Santa Run, Walk & Ride
DEC. 23, 9 a.m., St. Mary’s School, 405 E. Joliet St., Crown Point. 219.662.9840. hometownhappenings.net. Since 1982, this annual nontimed walk/run spreads holiday cheer as hundreds of participants donned in Santa outfits or other holiday war walk or run down Main Street. Hosted by Robin Rock, former mid-day host of 93.9 FM, post-race activities include snacks, music and a chance to visit with Santa and Scrooge. Proceeds benefit local charities.
Chesterton Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run
DEC. 24, 8 a.m., Westchester Library Service Center, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. eventbrite.com. This free, festive fun run benefits the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or new/unopened toiletries for donation.
Christmas Eve Morning Stroll
DEC. 24, 10 a.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton. 219.926.1390. in.gov/dnr/parklake. This naturalist-led stroll through the woods will explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes. The annual stroll concludes with a warm fire, hot cocoa and other holiday snacks.
Shake It Off—Annual Zumba Shake Off
DEC. 29, 6-8 p.m. class; 8-10 p.m. party, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. Attendees can drop holiday stress and work off holiday treats with this fun Zumba workout and after-party. Attendees are asked to bring unopened paper goods or a monetary donation for the NWI Food Bank.
Legs and Shoulders
ONGOING, 3:30-4 p.m. Monday, 7-7:30 a.m. Tuesday, 3:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, 5:30-6 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Planet Fitness Michigan City, 4067 S. Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.809.4348. planetfitness.com/gyms/michigan-city. This balanced session will help participants build strength and improve function in these muscle groups.
ONGOING, hours vary, Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., Dyer. 219.558.8811. midwesttrainingandice.com. NWI's largest state-of-the-art training facility offers open skate sessions at its Olympic-size ice arena.
ONGOING, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Anytime Fitness, 1920 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. 219.696.1277. anytimefitness.com. Designed for participants at all levels of fitness, this spin class combines spin, rowing and cardio machines, as well as weight training to increase the heart rate and burn calories.
Women's Open Basketball
ONGOING, Thursday evenings, Whiting Family YMCA, 1938 Clark St., Whiting. 219.370.5091. whitingymca.org. Women are encouraged to scrimmage in pick-up-style basketball games.