Night hikes offered at Taltree Arboretum
VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will host hikes at 8:30 p.m. Thursday 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 Saturday
WESTVILLE | The 15th annual Pumpkin Festival 5-mile fun run/5K walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday 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 Saturday
KNOX | The Starke County Community 5K run and 2-mile walk will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.
NWI Exiles celebrate 40th anniversary
HOBART | The NWI Exiles Rugby Football Club will celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday. A breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. at Lake Park Restaurant. A home match against Rockford will start at 1 p.m. followed by an "Old Boys" game. A picnic and celebration will follow the games. For details, call 219-313-3898, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage Park Department offers soccer academy
PORTAGE | The Portage Park Department will sponsor an indoor soccer academy for boys and girls aged 7 to 14 from Nov. 4 to Dec. 22 in Oakwood Hall at Woodland Park. Training days will be Monday and Tuesday and match play will be Sunday. Registration will be taken at the Woodland Park Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Monday through Oct. 18. The cost is $75 for Portage residents, $85 for nonresidents. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.
Portage Elite Basketball to hold girls tryouts
PORTAGE | Portage Elite Basketball will hold tryouts for sixth-grade girls from 6 to 8:30 pm. Monday 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.valparaisoswimclub.com.
Players needed for Triple Crown 15U/16U baseball teams
VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso is looking to put together 15- and 16-and-under baseball teams for next season. Tryout deadline is Oct. 13. For details, call Rich Bafia at (219) 462-3927.
Triple Crown Threat Green needs softball player
VALPARAISO | The Triple Crown Threat Green 14-and-under softball team is in need of a player to complete its roster. For details, call Doug at (219) 242-1580.
Fall softball team seeks players
The 12-and-under Lady Playmakers are looking for a utility player for fall softball. Any interested athletes should call Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007 or email email@example.com for a tryout.
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 $25. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.