THROUGH MAR 2 Snowman Competition Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Families can build a snowman at Taltree for a chance to win a free 1-year family membership to the arboretum and gardens.
JAN 30 Chorus Open House 6:30-9:30pm, Suburban Bible Church, 3010 E 41st Street, Highland. calumetcornerchorus.org. The Calumet Corner Chorus, a women's four-part harmony singing group from Highland, invites the public to an open house at its new meeting place, Suburban Bible Church in Highland. Barbershop music and fellowship will be enjoyed. The chorus is open to all women who love to sing. Refreshments will be served.
JAN 31 Ron Paul Revolution Reunion with Jordan Page 7-11:30pm, Carriage Court Pizza, 211 S East Street, Crown Point. Liberty Straight Up “Happy Hour” is hosting a Ron Paul Revolution Reunion with singer and songwriter Jordan Page. Liberty Straight Up is a nonpartisan, social organization that seeks to unite liberty- and freedom-minded Americans not only with others in the community, but also with freedom-based organizations in the area.
JAN 31 Light Up The Night Concert 7-8:30pm, Ross Community Reformed Church, 3900 W 41st Ave, Gary. rapturemuzik.com. All different types of music (i.e. country sounds, rap, pop, etc.) will be showcased during this free concert featuring: Rapture, Zak Tibstra, Tim Treadwell, The Light Company, and Point Ash. A free will offering will be accepted.
JAN 31 Create Your Own Bead Art 6:30-8:30pm, Former Crown Point Library, 122 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.306.4599. crownpointlibrary.com. Attendees can explore the Bead Town exhibit featuring works of art by artist Stephan Wagner, meet the artist and create a beaded mask, frame or martini glass. A native of Germany, Wagner traveled to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to transform discarded Mardi Gras beads into art. Light refreshments will be served and participants must be 18 years of age and older. Reservations must be made at the Crown Point Library Circulation Desk.
FEB 1 M.O.M.s Method: Mind Over Matter Studio Method 10am-noon, 761 Indian Boundary Rd Ste 5, Chesterton. 219.929.1550. momsmethod.com. The grand opening celebration of this new barre fitness facility in Chesterton offers activities for the whole family with class demonstrations, healthy juice and snacks, raffle prizes and a free gift bag for the first 50 guests.
FEB 1 Y Bash 6:30-11pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. 219.462.4185 ext. 225. valpoymca.org. Valparaiso YMCA’s annual fundraising event features music by Chicago-based Latin Satin Soul, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a spectacular silent auction, all in support of the organization’s annual campaign.
FEB 1 Black and White Ball 6pm-midnight, Dynasty Banquet Hall, 4125 Calumet Ave, Hammond. Cost: $65. opheliasteencenter.com. Community Center Development Corporation presents its 28th annual Black and White Ball and Silent Auction. The black tie event benefits the Ophelia Steen Center Family and Health Services Center.
FEB 1 Flowering House Plant Seminar 10-11am, Alsip Home and Nursery, 10255 Wicker Ave, St. John. alsipnursery.com/event/flowering-house-plant-seminar-st-john. Gardeners rejoice and bring beautiful color indoors during the dreary months of winter with beautiful flowering house plants. Alsip experts will give the need-to-know care tips for keeping these plants at their best and answer all questions. You don't have to wait for spring in order to enjoy plants again.
FEB 1 History of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Rail Line 10am-noon, Hammond Public Library, 564 State St, Hammond. 708.474.0203. Local historian and author Cynthia Ogorek will present the Feb. 1 program of the Hammond Historical Society. She will give us a look at the last electric interurban in the country, the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Rail Line. Refreshments will be served, and there is no charge. Copies of the speaker's books will be available for purchase.
FEB 1 Author Randall Lemon Book Signing 11:30am-2:30pm, Miles Books, 2819 Jewett Ave, Highland. 219.838.8700. Author Randall Lemon will be signing copies of his book, "Gryffon Master: Curse of the Lich King." Lemon is a recently retired English teacher and head of the drama and speech department at Highland High School.
FEB 1 Too White Crew 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. A tribute to the golden era of hip hop, Too White Crew performs all-live music with a six-piece band accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers.
FEB 1-2 Winter Fest 10am-10pm, downtown New Buffalo. newbuffalo.org. New Buffalo celebrates winter with free sleigh rides through town, ice skating, ice carving demonstrations and more.
FEB 3 History on Film 2-3pm, Highland branch of the Lake County Public Library, 2841 Jewett St, Highland. lcplin.org/branches/hi.htm. This PBS documentary gives an intimate look inside the world of the Amish: farm-life, childhood, school, worship, recreation, courtship, barn-raising, horse-transportation, and the impact of tourism. The presentation will take place again at 6:30pm. Registration is not required.
FEB 7 Winter Bird ID Program 10am, Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond. 219.844.3188. Many species of birds winter in northwest Indiana, from small songbirds and waterfowl to various raptors. Join a park naturalist at Gibson Woods to find out what birds you may find and where to look for them. If the weather cooperates, we may take a short hike, then return to the building to warm up in the “bird room” while watching the birds at the feeder. Registration is required for this free program designed for adults.
THROUGH FEB 8 Wilderness First Responder Certification Course Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. The course will teach environmental emergencies and survival skills, response and assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, and CPR and other medical emergency techniques. Student skills and knowledge will be developed in hands-on outdoor and indoor practicums. Nine-day onsite primitive overnight accommodations available for $135. Accommodations includes warm sleeping area and kitchen and bathroom with shower access. Single night overnight accommodations available $15/night.
THROUGH FEB 23 Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays 2-10pm, Saturdays 12-10pm and Sundays 12-9pm, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E US 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. Deep River Waterpark will be open for Ice Skating on the Friday after Thanksgiving day through the last Sunday in February.
THROUGH FEB 2 Mid-Century Modern—Style in the Age of Mad Men South Shore Arts Gallery, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. This swanky exhibit travels back in time to a more glamorous age, the time of the 1950s ad men made popular in recent years by AMC’s Mad Men. A tribute to the Mid-Century Modern movement in architecture and design, the exhibit features furniture, objects, art and advertising as seen on the popular TV series from this memorable era.
THROUGH FEB 8 We are Porter County Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin St, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595. This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.
THROUGH FEB 9 Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences. Also, Through Feb 24: Theater of Conflict.
THROUGH FEB 15 Bead Town Exhibit Mon-Thurs 10:30am-6pm, Sat 10:30am-8:30pm, Sunday Noon-6pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center, 540 S Lake Street, Gary and Former Crown Point Library, 214 S Court Street, Crown Point. Artist Stephan Wanger will devote the Mardi Gras season to the creation of exquisite beaded mosiacs unique to Northwest Indiana in partnership with the Methodist Hospitals Foundation. Wanger's art is made from thousands of individually placed recycled Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans, Wanger's hometown.
THROUGH MAR 2 Fenders & Figures—Works by Sandi Kozlowski The Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Combining her passions for both art making and motorcycle riding, local artist Sandi Kozlowski pushes the boundaries of her multimedia pieces with the addition of a third dimension, plastic motorcycle parts incorporated on flat acrylic paintings.
THROUGH MAR 15 Discovering the Forest—Paintings by Robert Johnson South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0200. southshoreartsonline.org. Robert Johnson’s paintings explore the nature of the forest in this exhibit.
THROUGH APR 6 Trucks—Recent Works by John Himmelfarb Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb showcase his whimsical representations of trucks at this exhibit. His works are executed in a wide variety of media—including sculpture, painting and printmaking—and an outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.
THROUGH FEB 16 Dreams and Echoes—Drawings and Sculpture in the David and Celia Hilliard Collection The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. The collection encompasses the mysterious world of Northern European Mannerist artists, French artists of the 17th century, and landscapes by Dutch, Italian, French, and British masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Hilliards gradually found their way back to the 19th century through British and then French landscapes, achieving, along the way, a rather effective art historical survey. Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled—Egypt after Alexander Great; Through Apr 14: Ugo Rondinone—we run through the desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted.
Through Feb 2 80 at 80 Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.684.1414. msichicago.org. Commemorating the museum’s 80th anniversary, this exhibit features 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. Many of these items will ignite visitors’ memories from past exhibits—such as a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Manikin—while some are cutting-edge innovations. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.
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.