Activities to Explore

In the Area:

Jan. 21 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration, 8:30-10 a.m., Purdue University Northwest James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex, Great Hall, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville. Info: (219) 785-5545,

Jan. 22 — STEAM Ahead Kids: Ozobots, 4:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 24 — Winter Craft for Kids, 3:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 24 — Teen STEAM: January Art, 4:30 p.m. EST, New Buffalo Public Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Info:

Jan. 24 — Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens, 5 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 25 — WinterFest: ice sculpture demonstrations, 4 p.m., Rotary Garden Gazebo, 250 Pine Lake Ave. Info: (219) 326-9600.

Jan. 25 — Friday Night @ Footlight, 7 p.m., Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St. Admission: free. Performer cost: $2. Info:, (219) 874-4035.

Jan. 26WinterFest: Family Ceramics, 9 a.m.-noon, LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. Cost: $6. Info: (219) 326-9600.

Jan. 26 — WinterFest: Breakfast with the Birds, 9:30-11 a.m., Luhr County Park Nature Center, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Info:, (219) 325-8315.

Jan. 26 — Winter Bird Banding Demonstrations, 10 a.m.-noon, Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Jan. 26 — WinterFest: Wheel throwing pottery demonstration, 1 p.m., LaPorte Civic Auditorium Ceramics Room, 1001 Ridge St. Info: (219) 326-9600.

Jan. 26 — Outdoor Adventures Series: Mount Baldy Winter Hike, 1-3 p.m., parking lot off U.S. 12. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 26 — CAYA Bowl-a-thon, 2-4:30 p.m., Casey’s Lanes, 610 Colfax Ave., LaPorte. Registration: 1:30 p.m. Info: (219) 324-3385.

Jan. 26 — Science in the National Lakeshore, 2-4 p.m., Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 26 — Free film screening, “Venom,” 3 p.m., The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Jan. 26 — Captain Ambivalent’s Every Kind of Talent Show (open mic), 7 p.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Info: (219) 262-5200.

Jan. 27WinterFest: Free horse-drawn wagon rides, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Soldiers Memorial Park, LaPorte. Info: (219) 326-9600.

Jan. 27 — Snowshoe Shuffle, 10-11:30 a.m., Nature Center @ Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

Jan. 27 — Fifth Annual Afternoon Tea, 2 p.m. EST, New Buffalo Public Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Tickets:

Jan. 27 — The School of American Music annual winter recital, 3-5 p.m. EST, Three Oaks (Mich.) Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St. Free. Info:

Jan. 28 — Ralph Wrecks the Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. Registration: (219) 926-9080.

Jan. 29 — Make It @ MCPL: Tinkercad, 4 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

Jan. 29 — Free documentary screening, “No Small Matter,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Purdue University Northwest, LSF Building Room 002. Info: (219) 785-5485,

Jan. 29 — Nintendo Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Through January — Duneland Plein Air Painters exhibit, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. Info:

In the Region

Jan. 21 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 9 a.m.-noon, Paul H. Douglas Center, Lake Street, north of U.S. 12, Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood. Info: (219) 395-1882.

Jan. 22 — Open Mic Night with host Aiden Schnell, 7-10 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Signup: 6:30 p.m. EST. Admission: free/performers, $5/audience members (12 & younger/$1). Info/reservations: (269) 983-3688,

Jan. 25 — 4th Friday @ The VIC, The Netherlands, 7 p.m., The Valparaiso International Center, 309 E. Lincolnway. Free. Info: (219) 464-1122,

Jan. 25 — Unwrapped at the Box, The Jared Rabin Band, 8:30 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Tickets: $10. Info/reservations:, (269) 983-3688.

Jan. 26 – Deirdre Lovejoy’s “Bird Elephant China,” 7:30 p.m. EST, Elkhart Civic Theatre @ Bristol (Ind.) Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Tickets: $25. Reservations:, (574) 848-4116.

Jan. 27 — Coastline Children’s Film Festival, “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” 3 p.m. EST, The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich. Free. Info/reservations: (269) 983-3688,

Fridays — Steve Kowalczyk’s “Music From Around the World,” 6-8 p.m., Lucrezia Café, 428 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton. Info: (219) 873-0838.

Through Feb. 28 — Multi-media exhibit, Michael Klaus Schmidt, The Village Gallery @ Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle. 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
These events were scheduled at press time. In light
of the government shutdown, call for updates

Outdoor Adventures Series: Mount Baldy Winter Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot off U.S. 12 for a ranger-led hike to the top of Mount Baldy. No reservation is required. The hike is planned regardless of weather conditions.

Science in the National Lakeshore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.
Meet local experts and scientists conducting research in the national park, followed by a short hike.

Movie Screenings at the Douglas Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24.
Join a ranger for a screening of a national park or outdoor-related documentary.

Miller Woods Hike from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 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

Winter Bird Banding Demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26.
Indiana Audubon Society members will assist in catching birds visiting the Nature Center’s feeders, bringing them inside for visitors to see as they study and record their measurements, place a research band on their ankles and release them back outside.

Snowshoe Shuffle from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.
The free naturalist-led snowshoe exercise hike, which meets at the Nature Center, offers a chance to learn the history and techniques of snowshoeing. Free snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A winter hike is planned if there isn’t enough snow.

 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

100 E. Fourth St.:

• Winter Craft for Kids at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
Children 3-9 accompanied by an adult can make a craft, materials for which are provided. The child must be present to receive supplies.

Graphic Novel Book Club for Teens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.
The focus this month is Spider-Man. The group is aimed at teens 13-18. Stop by Youth Services for more information.

• Needle Arts League at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 and 31.
Membership to the group, formerly known as the Knit Club, is open to anyone interested in needle arts such as crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, crewel, tatting and other hand stitching. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Story Time at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Children birth to age 5 and adults will enjoy stories, songs and crafts. Arrive a few minutes early to receive a name tag.

Make It @ MCPL: Tinkercad at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 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.

• 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.

New Buffalo Public Library

33 N. Thompson St. (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Jan. 24
• Teen STEAM: January Art, 4:30 p.m. (ages 11-18 with signup).

Friday, Jan. 25
• Yoga canceled.
• Story Time, 4 p.m. 

Sunday, Jan. 27
• Fifth Annual Afternoon Tea (with ticket), 2 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28
• Read with Newdle the therapy dog, 11 a.m.
• Lego Club, 3-7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29
• Lego Club, 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
• Stitches, Needles, Threads & More, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Email for details.