Park briefs

2014-01-31T00:05:00Z Park briefs
January 31, 2014 12:05 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.

Dodgeball tourney

Registration is open for the first Dodgeball Tourney for junior high and high school age groups for the 4 p.m. Tourney on March 2 at VHS Field House. Register by Feb. 14.

Latin dance class

Spice up Monday nights and learn the hottest Latin dances like salsa, merengue and cha cha. Classes run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through March 24 at the Village Park Enrichment Center, 601 Beech St. Open to ages 16 and older. Price per couple is $75/$87; individuals are $40/$52.

Coed spring soccer league

Sign up for coed spring soccer leagues for ages 3 through 12. The season runs early April through mid-May. Kids will learn progressive soccer skills, sportsmanship and healthy competition. All games are on Saturdays and officiated by parks staff. Practices are set by volunteer coaches. Price is $47/$59; register by Feb. 28.

Wiffle Ball Tourney

The March Mayhem Wiffle Ball Tourney takes place March 9 and 16. Teams of four to seven players (high school and college age) compete in this new winter tourney. Captain’s meeting and tourney draw are at 4 p.m. March 5. Awards for best team name (preapproved), best sportsmanship, and tourney champion. Price is $50 per team.

Youth recreation intern

Gain experience while getting college credit, starting in spring or summer season. Essential job functions include planning, coordinating, and supervising youth sports programs and leagues. This position will work with recreation staff. For full details contact Youth Program Director Phil Blasko at

Part-time positions

Seasonal part-time positions are available in for youth tennis, baseball, softball, soccer and summer day camp staff. Visit the website and click on “I Want To …” for information and online application. Applicants should specify which areas they are applying for.

Discovery Cottage brochures

Check out or stop in to learn about all the new upcoming classes for kids 18 months up to 12 years old, including Preschool Dance with United Dance Arts, Girls Adventure Nights, and Spring Break Camp. All classes are held at Discovery Cottage at 1155 Harrison.

Portage parks

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

Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

The annual dance is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, in Oakwood Hall. The cost is $40 per couple; $15 per additional daughter. The evening includes dinner, beverage, dessert, entertainment, a corsage and a memoir photo. Couples must register with the Portage Parks Department by today.

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) 465-3586. For more information, visit

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About Valparaiso

City of Valparaiso
166 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-1161

Police Department
355 S. Washington St. Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-2135

Fire Department
2605 Cumberland Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-8325

Parks & Recreation
3210 North Campbell Street Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 462-5144

Valparaiso Community Schools
3801 N. Campbell St. Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 531-3000