Activities to Explore

In the Area:

June 18 — Family Fishing Nights, 6-7:30 p.m., Luhr County Park, 3178 S. County Road 150 West, LaPorte. Free. Registration: (219) 325-8315.

June 20 — The Art of Wire Wrapping, 3-4 p.m., Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Registration: (219) 926-7696.

June 20-21 — Arts in the Park, LaPorte’s Fox Park. June 20: LaPorte City Band/June 21: Vintage Postcard (jazz/oldies). Pre-show music/6:15 p.m., concerts/7 p.m. Info: www.artsintheparklaporte.com

June 20-30 — “The Bikinis,” Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St. Times: 2 p.m. Wed.-Thur., 7:30 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Sat. Tickets: $16-$17. Info: (219) 874-4269, info@canterburytheatre.org

June 21 — FIRST DAY OF SUMMER.

June 21 — Mount Baldy Solstice Sunset Hike, 7:30-9 p.m., parking lot off U.S. 12. Info: (219) 395-1882.

June 22 – I Spy Hike, 10-10:45 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. County Road 25 East, Chesterton. Info: (219) 926-1390.

June 22 — Bookmarks: Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow,” 2 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 22 — SlamCamp Performance Night, 6 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 22-27 — Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, Mich. Now showing: “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” Rated PG. Times: In English, Italian, Spanish and German with subtitles. Times: 6 p.m. Fri. & Sun., 7 p.m. Tues. Also Showing: “RGB.” Rated PG. Times: 6 p.m. Sat. & Mon. Also Showing: “The Rider.” Rated R. Times: 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Also Showing: “Claire’s Camera.” Not Rated. In Korean, French and English with subtitles. Time: noon June 24. Also Showing: “Angels Wear White” (“Jia Nian Hua”). Not Rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Time: 6 p.m. June 27. All times Eastern. Info: vickerstheatre.com

June 23 — Kiddie Parade Day Movie Event: “Surf’s Up 2,” 10 a.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 23 — Family Field Day, noon-2 p.m., Coolspring Library, 6925 W. County Road 400 North. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

June 23 — “Snow White and Sherman,” 2-3 p.m., LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Registration: www.laportelibrary.org

June 23 — 1960s variety show, 7 p.m., LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave.

June 23 — Heartless-Midwest’s Premier Tribute to Heart, 8 p.m. EDT, The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Mich. Tickets: $30. Info: www.acorntheater.org, (269) 756-3879.

June 24 — Movable Art Feast, 11:30 a.m., The Nest, 803 Franklin St. Info: thenestmichigancity@gmail.com, (219) 262-5200.

June 24 — Bug Safari, 2 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Info: friendshipgardens.org

June 24 — “Midsummer at the Mansion,” 7 p.m., Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. 21 & older. Tickets: $20/individual, $30/couple. Reservations: Eventbrite, (219) 873-1520.

June 24 — Drum & Bugle Corps – The Big Show, 7-10 p.m., Ames Field. Info: www.dci.org

June 25 — Family Dot Art, 11 a.m.-noon, LaPorte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. Info: www.laportelibrary.org

June 25 — Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum, topic: U.S. President Andrew Jackson, 6:30 p.m. EDT, library Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Info: (269) 469-2933.

June 26 — Historian Chris Siriano: The House of David Story, 6:30 p.m., Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. Info: (219) 873-3049.

June 26 — Muppet Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m., Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

June 27 — Roosevelt Pipe Organ Series, Mark Sudeith, 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

Through July 1 — “Mom Cole’s Truck Stop,” First Christian Church, 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets: $10. Benefits Phi Beta Psi (Michigan City). Reservations: (219) 210-3062, taophibetapsi@gmail.com

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

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, 100 Riverwalk Road.
Catch a Lake Michigan sunset from the pavilion, and roast marshmallows from the fireplace.

Community Hike and Sunset Paddle from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in Marquette Park.
A ranger leads the hike through Miller Woods, with the paddle on Marquette Lagoon. The program is limited to 20 participants. Make reservations at (219) 395-1824. Marquette Park is located at 1 N. Grand Blvd., about two miles north of U.S. 12 in Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood.

Mount Baldy Solstice Sunset Hike from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21.
Meet at the Mount Baldy parking lot off U.S. 12 for the ranger-led hike.

Campground Program from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Dunewood Campground Amphitheater.
Drew Kellum will present a play about Alice Grey (“Diana of the Dunes.”) The campground is at Broadway and U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores.

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. daily after being closed for the last several years. The dune, however, is still closed for general public use, so the ranger-led hike offers the chance to experience the dune as much as is possible. No reservations are required. The parking lot is located off U.S. 12.

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.

Hike With Your Hound from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 23, in Miller Woods.
Join a ranger for a leisurely hike through Miller Woods, with pets allowed. Take a leash, pick-up bags, a bowl and water.

Urban Farming Fun from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Paul H. Douglas Center.
Learn tips and tricks of starting a vegetable gar- den from park rangers and volunteers.

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.

Midsummer Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm.
Learn about the traditions of Swedish immigrants at Chellberg Farm, and experience music, dance and food associated with the special day. Costumed performances by a local children’s dance group, Nordikids, and the Indianapolis group Dans Norden are planned. Guest speaker Kenneth Schoon, author of “Dreams of Duneland,” will share stories on local history.

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.

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
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, June 17, 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.

Miller Woods Full Moon Hike from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.
Join a ranger for the moonlit hike through oak savannas and massive sand dunes out to Lake Michigan.

Sunset Around the Fire at the Pavilion from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 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

Wild Edibles Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 18.
Meet at the Nature Center for a 60-minute walk exploring dune delicacies.

Wetland Wonders from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Monday, June 18.
Meet at the Nature Center for the hands-on program.

Pollinator Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
In celebration of National Pollinator Week, stop by the Nature Center to make a craft or play a game.

Beach Mysteries from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 20.
Meet at the Nature Center to identify items found on the beach.

Snakes Alive from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 20.
Meet at the Nature Center to see snakes and learn more about them.

Beach Break from 1 to 2 p.m. daily.
Stop by the beach pavilion to see what surprises the naturalist has.

Dunes Creek Hike from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21.
Meet a naturalist at the campground shelter next to campsite 113 for a program on the creek that flows through the dunes.

Tea Time from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21.
Meet at the Nature Center for the free taste testing of teas made with natural items.

I Spy Hike from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 22.
Meet at the Nature Center for the hike that’s like “Where’s Waldo” in the Dunes.

Salamander Gander from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 22.
Meet at the Nature Center to view salamanders, then head out for a short walk.

Summit Saturday: High Dunes Hike from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23.
Meet a naturalist at the nature center for a hike to the summit of the state’s highest sand dune. Wear hiking shoes.

Dunes Photography Talk from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23.
Meet at the Nature Center, where dunes photographer Edward Byrne will showcase his photography of the state park and the stories behind them.

Sssssnakes Alive! from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 24.
Meet at the Nature Center to view snakes and learn more about them.

Beach Mysteries from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
Identify items on the beach.

• Feed the Birds at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25. 
Meet a naturalist outside the Nature Center for the daily feeding. Get close views of chickadees, cardinals and woodpeckers.

Photo Scavenger Hunt from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 25.
Meet at the Nature Center for the game that involves a list and prizes. Take a camera.

To the Blowout and Back from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 26.
Meet at the Nature Center for a trek USA Today voted as Indiana’s greatest hike.

Turtle Time from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday, June 26.
Meet outside the nature center to learn more about turtles.

 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

Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St.:

Bookmarks: Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22.
Patricia Klewer is the reviewer.

SlamCamp Performance Night at 6 p.m. Friday, June 22.
The performance is the culmination of the week-long camp, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Kiddie Parade Day Movie Event: “Surf’s Up 2” at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23.
The movie, Rated PG, is scheduled before the parade, which is at 2 p.m.

Historian Chris Siriano: The House of David Story at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.
Historian and House of David Museum Director Chris Siriano will shed light on the story behind the religious colony founded in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1903.

Story Time at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

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

Glacial Goodies: Ice Cream Geology at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Join an Indiana Dunes State Park naturalist to learn how the Indiana Dunes was formed. Ice cream with toppings helps illustrate the story. At the program’s end, attendees sample an ice cream sundae. Register by calling (219) 926-7696.

Bookmarks at the Museum at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.
Pat Klewer will review Amor Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow.”

Books That Make You Think Discussion Group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The selection is David McCullough’s “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” Copies of the book are available for checkout.

Bandstand Concert & Movie Series on Friday, June 22, at the Thomas Centennial Park bandstand in downtown Chesterton
Song Sisters performs at 7 p.m., followed by a screening of “Wonder” at 8 p.m.

Teen Movie: “A Wrinkle In Time” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in The Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton.
Free popcorn is available

The Unnamed Guild of Gamers from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Thomas Library’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
Events include a fifth-edition “Dungeons & Dragons: campaign, as well as “Legendary,” “Munchkin,” “Ultimate Werewolf,” “Settlers of Catan” and “Pandemic.”

Ukulele Rocks from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The program targets students 10-17 who finished the Intro to Ukulele Class. The focus June 24 is “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz or “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes. Space is limited, and registration is required. The library has ukuleles that can be checked out; however, those with ukuleles should indicate so. Call (219) 926-7696 to register.

Bits & Bytes series, Learn to Type, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Thomas Library Serials/Automation Department.
Registration is required by visiting or calling the IT Department at (219) 926-7696, or registering at www.wpl.lib.in.us. Click on the Bits & Bytes link.

Muppet Trivia Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Westchester Township History Museum.
The event is appropriate for 12 and older. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for the prize. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and remain open until the event is full. Refreshments will be served.

Tween Dance Craft Revolution for children 8-12 on Wednesdays.
Participants create a craft and learn a dance or game from a different period in music history. The schedule is: June 27, 6 p.m., Thomas, music of today; July 11, 3 p.m., Hageman, country-western. Registration is required. Call (219) 926-7696.

Graphic Novel Book Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the Thomas Library Bertha Wood Meeting Room.
The focus is Rick Remender’s “Tokyo Ghost.” Register in person with the IT department or by phone at (219) 926-7696.