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.
Daddy Daughter Date Night
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of dinner and dancing with your sweetheart. Daddy Daughter Date Night is 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. Tickets are $40 per couple and photos will be available at the event. Register at the Y Courtesy Desk. Make some special memories with your daughter.
Ringing in Spring Race
Ringing in Spring is April 5. Organized by long-time local runners and the Valparaiso Family YMCA, the Ringing in Spring 5K and 10K race is a Gold Cup, CARA Green Certified Race, has disposable chip timing, moisture wicking shirts, personalized race bibs, free child care and gear check. Online registration is now open. For more information or to register, see: www.ringinginspring.com. If interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Lee Baker at email@example.com.
Family health fair
Join the Valparaiso Family YMCA and Methodist Hospital from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 for a family health fair. Get valuable information about your family's health, check out some classes, and watch healthy cooking demonstrations. Meet Staley Da Bear, the official Chicago Bears mascot, and hang out with the Gary Southshore RailCats mascots, Rusty and Rascal. This free event is open to everyone and will feature: health screenings, classes and demonstrations, physician seminars, healthy cooking demonstrations, cholesterol and glucose screenings, prize giveaways and more. For additional information on the health fair, please see www.valpoymca.org.
Second annual InSWIMniac event
The Valparaiso Family YMCA will be hosting its second annual 24-Hour InSWIMniac event March 15 to 16. You can either participate as an individual or you can make a team of up to 10 people. Teams and individuals will swim laps from noon to noon around a custom course in the lap pool. For more information regarding entry fees and rules, contact Chuck Gutzwiller at (219) 462-4185, ext. 230.
Valpo Skates is at 605 Campbell St. in Valparaiso in the Ben Franklin Middle School gym annex. Kindergartners through sixth-graders can skate from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Family Skate is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (all ages). The cost is $6 per skater.
The Y Bash will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Porter County Expo Center. It benefits the annual campaign, a community campaign held to raise funds to support the financial assistance and scholarship programs. Spend time with friends, enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and dance the night away with hits from the Latin Satin Soul Band. Tickets are $75.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A diabetes self management course will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6. This course, sponsored by Methodist Hospital, is designed to help patients successfully manage their diabetes. Registered nurse Carol Sakelaris, certified diabetes instructor, will lead the course this evening. See www.valpoymca.org for more information.
The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.
Scholastic book fair
Give the gift of reading to yourself, your family or a loved one and support the Preschool Academy. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6. Tuesday night is family night. Enjoy juice and cookies while you check out the books.
Registration for 2014-15 Preschool Academy begins Monday. Be sure to hold your spot, as openings are limited. Call for classes and times.
Pee Wee Prom
This Daddy/Daughter and Mommy/Son event will be sure to delight the entire family. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7 with the Wizard of Oz magical evening theme. There will be finger foods and beverages. Dress up or semi-casual attire. The cost is $15 per couple and $7 additional person, before March 3; after, $20 a couple.
Gear up for the new year and participate in a fun and challenging six-week Indoor Ironman which begins Monday. This individual simulated triathlon encourages participants to cross-train over a six-week period. Swim a total of 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.3 miles. Ages 14 and up.
Youth floor hockey
Kids, ages 6-13, can participate in youth floor hockey. Begin with the four-day clinic, followed by the league. Clinic runs Feb. 24-27, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. League begins March 3.
Swim, gymnastics lessons
Sign up today 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.
Open sports competition
All levels of players are welcome. Dodgeball, age 10 and up, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays; mens basketball Wednesdays; and volleyball, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Teen fitness class
A four-week Teen Fitness Class for ages 12 to 14 offered. Class participants learn how to properly use the equipment in the Portage Y’s Cardio and Cybex Machine rooms, basic anatomy and physiology, proper stretching techniques, nutrition guidelines and more. Graduates of the class will then be allowed to use the YMCA equipment on their own. Classes begin at the start of each month, so check the website for class info today. In order to use the YMCA equipment all members must be at least 14 years of age or be at least 12 years old and have passed the YMCA Teen Fitness Class.
Mens adult basketball league
This league begins Feb. 9 and runs from 2 to 5 p.m. every Sunday, ages 18 and over. Register at the Y Welcome Center.
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 organized and 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.
Annual Sweetheart Dance
The 2014 Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Sand Creek Country Club. Enjoy a silent auction, limited open bar social hour, dinner and dancing to the music of DJ Tom Ballestero. See your old friends and make some new ones at this once a year fun event. Dinner choices available. The cost is $70 per person. Cash bar begins at 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Y's Financial Assistance Fund to provide Y services to Duneland families. Call the Y front desk to make your reservation, (219) 926-4204.
Youth Indoor Soccer League
Registration opens Monday. Program open to boys and girls ages 3 to 8. Orientation and the first practice are at 10 a.m. March 1 in the YMCA gym. The indoor soccer season runs through April 12 and consists of one weekly game and one weekly one hour practice. The cost is $40 for members; $80 for nonmembers. Multiple child discounts and financial assistance are available.
Free ACT, SAT practice testing
Fully proctored practice tests will show students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive comprehensive analysis of their performance on practice test detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. ACT practice test is from noon - 5 p.m. March 9; SAT practice test is noon - 5 p.m. April 13. Students should bring two pencils and a calculator. You must pre-register. Each session is limited to 20 enrollees. To register, call 1-200 KAP-TEST or online at www.kaptest.com/enroll/act/46304.
New Play Strong Live Strong for Kids 8-12 - begins at 4 p.m. Monday in the fitness room. Have fun and keep moving with motivating games and activities played to upbeat music. Use all your major muscle groups. Parents welcome. Kids must be escorted to and from class. New Danz Party for Kids 8 to 12 starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the fitness room.