Valpo Pop Warner fundraiser Sunday
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Pop Warner and Cheer will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Elks 500 Club. Tickets are $10. Money raised will help fund the Mitey Mite No. 2 team's appearance in an exhibition game Dec. 1 at the ESPN Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. For details, contact Ruth Anne Olson at (219) 548-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-Star Angels holding cheerleading tryouts
WHEELER | The All-Star Angels cheerleading team is holding tryouts at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at its gym located at 679 W. State Road 130. Boys and girls ages 4-18 of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. There will be Mini, Tiny, Youth, Junior and Senior teams. For details, call (219) 764-1019 or email IEG_ASA@aol.com.
AAU District Cross Country Meet at Sunset Hill Farm
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | The Hammond Track Club with the Calumet Region Striders and the Porter County Parks and Recreation will host the AAU District Youth Cross Country Championship Meet on Sunday at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. All athletes and teams that compete in the meet qualify for the AAU National Youth Championship Meet on Dec. 1 in Rock Hill, S.C. Pre-registration may be done at www.thtiming.com. For details, contact Joe Mis at (219) 931-6587 or www.Joetrack@aol.com.
Illiana Blackbirds return to Midwest this weekend
DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League are playing host to the Central Wisconsin Saints this weekend at the Midwest Training and Ice Center. The remaining two games in the three-game series are 7 p.m. today and at 3:40 p.m. Sunday. For details, go to www.illianablackbirds.com.
Valpo gymnastics class enrollment Tuesday
VALPARAISO | Enrollment for the second session of Valparaiso gymnastics classes will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the high school fieldhouse. Classes are for children aged 5 and older. They are available at either 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The session will run from Nov. 5 through Dec. 17. The cost is $42 for the seven Monday classes or $36 for the six Wednesday classes.
Portage fall sports banquet Thursday
PORTAGE | Portage High School's fall sports award banquet will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the East Auditorium. All fall athletes and parents are encouraged to attend.
Strike Busters begins Thursday
PORTAGE | Strike Busters, a youth bowling program, will hold its second session from Thursday through Dec. 13 (except Nov. 22). It will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bowlers aged 4 to 12 are eligible. The events will take place at Camelot Lanes. Cost is $35 for Portage residents, $40 for non-residents. For details, call (219) 762-1675, ext. 308, or go to www.facebook.com/portageparks.
Storm seeks players for 10-and-under baseball team
The 10-and-under Storm part-time travel baseball team is looking for players, who will still be allowed to play in Little League/Cal Ripken. For an individual tryout, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.
Viking Wrestling Club to hold sign-ups
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Wrestling Club will hold sign-ups for Session I from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Session II from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Valparaiso High School fieldhouse lobby. Session I is an Elementary League, which runs from November through December for wrestlers aged 5 to 12. Session II is a Folkstyle Season, which runs from January through March for wrestlers aged 5 to 18. All wrestlers must bring a completed physical form and insurance information to the sign-ups. New wrestlers must bring a copy of their birth certificate. Cost is $60 -- $50 each family rate for two or more kids -- for Session I. Cost is $75 -- $65 each family rate for two or more kids -- for Session II. For details, contact Matt Hamry at (219) 263-6652 or email@example.com, or Jim Smith at (219) 712-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Raiders seek utility player
The Indiana Raiders 10-and-under fast-pitch softball travel team is in need of a No. 1 pitcher and a utility player. To set up a tryout, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Crown Point Bulldogs softball team seeks pitcher
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 16-and-under travel "A" softball team is looking for a pitcher. For tryout details, call (219) 512-4229.
Duneland Wrestling league sets sign-ups
CHESTERTON | The Duneland Elementary Wrestling League will hold sign-ups and its first practice from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Chesterton High School fieldhouse. The league is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade who attend Duneland Schools or St. Patrick's. It meets twice a week until Dec. 13. The program includes instruction from high school and club coaches as well as at least three friendship meets with other clubs. Cost is $75. For details, email Chris Joll at email@example.com.
Valparaiso 13.1-mile race Nov. 11
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso 13.1-mile race will take place Nov. 11. The event is an annual fundraiser for United Way of Porter County's Power of Youth. For details, go to www.thtiming.com.
Dunes Volleyball Club to hold tryouts
ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Dunes Volleyball Club will hold 2013 tryouts and team placements Sunday and Nov. 4 at the Dunes Operation Center. Times for Sunday are from 9 to 11 a.m. for players aged 10 to 13; 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for players aged 14; 12:30 to 3 p.m. for players aged 16 to 18, and from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for players aged 15. Times for Nov. 4 are from 9 to 11 a.m. for players aged 10 to 13; 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for players aged 14; 12:30 to 3 p.m. for players aged 16, and from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for players aged 15. To register or for details, go to www.dunes.org.
12th annual Turkey Trot Nov. 22
PORTAGE | The 12th annual Turkey Trot four-mile run/5K noncompetitive walk will take place at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 22. The event will start and finish at the Portage Township YMCA. For details, go to www.ymcaofportage.org; call (219) 762-9622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Olympian to appear at Chesterton Middle School
CHESTERTON | Distance runner Adam Goucher, who participated in the 2000 Olympics and was an NCAA champion with the University of Colorado, will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Chesterton Middle School. There will also be a fun run at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Extra Mile Fitness, 1330 E. Lincolnway, with Goucher participating. To register for the fun run, go to www.thtiming.com. For details, call (219) 309-3428.
Little League competes for $2,500 grant
PORTAGE | Portage Little League has a chance to receive a $2,500 grant as part of Liberty Mutual Insurance's Responsible Sports program. People are encouraged to go to www.ResponsibleSports.com/Grant and fill out a 10-question quiz. Each completed quiz is worth a point. Organizations that earn the most points in their division will win one of the 15 grants. The competition ends Nov. 30. For details, visit www.portagelittleleague.org or www.facebook.com/PortageLL.
Winter VIP Soccer Camps runs Dec. 2, March 17
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program will run VIP Day Camps on Dec. 2 and March 17. For details, contact Jeff Oleck at (219) 464-5059 or Jeff.Oleck@valpo.edu, or go to www.valposoccerVIP.com.
State umpiring indoor clinic at Fun Center Dome
CROWN POINT | An indoor National Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Crown Point Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. Registration will start at 7:45 a.m. All youth league umpires and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification are encouraged to attend. Umpires will need to dress and bring their own equipment if available. An open-book national certifiction test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified for the 2013 season. The cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $45 to take the certification or to recertify. To RSVP, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Porter County Storm seeks baseball managers/coaches
CHESTERTON | The Porter County Storm is in need of a manager and assistant coaches for its 16-and-under White baseball team. Interested candidates should email their experience and a brief explanation of why they are seeking the position to Nick Doud at email@example.com.
Southshore Steelheads need a player
The Southshore Steelheads 13-and-under travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its 2013 spring/summer roster. For details, call coach Dave at (219) 545-1422.
Triple Crown seeks baseball players
Those interested in playing for Triple Crown's 11-and-under, 14U, 16U and 18U baseball teams should call Rich Bafia at (219) 678-0493.
Indiana Playmakers seek 9U baseball players
The Indiana Playmakers 9-and-under baseball team seeks players for next year. Those interested should contact George at (773) 908-5445.
Gump's taking reservations for lessons
KOUTS | Gump's Baseball/Softball School is taking reservations for private lessons or team rentals. For details, call Andy Rasala at (219) 766-3109.
Baseball/softball bat speed course offered
VALPARAISO | A bat speed training course for both baseball and softball will be offered for players aged 10 to 23 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. weekdays. For details, call Eric Snyder at (219) 241-9167.