YMCA briefs

2013-11-07T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com
November 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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.

Give Day

This year, the Porter County Community Foundation, in partnership with The Times Media Co., brings back GIVE Day today. GIVE Day will benefit kids and the Valparaiso Family YMCA has been chosen to participate. During the 24 hours of GIVE Day, gifts to participating organizations will receive matching funds. On GIVE Day, please consider a gift, which will be matched. You can give online at portercountygiveday.org or in person at The Times, 1111 Glendale Blvd. in Valparaiso. The Valparaiso Family YMCA will also have computers set up in the Y lobby for online voting today.

Parkinson seminar

Learn about the latest life-changing tools now available for those with Parkinson’s disease at this free seminar at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Presented by Dr. Arif Dalvi, it will be held in the Y Community Room. Seating is limited. Register by calling (888) 909-3627 or visit MethodistHospitals.org. A sign-up sheet is in the Y lobby.


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. The 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 462-4185, ext. 260, or lbaker@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.

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. Shirts will be available for $10 while supplies last. Register at the Y Welcome Center. Go to www.YMCAofPortage.org for additional information and to download a registration form.


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.


With a focus on youth development, the Portage Township YMCA has been chosen to be a recipient of Give Day today. Online donations will be submitted at www.PorterCountyGiveDay.org. Checks must be dated today and can be taken to The Times or to the YMCA. This Give Day will benefit nonprofit organizations that serve children. You choose the nonprofit organizations that will benefit from your gift and the gift will be matched on a prorated basis. This means that the percentage in which the Porter County Community Foundation will match donations will depend upon the total match pool amount (currently at $75,000) as well as the total of donations raised during the event. See www.PorterCountyGiveDay.org for list of matching pool donors.


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.

New member special

Bring in five canned goods for Portage Food Bank donation box and receive half off the one time joiners fee.

Duneland Family YMCA

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

Dancing Like The Stars

A host of local celebrities will vie for top dancing honors to help raise money for the Duneland YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at 6 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to qualifying Duneland families as scholarships for programs such as preschool, school age child care, sports, memberships and social groups. Tickets on sale at YMCA front desk.

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.

Your Y story

The Y is interested in your Y Story. The Y wants to create story boards to display within the facility to help create friendships and a better understanding of the YMCA cause. Call Jane Delligatti at (219) 926-4204.

Health screenings

From 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday the community wellness nurse will offer free bone density screenings in the Senior Center at the Y.

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