Neighbors calendar - November 12, 2016

Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune • November 12, 2016


Central Park Plaza Ice Rink to open

The Central Park Plaza Ice Rink will open to the public at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at 55 Napoleon St., Valparaiso. In addition to open skate, the rink will offer ice skating and hockey lessons, open hockey time, and rink rental for private events, fundraisers and birthday parties. The rink will be open through March 5, 2017. A complete list of hours, fees and programs is at


Holiday food gift programs

The Porter County Extension Service will present a Fabulous Food Gifts class at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at Portage Library, 2665 Irving St.. Annetta Jones, Health and Human Sciences educator with Porter County Extension Service, will impart tips and recipes for making simple and low-cost food gifts. The programs are free. Registration and information is at 219-465-3555.

Neuroscience support groups

The Neuroscience Institute at Methodist Hospitals has announced its schedule of support groups and classes. Free Parkinson’s Dance Class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Southlake Campus, Pavilion D, 303 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville. Information is at 219-237-2342. Parkinson’s Support Group from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Conference Room. Information is with Andrea at 219-663-5953. Free Parkinson’s Yoga Class from 9 to 10 a.m. every Thursday at Southlake Campus, Pavilion D. Information is at 219-237-2342. Stroke Support Group from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Conference Room. Register at 219-757-7440. MS Support Group for friends and family of people with multiple sclerosis meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month at Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, Conference Room, 200 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville. Register at 219-738-4926.


Health insurance information session

The hospitals of Community Healthcare System will host Navigating the Marketplace, free information sessions to help community members explore options and choose a health insurance plan to fit their needs and budget. The next session will be at 5 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 16, Portage Public Library, 2670 Lois St., Portage. Licensed certified Indiana Navigators will be on hand to answer questions and schedule appointments to assist with the application process. Open enrollment is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2017. More information is at 219-836-3477, 866-836-3477 or


Dinner served at Ivy Tech

Students in the hospitality program at Ivy Tech Community College are cooking meals for the public, students, staff and families Nov. 17, and Dec. 1 and 8 in the restaurant on campus, 410 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago. Settings are available at 4:30, 4:45, 5, 6 and 6:15 p.m. Each dinner is $15 per person and reservations are required at 219-392-3600, ext. 3280.

Hospital hosts program on peripheral arterial disease

Community Healthcare System have announced its schedule of upcoming free educational and support programs. Healthy Legs Live Longer from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Community Hospital, 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster. Cardiologist Dr. David Stewart will discuss Peripheral Arterial Disease. register at 219-836-3477 or 866-836-3477. Information is at

Breakfast to benefit cancer patients

Little Red Door Cancer Agency will host the 9th Annual Face of Hope Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. Proceeds will go to providing transportation to and from cancer treatment, support services, medical supplies and nutritional supplements for cancer patients in central Indiana. More information is at


ARTability Show and Auction

Opportunity Enterprises will host the 10th Annual ARTability Show and Auction from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Duesenberg Community Room at Valparaiso University’s Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. Canvas artwork will be sold by silent auction. Pre-priced ceramic pieces and artisan glassware also will be available for purchase independent of the auction. There will be live music, a cash bar and desserts. More information is at

Music Heritage Series at National Lakeshore

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will host a night of music and singing from 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. Indiana 49, Porter. The Save the Tunes Council will perform music reminiscent of a 1966 coffee house in celebration of the park’s 50th anniversary. More information is at 219-395-1882 or


Winter Lights Night Festival

Porter County Parks and Recreation will kick off their annual lights display with the Winter Lights Night Festival from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Sunset Hill Farm Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. The evening will feature caroling, crafts, visits with Santa, cookie decorating, a gingerbread house contest, wagon rides and fireworks. Cost is $5 per car. More information is with Darlene Cohn at 219-548-0219 or

Holidaze Craft Fair

The Holidaze Sell-A-Bration Arts and Crafts show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road, Valparaiso. The fair will feature vendors from six states, food, door prizes and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the Toys for Tots program. More information is at 219-464-9918, or


Open registration for winter basketball leagues

Registration for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Winter Basketball Leagues is underway through Dec. 9. The Portage Club will offer three leagues: Biddy for 6-7 year-old; 8-10 Year Age Division; and 11-13 Year Age Division. More information is with Caleb Hall at 219-762-4613. The South Haven Club will offer four leagues: Tiny for 4-5 year-olds; Biddy for 6-7 year-olds; Junior Age Division for 8-10 year-olds; and Senior Age Division for 11-14 year-olds. More information is with Ron Ranta at 219-759-2565.

Food pantry donation program

The Ross Township Food Pantry is partnering with Meijer to provide food for local families in need through the Simply Give program. Through Dec. 31, $10 donation cards can be purchased at the Merrillville Meijer, 611 Lincoln Highway. For each $10 donation, Meijer will match it with another $10. More information is at 219-769-2111.

Personal care and clothing collection

United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer program of Northwest Indiana will be collecting personal care items through January 1, and handmade winter clothing for the upcoming holiday season until Thanksgiving. Donations will be gifted to the homeless, poor, veterans and overseas troops. Collection locations and more information is at

— Staff report