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  • Pumpkin Weekends: Festive fall in all its glory Oct 2, 2013 3:27 PM
    Sweet as it is, the fall season is just too short. Dazzling autumn leaves and all their brilliant colors burst onto the scene suddenly, only to be whisked away on the next windy day. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District makes this glorious season last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm.

  • Park district helps students make beautiful music Sep 11, 2013 2:51 PM
    Let’s face it — not everybody is naturally gifted to make beautiful music, whether through voice, instrument or both. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District’s School of Performing Arts is providing expanded opportunities to develop those talents through the new Adagio Music Studio.

  • Zombie Invasion 5K comes to Blackberry Farm Sep 9, 2013 4:09 PM
    The Zombie Invasion 5K will invade Blackberry Farm on Saturday, Sept. 21, where a “race for survival” will spread across the grounds as darkness descends. Beginning at 5 p.m., this running event is a whole different race. Participants will not only run a 5K, but will be forced to scurry through a sea of zombies and a minefield of obstacles.

  • Bug Fest returns to Batavia Aug 21, 2013 4:40 PM
    The buzz is back as the Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, with insects as the star attraction. The event is completely free, with no registration required. “Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating … and often misunderstood,” said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia.

  • Summer intern shares his insights Aug 8, 2013 3:13 PM
    As a college senior pursuing a career in marketing, this summer really reinforced some important lessons — and I learned a thing or two about community involvement, as well. Through my classes at Aurora University, I’ve come to understand that strong relationships are integral to being a successful marketer. The relationships you build with others propel you forward in life.

  • Ted Callahan wins medals in powerlifting at Special Olympics Jul 19, 2013 12:31 PM
    NEDSRA participant Ted Callahan is known as the "Brahama Bull" to his friends because he is strong like a bull but has a personality as gentle as a lamb. He recently won several medals for powerlifting in Special Olympics Summer Games.

  • ‘Sound of Music’ hits all the high notes at Paramount Jul 18, 2013 9:59 AM
    One of the most popular, endearing musicals in the world, “The Sound of Music," hits the stage for four shows Friday through Sunday, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage program showcases a cast of 115 performers from age 6 to adult at the Paramount Theatre, Aurora.

  • Man charged in 2011 Aurora kidnapping, rape Jul 5, 2013 4:32 PM
    A 45-year-old Aurora man has been charged with raping, beating and kidnapping a woman from an Aurora park in August 2011. Tracy S. Taylor was indicted by a Kane County grand jury in late June and was being held on $1 million bail in Cook County on kidnapping charges, also from August 2011.

  • July is Park Month in the Fox Valley Park District Jul 1, 2013 3:18 PM
    It wasn’t long ago when “staycations” were all the rage. People quickly discovered they didn’t have to spend big bucks or drive long distances to enjoy good times with family and friends.

  • Hall of Famer Billy Casper to visit Golf for Kids outing in Aurora Jun 20, 2013 1:00 PM
    Hall-of-Fame golfer and PGA legend Billy Casper will make a visit to Aurora's Orchard Valley Golf Course on Monday, June 24, when the 19th annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing is held in support of local children.

  • Perfect conditions for Fox River canoe, kayak race Jun 2, 2013 6:26 PM
    Sunday's 52nd Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race was a complete contrast from last year, when the Fox River was at its lowest point in decades — almost too low to paddle the route from St. Charles to Aurora. This year, a swift current and what one official described as the highest water level seen in six years helped propel racers along the river without reaching dangerous speeds.

  • Fox Valley welcomes summer with water parks, wine and music May 29, 2013 2:41 PM
    As Aurora native and weatherman extraordinaire Tom Skilling will have us know, June 1 marks the official beginning of "meteorological summer." At the Fox Valley Park District, we've had summer programs and events in the plans since January. So we're more than ready for the warm-weather celebration to begin.

  • Paddling the Fox: ‘click here’ for your boat May 25, 2013 12:32 AM
    Renting a boat for the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Sunday, June 2 couldn't be more convenient. It's actually easier than 1-2-3. All you have to do is show up. Register online, and with a click of your mouse, you're good to go. Your boats, paddles and life jackets will be waiting at the start area for you and your group.

  • Jericho Lake Park to thrive with a new look May 15, 2013 2:34 PM
    Not long ago — circa the mid-80s — the western boundaries of Aurora and Montgomery were vast swathes of open space, and not much else. "We needed to do more with the land," Fox Valley Park District trustee J.A. Lippold said at the time, "and make more people-use' of it." Jericho Lake Park will soon join the modern movement with a slate of spectacular improvements to be implemented this summer and fall.

  • Sugar Grove, Aurora, Kane parks agencies get state grants May 15, 2013 11:29 AM
    The Sugar Grove Park District is getting $400,000 from the state toward the development of a park near Harter Middle School, the governor's office announced Monday. The Fox Valley Park District is also getting money for redevelopment of Jericho Lake, and the Kane County Forest Preserve District is receiving a grant for the Brunner Family Forest Preserve.

  • Flower Power Planting Party – can you dig it? May 8, 2013 4:20 PM
    A love of nature is love worth sharing, which the Fox Valley Park District will do again this season with its Flower Power Planting Parties. From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, groups of volunteer planting teams — perhaps you included — will take to the gardens in front of the Eola Community Center and Vaughan Athletic Center to roll up their sleeves and celebrate planting season.

  • Honked off? Here's to making peace with geese Apr 11, 2013 1:30 PM
    It was a rare sight in those days. To catch a glimpse of a Canada goose — and hear the characteristic honking as a flock flew over in V formation — was a thrill for this young boy. It's not quite the same feeling today. Across suburban landscapes, Canada geese are as common as dirt, and even less popular.

  • Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parks Mar 27, 2013 3:48 PM
    Spring is a time of revival. It's the same spirit that drove the Fox Valley Park District to create its annual Spring Spruce-Up event five years ago. It's the district's biggest volunteer event of the year, and it brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.

  • Young Wolf Park on the run to glory Feb 22, 2013 6:35 AM
    Six years ago, Julio Mercado created the Wolf Pack Junior Running Club, and it's been full-speed ahead ever since. Based at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, the Wolf Pack offers opportunities for children ages 5 to 18 to get involved in the sport of running and enjoy the benefits. "Through running, I wanted to provide local kids with ways to get active and be involved in something healthy," Mercado said.

  • Development of Lippold Park continues in Aurora Feb 14, 2013 11:31 AM
    Further development of Lippold Park will continue this spring, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees Feb. 11 of an $814,500 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

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