Duneland Family YMCA

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

Y High

Y High is usually held every Saturday night from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. There is no cost for members; the cost for nonmembers is $3. Activities include dancing, food, sports, arts and media.

Y Middle

Every Friday night middle school students can hang out at the Y from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no cost for members; the cost for nonmembers is $3. Activities include dancing, sports, arts and media.

Dodgeball, basketball tourneys

A dodgeball tourney will be held Friday and Saturday for students in grades 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. A basketball tourney is set for Feb. 1 for those in grades 6 to 8 and Feb. 2, for grades 9 to 12.

Fit Camp

The Y and Club NEW are partnering to help the Duneland community take steps toward healthier living. Club NEW will host a Fit Camp that will be free to members and $2 for nonmembers per class. The camp will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week in the Community Room. For more information, Like "Club NEW" and the Duneland Family YMCA on Facebook or call (219) 926-4204.

Indoor soccer registration

Registration will open for Youth Indoor Soccer on Monday. The cost is $40 for members and $80 for others. The season will run March 2-April 13 for children ages 3-8 years old. Interested participants can register at the Member Service Desk.

Silver Sneakers

Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program is offered for adults 65 and older and other individuals who have been declared Medicare-eligible. Participants will receive a membership to the Y. For information about this program, contact Penny by calling (219) 926-4204.

New senior class

The Silver Sneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Motion will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Fitness Room. This class is complimentary with a membership and through the Silver Sneakers Fitness program. If a participant is not a member the cost will be $2 per class. This class is designed to increase strength, range of motion, agility, balance and coordination, and to improve participants' functional capacities, physical fitness level and sense of well-being.

Senior center

The Senior Center is now open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Teen Center for any senior who would like to participate in daily activities. There is no charge to visit the Senior Center. Games, activities and coffee will be available daily. Seniors are welcome to make suggestions for programming.

Sweetheart Dance

The 2013 Sweetheart Dance will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Sand Creed Country Club. Cocktails will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. the cost is $55 per person. Reservations needed. All proceeds will support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility at the Duneland Y.

January Membership Deal

Through the month of January the Duneland Family YMCA will be offering half off the Joiner's Fee. The Joiner's Fee is originally $50 for a Family Membership. Memberships are available for individuals, seniors, youth, families, and two adults. To view Membership rates and Membership groups, visit www.DunelandYMCA.org or call (219) 926-4204 for more information.


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.

Fit for Life

Free for members, this program is for parents and middle school-age kids to work out in the Wellness Center. The program focuses on fit family time, wellness habits and healthy lifestyle choices. Hours are 7 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

TRX suspension trainer

Work with a certified trainer, build strength, improve mobility and prevent injuries.

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 residents.

Porpoise program

This program will focus on competitive swimming skill development. Classes meet from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and are for ages 6 to 14. The cost is $63 for members, $189 for nonmembers. Saturday classes are 9:20 to 10:05 a.m. The cost is $33 for members, $99 for residents.

Pilates mat-work

Core strengthening exercises with a focus on flexibility and posture class meets from 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. Mondays through Fridays; 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays. All classes are in Studio C.

Pilates personal training

The Pilates Reformer equipment improves strength, muscle tone, coordination and flexibility. These exercises can be customized to benefit every fitness level and body type. For further information, or for a free 30-minute consultation, call (219) 462-4185, ext. 249.

Jazz and Blues Fest

The annual Jazz & Blues Fest is set for Feb. 2 at the Porter County Expo Center. Tickets are $50 and available at the Y Courtesy Desk. This event benefits the annual “Changing Lives” campaign, a community campaign held to raise funds to support the financial assistance and scholarship programs.

Power & Restorative Yoga

Power Yoga strengthens core and upper/lower body and is offered 1 to 2 p.m. Sundays in Studio C. Restorative Yoga helps calm mind and body, Sundays from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Studio C. Punch card purchase required for both classes.

24 Hour InSWIMniac Challenge

How many laps can you or your team swim around a custom course in the Lap Pool? The Valparaiso Family YMCA will host its first 24 hours "InSWIMniac event from noon March 2 to noon March 3. Participate as an individual or with a team up to 10 people. Teams will swim laps from noon-noon. Swim caps and T-shirts included with entry. Awards for team and individual with the most completed laps will win their respective divisions for most laps completed in 24 hours. Funds raised at this event will help purchase a pool chair-lift that is required by the ADA and will also benefit the annual “Changing Lives Campaign.” Registration is $55 per person, $45 per team. Regular registration is open now and closes on Feb. 20. Late registration will be allowed through March 1. Registrations will be done online or in-person at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, no mail-in registrations will be accepted.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with your special girl at Daddy Daughter Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2.  Pictures will be available for $2 each. Tickets are $40 per couple and $10 per additional ticket. Register by Jan. 29 at the Y Courtesy Desk.

Nutrition for Life

A new service to help develop lifestyle changes will be led by Kari Bukur and Kristy Cox AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultants. Register at the Y Courtesy Desk. Group Nutritional Counseling is on Tuesdays 6 p.m. or Thursdays 9 a.m. Cost is $50 for seven weeks. Personal Nutritional Counseling Starter Package is $90, Starter-Plus Package is $135 and Maintenance Follow-ups are $18.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is now accepting new participants. Free for YMCA members and community, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal.” The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease. YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. For additional information on this program, call Lee Baker at (219) 462-4185, ext. 260 or at lbaker@valpoymca.org.

Portage YMCA

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

Child care, development center

There are openings in the child care rooms for 2- through 5-year-olds. Three-year-olds must be fully potty trained and independent in the bathroom. Ask for a tour by calling Sarah Senort at (219) 792-9622.


As part of the Y’s focus on youth development the Y offers gymnastics for young children through its Sparklers gymnastics team. Stop in for details or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.

Before- and after-school care

The Y offers Y-Care, before- and after-school care for children in grades one through eight enrolled in one of the six Portage Township elementary schools in Portage. The program provides guided, structured and educational activities in a safe and secure, fun environment with low child-to-staff ratio. Children can be dropped off before school as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up after school as late as 6 p.m. Y-Care is held at Aylesworth (serving Aylesworth, Willowcreek, Central, Myers and Fegely schools) and Jones (serving Jones, Crisman and Kyle schools). Program fees vary according to hours of use. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Portage Township YMCA also accepts CCDF vouchers.

Kids Fit and Fun

For ages 3 to 8, participants will take part in a high-energy mix of sports and fitness activities to get them moving for the first half of the class. The second half of the class will be hands-on activities including crafts, cooking, games and songs. This class meets 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.

Stay and Play

For ages 18 months to 3 years old, children will make crafts, play games and listen to stories. Class meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays.

Still openings

Preschool registration openings are still available in the preschool classes for 3- to 5-year-olds. Financial assistance scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Running Club

Free Community Running Club is for amateur runners who will meet in the YMCA lobby at 6 p.m. every Tuesday. Dress for the weather. All one-hour runs will be outside unless it is lightning or below 15 degrees. Participants will be running 3 to 5 miles with calisthenics and stretching. Must be 14 and older to participate. Fun Zone is only available to YMCA members.

Walk this Way

The YMCA, in conjunction with the city of Portage, is offering a walking club. This club will walk from 10 to 11 a.m. 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 a.m. The “Rails to Trails” will be used for this program and led by YMCA Executive Director Dave Kasarda. During inclement weather, the YMCA track will be used. Membership not needed.


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.

Singles Racquetball League

League begins Monday for those 18 and older. Cost is $25 primary plus, $35 primary, $50 non-members.

Y-Ball Basketball

Practices begin March 4 through April 26. Games played March 16 through April 27. No practice or games March 25 through 29. Ages 3-13 accepted. Practices one night a week with games on Saturday’s. Cost: $28.70 primary plus, $41 primary, $82 non-member.


Cheerleading is set for Feb. 28 to April 27 for ages 4 to 12. Practices are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; cheerleaders will cheer at Y-ball games. Cost: $31.50 primary plus members, $45 primary, $90 non-members. Uniforms extra.

Annette is Porter County Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for 20 years. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.