THROUGH SEPT 2 SUPER-ficial! A Chris Cosnowski Retrospective, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. The fourth exhibit in the South Shore Arts Outstanding Midwest Artist Series features Chicago artist Chris Cosnowski, painter of iconic Americana in a photo-realistic style. Lifelike in detail and humorous in content, Consnowski’s artwork recalls classical art through its use of figurative sculpture as subject matter.
THROUGH SEPT 5 Women’s Walk Club, 8-9am Tue, Thu, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.548.0219. portercountyparks.org. Group leader Jenna Martin, R.N., leads this free walking program along the trails at Sunset Hill Farm.
THROUGH SEPT 30 Photography Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. This fourth annual exhibit features photographs taken in the area—from Chicago to Michigan along the South Shore—by local photographers.
THROUGH OCT 27 Magical Realism, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Visitors to this exhibit can explore the realm of magical realism at this exhibit, which features highly detailed, realistic painted images invaded by something “not quite right” or “too strange to believe.” Also, through Jul 28: Body Language and Construction Sites; Aug 4-Oct 27: The Documentation of Nature and Water Wrackets.
AUG 20, SEPT 17 Laugh for the Health of It! 7-8pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. Led by a certified laughter yoga instructor, this unique exercise routine encourages unconditional laughter, without jokes or comedy, to oxygenate the body, reduce stress and improve mood. No mats needed.
AUG 21 The ABCs of BBQ-ing, 6-7:30pm, Franciscan Medical Specialists, 757 45th St, Munster. 219.934.2483. franciscanalliance.org. Registered Dietician Monica Rojas, MS, RD, CDE discusses grilling and outdoor food safety, as well as food storage tips and what to do with leftovers during this fun class. The class also features new, healthy twists on old-time favorite recipes like potato and macaroni salad.
AUG 22-25 Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, noon-8pm Thu-Fri, 11am-8pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Washington Park, 200 Heisman Harbor Rd, Michigan City. michigancityboatshow.com. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy this show, which features all of the newest powerboats, sailboats and personal watercraft; daily flyboard demos and the return of Twiggy the water skiing squirrel.
AUG 23 Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease, 10-11am, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. This free informational and interactive session focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementias. A light lunch will be provided. Attendees must call to register.
AUG 24 Valpo Night Ride, call for times, Butterfield Family Pavilion, Evans & Calumet Aves, Valparaiso. This 15-mile organized bicycle ride takes place at night under the stars. A mid-ride snack will be provided at Central Park Plaza. Police support and volunteers will be available along the route to ensure everyone’s safety.
AUG 28 Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Body Mass Index Screening, 8:30-11am, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. porterhealth.com. No appointment is necessary for this free screening.
AUG 28-SEPT 2 Labor Day Fest, 10am Mon parade; American Legion 108, 1/2 E Commercial Ave, Lowell. lowellchamberin.com. The town of Lowell celebrates Labor day with a fish fry on Friday and carnival rides, vendors of all kinds, food and entertainment all weekend. The longest, continuous running parade in Indiana, Lowell’s Labor Day parade is the main event of the three-day weekend celebration and takes place on Monday.
AUG 30-SEPT 1 Rock ‘N Rail Street Fest, 4pm-midnight Fri, 11am-midnight Sat, 1pm-midnight Sun, Central Park, 600 N Broad St, Griffith. Celebrate Labor Day weekend with live music, a children’s area, a bear garden, a car show, a 5k and more during this festival.
AUG 31 Taste of Duneland, 11am-11pm, Thomas Park, Calumet & Broadway, downtown Chesterton. 219.617.1742. dunebig.com. Duneland celebrates the last official weekend of summer with tasty food from local eateries and non-profit groups, a beer and wine garden, live music from local and regional acts and a bounce house for kids.
SEPT 6 2013 Casino Gala, 6-11pm, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This third annual gala benefits the Theatre at the Center and features free casino entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an oxygen bar, and a silent bar.
SEPT 7 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Now in its 35th year, the this annual festival offers fun activities for all ages with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, the nation’s first Popcorn Parade and more.
SEPT 8 Deep River Grinders Vintage Base Ball, 2pm, Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Hwy, Hobart. 219.769.PARK. lakecountyparks.com. This vintage baseball game features the Deep River Grinders playing the game with the original rules from 1858.
SEPT 10 Memory Screening, 10am-2pm, Hartsfield Village Senior Living Community, 1000 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.934.0750 ext. 200. comhs.org. Hartsfield Village Senior Living Community, a designated Memory Screening center for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, offers these free, confidential memory screenings.