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.
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.
Livestrong at the YMCA
Livestrong at the YMCA is a 12-week program for adult cancer survivors and is offered free at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. It is open to Y members and residents. Program focus includes improving cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, stress management and confidence.
Nutrition for Life
Nutrition for Life offers nutritional counseling in personal, family, and group settings led by AFPA certified nutrition and wellness consultants. Learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle by counteracting your nutritional struggles. Weigh-ins, body measurements and personalized plans are all included in counseling sessions.
VU soccer clinic
Hosted by the Valparaiso University Men’s Soccer Team, this one-day clinic is for ages 4 through 10. Youth will learn soccer basics and can prepare for the upcoming indoor soccer league. The session time for ages 4 through 6 is 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. and ages 7 through 10 will meet from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The cost is $10 for Y members and $20 for residents. Register online at www.valpoymca.org or at the Y Courtesy Desk.
5K Stroller Race
Walk, jog or run with your stroller-aged child on Oct. 18. This fun race is open to Y members and community. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for community. Register at the Y Courtesy Desk by Oct. 4 to be guaranteed a shirt.
Halloween at the Y
Ghosts, goblins, games and treats! Join in some family fun from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 for Halloween at the Y. Members and residents. Purchase tickets by Oct. 18 at the Y Courtesy Desk for $5. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door on Oct. 19 for $6. There is an additional $2 fee for a food voucher.
Free heart failure seminar
Learn about the risk factors and warning signs of heart failure at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Also learn what causes heart failure, what steps you can take to prevent it, and today’s treatment options. This is presented by Nurse Connie Adams, a Methodist Hospitals cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. Register at (888) 909-3627 or visit MethodistHospitals.org. A sign-up sheet is also in the Y Lobby.
Lil Rug Bugs
This gymnastics-based class for kids ages four to six focuses on body positions, listening skills, balance, coordination, and very basic tumbling skills. Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 until 4 p.m. at the Y’s Green Gym Court. Cost is $36 for members and $62 for community. Class runs Oct. 28 to Dec. 15.
Yankee Candle Fundraiser
The Valparaiso Family YMCA will be selling Yankee Candle products starting Oct. 4. The brochure may be viewed online at: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. All proceeds benefit the Valparaiso Family YMCA Child Care Program. Order forms are also available at the Child Care Office.
The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.
Membership special this month is pay-the-day joiner fee. If you become a member on Sept. 25 the fee is $25, if Sept. 29, $29. This offer is available for all memberships.
Men's fall basketball league
Men's fall basketball league begins Sunday and runs 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday afternoon; adults 18 and older. The cost $350 per team if paid on or before Sept. 29; $400 if paid after Sept. 29.
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. Gain confidence, strength, and balance and learn the importance of teamwork with Y gymnastics.
The progressive teaching method enables kids and adults to develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy and be water-safe. Low student to instructor ratio allows each participant to proceed at their own pace. October session begins Monday; register now through Oct. 15.
A blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Schedule appointment at Welcome Center or call (800) Red-Cross.
Youth basketball clinic
Youth basketball clinic is 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18; 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20; open to first- through sixth-graders. Fee is $14. Primary Plus, $20. Primary, $40 nonmembers.
Water classes are offered through October at Portage High School West. Register at the Y front desk only; money will not be accepted at the pool. This is a low-impact program consisting of a warm up, workout and cool down. The workout will include aerobic activity along with strengthening exercises utilizing weights and pool noodles.
Child care, development
There are openings in the child care rooms for 2-year-olds. Enroll a 2-year-old for the first three weeks, and the fourth week is free.
Free running club
The Free Community Running Club is for amateur runners. They meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in the YMCA lobby. Membership is not needed. Dress for the weather. All one-hour runs will be outside unless it is lightning or below 15 degrees. Participants will be running three to five miles with calisthenics and stretching. Must be 14 and up to participate. Fun Zone is only available to YMCA members.
Come play volleyball from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Y. Community participants welcome for $10; free to Y members. Picture ID required.
Community Open Swim
Swim from 4 to 8:45 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Portage High School West. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over the entire time and must stay with child.
Deep tissue massage
All Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Massages will be $50 for members as well as nonmembers this month. Pfrimmer Therapy is a specialized deep muscle massage. This type of deep tissue uses cross fiber movements that help relieve chronic pain, even pain caused by chronic diseases and illnesses, without using the pressure of most deep tissue massages.
A huge variety of books will be available for purchase, including preschool and adolescent books, adult books, and cookbooks. Take your books home with you. Sept. 30-Oct. 5 at 9 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-6 pm. Closed at 8 pm on Oct. 1.
Duneland Family YMCA
The Duneland Family YMCA is at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For information, call (219) 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.
Parents Night Out
Every Friday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., parents can use the Parents 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. The cost for members is $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. The nonmember rate is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Reservations must be made by Thursday of each week.
The Duneland Y Senior Center is open 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday. Bingo is held every Friday beginning at 11:45 a.m. The Senior Center is free of charge to the community with there being a nominal fee to attend field trips.
Community Wellness Nurse
On Friday, Porter Regional Hospital will have a Community Wellness Nurse at the Duneland Family YMCA to offer free Bone Density Testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Pre-Season Youth Basketball Skills Camp
This camp is for ages 5 - 12 and begins Sept. 28 through Oct. 19. Youth will receive quality instruction on the fundamentals and skill sets for basketball. Clinics prepare our youth for the season and lengthen the time for skill development. Cost is $25. Financial assistance and multiple child discounts are available.
Youth Basketball League
Registration for boys and girls ages 3 - 12 continues through Oct. 13. First practice is 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Duneland YMCA gym. Season starts Oct.26 and runs through Dec. 14. The 3 - 9 year olds practice Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and a game on Saturday; 10 - 12 year olds practice on Tuesday, game on Thursday. Cost is $40 for members; $80 for non-members. Multiple child discounts and financial assistance available.
Pre-Season Coach Meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Parents interested in becoming coaches and assistant coaches should plan on attending. We rely on you to volunteer as coaches. We will train you, we only require your desire to work with children in a positive development based sports program.
Choreographed high intensity interval training program to build muscle while stripping away fat. Classes on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Friday classes starting in October.
Pilates Bender Method
The Bender method is sculpts the body without risk of over-use injuries. Classes each Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m.
Fat burning cardio exercise comprised of punching and kicking to fast paced music. Classes are at 9 a.m. Tuesdays.