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Monthly Newsletter for Members and Friends
of the Valparaiso Family YMCA
What's Happening at the Y
Nov 11
Angel Tree
Bring joy to a child this holiday season. Select an angel with the name of a child and suggested gifts from the angel tree. After you have shopped, simply bring your unwrapped gifts to the Y Courtesy Desk by Dec. 5.
Nov 18
Toys for Tots Collection in the Y Lobby
Please share a new, unwrapped toy by Dec. 8.
Nov 19
Mindfulness Workshop with Porter Stark
Join us for a 2 hour workshop focusing on different types of mindfulness to increase wellbeing! Learn about yoga, meditation, mindful movement, and more! Workshop starts at 9:00 AM. Register online or at the front desk.
Nov 25
Book Group
When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Come together with friends to discuss some good reads! Group meets at 1:30PM.
Nov 28
The Y will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day

Dec 03
Silver Gather & Grow: Discussion on philanthropic giving and affects of tax reform
11:30 AM - COMMUNITY ROOM. Led by Bill Higbie from the Porter County Community Foundation. Refreshments provided by the Infinity Circle.
Dec 04
Join us for a special holiday treat at Morton Arboretum's “Illumination: Tree Lights at the Arboretum." Walk along a paved path to see the beautiful Christmas lights synched to music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! Top off the evening with a narrated driving tour of the Rosemont Holiday Lights! Meet in the Valparaiso Y Lobby at 1:00 p.m. (Bus will return us to the Y by 9:30pm) Cost: $99 Members/$109 Community - includes bus, entrance to Morton Arboretum, meal at Sawa's Old Warsaw Restaurant, and tour guide. Register at the Courtesy Desk.
Dec 06
Christmas Market
Come get an early start on your shopping and find those unique gifts for the special people in your life from all of our great vendors! This event is free and open to the community to come shop! Open 9am-6pm
Dec 07
Breakfast with Santa
Bring the whole family and enjoy breakfast with Santa from 7:30-9:00 am. $6 per adult / $3 per child. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available, so bring your camera! Purchase tickets at the Front Desk by December 4.
Dec 08
Yoga 101 Workshop
This workshop is for those new to yoga or who want a fresh look at the basics. Learn the most common practiced poses, show modifications, and how to use a yoga block and straps. Workshop starts at 4:00 PM. Register online or at the front desk.
Dec 09
Segment 1 Registration
Segment 1 Registration opens for members Dec. 9th and Dec. 12th for the community. Registration closes on Jan. 4th. Segment 1 runs January 6–February 16th. For our program guide and registration please visit our website. Download our mobile app (links located at the bottom of our website) to register on the go!
Dec 12
Nutrition Seminar "The D.A.S.H."
Join Christy Cleveland RN, BSN for a presentation on "The D.A.S.H.". The DASH diet emphasizes the right portion sizes, variety of foods and nutrients. Discover how DASH can improve your health and lower your blood pressure.10:00AM in the Community Room. Free and open to the community.
Dec 14
Holiday Pickleball Doubles Tournament
Grab a partner and play in our special one-day Holiday Pickleball event. This will be a double elimination tournament beginning at 11:00am. Team registration fee is $20. Each team will consist of 2 players. Open to all ages - must know how to play Pickleball.
Dec 16
Basketball Clinic
Shoot and score, by joining us for one of our three Youth Basketball Clinics for children in1st–6th grade. Clinic focuses on the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting and passing. Registration for the next clinic starting December 16-18 is open now through December 13. Members: $20/Community: $40. Register online or at the front desk. Questions, contact James Hinson at 219-462-4185 ext.235.
Dec 16
Book Group
Join us for a discussion on the book The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey. Come together with friends to discuss some good reads! Group meets at 1:30PM. Drop in – No registration necessary.
Dec 19
Silver Social Club Holiday Bingo!
Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and enjoy a fun morning of Holiday Bingo. Prizes and snacks presented by StoryPoint in Chesterton. Join us in the Community Room at 10am. Call or register in person at the Front Desk.Community welcome. Ages 55+.
Dec 24
The Y will be closing at NOON on Christmas Eve

Dec 25
The Y will be closed in observance of Christmas

Jan 20
Youth Basketball
Come embrace the great sport of basketball because for our participants, it's all about learning skills and enjoying the game! Each team will meet for practice and a game once a week. For ages 3–Grade 6. Youth Basketball begins January 20–March 15. Registration is open now through December 30th. Fees: Members $42/Community $70. Register online or at the front desk. Questions, contact James Hinson at 219-462-4185 ext.235.
Jan 25
Daddy Daughter Date Night SAVE THE DATE
Dinner and dancing for Dads and Daughters.
Feb 01
Y-Light Zone...Imagine if you unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of fun, generosity, community and responsibility. Join us for an evening where you will experience how the Valparaiso Family YMCA has become a beacon for the community. Proceeds from YBASH benefit our Annual Campaign where we provide assistance to families, seniors, those with special needs and children. Stay tuned for more information.
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