Black Friday Opt-Outside Hike

NOV. 24, 1-3 p.m., West Beach, 376 N. County Line Road, Gary. 219.895.1882. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, the public is invited to opt outside for a free, family-friendly hike co-sponsored by Save the Dunes. The interactive 3.5-mile hike will be led by regional experts. The hike will offer opportunities to take easy cut-offs for shorter one- or two-mile hikes.

Reason for the Season Run

NOV. 25, 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk; 10 a.m. kids run, American Reformed Church, 1021 S. Halleck St., DeMotte. A 5K run/walk kicks off this event, with a kids' run to follow. Proceeds benefit the Backpack Program for students of Kankakee Valley School Corp.

Turkey Recovery Four-Mile Run

NOV. 26, 9 a.m., Hawthorne Park Community Center, 500 Ackerman Drive, Porter. This four-mile out-and-back course runs along paved streets and bike trails. The race will feature Turkey Bowling using a four-pound frozen turkey. A part of the proceeds will benefit the Town of Porter Parks Department.

Free Meditation Session

NOV. 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Porter County Public Library System Valparaiso Branch, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. 219.202.4600. This free meditation session is offered by The Wellness Center as part of Valpo's Fit City initiative.

Jingle Jog

NOV. 30, 5 p.m. run; 6-6:30 p.m. tree lighting event, Valparaiso University Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. Participants can join for a one-, two-, or three-mile, non-timed fun run on a one-mile loop around Valparaiso University's campus before the annual Christmas tree lighting, offering photos with Santa, refreshments, caroling and fireworks. Participants should bring a toy or nonperishable food item as their registration fee.

Zumba Gold

DEC. 5-JAN. 16, 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Lan-Oak Park District Eisenhower Fitness Center, 2550 178th St., Lansing. 708.474.8552. Designed for beginners and the active older participant, this dance party fitness program features modified moves and pacing set to world music. NOV. 28: Registration deadline.


ONGOING, 6:35-7:05 p.m., Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton Campus, 810 Michael Drive, Chesterton. 219.983.9832. Using a variety of equipment, this strength class will tone and tighten the abs and lower body.


ONGOING, 9:10-10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. This dance fitness class is based on pop, rock and hip hop music.