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ONGOING Ballroom Dancing, 10:30-11:30am Wed, Pruzin Center, 5750 Tyler St, Merrillville. 219.980.5911. activenwi.com. Instructor Robert Lenten teaches various ballroom dances based on class participants' interest. Partner not required.
ONGOING Biggest Improver, Hammond Branch YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave, Hammond. 219. 845.1507. hammondareaymca.org. Designed to motivate participants to improve their overall physical fitness, the program consists of five categories—body weight, body fat percentage, strength, endurance and flexibility. Each participant begins with a pre-test in each category and concludes with a post-test to measure improvement. The participants with the greatest improvements will win their division.
ONGOING Chi Gong, 9:30-10:30am Thu, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. This ancient Eastern healing art of breath, movement, non-movement and meditation will be taught through a one-hour session of warm-ups, positions and focused movements.
ONGOING Class Pass Program, Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, 9950 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.924.5348. comhs.org. Those who want to participate in some of the classes offered at the Fitness Pointe, but are not members, can take advantage of select group exercises including Aqua Flow, Bike & Tone, Pilates, and Punch & Crunch Low II.
ONGOING Group Cycling, call for dates, times and to register, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Four group cycling classes are offered at the Southlake YMCA: indoor group cycling, 45-minute group cycling, 30-minute express group cycling, and more. All classes are indoors and meet for five weeks to offer participants the challenge of a low-impact, yet high-intensity, workout.
ONGOING Kettlebell Training, 9-10am Mon, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Taught by a certified kettlebell trainer, this class combines cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training through ballistic exercises using kettlebells, cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle. This small group class is limited to the first 12 participants.
ONGOING Laughter Yoga, 6pm, 3rd Thu of the month, Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Rd, Hobart. 219.973.3273. These free yoga classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.
ONGOING Senior Aerobics, 9:30-10:30am Tue, Thu, Pruzin Community Center, 5750 Tyler St, Merrillville. 219.980.5911. Merrillville residents ages 50 and older can stay fit at this free aerobics class.
ONGOING Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), 6pm Tue, Thu, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. 219.926.4204. dunelandymca.org. MMA combines strength and endurance conditioning using stand up and ground sport combat techniques—including but not limited to boxing, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu, grappling and more.
ONGOING The RIDE, 5-5:45pm Tue, Thu, Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. Participants can pedal their way to fitness during this fun, group cycling set to music. Class size is limited to 14.
ONGOING Yoga, 4:30-5:30pm Wed, St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.805.5180 (Lake County) or 219.548.9395 (Porter County). comhs.org. The basics of yoga will be the focus of this class, which uses gentle yoga to release stress and increase flexibility and strength.
ONGOING Y-Run, 6-7pm Mon, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Participants will be provided with a specific training program, and the group will meet once a week to run and discuss stretching, hydration, finding the right running shoe, nutrition, and avoiding/treating injury.
ONGOING Liquid Boot Camp, 7:45-8:30pm Mon, Wed, 10:15-11am Tue, Thu, Hammond Branch YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave, Hammond. 219. 845.1507. hammondareaymca.org. This high intensity, low impact workout provides weight and resistance training to a high intensity beat.
ONGOING Silver Sneakers—Muscle Strength and Range of Movement, call for dates and times, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This fun class is designed to increase strength, range of motion and activities for daily living, all while participants just move to the music.
ONGOING Zumba, 6:30-7:30pm Mon, Wed, 9:30-10:30am Tue, Thu, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. This Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class incorporates Latin and international music for a unique balance of cardio and muscle-toning workouts that tone and sculpt the body.
THROUGH MAY 23 Raising a Little Health—100-mile Club, 10-11am Thu, Hebron Community Center, 611 N Main St, Hebron. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. Designed for the sedentary to low activity level adult, this program helps participants work toward an active lifestyle of 10,000 steps per day through support, journaling and endurance training. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
MAR 27-MAY 29 Bicycle Training Program, Trek Bicycle Store, 651 E US 30, Schererville. 219.322.2453. trekbikestore.com. This 10-week training program is for beginner and intermediate bike riders who are interested in improving their health and lifestyle. Mar 9 (11am), 13 (6pm): Orientation sign-up meeting.
APR 4-MAY 23 Couch to Kent, 6-7pm Thu, Hebron Community Center, 611 N Main St, Hebron. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. No prior running experience is necessary to participate in this running program. Participants will work on endurance and learn about running while preparing for a 5K road race on May 25. Registration fee includes race registration, weekly training schedule, guidance, weekly emails, check-ins and workout tips.
APR 11-MAY 16 Zumba, 6:45-7:45pm Thu, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. activenwi.com. Zumba fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves for a one-of-a-kind fitness program that is fun and energizing regardless of participants’ fitness level.
APR 14-AUG 25 Adult Co-Ed Softball, 6:30-10:30pm Sun, Rohrman Park, Schererville. activenwi.com. This co-ed softball league features 8 teams in both an upper and lower division. The league follows ASA rules and sanctioning and each team plays 14 games total. Men’s upper and lower divisions also are offered. Visit the website for more details.
APR 20-21 YogaFit Instructor Training, 8am-6pm, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 755 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. yogafit.com. This informative workshop gives instructors the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes. The training includes lessons on physical execution, transitions and modifications to traditional yoga poses with an emphasis on effectiveness and safety.
APR 21 Yoga/Medication Retreat, 1-4pm, Brincka Cross Gardens, 427 E Furness Rd, Pine Township. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. This restorative retreat focuses on both mind and body amidst the beauty of Brincka Cross Gardens.
Apr 22-Jun 24 Outdoor Triathlon Training Program, 6pm Mon, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Nationally ranked, All-American Triathlete Chris Wickward helps train participants for the Optimist Triathlon in Warsaw, Ind. on June 29 during this 10-week training session. Participants should be able to swim 50 yards without stopping, must own a bike, have an ANSI helmet and must carry a spare tire and CO2 cartridge.
APR 23 Pilates, 6:30-7:30pm, Schererville Town Hall Community Room, 10 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.322.2211. activenwi.com. Suitable for all fitness levels, this six-week session helps strengthen major muscles, improve flexibility and focus on core strengthening. Participants must bring their own mat.
APR 27 Yoga to Resist and Heal Colds and Flu, 1-3:30pm, Dancing Feet Yoga, 19135 W US Hwy 12, New Buffalo, Mich. 269.469.1966. dancingfeetyoga.com. This workshop provides practical information and practices for resisting colds and flus by strengthening the immune system through yoga, as well as demonstrations of asana, pranayama and meditation practices.
ONGOING C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Natural Birth & Parenting Network, 7pm, 1st Wed of the month, Hebron Community Center, 611 N Main St, Hebron. 219.996.5188. indianabirthchoices.com. This free community program brings together midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, breastfeeding consultants and new and expecting parents. No need to preregister.
ONGOING Diabetes Management Classes, Crown Point. 219.757.6268. stanthonymedicalcenter.com. After completion of this four-week course, recognized by the American Diabetes Association, participants will have learned all aspects of diabetes care. Afternoon and evening sessions are available, as are individual appointments for glucose monitoring or insulin administration, and free blood glucose screenings.
ONGOING Diabetes Self-Management Classes, 1-4pm or 5-8pm Mon, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus’ Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5550. methodisthospitals.org. Participants in this three-part class will receive a comprehensive diabetes education covering all aspects of treatments, as well as prevention of chronic complications. Classes take place three Mondays in row. Participants must have physician referral.
ONGOING Meet and Greet, Kids First Pediatrics on 30, 1130 Joliet St, Ste 103, Dyer. 219.322.8534. In these free meetings, board certified pediatricians Dr. Tae'Ni Chang-Stroman and Dr. Parul Pathak will meet with any parents one-on-one to answer questions about their child's health and choosing them as physicians. Please call the office for an appointment.
ONGOING Moving Forward, call for dates and times, St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.392.7641. comhs.org. This five-part series helps stroke survivors and their caregivers learn to prevent future strokes through risk detection and management.
ONGOING Preparing for Childbirth, call for dates and times. 1201 South Main St, Crown Point. 219.757.6368. stanthonymedicalcenter.com. This class, offered on six weeknights or two Saturdays, includes discussion of labor, birth and postpartum. Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as other coping skills are taught.
ONGOING State Health Insurance Assistance Program, call for dates and times. 219.392.7448. comhs.org. This program is sponsored by Community Healthcare System to assist seniors in getting the most from their health insurance and understanding Medicare and Medicaid programs.
ONGOING Weight Management Class, 6:30pm, 2nd Mon of every month, Hammond Clinic Specialty Center, 7905 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.5800. hammondclinic.com. Those interested in weight loss through bariatric surgery should attend this ongoing weight management class. A physician referral is required to attend.
ONGOING Health, Neck and Back Seminars, 4-5pm, Methodist Hospital’s Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. The team Spine Care Center can help identify neck or back pain and provide information about the most effective treatment possible.
APR 22 Common Ankle Injuries in the Athlete, 5-6pm, Community Hospital Outpatient Centre, 9660 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. A Community Hospital physical therapist discusses the causes and prevention of the most common ankle injuries affecting the athlete.
APR 24 Alzheimer’s Disease—The Late Stages, noon-1:30pm, Lake County Public Library Highland Branch’s Meeting Room A, 2841 Jewett Ave, Highland.219.838.2394. lcplin.org. This program has two focuses: caregivers will learn the concept of self in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care in the late-stage. Pre-registration is required and a free box lunch will be served.
APR 25 Adenoids, Tonsils and Tubes! Oh My! 6pm, Strongbow Inn, 2405 Morthland Dr, Valparaiso. porterhealth.com. Dr. Geoffrey Schwartz will teach attendees about the anatomy of a child’s ears, nose and throat; how to handle the numerous inflammations they may hold and how they all affect the ears. Children are welcome to accompany their parents.
APR 25 Heartsaver CPR and AED, 9am-1pm, St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.588.9829. comhs.org. This comprehensive course is open to the general public. Registration required. Fees include the cost of the textbook and CPR card upon successful completion of the course.
APR 25 Owning Your Heart Health, 5:30pm, Valparaiso Family YMCA Community Room, 1201 Cumberland Dr, Valparaiso. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. Dr. Nazzal Obaid presents this seminar on how you can work as a partner with your doctor to ensure long-term heart health.
APR 30 When Joint Replacement is the Best Option, 6pm, Blue Chip Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. porterhealth.com. Orthopedic Surgeons Drs. Michael Leland and Bruce Thoma will present information on chronic joint pain and how to tell if a person is a candidate for knee or minimally invasive hip replacement surgery at this seminar.
MAY 11 Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, 11am-12:30pm, Porter County Library Portage Branch’s Meeting Room A & B, 2665 Irving St, Portage. alz.org/indiana. This introductory program provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s. The presentation also includes a video and information on what to do if the participants or someone they know has signs of the disease.
MAY 29 CPR, First Aid and AED Certification, 5:30-10pm, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. This two-year certificate training teaches child and adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on a child or adult. This course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe students, provide feedback and provide guidance.
ONGOING After Care Breast Cancer Support Group, 7-8:30pm, 2nd and 4th Mon of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. Women who have completed their treatment for breast cancer can gather to share experiences and address concerns twice a month.
ONGOING Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9pm, Franciscan St. Margaret Health—Dyer Classroom F, 24 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.2141. franciscanalliance.org. These meetings are open to all. No registration required.
ONGOING Better Breathers Support Group, 2nd Tue of every month, Ingalls Wellness Center, 2920 W 183rd St, Homewood. 708.333.2300. ingallshealthsystem.org. Anyone with breathing and lung-related health issues is invited to attend this free support group.
ONGOING Breast Cancer Support Group, 7-8:30pm, 1st and 3rd of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. Open to all women with a breast cancer diagnosis from the newly diagnosed to long-term survivors, participants are invited to share concerns, stories and experiences during this group meeting. Interested participants must attend an orientation session before joining this support group.
ONGOING Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10am-noon, 3rd Tues of every month, Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Crown Point. 219.757.6368. stanthonymedicalcenter.com. Mothers meet to discuss various topics in an open forum.
ONGOING Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance, 6pm, 1st and 3rd Wed of every month, Porter-Starke Services, 701 Wall St, Entrance C, Valparaiso; 7pm, 2nd and 4th Mon of every month, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.462.3689. porterstarke.org. This unique support group is a peer-directed discussion, with patients being treated for depression or bipolar disorder and their families helping form a comprehensive common denominator of the support needed.
ONGOING Diabetes Support Group, 6pm, 1st Thurs of every month, Hammond Clinic, 7905 Calumet Avenue 219.836.5800. Pre-register for this program to be included in a raffle drawing for door prizes. Refreshments will be provided.
ONGOING Emotions Anonymous, 7pm Wed, Spiritual Care Services, Saint Anthony Memorial, 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.877.1440. saintanthonymemorial.org. This weekly, twelve-step program is made up of people who work towards recovery from emotional difficulties, including depression, anger, grief, boredom or compulsive behavior.
ONGOING Family Matters, 7-8:30pm, 2nd Wed of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. Patients, couples, spouses and caregivers come together during this educational and support program to discuss coping with cancer in their family.
ONGOING Fibromites Unite, 10am, 4th Sat of every month, Saint Margaret Mercy’s Dyer Campus Classroom F, 24 Joliet St, Dyer. 708.539.9896. smmhc.com. This monthly support group is for people who suffer from fibromyalgia.
ONGOING Gluten Intolerance Group of Northwest Indiana, 7-8pm, 2nd Mon of every month, St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.588.9829. comhs.org. This free support group is for those with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and other sensitivities.
ONGOING Grief Support Group, 2pm Mon, Ingalls Memorial Hospital’s North Building, 1 Ingalls Dr, Harvey, Ill. 708.331.1360. ingallshealthsystem.org. This support group welcomes all who have experienced a loss and encourages participants to share feelings and experiences in a supportive environment.
ONGOING Knit One...Nurture Too, 12:30pm-2pm, 2nd and 4th Thu of every month, Cancer Resource Center, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. comhs.org. Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to join the knitting/crocheting group. Yarn and needles will be provided.
ONGOING Living After Loss, call for dates and times, Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus South Pavilion Auditorium, 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4522. methodisthospitals.org. This support group is open to all adults grieving the loss of a loved one.
ONGOING Lupus Support Group, 6:30-8pm, 4th Mon of every month, St. Mary Medical Center’s Patient Tower Conference Room 2, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 800.948.8806. comhs.org. This support is for those dealing with Lupus and anyone with autoimmune disease. Registration required.
ONGOING Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, call for dates and times, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. This support group is designed for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their friends and family.
ONGOING Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, 1-3pm, Franciscan St Margaret Health’s Health Resource Center Conference Room, 5454 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.228.6434. franciscanalliance.org. Open to families and loved ones of those living with Parkinson’s, this support group discusses issues related to Parkinson’s disease, as well as how to cope.
ONGOING Pulmonary Support Group, 1pm, 2nd Mon of March, June, and October, Marian Education Center, Franciscan St. Anthony Health, 1201 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.757.6141. stanthonymedicalcenter.com. This group provides support for those with chronic lung disease.
ONGOING Rehabilitation Club, 3pm, 2nd Thu of every month, Omni 41, 221 S Rt 41, Schererville. 219.322.1600. smmhc.com. The group is open to anyone with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, or who has had a stroke, spinal cord injury or other injuries requiring therapy, and their caregivers, family and friends. Participants can share stories, talk with other patients and caregivers, and ask questions of therapists.
ONGOING Shared Experience, Crown Point. 219.757.6008. stanthonymedicalcenter.com. This support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer offers participants the chance to share experiences—joys and triumphs—and methods of coping in a nonjudgmental environment with others who are facing similar circumstances.
ONGOING Stroke Survivor Support Group, 7pm, 3rd Thu of every month except for June, Trinity Lutheran Church Teacher's Lounge, 250 S Indiana Ave, Crown Point. 219.663.0265. Individuals who have survived a stroke are invited to join this new support group. Registration is encouraged by calling 219.663.0265.
MAY 20 Weight No More Support Group, 6-7pm, St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower Conference Room 3, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This support group offers information to those who have had or are considering weight-loss surgery. This meeting’s topic is “Changing Unhealthy Family Habits.”
ONGOING Cooking for You, 3rd Thu of every month, Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3349. cancerresourcecentre.com. During this informative and fun demonstration by visiting chefs, participants will learn about healthy eating habits and nutritional value, as well as how to prepare special dishes created by the chef. Registration is required prior to attendance.
ONGOING Diabetic Diet and Meal Planning, call for dates and times, St. Mary Medical Center Education Classroom on 5 East, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.947.6234. comhs.org. A diabetes educator teaches participants about healthy eating for diabetics at this informational program.
ONGOING Group Nutritional Counseling, 6pm Tue, 9am Thu, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. Led by Kari Bukur and Kristy Cox, AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultants, this seven-week class helps participants develop nutritional lifestyle changes. Interested participants are asked to register at the courtesy desk. Personal nutritional counseling also is available.
ONGOING Nutrition Counseling, call for dates and times, St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.947.3063 comhs.org. This session includes a dietary evaluation and counseling by a registered dietitian. Physician referral is required.
ONGOING Nutrition Counseling, call for dates and times to set up a one-on-one appointment, Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, 9950 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.934.2858. comhs.org. This program entails individualized meal planning designed by a registered dietitian with expertise in food allergies, weight management, abnormal blood lipid management, diabetes, eating disorders and more.
ONGOING Nutrition Counseling, appointment only, St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.392.7060. comhs.org. Dietary evaluation, counseling and individualized meal planning is offered by a registered dietitian—with expertise in food allergies, weight management, abnormal blood lipid management, diabetes and more—during this session. Physician referral required.
THROUGH APR 27 Green City Market, 8:30am-1pm Sat, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 Cannon Dr, Chicago. 773.880.1266. greencitymarket.org. This indoor market showcases local, sustainable food—meat, cheese, milk, vegetables, bread, fruit, herbs, potted plants, flowers and more. The market also features weekly programs, chef demonstrations, children’s activities and more.
APR 29 So Farm, What’s in my Food? 7-8pm, Porter County Public Library Hebron Branch’s Meeting Room, 201 W Sigler Rd, Hebron. 219.996.3684. pcpls.lib.in.us. Purdue Advanced Master Gardener LuAnn Troxel discusses the difference between fresh, natural, organic, local, raw, humanely treated and pasture raised foods at this free program. In addition, she will discuss the use of antibiotics, hormones, GMOS and more. Registration is required.
MAY 7 Diabetes Education Classes, 1-3pm, Franciscan St. Anthony Health—Crown Point Burrell Classrooms, 1201 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.757.6268. franciscanalliance.org. Participants will leave this program with an individual meal plan designed to meet their specific needs. Information provided at this program is in accordance with the American Diabetes Association standards.
MAY 8 Better Nutrition for a Healthy Heart, 6-7:30pm, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus—Pavilion B, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthospitals.org. Taught by cardiologist Dr. T. Nguyen, this seminar features great shopping and diet tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle, plus food preparation strategies. A healthy heart cooking demonstration immediately follows the physician seminar.
MAY 8 Cooking Demonstrations, 2-2:30pm, St. Mary Medical Center Patient Tower Waterfall Café, 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. Chef Ryan C. Smith demonstrates how to prepare delectable appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts and more during this free cooking demonstration.
MAY 10 Family Nutrition Program, 11am-1:30pm, Lake County Public Library Lake Station-New Chicago Branch, 2007 Central Ave, Lake Station. 219.962.2409. lcplin.org. Family Nutrition Advisor from Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Belinda Stepnowski, discusses a variety of food and nutrition topics, and shows participants how to prepare quick, tasty and healthy low-cost foods.
JUN 18-19 Life in the Fast Food Lane, 10-11am Tue, Hebron Community Center, 611 N Main St, Hebron or 10-11am Wed, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. Purdue Extension of Porter County representatives will teach attendees how to make healthy choices at the fast food counter.
ONGOING Can-do Kids, 4:55-5:25pm Tue, Thu, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This two-day-a-week program provides activities for children with special needs with a focus on fitness, teamwork and socialization through various group exercise classes on Tuesdays, and swim fun and water safety lessons on Thursdays.
ONGOING Family Zumba, call for dates and times, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This family friendly, cardio-dance class improves balances the Zumba-style dance party workout for adults with high-energy fun for kids of all ages. Families can get in shape while laughing, learning dance moves, and bonding with one another.
ONGOING Flip, Wiggle & Roll, 4-4:45pm Tue, Thu, Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. Preschoolers will learn the basics of gymnastics during this fun class, which helps participants develop coordination, self-confidence, coordination, strength and pride.
ONGOING Floor Hockey, 5:30-6:30pm grades 1-2, 6:30-7:30pm grades 3-4, Bridgepoint Church, 105 N Washington St, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This five week clinic teaches children in grades 1 through 4 basic hockey skills in a fun environment.
ONGOING Healing Hearts for Teens, 5:30-6:45pm Mon, 600 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.2732, 708.895.8332. This free six-session support group, sponsored by Hospice of the Calumet Area, is for youth ages 13 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one and need support for their grief.
ONGOING KidFit Camp, Ingalls Wellness Center, 2920 W 183rd St, Homewood. 708.206.0072. ingallshealthsystem.org. This program is a children's weight management series geared toward kids 8-12 to help children learn healthy lifestyle changes without an emphasis on diet. The focus is on self-esteem and promoting healthy attitudes and habits that will last.
ONGOING Kids in the Kitchen, 4:15-5pm, 5:15-6pm Mon, Wed, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Kids in grades kindergarten through 5th grade can join Chef Katyln Rather in this fun-filled youth cooking class, where kids learn the fundamentals of kitchen safety, sanitation and cooking. During the five week course, participants will gain health and nutritional knowledge by creating healthy alternatives to their favorite afterschool snacks.
ONGOING Mat Cats, 5-5:45pm Thu, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. Students ages 7 through 10 years of age will learn basic skills, as well as walkovers, round-offs, handsprings and aerial cartwheels during this beginner to novice level class.
ONGOING Tae Kwon Do, 6-7:15pm Fri, 12:30-1:45pm Sat, Hammond Branch YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave, Hammond. 219. 845.1507. hammondareaymca.org. Certified Tae Kwon Do instructor Bryan Razo leads teaches students the basic fundamentals and techniques of martial arts. The class is open to children ages 6 and older and class sessions run monthly.
ONGOING Teen Strength Training, 6:30-8:15pm, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. This extensive five-week weight training and Wellness Room orientation includes information on aerobic exercise, stretching, training methods, the proper use of equipment and more. Upon completion of both a practical and written exam, teens can use the Wellness Center.
ONGOING Tumble Tots, 5-5:45pm Tue, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. Students ages 5 through 6 years of age will learn skills such as cartwheels, walkovers and handstands, as well as strengthening exercises, during this class designed for beginners to advanced beginners.
ONGOING Yoga for Kids, 10:15-10:45 (ages 4-6), 11-11:30am (ages 7-10) Sat, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.764.4567. valpoymca.org. Boys and girls ages 4 to 10 can learn traditional yoga poses in fun and educational ways at this yoga class taught by certified Yogafit instructor Anita Beaudoin.
THROUGH APR 26 Youth Basketball, 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. No one sits on the sidelines during this youth basketball league for boys and girls ages 3 through 13.
Apr 27 Healthy Kids Day, noon-2pm, Duneland YMCA’s Early Childhood Development Center, Chesterton Middle School Entrance #8, 651 W Morgan Ave, Chesterton. 219.921.0183. dunelandymca.org. Open to the community, this family fun event features active play and educational activities to inspire kids to carry a spirit of excitement and exploration throughout the summer.
APR 27 The First Tee of Hammond Open House, 1-4pm, Lost Marsh Golf Course, 901 129th St, Hammond. 219.228.2528. thefirstteehammond.org. The First Tee of Hammond kicks off the 2013 season with this open house event. Parents can register their child for lessons and enter into a drawing to win an entire summer free. Activities will take place throughout the afternoon.
MAY 18 Sibling Class, 10-11am, Community Hospital Auditorium, 901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This class prepares parents and children ages 3 through 10 for the arrival of a new sibling with a viewing of a video on being a sibling and a short presentation. Participants are giving a certificate for completion of the course.
THROUGH MAY 20 Girls on the Run, 4:15-5:45pm Mon, Wed, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. For girls in grades third through fifth, this nationally recognized curriculum empowers girls to make positive decisions and avoid risky adolescent behaviors, as well as prepare for a 5K race that takes place on May 11 in Highland. Registration fee includes race registration, snacks and a t-shirt.
APR 9-MAY 7 Youth Strength Training, 4-5:30pm Tue, Hammond Branch YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Ave, Hammond. 219. 845.1507. hammondareaymca.org. Teens ages 12 through 14 years old will learn about aerobic exercise, stretching, muscle groups, training methods, the proper use of weight room equipment and more during this five-week training session. Upon completion of the program, teens can use the Fitness Center on their own. Max of six students per session.
APR 16-JUNE 18 Little Dragons, 5:15-6pm Tue, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. activenwi.com. During this eight-week session, children will learn Wado Ki Karate, a program that emphasizes proper attitude and discipline, as well as physical development, balance and coordination.
JUN 8-29 Baseball Skills Camp, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. 219.926.4204. dunelandymca.org. Children ages 3 through 7 will learn the basics of baseball at this three-week camp.
JUN 10-JUL 30 Kids Fit Club, 8-9:30am Mon, Wed, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. portercountyparks.org. Taught by Becky Kreiger and Jenna Martin, this fun workout utilizes the beauty of the outdoors while offering children in grades 3 through 6 a variety of fitness opportunities—from boot camp and intervals to yoga.
ONGOING Body Composition, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. This quick and easy test assesses body fat percentage with instant results.
ONGOING Heart Attack and PAD Risk Assessments and Stroke Screening, Methodist Hospital’s Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 1st Floor Conference Room, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. Call to register for this health screening.
ONGOING Peripheral Arterial Disease Screenings, call to register, Community Hospital Fitness Pointe, 9950 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.934.2830. comhs.org. This 15-minute screening checks for any indication of Peripheral Arterial Disease and blockages in leg arteries.
ONGOING Personal Training Initial Assessment, call to register, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This consultation features a fitness assessment of body composition, resting heart rate, blood pressure, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. Participants must fast from food, caffeine and activity for four hours prior to the testing.
ONGOING Pulmonary Rehab “Breathless” Support Group, 11am-noon, last Mon of every month, Spectrum of St. Mary Medical Center, 1354 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.947.6574. comhs.org. Patients of pulmonary rehabilitation can find answers and someone to listen at this free support group.
ONGOING Scoliosis Screening, by appointment only, Southlake Campus, NeuroScience Institute, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. Get checked for spine curvature by making an appointment for this free screening.
ONGOING Scoliosis Screening, Fri, Methodist Hospital’s Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.4926. methodisthospitals.org. Get checked for spine curvature by making an appointment for this free screening.
ONGOING Skin Cancer Screenings, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 9am-noon, 1st Wed of every month, Dr. Forgey’s Office, 109 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6055. comhs.org. Call to register for these free screenings.
ONGOING Sleep Apnea Screening, Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. Portage YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. Valparaiso YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso. 219.764.4567. porterhealth.com. No appointment is necessary for these free sleep apnea screenings performed by Porter’s Sleep Disorders Institute. For dates and times, call for an appointment at 219.764.4567.
APR 22 Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index, 11am, Duneland Family YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St, Chesterton. porterhealth.com. No appointment is necessary for these free health screenings.
APR 25 Blood Pressure Screening, 10am-noon, Lake County Public Library Munster Branch’s Meeting Room, 8701 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.8450. lcplin.org. No appointment is necessary for these free blood pressure screenings conducted by a representative from Hospice of the Calumet Area.
APR 25 MAMMOthon, 7am-7pm, Franciscan St. Margaret Health—Dyer, 24 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.933.2635. franciscanalliance.org. Mammograms are offered during this event, which also features refreshments, prize drawings and chair massages. Most insurances are accepted and no physician referral is required. Registration required; a limited number of appointments are available.
MAY 2 Coronary Health Appraisal, 8-11am, St. Catherine Hospital Office Building Conference Room, 4321 Fir St, East Chicago. 219.836.3477. comhs.org. This support group offers information to those who have had or are considering weight-loss surgery. This meeting’s topic is “Changing Unhealthy Family Habits.”
MAY 29, JUN 25 Bone Density Screening, 10am-noon, 1-3pm, Hebron Public Library Meeting Room, 201 W Sigler St, Hebron. 219.263.7203. pcpls.lib.in.us. These free heel bone density screenings are offered by Porter Health Care System. Participants must be able to remove their socks. No appointment necessary.
APR 27 Free Health Fair and Gospel Concert, 4:30-6:30pm health fair; 7-9:30pm gospel concert, House of Hope, 752 E 114th St, Chicago. heart.org/mpvgospelconcertchicago. The day begins with a free health fair sponsored by the American Stroke Association and featuring health screenings, CPR demonstrations and fitness activities. Following the fair is the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Tour headlined by national recording artist Pastor Marvin Sapp. (Transportation will be provided to Northwest Indiana residents. The bus departs at Methodist Hospitals Northlake, 600 Grant St, Gary at 4 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Call 219.996.4958 by Apr 22 and leave a return phone number to register.)
Apr 27 Samaritan Skedaddle, 9am-noon, 8th & Washington Sts, Michigan City. 219.879.3283. skedaddle.org. This annual 5K Run/Walk supports the Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc. in Northwest Indiana. Proceeds from the 10th annual event aid clients in need of fee subsidy.
Apr 28 Family Health Fair, 9am-2pm, James Hart School’s H-F Sports Complex, 183rd & Aberdeen, Homewood, Ill. 800.221.2199. ingalls.org. Sponsored by Ingalls Health System and the Homewood Rotary Club, this health fair returns for the 30th year with more than 30 screenings and services—including a free total cholesterol blood test, a12-lead EKG, cancer screenings, allergy screenings, vision exams, hearing tests, foot screenings and more. Registration is not required but those who register ahead will have a separate line and faster registration.
APR 29 Adult Dodgeball Tournament, Griffith Branch YMCA, 201 N Griffith Blvd, Griffith. 219.750.1082. griffithymca.org. This 6-on-6 two-day tournament will have three divisions available—men’s, women’s and co-ed. The tournament follows National Amateur Dodgeball Association rules.
May 5 Hub Run, 2pm 5K; 2:05pm 2K, Historic Downtown Courthouse Square, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Approximately 2,000 runners are expected to participate in this popular run. The entire family is invited to participate in the 5K or 2K run and enjoy the post-race party on the square after the race. Proceeds benefit the YMCA scholarship program, which helps low-income individuals and families participate in programs and membership.
MAY 7 Blood Drive, 2-8pm, Omni Health & Fitness—Chesterton, 810 Michael Dr, Chesterton. 800.GIVE.LIFE. franciscanalliance.org. Donors can call the American Red Cross to schedule an appointment for this blood drive. Walk-ins also are welcome. Donors must present a valid photo ID.
MAY 11 2nd Annual Great Futures Family Bike Ride, 7:30am check-in, 8:30am bike ride, check in at Portage-Countryside Park, 5250 US Hwy 6, Portage or Chesterton-Duneland Trailhead/Skate Park, 108 S 15th St, Chesterton. 219.464.7282 ext. 235. bgcpoco.org. The entire family can participate in this fun, non-competitive bike ride hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County. Families can choose to ride a couple of miles or complete the entire 18-mile round-trip. Refreshment and water stations, maps and rest areas will be available along the trail. Held at Countryside Park, main stage activities include free bike safety inspections, helmet fittings, local mascots and more.
MAY 18 Tryon Farm Trail 5/10/50K Run, 8am-6pm, Tryon Farm, 1500 Tryon Rd, Michigan City. 917.328.1558. tryonfarm.com. Runners can choose from a 5, 10 or 50K run, as well as a kids’ race during this annual event. The course loops through rolling native prairie grassland, towering beechwoods and sloping dunes. The event also features a pig roast, craft beers from Shoreline Brewery, pizza from Rolling Stonebaker and house tours.
MAY 18 Walk to End Lupus Now, 9:30 am registration; 11 am walk, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 800.948.8806. lupusindiana.org. Formerly known as the Walk for Lupus Now, this 3 mile/1 mile walk is the signature event of the Lupus Foundation of America. Participants are asked to fundraise and help raise critically needed funds for local support services and vital research. The event features a half day of fun, food and friendship with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
May 18-19 Green Festival, 10am-6pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. greenfestivals.org. Green Festival features all things green—including an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer and wine garden; keynote presentations and a nationally renowned green marketplace with products and services from local and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.
JUN 2 Leon’s Triathlon, 8am, Wolf Lake Park, 2405 Calumet Ave, Hammond. leonstriathlon.com. Billed as the “world’s fastest triathlon,” this Olymic distance race allows participants to bike, swim and run their way through Northwest Indiana while millions of households across the nation watch on Comcast SportsNet. The race includes a 0.9 mile swim, a 24.6 mile biking portion and a 6.2 mile running portion. Participants can register individually, as teams and as a relay. Also, Jun 1: Demo Day.