CHESTERTON | Area knitters are invited to gather in the Brown Mansion parlor for a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday for Knitting Together at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Those who crochet or do needlework are also welcome to attend. Call (219) 983-9715.
Bits and Bytes
CHESTERTON | Bits and Bytes will continue with introduction to social networking from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Bertha Wood meeting room located on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. The class is free, but registration is required. Learn more about Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, Google Plus and other networking sites. Learn how they work, dos and don’ts, security issues, how to upload photos and much more. Connect online with family and friends via the social networking sites you’ll learn about in the class. Call (219) 926-7696, ext. 25.
Preschool movie series
PORTER | Westchester Public Library’s preschool movie series will continue at 10 a.m. Friday at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., with The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: When Trucks Fly. All library films are free of charge and open to the public. This collection includes 10 animated adventures following the tenacious dump truck Tonka Chuck and his friends (Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip) as they wheel towards fun and friendship. Call (219) 926-9080.
Meet the author
CHESTERTON | Janet Edwards will return to the Westchester Township History Museum to once again present her book "Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray" and her continuing research into the life of one of Duneland’s most intriguing women. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 700 W. Porter Ave. "Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray" is the result of 10 years of extensive research done by Janet Edwards of Beverly Shores and St. Louis, into the life of Alice Gray and her family. Edwards uncovered many primary sources not previously discovered. She conducted much of her research at Westchester Township History Museum with the assistance of museum researcher Eva Hopkins. In the book, Edwards examines the many legends and myths that have grown up about the woman dubbed “Diana of the Dunes” by the newspapers of her time. In so doing, she presents, for the first time, a well-documented and authoritative account of Alice Gray’s fascinating journey from Phi Beta Kappa scholar at the University of Chicago to solitary recluse living in the remote sand dunes of Northwest Indiana in the early part of the 20th century. Call (219) 983-9715.
Concert and film
CHESTERTON | Westchester Public Library’s free concert and family film series will continue on Friday at the Bandstand in Thomas Park with the band, For Amusement Only, performing an eclectic mix of popular music. The concert will be followed by the film Escape from Planet Earth at dusk, about 8 p.m. Those who attend are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics, blankets and bug spray. In the event of rain, both events will be offered in the Library Service Center on the corner of Indiana Avenue and Calumet. Popcorn and soda will be sold in time for the movie by members of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary. For Amusement Only offers a fun and danceable mix of oldies, country, pop and rock. The members of the band are Tessy Bowers on vocals and guitar, Bill McCarel on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Meg McCarel on vocals, Jim Murray on drums, and Tim Winey on bass.
This series of concerts and films is partially funded through donations from the Chesterton-Porter Rotary. The final concert will be Brass Band Music with members of the South Shore Brass Band, followed by the film Puss in Boots, rated PG.
Call (219) 926-7696.