ONGOING Silver Sneakers Program, St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.392.7086. comhs.org. This fun, energizing, award-winning fitness program helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.
ONGOING Y-Get Stronger, 11-11:30am Mon-Thu, Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. This 30-minute class focuses on improving total body strength, muscular endurance, balance and body control.
THROUGH MAY 10 Indoor Street Market 8am-1pm, 2nd Sat of each month, Lincoln Community Center Banquet Hall, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland. 219.838.0114. highland.in.gov. This street market moves indoors for the winter. Shoppers can browse breads, honey, spices, dog treats and more.
THROUGH MAR 2 Snowman Competition Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Families can build a snowman at Taltree for a chance to win a free 1-year family membership to the arboretum and gardens.
JAN 23 Winemaker Dinner with Ken Foster from Mahoney Vineyards, 6:30pm, Bistro 157, 157 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.0992. Napa Valley winemaker Ken Foster brings Mahoney Vineyard’s world-class wines to Bistro 157 for an all-inclusive dinner with food by Chef Nicole Bissonnette.
JAN 23 Asparagus Restaurant & Journeyman Distillery Pairing Dinner 6:30-9pm, Asparagus, 7876 Broadway, Merrillville. Admission: $60.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity. 219.794.0000. Asparagus, the legendary local favorite restaurant featuring Asian Fusion and Nouvelle cuisine is partnering with Journeyman, the locally owned and operated distiller of organic, hand crafted spirits to offer a five course dinner, each course thoughtfully paired with a different taster cocktail fashioned from a Journeyman's unique array of spirits. Simon Barrios, the authorized representative of Journeyman will be on hand to educate the diners on the craftsmanship and unique flavor sensation of each spirit.
JAN 23-26 Strictly Sail Chicago, 11am-8pm Thu-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Navy Pier Festival Hall A&B, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. strictlysailschicago.com. The nation’s largest indoor “all-sail” boat show has become a must-attend event for all sailors. Attendees can see, board and buy boats; attend seminars and have more fun than ever at this 19th annual show. Activities include seminars from an impressive group of speakers, live do-it-yourself tutorials, a remote control sailing pond, a kids corner and more.
JAN 24-26 Winterfest, 3-5pm, downtown LaPorte. 219.331.5517. cityoflaporte.com. Live ice sculptures kick off this yearly event as artists craft unique works of art right on the streets of downtown LaPorte. Family-friendly winter fun abounds throughout the weekend.
JAN 25 11th Annual Gardening Show, 8am-4pm, Porter County Expo, 215 E Division St, Valparaiso. pcgarden.info. Sponsored by Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners, this award-winning event features presentations by national, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging and dinner packages, a seed and bulb exchange, a garden photography contest, a children’s corner, food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening.
JAN 25 Brews in the Barn, 5:30pm VIP entry; 6:30pm-midnight, County Line Orchard, 200 County Line Rd, Hobart. 219.947.4477. Some of the finest brewers in the country—including brewers from all over the region—will be pouring unlimited samples of their meticulously hand-crafted beer. The Crawpuppies and legendary Chicago band Mr. Blotto perform. Guests can enjoy an eclectic selection of food from the buffet, as well.
JAN 25 Salute to the ‘60s, 7:30pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams perform and take audience members back to an earlier time.
JAN 26 Arts with the Animals, 11am-4pm, Whiting Masonic Temple, 1900 Temple Ct, Whiting. 219.616.2031. visitwhiting.com. This adoption and fundraising event is free and open to the public. Visitors can shop the vendors, meet furry friends, win a raffle prize and enjoy baked goods from the baked sale during this event. All proceeds benefit Whiting Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter, and donations of wet cat or dog food are accepted.
JAN 27 Beginner’s Oil Painting Class, 5:30-8:30pm, Hebron Public Library, 201 W Sigler St, Hebron. 219.996.3684. pcpls.lib.in.us. No prior experience with oil painting is needed to create a work of art. Participants who attend both sessions will complete a 16-by-20-inch landscape. The cost includes instruction and all painting supplies for one painting.
JAN 28 Laugh for the Health of It, 7-8pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.3541. lcplin.org. A Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor leads this unique exercise routine where laughter is used to oxygenate the body, reduce stress and change moods. No mats or yoga postures needed.
JAN 31-FEB 15 The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. At this point in her life, Maureen thought she’d be off on adventures with the man of her dreams, far away from her dreary existence in Leenane, Ireland living with her selfish and manipulative mother. This story of love, longing and sacrifice is full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals.
FEB 1-2 Winter Fest, 10am-10pm, downtown New Buffalo. newbuffalo.org. New Buffalo celebrates winter with free sleigh rides through town, ice skating, ice carving demonstrations and more.
FEB 8-17 Chicago Auto Show, 10am-10pm Feb 8-16, 10am-8pm Feb 17, McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. chicagoautoshow.com. Auto enthusiasts trek to this annual convention—celebrating its 106th anniversary this year—of more than 1,000 of the newest cars, trucks, SUVs and concept cars, all displayed within the colossal confines of McCormick Place. Also, Feb 7: First Look for Charity (7-11pm).
THROUGH APR 6 Trucks—Recent Works by John Himmelfarb Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb showcase his whimsical representations of trucks at this exhibit. His works are executed in a wide variety of media—including sculpture, painting and printmaking—and an outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.