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Friday, Sept. 17
*“9 to 5 The Musical” opens at 8 p.m. at Memorial Opera House, 104 E. Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, for the start of a threeweek run. Performances also take place Sept. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; and Oct. 1, 2 and 3. For more information, contact the Memorial Opera House Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (219) 548-9137.
*The Table of Plenty is resuming its free meals on the third Friday of each month. Prepared meals will be bagged and available for pick-up between 3 and 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Church Chapel Hall, 638 Calumet Ave., Chesterton. No table service is available.
*The Heartland Marimba Ensemble, presented by the Concert Association of Valparaiso, performs at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 103 Franklin St., Valparaiso. Tickets are available at the door or by series subscription. Non-subscriber ticket prices for a concert are $15-adult / $10-student (children 12 and under are free), or mail a check to CAV, PO Box 1355, Valparaiso, IN 46384. More details are available on Facebook and at www.valpoconcerts.com.
Saturday, Sept. 18
*3 Little Birds Fall Market is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center. Admission is $5 and free for ages 12 and under. The market will feature local and boutique businesses; one of a kind, handmade and vintage products; and live music, local food, a bar and workshops. For tickets and more information, go to 3-little-birds-market-llc.square.site/.
*Walk, run, or bike at the upcoming Hunger Hike to raise awareness & funds for hunger relief at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Create a team with your family, friends, or company. Sign up at: www.foodbanknwi.org/hike.
*Portage’s eighth annual Brewfest, renamed Portage’s Best, for ages 21 and up, takes place at the open air pavilion at 6010 U.S. 12 in Portage, with gates opening at 3:30 p.m. and “Boozie/Foodie” tastings starting at 4 p.m. The Crawpuppies take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds go to the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce and the Portage Township YMCA. Vendors can compete for the “Foodie” award; applications are available by calling the chamber at (219) 762-3300. Ticket packages are available at event.ontaptickets.com.
*A reception takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. during the Art Barn’s annual Art Blitz for the public to celebrate exhibiting artists and the centennial birthday of Jan Sullivan, founder of the Art Barn School of Art. Sullivan, who died in 2016, was a prolific artist who began hosting workshops and other events at the Jackson Township farm that she and her husband purchased in 1969; her work is on display through Sept. 25. * The fifth annual Art Blitz takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Art Barn School of Art, 695 N. County Road 400 East, Valparaiso, in Jackson Township. The event includes art demonstrations, live music and food trucks. Masks are required for indoor activities and outdoors when 6 feet or more of social distancing cannot be maintained. Activity tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and parking is free.
*Three Moons Fiberworks presents the first of a free, three-part series featuring the step by step processes that transform raw fleece into fabric and art. Participants are required to register for each presentation. www.threemoonsfiberworks.com/ products/animal-to-art-demonstration-part- 1-registration. “Fleece to Yarn,” takes place at 1 p.m. and goes for about two hours featuring textile artist Susan Atwell at Three Moons Fiberworks, 402 Broadway, Chesterton. For more information, call (219) 841-5387.
*The Sunday School at Faith Lutheran Church, 753 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, will host a cook-out followed by an outdoor movie at 5:30 p.m. Hot dogs, veggies and fruit, chips and drinks are on the menu. “Ice Age” will be shown at dusk on an outdoor movie screen in the rear parking lot of the church. Anyone attending should bring outdoor chairs. For more information call the church office at (219) 462-7684.
Sunday, Sept. 19
*The Valparaiso International Center will host its 12th annual World Cultural Festival, interrupted last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to celebrate the diverse cultures that make up our community and our world. The free festival, with cultural entertainment, world cuisine and multi-cultural experiences, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at Central Park Plaza and Urschel Pavilion in downtown Valparaiso.