Thomas & Friends return
VALPARAISO | Illiana Garden Railway Society presents Thomas & Friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 295 N. Ind. 2. Sodor's G-scale engines and rolling stock will revisit the Illiana Garden Railway Society's Bull Moose outdoor diorama.There will be a full assortment of the Sodor lines passenger coaches and freight bogies too, including Annie, Clarabelle and Francine along with the Troublesome Trucks, the Tipmouth Milkwagon and other favorites. Mat Drennen, from Wisconsin/Illinois Trains will show off this year's newest Thomas and G-scale model products. Free admission. Call (219) 462-6924.
Beginner's oil painting class
HEBRON | Hebron Public Library will hold a beginner's oil painting class today and Aug. 26 at 201 W. Sigler St. Participants must attend both sessions to complete the flower still life painting. The cost is $55 per person, which includes instruction and all supplies to create a 16- by 20-inch painting. Registration and pre-payment are required. No prior painting experience is required. Call (219) 996-3684.
Healthy Eating & Fitness
PORTAGE | Overcoming that weight loss plateau is the topic for the August Healthy Eating & Fitness lecture at 6 p.m. at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road. Call (219) 836-3477.
Music in the Park
PORTAGE | New Element will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Sycamore Hall at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. This is part of the Portage Summer Music in the Park series. Call (219) 763-6238.
PORTAGE | Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. at Rittenhouse Senior Living of Portage, 6235 Sterling Creek Road. Call (2190 263-9383.
Portage Reading Circle
PORTAGE | A book discussion will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portage branch of the Porter County Public Library, 2665 Irving St. Call (219) 763-1508.
Fish fry and bingo
PORTAGE | Portage American Legion Post 260 will hold its fish fry and bingo every Friday. Fish fry is at 4 p.m.; early bird bingo at 5:45 at 5675 Mulberry. Call (219) 762-3541.
VALPARAISO | The Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. will hold its used book collection from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Home Mountain Printing, 3602 Enterprise Ave. Used books are gathered throughout the year for a sale in October at the National Guard Armory in Valparaiso. Sale proceeds support college scholarships for local high school students. Arrangements may be made for book pick up for the elderly and those people with disabilities. Call (219) 771-9437.
Portage Bacon Fest 2013
PORTAGE | Bacon Fest 2013 features Northwest Indiana restaurants, volunteer organizations, local churches and crafters from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Founders Square. This event will feature live music, inflatables for children, and different ways to eat bacon. Call (219) 762-1535.
Orak Shriners Music Festival
MICHIGAN CITY | The second annual Shriners Music Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. and will feature four bands: The Kinsey Report, The Corey Dennison Band, The Gerry Hundt Trio and Upsidedown and Backwards. There will be food vendors and a beer garden at Washington Park. The cost is $10. Call (219) 872-0485.