Valpo Parks Briefs: December 2, 2014

By: Valpo Parks Last Updated: December 2, 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.

ValPLAYso Faceplates at Special Pricing
Special holiday pricing is available on Faceplates through Jan. 20. Individuals, families, companies, and groups can share their smile in a forever display at ValPLAYso in the Face Place. 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 $500 to only $80. Pictures can be uploaded for faceplate purchase at An FAQ section is available to offer details.

Touch a Truck Help Toys for Tots
Bull dozers, police cars, buses and more will be on hand for kids of all ages to see and touch. On Saturday, December 13 from 11:00 Am to 2:00 PM at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valpo, visitors can enjoy free hot chocolate and visit with some holiday characters, too. Touch a truck takes place to collect donations of new unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Donations can also be dropped off at the Valpo Parks Department office at 3210 N Campbell Street through December 17.

Broadway in Chicago Day Trip
A great holiday gift, January 3 is the next day trip through Valpo Parks Adult Enrichment programming for a matinee performance of Disney’s “Newsies.” It received 2012 Tony Awards for best choreography and best score. The day package includes a matinee ticket, motor coach transportation to and from Chicago’s Oriental Theater, and exclusive Suite Service prior to show and at intermission. Suite Service includes light snacks, private bar, desserts, private restroom, private coat check and first class attentive service. Register early; reservations sell quickly. Price is $149 per person; must be 21 years of age or older.

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.

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.

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.

Welter Room for Party Rentals
The Welter Room at Forest Park Golf Course is available for family gatherings, holiday parties, showers, or business meetings. Price is $175 for a 5-hour reservation between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. After 6:00 PM the price is $225 for 5 hours. Each additional hour is $25. Caterers are welcome. Limited kitchen facilities are available. Call 219-531-7888 for details and reservations.