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 www.portercountyparks.org.
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.
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 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.
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 www.nancybender.com 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).
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 ValparaisoGolf.com.