The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.
Membership special for September is pay the day joiner fee. If you become a member on Sept. 3, the joiner fee is $3; Sept. 29, $29. This offer is available for all memberships.
Men's fall basketball league
Men's fall basketball league begins Sept. 29 and runs 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday afternoon; adults 18 and over. 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.
Weight loss seminar
St. Mary Medical Center weight loss seminar is open to the public. Overcome that weight lost plateau at 6 p.m. Monday; prostate digital exam at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 and office visit vs. urgent care vs. ER at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Bonner Senior Center.
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 non-members.
Water classes are offered September and 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.
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 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.
Group exercise classes
Group exercise classes are offered: Intense new Boot Camp, Cycling 2, Senior Cycling and Senior Strength Training.
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.
Back to School Deep Tissue Massage Special
All Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Massages will be $50 for members as well as non-members for the month of Sept. 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.
Duneland Family YMCA
The Duneland Family YMCA is at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For information, call (219) 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.
Emerald City Hustle 5K Run & Walk
The 2013 Emerald City Hustle 5K Run & Walk is scheduled for Saturday to raise funds for the Duneland Family YMCA Fitness Department. This race is keeping the spirit of the Wizard of Oz alive in Chesterton by continuing its family friendly theme. Registration is being accepted online at thtiming.com or at the Duneland YMCA Member Service Desk. The cost is $20 with a shirt and $15 without a shirt. Registrations taken after Aug. 29 and on race day will be $25.
Before/After School Care Registration
Registration is now being accepted for the School Age Child Care Program. With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y after school programs serve kindergartners through 6th grade students with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. Discounted rates are available for members. If you are not a member the Joiner's fee is being waived for School Age Child Care participants. Call (219) 921-0183 for more information about this program.
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.
Registration is still open for Youth Fall Soccer and Flag Football. The seasons run Saturday to Oct. 19. The cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Visit the Member Service Desk to register.
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 the community. 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.
Walk in the popcorn parade
Join the YMCA in the 2013 Popcorn Parade on Saturday. Get some exercise, see friends and represent the YMCA. Register at the Courtesy Desk or on the sign-up sheet in the Y Lobby by Friday. Free T-shirts will be provided for all walkers. For more information, please contact Lee Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminars open to community
Methodist Hospitals offers free seminars to the community at the YMCA. A seminar on PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) begins at 5:30 p.m. today. Sign up sheets are in the lobby or call (888) 909-DOCS.
Save the date of Sept. 26 for a 50 Fit & Fabulous Style Show at Old Town Banquet Center.Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fashion show at 8 and a cocktail reception at 9. This is a fun, fashion-filled event and a unique shopping experience! Tickets are $50 per person.