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  • 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.

  • Running season starts with 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm Mar 23, 2012 10:40 AM
    Mother Nature is running a fever of record-breaking proportions. But this wacky warm weather has also brought more people outside, and sooner. For runners, that means longer and perhaps more frequent runs without the choking pain of frost-cold air penetrating your lungs. Next Saturday, March 31, the fifth annual 5K Spring Gallop is run at Blackberry Farm.

  • A new children’s theater is born Mar 9, 2012 2:39 PM
    Remember the first time you saw a live performance? Be it a stage show, a short skit or a band concert, to watch it happen before your eyes was a thrilling experience. Theres just nothing else quite like it.

  • Sports Saturdays help keep kids active Feb 24, 2012 2:37 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District runs numerous after-school programs, all with a common theme - teaching kids the benefits of fitness and putting them on a path toward a healthy lifestyle.

  • Fitness Fun Fair gets kids up and moving Feb 14, 2012 11:21 AM
    Today’s kids have the best-conditioned thumbs of any generation. Lightning-quick reflexes, too. Problem is, those are the only muscle groups that Xbox and PlayStation hit. And sending five texts in one minute doesn’t count as an aerobic workout.

  • Plan for summer: Reserve your picnic spot now Feb 3, 2012 9:43 AM
    It’s not quite time to proclaim spring is here, but you can certainly begin to plan for it, no matter how much snow and ice is outside the window. That’s how the Fox Valley Park District is thinking. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the doors flew open for the outdoor party season as the first picnic shelter reservations for the 2012 season began coming in.

  • New Year’s fitness resolutions in February? Jan 30, 2012 9:00 AM
    Those New Year’s resolutions are now four weeks old. Made any progress? If yours was a commitment to start a fitness program and get in better shape, this first month is barely a blip on the radar in terms of the big picture. The activity doesn’t much matter — weights, cardio, aerobics, running. Choose what you enjoy. Or, to use gym lingo, “whatever percolates your blood. Hopefully, by the end of February, there will be a lot of empty couches and lonely televisions among local households.

  • Learn to be a beekeeper - here’s the buzz Jan 25, 2012 3:22 PM
    When most folks think of bees, two thoughts immediately come to mind: honey and stings. While that’s what made bees famous, these fascinating insects have plenty of other attributes.

  • Another great year for Fox Valley parks Jan 8, 2012 9:03 AM
    Time flies when you’re making progress. To that end, the Fox Valley Park District and its residents will celebrate another year of exciting developments.

  • Kids hone their acting craft at Fox Valley Park District Dec 16, 2011 10:41 AM
    As the lights went down, the kids lit up the room. There they were -- 12 delighted children in full voice cascading down the aisles of the Paramount Theatre to spread their charm through song as they set the story into motion for a stirring performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

  • Feline Friends’ Cabaret to warm up Winter Stage Oct 28, 2011 10:58 AM
    Ten years since its inception, the Fox Valley Park District’s Winter Stage is strong as ever. That will be evidenced in January, when the theater arts program unveils its production of “Cats,” which, according to performing arts supervisor Kyle Donahue, will be one of the grandest shows in the proud tradition of Winter Stage.

  • Halloween Family Night promises frightfully good fun Oct 21, 2011 8:35 AM
    Halloween falls on a Monday this year, and that's a good thing — because it extends the weekend. In fact, the Fox Valley Park District is giving us an early start when it hosts Halloween Family Night next Friday, Oct. 28, at the Prisco Community Center. That's followed by the final two days of Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, and then the month's capper on Monday.

  • Dinner theater comes to Fox Valley Park District Sep 1, 2011 3:24 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District has planned an event next weekend that brings dining, entertainment and enjoyment together as one. On Saturday, Sept. 10, a group of 27 talented performers will take to the stage for a full-throated celebration of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music. But that’s just part of the medley. Lunch and dessert also are included to deliver a dinner-theater experience at the Prisco Community Center.

  • Aurora’s Waubonsie Lake Park is getting upgrades Aug 11, 2011 4:35 PM
    With its outstanding network of trails, sparkling lake, convenient location and eco-healthy greenway connecting it all, the Fox Valley Park District's Waubonsie Lake Park in Aurora ranks as a crown jewel.

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