ONGOING, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, La Porte County Family YMCA Michigan City Elston Branch, 1202 Spring St., Door K, Michigan City. 219.221.4055. lpymca.org. Suited for all fitness levels, this program is full of fast-paced intervals that will challenge participants' cardio abilities.
Tae Kwon Do
ONGOING, 7-8 a.m., 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. The Japanese art of self-defense can help increase self-confidence and self-esteem. During the class, defensive techniques and conflict resolution skills will be introduced in a comprehensive system of self-protection. The class is appropriate for beginners and advanced participants ages 7 through adult.
Monster Dash 5K
OCT. 12, 7 p.m., Whiting Lakefront Park, 1425 117th St., Whiting. active.com. Runners of all ages can enter this 5K race if they dare. Creatures of all sorts will come out to play as runners try to protect their flags while they dash toward the finish line.
Great Pumpkin Dash
OCT. 13, 8 a.m., Doubletree West Entrance, Randolph St. & 104th Ave., Winfield. winfield.in.gov/harvest-festival. Kicking off the Winfield Harvest Festival, this 5K run/walk will travel through a residential neighborhood. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
NIDS Oral Cancer Awareness 5K
OCT. 13, 9 a.m., Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville. runsignup.com. Hosted by the Northwest Indiana Dental Society, this 5K run/walk will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle
OCT. 14, Yellow River Access Site, English Lake. nwipa.org. This one-way paddle on the Kankakee River is followed by food and a short drive to view a Sandhill Cranes migration stop.
Take the Lead—An Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
OCT. 15-NOV. 26, noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W. 81st Ave., Merrillville. 219.769.3541. lcplin.org. Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Schererville will instruct participants on ballroom dancing in this weekly series.
Laughter Yoga and Hike
OCT. 24, NOV. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Luhr Park, 3178 S. County Road 150 W., LaPorte. 219.325.8315. laportecountyparks.org. A new form of physical exercise, Laughter Yoga can strengthen immune functions, increase oxygen in the mind and body, foster positive feelings and improve interpersonal skills. Children must be accompanied by an adult. OCT. 17: Registration deadline.