YMCA briefs

2014-04-25T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
April 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

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

Parents can use the Parents Night Out program and stop worrying about finding a sitter, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday. Trained YMCA staff have fun activities planned to keep each child’s attention. 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.

Zumbathon fundraiser

There will be a Zumbathon fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. Help raise money for the Y Fitness Department. All proceeds will be used to purchase a new metal rack full of hand weights for classes and workouts. The cost is $10 per person at the door, and additional donations during the event will be appreciated. Receive a free water bottle if you bring a guest. Door prizes.

Skills camp

T-ball coach pitch preseason skills camp registration begins Monday for ages 3 to 7. Preseason skills camp runs for four Saturdays starting on June 7. The cost per player is $25. The T-Ball/Coach Pitch season runs from July 12 to Aug. 23. The cost is $40 per child for members and $80 per child for nonmembers.

Lose belly weight

Join the fun as Dr. Madhya Seed teaches you the key points to accelerate weight loss. Seed is board certified in family medicine. She will explain the diet and lifestyle changes that will help with belly weight loss.  Lose the Belly Weight and Feel Great! will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Community Room. It's free of charge, open to the public and child care is available.

Health screenings

Today the community wellness nurse will conduct blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings from 8 to 11 a.m. in the senior center.

New BAT class

This class focuses on toning the Butt, Abs and Thighs and meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Tae kwon do classes

Learn how to defend yourself while learning how to use your mind and body in a way that requires self discipline, self-motivation and respect for others. Become a true martial artist. Class schedule: Traditional Forms at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays; JKD Defense / Sparring at 5 p.m. on Thursdays  and Board Breaking & Weapons at 11 a.m. Saturdays. The single student cost is $75/month; family rate for two or more — $150/month. Fee includes first uniform and all material except sparring gear. For more information, contact Nicholas Wiseman, at (219) 841-2925 or by email at n.wiseman219@gmail.com.

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.

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a special day of fun activities meant to help build on the incredible potential inside each and every child. This event is free to Y members and residents.

Golf outing

Save the date for the 24th annual Valparaiso Family YMCA golf outing on July 24. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to register for this event, visit www.valpoymca.org.


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. To enroll and for more information, contact Lee Baker, senior director of programs at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, at (219) 462-4185, ext. 260, or lbaker@valpoymca.org.

Summer camp

Summer camp registration is now open. Camp is structured by a daily schedule which provides focused activities developed from weekly themes. Camp activities will be held outdoors on YMCA grounds in our pavilion. The YMCA facility includes a playground, youth wellness room, swimming pool and gym. For additional information about summer camp, please see www.valpoymca.org.

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday. Come to the lobby where there will be tables staffed with many local clergy and staff from community churches. All faiths are welcome.

Green Thumb Project

Preschoolers are going green again this spring with their very own gardens. If you are interested in helping or with donations, call Carla at (219) 462 4185, ext. 266, or visit www.valpoymca.org/y-programs/childcare/green-thumb-project.

Give Day

May 6 is Give Day, a 24-hour period for online philanthropy sponsored by the Porter County Community Foundation. Matching funds are available to help your dollars go further. Please consider a gift online or stop by the Y Giving Station on May 6.

Tiny Tots

This new enrichment program prepares little ones for pre-school. Potty trained 2-3 years who are ready for socializing, crafts, and discovery will love this morning program. Sign up at the Courtesy Desk for the Tiny Tots class.

Methodist Hospitals seminars

Although skin cancers can be life threatening, they are among the most preventable cancers. A free screening is scheduled for May 2. Find information provided from Methodist Hospitals at the screenings about skin cancers.

Portage YMCA

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

Swim, gymnastics lessons

Sign up to learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun this winter. Progressive swim lessons for all ages. Progress gymnastics lessons begin at age 3. See website for schedules.

Preschool registration

Registration for 2014-15 Preschool Academy has begun. Be sure to hold your spot, as openings are limited. Call for classes and times.

Outdoor T-ball/Baseball League

The Outdoor T-ball/Baseball League will be from May 5 to June 21 at Real Life Community Church in Portage. Weekday practices with games played on Saturday mornings. Registration ends Saturday.

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