YMCA briefs

2013-11-14T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
November 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Portage YMCA

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

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.

Turkey Trot

A Turkey Trot is planned for Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. Run to compete in the 4 Mile Run, or run, jog or walk for fun in the 5K Fun Run. The event includes a 1K fun run for the kids. Open to all ages in the community. 1K begins at 7:15 a.m.; 4 Mile Run begins at 7:30; 5K Fun Run begins at 7:35. Walk-in registration the day of event begins at 6:30. Must register before Friday to receive an event shirt.


Child Care and Development Center (full-time child care) has openings for 2-, 3- and 4-year olds in the state licensed child care center. After the first three weeks, receive the fourth week free.

Community Volleyball

Play volleyball from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Free to Y members; $10 for others.


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 its spectacular “Sparklers” gymnastics team. Gain confidence, strength, and balance and learn the importance of teamwork with Y gymnastics. Stop in for details or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.

Indoor basketball clinic

Clinic is for grades four to six, runs 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9-13. Register by Nov. 22. League for ages 3-13 begins Jan. 6.

Duneland Family YMCA

The Duneland Family YMCA is at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For information, call (219) 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.

School age child care

This child care provides a safe, structured environment for after school care from kindergarten through sixth grade in all Duneland elementary schools from dismissal time to 6 p.m. Early morning care also available from 6 to 7:45 a.m.

Martial arts

Luna Mixed Martial Arts is starting a new season at Duneland YMCA on Tuesday. Classes will meet at 6 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Be part of a team and get fit, strong and confident practicing MMA. This class will now offer a ranking system. Participants will be able to learn and practice self-defense techniques, boxing and kickboxing, Jiu-jitsu, Kung Fu, Muay Thai and grappling. The cost for the course is $60 per month. For those who register before the start date will receive half off the first months' fee. Participants will also receive a free team T-shirt while supplies last.

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 & $10 for each additional child.

Fitness yoga classes

Fitness classes offered at 6 p.m. with instructor Mary Dacy in the Fitness Room. Insanity Workout - choreographed high intensity interval training program to build muscle while stripping away fat. Classes are at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Pilates Bender Method — the Bender method sculpts the body without risk of overuse injuries. Classes are at 8 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

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 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.

Valpo Skates

Valpo Skates is at 605 Campbell St. in Valparaiso in the Ben Franklin Middle School gym annex. Kindergarten through sixth-graders can skate from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Family Skate is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays (all ages). The cost is $6 per skater.

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 included in counseling sessions. For more information, please contact Michelle Kuhnle, Wellness Coordinator, ext. 350, or mkuhnle@valpoymca.org.

Book Fair

A book fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20 to 23 in the Y community room.

Free seminars

Parkinson’s Disease Seminar is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Midlife Rejuvenation Therapy Seminar is 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. A smoking cessation seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. for any of these seminars, call to register at (888) 909-3627.

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