Scarecrow Stampede, Scamper Saturday
WANATAH | The Scarecrow Stampede 5K run/walk and Scarecrow Scamper kids race will take place Saturday. The Stampede will start at 8 a.m., while the Scamper will be at 9:30 a.m. Children aged 2 to 9 are eligible for the Scamper. Cost is $20, $25 on race day, for the Stampede, while it's $12, $15 on race day, for the Scamper. For details on the Stampede, call (219) 476-5960, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Scamper, call (219) 733-2039. Both events can be accessed at www.scarecrowfest.org.
Northwest Indiana Heart Walk Saturday
CHESTERTON | The American Heart Association will sponsor a Northwest Indiana Heart Walk from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Coffee Creek Center. For details, call (219) 996-4958, email Ryan.Johnson@heart.org, or go to northwestindianaheartwalk.com.
Crown Point Swim Club to hold kids triathlon
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Swim Club will hold a sprint kids triathlon for ages 6 and over at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crown Point High School. For details, email email@example.com, or go to www.crownpointswimclub.org.
Adult fall hoops league at Portage Y
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA will offer a men's adult fall basketball league, beginning Sunday. Games will run 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Players must be at least 18. Cost is $400, $350 if paid by Sunday. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Viking boys basketball clinic next week
VALPARAISO | The Viking Shooting Clinic will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday through Oct. 2 at Valparaiso High School. The camp is open to boys in grades three through eight. Cost is $30. Enter Door No. 5 to participate in the camp. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rio's Indoor Golf opens in October
VALPARAISO | Rio's Indoor Golf opens in October at its new location, behind Buck's Bicycle off Ind. 2 and 49. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Winter leagues will begin Oct. 21. For details, call (219) 465-5200.
Night hikes offered at Taltree Arboretum
VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will host hikes at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Cost is $7 for those 13 to 54, $4 for seniors (55 and older) and children (5 to 12). For details, go to www.taltree.org.
Pumpkin Festival 5-mile run/5K walk Oct. 5
WESTVILLE | The 15th annual Pumpkin Festival 5-mile fun run/5K walk will take place at 8 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Westville High School parking lot. Race-day registration will start at 7 a.m. Both events are for adults. Youth races, 100- and 400-meter dashes, will take place at 1 p.m. at Prairie Meadow Park. For details, contact Jane Bachman at (219) 785-4147 or email@example.com.
Starke County Community 5K run/2-mile walk Oct. 5
KNOX | The Starke County Community 5K run and 2-mile walk will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 5. The event runs in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Registration is $20. All breast cancer survivors at the event will be recognized during opening ceremonies. For details, call (574) 933-1294.
Portage Elite Basketball to hold girls tryouts
PORTAGE | Portage Elite Basketball will hold tryouts for sixth-grade girls from 6 to 8:30 pm. Oct. 7 at Myers Elementary School. The tryouts are open to any sixth-grade girl residing in the Portage Township School District. For details, contact Fred Hurley at (219) 741-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Sprint, Lil' Boo youth running events Oct. 12
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Swim Club will host the Spirit Sprint 1- and 2-mile fun run and Lil' Boo 500-meter run for children at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Rogers-Lakewood Park. The Spirit Sprint is open to those aged 14 and under, while the Lil' Boo is open to those aged 6 and under. Cost is $15. For details, call (219) 531-1998; email email@example.com, or go to www.valparaisoswimclub.com.
Storm in need of baseball players
HOBART | The 2014 Hobart Storm 12-and-under baseball team is looking for players from Northwest Indiana for next season. For details, call Bobby at (219) 840-8918.
Run For Our Parks Oct. 13 at Soldiers Memorial
LAPORTE | The LaPorte Park and Recreation Department will host its second annual Run For Our Parks 10K/5K at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 in Soldiers Memorial Park. Entry fee is $20 through Sept. 27, $25 after. Registration may be taken by phone at (219) 326-9600, online at active.com or at the park office, located at 250 Pine Lake Ave.
Youth basketball clinic at Portage Y
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA will offer youth basketball clinics from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20. Children in grades one through six are eligible. Cost is $14 for primary plus members, $20 for primary members and $40 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
VU to hold softball camps
The Valparaiso University softball program's 14U/12U team camps will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at Imagination Glen Park in Portage. Teams are guaranteed at least four games. A college coach or player will be available to help instruct during two of each team's games. The cost is $475 per team. For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com, or call (219) 464-5047.
Back to school sessions available at HGCA
VALPARAISO | Registration for Horizon Gymnastics and Cheer Academy's Back to School sessions continue through Oct. 27. For details, call (219) 477-6542, or go to www.horizongymnasticscenter.com.
Transitions Equestrian Center open house Oct. 26
LAPORTE | Transitions Equestrian Center's open house will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The center is located at 2525 E. 850 N. For details, call Melissa Ashcraft at (269) 923-9088; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.transitionsequestriancenter.com.
Monster Dash Halloween Run Oct. 27
VALPARAISO | The inaugural Monster Dash, the newest special event of Fit City and Valpo Parks, will be held Oct. 27. Activities include a 1K Family Fun Run and a 5K race, beginning and ending at Central Park Plaza. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero, villain or fairy tale character for the costume fun run. The 1K costs $15, the 5K, $25 or $30 for both. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
Fall 60-and older baseball sign-ups available
Play it Again, Sam Sports is looking for baseball players aged 60 and older to take part in its league. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email@example.com.
Gymnastics classes available at Portage YMCA
PORTAGE | Gymnastics classes are available for children at the Portage YMCA. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Players needed for South Shore Steelheads
The South Shore Steelheads' 14-and-under travel baseball is looking for players for next season. For details, contact coach Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hobart Storm in need of baseball players
The Hobart Storm 8-and-under travel baseball team is in need of three players to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Lucke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.
Region Storm to hold tryouts for baseball team
The Region Storm will hold tryouts for its 17-and-under baseball team. For consideration, contact Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726 or email@example.com.
Learn volleyball from the Crusaders
VALPARAISO | Children in grades one to six can learn and play volleyball this winter in an eight-week program conducted by the Valparaiso University Crusaders team. All practices and games are held at the Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. Registration ends Dec. 20. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.