Valpo parks get into the sea­son with hol­i­day events

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Cain Buch­meier Post-Tri­bune

“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.

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