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Motivating Central Wisconsin to live healthier, more active lives by producing and promoting challenging aerobic activities and recreational resources that encourage active lifestyles.

What is your favorite way to be active? Get out and get moving in Portage County, Wisconsin. Explore the wonderful ways to stay moving and healthy on foot or bike in the Central Wisconsin region. Register and train for an upcoming event with family and friends, or just explore the trails and routes for fun.

Being active helps reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, stress-related issues and other health problems stemming from being sedentary. Find fun ways to reduce your risk, and participate in local health and fitness events, like Walk Wisconsin.

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Upcoming Events
September 03, 2019
Postponed - Free Tai Chi Tuesday

Join Deborah Adams in a weekly Tai Chi class. “Movements are easy and flowing, and as she says, if you are doing something, you are doing it right.” No previous experience necessary. Free and open to the public. 60 minutes – Free

Free Tai Chi Class every Tuesday will be limited to 10 attendees only, until further notice.

We are following government set standards and are working on offering a web/zoom style online free class.

Clinically shown to:

-Reduce Stress & Boost the Immune System
-Lower Blood Pressure & Aid in the Healing of Major Illnesses
-Reduce Anxiety and Depression and Open Clarity in the Mind
-Reduce Joint Pain
-Improve Balance and Coordination and Increase Full Range of Motion
-Enhance Restorative Sleep

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September 14, 2019
Walk for Hope

Join your friends and neighbors by walking to provide HOPE towards preventing suicide and creating AWARENESS surrounding mental health.

Fee: $20 per walker registration (14 years and older) – includes one shirt if registration received prior to August 16th. Registrations received after August 16th are not guaranteed a shirt.

Event Agenda:
9:00 AM – Registration
10:00 AM – Providing Hope Award, 5K walk to follow
11:15 AM – Raffle drawing

The day of the walk we will have liability waivers for each participant or their legal representative to sign, which are required prior to walking.

For more information contact:
Michelle Nelson at 715-346-5645

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February 18, 2020
CANCELLED- Yoga Classes


Fun, yet challenging, flow-style Yoga class combines postures in sequences. Cultivate overall stamina, strength, and flexibility while gaining focus and peace of mind. Classes include, breathing techniques, meditation, relaxation, and Yogic philosophy. The Ultimate Yoga experience.
We built to enhance your yoga experience. Practice in the barn studio, that is uniquely built and designed with a southwestern feel. Enjoy the large windows which look out over trees and fields, bringing in the cool summer breeze and sunny winter light.
Marguerite Ramlow teaches vinyasa flow style yoga, encouraging each student to work within their own limits while guiding them to find the joy of proper alignment and strength in each pose. Meditation and time for inner reflection are an important part of her teaching.
Marguerite Ramlow is a Experienced E200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher.

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March 28, 2020
CANCELLED- Teen Night & Open Gym


TEENS, Saturday nights are YOUR night at the Stevens Point Area YMCA. From 7-10:30pm most Saturdays, we're open exclusively for teens in Portage County. Open gym activities include full court basketball or volleyball, music, snacks, pool table, video gaming systems such as PS2, PS4, Xbox1, Xbox 360, & Wii, as well as One-Shot D&D. FREE pizza the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month. Teens will be supervised by YMCA Staff.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Praeger at tpraeger@spymca.org or 715 952 9371.

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March 31, 2020
cancelled - Learn How To Dance: Country Style to Country/Pop Rock Music

Have a Great Time Country Line Dancing! All ages are welcomed.

Great Exercise
Great Social Outing
Improves confidence and balance
Improves physical, mental & emotional wellness
Lessons are on Tuesday Nights @ Sherri Land Ballroom in the Town of Sherry.

Start time is 7pm. Each class is $5 per person.

We learn/review line dances every week.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Boots and Cowboy hat not necessary.

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April 18, 2020
CANCELLED - Spring Extravaganza

10th Annual Spring Extravaganza Classes April 18, 2020 8am-5pm
Take up to 4 Classes from 26 selections for $25
Classes include: Aromatherapy: Seasonal Allergy Relief, Aromatherapy: Sugar Scrubs, Basics of Photography, Beginning Genealogy, Blooming Shelf Basket, Casual Spring Dinner Party, CBD 101, Chalk Couture, Circuit Training, Clip It on a Jar, Coffee: The Taste of History, Designing Beer Recipes, Discover Screen Printing, Earth Friendly Lawn & Landscape Care, Genealogy 102, Grilling with Chef Jeff, Introduction to Brewing Beer, Landscape Design for the Homeowner, Paint & Pallet, Painted Stained Glass Workshop, Terrariums: Fact & Fiction - Make & Take, The World of Drones, Through the Lens of a Sports Photographer, Understanding & Creating a Butterfly Garden, Yoga & Meditation, Zumba Fitness with Kath

Family Friendly Event. Additional material fees apply and vary by class.
For more information www.fvtc.edu/springex
or 1-888-324-3218 or 715-942-1700

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April 24, 2020
CANCELLED- Artha Yoga and Meditation Retreat


Experience green living at Artha Sustainable Living Center and Bed & Breakfast, situated on a 55-acre plot of woods, fields and organic gardens. Get your year off on a tranquil note with a two day yoga retreat, where guests will participate in sessions of yoga and guided meditation interspersed with workshops
on living in harmony, breathing techniques restorative yoga and more. Stay onsite to enjoy a serene sanctuary in the renovated farmhouse, sustainably operated with solar power and heat.

Sessions of guided meditation will be interspersed with workshops on chakras, breathing techniques and restorative and vinyasa flow yoga. You will receive handouts on meditation techniques, yogic breathing techniques and yoga posture flows. Stay on site and experience the full inner centering of this renewable energy oasis. We are located in the beautiful country of central Wisconsin.

Two nights stay included in the stay on site fee as well as breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings and a catered lunch Saturday and Sunday and a catered dinner Saturday. Participants will enjoy free time to explore trails in the wooded hills and open fields.

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April 24, 2020
CANCELLED- Parents Night Out (Gr K-5)


In addition to swimming each night of PNO, your child will get to take part in these special activities:

APR 24 - Art is About! Take home a kid-made acrylic painting. Learn some skills and be creative!
MAY 1 - GAGA! We’ll be playing some Gaga in the gym. Learn to play this fun, all-inclusive game!

Fridays, 6:00-9:00PM: January 10; February 14, 28; March 6, 27; April 3, 24; May 1, 2020
Registration required at least two days prior to each event

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May 01, 2020
Parents Night Out (Gr K-5)

In addition to swimming each night of PNO, your child will get to take part in these special activities:

MAY 1 - GAGA! We’ll be playing some Gaga in the gym. Learn to play this fun, all-inclusive game!

Fridays, 6:00-9:00PM: January 10; February 14, 28; March 6, 27; April 3, 24; May 1, 2020
Registration required at least two days prior to each event

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June 06, 2020
CANCELLED - Walk Wisconsin

Held annually the first Saturday in June each year, Walk Wisconsin is the premier walking event in the Midwest! This is a non-competitive event, encouraging walkers of all ages and ability levels. The full, 1/2 and 1/4 marathon events utilize the scenic Green Circle Trail which passes the Wisconsin River, Plover River, several lakes, and unique ecosystems. The trail base for all routes include a combination of wood chips, crushed granite, road surface and wood boardwalk.

Registration Open January 2020

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June 19, 2020
Boston School Forest: Forest Family Fun Run/Walk

Celebrate summer solstice at Boston School Forest by participating in the 2nd annual Forest Family Fun Run/Walk. This non-competitive event travels along the BSF trails which are a combination of gravel, dirt, grass, and wood chip trails. Look for registration online or on the BSF Facebook page.

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July 04, 2020
Cancelled - Stevens Point Running of the Flag


NEW THIS YEAR - Professional Timing!
Stevens Point Running of the Flag is hosting its annual 5k Walk/Run Pet Friendly event on the 4th of July. All proceeds raised during this event are donated to Portage County Veterans Relief Fund. To date, we have been able to donate $19655.00 to this fund. Come dressed in your favorite Patriotic outfit and remember to carry your Flag. Spectators Welcome, there will be raffle tickets sold for baskets donated by Businesses. Check-in time starts at 7:00 A.M.  Thank you for your support.

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July 31, 2020
Pedal Point Rally

Friday, July 31st, 2020
(Note: To participate in Friday's Events, you MUST register for the Friday & Saturday two day rate of your choice!)

RALLY HOURS: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm

STORE HOURS: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

REGISTRATION & CHECK IN: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Hostel Shoppe.

ICE CREAM RIDE & SOCIAL: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm - start at Hostel Shoppe

The Ice Cream Ride is 10 miles. Ride on your own (no mass start) to King Cone. Maps provided. Call the Hostel Shoppe for Sag Support. Includes a $5.00 ice cream coupon.

SOCIAL HOUR & CATERED DINNER: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm - in the big tent next to the Hostel Shoppe

Saturday, August 1st, 2020
(Note: Saturday Only Rates Available)

RALLY HOURS: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm

STORE HOURS: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION & CHECK IN: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Hostel Shoppe.

MORNING TOURS: Mass starts at the Hostel Shoppe.

8:00 am start for the two longer routes (Approximately 60 and 40 miles).

9:00 am start for the two middle length routes (Approximately 20 and 10 miles).

10:30 am start for the short route (4 mile Rich Johnson Family Ride).

Enjoy routes with sag wagon service on each route. Marked routes will be east of Stevens Point on lightly traveled roads. The Hostel Shoppe and the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County combine efforts to provide an excellent Saturday tour complete with marked routes, sag wagon service, rest stops and port-o-potties.

VENDOR FAIR & DEMO AREA: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hostel Shoppe in the parking lot

Industry reps will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be a select fleet of rally demos that can be purchased on sale and a lap track for test rides.

SWAP MEET: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hostel Shoppe.

Swap meet criteria and details to be announced!

FUN & GAMES: ??? pm at the Hostel Shoppe

Details to be announced!

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: 5:30 to 9:30 in the Hostel Shoppe Tent

Featuring local favorites the Spicy Tie Band! The STB contains charismatic and entertaining members. This rock ‘n’ roll party band utilizes multiple lead vocals and a multitude of different instruments, including trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, multiple guitars, keyboards and various percussion instruments to gain the attention of audiences everywhere. This is one group that truly has FUN performing! Each member adds a unique aspect to the band’s appeal; this allows the band to be very entertaining to listeners of all ages. The music selection is derived from popular hits from an array of decades.

Click here to learn more about the Spicy Tie Band.

Click here to watch their music on YouTube.

Beer Garden, Soda & Food Trucks will be available! Cash Bar Only! Don’t want to ride, but your coming along with someone who is? Or, you just want to see the band and support the Boy’s & Girl’s Club? You can still get into the evening entertainment! Register Online Here

To Be Announced!

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August 07, 2020
PaddleQuest 2020: Next Level

PQ 2020 Next Level will start and finish at Buklolt Park. After race festivities and camping will be available at Lakeside Bar, 736 Old Wausau Rd- where spectators may also congregate to witness various challenges as well. Check out Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/2200107823616716/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1578347441911768

New this year is the Scout class. Interested in questing but looking for a shorter paddle? The quest needs you! Scouts will be racing through a course and finding flags and returning to the start. The scout challenge will take about 2-4 hours.

Class A Questers are teams of three (can be individual kayaks or any combination)

Class B Questers are teams of two (can be individual kayaks or any combination)

***This event is held on the open water. Individuals that cannot swim or do not have the required skills should not participate. Participants must wear approved flotation devices at all times during the event on the water. Participants must have all neccesary gear items. PaddleQuest volunteers do not distribute alcoholic beverages. Participants 21 years or older may consume alcoholic beverages but do so at their own risk—Drink responsibly and save the party for the shore when the race is over.

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September 12, 2020
Rivers Edge Fitness Competition/Yard Games Weekend

Help us raise funds for the Portage County Boys and Girls Club competing in a super fun obstacle course based competition!!  Yard games all day!

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