Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Oct. 11-14 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Downton Abbey.” Rated PG. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “Blinded by the Light.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:45 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info:, (269) 756-3522.

Oct. 11-13, 18-20 — “Little Shop of Horrors,” LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students. Tickets:

Oct. 12 — Red Shield Run 5K, 8 a.m., Krueger Middle School, 2001 Springland Ave. Info: (219) 874-6885,

Oct. 12 — Pokemon Go Community Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 12 — New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest, noon-9 p.m. EDT, New Buffalo Lion’s Pavilion Park.  Admission: $5, free/children 12 & younger. Info: (888) 660-6222,

Oct. 12 — Fall Colors Hike, 1-2 p.m., Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm, Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12/20, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Oct. 12 — Downtown LaPorte Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, 1-3 p.m.

Oct. 12 — Haunted Trails and Family Fall Fest, 2-5 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Admission: $5/adults & children 12+, $2/children 12 & younger. Info: (219) 878-9885.

Oct. 12 — Tusk The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 5 & 9 p.m. EDT, The Acorn, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $35. Reservations:

Oct. 12 — Writing Out Loud, 7:30 p.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Oct. 13 — WPL Movies in October: “Yesterday,” 1:30 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Oct. 13 — Hibernate, Migrate or Get Fat!, 2-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Oct. 13 — Michigan City Chamber Music Festival series, “Classics, Coffee & Cookies,” 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Ninth St. Free. Info:, (219) 561-1939.


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.

In the Region

Oct. 11, 18 “Mystery at the Mansion: So Fair and Foul a Murder,” The History Museum, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend. First tour: 5:15 p.m. EDT. Cost: $20/adults, $15/members, $13.50/youth. Reservations:

Oct. 12 — New Troy (Mich.) Indoor Flea Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT, New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road. Free admission. Info: (773) 803-9773.

Oct. 12 — Riversong Music Society, Silver Songs, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. General admission: $10. Info: (269) 695-6491.

Oct. 13 — Geocaching, 1-4 p.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Free. Registration: (269) 695-6491,

Oct. 13 — Free concert, North American Brass Company, 3 p.m. EDT, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Mich. Tickets:

Oct. 13 — October Open Mic Night, host Erick Fisher, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Free-will donations. Performer signup:

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:, (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

Fall Colors Hike from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm.
The hike begins in the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot, which is off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

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.

Science in the National Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research in the park, followed by a short hike. Dress for the weather.

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.

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

Feed the Birds B-I-N-G-O from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center to help fill the bird feeders, then play Bingo at the bird-feeding windows.

The J.D. Marshall Shipwreck from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
Meet at the Nature Center to learn about the sinking of the J.D. Marshall just offshore of Indiana Dunes State Park.

• Wetland Wander at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.
Take a 45-minute hike into the dune wetlands to explore breeding birds and underwater critters.

Hibernate, Migrate or Get Fat! from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.
Learn how Indiana Dunes wildlife adapts to prepare for winter. Meet in the Nature Center Auditorium.

Saw-Whet Owl Banding Demonstrations daily starting Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Indiana Audubon Society leads the saw-whet owl banding project. Visitors can see live owls during the process. The program is weather dependent.

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.:

Maker Mondays from 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 28.
Each month highlights a different skill and lab equipment. September focuses on video production and October 3-D modeling and printing.

STEAM Sandbox from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday through Oct. 31.
Students in third grade and older move up through levels, earning a certificate for each completed. They work independently and chart their progress as they complete hands-on projects that include web literacy, fixer skills, circuitry, game design and coding.

Vocational Rehabilitation from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Vocational rehabilitation involves helping individuals with disabilities prepare for, get, keep or regain employment. A representative will be present to answer questions.

6925 W. County Road 400 North:

Caregiver University from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
The schedule is: Oct. 22 — Alzheimer’s and Dementia; Nov. 5 — Aging and the Law: Living Wills, Guardianships and More; and Nov. 19 — End of Life Care and Planning.

Visit for more details.

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.

Duneland Stamp Club at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
The club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

Pokemon Go Community Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12,  in Youth Services.
The library Pokestop will have a lure placed on it, while Pokemon-themed giveaways — while supplies last — are planned. October’s featured Pokemon is Trapinch. Call (219) 873-3045 for details.

• Writing Out Loud at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 12.
Author Michael Poore has written short fiction that appeared in Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Agni and Asimov’s. His story, The Street of the House of the Sun, was selected for The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. His first novel, Up Jumps the Devil, was hailed by The New York Review of Books as “an elegiac masterpiece.” His second novel is Reincarnation Blues. He also wrote a middle-grade book, Two Girls, a Clock and a Crooked House, which was released in September.

• 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

NorthShore Health Center free blood-pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 10, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Interested patrons also can receive help calculating Body Mass Index.

Inquiring Minds: Medicare Questions Answered from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Hageman Library.
Attendees receive assistance from a certified Indiana Department of Insurance volunteer counselor. Register by calling (219) 926-9080.

Music at the Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 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.

Bits & Bytes series, Manage Your Passwords, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 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.

WPL Movies in October: “Yesterday” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The film is PG-13. Free popcorn is available.

Popular Books at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The focus is Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach.”

“Off the Hook” Kids Crochet, an eight-week program from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Thomas Branch Children’s Department.
Children ages 9-12 learn the basics of crocheting, including the five main stitches and pattern reading. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.

Minecraft Meet-up at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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.

What the Fork: Teen Cooking Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Thomas Branch.
Teens in grades 6-12 can make Halloween candy creations and play the game “Say Anything.”