The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.
Before- and after-school care
The Y offers Y-Care, before- and after-school care for children in first-through eighth-grades enrolled in one of the six Portage Township elementary schools. 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.
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 there is lightning or the temperature is below 15 degrees. Participants will be running three to five miles with calisthenics and stretching. Must be 14 and older to participate. Fun Zone is available only 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. Nonmembers pay $10. Advanced court and recreational court available. Parent or guardian must sign in participant.
Register a child for his/her sport physical with employed physicians & nurse practitioners of St. Mary Medical Center. Cost is $20. Physicals will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. April 25 and 9 a.m. to noon May 4 and June 8. Registration required. Call (219) 764-7217.
Adult golf league runs May 2 through Aug. 22 at Robbinhurst golf club. League will be on Thursday afternoons, Tee Time is not yet decided.
Registration is open for ages 3-8. Weekday practices with games played on Saturday mornings. All practices and games will be held at Real Life Community Church in Portage. League runs from May 6 through June 29.
Bound to Blossom-
5K Run/Walk Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. May 4. Enjoy a spring morning in the outdoors with others who enjoy group running/walking. Register today. Early registration ends Wednesday in order to guarantee a shirt. Walk-in registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Mother’s Day Massage Special
Now through May 12 receive $10 off of all massages. This includes gift certificates. Deep muscle massages are available during therapist Karri Morgan’s flexible hours. Call (219) 671-6830 for an appointment.
Duneland Family YMCA
The Duneland Family YMCA is at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For information, call (219) 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.
Healthy Kids Day
The 2013 Healthy Kids Day is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duneland Y's Early Childhood Development center located in Chesterton Middle School, Entrance No. 8. Healthy Kids Day will feature fun active play and educational activities that will inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout their summer, the entire family can participate.
Family Fun Fitness
Beginning Wednesday, Family Fun Fitness will be offered for parents and their children 6-12 years old each week on Monday and Wednesday at 4:45 PM. This fitness class gives parents and children a chance to exercise together while taking part in numerous physical activities: hula-hoop, Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts and games. This class is complimentary with a membership and taught by fitness professionals. Non-members can purchase a daily pass to participate.
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 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.
On Friday evenings, youth in the sixth-eighth grade are invited to hang out at the Y from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no cost for members and $3 for others. Whether they want to play a game of pick up dodge ball, dance, or just have a place to talk with your friends the Y is at the disposal of those who attend. Teens can have fun without their parents around; however, parents can have ease of mind knowing their child is in safe hands.
Community health nurse
A Porter Regional Hospital Wellness Nurse will be at the Duneland Family YMCA from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to hold free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Body Mass Index Screenings.