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It’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. Many of you may have noticed that we combined our winter and spring program guide into one publication. What you see in your hands is to remind you of all the great programming and events we have going on this spring, while serving as an opportunity for you to mark your calendars and prepare for summer with our events, programs and camps. Our team has carefully and strategically prepared fantastic events for you and your family this spring. I hope to see you at Parkie’s Egg Hunt at Pelican Harbor on March 30, or take part in our spring break nature camps at Hidden Oaks Nature Center starting March 26. We have program offerings that serve all ages and interests like Messy Toddlers for our youngsters to traveling to see the Blue Man Group for our adults. Being an employee of Bolingbrook Park District for over 20 years now, I can tell you with confidence that this is the most excited I’ve been for a summer. With the increase in participation of our free events like Visit Your Local Park, Summer Concert Series and outdoor movies in 2017, I feel confident that you, the residents of our community are living and breathing our mission just as we had in mind when we created it.
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We continue to evaluate all our programs and events and make enhancements to them to better your experience. This year, Camp Alotta Fun will make the transition from the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex to the Annerino Community Center. We feel this will provide a positive impact for both the parents and kids. For the campers, there will be more available to them, such as our indoor climbing wall, two playgrounds, t-ball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, skate parks and acres of green space to run and play. For parents, the Annerino Community Center parking lot provides a better flow for traffic for easier drop-off/pick-up. It has more rooms inside for structured activities and protection against weather, dedicated space for down time and parent meetings, and easy access to the highway for parents and our field trips. Our staff has worked hard to craft a summer schedule that will be sure to leave a positive impact on you. We hope you take advantage of what you see in this publication. If there’s something that you’d like to try that you don’t see in the following pages, please feel free to contact me at the information below. We are always looking into ways to improve our services. I hope to see you in the coming seasons the park district, whether you’re visiting your favorite park, taking a dip in the pool at Pelican Harbor or learning a new skill with a loved one.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Spring Events/Program Reminder & Summer Preview A complete guide to what is coming up this spring at Bolingbrook Park District
Cultivate Well-being Through Gardening Help Your Body and Mind - Grow and Eat Your Own Food!
One Momâ€™s Journey to Building a Community For Her Son The story of how a mother created a world for her son to blossom in, one program at a time
A Lifetime Dedicated To Keeping Bolingbrook Parks Safe A day in the life of our long-time playground inspector and how he keeps our playgrounds safe
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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MARCH March 10: 2nd Annual
Quinceanera Vendor Expo - Annerino Community
Center -12:30-4:30 pm Shop for those special items you need for your Quinceanera. Vendors will be on hand to answer your questions and help you plan your special day. March 11: The Science & History of Lovely Leprechauns (Ages 5-10) - Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 2:15-3:45 pm Come face-to-face with a mischievous elf as we capture him in green goo. Go crazy as we use science to power our leprechauns to do an Irish jig! Master the magical history of holiday treats as we check out Lucky Charms cereal and the chocolate gold coin.
March 14: Bolingbrook Park District Job Fair - Ashburyâ€™s at Boughton Ridge - 4:00-7:00 pm Weâ€™re starting to hire for summer! Come over to apply and join our team! March 14: The Great Food Detective: Fruits (Ages 6-12) - Annerino Community Center - 5:30-6:45 pm This food journey will teach kids about building a healthy plate by focusing on a new food group each week. March 15: Preschool Information Night - Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 6:00-7:00 pm Take a tour of preschool classrooms, meet teachers and supervisory staff. This meeting is intended for parents only. We offer child care for $3/hour.
March 18: Cabin Fever Campfire (All ages) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 1:00-2:30 pm Say goodbye to the winter blues by melting the frost from your nose around our campfire with tasty treats. Program includes an interactive hike while looking for signs of spring. March 19: Holocaust Museum Trip (Adults) - Annerino Community Center - 9:00 am-4:00 pm This museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference.
Where the fun is!
SPRING SESSION BEGINS MARCH 26 • Parent Tiny Tots • Baby Ninjas • Parent/Tot Gymnastics • Preschool Tumbling • Cheerleading (Levels I, II, & III) • Preschool Gymnastics • Developmental Gymnastics • Boys Gymnastics • “More Bars” Class • Beginning Tumbling • Tumbling • Cheerleading Storm Competitive Cheer • Bolingbrook Illusions Team
*For full class descriptions and registration information, look in your 2018 Winter/ Spring Program Guide or visit bolingbrookparks.org.
March 20: World Story Telling
Day at Pelican Harbor
- 10:30 am-1:00 pm Swim up and listen to an aqua-themed story. Stories will be read every 30 minutes. March 21: The Great Food Detective: Vegetables & Planting (Ages 6-12) - Annerino Community Center - 5:30-6:45 pm This food journey will teach kids about building a healthy plate by focusing on a new food group each week. 6
March 23: Blue Man Group (Adults) - Annerino Community Center -10:00 am-6:00 pm Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises. Dare to live in full color! Before the show we will enjoy a lunch of Giordano’s pizza and salad included.
March 23: Glitzy Girlz Flower me Pretty (Ages 4-10) - Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 6:00-7:15 pm Each girl will get a make-up and colorful nails with flower nail decals. They’ll decorate flower craft with personalization, paints and flower embellishments and design a crystal bracelet with flower charm. March 24: Open Skate Night at the Darien Sportsplex (Ages 11-17) - 7:00-9:00 pm Come join the fun at the Darien Sportsplex Open Skate Night. Includes your skate rental and a coupon to use at the concession stand. Have a night of fun on the ice along with your friends! March 26: The Birches Assisted Living Service Project (Ages 12-17) The Birches provide their residents with the necessary resources to live a physically, mentally, and socially active life, so they can remain healthy, strong, and vibrant at any age. There are many events the facility schedules that provide recreation opportunities for the residents. March 26: Nature Spring Break Camp Begins (Ages 6-10) Days will be spent exploring trails looking for signs of animals. Campers will make crafts, play games and learn about the animals and plants that can be found at Hidden Oaks.
www.bolingbrookparks.org March 27: Kathy’s Delicious Treats: Springtime Easter Treats (Ages 6-14) - Annerino Community Center - 5:00-6:30 pm Learn how to make your favorite seasonal treats! March 28: The Great Food Detective: Grains, Food Labels & Healthy Snacking (Ages 6-12) - Annerino Community Center - 5:30-6:45 pm This food journey will teach kids about building a healthy plate by focusing on a new food group each week. March 28: Early Dismissal Art Class Canvas Print (Ages 12-16) - Annerino Community Center - 2:30-4:00 pm An afternoon of fun creating ceramic or canvas art pieces. You will have input into the piece or design in each class so you can make it your own.
March 29: UR The Artist Painting Party (Adults)
March 31: Frolicking with Fairies (All ages)
- Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge - 6:00-8:00 pm Gather up your crew and get ready for a great time Social Artworking with UR the Artist. Every participant will complete the evening with their own 16” x 20” canvas masterpiece and end the evening with a big smile! Includes one drink and a selection of cheese.
- Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 1:30-3:00 pm We’re delving deeper into the forest than we ever have before into the world of fairies. Children and adults will join us as we read a fairy nature tale, find tiny homes for tiny creatures, and build fairy habitats.
March 30: Parkie’s Egg Hunt Hunt - 9:30-11:30 am (Ages infant - 10) - Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park Hunt for candy-filled eggs like never before - in the water.
(Saturday class) Parkie’s Babies, Stroke School, Swim School and Adult Swim Lessons.
(All ages) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 4:00-5:00 pm So many different animals come from eggs! Join us as we investigate different types of eggs, make an egg craft, and go on a hike to search for nests.
March 31: Early Bird Fee
Deadline for Swim Lessons
APRIL April 1: Fishing Permits go on Sale - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm April 2: The Tackle Box Bait Shop Opens - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm
SESSION THREE BEGINS FOR THE FOLLOWING DANCE CLASSES:
Parent & Me Creative Dance - March 21
Chicago Style Stepping - April 8
Ballroom Dance - April 13
Advanced Ballroom Dance - April 20
Just Stretching - April 26
For more information and registration details, please visit www.bolingbrookparks.org or refer to the 2018 Winter / Spring Guide. 7
Where the fun is! April 3: Early Bird Fee
Deadline for Session 5 of Swim Lessons (TU/TH class)
Parkie’s Babies, Stroke School, Swim School and Adult Swim Lessons April 4: Beer, Bikes & Brats (Adults) - Annerino Community Center - 8:00 am-6:00 pm This tour begins with a 45 minute guided H-D Museum tour created especially for us. Next, you’ll board the bus for a close up look at Milwaukee’s legendary beer and sausage making heritage. Sample Usinger’s famous brats and classic Wisconsin cheeses on Old World 3rd street, plus stop at Lakefront Brewery.
April 6: Parent’s Night Out (Ages 2.5-6) -Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 5:30-8:30 pm Parents! Enjoy a stress-free evening out! Children will spend a fun evening engaging in age appropriate activities, games crafts and stories. We’ll feed them, too! Cheese pizza will be provided. April 9: Spring Break Camps Begin (Ages 7-14) Robotics / STEM Engineering, Multi-Sport Mania, Soccer Skills, Baseball & Softball Skills Clinic, Basketball Skills Clinic, Volleyball Clinic
April 10: Kathy’s
Delicious Treats: Cookie Pops (Ages 6-14)
- Annerino Community Center - 5:00-6:30 pm Learn how to make your favorite seasonal treats! April 11: Deadline to
Register for the 32nd Annual Road Rally (Adults)
Grab your neighbors and friends to create a team of 4-6 adults per vehicle.You will get a map and bag of clues; you’ll need teamwork, logic and luck to stay on track. put on your thinking caps and start your engines! April 15: Growing Season Begins for Community Garden Plots
Garden Plots are available for purchase! April 16: Session III of
Sportskids Clases Begins
Adult/Tot, Early Childhood and Youth offerings April 14: Successful Vegetable Gardening - Hidden Oaks Nature Center 11:00 am-Noon Gardening, if done correctly can give one great pleasure and your efforts can yield healthy food to eat. April 16: Little Learners Preschool Preparation Program Session III Begins (Ages 18 months-3 years)
Spring Session begins April 2
April 21: Trout Fishing Derby - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm - 11:00 am-2:00 pm
For more information and registration details, please visit www.bolingbrookparks.org or refer to the 2018 Winter / Spring Guide. 8
YOUTH PROGRAMMING Move. Learn. Create. Inspire!
Classes begin on the following dates. • *Ceramic Fun Friday’s - April 20 • *Next Gen Artists - April 23 • *Hocus Pocus - April 17 • *Checkmate Chess - April 16 • *Let’s Build It: Crazy Circuits - April 18 • *Piano Karate - April 11 • *Piano Guitar - April 11 • *STEM Learn to Program - March 29 • *LEGO Robotics Academy - March 29 & May 3 • *LEGO Engineering Academy - May 3 • Tae Kwon Do - March 31 • Shotokan Pre-Karate - April 10 • Modern Arnis Filipino Martial Arts - April 3 • Youth Karate - April 10 • Parent & Child Karate - April 10 • *Quick Start Tennis - April 7 • *Beginner & Youth Tennis - April 7 • Kids X-Treme Sports Conditioning - April 4 • Little Geckos - April 14 • Strength on the Rocks - April 14 • Parent-Tot Monkey Climbers - April 14 • Teen Climbing 101 - April 16 April 22: Turtle Tales (Ages 3-6 with adult) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 1:00-2:00 pm Take a journey into the world of turtles with information about types of turtles in Illinois and their natural history. Program includes an opportunity to meet our resident turtles, play turtle games, and make a turtle craft. April 22-27: Week of the Young Child Week of free events celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. See page 18 for more details. April 24: Kathy’s
Delicious Treats: No Bake Cheesecake
(Ages 6-14) - Annerino Community Center - 5:00-6:30 pm Learn how to make your favorite seasonal treats!
* Pre-Registration Required
April 25: Chicago Food Tour (Adults) - Meet at Woodridge Park District - 9:00 am -5:00 pm We start the day with appetizers in Chinatown. We continue with a stop at Garrett’s Popcorn for a sample bag of their “Chicago Mix” - a unique sweet and savory combination of caramel and cheese popcorn. On to the Gold Coast for a visit to Lou Malnati’s and a slice of their signature deep dish pizza! Our day concludes in Greektown. April 25: Early Dismissal Art Class - Ceramic Flower Pot (Ages 12-16)
- Annerino Community Center -2:30-4:00 pm An afternoon of fun creating ceramic or canvas art pieces. You will have input into the piece or design in each class so you can make it your own.
April 28: Nature Art (Ages 5 & up) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 2:00-3:00 pm We’ll be exploring, collecting and using nature to make amazing art. Wear clothes that can get messy. April 28: Runaway Reptiles (All ages) - Annerino Community Center - 4:00-5:00 pm The resident reptiles of Hidden Oaks Nature Center have run away from the nature center in search of adventure throughout the Bolingbrook Park District. Come meet all of our critters at the Annerino Community Center and learn more about their lives. April 30: Early Bird Deadline
for Pelican Harbor Summer Pool Passes - Purchase by today
and save $25!
Where the fun is!
MAY May 3: UR The Artist Painting Party (Adults) - Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge - 6:00-8:00 pm Gather up your crew and get ready for a great time Social Artworking with UR the Artist. Every participant will complete the evening with their own 16” x 20” canvas masterpiece and end the evening with a big smile! Includes one drink and a selection of cheese.
May 5: Sssssnakes! (All ages) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 2:00-3:00 pm Snakes are such cool animals! We’ll learn all about their awesome adaptations, make a snake craft to take home, and get up close and personal with a real live snake! May 6: Spring Birding (Ages 18 & up) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 8:00-9:30 am Come join us as we learn about common birds in the area and how to identify them by sight and sound. We will put our skills to the test as we hike around Hidden Oaks and Boan Woods. Simple binoculars will be provided but you may bring your own.
May 8: Kathy’s Delicious Treats: Mother’s Date Treat (Ages 6-14)
- Annerino Community Center - 5:00-6:30 pm Learn how to make your favorite seasonal treats! May 9: Holland, Michigan Tulip Festival (Adults) - Annerino Community Center - 8:00 am-7:00 pm Begin at the famous Dutch Village where you’ll sample authentic foods, shop Dutch inspired crafts, learn a phrase or two in Dutch, and enjoy live wooden shoe carvings and more. Buffet lunch will follow at the Alpen Rose.
SESSION III BEGINS APRIL 16 Countless opportunities for your youngster to learn and grow. • Grow with Me - April 17 • Messy Toddlers - April 21 • Early Science - April 18 • Color & Shape Search - April 16 • Math & Me - April 19 • Eating A Rainbow - April 19 • ABC’s All Around Me - April 19 • Words Around the World - April 20 • Smart Art - April 17 • Science Time - April 18 • Prepping for Pencils - April 17 • Outdoor Art - April 20 • My Saturday School - April 21 • After Dinner Art - April 19
See the winter/spring program guide for registration information.
For more information and registration details, please visit www.bolingbrookparks.org or refer to the 2018 Winter / Spring Guide. 10
Preschool Information Nights FREE! 6:00-7:00 pm
March 15: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex May 15: Hidden Oaks Nature Center June 13: Annerino Community Center
May 15: Preschool Information Night
- Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 6:00-7:00 pm Take a tour of preschool classrooms, meet teachers and supervisory staff. This meeting is intended for parents only. We offer child care for $3/hour. May 16: Early Dismissal Art Class -Watercolors
(Ages 12-16) - Annerino Community Center - 2:30-4:00 pm An afternoon of fun creating ceramic or canvas art pieces. You will have input into the piece or design in each class so you can make it your own. May 19: Buckthorn Hiking Sticks (Ages 7 & up) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 3:00-4:00 pm Create a buckthorn hiking stick. Learn about invasive species, how to identify buckthorn shrubs, and why itâ€™s important to remove them from the Natural Areas.
Tour classrooms Meet teachers & staff Ask any and all questions you have Childcare available for $3/hour
May 11: Glitzy Girlz:
Mother/Daughter Besties Bling Boutique
(Ages 3-11) - Annerino Community Center - 6:30-7:45 pm All about bling & beads! Each couple will design a bracelet and trinket box. May 12: Catfish Fishing Derby - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm - 3:00-6:00 pm
May 12: Scout Badge Day - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 9:00 am-4:45 pm Engaging and interactive sessions at Hidden Oaks Nature Center designed for scouts to complete requirements to earn their badge.
May 19: Insect Safari (All ages) - Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 1:00-2:30 pm Meet insects, spiders and bugs during this field extravaganza! Find insects that are camouflaged, brightly colored beetles and maybe a few early-season butterflies. A Naturalist will be equipped with nets, bug jars, and field guides. May 19: Pizza Party Day - Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park - 12:30-3:30 pm During open swim we will have pizza for our party guests to enjoy in between racing down the waterslides and splashing with water buckets.
Where the fun is!
Parkie's 5k / 10k
August 25 . 8:00 -11:00 am NEW THIS YEAR:
KID’S FUN DASH!
Kids ages 2 & up will get the chance to run their own race! Each participant will get their very own cape to wear while they run.
May 22: Kathy’s Delicious Treats: Memorial Day Appetizers (Ages 6-14)
June 2: DanceForce
Placement Auditions (Ages 5 & up) *Time based on age
May 26: Pelican Harbor
- Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 9:30 am-7:00 pm Interested dancers must participate in the placement auditions in order to become a member of DanceForce.
For the start of summer, we’ll be giving away sunscreen to the first 100 swimmers of the year to keep your skin from sizzlin’.
June 6: Summer Concert Series (Band TBD) - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 7:30-9:00 pm
- Annerino Community Center - 5:00-6:30 pm Learn to make your favorite seasonal treats! Outdoor Opening Day
JUNE June 1: A Day at the Races (Adults) - Annerino Community Center - 11:00 am-6:30 pm Enjoy a day at the races at Arlington Park. Our visit will begin with a brief Betting 101 discussion with an Arlington University expert. From there, we will adjourn to our reserved seats to enjoy the thrill of the ponies sprinting the track.
June 8: Visit Your Local Park - Indian Chase Meadows (525 Pheasant Chase Dr.)
- 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! June 13: Preschool Information Night - Annerino Community Center - 6:00-7:00 pm Take a tour of preschool classrooms, meet teachers and supervisory staff. This meeting is intended for parents only. We offer child care for $3/hour.
June 13: Summer Concert Series (Band TBD) - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 7:30-9:00 pm June 15: Visit Your Local Park - Indian Boundary Park (990 W. Boughton)
Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! June 16: Catfish Fishing Derby - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm - 3:00-6:00 pm June 20: Summer Concert Series (Band TBD) - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 7:30-9:00 pm June 21: Movie Nights: “Sandlot” - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 8:15 pm June 22: Visit Your Local Park - Sunset Park (1500 Waterside Dr.) - 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
www.bolingbrookparks.org June 23-24: Pelican Harbor Camp Out - Pelican Harbor Outdoor Aquatic Park - 6:15 pm-7:00 am Camp out under the stars. Stay overnight at Pelican Harbor, swim, roast marshmallows, eat from our s’more bar, and have breakfast. June 27: Summer Concert Series (Band TBD) - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 7:30-9:00 pm June 29: Visit Your Local Park - Winston Woods (200 Winston Dr.) - 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities!
JULY July 6: Visit Your Local Park - Remington Lakes Sports Complex (811 W. Remington Blvd.)
- 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! July 11: Summer Concert Series (Band TBD) - Village of Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - 7:30-9:00 pm
July 13: Visit Your Local Park - Wipfler Park (549 Rockhurst) - 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! July 14: Parkie’s Pool Party - Pelican Harbor Indoor / Outdoor Aquatic Park - Noon-6:00 pm July 19: Movie Nights: “Ferdinand” - AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook (500 Remington Blvd.) - 8:15 pm July 20: Visit Your Local Park - Champions Park (1600 Firethorn) - 10:00 am-12:30 pm Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities! July 21: Catfish Fishing Derby - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm 3:00-6:00 pm July 27: Visit Your Local Park - Central Park (201 Recreation Dr.) Take a trip to your local park and participate in fun activities!
AUGUST August 18: Catfish Fishing Derby - Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm - 3:00-6:00 pm August 25: Parkie’s
5K/10K & Kids Fun Dash
- Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex - 8:00 -11:00 am Run, walk or push a stroller and make it a family event. NEW THIS YEAR: finisher medals for ALL runners. Each child registered for the Kid’s Run will receive a cape!
SEPTEMBER September 29: Fall Fest - Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex
July 30: Movie Nights: “Coco” - Bull Dog Park (351 Blair Ln.) - 8:15 pm
Free Family Summer Fun
Summer Concert Series
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Gloria Langston hugging her coach and LifeStyles Personal Trainer, Jutta Gohl after completing her bucket list item of running Parkieâ€™s 5K. 14
By Justin Waters She has a smile that can light up a room and exuberance unlike anyone I have met before. As we talked in LifeStyles Fitness Center at the Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, it was apparent her social network is large. Every few minutes someone she knew would stop over to say hello. Something about her warmth and personality brings out the smile in anyone that crosses her path. We sat
would be surprised to hear her talk about how she got here. Unfortunately, Gloria lost her husband much too soon and found herself struggling to move forward. For 10 years or so, she sat in her house, feeling sorry for herself and just “existing” as she called it. “At one point, during all this, I was taking 4-5 pain pills in the morning. Slowly, I noticed it didn’t hurt. I am fortunate that I didn’t do more damage
First thing that I decided was ‘What if I needed to swim to save a grandchild?’ and chatted for about a half to myself sitting around,” said hour and I knew then that her Gloria. It took the persistence story had to be told. of a close friend to help Gloria make the decision to learn Her name is Gloria Langston, to live again. She simply told a Bolingbrook resident for 15 her that being down in the years. If you know Gloria, you dumps wasn’t working for her. (Continued)
With the encouragement from a friend, Gloria began to discover a whole new way of life and it all started with a bucket list. “My husband is deceased, my children are all grown and I’m in this house all by myself. I kept telling myself I need to be as healthy as I can. I don’t want to be dependant on them (my daughters) as I get older.” Gloria over-
Gloria resting after zip-lining
came the hardest part of her transformation and that was determining to change her life path. The next step was figuring out where to begin. “First thing that I decided was ‘What if I needed to swim to save a grandchild?” At 63 years of age, Gloria decided it was time to learn to swim. As one of 11 children growing up in Spencer, Oklahoma, her parents couldn’t afford to have their children participate 16
in children’s programming in Then I pulled something, or I order to learn to swim. That fell. I couldn’t run. I skinned became bucket list item #1. my knee and it got infected, so there wasn’t any bending Her first stop was Pelican that puppy.” This set-back Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park didn’t stop her. Jutta encour-
I loved it. Everybody here was a senior, like me. We’re all in the same boat. at the Bolingbrook Park District. “I came in to the park district, told them I wanted to learn to swim and they gave me a coach!” She started slowly with one private lesson a week. She then made the jump to five days a week after some encouragement from her coach. Every day she would get up at 5:00 am to take advantage of the quietness of the pool at that time of day. “I loved it. Everybody here was a senior, like me. We’re all in the same boat.” After about a year or so of swimming, she was able to cross Learn to Swim off her bucket list. It was time for her next item: Run Parkie’s 5K.
aged Gloria to begin working with weights. As she became stronger, she transitioned to taking Tatiana’s yoga classes. Her journey took her one step further. She decided to take one of the park district’s belly dancing classes. “I always considered myself a dancer. Never took lessons or anything. I actually had some videos at home of belly dancing. I took the classes by myself, and then I got my daughters to do it and we were in two recitals.” This version of Gloria was a long way from the version sitting at home living on pain killers.
After a year and a half of swimming, running, weights, Gloria talked to the team at group exercise classes, and the park district to help take dance, Gloria crossed the line
You make friends and it’s really amazing. It’s amazing how we think alike. that next step. “I said this is what I want to do and they gave me a coach.” LifeStyles personal trainer, Jutta Gohl was paired with her as her coach. “We started out with just walking, then jogging, then increasing the time.
at Parkie’s 5K with her family in attendance to cheer her on. Jutta was waiting at the finish line with her arms open to be the first to congratulate Gloria. Turns out, she had accomplished so much more than completing a race. She
Indoor Skydiving at iFly in Naperville.
took back her life and began to write a new chapter of her life story. Today, Gloria has become a regular at LifeStyles Fitness Center. She has built friendships with other members that began with Gloria listening to other people’s stories. “I listened to the stories of the people that have been here all their life.” They keep her motivated. It’s as simple as a friendly wave getting in and out of the pool, to having in-depth conversations with other seniors. “We’re comfortable. We’re all in it together. It’s OK if there’s a sag here and a sag there,” she says laughing. The relationships grow far deeper than just doing physical activity together. For Gloria, it’s all about being social, getting out and meeting new people. “You make friends and it’s really amazing. It’s amazing how we think alike. I don’t know if it’s
the era we were born in, we hands behind his back and let have so much in common, us see if we could hit him in the face. He would bob and and it’s scary.” weave and he’d put his face As Gloria has become more out and we’d swing and miss. comfortable, she finds her- Let me tell you, when you self branching out further swing and miss it hurts more and taking advantage of what that if you landed a punch.” Bolingbrook Park District has Gloria doesn’t want to just take to offer. Her latest adventures boxing lessons, but she wants
I look back at the pictures and say ‘Today was a good day’. have taken her zip-lining and indoor skydiving. “It’s one more thing that I can experience, that I’ve done and it just makes my day. I look back at the pictures and say ‘today was a good day’.” What is the next thing on Gloria’s list? Boxing. Her father, Wiley Lawson, was a boxer along with owning a farm and auto salvaging business. “He taught us girls how to box. He would put his
to get in the ring and spar at least once, bringing back the Gloria of her younger years. She remembers growing up when others in the community would say “Leave those Lawson girls alone.” Not because her father was a boxer, but because they knew to box themselves. “We would box,” Gloria smirks. “We wouldn’t slap.” It still holds true to this day. Don’t mess with a Lawson girl. 17
Sunday, April 22 - Friday, April 27 TONS OF TRUCKS AND KIDS VENDOR FAIR . OPEN HOUSE FAMILY BINGO NIGHT PAJAMA PARTY SING-ALONG WITH MISS CAROLE . RUBBER DUCKY SWIM FAMILY STEAM NIGHT . NATURE CRAFT & S’MORES BY THE CAMPFIRE ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND ACTIVITY NIGHT
Three Unique Sites • Annerino Community Center • Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex • Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Preschool Programs • Soon 2B3 (ages 2.5-3 years old) • 3-year-old program • 4-year-old program • Pre-K ages (4.5-5 years old) • English/Spanish program (ages 3-4 years old)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2018-19 school year!
No need to raise your hand to ask a question, just contact Kathy Hassert at (630) 783-6638 or visit bolingbrookparks.org/preschool
Camp Alotta Fun
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Camp Alotta Fun
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Teen Time Fun Camp
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Teen Time Fun Camp
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Camp Alotta Fun Sunrise
Camp Alotta Fun Sunset
Camp Alotta Fun Sunrise
Camp Alotta Fun Sunset
Teen Time Fun Camp Sunrise
Teen Time Fun Camp Sunset
Teen Time Fun Camp Sunrise
Teen Time Fun Camp Sunset
Voyagers Nature Camp
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Trekkers Nature Camp
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Explorers Nature Camp
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Eco Sunset Nature Camp
Camp Stepping Stones
9:15 am-12:15 pm
9:15 am-1:15 pm
STEM Summer Camp
5 Star Soccer Camp
Gold Medal Gymnastics Camp
Cheerleading Skills Camp
10:00 am-2:00 pm
9:00 am-4:00 pm or 9:00 am-Noon or 1:00-4:00 pm
New Wave Lacrosse “Rookie” Camps
Ride, Swim, Skate, Sports Camp
9:00 am-3:30 pm
Chicago Fire Camp
9:00 am-4:00 pm or 9:00 am-Noon or 1:00-4:00 pm
Parkie’s Harbor Heroes Camp
8:45 am-3:00 pm
2018 CAMP ALOTTA FUN
SUMMER DAY CAMP
Summer Day Camp is now located at the Annerino Community Center (201 Recreation Dr.) BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Parking lot provides a better flow for traffic for easier drop-off/pick-up • Easy access to highway for parents & field trips OUTDOOR AMENITIES: • Two playgrounds, with more in walking distance • Two pavilions with washrooms • T-ball and softball fields • Tennis courts • Basketball courts • Skate park • Acres of green space
INDOOR AMENITIES: • More rooms = more space for structured activities and protection against weather • Climbing Wall • Dedicated space for arts & crafts • Dedicated space available for camper down time and parent meetings • Use of BJ Ward Elementary School for extra gym and communal lunch space
CAMP ALOTTA FUN
Entering 1st Grade through 6th Grade
Camp Alotta Fun will provide campers with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting activities. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, games, sports, music, nature, swimming, climbing wall and field trips. Campers will be placed in groups by grade. Several of our counselors are certified teachers or college students working toward degrees in education or recreation. Camp meets rain or shine. Campers should bring a sack lunch with a drink each day. Child must be entering specified grade to participate in this program.
TEEN TIME FUN CAMP
Entering 7th Grade or 8th Grade
Why sit home this summer when you can experience all sorts of summer fun. That’s what camp is all about. Along with special theme days, teen group campers will swim, go on field trips, and take additional mini-trips as well as have special guest speakers come to our camp. Child must be entering specified grade to participate in this program.
CAMP ALOTTA FUN & TEEN TIME CAMP
SUNRISE/SUNSET EXTENDED CAMP Different activities will be structured depending on the number participants and their energy level. Parents can register for Sunrise session (7:00-9:00 am) Sunset session (4:006:00 pm) or both. Participants must be enrolled in the day camp program to participate in this extended camp program.
I M P O R TA N T R E G I ST R AT I O N I N F O R M AT I O N A $5 discount for each additional child in the same family will be given upon registration. When registering for the M/W/F camp, please note that these are the only 3 days that campers may attend camp. Alternative scheduling cannot be accommodated. A $100 discount will be given for registering and paying for all 10 weeks of camp in advance. No registrations will be accepted after noon the Friday before the session begins. Day Camp Forms Upon registration you will receive a packet of forms, which will include registration and emergency forms. These forms must be completed at the time of registration, prior to the first day of camp or your child will be unable to participate in camp. If registering online, forms must be submitted or emailed within 2 days of registration. Calendars At the beginning of each session, you will receive a Day Camp calendar with an overview of the session’s activities. Please take time to read the calendar so that your child is prepared for the day’s activities.
CAMP ALOTTA FUN AND TEEN TIME FUN CAMP Camp
Alotta Fun Alotta Fun Teen Time Teen Time
M-F M/W/F M-F M/W/F
9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm
EXTENDED CAMP Extended Camp Alotta Fun Sunrise Alotta Fun Sunset Alotta Fun Sunrise Alotta Fun Sunset Teen Time Sunrise Teen Time Sunset Teen Time Sunrise Teen Time Sunset
Day M-F M-F M/W/F M/W/F M-F M-F M/W/F M/W/F
Early Bird Fee w/Res ID $158/$105 $104/$69 $158/$105 $104/$69
Time 7:00-9:00 am 4:00-6:00 pm 7:00-9:00 am 4:00-6:00 pm 7:00-9:00 am 4:00-6:00 pm 7:00-9:00 am 4:00-6:00 pm
Fee w/Res ID
$183/$130 $129/$94 $183/$130 $129/$94
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Fee w/Res ID $51/$34 $51/$34 $36/$24 $36/$24 $51/$34 $51/$34 $36/$24 $36/$24
Early Bird Deadline
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A B C D E F G H J K
June 4–8 June 11–15 June 18–22 June 25–29 July 2-6 July 9–13 July 16-20 July 23–27 July 30-August 3 August 6-10
May 28 June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30
Registration Deadline (Ends at Noon) June 1 June 8 June 15 June 22 June 29** July 6 July 13 July 20 July 27 August 3
*Fees will be prorated the week of July 2-6 due to no camp on July 4. Location: Annerino Community Center Key Contact: Kathy Hassert
Code 32362 32363 32365 32366 32353 32354 32349 32350
NATURE SUMMER CAMPS VOYAGERS
Trek through the great outdoors to discover Illinoisâ€™ amazing habitats and the plants and animals that call them home. Investigate trees and flowers, while searching for insects, animals and ecosystems! Get your feet wet, while exploring wetland habitats and the creatures that live there. Campers will participate in activities like hiking, fishing, canoeing, archery and wilderness survival! Campers are required to bring a lunch, snack and refillable water bottle daily. Week Date
Early Bird Early Bird Fee Fee w/Res ID Deadline w/Res ID
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May 28 June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23 July 30
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33416A 33416B 33416C 33416D 33416E 33416F 33416G 33416H 33416J 33416K
33417A 33417B 33417C 33417D 33417E 33417F 33417G 33417H 33417J 33417K
June 4-8 June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 2-6 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-10
$110/$156 $110/$156 $110/$156 $110/$156 $88/$125 $110/$156 $110/$156 $110/$156 $110/$156 $110/$156
$135/$181 $135/$181 $135/$181 $135/$181 $108/$145 $135/$181 $135/$181 $135/$181 $135/$181 $135/$181
*Fees will be prorated the week of July 2-6 due to no camp on July 4. Day: Monday-Friday Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm Location: Hidden Oaks Nature Center Key Contact: Melinda Weaver
ECO SUNSET CAMP
Age 6-13 years Working or busy parents help is available. Your camper can enjoy extra activities after camp is over. Parents who enroll their campers in Sunset camp have the option to pick up their child any time within the additional hours. Participants must be enrolled in an Eco-Camp to participate in extended fun. Week
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
June 4-8 June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 2-6 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-10
3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm 3:00-5:00 pm
$25/$32 $25/$32 $25/$32 $25/$32 $20/$26 $25/$32 $25/$32 $25/$32 $25/$32 $25/$32
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Day: Monday-Friday Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Hidden Oaks Nature Center Fee: $32 w/Resident ID: $25 Key Contact: Melinda Weaver
LEARNING / EDUCATIONAL CAMPS
CAMP STEPPING STONES
Ages 3-5 years Camp Stepping Stones is a great way to add structure to the summer. This program encourages development of math, science, art, and reading concepts through the use of outdoor exploration. Children will take a field trip to Parkieâ€™s Oasis each week. Children must be toilet-trained by the first day of class. All children should have a labeled lunch with them. Week June 4-8 June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-10
Code 32101A 32101B 32101C 32101D 32101E 32101F 32101G 32101H 32101J
Time: 9:15 am-12: 15 pm Fee:$174 w/Resident ID:$120 Location: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex Key Contact: Kathy Hassert 24
Ages 5-7 years (Entering Kindergarten-Second Grade) Lunchbox Club is a class that allows children to grow in the areas of math, science, reading, and writing through cooking, science experiments, and art creations. Each session includes going on field trips in which the parents are responsible for providing transportation. Each day ends with children eating lunch with their friends. Children should bring their lunch labeled with their name. Week June 12-21 July 10-19 July 31-August 9
Code 32105A 32105B 32105C
Days: TU,W,TH Time: 9:15 am-1:15 pm Fee:$192 w/Resident ID:$165 Location: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex Key Contact: Kathy Hassert
STEM SUMMER CAMP
Ages 5-14 years Robotics, Engineering, and coding all in one!! This medley of activities offers Chasewood Learningâ€™s STEM classes all in one week! Each day students will learn a new STEM discipline including creating interactive stories, games and animations, building and programming robots and building engineering models. Returning students will continue in their education in each of these unique fields of learning. At the end of the session, students receive a gift. Students should bring a snack each day of camp. Day M/TU/W M/TU/W M/TU/W
Date June 11-13 July 9-11 Aug 6-8
Code 32303A 32303B 32303C
Deadline June 6 June 28 Aug 2
Time: 9:00 am-Noon Location: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex Fee: $189 w/Resident ID: $126 Instructor: Chasewood Learning Key Contact: Christy Sorenson
Questions? Contact Megan Donick, Dance Program Manager
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ATHLETIC CAMPS 5 STAR SOCCER CAMP
DIVERSE CHARACTER BUILDING
STRONG TEAM BUILDING Questions?
Contact Maureen Franzen at (630) 783-6518 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing Baby Ninjas! Ages 18-36 months
Tuesday, 9:00-9:45 am
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unleash Your baby’s Ninjas powers!
Ages 5-13 years Welcome to a fresh, enthusiastic approach to teaching youth soccer! The quality of our staff is among the best around, building on fundamental technique, while creating an atmosphere that unlocks the game within each child. Our curriculum is designed for success, presenting the most current information in the game today, delivered in a positive, enjoyable environment for learning from remarkable coaches in youth soccer. Make your move to improve! Day: Monday-Friday Time: 9:00-Noon Location: Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic ComplexVolunteer Park South Fee: $148 38421A w/Resident ID: $99 Date: June 11-15 Instructor: Michael Wiggins & 5 Star Soccer Camp Staff Key Contact: Christy Sorenson Registration Deadline: June 4
GOLD MEDAL GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMP
Ages 6-12 years This gymnastics camp is for all children who want to learn skills on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor in a safe, fun and controlled atmosphere. We also incorporate some exciting games in between events along with a healthy snack to keep their energy level up. Whether this is your first class or you want to sharpen your skills, this is the camp for you! Day: Wednesday-Friday Time: 12:00–3:00 pm Location: Annerino Community Center Fee: $99 w/Resident ID: $66 32267A Date: June 13, 14 and 15 Instructor: Gymnastics Staff Key Contact: Maureen Franzen
CHEERLEADING SKILLS CAMP Ages 5-18 years Day: Monday and Tuesday Time: 10:00am-2:00pm Location : Annerino Community Center Fee: $40 Date: June 11 and 12 Instructor: Cheer Staff Key Contact: Maureen Franzen
CHICAGO BULLS / WHITE SOX CAMP
Ages 5-12 years This week long, all day camp gives the two-sport athlete the ability to improve their offensive and defensive game in both basketball and baseball before heading back to school. Six hours a day... quality instruction in two sports... this truly is a one-of-a-kind camp! Children will be divided by age and ability level. During the camp each player will compete in the Bulls Skills Competition and the White Sox Skills Competition. At the end of the summer, the top scores from all of the summer camps will advance to the finals on the floor at the United Center and/ or Guaranteed Rate Field. Each camper will receive following: • Camper Premiums, Half Day Basketball Camp, Half Day Baseball Camp • Facility Experiences for 2, United Center: behind the scenes tour and Q & A session with Bulls personality • Guaranteed Rate Field: a parade on the field and Q & A with a White Sox personality • Team Apparel and Accessories: Chicago Bulls duffel bag, Bulls indoor/outdoor basketball, Chicago Bulls T-shirt, Chicago White Sox T-shirt, Bulls/Sox Academy hat • Memorabilia: graduation certificate and skills evaluation • Live Game Tickets: 4 White Sox and 2 Windy City Bulls ticket vouchers,* 6 White Sox ticket vouchers Combo Camp participants receive all premium items from both baseball and basketball. (*Restrictions apply to ticket vouchers. Experience dates are to be determined, premium items subject to change.)
Full Day Option: Baseball & Basketball Class Sport Location Time Camp 1 Baseball and Basketball BRAC 9:00 am-4:00 pm Camp 2 Baseball and Basketball BRAC 9:00 am-4:00 pm Half Day Option: Baseball or Basketball Class Sport Location Camp 1 Baseball Only Volunteer Park Camp 1 Basketball Only BRAC Camp 2 Baseball Only Volunteer Park Camp 2 Basketball Only BRAC
Time 9:00 am-Noon 1:00-4:00 pm 9:00 am-Noon 1:00-4:00 pm
Fee $385 $385
Fee $215 $215 $215 $215
Date June 25-29 July 23-27
Date June 25-29 June 25-29 July 23-27 July 23-27
Code 31108A 31109A
Code 31108B 31108C 31109B 31109C
Key Contact: Mike Baiardo
RIDE, SWIM, SKATE, SPORTS CAMP
Ages 10-14 years The ultimate camp for the multi-sport experience. Girls and Boys will be dropped off at Pelican Harbor each day. Campers need to provide their own bikes and locks, as the camp will commute from Pelican Harbor to Rocket Ice Arena. Each camper will partake in 30 minutes of beginner/intermediate ice skating lessons each day and 45 minutes of open skate. This is a non-competitive camp, at the same time each camper is expected to bike 5 miles a day, split in two 2.5 mile sets, while exerting more energy playing, skating and swimming. If there is inclement weather or temperatures exceeding 95 degrees with the heat index, camp will be spent at the pool and indoors. Campers are expected to bring a sack lunch. Below is an example of a typical day’s schedule: Time 9:00-9:30 am 9:30-10:45 am 10:45-11:15 am 11:15-11:30 am 11:30 am-12:00 pm 12:00-1:00 pm 1:00-1:30 pm 1:45-3:00 pm 3:00-3:30 pm
Activity Check/Stretch Play Sport of the Day Bike to Rocket Ice Rent Skates (fee included) Beginner/Intermediate Skating Lessons Open Skate Bike to Pelican Harbor Swim Pick Up
Class Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Dates June 11-15 June 16-20 July 30-August 3
Code 31110 A 31110 B 31110 C
Day: Monday-Friday Time: 9:00 am-3:30 pm Location: Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park Fee: $295 Key Contact: Mike Baiardo
NEW WAVE LACROSSE “ROOKIE” CAMPS
Ages 8-14 years The professional coaches at New Wave Lacrosse are coming to Bolingbrook this summer to offer their exciting lacrosse camps! Boys and Girls are invited to learn this fast paced sport. This co-ed Rookie Camp is great for new players interested in learning how to play one of the fastest growing sports in the country! This sticks-only program is a “crash course” for athletes of all ages. Equipment is provided by New Wave Lacrosse. All you need to bring is a water bottle and a great attitude. Contact New Wave Director Kyle Sullivan (Kyle@ newwavelax.com) with any questions. Session Camp 1 Camp 2 Camp 3
Time 6:00-7:30 pm 6:00-7:30 pm 6:00-7:30 pm
Fee $90 $90 $90
Day: Monday-Thursday Location: Prairie Trails Park (1370 Danhof Drive) Key Contact: Mike Baiardo
Dates June 16-19 July 16-19 August 6-9
Code 31114 A 31114 B 31114 C
CHICAGO FIRE – MLS SUMMER CAMP
Ages 6-14 years Kick off your summer by signing up for a Chicago Fire Summer Camp! Chicago Fire Soccer In the Community has teamed up with Bolingbrook Park District to bring their 5-day Summer Camp experience to Bolingbrook and its surrounding communities over three weeks in 2018, with half and full days options available! Play, learn and train with our passionate and certified Chicago Fire SITC coaches who will support your child and help him/her develop their soccer skills in a week of soccer-filled fun! Whether your child is new to soccer, or already a star, this camp will be perfect to help take them to the next level! All players registered will receive a Soccer In The Community Dri-Fit jersey, individual player evaluation and a ticket to our unique ‘Graduation Day’ during a Chicago Fire home game at Toyota Park! Session Camp 1 Camp 1 Camp 1 Camp 2 Camp 2 Camp 2 Camp 3 Camp 3 Camp 3
Class Morning Class Afternoon Class Full Day Morning Class Afternoon Class Full Day Morning Class Afternoon Class Full Day
Time 9:00 am-12:00 pm 1:00-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-12:00 pm 1:00-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm 9:00 am-12:00 pm 1:00-4:00 pm 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Fee $185 $185 $320 $185 $185 $320 $185 $185 $320
Dates June 4-8 June 4-8 June 4-8 June 18-22 June 18-22 June 18-22 July 9-13 July 9-13 July 9-13
Code 31111 A 31111 B 31111 C 31112 A 31112 B 31112 C 31113 A 31113 B 31113 C
Day: Monday-Friday Location: Indian Chase Meadows Park (525 Pheasant Chase Drive) Key Contact: Mike Baiardo
PARKIEâ€™S HARBOR HEROES SUMMER CAMP
Ages 8-14 years Kids that have wondered what itâ€™s like to work at Pelican Harbor will have the time of their lives getting the behind the scenes training of a lifeguard, instruction on swimming, and the fun of summer camp. Campers will go on new Aqua-Venture every Friday. This camp is a safe option for kids to spend their days at the water park and learn valuable lifesaving skills. Campers will need to bring lunch for each day of camp and a refillable water bottle. Campers are also required to bring a backpack containing a towel, swim suit, and sun screen. Please be aware on Friday the camp will run until 4:00 pm to allow for travel to and from the Aqua-ventures. A typical day for a Harbor Hero includes a swimming lesson from 8:45-9:25 am. After the lesson the campers will meet the counselor within the waterpark to begin the day of fun. Campers will learn lifeguard skills and techniques in preparation to compete in the IPRA Junior Lifeguard Games in the middle of July. That event will run into the evening hours. After Lifeguard Games, the campers will learn about other operational aspects of Pelican Harbor. Day
M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F
8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm 8:45 am-3:00 pm
No Class: July 4
Key Contact: Rob Bast 30
Early Bird Fee w/Res ID $200/160 $200/160 $200/160 $159/128 $200/160 $200/160 $200/160 $200/160 $200/160
Fee w/Res ID $205/$165 $205/$165 $205/$165 $164/$132 $205/$165 $205/$165 $205/$165 $205/$165 $205/$165
June 11-15 June 18-22 June 25-29 July 2-July 6 July 9-13 July 16-20 July 23-27 July 30-Aug 3 Aug 6-Aug 10
36675A 36675B 36675C 36675D 36675E 36675F 36675G 36675H 36675J
Early Bird Deadline May 28 June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 23
Help Your Body and Mind - Grow and Eat Your Own Food! Written by: Elizabeth Blake, CPT, FNS - Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Nutrition Specialist at LifeStyles Fitness Center
Have you ever tasted a sweeter fruit or a crisper, more flavorful vegetable than one grown fresh from a home garden? It doesn’t have to be complicated when you learn the basics and choose from among some of the most nutritious of foods. Broccoli, long known for its elite status as a superfood, contains phytochemicals that help reduce the risk of many diseases. Broccoli grows best in a sunny area in the fall and spring. Carrots and sweet potatoes are vibrant and richly-colorful root vegetables that are loaded with fiber. They pack a nutritional punch with beta-carotene that help to reduce the risk of many degenerative eye diseases and plant sterols that help to lower cholesterol. Plant sweet potatoes after the last spring frost when soil can stay warm. Carrots grow best in cooler temperatures during the early spring or late fall. Have a sweet tooth? Figs contain numerous minerals such as potassium and calcium that have cardiovascular-protective properties. Figs grow quickly in the garden or in containers if you’re short on space. Garlic fights infections with compounds that have antioxidant, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. It also helps in reducing blood pressure and keeping carcinogens at bay. Plant cloves in mid-autumn in a sunny location.
If you’ve ever needed the space to grow you own food, look no further! Hidden Oaks Nature has garden plots available at the Community Gardens. Reserve your spot and start gardening! Heck, if you need more information, the nature center offers a FREE Successful Vegetable Gardening class on April 14. Get out there, turn your thumb green and grow your own garden and enjoy the benefits! Hidden Oaks Conservation Area . 419 Trout Farm Road . 630.739.2600 . A facility of Bolingbrook Park District bolingbrookparks.org
ONE MOM’S JOURN TO BUILDING A
HER SON by Justin Waters
“He’s the sass to the sweetness of our house,” said Shaily Escamilla with a smile as she described her five-year old son, Xavier. “He’s spunky, independent, sweet and compassionate, yet naughty and mischievous.” It is hard to imagine the mischievous side of Xavier as you watch him in his Ninja Zone class where he is lazer focused on his instructor. Once Xavier came through the double doors, it was clear to see Xavier is a happy, rambunctious, curious young man with a strong community of friends. His eyes twinkled, as he waved goodbye to his instructor and talked to his friend about what they did in class. Xavier was in his element. This confident five-year-old could capture your heart.
community. With Xavier’s two older brothers ( Jose, age 14 and Iggie, age 10) out of the house at school during the day, she began to look for something for Xavier to do. “It would have been really easy to have him stay at home and play and watch TV, but I’m too busy-bodied of a person to sit. It’s nice to wake up and have a routine. Get him up, get him ready, go out of the house and do an activity, come home and have lunch and nap,” said Shaily.
At first, it was swim lessons at three months old, then gymnastics and Music Together at six months old, Ninja Zone and preschool, all through the Bolingbrook Park District. “I’m a big believer in my town. Bolingbrook is home, we’re going Xavier’s confidence and com- to take advantage of everymunity of friends is the re- thing. Our park district is so sult of his mom’s efforts to amazing. It is one of the main be a part of the Bolingbrook reasons we moved here.” said 32
Shaily. “Most of my friends have been established through the park district. Xavier has been doing programs with his friend Sean since they were in Puddle Jumpers together, then preschool, then t-ball and now Ninja Zone. Sean’s mom and I have become great friends through the process as well.”
All Smiles, All the Time - Xavier, age 5 enjoys all aspects of park district programming.
The importance of friendship and community is an important lesson Shaily was hoping her son would experience. Xavier is kind to his friends and peers and offers to take turns to those that are new in class. He is building his own community in his preschool class. His teachers shared with his mom that Xavier often helps kids that are
upset in class by making them feel comfortable in their new environment. Xavier has learned a great life lesson of being a friend to another in need. You can see the pride in Shaily’s eyes as she shares her story. “I feel that’s a great quality and he has that and that’s because he’s grown up in the park district. The programs here are great for him
being social, teaching him how to be a good friend, be a good listener and even at home, to get up have a good routine and have somewhere to go and something to do.” From what started as a simple routine for Xavier and his mom, has blossomed into friendships and a community that will last them for years. 33
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FISHING PERMITS GO ON SALE
Aqua Free Week June 18-23
Visit one of our 47 playgounds!
All adults age 16 and older are required to have a Hidden Lakes permit. Permits are valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Revenue generated from permit fees goes to stocking the lakes with a seasonal variety of fish. PERMITS AVAILABLE AT:
• Annerino Community Center • Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex • Hidden Oaks Nature Center • Hidden Lakes
Use LifeStyles Fitness Center with a 7-Day free trial
Week of the Young Child April 22-27
• Annual Permit: $45 • Resident ID Annual Permit: $30 • 1-Day Permit: $10 • 1-Day Resident ID Permit: $8 • Fishing Pole Rental: $7
FISHING DERBY SCHEDULE
Apr 21 May 12 Jun 16 Jul 21 Aug 18 Oct 20
11:00 am-2:00 pm 3:00-6:00 pm 3:00-6:00 pm 3:00-6:00 pm 3:00-6:00 pm 11:00 am-2:00 pm
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A facility of Bolingbrook Park District 475 Trout Farm Road (630) 739-2600 35
A Lifetime Dedicated To Keeping Bolingbrook Parks Safe By Justin Waters It was a cloudy day in July when Dave Cluts and I hopped into his “Office on Wheels” and looked at the day’s checklist in his daily activity log. It’s an older truck. The cracking leather, grease stains and beat-up work gloves tell you that this truck has seen its fair share. It has the odd combination of papers stacked on an old metal work order clipboard next to an iPad with
a heavy-duty black protective case. Dave seems much more comfortable with his construction pencil, glasses and clipboard compared to scrolling down a screen on his iPad. With his quiet demeanor and gentle smile, Dave prefers getting work done the old school way. It is easy to understand why, since he has over thirty-five years of getting things done the old school way. “He’s Bolingbrook
Park District’s ‘Mr. Fix-It’,” said Jim Patula, Superintendent of Projects, Planning & Loss Prevention. Dave knew Bolingbrook before Weber Road even existed. Bolingbrook Park District has come a long way since Dave started in 1982. As I rode along with Dave, I discovered someone who has a passion for serving the families of Bolingbrook. We stopped at
Understanding the importance of technology: Dave uses his iPad to file maintenance records.
Winston Woods to complete his inspection of the playground. Dave carefully checked nuts, bolts and virtually every corner of the playground. This is what I expected a Playground Inspector’s day would look like. Then something else happened. Dave struck up a conversation with a resident sitting in the pavilion enjoying the cool summer day. This is where I saw Dave’s personality come to life. Henry, a resident of 25 years, commented how much he has enjoyed touring the parks with his grandson. Dave’s smile got a little
wider. As we headed back to his truck with his lengthy checklist of parks to get done in hand, Dave walked with a sense of pride. “Talking with residents is one of the perks of my job,” said Dave. The job is a big one, and Dave certainly is the man for it. Bolingbrook Park District has 47 playgrounds, covering over 1,000 acres of Bolingbrook. Each playground gets inspected every two weeks throughout the spring, summer and fall and once a month during the winter.
I was shocked to learn how technical the inspection process was. To become a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), one must pass the certification program through the National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). This consists of two days of classroom work, followed by a half day to complete the exam. Upon completion of the NRPA course, an individual is able to establish a risk reduction program, system of repair, retrofit and removal of hazardous equipment. Certifications are required (Continued) 37
to be renewed every is filed and maintained a three years. This is to minimum of seven years. ensure inspectors keep up “Even though I don’t love with industry changes. it, technology does help Sitting in his “office on when ordering parts,” Dave wheels,” Dave was busy writ- explained. Each playground ing notes and recording his has its own binder including findings in his iPad. “I under- every bit of detail down to stand why we use the iPad, specific bolts specially made but I prefer my pencil and for playgrounds. “These paper,” Dave said with a smile bolts can’t be taken apart by on his face. “It does make it common household tools, easier for Angie.” He went which are important for the on to explain that his report is safety of the park.” If a part then sent to Angie Newberry, needs to be ordered, he can the Buildings, Grounds, and order it right on-site from his Natural Resources Opera- iPad to ensure the correct part tions Assistant. Each report is ordered for the playground equipment.
Dave has worked a number of different jobs during his tenure at Bolingbrook Park District. He’s worked as a custodian, on the mowing crew, was Crew Leader on Ball Fields, and has held his current title as Crew Leader of Parks and Playgrounds since 2009. “It’s been a great place to work. I’ve really learned a lot.” He says he still has a good 5-7 years left before considering retirement. “I get enjoyment out of seeing kids and families using the parks, as long as they don’t get hurt,” he added with a chuckle in his voice.
Dave has anything and everything needed to keep playgrounds safe in his “office on wheels”.
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Published on Mar 12, 2018