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.
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.
Valpo Tri online registration
Registration is available online for the July 12 sprint-length triathlon. The event begins and ends in Rogers-Lakewood Park and is great for competitive athlete as well as the triathlon novice. Register online at www.valpotri.net. Price is $60 for USAT members, $72 for all others. Team price is $120 plus $12 per non-USAT member on the team. Registration is available through July 6.
Slow dance workshop
Learn a variety of dance styles in this nine-week class. For 16 and older, the program takes place on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Park Enrichment Center. Price is $75/87 per couple or $40/52 per individual. Singles are encouraged to sign up and will be paired with a partner at class time.
Valpo Parks operates two golf courses, Creekside with 9- and 3-hole courses, plus the 18-hole course Forest Park Golf Course. To check out the latest specials and hours, visit www.valparaisogolf.com or go to the Valparaiso Golf Course on Facebook.
Discovery Camps weekly
Extreme Challenge, Science Seekers and CSI are the themes that start Discovery Camps weekly summer programs located at Rogers-Lakewood. Ages 3 up to Grade 8 attend age-appropriate day time camps through Aug. 8. Sign up for a week by the Wednesday prior.
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.
Portage Community Market
The Portage Community Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday at Woodland Park in the front parking lot, through Sept. 28.
Music in the Park
There is live music in the park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
Summer camp continues for ages 3 to 14. Call for details.
4th of July parade
Get your applications for the parade. Lineup starts at 9 a.m. with first float out at 11 a.m.; from Willowcreek Middle School, down Willowcreek to Lute Road.
The 4th of July Festival will have gates open at 5 p.m. at Willowcreek Middle School will music and food vendors from 6 to 9 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. Parade winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m.
Kids' cooking camp
Register at Woodland Park for kids' cooking camp from July 14 to 18; space is limited to 30. Cost is $35 for residents, $40 for others.
Porter County Parks
Register for all programs by calling (219) 734-0203. For more information, visit www.portercountyparks.org.
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.
Meet the animals
Families are invited to stop by Sunset Hill Farm and meet the animals and their caretakers from 10 to 11 a.m. today and July 5.
Camp FUNset registration still open
FUNset Olympics will kick off Monday. Camp is open to first- to eighth-graders and is $80/session (scholarships are available). Call (219) 465-3586.
Go Fish-IN at Brookdale
Come to Brookdale and learn to tie knots, prepare a hook, proper casting and safety in and around water, weather permitting. This event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Brookdale.
Reiki 2: The Next Level
Continue your learning and practice the art of Reiki from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brincka Cross Gardens. Cost is $40. Participants must take Reiki 1 before participating in Reiki 2.
Meet the Park Horticulturist at Sunset Hill to help plant, weed and maintain the garden and ask your own gardening questions from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, through October.
Year-round run club
Join the Sunset Hill Run Club for a run to discover the beauty of Sunset Hill from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The length of the run varies but will traverse grass, hills and woodland trails.
Open studio with acrylics
Beginners will learn basic painting techniques from an experienced acrylic painter from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Sunset Hill Farm. Cost is $5. Seasoned artists are also welcome to come and bring their own ideas for projects. No personal supplies needed.
Family hikes are offered 11 a.m. to noon today and July 5 at Sunset Hill Farm.
Young Artists at Sunset Hill
Youth painting instruction for all skill levels, where the focus of the project is different each month, is from 1 to 2 p.m. July 12 at Sunset Hill Farm. Cost is $8. Participants will create and take home their project the same day.
Escape the weekday grind by coming out to enjoy a relaxing evening activity with the park naturalist from 6 to 7 p.m. July 16 at Sunset hill Farm.