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  • 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.

     
  • Sneak peek at new Stuart Sports Complex Oct 16, 2013 1:56 PM
    The Stuart Sports Complext in Montgomery is shaping up to be a thing of beauty, says Jeff Long of the Fox Valley Park District.

     
  • Bringing prairies back to the parks in Kane County Oct 9, 2013 2:43 PM
    Not long ago, before urban sprawl, before the industrial revolution and before the advent of agriculture, Illinois was a land of natural lushness. Today, however, less than two percent of those lands remains. Fortunately, prairie restoration projects in recent years have become more numerous, and the Fox Valley Park District is among those driving the efforts.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • 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.

     
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