The Portage Parks Department offers a variety of programs. The office is at 2100 Willowcreek Road. Call (219) 762-1675.
Woodland Park preschool
There are openings for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon class for ages 3 and 4. There is a one-time $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Class tuition is $70 per month for residents and $80 for nonresidents. It is due by the first of each month. Bring a copy of the student's birth certificate.
Youth spring soccer
Register for spring soccer from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through March 28 at Woodland Park. The cost is $50 for residents, $60 for others. Practices begin April 7. First game is April 26.
Porter County Parks
Register for all programs by calling (219) 734-0203. For more information, visit www.portercountyparks.org.
Weekly Open Studio with Acrylics
Beginners will learn basic painting techniques from an experienced acrylic painter from 6 to 8 p.m .Thursdays or 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Seasoned artists are welcome to come and bring their own ideas for projects.
Dream Circle Share
Come share and explore your dreams in a safe, non-judgmental setting from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brincka Cross Gardens. Cost is $10. Take time to consider what wisdom your dreams may offer for your life.
Couch 2 Kent’s Run 5K Training Thursdays Mar.27-May 22 5:30-6:30pm Hebron Community Center/Boone Grove Middle School $50
Our RRCA certified running coach will provide you with the tools to increase your endurance and knowledge of running while preparing you to run Kent’s Run 5K in Boone Grove on May 24, Train from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, from March 27 to May 22. Fee includes race registration, training schedule, weekly emails and check-ins and workout tips. No prior running experience is necessary.
Learn to Crochet
Learn the crochet basics from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, march 29 to April 26 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Participants will be provided with yarn, patterns and fiberfill for their egg. Call to register.
A yoga medication retreat will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 at Brincka Cross Gardens. Cost is $40.
Valparaiso parks officials offer many activities this month. Call (219) 462-5144, visit www.valpoparks.org or visit the parks office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3210 N. Campbell St.
Budding artists enrichment
Learn the basics of various artistic mediums at the Village Park Enrichment Center. Class choices in April are Drawing for $55 on April 3, Pen & Ink for $65 on April 10, and Pastels for $75 on April 17. Class price includes all materials for each three hour class. Register for all three classes at once for a price of $180. Register no later than one week prior to class. Class is suitable for individuals 16 years and older.
Wedding dance class
Learn a variety of dance steps that are perfect at weddings and other social occasions. Wedding parties, family and friends can take the class together. Couples or individuals can take it to be ready for any occasion where there is a dance floor. Classes are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 21 to June 16 at Village Park Enrichment Center. The couples price is $75/87; individuals are $40/52. Register by April 9.
Picnic shelter reservations
Spring, summer and fall dates are still available for reserving a park shelter for family events and business gatherings. More than a dozen park properties offer several choices for a casual event site. Rental prices vary according to the location and type of shelter. Game kits and large charcoal grills are also available for a nominal fee.