ONGOING Blood Pressure and Diabetic Screenings, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 9am-noon, 1st Wed of every month, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 109 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6055. comhs.org. Free screenings are available by appointment. Registration by phone required.
ONGOING Heart Attack, PAD Risks and Stroke Screenings, 4-6pm, 1st Tue of every month, Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus, 2269 W 25th Ave, Gary. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. A variety of screenings are available. Registration required.
OCT 5 Whiting Oktoberfest, 11am-11pm, 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0292. whitingindiana.com. For the fourth year in a row, Whiting will play host to this all-day festival with activities for all ages—hayrides and games for kids, craft and vendor shows, food, a chili cook-off and German bands.
OCT 5-6 Harvest Festival, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. portage-in.com. In celebration of the harvest, this festival features wine, cheese and chocolate tasting; fine art for sale; live music and more.
OCT 6 Romp & Roll, noon registration; 1pm performance and walk, Munster High School Football Area, 8808 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.836.3349. rompandroll.org. For the 10th year in a row, this annual walk and fun run benefits the Cancer Resource Centre. Participants can choose between a one- or 2.5-mile family-style walk through the park or a 5K fun run along the streets of Munster. A performance by Jessie White Tumblers begins the event and a picnic follows. Entertainment includes music, clowns, face painting and more.
OCT 7 Touchdown Chili Challenge, 6-9pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.5549. Contestants can compete for the title of best chili in the region at this first ever chili cook-off sponsored by the Muster Chamber of Commerce.