Wrestling league offered for elementary students
PORTAGE | Portage students in fifth grade or younger who wish to participate in an elementary school wrestling league should contact coach Leroy Vega at email@example.com. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week in the high school wrestling room. Groups will be divided into beginners (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and advanced (6:30 to 7:45). There is no fee.
Olympic gold medalist featured at softball clinic
WESTVILLE | Olympic gold medalist Michelle Venturella, head softball coach at UIC, will join Lowell High School coach Pete Iussig and Calumet College coach Stephanie Zimney for a softball clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Westville High School. Cost is $60. There are no age requirements. For details, contact Gil Arzola at (219) 309-3662 (cell) or (219) 462-8191 (home), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sunday. For details, call Rich Bafia at (219) 462-3927.
Night hike offered at Taltree Arboretum
VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum and Gardens will host a hike at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 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.
Soccer academy sign-up deadline Friday
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. The cost is $75 for Portage residents, $85 for nonresidents. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.
Youth basketball clinic at Portage Y
PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA will offer youth basketball clinics from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 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.
Portage dodgeball sign-ups begin Oct. 21
PORTAGE | Registration for the Portage Park Department's youth and coed adult dodgeball leagues runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 21 through Nov. 1, at the park office. The youth fee (children aged 7 to 14) is $25 for Portage residents, $35 for non-residents. The coed team cost is $150. Games run Nov. 7 through Dec. 26. Youth games are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Coed games run from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.
Youth kickball sign-ups begin Oct. 21
PORTAGE | The Portage Park Department's youth kickball registration runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 21 through Nov. 1, at the park office. Children aged 7 to 14 are eligible. Cost is $25 for Portage residents, $35 for non-residents. Games will be played from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 7 thru Dec. 26. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.
Valpo Park League needs volleyball officials
VALPARAISO | Volleyball officials are needed for Valpo Parks Department's men's, women's and coed leagues. The season runs from late October through early March. For details, go to www.Valpo.Parks.org.
Events scheduled at Creekside Golf Course
VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will offer Junior 202 golf instruction on Saturdays through December for children aged 12 and older. Cost is $30 per class. Linksters Academy, L'il Tigers and First Tee classes are available. Creekside has also upgraded its golf simulators. Call (219) 531-7888 for hours and tee times.
Rio's Indoor Golf opens this month
VALPARAISO | Rio's Indoor Golf opens this month 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.
Manda's Race takes place Oct. 26
CHESTERTON | The fifth annual Manda's Race 5K run and non-competitive walk will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. Fifth St. The event is sponsored by the Community Action Drug Coalition and is named for Manda Spitler, who died of a heroin addiction in 2002. Cost is $20 ($15 without a T-shirt) by Wednesday, $25 up to race day. Race-day registration will run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. For details, go to THtiming.com, or call Mann Spitler at (219) 464-9221.
New Rider Clinic at Steel Wheels BMX
HOBART | Steel Wheels BMX, 709 North Hobart Road, will hold a free New Rider Clinic taught by Nicole Mirowski starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 26. The all-ages clinic will go over the basics of BMX racing. Loaner bikes and helmets will be available. Registration for the single-points race following the clinic runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m. Race fees are $15 for class/cruiser, $5 for open/strider and discounts for those racing class and cruiser. USA BMX memberships are required to race, but there are one-day trial memberships available at the track. For details, go to www.steelwheelsbmx.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 email@example.com, or go to www.transitionsequestriancenter.com.
Perfect Pitch plans clinic
VALPARAISO | Perfect Pitch will hold a four-week pitching clinic from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sundays starting Oct. 27 at The Courts, 127 U.S. 6. For details, contact Kassey Jones at (219) 546-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monster Dash Halloween Run Oct. 27
VALPARAISO | The 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.
Millennium Vardar to hold soccer tryouts
MERRILLVILLE | Millennium Vardar, a premier soccer club in Northwest Indiana, will hold open tryouts for under-8 through U18 boys and girls Oct. 26, 27 and Nov. 3 at St. Elijah Church. For times and details, call Vangel Nacovski at (219) 577-5509, or go to www.millenniumsoccer.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.
Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades three to 12 through November at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
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.
Team seeks premier 16U softball pitcher
A premier 16-and-under softball team is looking for a pitcher to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Kenny at (219) 510-2971.
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.
South Shore Steelheads need 14U baseball player
The South Shore Steelheads 14-and-under travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its 2014 roster. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or email@example.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.
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.
Sign-ups underway for youth coed volleyball
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are available for Valpo Parks Department's youth coed volleyball. The eight-week program is open to first- through sixth-graders. Practices are at the Valpo Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $65 for Valpo residents, $77 for non-residents. Boys and Girls Club members pay $35 less. Registration ends Dec. 20. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.Valpo.Parks.org.