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  • Park district issues call for bluebird monitors Mar 3, 2015 2:28 PM
    With the valuable help of community volunteers, the Fox Valley Park District has instituted a Bluebird Boxes Monitoring Program to help facilitate the recovery of bluebird populations and increase their presence in our parks and public places.

  • Fitness Fun Fair: Energizing kids for a healthy future Feb 4, 2015 3:50 PM
    For the sake of kids’ health, their well-being and their futures, incorporating fitness into their fun — and vice versa — makes for a winning game plan. That’s what the Fitness Fun Fair for Kids aims to do.

  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

  • Fox Valley Park District brings Addams Family to life in musical Jan 7, 2015 12:48 PM
    "The Addams Family: A New Musical" hits the stage at the Fox Valley Park District's Prisco Center in Aurora this weekend, bringing plenty of music, laughter, and creepy fun.

  • Toys for Tots: We’re all invited to play Dec 10, 2014 1:05 PM
    While some families enjoy overflow holiday celebrations and plentiful presents under the tree, the less fortunate raise a cup that’s half-empty. So once again, the Fox Valley Park District is working as an active partner in local collection efforts to provide gifts for children as part of the national Toys for Tots program.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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 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.

  • 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.

  • Piloting sustainability, FVPD a green leader Feb 13, 2014 3:01 PM
    Sustainability initiatives go back to the very origins of the Fox Valley Park District, which was created in 1947 to “protect and preserve scenic vistas along the Fox River,” among many other aspirations.

  • Barbecues and picnics – reserve your summer site Jan 29, 2014 2:16 PM
    It may be cold outside, but the Fox Valley Park District is already looking ahead to spring and summer. On Monday, Feb. 3, the outdoor party season begins — at least the planning part — when picnic shelter reservations become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • ‘Shrek’ takes the stage at Fox Valley Park District Jan 8, 2014 3:11 PM
    Life doesn’t always go as planned — even in fairy tales. But a few detours and reroutes can make for an adventurous trip — as in the case of a hulking, green ogre named Shrek.

  • Fox Vally Park District wants to hear from residents Nov 13, 2013 2:33 PM
    What do you think? The Fox Valley Park District wants to know — with a survey campaign that’s all about listening. The park district values two-way communication, because it’s essential in determining how to best serve its 233,000 residents across Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery.

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