Sports briefs for week of Dec. 27

Sign up for winter race at Valley Branch

VAN BUREN TWP. — Navigate the hills of Brown County Saturday, Jan. 6 during a six-hour orienteering race called the Frigid Rogaine at eXplore Brown County.

In a rogaine, participants use a map and compass to locate checkpoints. Some checkpoints are assigned a point value according to difficulty. The goal is to locate the most checkpoints and get the most points in the allotted time.

A free navigation clinic will be conducted from 11 a.m. to noon at 2620 Valley Branch Road.

Check-in will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. The three-part race will start at 1 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. For individuals or teams, the race costs $65 per person.

There is no set course, but there are three maps, given out one at a time. After finishing a loop with 10 checkpoints, participants return to the Harvest Hall to receive the next map. The heated hall will also have hot snacks and beverages.

Veteran racers can compete for bonus points and at a night event.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-7750.

Register ahead for adult basketball

Brown County Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations from adult basketball players 16 and older who are not on a high school team.

Winter league games will be played the Brown County High School auxiliary gym starting Sunday, Jan. 7.

Players receive a $5 discount — paying $45 per player — if registered by Friday, Jan. 5 either online or at the parks and rec office. If registering at the first game, the player fee will be $50.

For more information or to register, visit, call 812-988-5522, or stop in at the parks and rec office, 1001 Deer Run Lane.

Yoga classes offered in old Helmsburg school

HELMSBURG — Barefoot Yoga, 2082 State Road 45, offers classes in the old Helmsburg School which used to be the offices of the For Bare Feet sock company.

Classes are taught by Patty Donaldson at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:45 a.m. Saturdays.

Individual classes and weekend groups are also available upon request.

For more information or to sign up, visit or call 317-431-4967.

Yoga variety offered at Simply Fitness

Simply Fitness, 59 E. Main St., is offering beginner yoga at 12:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $5 per 30-minute session.

Vinyasa flow yoga is taught at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays for $10 per 45-minute session.

Private training or yoga packages are available for the new year. Paid prior to January, the cost is $100 for eight sessions.

Vin to Yin Yoga with Annie is taught from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays by Annie Patrick Buechlein. The pace of the class will depend on student needs and learning style. Sessions cost $12 each, by reservation only.

Yin/Restorative Yoga w/Annie is a 90-minute class that starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. By reservation only, sessions cost $18 each.

To sign up, email or call 812-343-3560. Information for the new year is at

Try yoga and tea sampling Jan. 13

An easy, 30-minute session of yoga movement will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Simply Fitness, 59 E. Main St. The yoga session will be followed by tea sampling in the studio with Laura Boyer of Sweetea’s.

The cost is $10. For more information or reservations, visit or call 812-343-3560.

Register for youth basketball, cheerleading

Brown County Parks & Recreation is still accepting registrations for basketball players in Grades 5 to 9 and cheerleaders in Grades 3 to 6. Games will be Saturdays starting in January.

The fee is $50 per basketball player or $30 per cheerleader, plus a late fee of $10 per person. On the registration form, include preferred practice location of Helmsburg, Sprunica or Van Buren elementary schools.

Coaches, assistant coaches and team sponsors are needed. The fee to sponsor a team is $175.

For more information or to register, stop by the parks and rec office at 1001 Deer Run Lane, visit or call 812-988-5522.

Wellness retreat planned in February

A winter wellness retreat is planned Thursday to Friday, Feb. 1 to 2, with an overnight stay at Oak Haven Bed and Breakfast, 2668 Owl Creek Road.

The retreat begins around 3 p.m. Thursday with bodywork options, settling into accommodations and dinner or snacks on your own. Bodywork options are 30 minutes each for $30 each: massage, reflexology, acupuncture and/or cupping. An appointment is required.

The package price is $175 per person. Roommates can share a queen-sized bed for $125 per person.

For reservations or information, visit or call 812-679-7477.

Yoga and special speaker at Helmsburg studio

HELMSBURG — Richard Brendan, host of “Walk The Talk” at the Vogue and Buskirk Chumley theaters, will give a talk Saturday, Feb. 3 at Barefoot Yoga, 2082 State Road 45. Janiece Jaffe will play the singing bowls.

The event, from 10 a.m. to noon, costs $20 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 317-431-4967.

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.

Free running club open to all levels

Brown County Runners, a club open to all paces, plans free weekly runs on trails and roads in and around Brown County.

The club runs most Wednesdays at 6 p.m., usually in Brown County State Park and often does a Saturday or Sunday morning run at one of the parks or forests.

Runs are posted at

Disc golf league plays every Tuesday

The Brown County Disc Golf Alliance plays regularly in Brown County and new members are welcome.

The group plays Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Deer Run Park or at the Brown County Country Club, alternating months. In December, it’s the park.

Players of all skill levels are welcome, including those who have never played before. Loaner discs are available.

For more information, contact Stan Golis at

Open gym times offered at 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; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for all ages; and 7:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays for players 18 and older.

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.