Park briefs

2013-09-13T00:00:00Z Park briefs
September 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Portage parks

The Portage Parks Department offers a variety of programs. The office is at 2100 Willowcreek Road. Call (219) 762-1675.

Hayride scenes wanted

Raise money for your civic club or Scout troop. Each scene will earn $200 and be eligible for additional prize money. The Haunted Hayride is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 to 26 at Woodland Park. To reserve a space, call Pam at (219) 762-1675.

Woodland Park preschool

Openings for Tuesday/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 and is due by the first of each month. Bring a copy of the student's birth certificate.

Christmas Craft Show vendors

The price is $45 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth. The fair is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Woodland Park. Entry forms are available at the park office or call (219) 762-1675.

Porter County Parks

Register for all programs by calling (219) 465-3586. For more information, visit

Friday family campout

Grab your tent, some hot dogs and marshmallows and join other families for this affordable fun night of camping at Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Friday. Setup is from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $15. Camping is unsupervised.

Sand painting

Learn the art of layering colored sand to create pictures and designs from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Brincka Cross Gardens.

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.

Golf instruction

Instructional golf sessions Linksters Academy, L’il Tigers, and the First Tee, led by LPGA teaching professional Nancy Bender, are available for all ages and skill levels are at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center, 2355 Clifford Road in Valparaiso. Programs are offered every month and throughout the year. For complete details and information on programs, log on to or contact her at (219) 531-7888.

Monster Dash run

Sign up for the newest special event of Fit City and Valpo parks. Oct. 27 is the inaugural Monster Dash. It includes a 1K Family Fun Run as well as a 5K race, beginning and ending at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valpo. Dress as your favorite superhero, villain or fairy tale character for this costume fun run. 1K is $15, 5K is $25 or $30 for both.

T’ai chi session starts

Practice the martial art to enhance coordination, concentration, relaxation and inner energy flow. For adults 18 and older, this class is taught by an experienced instructor one hour per week from Sept. 24 through Nov. 12. The price is $75.

Youth coed volleyball signup

Grades one through six can learn and play volleyball this winter in this eight-week program. VU volleyball players will run the practices, making it fun to learn the basics of the game. All practices and games are at The Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. The price is $65/77 ($35 less if a member of the Boys & Girls Club).

Discovery Cottage

Registration is available for the fall and winter line up of classes at Discovery Cottage, 1155 Harrison. New class times in late afternoon are available for kids to discover science, nature, music, theater and crafts. Discovery Cottage is for ages 18 months to 8 years.

Group hayride reservations

Group hayride reservations begin later this month and run through Nov. 3. It’s a great gathering for family outings, service groups, youth organizations and more. The hour and half events are available Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Adult volleyball rosters due

The 14-game season runs through the fall and winter months for Men, Women, and Coed leagues. Rosters are due Sept. 25. All games are played at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School gyms. Team fee is $350 plus nonresident price of $12 per team member who resides outside city limits.

Online tee times

Forest Park and Creekside Golf Courses have online tee times Call (219) 531-7888 for hours. Book tee times online at

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About Portage

City Hall
6070 W. Central Ave. Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-5425

Police Department
2693 Irving Street Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-3122

Fire Department
3401 Swanson Rd Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-7404

Portage Township Schools Administration Center
6240 U.S. Highway 6 Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-6511

Porter County Public Library
2665 Irving Street Portage, IN 46368
(219) 763-1508