FEB 18-MAR 18
ONGOING Line Dancing, 9-10am Tue, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Participants can kick up their heels and stay fit during this four-week class. The class offers the latest in line dancing, adding more difficult and challenging dances as the class progresses.
THROUGH MAR 15 Discovering the Forest—Paintings by Robert Johnson, South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0200. southshoreartsonline.org. Robert Johnson’s paintings explore the nature of the forest in this exhibit.
THROUGH APR 20 William Dawson, Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. The work of African-American folk artist William Dawson is inspired by his intuition, imagination and memories of his early years on his grandfather’s farm in Huntsville, Ala and this exhibit features several dozen carved wood sculptures, totems and works on paper.
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.
FEB 21 Dunes History Series—Focus on Maple Sugaring, 5pm Fri-4pm Sat, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. Participants at this sweet retreat-style workshop can immerse themselves in the local traditions of maple sugaring—from the Native American origins to modern day techniques. Appropriate for all ages, this overnight workshop covers the history and science of maple sugaring and participants have the chance to assist in tapping male trees and enjoy a variety of foods prepared from the sap.
FEB 22 Heart Health Fair, 9am-noon, St. Catherine Hospital Professional Office Building Conference Room, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This health fair showcases fun, interactive ways to learn about heart health and the effects of cardiovascular disease. The morning features information booths, screenings, interactive displays and free health screenings. No registration required to attend this healthy and fun event.
MAR 19 Affordable Car Act Seminar, 3:30pm, 5pm, Methodist Hospitals – Midlake Campus, 2269 W 25th Ave, Gary. 219.886.4584 or 219.738.5508. methodisthospitals.org. Methodist Hospital's Affordable Care Act Navigators and/or Certified Application Counselors explain how the new health care law will work for attendees and their families. Topics include health insurance marketplaces, navigating healthcare.gov, required enrollment information, subsidies and support.
MAR 1 Micro Beer Brew Night, 7-10:30pm, Centennial Park Banquet Facilities, 1005 S Centennial Dr, Munster. 219.836.6937. munster.org. Tantalizing seasonal brews, some brand new to the market, and an appetizer buffet paired with the beers will be served at this tasty annual event.
MAR 1-2 MHA Antiques Show, call for times, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. mentalhealthpc.org. This annual exhibition brings antiques and treasures to Porter County. Funds benefit Mental Health America of Porter County’s annual giftLIFT program, which connects people whose lives are impacted by mental health with the opportunity to receive gifts for the holiday season.
OPENS MAR 2 SHE: the Female in Image and Form, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. With women as the subject, this exhibition showcases artworks by member and guest artists of both sexes in a variety of media.
MAR 7-MAY 11 What is Left Unspoken, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. This exhibit feature 2-D and 3-D conceptual pieces by artists Barbara Hashimoto—displaying installation pieces create by turning everyday junk mail into art—and Doug Fogleson—displaying “overlapped” imagery.
MAR 8-9, 15-16 Maple Syrup Time, 10am-4pm, Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart. 219.769.PARK. lakecountyparks.com. Visitors can learn the sticky business of producing syrup from tree sap, plus see how corn is stone ground into cornmeal and more, at this yearly event. There’s fun for the whole family with games and puzzles for kids, quilting and checkers. Visitors can warm up with hot maple tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and take home some handmade maple syrup and cornmeal available for sale.
MAR 15 2014 Photography Clinic, 8am-4pm, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.924.0537. calregionphoto.org. Three exceptional speakers—James Cook, Dean Pennala and Ralph Velasco—discuss all things photography during this annual clinic hosted by the Calumet Region Photo Club, plus vendors displaying the latest photography equipment and services, a continental breakfast and a tasty luncheon.
MAR 15-16 Shipshewana on the Road, 9am-6pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 269.979.8888. shipshewanaontheroad.com. For two days only, this popular outdoor market stops in Valparaiso with products and merchandise from artisans, crafters, flea market dealers and retail business owners—including finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home décor, handmade jewelry, clothing and more.