YMCA briefs

2013-03-28T00:00:00Z 2013-03-28T18:12:19Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
March 28, 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.

Y middle

Middle school students can hang out at the Y from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night. There is no cost for members; the cost for nonmembers is $3. Activities include dancing, sports, arts and media.

Bible study

A Bible study is held with Ron Semen from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Community Room. The same discussion will be held on both days, changing each week.

Senior center

The Senior Center is open from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Teen Center for any senior who would like to participate in daily activities. Bingo will be held at 11:30 a.m. every Friday. There is no charge to visit the Senior Center. Games, activities and coffee will be available daily. Seniors are welcome to make suggestions for programming.

Financial Assistance Program

It is the mission of the Duneland Family YMCA to have its programs available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. If you are in need of child care, would like to get your child involved in youth sports, or need help to live a healthier lifestyle call the Member Service Desk (219) 926-4204 to learn about the Financial Assistance Program.

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 April 20 to June 1. Youth Sports at the Y encourage self-confidence, healthy living, and team work.

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.

Eat the Mediterranean Way

Dietitian Kill Kilhefner, RD, will share tips on food choices and preparation for better health at 6 p.m. April 8 in the community room. Learn the Mediterranean style of eating fresh vegetables and cooking styles. This program is organized by Porter Regional Hospital. 

Boot Camp

Living a healthier lifestyle isn't easy, with a little guidance it can be. Join AJ at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Community Room to jump start your summer body with military style exercises.


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.

Can-Do Kids

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 for both members and residents.

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.

2013 Ringing in Spring Race

Registration is open for the 2013 Ringing in Spring Race, which will feature a 5K run, 10K run, and 5K prediction walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. April 6 at the YMCA. Awards will be offered for each division. Registration is online only at www.ringinginspring.com. There is no online processing fee. All fees and discounts are posted online. Gear check and free child care is available for the first 100 kids registered (must register online). Free parking, subject to availability.

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. 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.

Canning and freezing tips

Discover the simplicity of canning food. Workshops will be offered from 6 to 8 tonight and 9 to 11 a.m. April 20. The cost is $3 for members and $6 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.

Health and Wellness Seminars

Methodist Hospitals and the Valparaiso Family YMCA are presenting the following free seminars:

New Advances and Opportunities in Parkinson’s Disease: Learn about the latest life-changing tools now available for those with Parkinson’s Disease. Presented by Dr. Arif Dalvi. Seminar is at 5:30 p.m. April 4.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar: Learn how weight loss surgery can you reclaim and restore your life. Presented by Dr. James Siatras.

Seminar is at 10 a.m. April 13. Call (888) 909-DOCS (3627) to register, visit www.MethodistHospitals.org or sign up at the registration table at the Y.

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.


Greeks Pizzeria will donate 10 percent of your check from purchases made Monday through Thursdays during April. Proceeds will support our annual Changing Lives campaign. Print the required voucher from our website or stop by the Y Courtesy Desk. Offer valid April 1-30, Monday through Thursday, Dine in or carry out only.


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 April 8.


Portage YMCA

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

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.

Kids Fit and Fun

For ages 3 to 8, participants will take part in a high-energy mix of sports and fitness activities to get them moving for the first half of the class. The second half of the class will be hands-on activities including crafts, cooking, games and songs. This class meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays.

Stay and Play

For ages 18 months to 3 years old, children will make crafts, play games and listen to stories. Class meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Mondays.

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.

Keeping your Colon Happy

Looking for ways to keep your colon happy? In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, there will be a seminar and Q & A session about colon cancer. Dr. Peter Mavrelis, a gastroenterologist, will discuss screening opportunities and prevention for colon cancer and ways to treat diverticulosis at 10:30 a.m. today at the Bonner Senior Center. Blood screenings will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Call (219) 764-7217.

Water Power

This is a 45-minute cardio fitness and endurance in the water for all fitness levels. Register at the Y. Class will take place at the PHSW pool from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2 through May 30. Registration begins today. Cost is $36 for members and $72 for nonmembers.

Spring Break Membership Special

Short-term memberships now available: 2 weeks, $25, 3 weeks $35, 4 weeks $45. Must be 14 to purchase a membership. Those 14-17 parent signature is required. Must purchase membership by March 29.

Healthy Kids Day

This free community event is from 10 a.m. to noon April 20. 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.

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