Celebrate spring at Tulip Time Festival
March 13, 2012 12:46PM
Updated: March 13, 2012 12:48PM
With the approach of spring and the promise of warm, sunny days comes a longing to shake off the cover of winter and get out and about.
Look no further than your local parks.
† This is a sure sign of spring. Merrillville Parks is taking a trip to Holland, Mich., for the tradition-rich Tulip Time Festival on Sunday, May 6.
The motor coach will leave at 7 a.m. from 5750 Tyler St. This popular event has been a must-see for decades.
The cost is $40 for Merrillville residents, which includes round-trip transportation. Nonresidents are invited for $45.
Enjoy the flowers, savor the food, shop and listen to the array of entertainment. This is a day out everyone will enjoy.
Register online at activenwi.com or call 980-5911 for more information.
† St. John Parks and Recreation will offer a class in intermediate American Sign Language from 7 to 8 p.m. starting Monday, April 9. This four-week class, meeting at the recreation office, 9350 Hack St., Building 2, will build on the basics, teaching vocabulary, finger spelling and elementary conversation. The cost is $15 for St. John residents or $17 for nonresidents.
Register at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 10855 W. 93rd Ave. For more information, call the parks office at 365-6465.
† Baby-sitting remains one of the most popular ways for teens and preteens to earn money, but the responsibility of watching over children is great.
Start on the right foot by attending an American Red Cross baby sitters’ course from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 17-24, sponsored by Schererville Parks and Recreation.
This popular course is open to ages 11-15. Topics include good decision-making, how to effectively supervise children based on their ages, and what to do in an emergency. Participants will leave with a sense of the qualities of a good baby sitter and a greater understanding of the responsibility.
The cost is $40 for residents or $44 for nonresidents. Register online at Schererville.org.
† In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Cedar Lake’s annual Gold Hunt for ages 12 and younger will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Hanover Central High School, 10120 W. 133td St.
Patty the Leprechaun will greet each participant with a bag to collect their “gold,” which later can be turned in for treats and prizes.
This is a free event.
† Walking is a great way to stay fit for just about anyone. South Holland Parks offers a Walk with Ease program to help you get started. The next session will run from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 10 to May 24.
Instructors will help develop a plan to make walking a regular habit, no matter what the level. They’ll also talk about ways to manage pain and learn how to exercise safely. As always, consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
The cost is $50 for South Holland residents or $65 for nonresidents. Register by calling (708) 331-2940.