Valpo Parks Briefs, December 30, 2014

valpo-parksVisit 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.

Special for ValPLAYso Faceplates until Jan 20
Use that Christmas or Holiday photo of kids, families, company staff, and other groups to share in a permanent display at ValPLAYso in the Face Place. Special holiday pricing is available on Face Plates through Jan. 20. Each faceplate purchase helps fund the Face Place which will be built between the hand tile walls and the new playground. With four sizes from which to choose, prices range from only $80 to $500. Pictures can be uploaded for faceplate purchase at A video demonstrates how to use the photo upload process and an FAQ section is available to offer details.

2015 Shelter Reservations begin January 5
Monday, January 5 will be the first day patrons are able to reserve picnic shelters and other facilities for 2015 events. Shelters and facilities are rented on a first come, first served basis. Full payment is due at the time of reservation. The reservation fees are nonrefundable. Reservations may be made in person at the Parks office from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or by phone at 219-462-5144. (Central Park Plaza, Porter Health Amphitheater, and the William E. Urschel Pavilion require reservations through the facility manager.)

Olympic Softball Clinic
Softball players age 8 and older can learn from Olympians. Women’s Fast-pitch Softball Team Olympians Michelle Venturella & Leslie Malerich will teach a skills clinic on January 11, 2015 at the Valparaiso High School Field House from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Players will be grouped by ages and high school players will be grouped in accordance with IHSAA rules. Coaches are also welcome. The clinic will focus on hitting, catching, and pitching Registration for the clinic ends January 8, 2015. Price is $60 per player or coach. All Valpo Parks players/coaches receive $5 off.

Butterfly Garden Class
Class offers successful tips on starting and maintaining a butterfly sanctuary at home. Start a butterfly garden in the winter months and watch the transformation of the crawling caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. Class is three Tuesdays January 13, February 17, May 19 from 6::00 - 7:30 p.m. at Banta, 601 Beech St. Included with class are take-home instructions, milkweed seedlings, and eggs or caterpillars as the summer unfolds. Register by January 5. Price is $25.

Fishing Derby at Lakewood
Friends of Fishing and Valpo Parks host will host an Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, January 24, 6:00 AM to Noon at Rogers-Lakewood Park. Fishing enthusiasts of all ages can compete to catch the longest fish through the ice on the Rogers-Lakewood waters. Categories in youth and adult divisions include Bass, Crappie, Panfish and Walleye. The price per entry is $10.00 for pre-registered adults and $5.00 for pre-registered youth under age 17. Derby day registration is $15.00 per adult and $7 per youth under age 17. Proceeds raised from the derby will benefit the fund for a new boat ramp at Loomis Lake. Derby will take place dependent on ice conditions.

Winter Clinics for Sports Skills
Sports skills clinics in baseball, softball, t-ball and soccer will take place through Valpo Parks in January, February and March. The Valparaiso University Men’s Soccer, Girl’s Softball, and PNC Baseball teams will teach the clinics at the VHS Field House. Each clinic will focus on individual and team development. Participants will go through skill stations designed to help push them to improve as an individual and team player. Details, dates and pricing for each sport can be found at

Free T’ai Chi Demo
Free demonstrations will be offered on January 24 to highlight this adult enrichment class, which is a system of calisthenics, consisting of sequences of very slow controlled movements. It is easy to learn and safe. Studies have shown it relieves pain and improves quality of life. The free demo is at the Banta Center located at 601 Beech Street on January 24 from 10:30-11:30 am. T’ai Chi classes begin January 28 and registration is available through the Valpo Parks office or website.

T’ai Chi Classes
The first sessions of T’ai Chi for Health, for Arthritis and Advanced classes begin in late January through mid-March, meeting on Mondays or Wednesdays for one hour. Time and day varies depending on the class. Classes are held at the Banta Center. The T’ai Chi sessions are designed for individuals age 18 and up. Price is $80 per person.

Latin Dance Class
Learn the steps of the hottest Latin dances in a 6 week session. This class will keep you moving and shaking, giving dancers a workout that is more fun than a run on the treadmill. Instruction includes Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Rumba. Classes are Monday nights February 2 – March 9 from 6:15-7:30 at the Banta Center, taught by Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Price is $75/87 per couple or $40/52 per individual.