Highland Parks and Recreation offers several fitness programs as well as arts and lifestyle classes. From volleyball and table tennis to painting and dance, the Lincoln Community Center offers a wide range of classes and leagues for children and adults alike.

The following programs are posted as a reference. The Highland Parks and Recreation Department publishes a seasonal brochure which has information on all the programs, classes, events, and leagues offered to the community.

The best way to keep up on current offerings is to view the seasonal brochure.

3 Ways to Register

  • Online Registration – Available for established customers (must be in our system with valid email address on file).
  • In Person – Bring the forms to the Recreation Office.
  • Mail-in Registration – Send the forms by mail to the Lincoln Community Center.
Adult Programs

Men’s Open Basketball League

League consists of a regular season and an end of season tournament. Teams are guaranteed 10 games. Teams must provide their own shirts/jerseys that are the same or similar in color with numbers on the back. Must provide jersey color at registration to avoid duplicates. 16 teams max. Ages: 18 and older

Summer Softball
(League schedules can be found in the Forms section)

Men’s and Co-Rec Leagues run April through August. Registration opens in February. Roster limited to 20 players & frozen once the limit is reached. Ages 18 and up.

Fall Softball

Men’s and Co-Rec Leagues run September through October. 14 game round robin season. Roster limited to 20 players & frozen once the limit is reached. Ages 18 and up. Cash awards given in each division.

Open Indoor Volleyball

Court space reserved for unstructured open volleyball play. Ages: 15 and older. Note: Check weekly Fieldhouse Schedule before coming.

Co-Rec Volleyball League

Leagues run year-round. Teams play in a 10-week season with two matches (3 games each) per week. Rally scoring is used. This league is for recreational-level teams. Players must be age 18 or older and cannot also be participating in high school sports.

Open Table Tennis

Open year round. Participants are welcome to drop in and play other competitors. Open to all ages. Under 10 must be with an adult. Located in the banquet hall of the Lincoln Community Center.


Open play and net rentals are available at the Lincoln Community Center Fieldhouse, pending the weekly fieldhouse schedule. Ages 15+ are welcome to drop in and play other competitors. Nets may be rented for private play.

Ballroom Dancing

Move yourself with rhythm and grace to all kinds of music. Learn various dance steps and routines. Leather sole shoes recommended. If the instructor desires, you will switch partners throughout the session.

Piano Lessons

Learn how to play an electric piano keyboard quickly and at a low cost. Read music, play songs, learn hand positioning and basic chording.

Art with Fred Holly

Ages 16 & up. Colored Pencil: Designed to teach beginning and advanced colored pencil techniques, mixed medium will also be include. Acrylic Painting: Designed for the beginning as well as an advanced student. Learn not only the various techniques, but how to achieve the best results.

Canvas Paint Workshops

Instructor will lead you through step-by-step painting your own 16×20 canvas. It’s a fun, no stress class and no experience is required. Ages 13 and older.

Youth Sports

Highland Youth Basketball

Boys and girls grades K-5 compete in this league to learn the fundamentals of basketball while having FUN! Each team will be coached by a parent/volunteer and will play a 10-game season. Volunteer coaches are always needed. Teams will be determined by a player draft with the coaches. All players receive a T-shirt. Practices held on a weeknight determined by the coach and games are held on Saturdays.  League typically held November through February.

Middle School Basketball

League format will be determined by registration numbers.  Everyone receives a team t-shirt.  The first place team will receive champion t-shirts.  Teams will be chosen through a player draft with the coaches.  Grades 6 through 8. Games typically held on Wednesdays in the spring.

High School Basketball  

The league format will be determined by registration numbers. Teams will be chosen through a player draft with the coaches.  Everyone receives a team t-shirt.  The first place team will receive champion t-shirts. Games typically held on Wednesdays in the spring.

Youth Track & Field

Typically held at Highland High School on Wednesdays throughout the summer, this program is a great way for boys and girls ages 4-14 to burn energy, make friends, and learn the basics of running, jumping, and throwing.  Plastic Frisbees and javelins are used as well as softballs in lieu of shot-puts.

Hot Shots Sports Camps

Sports and More: Ages 3-5. An introduction to the fundamentals of such sports as basketball, floor hockey, football, kickball, soccer, and t-ball. An opportunity for development of motor skills and nurturing social and emotional growth through teamwork and sportsmanship. Min. 5/Max. 12

Total Sports: Ages 6-14
Teaches children the basic skills of playing a particular sport and the skills needed to work with one another as teammates to accept each individual as a valuable player. Sports taught include basketball, floor hockey, football, kickball, soccer, t-ball, and more. Min 5/Max 15

Youth Gymnastics

TumbleBear Gymnastics

Classes typically include tumbling, balance beam, bars, vault, and air mat equipment.

  • Parent-Tot
    Ages walking to 3. Program allows child to interact with other children, become more coordinated, increase strength, self-esteem, and learn to follow directions in a fun class setting.
  • Preschool
    Ages 3-5. Program is designed to help the student develop self-confidence and enhance physical capabilities in a safe and positive atmosphere.
  • School Age
    Ages 5-12. A confidence building sport that improves strength, flexibility, agility, and coordination.
Youth Art

Wiggles and Giggles

Specially designed for 1 ½ to 3-year-old children who have not met many other children. Class includes age appropriate activities, music, stories, and crafts, while meeting other parents and their children. Participants will also have unstructured playtime. Each parent assists with his/her child’s activities.

Jr. Paint Workshops

Ages 7-12. Trained Instructor, Heather Leddy, will lead you through, step by step, painting your own 12×12 canvas. It’s a fun, no stress class and no experience is required! You will leave with your canvas creation at the end of class.

Fred’s Art Classes for Kids

Ages 10-16. Learn drawing, colored pencil, pen & ink. Perform cartooning, acrylic painting & more. Each session, students will build on what they have learned. New students will start from the beginning, returning students will continue from the previous session. A fun way to learn how to become an artist and appreciate art!


Sign language incorporated.

  • Village: Busy Days
    Ages newborn-2 yrs with parent. Set your baby’s day to classical music with a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle.”
  • Our Time: Beach Days
    Ages 2-3 ½ with parent. Grab your beach ball. We’ll do favorite songs and dances, an Octopus Hula, then jump on a banana boat.
  • Family Time: Beach Days
    Ages 6 months-6 yrs with parent. Crabs are scuttling, toes are wiggling, waves are crashing, and the sun is shinking. Snuggle up to gentle beach sounds and songs.
  • Kindermusik Camp: On the Road
    Ages 3 ½-6 yrs with no parent. Must be potty trained. Take imaginary trips in a bus named “Van Go” to fun-filled vacation destinations such as the carnival, a summer cottage, and the beach.



Classes for 3-5 year olds are structured to teach proper school behavior. Children are to bring a healthy snack & drink to each class, along with a backpack to carry home class projects. Children must be fully potty trained and able to leave mom for the full 2 hours each class. Throughout the school year they will work on sharing, learning ABCs, shapes, numbers & colors, and cutting with scissors, making crafts, working on listening skills & attention span while listening to stories.


Fitness Programs

Weekly Fitness Class Schedule

Power Yoga

Zumba and Morning Exercise (late additions to summer brochure)


The country’s largest fitness program for new moms. Classes offer a stroller workout that combines power walking and intervals of body toning using the stroller, the environment, and exercise tubes. A great way to get in shape, meet other new moms and have fun with your child(ren).

Programs: Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and Our Village moms group

Days/Times: Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9:30-10:30am
Location: Lincoln Community Center Fieldhouse

Register at

Various fitness programs include:

  • Morning exercise classes
    • Beginner/senior classes
    • Intermediate/advanced
    • Silver Sneakers classes
  • Fitness 101
  • Team total fitness
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Tae Bo
  • Body sculpting
  • High-low aerobics
Wellness / Seniors


Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED

A classroom, video-based, instructor led course.

BLS CPR: Healthcare Providers

Learn to promptly recognize several life threatening emergencies, give chest compressions, etc.

Blood Drives

Ages 18 and older that weigh a minimum of 110 lbs and are in good health may donate blood.



Anyone 55 years or older are invited to attend these twice- per-month meetings (except for June, July, & August when there is only one meeting). The meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 1 pm at the Lincoln Community Center. Meetings may consist of guest speakers, door prizes, & bingo. Throughout the year special holiday luncheons or picnics are held for members. Baked goods are provided by our members through the baking committee. Attendees will be asked to sign up to bake.


Certain elderly and handicapped persons in the greater Hammond area may be eligible for limited basis transportation services. For more information call LCEOC at 219-882-6159 or Dial-A-Ride at 219-932-2530. The Town of Highland also sponsors a subsidized taxi program for seniors and handicapped. Eligible riders can get a half price discount (up to $5). Applications are available at Town Hall, 3333 Ridge Road or call 219-838-1080 for more info.

Craft Shows / Vendor Programs

Shopping opportunities abound for our annual craft show. Items for sale may include candles, jewelry, handbags, home décor, skin care, handmade items, gourmet dips, and more. Location: Lincoln Community Center


  • Retail Merchant Certificate is required.
  • Take-down: No later than two hours after show concludes.
  • Tables, chairs, and cords are NOT provided.
  • Vendors are responsible for taking unsold belongings when departing.
  • Registration must be done no later than 1 week prior to selling goods, and as space permits.
  • Vendor fees are listed in current brochure

(Note the spaces shown may not be available when you mail in a registration form)

CSRI Special Needs

Recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages and who have special needs & abilities.

  • Kool Aid and Kanvas
  • Bike Parade
  • Splash and Dance
  • Pool Party
  • Special Needs Day @ The Splash pad
  • Festival of the Lakes Special Needs Day

Please see Calendar of Events on Forms Page for all CSRI events in Northwest Indiana

By working together toward a common goal we are able to provide more events to a larger amount of people than any one agency alone.

The following agencies are proud to partner to offer CSRI:

~ Crown Point Parks & Recreation

~ Dyer Parks & Recreation

~ Hammond Parks and Recreation

~ Hammond Port Authority

~ Hanover Central HS Key Club

~ Highland Parks & Recreation

~ Lake County Parks

~ Merrillville Parks & Recreation

~ Munster Parks & Recreation

~ North Township-Wicker Park

~ Schererville Parks & Recreation

~ St. John Parks & Recreation

~ Whiting Parks & Recreation

~ Whiting Family YMCA

Garage Sales / Card and Comic

Do you like getting a bargain? Do you enjoy shopping for rare items such as comic books, sports cards, hot wheels, autographed memorabilia and many other collectibles? Roger Parker from P&P Collectibles will be promoting the card show in conjunction with the Highland Community Garage Sale. Register to sell your household items, toys, books and more! Concession will be available for purchase. Booth space selection is first come, first served. Tables, chairs, & extension cords not provided. You are responsible for taking your unsold belongings with you when you leave. Registration must be done 1 week prior to selling goods, as space permits.

Market and Concerts

Midweek Music & Market

Wednesdays at Main Square, May 31-Sept 27 (off 6/28, 7/5, 7/26, 8/2). Market 4-8pm, musical entertainment listed below. Bring a lawn chair.  If inclement weather, event will be held in the Lincoln Center Fieldhouse (still bring chair).

Date                      Band 7-9pm* (Genre)

May 31:               Community Band (Classical & Modern)

June 7:                The Neverly Brothers (Rock & Roll)

June 14:              Fast Eddie & the Corvettes (50’s – 70’s)

June 21:              Tropixplosion (Carribean)

July 12:                Mason Rivers (Country)

July 19:                New Odyssey (Variety)

August 9:             The Class of ‘68 (Classic Rock & Soul)

August 16:           Flat Cats (Swinging Jazz / Blues)

August 23:           Oscar & The Majestics (Garage Rock)

August 30:           Danny Mateja & IPA Tribute Band (Polka)

Highland Main Street will also provide musical entertainment from 5-7pm on all 14 weeks

5/31:      LACEY

6/7:       Almond Grove

6/14:     Michelle Josephine Velez

6/21:     Gerry Hundt

7/12:     Robert Rolfe Feddersen

7/19:     Dennis, Andrew, & Michelle

8/9:      The Influence

8/16:    Michelle Josephine Velez

8/23:    The Sky at Night

8/30:    David Blixt

9/6:      Dennis, Andrew, & Michelle

9/13:    Robbing Selsdon

9/20:    Dominic Ruffalo

9/27:    JD Kostyk

A beer garden will be available on select dates!

Seeking vendors of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, spices, coffees, ready-to-eat food, soaps, etc.

See vendor form on FORMS page for more information

Summer Camp

Summer camp is for ages 5-12 (must have completed Kindergarten) and takes place at Lincoln Community Center Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm with pre-care from 7-8:30am throughout summer, in accordance with the School Town of Highland calendar.  See forms page for registration form and parent packet.

Summer Theater

State Fair the Musical ™

Travel with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s STATE FAIR. Music By RICHARD RODGERS. Lyrics By OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. Book by TOM BRIGGS & LOUIS MATTIOLI. Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II and the Novel by Phil Stong.

Show Dates:       July 27, 28, 29, and August 3, 4, 5

Time/Location:  8:00pm, Main Square Gazebo

Bring your lawn chairs/blankets and bug spray.  Concession stand will be open, and we will be selling programs for $2.  All proceeds go towards the production.

Trips / Munster Benefits


Overnight trips depart from the Lincoln Community Center via spacious, video and restroom equipped motor coach. Trip details are available on flyers and in the seasonal brochure. Overnight trips usually require an initial deposit and the final payment is due usually six weeks before departure. Refunds will not be granted, unless a wait list is available and your spot can be taken. You may also find a replacement for yourself and notify the Park Office of the person taking your place. All refunds have a $3 processing fee.

Trip Refund Policy

Payment in full is required when registering for a trip. Refunds will not be granted for a trip, unless a wait list is available and your spot can be taken. You may also find a replacement for yourself and notify the Park Office of the person taking your place. All refunds are subject to a $3 processing fee.

Trip Insurance Policy

Individual medical insurance is not provided by the Highland Parks and Recreation Department. Individuals are responsible for their own insurance. Trip insurance is encouraged for anyone who registers for any overnight trip. Information for travel insurance is available when patrons register for trips and must be paid before final trip payment. Make checks payable to Travel Insured for the amount explained with each trip.


Scheduled Trips

Orlando: March 11-19, 2017

Niagara Falls: May 22-26, 2017

New York City: July 20-26, 2017

Albuquerque / Santa Fe: Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2017

Munster Benefits

Highland residents receive access to the following Munster amenities at the resident rate. For more information, call Munster Parks at 219-836-7275.

  • Dog Park
  • Community Pool
  • Golf Lessons
Self Defense

Lil’ Ninjas – ages 6-8

Youth Hapkido – ages 9-15

Adult Hapkido – ages 16 and older

Park Pride Day

Join us for our annual community park clean-up day! Everyone is welcome, especially community groups and families. Spend the morning helping and receive a t-shirt and a free lunch at noon. You will be assigned a park for clean-up. Bring gloves, rakes, and energy!


Annual Pumpkin Plod Race

See Forms page for registration form.

See Brochure for more information

Photo Album

Mile Run

This annual race is a kick off to Highland’s Twilight Independence Day Parade. All participants will receive a dry-fit t-shirt. Course is a certified 1-mile. USATF Certificate IN13013TDK.

Ages: All

Location: Race begins at 40th St. & Kennedy Ave. (In front of the School Administration Building)
Note: Entry forms will be available at the Lincoln Community Center and on the Forms page beginning in May. On race day, registration will only be held in front of the School Administration Building from 5-6:15pm. See summer brochure for more information.

Photo Album

See Forms page for race results, registration forms, and course maps.

Festival of Lights

Phone Calls From Santa (see forms page)

Home Decorating Contest (see forms page)

Santa’s March and Tree Lighting Ceremony – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 4:30pm parade starts down Highway Ave. and 5pm tree lighting / visits with Santa at Main Square.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – midnight at Main Square. Hot Chocolate will be served.

12th Night Tree Burning – Main Square

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