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Not all events, exhibitions and performances on the calendar have been rescheduled, postponed or canceled at the time of going to press.

Hobart Lakeside Festival

AUGUST 18-21, 5-11pm Aug 18-19, 10am-11pm Aug 20 and 10am-9pm Aug 21. Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, Hobart. 219.942.2489, A Hobart City tradition since 1993, the annual Lakefront Festival features plenty of rides and games for the kids, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of food and drink. Another pair of festival highlights, the Dam Duck Tape Race and the Cardboard Boat Race, are scheduled for 3 p.m. on August 21.

AUGUST 27-28, 8am-6pm, Johnson’s Farm Produce, 8960 East Ridge Road, Hobart. 219.962.1383, Picking raspberries and assorted vegetables is a highlight of Johnson Farm’s annual festival. Young and old alike have the goat village on the farm, an obstacle course, tram rides and pedal carts at their disposal throughout the festival. Those wishing to pick raspberries are encouraged to call Johnson’s Farm Produce to ensure there is plenty on hand. Johnson’s Farm Produce will follow its Raspberry Festival with its Watermelon Festival, set to run September 3-5.

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First Responder Appreciation and Demonstration Day

AUGUST 27, 10am-2pm MAAC Foundation, 4203 Montdale Park Drive, Valparaiso. 219.510.9111, The Valparaiso-based MAAC Foundation, which provides essential hands-on training for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency service providers, is holding its first-ever Appreciation Day. Attendees will be able to see first responder and K9 demonstrations, take part in a virtual reality shooting gallery and take part in a hit-a-truck competition. The festivities continue at the Porter County Expo Center on August 27 at 6 p.m. with a fundraising concert by country singing veteran Jo Dee Messina.

AUGUST 20, 2 p.m. Kosciuszko Park, 151st St. and Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago. East Chicago’s celebration of Polish culture and its universally beloved sausage celebrates its third edition this year at Kosciuszko Park. Keith Stras and Polka Confetti, DJs EZ Tones and EZ Tymes are on tap to provide the musical backdrop.

100th anniversary celebration

AUGUST 27, 5:30 p.m. Gary Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary. 219.938.1986, Organized by the non-profit Chanute Aquatorium Society, their annual Summer Bash celebrates its centenary. The company will offer food, fun, a live DJ and a live auction with prizes including a trip to Cabo San Lucas and sequel tickets to Gary Railcats games.

AUGUST 20-21, 10am-5pm Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900, An annual tradition for arts-minded festival-goers in the area, this year Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts is celebrating the 41st edition of its namesake festival. In addition to showcasing its current exhibits and introducing attendees to various programs, the festival will also feature more than five dozen art artisans from across the region to set up shop on the center grounds.

Crown Point Farmers Market

AUGUST 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Bulldog Park, 183 S. West St., Crown Point. 219.662.3250, More than five dozen food, arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors set up shop at Crown Point’s Bulldog Park every Saturday for the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Live music and a splash pool for children are other highlights of the market, which is set to run until September 24.

AUGUST 25, all lines open on the Rive-Sud line. Based in Wisconsin, the Midwest Rail Rangers take passengers on instructional rail lines throughout the Upper Midwest. The westbound train via the South Rim will depart Chicago Millennium Station at 8:40 a.m. and the eastbound train will leave Dune Park Station at 11:18 a.m. (CST).

AUGUST 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., A&B Auction and Flea Market, 2307 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City. Thousands of amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and birds will be featured and available to take home in this exhibit, along with the equipment and tanks needed to properly house and care for the creatures. Future reptile exhibits are scheduled for September 17 and October 29.

Moniquemeloche presents…

UNTIL OCT. 9, 10am-5pm Monday and Wednesday-Friday, 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Hyndman Gallery, Brinka/Cross Gallery, Susan Block Gallery, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900, The Lubeznik Center of the Arts’ summer showcase features works by artists who call Chicago-based Monique Meloche Gallery home in Chicago’s West Loop.

UNTIL AUGUST. 28. 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday. South Bank Art Gallery, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.1829, Regional artists and curators Tom Torlumke and Linda Dorman curated South Shore Arts’ current exhibit, which showcases the artists’ interpretations and experiences. Works by more than half a dozen artists from the region and beyond, including Tony Fitzpatrick, Corey Hagelberg, Peggy Macnamera and Joanne Aono, are featured in “Nature.”

The design is good… The design is not good

UNTIL SEVEN. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. 219.926.4711, Chesterton Art Center wraps up the summer with this exhibit featuring the works of regional woodcarver Corey Hagelburg. The themes of the pieces featured in Hagelburg’s “Design” exhibition are nature, community, and justice and feature nearly two decades of black and white wood works created by the artist.

UNTIL SEVEN. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St., Gary. 219.938.6278, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District’s August exhibit is a collection of original photography by regional artists Raymar Brunson and Terra Cooks. An artist talk on “Visions” is scheduled for the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts on August 26.

AUGUST 20-SEPT. 24, 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Studio 659, 1413 119th Street, Whiting. 219.659.8828, The current Studio 659 exhibition features works by regional artists who are creating something new from old works of art or one-of-a-kind objects. A reception for the show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on August 20.

UNTIL SEVEN. 19. 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday. Art Barn School of Art, 695 N. 400 E, Valparaiso. 219.462.9009, The Art Barn School of Art’s latest summer exhibition is this group show, featuring original fabric and ceramic works created by a quartet of regional artists.

Gilligan’s Island, the musical

UNTIL AUGUST. 9 p.m., 7:30 p.m. on August 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. on August 21. Footlight Theater, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.874.4035, Sit in the confines of Michigan City’s Footlight Theater and you’ll hear the tale of a fateful but fun journey. All the favorites – Gilligan, the Skipper, the Millionaire and his wife, the Professor and Mary Ann – show up with a dozen and a half original songs.

UNTIL AUGUST. 21, 7:30 p.m. Aug 19-20, 2 p.m. Aug 21. Beatniks on Conkey, 420 Conkey St., Hammond. 219.654.8479,, Area-based theater company Seedlings returns to Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey for this comedy, which finds four retired opera singers dealing with a significant amount of behind-the-scenes drama in their attempt to organize an annual gig.

AUGUST 19-28, 8 p.m. Aug. 19-20 and 25-27, 3 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28, 4th Street Theatre, 125 4th Street, Chesterton. 219.926.7875, An annual tradition that began at Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater in 2014 had humble beginnings with half a dozen short plays by a handful of local playwrights. In recent years, writer submissions have spread across the country, and hundreds of original works have been sent to 4th Street for consideration. This year, eight short plays, both funny and dramatic, will be staged.

Boy George and Cultural Club

AUGUST 27, 8 p.m. Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo. This is an anniversary that will make pop music fans of a certain generation tremble. This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, arguably the signature song of British soul popsters Culture Club. In its time, Culture Club was a cultural and media phenomenon: their leader, George “Boy George” O’Dowd, introduced androgyny to the mainstream through the group’s hits and the then-burgeoning cable channel MTV. While the hits would continue into the early and mid-80s, the band would call it a day in 1986 due to the frontman’s well-documented drug problems. The band and O’Dowd will leave a lasting impression both musically and culturally, as “Hurt”, along with “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Karma Chameleon”, remain 80s rock favorites. tours includes Boy George as well as fellow founding members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig.

AUGUST 19, 8 p.m. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. Philadelphia-raised R&B greats Boyz II Men, in their 90s heyday, established a feat for which only The Beatles and Elvis Presley can take credit by returning to the top of Billboard’s Hit 100 singles chart. This happened in 1994, when their hit “I’ll Make Love to You” was followed at number one by another signature hit, “On Bended Knee”. Factor in 1992’s mega-hit “End of the Road” and “One Sweet Day,” and Boyz II Men spent a total of 50 weeks atop the all-genre chart encompassing the Billboard 100. Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman continue to lead Boyz II Men after nearly four decades together.

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