THROUGH JUL 5 Pop-Up Shops 10am-7pm Sat, 18065 Harwood Ave, Homewood, Ill. 773.490.6046. homesweethomewood.com. Back by popular demand, the pop-up shops will feature dozens of new vendors from handmade jewelry and accessories to home décor and garden art.
THROUGH SEPT 27 Schoolhouse Shop Farmers' Market 10am-2pm Sat, Schoolhouse Farmers' Market, 278 E 1500 N Chesterton. 219.926.7117. schoolhouseshop.com. Shoppers browse a wide variety of market items at this weekly event.
MAY 29 Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation Event 5-8pm, Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor, Ill. 630.315.2970. Appetizers, beer tastings, live music, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction promise to make this charitable a fun night.
MAY 30-31 Maple City Grand Prix 9am-11pm Fri, 8am-11pm Sat, 9am-6pm Sun, Stone Lake, Lakeshore Dr & Oakwood St, LaPorte. maplecitygrandprix.com. The world's fastest tunnel boats return to LaPorte for this second annual event, which kicks off the US F1 series, serving as the season opening race. New this year are fireworks and flyovers, in addition to “Meet the Racers” events, a downtown boat parade, a family friendly kids play zone, and live music at the Stone Lake event site.
MAY 31 DreamZ & The Mob MarkO's Munster, 435 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.810.2987. Party rock band DreamZ, with special guest The Mob, perform at this celebration of May birthdays.
MAY 31 The Monkees Live in Concert 8pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Michael, Micky and Peter of The Monkees perform live.
MAY 31 ZODIAC 9pm-1am, The Quest, 1204 W US 30, Schererville. 219.241.4203. zodiac69.com. A female-fronted party rock band, ZODIAC ignites the dance floor with covers from favorite artists from the 80s to now.
MAY 31 Casino Night 6:30-10pm, Charter School of the Dunes, 7300 E Melton Rd, Gary. 219.939.9690. Guests to this charity event can play blackjack and roulette, participate in raffles, and enjoy unlimited food and spirits, all while benefiting Charter School of the Dunes.
MAY 31 St. Iakovos Greek Cafe 11am-2pm, St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church, 36 W 700 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.4052. St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church offers authentic Greek food for eat-in or carryout. All meals includes a meat—Greek chicken, shish kabob and lamb—, rice pilaf, Greek salad and bread. Greek pastries also will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Iakovos.
MAY 31 Re-Grand Opening Event 3pm-close, Bullpen Luxury Bar, 10685 Randolph St, Crown Point. 219.661.0088. Bullpen Luxury Bar is now smoke-free and opens with a new name and new indoor décor. The event features music by Nicole Jamrose, The Difference, Highway Band, Allen Wronko and Overdue, plus food by True BBQ.
JUN 1 Art in Nature—Oil Painting 1-4pm, Taltree Arboretum, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Students at this oil painting class will learn how to use oil paints with the natural landscape of Heron Pond and Heron Trail as inspiration. This beginner's course is appropriate for ages 10 years and older. All supplies are included in the cost.
JUN 1 Leon's Triathlon 8am, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2405 Calumet Ave, Hammond. leonstriathlon.com. Known as the “world's fastest triathlon,” this nationally broadcast Olympic-distance race will draw more than 500 triathletes. Athletes will swim .09 miles, bike 24.8 miles and run 6.2 miles. New in 2014, athletes have the option to participate in a sprint distance race. Also, MAY 31: Demo Day.
JUN 1 Slow Food South Shore—Sunday Supper 3pm, Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine, 299 W Johnson Rd, LaPorte. Slow Food South Shore is a newly developed chapter of the Slow Food international network, which links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. This inaugural event will introduce some local farmers, chefs and artisans to neighbors in the region.
JUN 2 Charity Golf Outing Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.465.5797 or 219.242.4905. Hunkee Hollow Athletic Club's third annual golf outing benefits Cerebral Palsy of NW Indiana. This charity event features a hole-in-one car give away and $10,000 hole-in-one prizes, as well as many other prizes. Ticket price includes a day of golf with cart, breakfast, drink tickets, beverages during the day and a sit-down luncheon following the event.
JUN 3-SEPT 30 Central Park Plaza Market 11am-6pm Tue, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events' weekly market now features extended hours. Market-goers can enjoy fresh produce, handmade items, locally grown ingredients, live lunch-hour music and more.
THROUGH JUN 7 The Feel of Color White Ripple Gallery & Co., 6725 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. 219.433.4072 or 773.885.1919. whiteripple.com. Collages paintings, ceramics, ceramic-glass murals and found objects create an exciting investigation of colorful energy at this exhibit, which explores the use of color as contemporary mark-making.
THROUGH 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.
THROUGH 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.