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Region roller derby team back in action in Hammond

Updated: June 18, 2013 7:58AM



Beyond the fuzzy memories of the regularly televised 1970s phenomenon, roller derby enthusiasts acknowledge the sport has pretty much been absent from the minds of today’s sports fans.

But the Region Rat Rollers will look to change that as they thunder back to Northwest Indiana.

On Saturday, RRR skaters will return to their home venue, Jean Shepherd Center, 2021 Mahoney Drive, Hammond, to host the Midwest Derby Divas. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the bout starting at 6 p.m.

Since being formed in December 2011, Region Rat Rollers has grown into a league of more than 60 skaters.

At their home track, fans will find many beer options provided by the Hobart Jaycees, as well as a variety of nonalcoholic drinks at a full concession stand provided by The Hot Dog Lady from Crown Point. The event will include a free kids crafting corner sponsored by the not-for-profit group The Ripple Effect.

The evening will feature a patriotic theme to honor the Warriors First Foundation. Tickets — $10 for general admission — will be sold at the door. Free passes will be available for kids under 6. All individuals presenting a valid military or veteran’s identification card will receive complimentary admission.

For more information, visit regionratrollers.com.

Gary track club seeks athletes: Gary’s Police Athletic League Track Club is seeking participants to take part in its 2013 AAU track program.

The club’s mission is to provide youth with an opportunity to enhance their skills in track and field as well as foster sportsmanship and self-esteem.

Teens ages 13 to 18 in grades 6 to 12 are welcome to sign up.

Registration will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room at the Gary Police Department (555 Polk St.). Each participant must have an original birth certificate, which will be returned. There is a $150 nonrefundable fee per child.

For more information, call the PAL at 712-5028.

Healthy Hustle 5K: Porter Health Care System will present the Healthy Hustle 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. June 1 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakeshore Paws.

The entry fee for the 5K run and noncompetitive 5K walk is $20. Short-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to those registrations received on or before Monday. Race day registration is $25

For more information, visit porterhealth.com.

Tri-Town Raiders offer late sign-ups: Late sign-ups for Tri-Town Raiders fall football and cheer will be offered for local youth athletes.

The last-chance registrations will be hosted at Tri-Town’s football facility at 1200 Kennedy Ave. in Schererville from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3. No late fee will be assessed.

Youths ages 5 to 14 who reside in Dyer, Schererville, St. John, Crown Point and nearby Illinois can participate.

For more information, visit tritownraiders.org.

Deep River swim and lifeguard classes: Program directors at Deep River Waterpark in Merrillville look to make a splash with upcoming spring swimming courses.

The aquatics venue at 9001 E. U.S. 30 will host American Red Cross Learn to swim lessons for those ages 5 and older while offering the American Red Cross Guard Start program for youths ages 11 to 14.

Guard Start, using the Learn to Swim program and intermediate curriculum, introduces youth to lifeguarding skills.

Another ongoing offering, Adult River Walking with Water Exercises, will be taught by a licensed aquatic exercise instructor. Interested readers are encouraged to inquire about session details.

For more information, call 947-7850, Ext. 604, or visit DeepRiverWaterpark.com.



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