THROUGH OCT 25 Chesterton's European Market Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertonseuropeanmarket.com. This European Market offers a quality shopping experience, live entertainment and a festive community environment. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers come from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.
MAY 15 Chicks Fun Run 6:30-8:30pm, Central Park, 900 Central Park Blvd, Dyer. 219.865.2505. townofdyer.com/parks. This walk/run is strictly for the ladies and funky attire is encouraged—old prom dresses, hats, fancy jewelry, jeans (with holes), pajamas, workout gear, silly socks, funky hair and more.
MAY 15 Spring Soiree 6-9pm, Bartlett's Gourmet Grill and Tavern, 131 E Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores. eatatbartletts.com. Summer begins at Bartlett's with the opening of their new deck. This free event also features live music by The River When and drink specials featuring St. Germaine.
MAY 15-18 Book Sale 10am-6pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri-Sun, PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. 219.513.8911. hscalumet.org. Humane Society Calumet Area's annual spring book sale features adult and youth hard and soft cover books, CDs and DVDs, with a $5 bag sale on Sunday. Proceeds from the sale benefit the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area.
MAY 16 Reba McEntire 8pm Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hamond. 800.745.3000. horseshoehamond.com. Iconic country music singer, songwriter and actress Reba McEntire performs.
MAY 16-17 Steppin' Into Spring 7-9pm, Morton High School Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, 6915 Grand Ave, Hammond. 219.989.7316. hammond.apa.com. Along with performances by HAPA Dance Ensemble and HAPA Tap Ensemble, Hammmond Academy for the Performing Arts dance majors conclude their dance performance season with dance pieces based on a variety of subject matter. Techniques emphasized include ballet, jazz, modern, tap, character and contemporary dances
MAY 17 Crown Beer Fest 2-6pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. crownbeerfest.com. One general admission tickets allows attendees to sample beers of craft brewers from Indiana, Illinois and surrounding states during this annual event. Attendees must be 21 years or older and present a valid I.D.
MAY 17 Garage Mahal 9am-4pm, Whiting-Robertsdale Community. 219.659.0292. The Whiting-Robertsdale Community transforms into giant garage sale for the day with more than 200 homes offering a variety of treasures for sale—from antiques and collectibles to books, housewares, tools and clothing. Maps and sale listings are available at the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and at major intersections in town.
MAY 17 La Fiesta Celebre noon-3pm, Memorial Park, 612 Wentworth Ave, Calumet City, Ill. 708.862.6440. mycmpd.com. Calumet Memorial Park District presents this festive event celebrating Hispanic culture with games, music, dancing and food for the entire family.
MAY 17 Little Calumet River Fest 9am-4pm, Carlson Oxbow Park, 177th St, Hammond. friendsofthelittlecaluetriver.org. As the Little Calumet River flood control project nears its end, the Friends of the Little Calumet River invite the public to explore the river's recreational benefits and paddle, bike or walk the the river, as well as view the wildlife—deer, fish and birds—that calls the river home or uses it as a resting area during their migrations.
MAY 17 Flintlock 8-10:30pm, Front Porch Music, 505 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.743.8142. frontporchmusic.com. Flintlock is a five-piece acoustic band that has been performing bluegrass and other American Roots music since 1997.
MAY 17 Pawnz 9:30pm-1:30am, Buddy & Pals, 1206 Summit St, Crown Point. 219.662.0088. Pawnz performs classic rock, dance and party music. There is no cover charge.
MAY 17-18 Voyageur Rendezvous 10am-4pm, Grand Kankaee Marsh, 21690 Range Line Rd, Hebron. 219.769.PARK. lakecountyparks.com. During this fun and educational event, visitors will travel back more than 250 years when Northwest Indiana was primarily a marshland. Attendees will learn how merchant traders and early settlers, among others, lived and traded along the Grand Kankakee River. Activities include interactive games for kids, storytelling, a tomahawk throw, a fashion show, food and more.
MAY 18 Clint Black 7:30pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplaza.com. Audiences will be treated to an intimate evening with Clint Black.
MAY 18 Rumba De La Región 1-4pm, The Steeple Gallery, 11107 Thiel St, St. John. 219.365.1014. thesteeplegallery.com. Performing at art galleries across the Chicagoland area and in Northwest Indiana, this performing drum ensemble studies and plays rumba music, a rich form of popular drum ensemble music that typically accompanies song and dance and is often played in homes and neighborhood streets of Cuba.
MAY 18 Colors of Spring Tea 1-4pm, St. Mary Hildebrandt Hall, 525 Broad St, Griffith. 219.924.4163. smgriffith.org. The St. Mary Rosary Society from St. Mary Church in Griffith presents its annual tea, serving tea, light lunch and desserts and offering beautiful quilt and basket raffles. Attendees should bring their own tea cup and tickets must be purchased in advance.
MAY 18 Om 5K Run/2K Walkathon 7am-noon, Indian American Cultural Center, 8605 Merrillville Rd, Merrillville. 219.793.3757. chinmaya-nwindiana.org. The Indian American Cultural Center presents this Chinmaya Omkara 5K run/2K walkathon. Chinaya Omkara provides individuals—from any background—the wisdom and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to the society. The run is timed and the event features raffles, awards, goodies, laughter yoga, blood pressure screening and face painting.
MAY 18 Shopping Affair Vendor & Craft Show 10am-4pm, Patrician Banquet Center, 410 E US 30, Schererville. 219.741.0435. anne-marieprince.com. This second annual shopping extravaganza boasts more than 80 vendors and crafters, plus concessions, a 50/50 raffle and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area.
MAY 16-JUL 26 Material Possessions Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. This intimate group showing features the work of five esteemed artists of the highest artistic practice in the field of contemporary fiber arts. These established and emerging artists incorporate a redemptive sensibility in the use of methods and materials in this innovated 2-D and 3-D exhibit.
MAY 16-AUG 10 Parallel Pursuits—Tom Brand's Finding Form and Carole Stodder's Shaping Space Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. This exhibit offers an opportunity to compare and contrast the abstract works of two Michigan City, Ind. artists. Brand’s art features carefully composed shapes with an expressive or painterly surface, while Stodder’s paintings feature geometrical patterns with hard edges.
THROUGH MAY 31 Fairy House Garden Exhibit 8am-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Fairy houses made from natural and recycled materials are positioned along the trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounding Heron Pond in a natural setting to match each house's unique personality.
THROUGH JUN 1 Art in Good Taste—An Exhibition with Food as Subject Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.com. This lively and delicious exhibition features food as the subject in a variety of media—fine art, photography, sculpture, ceramic, fabric, glass and more.