Porter County week ahead briefs

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z Porter County week ahead briefs nwitimes.com
March 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 


Mr. Imagination Birthday Celebration

VALPARAISO | The Brauer Museum of Art will have a Student Coffee Hour/Mr. Imagination Birthday Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1709 Chapel Drive. The event relates to the Brauer's exhibition Mr. Imagination: Chicago Self-Taught Artist, with all objects on display drawn from the collection of Robert Alter and Sherry Siegel and on display through April 6. Call (219) 464-5761.


Red Cross Blood Drive

VALPARAISO | The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St. Call (219) 462-2793.


Royal Neighbors Meeting

VALPARAISO | Royal Neighbors will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St. Call (219) 462-5319.

Preschool Preview Night

CHESTERTON | Families are invited to familiarize themselves with area preschools and early childhood educators at Preschool preview night at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. Faculty members from Duneland area preschools will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Call (219) 926-7696.

Edible Book Festival

KOUTS | Participate in the Kouts Public Library's first ever Edible Book Festival. Participation and attendance at the festival is free, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 101 E. Daumer Road. Fun prizes will be awarded and the event will culminate in feasting on everyone's creations. On April 1 around the world, libraries and book stores hold Edible Book Festivals to celebrate literacy and creativity with a tasty twist. Participants must create a food-based representation of a book, whether it's recreating the cover, making a diorama of a scene from the book, or make a visual pun based on a book's theme or story. Call (219) 766-2271.


Whole Kids At Library

CHESTERTON | Children in third through sixth grades are invited to Westchester Public Library's three-session wellness program Whole Kids April 2, 9 and 16 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is necessary. Sessions begin with a sharing time when children are encouraged to share thoughts, feelings, etc. The sharing time merges into activities such as mindful movements/yoga, breathing exercises, journaling, healthy eating, crafts, singing, and more. Call (219) 926-7696.

Free community dinners

PORTAGE | Holy Cross Lutheran Church hosts free community dinners at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent. The meals include dessert and beverages. Call (219) 763-6343.

AAUW meeting

VALPARAISO | Sue Bennett, a federal park ranger and chief of interpretation and education at Dunes National Lakeshore will speak on The Future of the Dunes at the meeting of the Valparaiso branch of AAUW at 7 p.m. at Family and Youth Service Bureau, 253 Lincolnway. The American Association of University Women invites women who have an associates degree or higher to consider membership. In addition to branch meetings, the group has afternoon and evening book clubs, ArtFlix (viewing and discussion of art films), Women at the Movies, Great Decisions(discussions on current events), and day trips. Call (219) 548-2970.


Garden club meeting

VALPARAISO | Vale of Paradise Garden Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road. Anyone interested in learning about gardening and all things involved with gardening are welcome. Call  (219) 763-1187.

Read to Teddy the Dog

HEBRON | Children can practice reading skills by reading to Teddy the Labradoodle from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Hebron Public Library, 201 W. Sigler St. He is a registered Pet Partners therapy dog and will listen to stories. Call (219) 996-3684.


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 p.m. at the post, 5675 Mulberry Ave. Call (219) 762-3541.

Friends and Families of Addicts

PORTER | Friends and Families of Addicts (and alcoholics) meets the first and third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Hageman Library, 100 Francis St. This is a support group for friends and families that have loved ones who are addicted. Call (219) 406-8110 or (219) 742-4885.


Rummage Sale

VALPARAISO | The Christ Lutheran Church Youth are sponsoring a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2610 Campbell St., with all of the proceeds to be used for the Christ Lutheran youth projects, especially their annual mission trip during the summer. The sale is held in the activity center, which is on the back side of the church. Call (219) 462-6660.

Tree Workshop, Sale

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Extension Board is hosting a tree sale and workshop from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Porter county Expo & Fairgrounds 4-H building, 215 Division Road. Fruit trees, berry plants, arbor vitae and more are for sale. Master Gardeners and Purdue Extension staff will be on hand to answer questions about selecting, planting and caring for trees and plants. Call (219) 465-3555.

East bake sale

VALPARAISO | St. Iakovos Church is having an Easter Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon at 36 W. County Road 700 North. Some of the baked goods that will be available are appetizer size spinach/cheese pies, baklava, Easter bread, and a variety of other Greek delicacies. Call (219) 462-4052.

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