THROUGH SEPT 29 Farmers’ Market, 8am-1pm Sun, Centennial Park, 901 N Centennial Dr, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Vendors at this weekly market offer fresh produce, baked goods, fruits, jams and jellies, flowers, herbs, arts and crafts and more. New this year are vendors with vegan food and fresh juice made from fruits and vegetables.
THROUGH SEPT 30 Reflections Photography Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. This fourth annual exhibit features 107 photographs taken in the area—from Chicago to New Buffalo, Mich.—by 58 local photographers.
THROUGH OCT 27 70th Annual Salon Show, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Up to $10,000 of cash awards is on the line during this 70th annual exhibition. This juried exhibition accepts original art in all fine art media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, digital, mixed media, ceramics, video, multimedia and jewelry.
SEPT 17 Look Good, Feel Better, 4-6pm, Methodist Hopsital Southlake Campus Oncology Institute, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthopsitals.org. During this free seminar, information and cosmetic advice will be provided for women battling cancer. Cosmetics are provided free of charge. Registration by phone required.
SEPT 17, OCT 15 Laugh for the Health of It! 7-8pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. Led by a certified laughter yoga instructor, this unique exercise routine encourages unconditional laughter, without jokes or comedy, to oxygenate the body, reduce stress and improve mood. No mats needed.
SEPT 20 Burger Bash, Rittenhouse Senior Living, 1300 Vale Park Rd, Valparaiso. 219.531.2484. In honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, Rittenhouse Senior Living invites the public to their burger bash, featuring food, live entertainment and memory care tours. Support group info will be available and proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northwest Indiana. Attendees are asked to wear purple to show support for the cause.
SEPT 21 Bizarre Bazaar, 10am-5pm, Harrison Park & Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.512.4298. downtownhammond.org. This unexpected, outrageous and whimsically bizarre extravaganza offers something for everyone—live music; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; kids’ games; art activities; a motorcycle, hot rod and custom car show; a 5k walk/run; contests and more.
SEPT 21-22 25th Annual Celebration of the Arts, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Schoolhouse Shop of Furnessville, 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.2136 ext. 200. Schoolhouseshop.com. Every third week in September, The Schoolhouse Shop welcomes more than 30 artists—painters, photographers, jewelers, tailors and potters—from across the Indiana Dunes region—to the shop’s wooded grounds.
SEPT 22 Lake County Courthouse 135th Birthday Celebration, 2-5pm, Lake County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Sq, Crown Point. 219.663.0660. crownpoint.in.gov. The Lake Courthouse Foundation honors the “The Grand Old Lady’s” 135th birthday with a birthday celebration featuring fun for all ages—a book signing with Astronaut Jerry Ross, a silent auction with works by world-renowned artist James Paul Brown, bounce houses, music, face painting, crafts and birthday cake.
SEPT 26 50 Fit & Fabulous, 6:30pm, Old Town Banquet Center, 711 Calumet, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. Benefitting the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Community Assistance Program, this event features a style show, food, fun, music, a cocktail reception and more.
SEPT 26 Coronary Health Appraisal, 8-10:30am, Community Hospital Outpatient Centre, 9660 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This appraisal determines a participant’s risk for heart disease and other related medical conditions. Screening includes cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL and triglycerides), hemoglobin A1C and average estimated glucose, metabolic syndrome, blood pressure, body mass index and a heart health profile. Fasting for 10-12 hours is required. Register by phone.
SEPT 26 Managing Medicare, 1:30-3pm, Hebron Public Library, 201 W Sigler Rd, Hebron. 219.996.3684. pclps.lib.in.us. This presentation on the basics of Medicare will help participants understand the difference between the types of Medicare coverage. The program is free and registration is requested.
SEPT 27 Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease, 10-11am, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 888.303.0180. lcplin.org. This free informational and interactive session focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementias. A light lunch will be provided. Attendees must call to register.
SEPT 27-29 Covered Bridge Harvest Festival, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.661.3071. coveredbridgeharvestfest.org. Honoring the only “covered bridge” in Lake County, this festival focuses on family fun, handmade crafts and entertainment. Friday evening begins with the Pumpkin Bash and silent auction, while Saturday features arts and crafts, pumpkin games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the development of the Special Olympics Lake County Training Facility and improvements at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
SEPT 28 Hooked on Art—Live Street Art Festival, 9am-5pm, Thomas Centennial Park, 176 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.728.1638. hookedonartfestival.com. This community-wide family event presents a variety of artistic talent from across the region. In addition to live street art, the event features interactive family activities, music, shopping and more.
SEPT 28-29 30th Annual Depot Fair, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Railroad Crossing, 201 S Broad St, Griffith. 219.924.9701. Hosted by the Griffith Historical Society, this fair celebrates all things trains. Visitors can take a tour of the depot and museum and learn all about its history. A shuttle bus is available for transport between the Depot Fair and the Fall Harvest Craft Festival.
SEPT 28-29 34th Annual Fall Harvest Craft Festival, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Central Park, W Pine & N Broad Sts, Griffith. A variety of beautiful handmade crafts will be available to browse and purchase during this craft festival organized and run by the leaders, parents and scouts of Griffith Boy Scout Troup 264. The weekend also features a tasty menu and live music. A shuttle bus is available for transport between the Depot Fair and the Fall Harvest Craft Festival.
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 12-13 Buckley Homestead Fall Festival, 10am-6pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. southshorecva.com. Visitors to this annual festival will be transported back in time as reenactors portraying military, civilians and artisans of various time periods line the trails of the living history farm. The weekend features fun for the whole family, great food, wonderful entertainment and traditional arts and crafts.
OCT 15 Women’s Fair, 2-7pm, Blue Chip Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 800.235.6204 ext. 2415. iuhealth.org. This 12th annual event celebrating women features quality vendors, demonstrations, exhibits with health information, screenings and giveaways.