Dance workshops, new classes at YMCA; softball, baseball registration …

Dance workshops, new classes at YMCA

The Brown County YMCA’s new session of classes begins Monday, Feb. 17 and will run through April 5. There will be no classes March 17-21 due to spring break.

The new session will include an all-ages dance workshop instructed by the ballet department from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a “Lunch Time, Crunch Time” fitness class, and new tumbling classes.

The Y will host the free dance workshops on Saturdays, Feb. 15, 22 and 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Classes will include a 30-minute creative movement session for kids younger than 6; an hourlong introduction to ballet for kids ages 7+ and adults; and a 30-minute, chair-based creative movement class for seniors and others with movement limitations.

On Saturday, Feb. 29, participants will be part of a performance with dancers from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music ballet department after class. That performance, at 4:30 p.m. at the Brown County High School auditorium, will be free and open to the public.

The Y also has added toddler tumbling classes and expanded the current class offerings to Wednesday nights.

Additional details can be found at or on the “Brown County Community YMCA” Facebook page.

Youth baseball and softball registration open

Registration is open for Brown County Parks and Recreation Department baseball and softball.

Divisions include:

  • T-ball (ages 4 to 6), $50
  • Rookie League-Coach Pitch baseball (ages 7 to 8), $55
  • Tri-county Minor League baseball (ages 9 to 10), $65
  • Tri-county Major League baseball (ages 11 to 12), $65
  • Tri-county Babe Ruth League baseball (ages 13 to 15), $105
  • Tri-county girls softball (ages 6 to 12), $65

T-ball, Rookie and all softball leagues will play on Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasional Saturdays.

Minor and Major league baseball play on Mondays, Wednesdays and occasional Saturdays.

Babe Ruth baseball plays Monday through Friday.

Visit for more information.

Fitness studio to host several classes, events

Simply Fitness, 47 E. Main St., will host a variety of fitness sessions and special workshops through the winter.

  • Yoga and Acupuncture for Heart Openers, Feb. 15 — Erica Weddle of Simply Fitness and Leah Craig of Roots of Healing Acupuncture will provide an evening of gentle yoga and acupuncture, $25 to $45, Simply Fitness studio, 10 a.m., limited to eight participants.
  • Wellness Retreat at Story Inn, April 2-5 — Simply Fitness and DNK Presents host a weekend of yoga, dining, hiking, wine tasting and relaxation at the Story Inn, 6404 State Road 135 South, $550 to $750, includes all classes, one bodywork session of choice, food, beverages and the option to add overnight accommodations.
  • Lunchtime Yoga, Feb. 12, 19 and 26 — Grey Low, 200 hour Registered Yoga teacher, will hold space for meditation, utilizing the same punch-card system as the Tuesday/Thursday lunchtime yoga, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., $5 per class, $20 for punch card.
  • Slow Flow Yoga, Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. — Simply Fitness studio, $13.
  • Lunchtime Yoga with Erica, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. — Simply Fitness studio, $5 per class, $20 for punch card.
  • Yin Yoga, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. — Tap into the meridian lines, targeting connective tissues, the bones, muscles and ligaments, Simply Fitness studio, $13.
  • Restorative Yoga, Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m. — Use props to support the body and allow gentle relaxation, Simply Fitness studio, $13.

More information and registration can be found at

Wellness retreat at state park in February

Brown County State Park will host WinterBliss, a retreat dedicated to renewal, restoration and winter dreaming, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16. Participants can partake in any or all of the dozen offerings, including restorative yoga, “Into Essence” collage, “Ignite Your Light” meditation, “The Art of Self Compassion,” “Writing from the Voice of Our Ancestors,” sound healing and more.

Registration fees are $99 to $169 and cover the entire workshop curriculum. Food and optional lodging are extra. Register for the full two-day/night program or a single day/night.

For more information, visit

Hike state park at ‘Galentine’s’ women’s event

DNK Presents will host a free Galentine’s Wild Women’s Hike on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., starting at the entrance of the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park.

The hike is paired with the WinterBliss Wellness Retreat taking place at the Abe Martin Lodge. Anyone attending the retreat can join in the hike as part of the schedule. Those not attending the retreat can also join the hike; it’s open to all.

Hikers will take the Trail 2 loop to Trail 3 and hike about three miles with about 300 feet of elevation gain and loss. The trail is mostly single track and the terrain is rugged.

Pre-register at

Kyokushin karate training offered

Sensei David Michaelis is offering training in traditional kyokushin karate.

Classes are for students 16 and older twice a week, at 6 p.m. Thursdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.

Michaelis has trained and taught kyokushin karate for more than 35 years. Kyokushin, Japanese for “the society of the ultimate truth,” is a style of stand-up, full-contact karate. It is intended to foster humility, perseverance and nonviolence and to provide a foundation for improving physical and mental discipline.

For more information, email Michaelis at or call him at 812-988-9409.

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