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2016 Naturepalooza a Big Success

Naturepalooza-a-Big-Success-2016The 17th Annual Naturepalooza held last Saturday, June 25 at Rogers Lakewood Park was a major success! “We had more visitors this year than ever. Scores of people, many new to the event, engaged in 20+ free activities and exhibits.” said coordinator Walt Breitinger. Lectures included two timely academic topics regarding native and invasive plants by botanist Dave Hamilla who provided recipes for wild edibles as Dr. Joy Marburger shared her slides of pollen from her research regarding native and hybrid cattails. Lunch included a salad prepared with local invasive plants harvested by Kathy Sipple of 219 Green Connect.

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Volunteers Needed for 2016 Valpo Tri on July 16

NWI-Tri-group-2016Volunteer spots at the 14th Valpo Triathlon on July 16 is available in many areas: finish line, food tent, transition area, bike or run course assistance and registration. On race day, volunteers will get a volunteer shirt, coffee and donuts, as well as access to the food tent after the race. To volunteer online, individuals can go to and click on the “Volunteer” tab.

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What to Do with a Sick Blue Spruce

What-to-Do-with-a-Sick-Blue-Spruce_01A number of area homeowners are scratching their heads over their blue spruce trees. According to Lyndsay Ploehn, Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate for Purdue Extension – Porter County, people are calling to ask why their trees are losing needles or branches are turning brown.

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Skate Again at Central Park in Valpo

Skate-Again-at-Central-Park-in-ValpoSummer Skates roll into Central Park Plaza this Monday as the Valpo Parks and the Valpo Family YMCA bring roller skating to the William E. Urschel Pavilion. "We had a great response with ice skating this winter," said Valpo Parks Director John Seibert. "We wanted to offer a similar experience this summer - with roller skating. We are glad to partner with the YMCA to take the popular Valpo Skates outdoors and bring it downtown."

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Chasing Dreams' Summer Camp Gives Campers with Special Needs a Fun Week Away


As I step foot onto Camp Lawrence, I was welcomed with warm smiles. It was the morning of Thursday, June 8, otherwise known as the beginning of the Chasing Dreams Dream Summer Camp, and one could just sense the excitement in the air. The Dream Summer camp is a camp for kids with special needs from the ages of 5-22.

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Tower Park Renovation Receives a Gift to Renovate the Baseball/Softball Field


Renovation of Tower Park is getting another significant boost with a lead gift from the Samardzija family to renovate the baseball/softball field in the park at Franklin Street and Evans Avenue. The Valparaiso Parks Department and the Valparaiso Parks Foundation gratefully announce this gift as the latest in a series of public private partnerships that will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Valpo Parks Department and Samardzija Announce Samardzija Field Upgrade for Tower Park


Valparaiso Parks has made an exciting announcement concerning the future of Valpo's Tower Park baseball field.

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City of Whiting Welcomes Rivich Antiques & Enterprises to Whiting Lakefront Park

City-of-Whiting-Welcomes-Rivich-Antiques-and-Enterprises-to-Whiting-Lakefront-ParkThe City of Whiting is excited to welcome Rivich Antiques & Enterprises to Whiting Lakefront Park, who will be holding their auction ‘The Vintage Board of Trade’ on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 p.m in the park pavilion. The auction will feature 300 lots of vintage Chicago design pieces including old advertising, jewelry, home decor, mid century furniture, art, and even garden items.

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Valpo Parks Summer Day Camp Opens June 6

Valpo-Parks-Discovery-Camps-2016The Valpo Parks is ready for summer and registration for its Discovery Day Camp is now open. The first week of summer camp, which is held at the 122-acre Rogers-Lakewood Park, begins June 6. Ten weeks of day camps are available for boys and girls, preschool thru eighth grade; campers are divided into age-appropriate groups.

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Valparaiso’s Bike to Work Week is May 16 - 20, 2016

Valpo-Bike-to-Work-Week-2016The Valpo Parks invites community members to celebrate National Bike to Work Week by pedaling to work during the week of May 16-20. The Valpo Parks encourages residents to show their support of the national event by posting their ride-to-work photos, mileage and bike-friendly businesses on the Facebook page for “Valpo Parks.”

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Valpo Parks Foundation Honors "Legends" and "Legendary Friends" at Annual Awards Reception


For the past six years, the Valpo Parks Foundation has been honoring Valparaiso “Friends & Legends” that have changed the landscape of the town for the better. This year kept on that same path for 2016’s celebration and awards reception. The foundation handed out the honors at downtown’s gorgeous Urschel E. Pavilion amongst some of Valpo’s greatest cheerleaders and the families and friends of the guests of honor.

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