THROUGH JUN 30 Silent Auction DeMotte Library, 901 Birch St, DeMotte. 219.987.2221. myjcpl.org. Friends of the Demotte Library invite book collectors to bid on books and other items during this month-long auction.
THROUGH AUG 28 Arts in the Park 6:30-8pm Wed, Thu, Fox Park's Dennis Smith Amphitheater, Truesdell Ave, La Porte. 219.363.9317. artsintheparklaporte.com. Attendees to this weekly event can enjoy music, art and poetry on the beautiful hillside overlooking Clear Lake. JUN 12: Dr Groovy & the Soul Surgeons, Dick Smith and Mary Allen; JUN 18: La Porte City Band, Youth Artist Exhibit and Leigh Morris; JUN 19: Middle of the Road, Youth Artist Exhibit and Yvonne Elshour.
JUN 19 Night Hikes 8-9pm, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Hikers can enjoy nature at night, view the stars and learn how elusive nocturnal wildlife can be.
JUN 19 Tomfoolery Fun Club 8pm, Villa Del Sol, 2225 W Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. tomfooleryfunclub.com. This comedy-based variety show features various forms of comedy, such as stand up, improv and sketch comedy. The show also includes individual musicians as well as a full band to entertain throughout the show.
JUN 19-20 11th Street Rodeo Bar Grand Opening 11th Street Rodeo Bar, 1103 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.871.7000. This new bar promises to be unlike any other in the area, featuring themes related to country-western music, performances and a mechanical bull. North Country Flyers perform at this grand opening.
JUN 19-22 City-Wide Garage Sale Crown Point. 219.662.3240. crownpoint.in.gov. Held during festival days, this event features garage sales held throughout the city.
JUN 20 Harpeth Rising 8-10pm, Twisted Q BBQ, 2053 Ridge Rd, Homewood, Ill. 708.957.8899. harpethrising.com. This classically trained group has built a reputation for breaking down musical boundaries with violin, banjo, foot percussion and powerful three-part vocals.
JUN 20 Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra 7:30pm, St. John Evangelist Church, 10701 Olcott, St. John. 219.836.0525. nisorchestra.org. Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra performs with the European Chamber Orchestra. A cash donation or food pantry item would be appreciated.
JUN 20 Anniversary Gala 6:30-10pm, Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 Grand Blvd, Gary. 219.951.4883. chn-indiana.org. Community HealthNet, a local federally qualified health center, celebrates its 16th anniversary during this annual gala, which features Indiana State Rep. Charlie Brown as the keynote speaker and former NFL player Jarrett Payton, son of late Walter Payton, as the master of ceremonies. Proceeds support efforts to provide affordable medical services to families and children.
JUN 21 Pride in the Park Picnic noon-5pm, Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland. 219.595.2321. Jam-packed full of fun for all ages, this sixth annual event features some games, but attendees are welcome to bring some as well. Last year's event featured Trivial Pursuit battles, beanbag tosses, raffles and more.
JUN 22 Deep River Grinders Baseball Game 2-4:30pm, Grinders Field at Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Hwy, Hobart. 219.769.7275. lakecountyparks.com. The Deep River Grinders face the Vermilion Voles for a baseball game following the original rules of 1858. Fans are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Hot dogs and sarsaparilla will be for sale.
JUN 22 AC Rock 6:30-8pm, Heritage Park, Ridge & Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.836.6923. munster.org. This vocal band engages audiences of all ages with favorites from the 50s through the 90s—including both doo-wop standards and more recent rock hits. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions provided by Munster Historical Society.
JUN 22 Symphony Goes to the Movies 2-7pm, Crown Point High School Auditorium, 1500 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.836.0525. nwisymphony.org. Fun for all ages, this special concert will feature a variety of well-known and loved music from the movies—from Beetlejuice to Warhorse; My Fair Lady to The Great Escape, and City Slickers to To Kill a Mockingbird—plus film clips and other fun visuals.
THROUGH JUN 29 Elementary and High School Teachers Art Exhibit Bernard Gallery, Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Ave, Whiting. 219.473.4384. ccsj.edu. Teachers from Bishop Noll Institute, Crown Point High School, Hammond High School, Hebron High School and Marquette High School showcase paintings, drawings, sculptures, 3-D art, mixed medium and photography.
THROUGH JUN 29 Fur, Feather, Skin & Scales—Artworks of the Animal Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.com. Animal-inspired paintings, sculptures, photography and other media comprise this exhibit.
THROUGH JUL 17 Renewing the Region Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7979. southshorecva.com. A diverse display of art, the exhibition showcases works of functional, as well as conceptual, pieces of art created from recycled and repurposed objects.
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.
THROUGH AUG 31 Baby Boom or Bust! Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. This exhibit takes a fond look back at the iconic, often innocent, images of life in the nuclear age with iconic imagery by artist Brian J. Sullivan and memorabilia—including Hanna Barbera characters, Barbie and Ken, Howdy Doody, space toys and robots, lunch boxes, presidential memorabilia and vintage paint-by-numbers from an atomic childhood.