Portage YMCA adds group exercise classes
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA has increased to 52 group exercise classes. The new schedule will begin Sept. 9, except the Boot Camp course, which will begin Wednesday. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Popcorn Panic, Lit’l Kernel Puff races Sept. 7
VALPARAISO | The 35th annual Popcorn Panic will start at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Central Park Plaza. Runners and walkers can register for the 5-mile run or 5K walk for $35. The Lit’l Kernel Puff race, for youth aged 2 to 9 (as of Sept. 7), will be at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 7 at the corner of Washington and Lincolnway. Everyone who runs receives a participation ribbon. Entry fee is $20. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
HGCA Back to School session starts Tuesday
VALPARAISO | Horizon Gymnastics and Cheer Academy's Back to School sessions will run Tuesday through Oct. 26. Also, open gym runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For details, call (219) 477-6542, or go to www.horizongymnasticscenter.com.
Indoor soccer at Portage YMCA
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA will offer indoor soccer Sept. 9 through Oct. 26 for children aged 3 to 13. Practices are one night a week. Games are on Saturdays. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
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.
Aquasize classes available through Portage Y
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA sponsors aquasize classes at the Portage High School West pool. The classes run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in September and October. Cost is $16 per month for members, $32 per month for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Valparaiso Junior Cheer Clinic Sept. 9, 11
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso High School's varsity cheer team will host its annual Junior Cheer Clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 in the main gym. Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible. Cost is $30. Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 9 in the gym lobby. For details, contact Kara Wissing at (219) 531-3070, ext. 5238, or email@example.com.
Night hikes offered at Taltree Arboretum
VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will host hikes at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 and 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.
Hunting education safety courses at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | The Department of Natural Resources will hold hunter's education safety courses from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center. For details, call the DNR at (219) 879-5710, or go to www.in.gov/dnr/.
Sign-ups available for Porter Am
PORTER COUNTY | Registration for the Porter Amateur is still available. The tournament will run Sept. 14-15 and 21-22. Cost is $150. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valpo Vipers tryouts
VALPARAISO | Tryouts for the 2014 Valpo Vipers 10-and-under travel baseball team will take place at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Aberdeen baseball field. For details, email Joe Despoy at email@example.com.
Washington Township golf outing Sept. 15
The Washington Township School athletic department will hold the Senator Open golf outing Sept. 15 at Forest Park Golf Course. Cost is $60 per golfer. Registration ends Tuesday. For details, call Sue Lipinski at (219) 464-3598.
Softball pitching clinic at Courts
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Perfect Pitch will conduct a four-week softball pitching clinic from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sundays beginning Sept. 15 at The Courts. Cost is $30 per session. For details, contact Kassey Jones at (219) 546-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Korey Eckley at (219) 331-9251 or email@example.com.
VU to hold softball camps
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University softball program will hold one individual and two team camps.
The fall experience camp, open to athletes in grades nine to 12, will be Sept. 15 on campus. It is designed to allow participants to experience a day in the life of a Valpo softball player. Campers will get a T-shirt and lunch, and will have the opportunity to play two games. Cost is $130.
The 18-and-under/16U and 14U/12U team camps will be held at Imagination Glen Park in Portage on Sept. 7 and 8 and Oct. 19 and 20, respectively. 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, while college coaches will be invited to the 18U/16U camp. The cost of each of the team camps is $475 per team.
For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com, or call (219) 464-5047.
Valparaiso Y to host indoor soccer clinics
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso YMCA will host indoor soccer clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Sign-up deadline is Sept. 20. Cost is $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. For details, go to www.valpoymca.org.
Northwest Indiana Heart Walks Sept. 7 and 28
The American Heart Association will sponsor Northwest Indiana Heart Walks in September. The Lake County event will run from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point. The Porter County event will run from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at Coffee Creek Center in Chesterton. For details, call (219) 996-4958, email Ryan.Johnson@heart.org, or go to northwestindianaheartwalk.com.
Eighth annual Harvest Bicycle Century Tour Sept. 8
ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Rolling Prairie Lions Club's eighth annual Harvest Bicycle Century Tour bicycle ride will start at 7 a.m. Sept. 8 at the elementary school. The event benefits pediatric cancer programs, Alpha 1 Immunodeficiency Syndrome research and other Lions projects. Routes are 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles, plus a 15-mile family ride. For details, call Ron King at (219) 778-4568, or go to www.rollingprairie.org.
Dunes Volleyball Club Fall Ball Clinic starts Sept. 8
ROLLING PRAIRIE | Dunes Volleyball Club's fall ball clinics run every Sunday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 at the the club's operation center, 4744 E. Oak Knoll Road. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $80. Children in grades five through eight will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $100. For details, go to www.dunes.org.
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. Sept. 28 at Crown Point High School. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.crownpointswimclub.org.
Conquer Chiari Walk Across America event Sept. 21
HIGHLAND | A Conquer Chiari Walk Across America will take place at noon Sept. 21 at Wicker Memorial Park. Race-day registration will start at 10 a.m. A minimum $25 donation is suggested. For details, call (219) 650-4050 or (219) 322-6196 (evenings only), or email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Chiari Malformation is a neurological disorder where the brain descends out of the skull and puts pressure on the spine.
Adult fall hoops league at Portage Y
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA will offer a men's adult fall basketball league, beginning Sept. 29. Games will run 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Players must be at least 18. Cost is $400, $350 if paid by Sept. 29. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Junior Achievement Golf Classic Sept. 30
MICHIGAN CITY | Junior Achievement of LaPorte County's inaugural Golf Classic will take place at noon Sept. 30 at Pottawattamie Golf Club. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. Cost is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. For details, contact Lisa Scheller at (219) 873-3002 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
Indiana Raiders in need of two softball players
The Indiana Raiders 12-and-under travel softball team, primarly based in Porter and LaPorte counties, is in need of two players to complete its roster. To set up a tryout, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
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 email@example.com
APEX Baseball holding invitation-only 17U workouts
APEX Baseball is accepting invitational-only workouts for its 17-and-under team. Players must be in their junior year of high school and interested in playing at the college level. For consideration, contact Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449 or email@example.com.
Region Storm to hold tryouts for 17U 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bases Loaded taking team, individual reservations
VALPARAISO | Bases Loaded is taking reservations for team and individual practices for use of its batting cages, pitching tunnel and open area for practices. For details, call Denise at (219) 678-4487, or go to basesloadedllc.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.
Illiana Blackbirds looking for host families
The Illiana Blackbirds junior hockey team is looking for host families for the 2013-2014 season. Those interested should contact Jacqueline Owerko at (312) 301-8200 or email@example.com.