ONGOING Building Fit Friends, 10:30-11:30am Mon, Wed, Fri, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. 219.926.4204. dunelandymca.org. This fitness class geared toward seniors ages 65 and better aims to increase agility, range of motion and strength.
ONGOING Water Walking, 2:15-3pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W 40th Pl, Hobart. 219.942.2183. hobartymca.org. This gentle yet effective class employs different types of walking techniques to improve muscle tone and flexibility.
THROUGH DEC 1 Abstraction…A Second Look—Paintings by Tom Brand, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Artist Tom Brand’s paintings have a surface glow and luster achieved through the use of under painting and glazes, a studio technique developed during the Renaissance. This technique combined with his thoughtful sense of form, color and composition set his work apart.
THROUGH DEC 15 E. John Walford Exhibit, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. valpo.edu/artmuseum. E. John Walford offers his take on biblical stories through his digital collages.
THROUGH JAN 5 'A Christmas Story' Comes Home, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com/achristmasstory. Each year visitors come to the Indiana Welcome Center to view the six animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story." A variety of events and activities also pay homage to this holiday classic.
THROUGH FEB 9 Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences.
NOV 20 Parkinson Disease Seminar, 5:30pm, Valparaiso Family YMCA Y Community Room, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. valpoymca.org. Dr. Arif Dalvi presents this free seminar on the latest life-changing tools now available for those with Parkinson’s Disease.
NOV 21 Holiday for Heroes, 5-8pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corrine Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. This special evening of appreciation for the region’s police, firefighters, EMS, military forces and Hoosier Helpers features cookies and hot cocoa, plus a chance for the heroes and their families to take a free photo with Santa. The event is open exclusively to the heroes and their families.
NOV 23 Feeding Hope Vendor & Craft Fundraiser, 9am-3pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.741.0435. anne-marieprince.com. More than 80 upscale vendors, crafters and direct sellers will have items for sale during this fundraiser supporting the communities of Northwest Indiana. The event also features gift bags for the first 100 shoppers, entertainment, a cash bar, concessions and raffles.
NOV 25 Blood Pressure and BMI Screenings, 10am-noon, 1-3pm, Hebron Public Library, 201 W Sigler Rd, Hebron. 219.996.3684. pcpls.lib.in.us. Porter Health Care System offers these free screenings. No appointment needed.
NOV 29-DEC 15 Little Women, 8pm Fri, Sat, 2pm Sun, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana St, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse.com. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this play follows the March sisters as they grow up during America’s Civil War.
NOV 30-DEC 14 A Fabulous 50’s Christmas, Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. This holiday show pays homage to the Perry Como and Andy William’s Christmas specials of the 1950s and 60s, complete with vocal arrangements and commercials from the era.
DEC 1 Holiday Festival Vendor & Craft Event, 10am-4pm, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.741.0435. anne-marieprince.com. Attendees can browse the wares of more than 70 upscale vendors, crafters and direct sellers. The first 100 shoppers will receive free gift bags and the afternoon features entertainment, a cash bar and concession and raffle baskets. Proceeds benefit the Fair Haven Center for Women.
DEC 1 Holiday Market, noon-6pm, Centennial Park, 900 N Centennial Park, Munster. 219.836.6922. munster.org. The place to go for sure-to-be-loved gifts, this outdoor market offers a variety of one-of-a-kind items.
DEC 3 Healthy Eating and Smart Moves, 3-4pm, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B Oncology Institute, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. This information seminar covers healthy eating and exercise during and after cancer treatment.
DEC 3 Heart Attack, PAD Risk Assessment and Stroke Screenings, 4-6pm, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. A variety of screenings are available. Registration required.
DEC 6 Holly Days, 5-7pm, Central Park Plaza, Lafayette & Indiana Sts, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Downtown Valparaiso celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with holiday music, ice carvings, a holiday village market and a live nativity.
DEC 11 Bone Density Screening, 8am, Valparaiso Family YMCA Y Community Room, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. valpoymca.org. Participants must be able to remove their shoes to have this free screening performed on the heel of the foot. Education and information about bone health and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis also is available.
DEC 12 Holiday Pops, 7:30pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 219.836.0525. nisorchestra.org. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra gets in the spirit of the season with a combination of contemporary and classic holiday music. The audience is encouraged to sing along to the beloved carols. Children should keep an eye out for Santa. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
DEC 14 Pop Up Art Event, 5-9pm, Lake St, Gary. 219.951.9393. millerbeacharts.org. Since 2011, this popular event has drawn more than 75 local artists and more than 1200 visitors. Artists can display their work in empty storefronts in Miller Beach’s Arts and Creative District at no charge.