The Porter County
Parks and Recreation Department has made its monthly list of activities and
programs available to residents for their wellness and enjoyment throughout
To register for any
programs or for more information, call (219)-734-0203 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
unless noted otherwise.
* Walk Dawn
of the Dunes-Half Marathon Training Program: Do you want to do something
amazing? This 12 week program on Thursdays at Sunset Hill Farm starting on
Aug. 7 and Sundays (location to be announced) on Aug. 24 will help fulfill
your goal of completing a half marathon Š Dawn of the Dunes in Gary on
Sunday, Oct. 26. The cost for the program is $75. You must be able to walk 3
miles in 45 minutes. Includes race registration and t-shirt, weekly training
schedule, check-ins, workout tips and motivational emails. Open to men and
women 18 years or older.
* Meet the
Animals: On Friday, Aug. 8, families are invited to stop by Sunset Hill Farm
from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to meet the animals and their caretakers. This is a
Hikes: On Friday, Aug. 8, come out and enjoy Sunset Hill Farm with the park
naturalist from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A new month will always bring a new topic
for exploring and discussing from geology to history and beyond. This is a
Techniques By Purdue Extension: An Educator from Purdue Extension will
provide tips and techniques for canning a variety of foods at Sunset Hill
Farm on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a free program.
Artists at Sunset Hill: Starting on Aug. 9, each first Saturday of the month
from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm, a youth painting class will be
available for all skill levels. Each month will focus on a different
project. This month’s theme is Paint Your Summer. Participants will create
and take home their project the same day. The cost for the program is $8.
Circle Share: Join Dr. Joyce Scully on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Brinkca-Cross
Gardens for Dream Circle Share from 12 to 2 p.m. Come share and explore your
dreams in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Take time to consider what wisdom
your dreams may offer for your life. Cost for this program is $10.
* Reiki Level
1: Reiki is a Japanese technique for working with the life energy that flows
through our bodies. This Reiki Level 1 class, taught by Kate Schlobohm,
teaches techniques to increase and direct that energy for relaxation and
optimal well being. The class will be on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at
Brincka-Cross Gardens. Cost is $50. Participants must take Reiki 1 before
participating in Reiki 2.
Escapades: On Wednesday, Aug. 20 escape the weekday grind by coming out to
enjoy a relaxing evening activity with the Park Naturalist at Sunset Hill
Farm from 6 to 7 p.m. This is a free program. Sunset Hill is a vast area
full of many different things just waiting to be discovered. Take a break
during the week to enjoy all that nature has to offer at Sunset Hill Farm.
Hikes: Seniors are welcome to enjoy a free hike on Wednesday, Aug. 20 from
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm. Hikes will be every third Wednesday
of the month. This month’s theme is “Our Forest Transition.” Colonel Murray
planted most of the trees that would create this forest at the top of the
hill. Interestingly over the 80 years of the farm at Sunset Hill major
things have started to change. The once mostly pine forest has slowly
transitioned to deciduous naturally in many areas. Come out for a cool hike
through the woods to explore.
Mondays: On Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Brincka-Cross Gardens, join
Cynthia Smith to learn the ins and outs of meditation, which will focus on
both the mind and body. Cost for each program is $7.
Chat: Every Monday and Wednesday from June to October, meet the Park
Horitculturalist at Sunset Hill Farm from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help plant,
weed and maintain the garden and ask your own gardening questions. This is a
* Year Round
Run Club: On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., join the Sunset Hill
Run Club to discover the beauty of Sunset Hill. The length of the run varies
but will traverse grass, hills and woodland trails. This is a free program.
Walk Club at Sunset Hill Farm County Park-Sponsored by Porter Regional
Hospital: Come to Sunset Hill for a walk on the challenging terrain of the
park, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-9 a.m. The walk will traverse grass,
hills, and woodland trails. Must be 18 years or older. This is a free
* Sunset Dog
Walkers at Sunset Hill Farm County Park: Bring your four-legged friend on a
leash for a walk on the trails at Sunset Hill Farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10-11 a.m. The walk will offer wellness information and encouragement
for the dogs and their walkers. Must be 18 years or older. This is a free
Walk at Sunset Hill Farm County Park: Come to Sunset Hill for a walk on the
challenging terrain of the park. The program continues each Wednesday at 6
p.m. until Oct. 29. The walk will traverse grass, hills, and woodland
trails. Open to men and women 18 years or older. This is a free program.
* Weekly Open
Studio with Acrylics: Beginners will learn basic painting techniques from an
experienced acrylic painter. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm. Season artists
are also welcome to come and bring their own ideas for projects. No personal
supplies needed. Cost is $5.