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Prairie Magic Music Festival at Sunset Hill Park is a Hit with Local Music Lovers


On Saturday, Porter County Parks and Recreation celebrated its annual Prairie Magic Music Festival at beautiful Sunset Hill Park and gave residents a show to remember and a night of music and fun. The festival was a celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk and Americana music and gave families a chance to get out and enjoy not just the music, but also the great food, craft beer, games and even bounce houses for the kids.

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NWI Playground Review: Butterfly Meadows Park in Valparaiso


If you interact with children at all, odds are you've run into more than one that loves the park. From swings to slides and everything in between, there is something about a trip to the park that brings pure joy into a child’s eyes.

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South Shore Line’s Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle Offers a Free Ride to Area Beaches


Imagine traveling to the beach without worrying about the drive or hassle of parking! The South Shore Line along the Dunes learning center and the national park service, is helping make this a reality by offering a FREE Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle for the second consecutive year. Worrying about transportation is a thing of the past, as South Shore Line makes traveling through Northwest Indiana even easier. In their efforts to make a day of fun as simple as possible, they’ve added a way to enjoy the beach without driving!

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Foundation's Unique Creekside Classic Raises Money for Valpo Parks


More than two dozen junior golfers age 12 and under participated in the Creekside Classic For Kids Skills competition on July 20 at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center in Valparaiso. Juniors competed in six skill areas and the winners were:

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Purdue Extension – Porter County is Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 Master Gardener Classes

Po-Co-Master-Gardener-Show-2014-1If you love gardening and would like to share your passion with others, Purdue Extension – Porter County wants you! “We are accepting applications for the fall class, which will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 5 through Nov. 28,” said Lyndsay Ploehn, Purdue Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Associated Educator. Classes will be held 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT at the Porter County Government Center on Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso. Anyone with a green thumb and a desire to help the community through gardening programs is invited to apply.

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Summer 2017 Is Still in Session at Valpo Parks

Summer-Is-Still-in-Session-at-Valpo-Parks-2017Summer Fun for Kids:
Log on to for more information. Register online, in person or over the phone at the Valpo Parks office, 219-462-5144.

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Porter County Parks & Recreation Welcomes Visitors to Come Explore Brookdale Park


Brookdale Park was originally Brookdale Farm, owned by the Michaels family. Porter County Parks & Recreation acquired the land in 2010 from Barney Michaels, partially funded by a grant from the Lake Michigan Coastal Program, a program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. This small park is located at 919 N. 50 W. in Liberty Township. It is open from dawn to dusk.

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Valparaiso Parks Department's Annual Fourth of July Blast: New Location, Same Fun


It was a beautiful night full of laughter, live music, and a patriotic firework display as the City of Valparaiso and the Valparaiso Parks Department kicked off the annual Fourth of July Blast, this year at a new location. The fireworks show was hosted at the corner of Vale Park Road and Valparaiso Street for the first time in the show’s history.

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Summertime is the Perfect Time to Bring Your Bikes on the South Shore Line!


Imagine taking your bike to the Indiana Dunes for the day and biking along their beautiful trails or spending the day in Chicago without having to worry about utilizing expensive transportation throughout the city. These are just two of many realities made possible by the Bikes on Trains program offered by the South Shore Line.

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Valpo Parks Monday Shorts, June 26, 2017

Valpo-Parks-Monday-Shorts-2017A quick look at the week ahead...
NEW! Mommy and Me Yoga: Focusing on the developmental needs of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Meditation, storytelling, games, poses, and creative expression are included in this yoga class. August 16 - October 4.

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Valpo Parks Briefs, June 23, 2017

Valpo-Parks-Briefs-June-23-2017Youth Back to School Soccer Register Now!
June 30 is the deadline to sign up for Youth Co-ed Back to School Soccer. Games begin August 5.

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