YMCA briefs

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Valparaiso Family YMCA

The Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 462-4185, ext. 249, or visit www.valpoymca.org.

Summer membership

Enjoy a summer of fitness with a special three-month membership. Membership includes pool access, open-gym, special member rates on specialty classes and more. Visit www.valpoymca.org for more information.

First Tee Golf

Youth learn about the game of golf and life lessons. Program is designed for 7 to 14-year-olds. Session runs from noon until 2 p.m.  July 15-19. The cost is $95 for Y members and $110 for residents. Please see the Y Courtesy Desk to register.

Y full- and half-day preschool

Prepare children for kindergarten with the Creative Curriculum. The program includes swimming and fitness, walking field trips and the development of social skills and building healthy habits. For more information, call Diane Sonnenberg at (219) 464-9543 (YMCA location), Melanie Hoffman at 462-0040 (BridgePoint location) or visit www.valpoymca.org.

Golf outing

Get ready for some golf on July 25 at the Valparaiso Country Club. This year marks the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s 23rd annual golf outing. Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per team. Funds raised provide affordable sports programs for all kids to learn, grow and thrive.

11th annual Valpo Triathlon

Online registration is open for the Valpo Triathlon which will be at 8 a.m. July 13. This race features a ¼-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3.2-mile run and is a sanctioned USA Triathlon event. Participants must register by July 10, with a limit of 500 participants. Race fees are now $82 for non-USAT members and $70 for USAT members. Please visit www.valpotri.net for more information, to register or to become a sponsor. This race is hosted by the Valparaiso Family YMCA and the Valpo Parks Department.

Can-Do Kids

Classes are from 4:55 to 5:25 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This class is for 3- to 11-year-olds and provides activities for children with special needs. The cost is $20 for both Members and Community.

YMCA Summer Camp

Sign up for the whole summer or sign-up on a weekly basis. Y Summer Camp is for kids ages 3-years-old to kids entering seventh grade.

2-Week Swim Lessons

Take advantage of the Y’s two-week swim lessons. Instruction is available for kids three through 14-years-old and is offered Monday-Friday. Weeks available: July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-16.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp

Challenger Soccer will once again be visiting the Valparaiso Family YMCA for a week-long soccer camp for ages 4-14. Mini sessions and half-day camps are available July 8 - July 12 at the Valparaiso Mennonite Church. See www.valpoymca.org for pricing times and registration information.

Portage YMCA

The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.

Open preschool registration

Preschool registration for fall is open to the public. Register early to receive a spot. Financial assistance scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Child care, development

There are openings in the child care rooms for 2-year-olds. Enroll a two-year-old for the first three weeks, and the fourth week is free. Ask for a tour by calling Abbie Prasco at (219) 792-9622.

College special

All full-time college students with schedule or current college ID will receive a single primary plus membership for $31 a month with no joiner fee. Membership must be purchased by July 31.

No Bummer Summer Camp

No Bummer Summer Camp continues 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 16. Before and after camp hours are also available for working parents from as early as 6:30 am to as late as 6 p.m. Free specialty clinics three days a week. Sports of all sorts, Swimmies, Crafty Corner and No Bake Chef.

Summer special

The Y's summer special is available: purchase 4 weeks - $40, 6 weeks - $60, 8 weeks - $80, 10 weeks - $100 or 12 weeks - $120 with no joiner fee.


Jump off the beam, flip over the bars, follow your dreams, and reach for the stars. As part of the Y’s focus on Youth Development the Y offers gymnastic for ages 2 through their spectacular “Sparklers” gymnastics team.

Outdoor soccer

Registration is open through Friday. soccer is from July 15 to Aug. 31 at Real Life Community church, 3134 Swanson Road.

Free fitness in the park

The Y has partnered with the Portage Parks to offer free fun fitness classes at 10 a.m. every Saturday in July: zumba Saturday at Imagination Glen Park; Total tone July 13 at Gilbert Memorial Park; book camp July 20 at Woodland Park; Yoga on the beach,July 27, Lakefront Park.

Free walk this way

The YMCA in conjunction with the City of Portage is now offering a walking club. This club will walk every Tuesday. This community club does not require a membership to the YMCA. Interested walkers/runners can meet in the YMCA lobby at 9:45 am. The “Rails to Trails” will be utilized for this program. During inclement weather, the YMCA track will be used. Membership not needed.

Free Running Club

Free Community Running Club is for amateur runners who will meet in the YMCA lobby every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Membership not needed. Dress for the weather. All 1 hour runs will be outside unless it is lightening or below 15 degrees. Participants will be running 3-5 miles with calisthenics and stretching. Must be 14 and up to participate. Fun Zone is only available to YMCA Members.


Thursday night volleyball free for Y-members 14 and older from 7 to 9 p.m. Non-Members pay $10. Advanced Court and recreational court available. Parent or guardian must sign in participant.

Duneland Family YMCA

The Duneland Family YMCA is at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For information, call (219) 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.

5K Run/Walk Training Program

Registration open for the "From the Couch to the Emerald City" 5K training program designed for novice participants that will be held July 20 to Sept. 14. Participants will meet for weekly training sessions and the completion of the program is to run the Duneland Y’s Emerald City Hustle 5K on Sept. 14. The cost is $40 for Members and $80 for the community. To register, visit the Member Service Desk or call (219) 926-4204.

Parent's Night Out

Every Friday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Parents can utilize the Parent’s Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter. Trained YMCA staff have organized and fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. From arts and crafts to gym time it is never a dull moment on Friday evenings at the Y. Not to mention, it is affordable! The cost for members is $10 for the first child & $5 for each additional child. The non-member rate is $20 for the first child & $10 for each additional child. Reservations must be made by Thursday of each week.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration is now open for students in the first through 12th grades. Kids will enjoy a summer full of nature, water fun, games, field trips (Dunes National Lakeshore, Railcats, & Fair Oaks), crafts, and new friendships.

Swim Lesson Registration

Swim Lesson Registration is now open. Swimming is a valuable life skill for children at all ages. Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety and building confidence all at the same time! Session dates for children 6 month and up include July 8-19, July 22-August 2, and Aug. 5-16. Call (219) 926-4204 for pricing information.

T-Ball registration

T-ball registration is now open for children ages 3-7 years. The season will be held July 13 to Aug. 24. The cost is $40 members/$80 non-members. Register at the Member Service Desk or call (219) 926-4204 for more information. Financial assistance and multiple child discounts are available.

Mixed Martial Arts

Registration is now being accepted for Mixed Martial Arts Team YMCA. This program focuses on strength & endurance conditioning using stand up and ground sport combat techniques in the realm of traditional and mixed. Training for amateur or professional competition.

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