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  • 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.

  • Fitness Fun Fair a great play for kids, families Feb 13, 2013 2:12 PM
    Admit it — you’re one of “them.” You’re one of those who tells the kids to take a break from Xbox and PlayStation. You implore them to get out of the gaming chair, go outside and play, stop texting and “get off the computer already!”

  • Barbecues and picnics – time to reserve your summer site Jan 28, 2013 2:21 PM
    It's not quite time to proclaim spring is here, but you can certainly begin to plan for it. The Fox Valley Park District is already envisioning those warm-weather days. On Friday, Feb. 1, the doors fly open for the outdoor party season as picnic shelter reservations for the 2013 season will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 'Anything Goes' sings with high-seas hilarity in Aurora Jan 10, 2013 2:26 PM
    There's something magical about seeing a vintage show come to life, when yesterday's classic is transformed into a fresh-yet-familiar masterpiece by talented new performers. That would certainly describe the upcoming Winter Stage performance of “Anything Goes,” set for four performances Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13, at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora.

  • Fox Valley parks budget focuses on maintaining 4 years of additions Dec 25, 2012 7:00 AM
    Since 2008, the Fox Valley Park District has purchased 112 acres, bridged a gap on the Fox River Trail and made upgrades to Blackberry Farm, Red Oak Nature Center and Stuart Sports Complex, spending all but $5 million of the $44.8 million approved in a 2008 referendum. Now, says Executive Director Nancy McCaul, "The vast majority of our budget is going to be maintaining what we have."

  • Learn money saving tips from ‘Super Coupon Queen’ in Aurora Dec 4, 2012 2:37 PM
    Coupons and a smart shopping game plan are as good as gold in today's economy. Jill Cataldo will detail the secrets and strategies from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, with a workshop at the Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora.

  • Catch a ride on the Polar Express in Aurora Nov 23, 2012 9:45 AM
    The Polar Express train is welcoming all aboard during the first two weekends in December at Blackberry Farm for its annual Yuletide celebration amid thousands of glittering lights. "There will literally be thousands and thousands of twinkling lights, from the ticket window at the train depot to the trees along the walkways," said facility supervisor Sandy Smith. "It's a holiday spectacle; a true winter wonderland."

  • Vets work out free this month in Fox Valley Parks centers Nov 5, 2012 8:48 AM
    The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November to be Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with an offer of free admission at its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans may visit any park district fitness facility an unlimited number of times for no charge.

  • A monumental thanks to all our veterans Nov 1, 2012 7:47 AM
    Back in 1989, a memorable event took place in the heart of Aurora as part of a national movement. For several days in May of that year, the Veterans Memorial Moving Wall was stationed at what was then known as Illinois Avenue Island Park. Meant to serve as a traveling tribute to all of our nation's veterans, the wall was visited by more than 150,000 well-wishers.

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