APR 25 Hope, Hearts & Horses Dinner 6-10pm, St. Elija American Hall, 8700 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.743.9620. eeunwi.org. Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited celebrates 35 years of service to the community with this dinner featuring cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, dessert and dancing. Proceeds from the event benefit EEU programs and activities, including therapeutic horseback riding to members of the community with special needs.
APR 25 Ladies Night Out 5-10pm, Buddy and Pals Place, 1206 Summit St, Crown Point. 219.221.5237. facebook.com/handstohelpfundraising. This ladies night event features products from Eleven:Eleven, Gold Canyon, lia sophia, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple and Thirty-One.
APR 25-26 P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. This party band is a crowd favorite that livens up the stage.
APR 26 Art from the Heart 6:30-10:30pm, St. Mary Catholic Community School, 405 E Joliet St, Crown Point. 219.663.0676. stmarycp.org. St. Mary Catholic School hosts an evening of art, hors d'oeuvres and music, along with a glass of beer or wine. In addition, guests can enjoy the casual atmosphere, amazing student and professional artwork and a silent auction to support St. Mary's art program.
APR 26 Be Kind to Animals 10am, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. This pet-friendly event features area rescue groups, shelters, veterinarians, trainers, groomers and pets supply companies. Discounted micro-chipping is offered by Arbor View Animal Hospital and pet photographs by Pretty Paws Pet Photographers. A percentage of the photo fee benefits the Porter County Animal Shelter.
APR 26 Watch, Clock, Coin and Antique Mart 9am-1pm, St. Matthias Hall, 101 W Burrell Dr, Crown Point. 219.689.9821. The Peace Pipe chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors hosts this annual mart and show featuring watches and clocks, as well as coins and antiques.
APR 26 Met Opera Live 2014—Così Fan Tutte 11:55am Sat, 5:30pm Wed, Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 American Way, Portage. 219.764.7469. gqti.com. Theatergoers can experience The Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Così Fan Tutte, Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love, on the big screen.
APR 26-27 Jewelry, Gem & More Show 10am-4pm, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. Just in time for Mother's Day, this show features jewelry, healthy and beauty products, candy, chair massages makeovers and more.
APR 26-27 Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo 9am-5pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. illianagardenpond.org. Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits guests will encounter at this 13th annual event. The day also includes water features, lighting and garden experts, plus educational seminars and workshops.
APR 27 Earth Day and Arbor Day noon-3pm, International Friendship Gardens, 2055 US 12, Michigan City. 219.878.9885. friendshipgardens.org. This Earth Day and Arbor Day, guests can explore the gardens, take a guided woodlands hike and enjoy children's crafts at the International Friendship Gardens.
THROUGH APR 27 The Banquet Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. During the month of April, long custom tables will feature “tableware” from a multitude of artists in a variety of media. Table arrangements will include plates, bowls and goblets created from wood, ceramics, alabaster, textile and glass, by gallery and regional artists, with small paintings and photographs as placemats.
APR 27-MAY 25 40th Annual Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Show Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Student artwork submitted by their teachers is on display for a chance to win monetary prizes. Students attend schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County, Illinois.
THROUGH APR 30 Region United, Nation Divided—Following Lincoln 8am-5pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. southshorecva.com. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil war regimental battle flags tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery.
THROUGH APR 30 Spring Chimes Exhibit 8am-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Artistic wind chimes decorate the arboretum.
THROUGH MAY 10 Sentinels South Shore Arts, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. southshoreartsonline.org. Chicago-based artist and member of Union Street Gallery, Eve Jensen presents a series of drawings and paintings exploring the mythological and metaphorical meaning of trees. Her personal connection to the subject matter is reflected in her delicate handling of pastel, graphite and oil paint.
THROUGH MAY 11 What is Left Unspoken Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. This exhibit feature 2-D and 3-D conceptual pieces by artists Barbara Hashimoto—displaying installation pieces create by turning everyday junk mail into art—and Doug Fogleson—displaying “overlapped” imagery. Also, through MAY 11: Embroidered Archetypes.
THROUGH MAY 31 5830—Memories of Home, Paintings by Robert Johnson Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Artist Robert Johnson's roots run deep in Chicago and memories of his childhood home are the subject of his new series of paintings. Each acrylic painting on panel offers a nostalgic glimpse back to a time when newspapers covered the freshly mopped floors in anticipation of Sunday morning and bedrooms were made in attics as families grew.
THROUGH MAY 31 Diners & Drive-ins—Hometown Memories 10am-4:30pm, La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Ave, La Porte. 219.324.6767. laportecountyhistory.org. This photo exhibit takes a trip back to the days of poodle skirts and malts with memorabilia such as senior cords, menus from favorite haunts, cheerleader sweaters and more.
Through Jun 15 MCA DNA—Warhol and Marisol Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. Inspired by the multi-faceted relationship of Andy Warhol and Marisol, this exhibit compares and contrasts Warhol’s silk screen printings and Marisol’s wood sculptures side-by-side. Also, through Mar 9: The Way of the Shovel—Art as Archaeology; Nov 29-Apr 13: CITY SELF.