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Porter County Parks offer summer programs

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The Porter County Parks and Recreation Department lists its activities and programs available to residents for their wellness and enjoyment throughout the next few weeks.

To register for any programs or for more information, call (219)-734-0203 or e-mail bkreiger@porterco.org

*  Reiki Level 1: Reiki is a Japanese technique for working with the life energy that flows through our bodies. On Sunday, June 1, the Reiki Level 1 class at Brincka Cross Gardens (427 E. Furnessville Rd.) will teach the techniques to increase and direct that energy for relaxation and optimal well being. The class will last from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants must take Reiki 1 before participating in Reiki 2. Cost is $40.

*  Youth Track & Field: Registration is still open! Boys and Girls (ages 4-12) of all skill levels are welcome to join the Porter County Parks track team. Each Thursday from June 5 to July 24 at 5:30 to 7 p.m. participants will have the opportunity to compete in 4 events (field and running) each meet. Children will run with youngsters their own age, with boys and girls in separate divisions. Porter County Parks will compete against the Valpo YMCA, Highland Parks Department, and the Valparaiso Parks Department. Meets are tentatively scheduled for the following Saturday mornings: June 28, July 12, 19 and 26. Cost for this program is $45.

*  Duneland Photography Club: Club members meet monthly to discuss topics related to photography. The next meeting is going to be Tuesday, June 3, at Sunset Hill Farm (775 N. Meridian Road) from 7-9 p.m. Topics range from camera basics to post processing of pictures. For more information email DunelandPhotoClub@gmail.com.

*  Gardenside Chat: On every Monday and Wednesday from June until October, meet the Park Horticulturist from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm to help plant, weed and maintain the garden and ask your own gardening questions. This is a free program.

*  Acrylic Painting: All skill levels are welcome to attend this art class on Monday, June 2, at the South Haven Public Library under the guidance of an experienced instructor. A painting surface will be provided. Cost is $10.

*  Gentle Yoga and Strength Training for Seniors: Sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital Senior Circle: Every Thursday until June 5 at the Hebron Public Library from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. this Gentle Yoga and Strength Training class, Taught by a Yoga Fit Certified Instructor, will teach the basics of gentle yoga while sitting in a chair. The Parks Department will also incorporate the use of TheraBands for gentle strength training. Cost is $5 for each session or $30 for the entire series.

*  Meet the Animals: On Friday, June 6, families are invited to stop by Sunset Hill Farm from 10 to 11 a.m. to meet the animals and their caretakers. This is a free program.

*  Family Hikes: On Saturday, June 7, come out and enjoy Sunset Hill Farm with the park naturalist from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A new month will always bring a new topic for exploring and discussing from geology to history and beyond. This is a free program.

*  Boot Camp at Sunset-Sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital: Join a master level trainer at Sunset Hill for an invigorating hour long workout that is guaranteed to work your body from head to toe. Sessions will be on Saturdays from 7-8 a.m. from now to June 14. Open to men and women 18 years and older. Cost is $5 per session or $35 for the series.

*  Four-week Meditation Series: Each Friday from May 23 to June 13, join an instructor at Brincka-Cross Gardens from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to learn the ins and outs of meditation, which will focus on both the mind and body. Participants must attend a Meditation Workshop before participating in the 4 week Meditation Series. Cost for the series is $35 or $10 per each session.

*  Year Round Run Club: On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., join the Sunset Hill Run Club for a run to discover the beauty of Sunset Hill. The length of the run varies but will traverse grass, hills and woodland trails. This is a free program.

*  Womenís Walk Club at Sunset Hill Farm County Park-sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital: Come to Sunset Hill for a walk on the challenging terrain of the park, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9 a.m. The walk will traverse grass, hills, and woodland trails. Must be 18 years or older. This is a free program.

*  Weekly Open Studio with Acrylics: Beginners will learn basic painting techniques from an experienced acrylic painter. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm. Seasoned artists are also welcome to come and bring their own ideas for projects. No personal supplies needed.

*  Sunset Dog Walkers at Sunset Hill Farm County Park: Bring your four-legged friend on a leash for a walk on the trails at Sunset Hill Farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. The walk will offer wellness information and encouragement for the dogs and their walkers. Must be 18 years or older. This is a free program.

*  Weekday Walk at Sunset Hill Farm County Park: Come to Sunset Hill for a walk on the challenging terrain of the park. The program continues each Wednesday at 6 p.m. until Oct. 29. The walk will traverse grass, hills, and woodland trails. Open to men and women 18 years or older. This is a free program.

 

Posted 5/30/2014