YMCA briefs

2013-05-17T00:00:00Z YMCA briefs nwitimes.com

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.

Summer membership

Enjoy a summer of fitness with special three-month membership. Membership includes pool access, open-gym, special member rates on specialty classes and more. Visit www.valpoymca.org for more information.

First Tee Golf

Youth learn about the game of golf and life lessons. Program is designed for 7 to 14-year-olds. Session runs from July 15-19 from noon until 2 p.m. Cost is $95 for Y members and $110 for community. Please see the Y Courtesy Desk to register.

Y Full- and Half-Day preschool

Prepare children for kindergarten with the Creative Curriculum. The program includes swimming and fitness, walking field trips and the development of social skills and building healthy habits. For more information, call Diane Sonnenberg at (219) 464-9543 (YMCA location), Melanie Hoffman at 462-0040 (BridgePoint location) or visit www.valpoymca.org.

YMCA Summer Camp sign-up

This year’s camp runs June 10 to Aug. 16 and includes great field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games, cooking, movie days and more. Register by April 30 and be entered in a drawing to win one free week of camp. Call (219) 464-9543 (YMCA location), 462-0040 (BridgePoint location) or visit website www.valpoymca.org.

Golf outing

Get ready for some golf on July 25 at the Valparaiso Country Club. This year marks the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s 23rd annual golf outing. Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per team. Funds raised provide affordable sports programs for all kids to learn, grow and thrive.

11th annual Valpo Triathlon

Online registration is now open for the Valpo Triathlon which will take place at 8 a.m. July 13. This race features a ¼-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3.2-mile run and is a sanctioned USA Triathlon event. Participants must register by July 10, with a limit of 500 participants (register by June 27 to receive a dry-release wicking shirt). Race fees are $72 for non-USAT members and $60 for USAT members. Visit www.valpotri.net for more information, to register or to become a sponsor. This race is hosted by the Valparaiso Family YMCA and the Valpo Parks Department.


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. Next session will run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:15 to 7:30 pm and will begin Wednesday. Register by Monday.

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 for both members and community.

Track and Field

Represent the Valparaiso Family YMCA as we race through our first Track & Field Program! Youth, ages 4-to-10 will compete as part of the Valpo Y Team against area organizations including the Valpo Parks & Recreation Department. Practice begins the week of June 13 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Cost is $26 for Y members and $52 for community. Visit www.valpoymca.org for more information or to register.

Summer Youth Basketball

Summer Youth Basketball League will start. Practices begin the week of June 24 and games will be mid-week. Cost is $26 for Y members and $52 for community. Visit www.valpoymca.org for more information or to register.

Triathlon Training Program

Get ready for the 11th Annual Valpo Triathlon with training program. Participants will train to swim .25 miles, bike 12.5 miles and run 3.2 miles. This 36-hour training course is $100 for Y members and $200 for community. Register by May 31. Training starts on June 3.

Health & Wellness Seminars

Methodist Hospitals and the Valparaiso Family YMCA will present the following free seminar

Weight Loss Surgery Seminar: Learn how weight loss surgery can help you reclaim and restore your life at 6 p.m. May 29, presented by Dr. James Siatras. Call (888) 909-3627 to register.


Portage YMCA

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

Preschool registration

Preschool registration for fall is open for current students and siblings. Registration will be open to the public. Register early to receive a spot. Financial assistance scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Child care, development

There are openings in the child care rooms for 2-year-olds. Ask for a tour by calling Abbie Prasco at (219) 792-9622.

Sport physicals

Register a child for his/her sport physical with employed physicians & nurse practitioners of St. Mary Medical Center. Cost is $20. Physicals will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and June 8. Registration required. Call (219) 764-7217.

College special

All full-time college students with schedule or current college ID will receive a single primary plus membership for $31 a month with no joiner fee. Membership must be purchased by July 31.

No Bummer Summer Camp

No Bummer Summer Camp is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 to Aug. 16. Before and after camp hours are also available for working parents from as early as 6:30 am to as late as 6 p.m. Free specialty clinics three days a week. Sports of all sorts, Swimmies, Crafty Corner and No Bake Chef.

Free Community Open Swim

Free community open swim is the first Friday of the month at the Portage High School West Pool from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. for the month of May and June. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older the entire time and must stay with child.

Duneland Family YMCA

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

Open House

The Duneland Family YMCA will be hosting an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Those who attend the open house will have an opportunity to tour the facility, learn about member benefits, and enjoy a waived joiner's fee if they become members during the event.

Family Fun Fitness

Family Fun Fitness is offered for parents and their children 6-12 years old each week on Monday and Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. This fitness class gives parents and children a chance to exercise together while taking part in numerous physical activities: hula-hoop, Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts and games. This class is complimentary with a membership and taught by fitness professionals. Nonmembers can purchase a daily pass to participate.

Parent's Night Out

Every Friday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Parents can utilize the Parent’s 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. Not to mention, it is affordable! 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. Reservations must be made by Thursday of each week.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration is now open for students in the first through 12th grades. Kids will enjoy a summer full of nature, water fun, games, field trips (Dunes National Lakeshore, RailCats and Fair Oaks), crafts, and new friendships.

Swim Lesson Registration

Swim Lesson Registration is now open. Swimming is a valuable life skill for children at all ages. Every day, children learn the basics of swimming at the Y or enhance their skills with our progressive lessons that turn beginners into experts, polliwogs into sharks. And our kids are having fun, being healthy, learning safety and building confidence all at the same time! Session dates for children 6 month and up include June 17-28, July 8-19, July 22-August 2, and August 5-16. Call (219) 926-4204 for pricing information.

T-Ball registration

T-ball registration is now open for children ages 3-7 years. The season will be held July 13 to Aug. 24. The cost is $40 members/$80 nonmembers. Register at the Member Service Desk or call (219) 926-4204 for more information. Financial assistance and multiple child discounts are available.

Community Health Nurse

A Porter Community Wellness Nurse will be conducting free blood sugar/blood pressure/body mass index screenings 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Smoking Cessation Program

Porter Regional Hospital will be hosting a Smoking Cessation Program at 5:30 p.m. May 29 for members and individuals within the community who need would like assistance to quit smoking. This program is free of charge.

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