Sports briefs for week of Jan. 4

Open gym times updated at local YMCA

The Brown County YMCA offers open gym for basketball, volleyball and pickleball for players 16 and older of all ability levels, with informal, friendly games.

Basketball is offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for junior and senior high school students, and 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays for all ages.

Volleyball is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Pickleball is 6 to 8 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 to 9 a.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The rock wall is open from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays for all ages.

Open gym hours are free for Y members and $3 per non-member.

Youth swim lessons set for Tuesday nights

The Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St., is offering children’s swim lessons Tuesday nights for six weeks, from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7.

The cost is $42 for YMCA members or $60 for non-members. Private youth and adult lessons are also available.

Times are as follows:

  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Mommy and Me, lessons for 6 months to 2 years, require a parent or guardian to swim with the child.
  • 5:35 to 6:05 p.m. — Preschool, for potty trained 3- to 5-year-olds, will introduce children to the water, improve child safety and pool comfort, and teach elementary skills of water entry, bubble blowing, flutter kick and back float.
  • 6:10 to 6:40 p.m. — Beginner is for first-time swimmers 6 and older. Class will focus on water adjustment, readiness skills, floating, kicking and arm strokes.
  • 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. — Intermediate/advanced is for children 6 and older with basic swimming skills and confidence in the water. Class will focus on practicing arm positions, leg kicks and breathing.

After 5:30 p.m., parents are asked to drop children off and leave the pool area until the last five minutes of class. Observe from upstairs windows as desired.

For more information or to register, Call Shelle at 812-988-9622 or visit

Annual scholarship dinner planned at game

TRAFALGAR — From 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 until halftime of the basketball game between Indian Creek and Brown County, the Indian Creek High School Cafeteria will serve the 19th annual Carrie Clayburn Memorial dinner.

Pork chops will be provided by Indian Creek FFA, and a smorgasbord dinner by area churches.

A free-will offering will go to the Carrie Clayburn Memorial scholarship.

With questions, call Sheila Heidenreich at 317-502-0610.

Winter in the Woods weekend activities planned

The weekend of Jan. 13-15 will be filled with events designed to help visitors and locals unwind in a variety of ways.

Winter in the Woods weekend activities range from a winter hike or Frosty Trails 5-Mile Run, to a wellness retreat, to cocktail classes and wine tasting, to swing dance lessons. Visit or call 812-988-7303 for more information.

Friday events:

  • Winter Bliss Retreat: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park with more than a dozen wellness workshops such as yoga, sound healing, relationship building, creative arts and play, $90 to $100. Information: or 317-501-9000.
  • The Bourbon Experience: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46 in Gnaw Bone, $50 per person. Information: or 812-657-4923.

Saturday events:

  • Breakfast with the Naturalists and hiker’s lunch buffet: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Gem Restaurant in Abe Martin Lodge at the state park, menu prices apply.
  • Self-guided hikes: 9 a.m., 3.5 mile-hike starting at the Nature Center and 2.75-mile hike starting at the park’s recreation building, learn winter wildlife facts from DNR interpreters on both hikes, free.
  • Frosty Trails 5 Mile: 10:30 a.m., Lower Shelter in Brown County State Park, 5.2-mile trail run or walk, $25 with long-sleeved shirt and post-race food and beverages. Information: or 317-340-7506.
  • Salt Creek Stroll: 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday, Jan. 14 or 15, $10, sample a few wines at Salt Creek Winery before taking a 2-mile stroll along Salt Creek Trail and have a glass of your favorite upon return.
  • Deep Forest De-Stress: Drop in between 2 and 5 p.m., Robinwood Studio, 914 Highland Ave., for fireside crafts, art, aromatherapy, free tea samples and more. Information: 812-988-7094.
  • Warm Up with Whiskey cocktail classes: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., $25, Out of the Ordinary restaurant, 61 S. Van Buren St., appetizers included. Pre-registration preferred:
  • Swing dance lessons: 5:30 p.m., Out of the Ordinary restaurant, 61 S. Van Buren St., free. Around 6:30 p.m., the floor will open for dancing.

Sunday events:

  • Yoga on Tap: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $20, Big Busted Bar, North Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, plus a pint of Big Woods Beer.

Try tai chi program at the library

Marc Marshall will teach a free tai chi program at Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, from 10 am. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing.

For more information, visit, or call the library at 812-988-2850.

Zumba classes free for YMCA members

The Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St., offers a Zumba class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

The class is free for YMCA members. A $3 drop-in fee applies for nonmembers.

For more information, call 812-988-9622.