YMCA briefs

2013-09-19T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
September 19, 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.

Before/after school 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 kindergärtners through sixth-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.

Senior Center

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.

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.

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.

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 residents. 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.

Style show

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.

VU soccer clinic

Hosted by the Valparaiso University Men’s Soccer Team, this one-day clinic is for ages 4 through 10. Youth will learn soccer basics and can prepare for the upcoming indoor soccer league. The session time for ages 4 through 6 is 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. and ages 7 through 10 will meet from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The cost is $10 for Y members and $20 for residents. Register online at www.valpoymca.org or at the Y Courtesy Desk.

5K Stroller Race

Walk, jog or run with your stroller-aged child on Oct. 18. This fun race is open to Y members and community. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for community. Register at the Y Courtesy Desk by Oct. 4 to be guaranteed a shirt.

Halloween at the Y

Ghosts, goblins, games and treats! Please join in some family fun from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19  for Halloween at the Y. Members and residents. Purchase tickets by Oct. 18 at the Y Courtesy Desk for $5. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door on Oct. 19 for $6. There is an additional $2 fee for a food voucher.

Free heart failure seminar

Learn about the risk factors and warning signs of heart failure at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Also learn what causes heart failure, what steps you can take to prevent it, and today’s treatment options. This is presented by Nurse Connie Adams, a  Methodist Hospitals cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. Register at (888) 909-DOCS (3627) or visit MethodistHospitals.org. A sign-up sheet is also in the Y Lobby.

Portage YMCA

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


Membership special this month is pay-the-day joiner fee. If you become a member on Sept. 25 the fee is $25, if Sept. 29, $29. This offer is available for all memberships.

New pre-k class opening

To meet the needs of the community there will be an additional pre-K class. This is open to children who are one year away from kindergarten who turned 4 by Aug. 1. The class meets from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Class starts Monday. Limited spots available.

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. The 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.

Swim lessons

The progressive teaching method enables kids and adults to develop lifelong skills that can help them stay healthy and be water-safe. Low student to instructor ratio allows each participant to proceed at their own  pace. October session begins Sept. 30; register now through Oct. 15.

Blood drive

A blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Schedule appointment at Welcome Center or call (800) Red-Cross.

Weight loss seminar

St. Mary Medical Center weight loss seminar is open to the public. Prostate digital exam at 9 a.m. Tuesday and office visit vs. urgent care vs. ER at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Bonner Senior Center. Vascular screenings are Oct. 1 at Willowcreek Health Center; call (219) 764-7217 for an appointment.

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 nonmembers.


Water classes are offered through 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.

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.

Community volleyball

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.

Deep tissue massage

All Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Massages will be $50 for members as well as nonmembers this month. 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.

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