Valpo Parks Briefs: August 25, 2014

Lil-Kernal-Puff-Race-(60)Visit the Valpo Parks website for information on all programs at Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the Parks Office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 219.462.5144.

Popcorn Panic Registration
The traditional race that marks the beginning of the Popcorn Fest for many with this 5 mile run or 5K walk takes place Saturday, September 6 at Central Park Plaza. Start time is 7:30 AM for those ages 10 and over. Register online, at the Parks office or at Extra Mile Fitness. Price is $35 per person.

Lit’l Kernel Puff Registration
Kids aged 2 to 9 years old can participate in the race tradition of Popcorn Fest with this kid-friendly version. Kids run for fun in age group heats; distances vary from 100 to 300 yards. Everyone who runs receives a participation ribbon. Register early as space is limited to 675 kids. Price is $20 per person.

Fitness Class at Fairground Parks LifeTrail Equipment
The LifeTrail® Advanced Wellness System at Fairgrounds Park is the site of this new exercise class taught by Faithful Road Fitness and endorsed by the Valpo Parks Department. A certified trainer will instruct class three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday starting September 2 through October 10, at 5:30 AM rain or shine. Sessions start and end with a fitness test to gauge participant progress. This first session will instruct users how to utilize the equipment for weight loss and burning fat. Price is $75 per person.

Dr. Seuss on the Loose for 3 – 5 years old
Children will go on an exciting journey into the popular story book. Their creative minds will be put to work bringing the story to life. This Thursday class runs September 9 – October 2 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in Discovery Cottage at 1155 Harrison Blvd. Price is $72 for city residents and $84 for non-residents.

Friday Night Science
Parents can get a couple hours to themselves on Friday night as Discovery Cottage is turned into a science lab. Electric Circuits will be the subject with a new instructor on September 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The science class is for youth ages 6 -12 and is located at 1155 Harrison Boulevard from. Price is $25 for city residents and $37 for non-residents.

Wine, Stein, and Spirits Fall Color Tour
Take a three stop tour to experience fall's seasonal colors. Destinations include Journeyman Distillery (Union Pier, MI), Round Barn Winery, Distillery, Brewery (Baroda, MI), and The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI). Departure from Valpo Parks Department administrative office will be at 10 AM for the all day excursion, returning at 7 PM. Price is $89 per person. Minimum age: 21.

ValPLAYso Volunteers for October 6-13 Build
The success of ValPLAYso - The Next Generation project relies upon volunteer support of the community. Individuals and groups are invited to assist in a wide variety of areas during the week long build. Online volunteer registration and more information is available at