Valpo parks get into the season with holiday events
“It’s gotten to the point where families look forward to it. You see other ‘touch a truck’ events, but this was the first one I’m aware of.”
A toy drive and a luminary walk are just some of the events that the Valparaiso Parks Department is offering to the community this winter.
The parks department, the Dunes Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League and Toys for Tots will host a Touch a Truck toy drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Park Plaza. Children will be able to explore police cars, fire trucks, snowplows and other emergency vehicles, while complimentary cookies and hot cocoa will be provided by Family Express and SB Chocolate Cafe Valparaiso. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation.
“We started out collecting toys here in the office, but now we continue that with Touch a truck. We’ve always been able to collect a significant distribution for Toys for Tots,” said John Seibert, Valparaiso parks and recreation executive director. “It’s gotten to the point where families look forward to it. You see other ‘touch a truck’ events, but this was the first one I’m aware of.” — John Seibert, Valparaiso parks and recreation executive director
A free luminary walk will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Vale Park West Pathway.
“The Jingle Tones will be giving two performances, there will be a Santa, hot cocoa, cookies and batterypowered luminaries, 1,200 of them,” Seibert said. “This will be the only time you’ll see the pathway lit up like that. People come from Westville, Kouts. It’s just a neighborly, community event.”
For a complete list of events, go to www.valpo parks.org.
Cain Buchmeier is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.