The Indiana Ice glide toward their eighth consecutive USHL playoff appearance and contend for their second Clark Cup during two bone-rattling bouts against Eastern Conference foes. Through 42 games, the young pack of puck punishers has racked up 26 wins behind star forward Daniil Tarasov, whose robust 56 points has opposing defenses folding like a tent cursed with a below-average poker face. San Jose Sharks 2011 draft pick Sean Kuraly skates among the league's top scorers with 26 goals, and goalie Jon Gillies protects the team's leads by unfurling the USHL's best save percentage in front of the net. During breaks in the glacial action, the Hardee's Chill Girls scorch the ice with scintillating steps as mascot Big-E-Foot roams the arena dishing out high-fives and digging out stray cats from his fur.
As one of the largest skating rinks in Northern Indiana, the expansive wooden floors of USA Skate Center supplies rollers of all sizes with open space and infectious tunes for a fun take on transportation. The public-skating schedule gives swaying beginners a chance to grow acquainted with movements at noon on most Saturdays, and special themes such as speed-skating practice (Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m.) and old-school hip-hop and R&B nights (Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.) spin nostalgia-fueled axles. An included pair of rental skates lets guests circulate the rink without having to lash a Dodge Stratus to each of their insoles.
Pinnacle Athletic club flexes its health-geared guns by offering members unlimited access to cardio equipment, three weight rooms, a basketball league, a spinning studio, more than 50 classes a week, and more. Kick up arterial fiestas and a bumping heartbeat, thanks to more than 40 cardio-centric contraptions, from stairmasters and treadmills, to ellipticals and stationary Flintstone cars, each equipped with a personal television to distract needy eyes. For flab-fearing limbs, the gym hosts Hammer Strength and Icarian iron-pumping machines as well as free weights, ranging in size from mini to mini horse, while also promoting a gallimaufry of group-centric pastimes such as basketball, volleyball, and racquetball. The eternally fraternal can also enlist in one of the club's daily classes at no extra charge, while massage, tanning, personal training, and nutritional advice are available to members for a fee.
At Action Park Paintball, paintballers of all skill levels square off in bouts of simulated warfare on 23 acres of outdoor fields. Tire towers, inflatable obstacles, and Mother Nature's secret hide-and-seek spots provide cover for players engaging in shootouts, all of which are moderated by on-field refs. Action Park's 8,000-square-foot indoor arena ensures play can continue even in inclement weather. The facility also hosts regular tournaments and has a winter league for paintball teams. Open-play hours take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
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Expert instructors Jim Garrett and Tim Holt—a PGA professional—impart the fundamentals of driving and putting during a four-week program. The first three lessons last 1.5 hours, and the final lasts 2.5 hours. Though students may bring their own clubs, all necessary equipment will be provided. Choose from eight different sessions on the program schedule, one of which is ladies only; the first program begins on May 7.
[[m:####Juday Creek Golf Course
Instead of easing into a well-earned retirement after years in the restaurant business, Mike and Linda Rogers decided to embark on a new challenge: building a golf course. In 1989, they opened Juday Creek Golf Course, whose bent-grass fairways strike enough of a balance between challenging and accessible to have won the Indiana Golf Course Owners Association’s 2009 award for Indiana Golf Course of the Year.
Now managed by the couple’s daughter Michelle Wittig, the course’s emerald expanses continue to compel swingers of all stripes to lace up their cleated shoes and argyle garter belts. A journey across the course’s thirteen holes brings one face-to-face with manifold water hazards, many of which stand directly in the path to the putting green. There are 56 sand traps that raise the stakes of each game even higher, making for tough shots and partners who would rather build sandcastles instead of continuing on. Before or after games, golfers can take lessons and receive personal feedback from a pair of skilled instructors, one of whom is a PGA professional.
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