YMCA briefs

2013-04-18T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
April 18, 2013 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.

Healthy Kids Day

The 2013 Healthy Kids Day is noon to 2 p.m. April 27 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.

Soccer registration

Youth Outdoor Soccer registration is now open for children 3 to 11 years of age. The cost is $40 for members and $80 for nonmembers. The season will be held Saturday to June 1. Youth Sports at the Y encourage self-confidence, healthy living, and teamwork.

Preschool openings

The Duneland Family YMCA Early Childhood Development Program is dedicated to quality child care by providing infants to children 5 years of age with creative learning experiences rooted in early childhood theory and practice. This program is designed to provide an environment that is safe, caring, and respectful of each child and his or her family while supporting each child’s unique developmental growth. To schedule a tour, call (219) 921-0183. Financial assistance is available.

Y Middle

On Friday evenings, youth in the 6th-8th 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. Monday and May 1 to hold free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Body Mass Index Screenings.

Senior Center activities

A Senior Luncheon is scheduled for noon today. The Senior Center will be visiting the Valparaiso Historical Museum on April 25. The bus is scheduled to leave at 11:45 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m. This trip is open to the public and transportation is provided. 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.

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.

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.

Y Full and Half-Day preschool

Prepare children for kindergarten with the Creative Curriculum. The program includes swimming and fitness, walking field trips and the development of social skills and building healthy habits. For more information, call Diane Sonnenberg at (219) 464-9543 (YMCA location), Melanie Hoffman at 462-0040 (BridgePoint location) or visit www.valpoymca.org.

YMCA Summer Camp sign-up

This year’s camp runs June 10 to Aug. 16 and includes great field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking, movie days and more. Register by April 30 and be entered in a drawing to win one free week of camp. Call (219) 464-9543 (YMCA location), 462-0040 (BridgePoint location) or visit website www.valpoymca.org.

Sports of All Sorts

Kids 4 to 6 years old participate in various sports learning basic skills and having fun. Class meets from 11:15 to noon or 2:15 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $36 for members and $62 for community.

Lil’ Rug Bugs

This is a gymnastics-based class for 4- and 5-year-olds and meets from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class will focus on listening skills, balance, coordination and very basic tumbling skills. The cost is $36 for members and $72 for community. Register at the Y courtesy desk.

Healthy Kids Day

Enjoy some great family time from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Wear your gym shoes, bring your bathing suit and towel and enjoy a special day at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. Light snacks will be served but bring along a picnic lunch. No registration is necessary.

Golf outing

Get ready for some golf on July 25 at the Valparaiso Country Club. This year marks the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s 23rd annual golf outing. Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per team. Funds raised provide affordable sports programs for all kids to learn, grow and thrive.

11th annual Valpo Triathlon

Online registration is now open for the Valpo Triathlon which will take place at 8 a.m. July 13. This race features a ¼-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3.2-mile run and is a sanctioned USA Triathlon event. Participants must register by July 10, with a limit of 500 participants (register by June 27 to receive a dry-release wicking shirt). Race fees are $72 for non-USAT members and $60 for USAT members. Please visit www.valpotri.net for more information, to register or to become a sponsor. This race is hosted by the Valparaiso Family YMCA and the Valpo Parks Department.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week program 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. The program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. beginning Monday.

Owning Your Heart Health

Learn how you can work as a partner with your doctor to ensure long-term heart health. Presented by Dr. Nazzal Obaid the seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. April 25.


A spin-a-thon is planned for 8 to 11 a.m. May 18. Spin individually or as a team. The individual with the most pledges wins the grand prize. Register at the Y’s Wellness Desk. All proceeds from this event will help support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program.

Safe Sitters

Youth learn how to care for children and how to handle emergencies. Program times are on May 4 and May 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $40 for members and $60 for community. Please sign up via the Y website at www.valpoymca.org or at the Y Courtesy Desk.

New Baby Business Classes

New baby fitness classes begin Monday:

Mommy + Baby Fitness: Mommy-based workouts with babies 0-12-months-old. Class meets 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays. Cost is $25 for members and $50 for community.

Mommy + Toddler Fitness: With mom’s help, toddler will engage in active, fun learning. For toddlers 1- to 3- years-old. Class meets 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 for members and $50 for community.

Stroller Fitness: Moms enjoy a brisk walk/run while pushing stroller. Class meets 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $25 for members and $50 for community.

New Athena Class

The Y is introducing a new class just for girls. While having fun, girls in 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade will exercise, learn healthy food choices, discuss self-esteem and healthy lifestyle choices. This one-hour class includes 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of group instruction. Grades 3-5 will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. and grades 6-8 will meet Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $70 for members and $140 for community. Scholarships are available, please contact Lee Baker for more information (lbaker@valpoymca.org).

Flower and plant sale

A flower and plant sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Y Community Room and 9 a.m. to noon May 11. All plants are $15 and come in 19 cm pots and are ready to plant, Plants can be purchased at the Y May 9-11th or pre-order forms are available at the Y Courtesy Desk or at www.valpoymca.org. All proceeds benefit the Valparaiso Family YMCA “Changing Lives Campaign.”

Canning & Freezing Workshops

A canning and freezing workshop is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $3 for members and $6 for community. Register at the Y Courtesy Desk.

Greek’s Pizzeria is a Y Partner

Go to Greek’s Pizzeria during the month of April and 10% of your purchase will benefit the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s annual “Changing Lives” Campaign. This offer is valid Monday through Thursday only. Dine-in or carry out. Please print a voucher from the Y’s website at www.valpoymca.org or stop by the Y’s Courtesy Desk for a voucher.

Portage YMCA

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

Blood drive

Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Y from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Preschool registration

Preschool registration for fall is open for current students and siblings. Registration will be 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. Ask for a tour by calling Abbie Prasco 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. 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.

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 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.

Healthy Kids Day

This free community event is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Summer camp registration will begin on this day for children entering Kindergarten through age 13. Camp consists of field trips, daily swimming, educational activities and of course lots of fun at the Portage High School West. CCDF vouchers and financial assistance accepted.

Sport physicals

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.

Golf League

Adult golf league runs May 2 through Aug. 22 at Robbinhurst golf club. League will be on Thursday afternoons, Tee Time-TBA.


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 your appointment today.


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