Bound to Blossom 5K May 4
PORTAGE | The Bound to Blossom 5K run/walk will take place at 8:30 a.m. May 4 at the Portage Township YMCA. Early registration ends Wednesday. For details, go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Valpo golf league meetings slated
VALPARAISO | The Forest Park Senior Men's Club will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Cost is $40. For details, call (219) 462-9578, or email email@example.com.
The Creekside Ladies League will meet at 6 p.m. April 29. For details, call (219) 531-7888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crusaders shaving heads for charity
VALPARAISO | Members of the Valparaiso men’s soccer team, Valparaiso president Dr. Mark Heckler and his wife, Veronica, will be among those getting their heads shaved Sunday at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s is a charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. The Crusaders have set a goal of raising $15,000. Fans are invited to turn out to support the team, donate to the cause or get their head shaved. Fans can donate by going to www.stbaldricks.org/events/valpo or by calling assistant coach Jeff Oleck at (219) 464-5059.
Self-defense class April 26
VALPARAISO | Valpo ATA Black Belt Academy will offer a free self-defense class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 26. For details, call (219) 462-5000, or email email@example.com.
Aquacise classes run through April 29
PORTAGE | Aquacise low-impact water classes are available through April 29 at the Portage High School West pool. Classes meet from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $12 for Portage YMCA members, $24 for non-members. For details, call (219) 764-7217.
Robbinhurst Thursday night league starts May 2
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | Robbinhurst Golf Course's Thursday Night Invitational League will begin May 2. Tee times are from 4 to 5:15 p.m. For details, go to www.robbinhurst.com, or call John Hammersmith (219-711-8823) or Tim Bruns (219-406-8497).
Porter County Storm baseball has spots open
The Porter County Storm has a few baseball sports available for the 2013 summer season. Any player born in 1994, 1995, 1996 and before May 1, 1997, are eligible. For details, call manager Nick Doud at (219) 331-3080.
Region Storm baseball team seeks pitcher
The Region Storm 16-and-under baseball team is looking for a pitcher to complete its roster. The Storm will play in college exposure tournaments, including Notre Dame, in June and July. For details, call or text Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726.
Indiana Raiders 10U team needs player
The Indiana Raiders 10-and-under fast-pitch softball team is in need of utility player or pitcher. For details, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Hall of Fame Banquet May 5
The Indiana Region One Football Hall of Fame Banquet will be held May 5 at Avalon Banquet Center. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with the introduction of region all-stars and National Football Foundation scholars at 6, dinner at 6:15 and the induction program at 7. Honorees are Craig Buford, Mark Deal and Mike Deal of Hobart, Randy Beisler of Wirt, John Boyajian of Hammond and Gerald Irons of Roosevelt. Official John Goss will receive a certificate of merit. Tickets are $35. For details, call Mark Hoffman at (219) 464-9240.
Valpo T-ball sign-ups under way
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups for the Valparaiso Park Department's T-ball league will run through May 10. Children aged 4 to 5 are eligible. Teams play five weeknight games and three Saturday games. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Sign-ups under way for Cal Ripken Rookie League
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are being taken for the Valparaiso Parks Department's Cal Ripken Rookie League, which is open to children aged 7 and 8. The cost is $60 for Valparaiso residents, $72 for non-residents. Registration deadline is May 10. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Viking Football Camps scheduled
VALPARAISO | The 36th annual Viking Football Camps have been scheduled. All camps cost $40. The camp for students in grades six and seven who plan to play football next season is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 8 to 11. Registration ends June 28. The camp for students in eighth grade will be conducted from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 20, 21, 22 and 28. Registration ends May 13. All campers will receive a T-shirt. The elementary campers will also be given a certificate of participation. Forms are available all Valparaiso elementary and middle schools. They are to be mailed to Dave Coyle, Head Football Coach, Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, IN 46385.
28th Dunes Classic slated for May 18-19
CHESTERTON | The 28th annual Dunes Classic golf tournament will take place May 18 and 19 at the Brassie. The cost is $75. The deadline is May 14. For details, go to www.dunelandeducationfoundation.org.
Sixth annual Kent's Run May 25
BOONE GROVE | The sixth annual Kent's Run 5K will begin at 8 a.m. May 25 at Boone Grove Middle School, 325 W. 500 S. Registration is $25 by May 16, $30 between May 17 and 24 and $35 on race day. The race was founded to honor Kent Ribordy, a Boone Grove High School student who died from leukemia in 2007. In five years, Kent's Run has raised more than $150,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For details, email Kentsrun5k@agmail.com, or go to @KentsRun5K on both Twitter and Facebook.
Indiana Chiefs to hold baseball memorial tournament
HAMMOND | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond are looking for teams to participate in the inaugural Tony Klaja Memorial 14-and-under baseball tournament, to be held May 24 to 27 at Riverside Park. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four games. Interested teams should contact Dave Sutkowski at (219) 852-9461, Todd Iwema at (219) 313-5996, or go to www.hammondchiefs.com.
Leon's Triathlon slated for June 2
HAMMOND | Northwest Indiana will host the 30th anniversary of Leon’s Triathlon on June 2.
Leon’s Triathlon is an Olympic distance race beginning and ending at Wolf Lake. It includes a .9-mile swim, 24.6-mile bike and a 6.2-mile run. Participants can register through May 5 for $155, or register late up until race day for $165. The triathlon will also offer team registration and relay registration.
For details or to register, go to www.leonstriathlon.com.
Valpo Jr. Triathlon June 15
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Jr. Triathlon will take place at 9 a.m. June 15 at Valparaiso High School. Children aged 6 to 14 are eligible. The event features a 75-yard swim, 5K bike ride and 1K run for athletes aged 6 to 10 and a 150-yard swim, 10K bike ride and 3K run for athletes aged 11 to 14. Cost is $25 by April 25, $30 by May 15 and $40 after June 7. For details, email Leslie McCall at Lwevans@hotmail.com, or go to www.thtiming.com or www.valparaisoswimclub.com.
Purdue Calumet holding summer camps
HAMMOND | Purdue Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie will hold a Little Dribblers Camp for boys in grades one to six from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 to 13, and a Day Camp for boys in grades three to eight from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 to 20. Cost for the Little Dribblers Camp is $40; cost for the Day Camp is $65. For details, contact Voudrie at (219) 989-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUC women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi will hold a Fundamental Camp for girls in grades three to eight from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 to 11. Cost is $40. For details, contact Megyesi at (219) 989-2309 or email@example.com.
PUC women's volleyball coach Natalie Shadowen will hold a volleyball camp for boys and girls in grades six to eight from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 27. Cost is $40. For details, contact Shadowen at (219) 989-2540 or Natalie.Shadowen@purdue.edu.
Andrean 59er Classic scramble June 21
MERRILLVILLE | The 17th annual Andrean 59er Classic four-person scramble will start at noon June 21 at Innsbrook Country Club. Registration will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker is 1981 alum Dan Dakich. Cost is $175 for both golf and dinner, $50 for the dinner only. For details, call (219) 980-9143.
VU volleyball team to host summer camps
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's volleyball team will host two summer camps. The annual summer camp will run July 8 to 11 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp is open to children in grades three to 12. Cost is $420 for overnight campers, $335 for commuters.
The program will also be part of a combination volleyball/soccer camp from Aug. 5 to 7. The camp is open for children in grades kindergarten through eight. The cost is $100 for both sports, $75 for volleyball only. For details, call (219) 464-5323; email Carin.Avery@valpo.edu, or go to www.valpovolleyballcap.com.
Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend set for July 19-20
VALPARAISO | The 16th annual Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend will take place July 19 and 20 as alumni and friends have a chance to reconnect with one another as well as meet Crusaders coaches during the event in Frankenmuth, Mich. The cost of the golf package is $175. Registration deadline is June 29. For details, go to www.valpo.edu/alumni/events/frankenmuth13.php, or call (800) 833-6792, ext. 23.
Duneland Masters swimmers meet weekday mornings
CHESTERTON | The Duneland Masters Swim Team practices from 5:15 to 6:45 a.m. weekdays at the Chesterton Middle School pool. For details, go to www.USMS.org.
Free running club meets Tuesdays
PORTAGE | A free community running club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the Portage Township YMCA lobby. The event is a one-hour run. Runners aged 14 and older are eligible. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Portage offers free walking club
PORTAGE | The Portage Township YMCA and the City of Portage have combined to run a free walking club, which takes place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays. During inclement weather, the YMCA track will be used for the session. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Portage Y offers Thursday night volleyball
PORTAGE | Thursday night volleyball is available from 7 to 9 at the Portage Township YMCA. The cost is $10 for non-members. Players aged 14 and older are eligible. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.