Park briefs

2014-04-25T00:00:00Z Park briefs
April 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Valparaiso parks

Valparaiso parks officials offer many activities this month. Call (219) 462-5144, visit or visit the parks office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3210 N. Campbell St.

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.

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 first through eighth grades 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.

Rookie Baseball League

Register for Rookie Baseball leagues for ages 7 and 8 as of May 1. Teams will play a 10-game season June 7 through July 19, with a single elimination tournament. Price is $60/72. Registration deadline is May 9.

Youth Co-ed T-ball

Ages 4 through 6 (as of May 1) play T-ball in two age divisions. The 4- and 5-year-olds hit off of a tee. The other division is for 6-year-olds, who begin on the tee and transition to coach pitch. The season is June 7 – July 19 with five weeknight games that begin at 6 p.m. and three Saturday games. Price is $50/62. Register by May 9.

Track and Field for Youth

Boys and girls ages 4 through 12 can be a part of the Valpo Parks Track and Field team, participating in four events at each meet. Compete against teams from Valpo YMCA, Highland Parks, and Porter County Parks. Practices are Wednesdays starting June 4; meets are Saturdays, June 28, July 12, 19 and 26. Price is $47/59. Register by May 16.

Kids Tennis Lesson Sampler

Ages 6 to 16 get a preview of the summer tennis program in this three- session offering from May 27-29 at 4 or 5:15 p.m. Kids receive a free tennis racquet. Price is $40/52. Register by May 16.

Adult Wiffle Ball Tourney

Men, women or coed teams play in separate divisions in this double-elimination tourney. The draw is June 3; the tournament is played the weekend of June 7. Awards are given for best team name, sportsmanship and tourney champ. Price is $50 per team; register by May 28.

Portage parks

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

Spanish Made Fun – The World

Students in second through sixth grades will learn about the Spanish language and culture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays until June 3. Class topics are about the world – animals, weather, nature and basic conversation will be introduced using games, songs, books and interactive activities.

Boot camp

Join a master level trainer at Sunset Hill for an invigorating hour-long workout for ages 18 and older. Classes meet from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturdays, April 26 to June 14; $35.

Yoga, meditation retreat

Join an instructor from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brincka Cross Gardens for a restorative retreat that will focus on mind and body by incorporating meditative techniques.

Mind, body, wellness open house

Check out an open house at Brincka Cross Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. May 3.

Women's walk club

Come to Sunset Hill for a walk on the challenging terrain of the park from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 18 and older.

Sunset Dog Walkers

Bring dogs on a leash for a walk on the trails at Sunset Hill Farm, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Weekday walk at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 29 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, open to ages 18 and older.

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Fire Department
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