THROUGH APR 27 The Banquet, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. During the month of April, long custom tables will feature “tableware” from a multitude of artists in a variety of media. Table arrangements will include plates, bowls and goblets created from wood, ceramics, alabaster, textile and glass, by gallery and regional artists, with small paintings and photographs as placemats.
THROUGH MAY 10 Embroidered Archetypes, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Twenty-two embroidered images depict the symbols of the tarot. Each panel by Laurel Izard is small and highly detailed. Each uses embroidered colors to create dramatic texture and color combinations.
APR 15-20 Harre Union Jazz Fest, call for times, Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, 1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5415. valpo.edu. The Midwest's largest non-competitive jazz event spans six days and features a variety of jazz performers, including John Fedchock on the trombone on Thursday and Friday and Grammy award-winning New York Voices performing on Saturday.
APR 16 Osteoporosis and Bone Health, noon, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. valpoymca.org. Kristy Darnell, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNRN presents this seminar about overall bone health and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
APR 18 Family Feud Live, 8pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. America's beloved show is live on stage.
APR 24 Midwest Smoke Out, 5-10pm, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. midwestsmokeout.com. Now in its 5th year, the foremost event for cigar aficionados and luxury enthusiasts features dozens of big brands of premium cigars, fine spirits, craft beer, gourmet food and luxury items. VIPs get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet legendary members of the cigar industry with autograph and photo opportunities.
APR 26-27 Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo, 9am-5pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. illianagardenpond.org. Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits guests will encounter at this 13th annual event. The day also includes water features, lighting and garden experts, plus educational seminars and workshops.
APR 27-MAY 25 40th Annual Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Show, Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Student artwork submitted by their teachers is on display for a chance to win monetary prizes. Students attend schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County, Illinois.
APR 29 Can You Hear Me? 6pm, Strongbow Inn, 2405 E US 30, Valparaiso. 800.541.1861. porterhealth.com. ENT Dr. Matthew discusses how hearing loss is diagnosed and the best new treatment options. Refreshments provided. Registration by phone required.
MAY 2 Mahler 1, 7:30pm, The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point. 219.836.0525, ext. 200. nisorchestra.org. Back by popular demand, violinist Corey Cerovsek performs Barber’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. Mahler’s groundbreaking first symphony imagines everything it means to be a human being and interprets it through music.
MAY 3 16th Annual Munster Car Show, 9am-4pm, Munster Community Pool Parking Lot, 8837 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Car enthusiasts can show of their ride at this annual car show for a chance at “Best in Show,” “People's Choice “or a top-three finisher in each class. Entry forms are available in the park office. The event also features a vendor/arts and crafts fair, music, food and a chance to vote for the best entry at the car show.
MAY 3-OCT 25 Chesterton's European Market, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertoneuropeanmarket.com. This European Market offers a quality shopping experience, live entertainment and a festive community environment. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers come from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.
MAY 4-SEPT 28 Miller Beach Farmers' Market, 10am-3pm Sun, 667 S Lake St, Gary. 219.983.7720. millerbeacharts.org. This weekly market features fresh produce, local honey, prepared foods from local vendors and a variety of handcrafted items.
MAY 8 Vince Gill, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Vince Gill has earned 18 CMA Awards and 19 Grammy awards to date. He performs some of his greatest hits during one incredible evening of country music.
MAY 10 Explore the South Shore, 11am-3pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. southshorecva.com/explorethesouthshore. Families can kick off the summer season at this event showcasing the family-friendly activities and events available in Northwest Indiana. The afternoon features games, giveaways, entertainment, rides and more.
MAY 13 Memory Screening, 10am-2pm, Hartsfield Village Senior Living Community, 10000 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.934.0750, ext. 158. comhs.org. A designated memory screening center for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Hartsfield Village Senior Community offers these free, confidential screenings. Results and recommendations are discussed at the end of the screening. Registration by phone is required.