23, 2 & 7 p.m. June 24, 2 p.m. June 25. Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children. Reservations: (219) 873-2070,

June 23-28 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Gifted.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tue.-Wed. Also: “A Quiet Passion.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 2:45 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info:

June 24 — La Porte Jaycees Arts & Crafts Festival, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., La Porte Farmers Market, Monroe & State streets. Info:

June 24 — Frontline Foundations Inc. Summer Soul’stice Music Fest, 5-8 p.m., Chesterton location, 1008 Broadway. Free. Food tickets: $10. Info: (219) 728-1638.

June 24 — “Midsummer at the Mansion,” 6 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Tickets: $50. Reservations: Eventbrite, (219) 873-1520.

June 24 — Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts with opener Joe George, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $20. Info:, (269) 756-3879.

June 24 — Owl Prowl, 8 p.m., Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

June 25 — Free Bug Safari, 2 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Info: (219) 878-9885,

June 25 — Drum & Bugle Corps – The Big Show, 7-10 p.m., Ames Field, 2501 Franklin St. Info:

June 27 — Conspiracy Theory Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

June 27 — Big Family Game Night, 8 p.m., Thomas Centennial Park, Chesterton.

June 28 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Derek Nickels, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (269) 469-0051.

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:

Saturdays — Pinhook Bog Open House, noon-3 p.m., 700 N. Wozniak Road, Michigan City. Through Sept. 23. Info: (219) 395-1882.

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

In the Region

June 23 — Shirley Heinze Land Trust guided hike, Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 8:30-11 a.m. CDT. Info:, (219) 242-8558.

June 23 — Date Knight, 6-8 p.m., Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 71 N. County Road 500 West near Valparaiso. Info:

June 24 — Naturepalooza, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Rogers Lakewood Park, 3210 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Info:

June 24 — Opening reception, “Selling the Dream: Bartletts’ Beverly Shores,” 1-4 p.m., Porter County Museum, 153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso. Info:

June 24 — Burns Harbor Park Department Footloose 5K, 3:30 p.m., Lakeland Park. Info: (219) 787-8126.

June 25 — Octave Chanute talk/hike, 12:45-3:45 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. Info: (219) 395-1882.

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
Beginning Birding Programs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in June.
The leisurely hike spotlights the Great Marsh Trail. No birding experience is required. A spotting scope and binoculars are provided.
The program begins at the southern gravel parking lot, followed by a short hike to the Great Marsh observation deck to search for herons, egrets, ducks and other birds. If arriving late, hike to the observation deck to join the event. The south parking lot is on Broadway Avenue, about 1/4 mile north of U.S. 12, in Beverly Shores.

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 23.
Tour the bog and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who explain the unique area filled with carnivorous plants. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is located at 700 N. Wozniak Road, Michigan City.

Midsummer Program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Chellberg Farm.

Learn how the area’s Swedish immigrants celebrated Midsummer — the longest day of the year. A raising of the newly decorated Maypole is at 1:15 p.m. Families can take flowers to decorate it.
Planned are costumed performances by a local children’s dance group, Nordikids, and the Indianapolis group Dans Norden. Guest speaker Kenneth Schoon, author of “Dreams of Duneland,” will share stories on local history. Chellberg Farm’s barn and chicken coop can be viewed as well.

Octave Chanute talk and hike from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the Paul H. Douglas Center.  
Octave Chanute expert Simine Short will share  photos taken 121 years ago of the glider-flying experiments in the dunes. She’ll also discuss communication and interaction between the Wright brothers and Chanute, and how Chanute paved the way for them to achieve powered flight in 1903. Afterward, she and a ranger will lead a hike to the Chanute trail and Chanute statue at Marquette Park.

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Tour the Chellberg Farmhouse and Bailly Homestead to learn about the lives of early Duneland farm families. The parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12 in Porter.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 20.
Join a park ranger for a hike through an oak savanna. The hike varies in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Wear sturdy shoes, and take water and insect repellent.

Free Arts in the Park camp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 26-30, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
Artopia Director Rhonda Cox and retired art teacher Saudra Goldsby will share skills and materials needed to complete various nature art-themed projects, including: sand casting; weaving; macramé; jewelry; and watercolors. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be at least 4. Pre-register by calling (219) 395-1821.

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

Dunes Edibles Walk from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Friday, June 23.
Visit the Nature Center for a short stroll in search of wild edibles.

Campground Critter Fun from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23.
Meet at the campground shelter to explore a variety of dune critters.

• The Incredible Journey from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
Meet a naturalist at the Nature Center to explore the twists and turns a single drop of water takes in Northwest Indiana before it reaches Lake Michigan. A water game and craft are planned.

• Owl Prowl at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
Meet at the Nature Center for a sunset stroll into the darkening forest, and learn about the different kind of owls and their habits.

Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday through Sept. 3.

• Beach Yoga — 9 to 10 a.m.
The Duneland YMCA will offer beach yoga at the main beach by the pavilion. The cost is $10 per session. Call (219) 926-4204 to register, or just show up.

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 programs are available at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Build a Newspaper Shelter at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, in Youth Services.
The program is part of the Summer Reading Program.

Slam Camp Showcase & Celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23.
The public is invited to the performance by middler-schoolers from the poetry camp. Refreshments will be served.

Story Time at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

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

Westchester Public Library

Bits & Bytes series, Intro to Evernote, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 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.

Bandstand Concert & Family Film Series on Friday, June 23, at Thomas Centennial Park, downtown Chesterton.
Lee Murdock performs at 7 p.m., followed by “Kubo and the Two Strings” at around 8 p.m.

The Unnamed Guild of Gamers from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Events will include a fifth edition “Dungeons & Dragons” campaign, “Munchkin,” “Pandemic,” “Ultimate Werewolf” and “Settlers of Catan.”

Pokemon League from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Thomas Library.
The program is aimed at children in first grade and older. Attendees learn to make decks of 60 cards. They don’t need to take anything unless wanting to take a starter pack of cards.

Conspiracy Theory Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave.
Questions focus on conspiracy theories from history, and those portrayed in movies and on TV. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for the prize. Refreshments will be served.

Big Family Game Night at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Thomas Centennial Park.
Meet near the gazebo for giant versions of “Chutes and Ladders,” “Dominoes,” “Memory” and “Chess.”

Tween Crafternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 12 in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Tweens 8-12 learn a new craft each week. The schedule is: duct tape birdhouse — June 28; galaxy T-shirts — July 5; string art — July 12. Register by calling (219) 926-7696.

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room at Thomas Library.
The focus this month is Jason Aaron’s “Thor Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.