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.
Save the date for the 24th annual Valparaiso Family YMCA golf outing on July 24. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to register for this event, visit www.valpoymca.org.
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. 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.
Summer camp registration is now open. Camp is structured by a daily schedule which provides focused activities developed from weekly themes. Camp activities will be held outdoors on YMCA grounds in our pavilion. The YMCA facility includes a playground, youth wellness room, swimming pool and gym. For additional information about summer camp, please see www.valpoymca.org.
Green Thumb Project
Preschoolers are going green again this spring with their very own gardens. If you are interested in helping or with donations, call Carla at (219) 462 4185, ext. 266, or visit www.valpoymca.org/y-programs/childcare/green-thumb-project.
May 6 is Give Day, a 24-hour period for online philanthropy sponsored by the Porter County Community Foundation. Matching funds are available to help your dollars go further. Please consider a gift online or stop by the Y Giving Station on May 6.
Mother’s Day Plant Sale
The annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale supports the annual campaign which allows our door to open to community members who may not have the means to pay the full membership costs. Preorder beautiful roses and hydrangeas by Friday. Find an order form at www.valpoymca.org or at our Courtesy Desk. Plant pick up is on May 9 and 10.
Valparaiso, Chile Relief Fund
Our city and Valparaiso University along with the YMCA have established a relief fund to support victims of the recent forest fires in our sister city Valparaiso, Chile. More than 2,000 homes have been lost and the YMCA is providing shelter for 60 families, and serving 250 meals each day. Consider a donation on the link from our website. We are accepting checks and cash at the Courtesy Desk as well. More details are on our website, www.valpoymca.org.
The Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, offers numerous activities. For more information, call (219) 762-9622.
Swim, gymnastics lessons
Sign up 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.
Registration for 2014-15 Preschool Academy has begun. Be sure to hold your spot, as openings are limited. Call for classes and times.
Outdoor T-ball/Baseball League
The Outdoor T-ball/Baseball League will be from May 5 to June 21 at Real Life Community Church in Portage. Weekday practices with games played on Saturday mornings. Registration ends Saturday.
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 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.
There will be a Zumbathon fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. Help raise money for the Y Fitness Department. All proceeds will be used to purchase a new metal rack full of hand weights for classes and workouts. The cost is $10 per person at the door, and additional donations during the event will be appreciated. Receive a free water bottle if you bring a guest. Door prizes.
T-ball coach pitch preseason skills camp registration begins Monday for ages 3 to 7. Preseason skills camp runs for four Saturdays starting on June 7. The cost per player is $25. The T-Ball/Coach Pitch season runs from July 12 to Aug. 23. The cost is $40 per child for members and $80 per child for nonmembers.
New BAT class
This class focuses on toning the Butt, Abs and Thighs and meets at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Tae kwon do classes
Learn how to defend yourself while learning how to use your mind and body in a way that requires self discipline, self-motivation and respect for others. Become a true martial artist. Class schedule: Traditional Forms at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays; JKD Defense / Sparring at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Board Breaking & Weapons at 11 a.m. Saturdays. The single student cost is $75/month; family rate for two or more — $150/month. Fee includes first uniform and all material except sparring gear. For more information, contact Nicholas Wiseman, at (219) 841-2925 or by email at email@example.com.