Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Aug. 22 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Derek Nickels, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (the former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (219) 608-5358.

Aug. 22-23 — Arts in the Park, LaPorte’s Fox Park. Aug. 22: Chronic Flannel (’90s music)/Aug. 23: Aftermath (arena rock). Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info: www.artsintheparklaporte.com

Aug. 24 — Open-mic venue: Friday Night at Footlight, 7 p.m., Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St. Admission: free/performer fee: $2. Registration: www.footlightplayers.org

Aug. 24 — Robbie Fulks with opener Laura Joy, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Info: www.acorntheater.org, (269) 756-3879.

Aug. 24-29 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Three Identical Strangers.” Rated PG-13. Times: 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Also Showing: “Eighth Grade.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

Aug. 24-26, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 — “Wait Until Dark,” Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michiana Shores. Times: 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $15/seniors & students, $18/general admission. Info/reservations: (219) 879-7509, dunesartsfoundation.org

Aug. 25 — Hike to the Governor’s Cottage, 10-11:15 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Aug. 25 — Harbor Country Hikers, 10 a.m. EDT, Chikaming Township Park and Preserve, Warren Woods Road, between Red Arrow Highway & Three Oaks Road. Info: harborcountryhikers.com

Aug. 25 — Fox Park Music Fest 10, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., LaPorte’s Fox Park. Info: guardianridersin.org

Aug. 25 — Rings of Supersonic Steel, 2-3 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Aug. 25 — “Local Life in the New Century: 1911-1920,” 2-3 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Aug. 25 — Zoo-B-Que, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Washington Park Zoo. Tickets: $15/adults (12 & older), $10/ children 3-11, free/2 & younger. Reservations/info: www.washingtonparkzoo.com

Aug. 25-26 — 32nd Annual Mill Pond Festival, Mill Pond Park, Union Mills.

Aug. 28 —  Boy Band Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Aug. 29 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Carol Garrett, 12:15 p.m., Christ Church (the former First Congregationalist Church), 531 Washington St. Free. Info: (219) 608-5358.

Through Oct. 13 — “Warhol: Icon & Influence,” Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St. Info: www.lubeznikcenter.org

Saturdays — St. Stanislaus of Michigan City farmers market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 27, parking lot next to tennis courts. Info: ssmcfarmersmarket@gmail.com, (219) 851-1785.

Saturdays — Michigan City Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Eighth and Washington streets. Through October.

Saturdays — La Porte Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincolnway & Monroe. Info: www.facebook.com/laportefarmersmarket

In the Region

Aug. 24 — Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: $10. Info/reservations: (269) 983-3688, info@boxfactoryforthearts.org, www.boxfactoryforthearts.org

Aug. 25 — Curious Coyotes: Endangered Species, 2-4 p.m. EDT, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, Mich. Cost: $12, $10/members. Info: (269) 695-6491, www.fernwoodbotanical.org

Aug. 25 — 2018 Festival in the Park, 6-11 p.m., at Ogden Dunes Kratz Field. Cost: $15/advance, $20/door. Reservations: www.festivalinthepark.eventbrite.com

Aug. 25 — Unwrapped at the Box Concert Series, Jack Adams, 7-9 p.m. EDT, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: $10. Info/reservations: (269) 983-3688, info@boxfactoryforthearts.org, www.boxfactoryforthearts.org

Aug. 26 — Jazz on a Summer’s Day & Beggar’s Banquet, 3-10 p.m. EDT, Blueberry Fields, 14312 Log Cabin Road, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $80/pig roast & music. Music only/$40. Reservations: www.hothouse.net

Saturdays — Beach Fun Saturdays, 1 p.m.-30 minutes past sunset, West Beach, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage.

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

Mount Baldy Summit Hike from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The Mount Baldy parking lot and beach are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The dune, however, is still closed for general public use, so the ranger-led hike offers a chance to experience the dune as much as is possible. No reservations are required. The parking lot is located off U.S. 12.

Campground Program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Dunewood Campground Amphitheater.
Join a ranger for a program showcasing IDNL’s diversity and recreational opportunities. The campground is at Broadway and U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores.

Beginning Birding from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 1 at the Great Marsh Trail.
A ranger leads the hike. Meet at the parking lot on Broadway north of the Beverly Shores train station.

Pinhook Bog Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 8.
Talk a self-guided tour of the bog and talk to rangers along the trail for a better understanding of the site filled with carnivorous plants and orchids. Arrive by 2 p.m. to allow about one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. The bog parking lot is at 700 N. Wozniak Road in Michigan City.

Volunteer at Miller Woods from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Join staff and fellow volunteers to help restore the Miller Woods oak savanna. Wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and equipment will be provided. Dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk off trail.

Beach Fun Saturdays from 1 p.m. to about 30 minutes past sunset every Saturday through Sept. 1 at West Beach.
Try a kayak or paddleboard starting at 1 p.m. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail starts at 7 p.m. from the Ranger Contact Station in the north end of the parking lot. A beach campfire, complete with marshmallow toasting, starts shortly before sunset. Meet at the West Beach parking lot, 376 N. County Line Road, Portage. A $6 per car parking fee is charged until 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner and warmer clothing for the evening sunset and beach campfire.

Rings of Supersonic Steel from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Learn how the IDNL headquarters once served as a former NIKE Missile Base, C-32.
Proposed in 1945 at the start of the Cold War, Project NIKE was a U.S. Army project to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. It became operational in 1957 with Hercules missiles. The program was deactivated in 1974. In 1976, the National Park Service began negotiating with the Army to acquire part of the base as the new IDNL headquarters. The NPS moved in in 1979.

Miller Woods Full Moon Hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
Join a ranger for a moonlit hike through oak savannas and sand dunes to Lake Michigan. Meet at the Paul H. Douglas Center.

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
Explore the grounds of both historic homes, and learn about early settlers and farmers who came to the region in the 1800s. Park at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 12 and 20 in Porter.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Paul H. Douglas Center.
The ranger-led stroll explores a rare black oak savanna, and offers views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

Feed the Farm Animals at Chellberg Farm from 4 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28.
The farm’s current residents include cows, pigs and chickens. The animals are at the farm through a partnership with Dunes Learning Center, Friends of Indiana Dunes, 4-H Club of Porter County and the FFA of Westville. Chellberg Farm is off Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and 12 in Porter.

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
Catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion, and roast marshmallows from the fireplace.

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

Ant Lion Safari from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for the short discovery walk.

Park Plays from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
Park Plays features local theater groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare, to contemporary musicals, to improv. Take a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion.

• Sunset Yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
The class for all levels is taught by Duneland YMCA instructors. The cost per class is $10, which is paid to the instructor. A $40 five-class pass is available. Classes cancel in case of inclement weather. Take a yoga mat or towel. The program is located near the beach pavilion.

Snakes Alive! from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.
Meet at the Nature Center to view snakes and learn more about them.

Hike to the Governor’s Cottage from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
Join a naturalist at the Nature Center for a moderate hike to explore the remains of Gov. Jackson’s cottage near the lakeshore.

Full Moon Hike from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.
Meet at the Nature Center for a short presentation about the moon, followed by a hike to Lake Michigan and back.

Critter Dinner from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
See reptiles and amphibians eat live meals at the Nature Center.

Shipwreck Stories from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
Meet in the Nature Center Auditorium for the interactive program.

Bird Window Bingo from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
Prizes will be awarded during a bird-theme version of the game.

Scatology 101 from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
Meet at the Nature Center where a game offers, according to a press release, “the scoop on poop.”

Beach Yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The class for all levels is taught by Duneland YMCA instructors. The cost per class is $10, which is paid to the instructor. A $40 five-class pass is available. Classes cancel in case of inclement weather. Take a yoga mat or towel.

Wild Edibles Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Meet at the Nature Center for a 60-minute walk exploring dune delicacies.

Slimey Salamanders from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Meet at the Nature Center to view native salamanders, then make slime.

Photo Scavenger Hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Take a camera or phone to the Nature Center for the game that includes a list and prizes.

Beaver Tales from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Meet at the nature center for facts on beaver adaptations.

 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.

Westchester Public Library

“Local Life in the New Century: 1911-1920” from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Rita Newman and Nancy Hokanson will discuss what it was like to live in the area, who the movers and shakers were, what big events occurred, what businesses and factories were here, fashions worn and other facts.

Boy Band Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Westchester Township History Museum.
Teams of 1-4 can vie for a prize. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and remain open until space is filled. Refreshments will be served.