Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Dec. 12 Michigan City Area Schools’ “One City, One Sound” concert, 7 p.m., Michigan City High School gymnasium, 8466 Pahs Road. Salvation Army donations accepted.

Dec. 13 — Jingle Bell Jamboree: “Frozen II,” 4-6 p.m., Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.

Dec. 13 — December Cookies and Canvas, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Times: ages 3-7/5-6:30 p.m., 8 & older/7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10/child, $5/member. Registration: (219) 926-4711.

Dec. 14 — Freebird Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute, 8 p.m. EST, The Acorn, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Reservations:

Dec. 13-15 — “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!,” LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students. Info:

Dec. 13-16 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Parasite.” Rated R. In Korean with English subtitles. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Also: “The Aeronauts.” Rated PG-13. Times: 9:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Also: Free Holiday Movie: “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Rated PG. Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 12. All times Eastern. Info:, (269) 756-3522.

Dec. 14 — 15th annual Cookie Walk & Bazaar, 9-11:30 a.m., St. Luke United Lutheran Church, 2000 E. Coolspring Ave.

Dec. 14 — United Methodist Women annual Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church, 121 E. Seventh St. Cost: $8/pound.

Dec. 14 — Holiday Traditions/Swedish Breakfast, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dunes Learning Center/Chellberg Farm. Breakfast cost: $14.95/adults, $9.95/children 3-12, free/toddlers 0-2. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Dec. 14 — Cookies With Santa, 1-3 p.m., Cummings Lodge, 250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte. Cost: $5/child. Registration: (219) 326-9600.

Dec. 14 — Holiday at the Pops, 7 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Balcony tickets: adult/$10, child (12 & younger)/$5. Reservations:

Dec. 14-15 — Pokemon Go Community Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Dec. 14-15 — Holiday open house, Independent Cat Society, 4061 S. County Line Road, Westville. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14/1-4 p.m. Dec. 15. Info: (219) 785-4936,

Dec. 14-15, 21-22 — Old Lighthouse Museum in Washington Park, noon-3 p.m. Admission: $5/14 & older, $2/grade-school children. Info: (219) 872-6133.

Dec. 15 — Morning Bird Walk, 10-11:30 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Dec. 15 — Michigan City Community Chorus free annual Holiday Concert, 2 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1237 E. Coolspring Ave. Free-will donation.

Dec. 15 — Christmas Behind the Scenes Tour,  7 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Cost: $15/adult, $10/youth 15 & younger. Reservations: (219) 873-1520, “Barker Mansion” on

Dec. 16 — 3-D Prints for Holiday Fun, 6-7 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Registration:

Through Dec. 30 — “Christmas at the Mansion,” Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. Tours: Tues.-Sun. Cost: $8/adult, $5/youth or senior Info:

In the Region

Dec. 13-14 — Fair-Trade Holiday Bazaar, noon-7 p.m., Valparaiso International Center, 309 E. Lincolnway. Info:

Dec. 14 — Harbor Country Singers Christmas concert, 7 p.m. EST, Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert. Free, donations accepted.

Dec. 15 — Art + Canvas, 1-4 p.m. EST, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $60/project, members/$48. Info/registration: (269) 695-6491,

Dec. 15 — Opening reception, 2019 Members Show, 2-4 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Free. Info: (269) 983-3688,

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, 6:15 p.m., Franciscan Health Michigan City, Maria Theresia Conference Room C, 3500 Franciscan Way. Info: (219) 801-1296.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Holiday Traditions/Swedish Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Dunes Learning Center and Chellberg Farm.
The program starts with a Swedish pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon at the center, 700 Howe Road, then heads to Chellberg Farm from noon to 3 p.m. to learn about the region’s cultural history. The farm is located off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter.
For those planning to attend the breakfast, the cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 3-12 and free for toddlers 0-2. Breakfast is served in two seating areas: 10 and 11 a.m.

A ranger will lead a two-hour tour in one of the park’s 16-passenger buses at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
The tour meets at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. After a brief introduction, participants board for the tour, which is free, but reservations are required by calling (219) 395-1882.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare black oak savanna, and offers views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

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 from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Meet at the Nature Center to view reptiles and amphibians eat breakfast.

FUR-tastic Show N’ Tell from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Stop by the Nature Center for a look at some mammals of the dunes and their fur adaptations.

Morning Bird Walk from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Meet at the Nature Center to begin an easy stroll looking for different bird species and other wildlife. Take binoculars or borrow a pair from the park.

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.:

3-D Prints for Holiday Fun from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
Participants learn how to use the Delta-style 3-D printer to make cookie cutters, holiday decorations and custom gifts.

Maker Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays.
Each month highlights a different skill and lab equipment. November focuses on 2-D design and December on circuits.

STEAM Sandbox from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday through Dec. 19.
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.

The library is closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Visit for more details.

Michigan City Public Library

100 E. Fourth St.:

Pokemon Go Community Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
Call Jonathan at (219) 873-3045 for more information.

Tinkercad at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Makerspace.
Registration is required for the program that involves Tinkercad, a free online collection of software tools. This session, for children 10-18, serves as an introduction to 3-D design, art and printing. No experience is necessary. All registered participants receive a 3-D print of his/her creations. Register at the Youth Services desk or call (219) 873-3045 for more info. Space is limited. MCPL 3-D printing rules apply, and the printing fee is waived for this program.

Makerspace: open lab hours from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Youth ages 6-18 can create with LEGO WeDo, Micro Bits, paper circuits and Ozobots. Children 12 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend with them.

Library food and mitten drive.
The library will collect mittens, gloves, hats and scarves during the holidays to decorate its holiday tree. Donations will be sent to The Salvation Army. Also, the library is collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. A box is near the circulation desk through Jan. 3.

• 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.-noon Thursday, Dec. 12, at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.
Interested patrons also can receive help calculating Body Mass Index.

Inquiring Minds: Keep It or Gift It Holiday Crafts from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Hageman Library.
Create holiday crafts to keep, gift or donate to residents at Addison Point. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-9080 or stop by the library.

Jingle Bell Jamboree: “Frozen II” from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Hageman Library.
Children ages 2-7 can listen to a holiday story, sing holiday songs and participate in winter-themed activities. A photo booth is planned.

Kids Improv from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
The improvisational games are aimed at youth 8-12. No registration is required.

Knitting Together from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 29, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Area knitters, and those who crochet or do needlework, are invited.

Maker Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in the Thomas Library upstairs IT classroom.
Local software engineer Adam Johnson will lead a hands-on program, appropriate for patrons 12 and older, about Arduino circuit devices. Registration is required by calling (219) 926-7696.