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.
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.
Learn to Crochet
Learn the crochet basics from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, this Saturday 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. Saturday 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.
Tai Chi for Health is the focus of Sessions One and Two that take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Saturday through May 24 at Village Park Enrichment Center. The programs are accessible for just about anyone; they are easy-to-learn, safe and aim to empower people to improve health and wellness. Price for each 8 week session is $80.
Bikin' & Eggs Family Bike Ride
This new event is a leisure ride via pathway from Foundation Meadows Park to Rogers-Lakewood Park and back for a fun, family friendly, 3-mile morning bike ride. Included is a light breakfast at the end, along with a bike rodeo, inflatables, face painting and more. All ages and abilities are welcome. Helmets required for all participants. $15 per family (includes up to 3 people), $8 for each additional family member. Age 3 and under ride free. Register by May 30.
Discovery Camps for Summer
Kids will get outside and get active in Discovery Camps at Rogers-Lakewood Park this summer. The 10-week program for grades 1 through 8 has a weekly theme plus a variety of activities that include sports, arts and crafts, fishing, archery, nature hikes, and boating. Sign up a week at a time or for multiple weeks.