Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

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Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes

With the last of the freezing nights and the beginning of sap flow, maple trees are tapped for their sweet sap which is boiled into delicious maple syrup. In the 1870s, Swedish immigrants Anders and Johanna “Kjellberg” bought 80 acres in Porter County, Indiana, to establish a modest family farm. They were the first of…

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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 12-15, 2022 at the 8th Annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. The festival is a partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education…

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Valpo Parks Announces Fitness Programs for Adults

Valpo Parks is offering a variety of adult fitness programs that are designed to engage adults at any fitness level.   Choose from dance lessons, Yoga, T’ai Chi, or X-Your Size interval and resistance training.  Dance lessons include sessions on slow dance, Latin dance, wedding dance, and a New Year’s review.  Sessions begin as early as…

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Snowball Softball – LaPorte Winterfest

     The “Snowball Softball” Adult Coed Tournament returns to Lions Field at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29th, 2022 and will be held come snow or more snow. The double-elimination tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. NSA coed rules apply. Team awards for first, second and third place and individual awards for…

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LaPorte Winterfest

The 2022 Annual WinterFest, organized by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department, returns January 27-39th, 2023, with many of the events enjoyed over the past years as well a couple new twists to bring a blast of winter fun to town.  Check back often for updates to the WinterFest line up! FRIDAY – JANUARY…

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Horizon Bank Gives $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens

Horizon Bank has demonstrated its commitment to the Northwest Indiana community by donating $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens (FBG). On November 29th, Steve Kring, the Laporte County Market President for Horizon Bank, officially presented a check to the FBG board of directors. Horizon’s gift will fund the creation of a new garden dedicated to cancer…

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Taltree Announces Winter Programs!

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ winter/spring program schedule is now online at Programs cover a variety of nature, health and recreation topics and are geared toward adults, children and families. Taltree Was renamed Gabis Arboretum in 2018. Here are some of their programs held in 2017. Winter Yoga, Winter Tree ID Class, Cabela’s Winter Sports…

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Winterfest at Indiana Dunes

     Celebrate the season when you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes! Join park staff and partners for a variety of hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Fun will be had by all–with or without snow. We will be hosting a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center,…

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Winter Open House At Dunes Learning Center

     Dunes Learning Center invites the public to become campers with an afternoon of family fun in nature on a Saturday in the Middle of January each year from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.         This free event offers indoor and outdoor activities led by the center’s team of knowledgeable naturalists. Guided hikes, crafts, nature games,…

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Winter Lights Drive Thru – Sunset Hill Park

       Don’t forget that the Winter Lights Drive renamed Holiday Lights Drive Thru is open nightly at Sunset Hill Park from dusk thru 9 pm Nov. 19th, 2022 through January 1st, 2023 – FREE!  The drive thru features a lighting of a display of myriad, dazzling light displays throughout the park.      The light…

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