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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Zombie Invasion 5K: Can you survive? Sep 11, 2012 11:24 AM
    So you're a fast runner? Would you run faster if you were being chased by hungry zombies? Find out — if you dare — on Friday, Oct. 5, when the living dead will infest Blackberry Farm for the inaugural Zombie Invasion 5K.

  • Learn all about insects at Bug Fest Aug 23, 2012 10:53 AM
    The buzz is back as Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Red Oak Nature Center, with insects as the star attraction. The event is free, with no registration required. "Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating and often misunderstood," said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at the Red Oak.

  • Waubonsie Lake: A local treasure discovered anew Jul 30, 2012 2:46 PM
    As the saying goes, there's really nothing like being there. Such is the case with Waubonsie Lake Park. On behalf of the Fox Valley Park District, I'd done numerous press announcements over the last 18 months detailing all the renovations and improvements taking place at this beautiful park. But a recent check-in changed everything and created an even greater sense of appreciation.

  • Keep busy in July, Park and Recreation Month Jun 28, 2012 3:37 PM
    It wasn't long ago when "staycations" were all the rage; stay-at-home vacations that served as an affordable alternative to traveling during a time of high gas prices amid a tough economy. People quickly discovered they didn't have to spend big bucks or drive long distances to enjoy good times with family and friends.

  • Connecting our communities via trails Jun 21, 2012 10:53 AM
    Outside the office window, the Fox River flows. Bicyclists, walkers, in-line skaters and runners shadow the shoreline, flashing in the water's reflection as they happily make their way along the trail. With this view, there's no such thing as a bad day.

  • Aurora golf outing benefits kids Jun 7, 2012 10:44 AM
    The First Tee of Aurora and Fox River Valley uses the sport of golf to impart life's lessons. Since the mid-1990s, the Fox Valley Park Foundation has partnered with The First Tee to help build a better tomorrow for the next generation. Those efforts will continue June 25 at the 18th annual Golf for Kids Benefit Golf Outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course, Aurora.

  • You can still register for Mid-Am Canoe & Kayak Race May 30, 2012 8:25 AM
    On Sunday, June 3, the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race celebrates its 51st anniversary. It started in 1961. Since then, an estimated 40,000 canoes and kayaks have plied the Fox River and taken out at McCullough Park. This year's race will expand to 20 divisions in all — 11 canoe, eight kayak and one open (noncompetitive) division — including an unlimited division to accommodate all the cutting-edge racing boats.

  • Dig in for a flower power garden party May 11, 2012 12:42 PM
    Lets be honest here, guys. Flowers really do have a captivating effect not just on your wife or girlfriend or daughter but on you as well. A real man can appreciate flowers. It's a love worth sharing, which the park district will do again this season with its Flower Power Planting Parties, set for Saturday, May 12.

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