Park briefs

2013-11-08T00:00:00Z Park briefs
November 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Porter County Parks

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

Young Artists

Young Artists at Sunset Hill Farm County Park meets from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. There is an $8 charge. Youth painting instruction, led by instructor Shirley Massey, is for all skill levels, where the focus of the project is different each month. Participants will create and take home their project the same day.

Meet the animals

Meet the animals and their caretakers at Sunset Hill Farm from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Family hike

Family hikes are offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Hill Farm.

Save the date

Winter Lights Night Festival is 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 with a grand finale firework display at 7:30 to end the evening at Sunset Hill Park. Visit Santa, decorate cookies, wagon rides, crafts, games and breathtaking light displays throughout the park. The cost is $5 per car.

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.

“Feast Food” theme

Feast food theme is 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, through Nov. 22. Kids 3- to 5- years old will stir, chop and bake. Cost is $34 for residents, $46 for others.

Santa’s Workshop

Santa's workshop will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 2 for kids 3- to 5-year olds. Cost is $57 or $69.

Kinder Ready’s next session

Get children ready for kindergarten. Price is $68 or $80 for a nine-week session.

Youth volleyball signup

First through sixth-graders can learn and play volleyball this winter in this eight-week program. VU volleyball players will run the practices. 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).

Golf simulator upgrade

Play the fully upgraded golf simulators at Creekside, 2355 Clifford Road. State of the art software and hardware have replaced the existing system, with more than 30 course options to play.

Junior golf instruction

Each Saturday through December, youths 12 and older with golf experience can participate in two-hour sessions. Refresher classes on scoring with the short-game, full swing work or on-course management are some of the topics. The price is $30 per two-hour class, plus range balls. Call (219) 531-7888 to register.

LifeTrail Advanced Wellness System

The new LifeTrail equipment is ready for use at the south side of Fairgrounds Park walking track. Seven stations with three panels each will kick start anyone’s fitness routine. The IHCDA awarded a grant to the city’s Elderstyle initiative, led by Pines village Retirement Communities and the Valpo Parks Department, providing the funding for the entire system. It is free and open to all.

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

Yule 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.

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(219) 462-1161

Police Department
355 S. Washington St. Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Fire Department
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3210 North Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385
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