Elementary Student Night today at VHS gymnastics
VALPARAISO | Elementary Student Night will take place at 6 p.m. today when Valparaiso's top-ranked gymnastics team hosts Lake Central. Elementary students will be admitted free.
Union Township Softball holding sign-ups
UNION TOWNSHIP | Union Township Softball is holding sign-ups from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 2 in the Wheeler High School cafeteria. Cost is $45 for T-ball, $95 for regular softball, and $150 maximum per family.
The league is also holding its Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Union Center Elementary. Cost is $25.
For details, call Lorra Miller at (219) 263-3463 or Kenny Edmond at (219) 510-2971.
Valpo Americans Little League sign-ups start Saturday
VALPARAISO | Valpo Americans Little League sign-ups will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday as well as Feb. 2 and 9 at Valpo Americans Park. Players aged 4 to 18 as of May 1 are eligible. For details, call Rob Zborowski at (219) 531-1114 after 6 p.m., or go to www.valpoamericansbaseball.org.
Crown Point Babe Ruth holding 13-15 and 16-18 sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups for ages 13-15 from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the C.P. Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Rd. Cost is $190 per player, which includes $25 in raffle tickets, and $90 for second player. Family maximum is $280. For details, call Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.
* C.P. Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups for ages 16-18 from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the C.P. Family Fun Center Dome. Players will be accepted from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 is eligible for the Babe Ruth 16-18 division. Players born in January, February, March and April of 1997 must play in the 16-18 division. Cost is $190 per player, which includes $25 raffle tickets. For details, call John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Openings remain of Lakeshore USBC bowling tourney
There are still openings for the LakeShore USBC Association Bowling Tournament. Team squad openings at Ray's Lanes in Lake Station are 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 10; singles and doubles squad openings at Camelot Lanes in Portage are 1 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 9.
For details, contact Ken Laviolette at (219) 741-4915 or email KDLCSL89@hotmail.com.
K of C free throw contest Sunday
PORTAGE | The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9114 will host its free throw shooting contest at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Portage High School East Gym. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Children aged 10 to 14 are eligible for the free event. Winners advance to district competition, which will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Portage fieldhouse. For details, call Gil Spisak at (219) 628-3816, or go to www.kofc9114.org. Information packets are available at Portage school offices.
Singles racquetball league begins Monday
PORTAGE | A singles racquetball league will start Monday at the Portage Township YMCA. The cost is $25 for primary plus members, $35 for primary members and $50 for non-members. Players aged 18 and older are eligible. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Second annual Spirit Clinic next week
VALPARAISO | The Vikettes and Valparaiso High School varsity cheerleaders will host their second annual spirit clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Jan. 30 in Viking Gym. The clinic is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration will be at 6:15 Monday in the gym lobby. The cost is $30. Participants will perform at the Feb. 1 varsity girls basketball game against Chesterton. For details, call (219) 531-3070, ext. 3070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentine's 5K run/walk Feb. 10
VALPARAISO | The Valentine's 5K run/walk will start at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 in the north parking lot at Valparaiso High School. Cost is $20 with a T-shirt, $15 without a T-shirt by Thursday, or $30 with a T-shirt, $25 without a T-shirt after Thursday. For details, go to wwww.thtiming.com; call Mike Prow at (219) 548-3694, or email email@example.com.
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.
Spring, summer soccer sign-ups under way
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are open for the Valparaiso Park Department's spring and summer youth soccer programs. Children aged 3 to 12 are eligible. The seasons run in April (Coed), June (Kick-Start) and August (Back to School). Cost is $45 for Valparaiso residents, $57 for non-residents in Coed and Back to School. The cost of Kick-Start is $30 for Valpo residents, $42 for non-residents. Register at www.valpoparks.org. or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the park office. For details, call (219) 462-5144.
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.
Ice Fishing Derby Feb. 16
WALKERTON | The Fish Lake Property Owner Association's 41st annual Ice Fishing Derby will run from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the American Legion Post on 302 Lakeside Drive. Registration will run from 5 to 10 a.m. For details, call (219) 369-1235.
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.
Porter County Storm in need of baseball players
The Porter County Storm Baseball Program is seeking players for this season. All players from Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Newton counties, and have been born in the years 1994, 1995, 1996 and before May 1, 1997, are eligible to play. Team workouts are under way. For details, contact Nick Doud at (219) 331-3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porter County Storm seeks 16U baseball manager
The Porter County Storm Baseball Program needs a manager for its 16-and-under team and will potentially have another manager position open for its mixed age group team. If interested, email Nick Doud at email@example.com with information about yourself and why you want the position.
Liberty Legacy in need of 10U softball players
The Liberty Legacy 10-and-under fast-pitch travel softball team is looking to add players to its roster. Players may be from anywhere but will be required to play Liberty Rec spring softball. The team has already qualified for the NSA World Series in July. To arrange a tryout, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VU softball to host winter camp
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's softball program will host an all-skills winter camp Feb. 17 for children in grades three to 12. The cost is $70. For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com; call (219) 464-5047, or email Lauren.Ebstein@valpo.edu.
Wheeler indoor track series under way
UNION TOWNSHIP | The Wheeler indoor track series will be held each Monday through Feb. 4 in the high school fieldhouse. Registration for competition in a wide range of running and field events begins at 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Cost is $7 per event. Winners receive ribbons. For details, email Luis Guillen at email@example.com or Rhonda Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special needs ice skating party at Deep River
MERRILLVILLE | The Cooperative Special Recreational Initiative will host a private ice skating party for families with special needs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at Deep River Waterpark Ice Skating Plaza, 9001 East U.S. 30. Cost is $6. Pre-registration and pre-pay is required by Feb. 8. For details, call (219) 769-7275.
VU Hall of Fame inductions Feb. 16
VALPARAISO | Four individuals and one group of teams will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013 on Feb. 16. The list includes Katie Boone, Floyd Henderson, Paul Nauman and Jack Todhunter as well as the Crusaders' cross country teams from 1963 to 1965. The banquet will begin at 11 a.m. in Hilltop Gym. The cost is $30. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. For details, call Sharon Jackson at (219) 464-5471 or (800) 803-7184, ext. 72.
Portage Township YMCA cheerleading starts Feb. 28
PORTAGE | Portage Township YMCA's cheerleading program for children aged 4 to 12 will run Feb. 28 through April 27. Practices will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The cheerleaders will perform at Y-Ball games. Cost is $31.50 for primary plus members, $45 for primary members and $90 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Inswimniac Challenge March 2-3
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso YMCA's annual Inswimniac Challenge will take place March 2 and 3. The 24-hour swim starts at noon March 2. Individuals or teams up to 10 swimmers can participate. Cost is $55 for individuals, $45 per team. Registration will run through Feb. 20. A $5 late fee will be added to the total for anyone that registers between Feb. 21 and March 1. The event benefits the Changing Lives Campaign. For details, go to www.valpoymca.org.
Y basketball begins March 4
PORTAGE | Practices for the Portage Township YMCA's youth basketball program will run March 4 through April 26, while games will run March 16 through April 27. Children aged 3 to 13 are eligible. The cost is $28.70 for primary plus members, $41 for primary members and $82 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Valpo VIP Soccer Day Camp March 17
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program wil run its initial VIP Day Camp of the year March 17. For details, email email@example.com, or go to www.valposoccerVIP.com/mens.
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.
Triple Crown TCE seeks 18U baseball players
Triple Crown TCE, an 18-and-under baseball team, is looking for players. Those interested should call Rich Bafia at (219) 678-0493.
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.
Triple Crown taking team practice reservations
VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso is taking reservations for winter team practices. For details, call (219) 462-3927, or go to www.triplecrownvalpo.com.
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.
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, contact coach Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.