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Published on January 29, 2020 with No Comments


In our Y programs, we are here to make kids feel welcome. To help them quickly realize this is a place where they belong and can be themselves, try new things, make new friends, and be a part of something great. They will thrive knowing they can relax in a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment.

We are here to create experiences that immerse them in an atmosphere that inspires guiding them to live healthy, help others, and work together making strong friendships.

The Y is here to help them flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Rooted in our Core Values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Family Fun Night – Strengthening family bonds, creating lasting memories.

Friday, Mar. 20; June TBA; Friday, Oct. 16

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This is a FREE Community Event.  Enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family – on us! Time together as a family is so important for creating and maintaining strong bonds and connections, while generating incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

Family Movie Night – Join us for Family Movie Night!

Toy Story – Friday, Feb. 21

Lady and the Tramp – Friday, March 20

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, single parent or guardian, everyone is welcome at our FREE Community Event. Feel free to bring your sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Duneland Family YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For more information and other programs visit www.dunelandymca.org or call 219-926-4204. 


YBASH 2020: YLight Zone

Saturday, Feb. 1

You unlock…this door with the key of imagination. We invite you, if you dare, to step inside the YLight Zone where you are the star. Be a part of our signature fundraising event benefiting the Annual Campaign at the Y. Experience a casual evening of silent and live auctions, food, music and fellowship all to benefit the many people we serve in our community. Tickets are $80.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Valparaiso Family YMCA or on Eventbrite: https://ylightzone2020.eventbrite.com. Enter the Porter County Expo Center at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.valpoymca.org or call 219-462-4185.


Race the Region

Runners are invited to “Race the Region” on Sunday, March 8, start time 8:30 a.m. Hosted by the Portage YMCA, the race promises an exciting challenge for those 16 years old and up. Runners can choose a 5K or 15 K run. Advance registration is required along with a $15 fee for members or $20 fee for non-members.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve raced, training runs are offered every Saturday beginning Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. Advance registration online is required.  For more information, call the YMCA at 219-762-9622.


Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Friday, February 7

For something much more restful, the Portage Y is hosting its Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fathers are invited to take their daughters out for an evening of dinner and dancing at the Oakwood Grand Hall in Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage. Tickets are $20 each and include dinner, dessert, and beverage plus a corsage for the daughters and a 5X7 photo keepsake of the pair. The event is limited to 350 participants and online registration is required.  Registration ends Feb. 1, or when 350 registrants is reached.


Mother Son Day

Friday, May 8

Not to forget Mothers with sons, the Portage Y is hosting a Mother Son Day, at the Portage IMAX theatres. This pre-Mother’s Day event for Mom and her “best fella(s)” includes dinner and movie admission, along with a popcorn and drink combo and a 5X7 commemorative photo. Tickets are $20 each. Online registration is required and only 270 tickets will be sold, so get yours soon. Registration closes April 30 or when 270 registrants is reached.  Tickets for additional sons are $15 each.  For more information, call the Y at 219-762-9622 or visit www.ymcaofportage.org.

Contact your local YMCA for calendars of events and information throughout the year.  Programs change and new events are added.

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