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  • Prescribed burns: Beneficial fires spark nature’s beauty Nov 11, 2014 9:51 AM
    Smokey Bear always warned us – don’t play with fire! But ’ol Smokey approves of prescribed burns. Contrary to destructive wildfires, these are purposely planned and serve to enhance woodlands, prairies and park areas.

     
  • Colleges work to educate engaged residents Nov 3, 2014 3:15 PM
    At first glance, the connection between fallen leaves and ballots may not be readily apparent. Certainly, the act of raking leaves is as much a symbol of fall as the American rite of the November Election Day.

     
  • Fall glory: Pumpkin Weekends, Paws in the Park Oct 1, 2014 2:37 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District kicks off a big weekend with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, and Sunday is Paws in the Park at Lincoln Park.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District to hold community garage sale Sep 21, 2014 3:53 PM
    Find bargains from 20 sellers in one location, when the Fox Valley Park District holds a community-wide garage sale Saturday, Sept. 27, in Aurora.

     
  • Watch the Zombie Invasion in Aurora on Saturday Sep 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    Stuart Sports Complex is one lively place, where action-loaded athletic events keep everybody’s pulse pounding. But on Saturday, Stuart will be invaded by the living dead, turning this sports-centric spread into a mecca for mayhem. In the early evening twilight of Sept. 20, real-life zombies — at least the undead ones — will rise from their haunts for the Fox Valley Park District’s Zombie Invasion 5K.

     
  • Civil War Days revived at Aurora's Blackberry Farm Aug 14, 2014 9:33 AM
    Reading history is one thing. Seeing it acted out and relived brings even greater impact. It will all come to life this weekend at historical Blackberry Farm, where a new event — Civil War Days — stages a full-scale re-enactment of this central event in American history.

     
  • Stories, battles of Civil War come alive at Aurora’s Blackberry Farm Aug 13, 2014 3:27 PM
    Blackberry Farm will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a weekend-long event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. Civil War Days will be a full-scale re-enactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters will stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District board to be elected, not appointed Jul 24, 2014 6:00 PM
    Commissioners for the Fox Valley Park District, the second-largest in the state, will be elected rather than appointed by county board chairmen. "I would never argue against democracy," Kane chairman Chris Lauzen said, while expressing some misgivings about the change, which takes effect in 2017.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

     
  • Three DuPage-area park districts receive state construction grants Jul 8, 2014 1:58 PM
    Three area park districts — Naperville, West Chicago and Fox Valley — will receive a total of $7 million in state grant money for construction projects, officials said. Naperville Park District will receive $2.5 million of that total for a new activity center — the maximum amount possible through the state’s Park and Recreation Construction grants program. The West Chicago Park District also is receiving $2.5 million and the Fox Valley Park District is getting $2 million.

     
  • ‘Harvey Sterkel Field’ coming to Aurora Jun 4, 2014 2:12 PM
    Harvey Sterkel was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of fastpitch softball. Through the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Fastpitch Softball Association, “Harvey Sterkel Field” will be dedicated at Stuart Sports Complex around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10.

     
  • Bring your own boat to canoe and kayak race May 28, 2014 3:01 AM
    You can still sign up for the 53rd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, which takes place Sunday, June 1, from either St. Charles for the 10-mile course or from Batavia for 6 miles.

     
  • Blackberry Farm: Growing better with age Apr 24, 2014 7:01 AM
    Blackberry Farm and its unique charm will be on display in all its glory starting next Thursday, May 1, when the barn doors swing open to the public for the 45th year. Since 1969, the historic pioneer village and farm has delighted and educated generations of visitors. All the traditional favorites like the steam-engine replica train, carousel, hay wagon rides and pedal tractors remain intact, accentuated by new features and amenities that will make each visit all the more exciting.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District awarded $400,000 grant for Copley I Park Apr 14, 2014 9:04 AM
    Fox Valley Park District receives $400,000 grant for Copley I Park.

     
  • Fox Valley Park Dist. offers update Apr 8, 2014 6:33 PM
    Staff members of the Fox Valley Park District will be on hand at 84th District state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit’s office from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 to provide information on current projects, budget needs and future developments in the park district’s strategic plan that lasts until 2016.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District offers two-for-one deal Apr 7, 2014 1:52 PM
    Summer will arrive eventually — it always does — and, based on recent years, we’ll have plenty of hot, scorching days. That’s why the time is right — now — to make plans for keeping cool during the solar vortex that’s sure to come.

     
  • Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parks Apr 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Despite this polar vortex that won’t let go, the spring season is starting to flex its muscles, ready to give the cold weather a swift and final kick into oblivion. It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate, which the Fox Valley Park District plans to do on Saturday, April 26, with its sixth annual Spring Spruce-Up. The district’s biggest volunteer event of the year brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.

     
  • Park volunteers wanted Apr 2, 2014 5:27 PM
    Fox Valley Park District is seeking volunteers for its spring spruce-up day on April 26.

     
  • Get your spring started at MapleFest Saturday Mar 11, 2014 11:17 AM
    Red Oak Nature Center will be offering an early, sweet taste of spring on Saturday, March 15, when the annual MapleFest takes place. The event is free to the public, and registration is requested only for groups of 10 or more.

     
  • Frozen now, but Fox River will be hoppin’ for Mid-Am Race Feb 27, 2014 8:01 AM
    For much of this winter, the Fox River has looked more like frozen tundra than a vibrant waterway; a cold, white sheen of snow-caked ice, crisscrossed by wayward snowmobile trails and skinny ski tracks. But the Fox will spring to life on the first Sunday in June as the Mid-America Canoe and Kayak Race returns for its 53rd year running.

     
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