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Silvia Acevedo offers four ways to stay fit during the ‘most wonderful time of the year’

Bensenville, Ill.—It can be hard to stay fit or even to maintain the same weight during the holiday season, but Bensenville Park District Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo has some practical advice on how to stay fit and healthy during the holidays.

Acevedo recently shared the following four holiday health concepts on the “Spotlight on Bensenville” cable television program: set realistic expectations, plan ahead, keep it quick and consistent and take advantage of seasonal offerings.

Acevedo says it’s okay to relax a little with fitness goals during the holidays, recognizing that it is often a time of great stress.

“Goals should be realistic and achievable, focusing on maintenance, she says. “You can stay active and enjoy all the festivities without feeling overwhelmed.”

Acevedo says planning ahead is another key to success.

“Planning ahead for the busy holidays helps you figure out your options to get your workouts in with the understanding that a plan B might be necessary, so consider those plan B’s ahead of time,” she says.

If hitting the road during the holidays, consider hotels with pools and fitness facilities. If those are not available, there are fitness apps that may be used or consider bringing fitness equipment such as elastic bands on the trip. She also says to research nearby trails to run, walk or hike to stay active.

If staying at home, she suggests wearing running or walking shoes and taking every opportunity to walk; use the stairs when possible. She also says shoveling snow is a great way to exercise.

Being consistent, even if it’s just for 15 to 20 minutes a day, is enough to make a difference.

“Plan for a 15-to-20-minute workout,” Acevedo says, noting the best time is in the morning. “Waking up 30 minutes earlier will keep you on track without distractions, plus it will give you the energy you need for the busy and festive day ahead of you.”

Finally, Acevedo says to take advantage of seasonal offerings to maximize value and minimize effects on the budget.

“There are plenty of seasonal promotions available that can help you remain on track with your fitness goals,” she explains. “Keep an eye on special class packages and membership specials. For example, Wood Street Fitness if offering a special for fitness center memberships and also unlimited group fitness class passes that includes the rest of 2022 free when you purchase an annual membership for 2023.”

For more information about Wood Street Fitness, group fitness class schedules and rates, visit WoodStFitness.com or call the Bensenville Park District at 630-766-7015. Wood Street Fitness is located inside the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Register now for girls’ and boys’ volleyball skills camps

Bensenville, Ill.— Girls and boys volleyball skills camps focus on skill development for athletes ages 7-9 and 10-14, and registration is underway.

The beginner program (ages 7-9) is geared toward beginners and teaches the fundamentals of the game, while the program for those aged 10-14 is for more experienced players and helps to fine-tune their skills.

Sessions are available at different times for different age groups, with camps running from December 22 to January 5 and January 17 to February 7. All sessions will take place at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, and registration deadlines are a week prior to the start of each session.

Program fees are $40 for residents and $52 for non-residents each session. To register, call the Bensenville Park District at 630-766-7015 or visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Boot camp starts December 20; cheerleading sessions start January, February

​Bensenville, Ill.— The winter sports season is only a few weeks away, and now is the time to get ready to cheer on those teams. The Bensenville Park District offers a cheer boot camp for children ages 5-14 that teaches them cheers and routines to be performed at park district basketball games during the winter months.

Cheer boot camp takes place 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from December 20 to January 5, and the registration deadline to register is Thursday, December 15.

The park district’s in-house cheerleading program teaches basic cheers, stunts and tumbling. The program is not competitive, but it provides an environment where new and experienced cheerleaders can be challenged, gain confidence and flourish. Cheerleading is offered for 4-to-6-year-olds, those ages 7 to 9 and those from 10 to 14 years of age. The first session runs Saturdays from January 7 to February 4, and the second session runs February 18 to March 18. Registration deadlines are a week prior to the start of each session.

Program fees are $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents each session. To register, call the Bensenville Park District at 630-766-7015 or visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Competition open to anyone aged 21 or over

Bensenville, Ill.— Those 21 and over can show off their baking skills in the Bensenville Park District’s first-ever Christmas Cookie Bake-Off, 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, December 19, in the Oak Room at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

“’Christmas time is here—a time for joy, a time for cheer’ is how the song goes, but it’s also time for cookies,” says Trent Grossman, senior services program coordinator. “The Oak Room Christmas Cookie Bake-Off is sure to be the most competitive and exclusive bake-off in the Bensenville Park District!”

Festive Christmas sweaters and holiday attire are encouraged. In addition to tasting delicious cookies, participants will be playing a round of crazy 8s as well as have photo opportunities with the jolly man in red. Prizes awarded for cookie competition.

The event is open to anyone aged 21 or over. Register by December 12 to participate. All competitors should bring at least two dozen cookies. The fee is just $5 for residents, $8 for non-residents. The fee is waived for those entering the cookie competition. Please contact Grossman at 630-766-7015 or tgrossman@BvilleParks.org for more information or to hold your spot in the competition.

Purchase a 2023 annual membership and receive the rest of 2022 free

​Bensenville, Ill.— Wood Street Fitness, located at 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville, has extended its ‘Black Friday’ membership special through the rest of the year. New members can sign up for 2023 annual membership and receive the remainder of 2022 for free.

“The annual rate represents a 15 percent discount over the monthly rate,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Plus, those that sign up for this special get the remainder of the year for free, so the sooner you sign up, the better the deal.”

The special applies to fitness center memberships, Core Class Pass memberships and combination memberships.

Annual fitness center membership rates are $153 for resident adults aged 17 and over and $184 for non-resident adults. Couples rates are $255 (resident) and $306 (non-resident). Senior rates are available for patrons 55 and older, and fees are just $112 for residents and $143 for non-residents. Residents 12 to 16 years of age are $122 per year, and non-residents are $153.

The Core Class Pass allows for unlimited access to all group fitness classes, excluding premier classes and special events. The annual membership fee is $300 for residents and $360 for non-residents. The Core Class Pass can be added to a regular Wood Street Fitness Center annual membership for an additional fee of $204. A complete schedule of group fitness classes offered by Wood Street Fitness may be found at WoodStFitness.com/Classes.

Veterans and active military also qualify for the promotion. New veteran and active military members receive a free membership through 2023 and a 20 percent discount on annual memberships thereafter.

Wood Street Fitness membership information can be found at WoodStFitness.com. To register, visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The center is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 25.

Those 21+ can help decorate the Deer Grove Leisure Center Oak Room

​Bensenville, Ill.— Those 21 and over can get in the holiday spirit by decorating the Oak Room at the Deer Grove Leisure Center from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, December 1.

“The holidays are here, and we need your help to cover the Oak Room with holiday cheer,” says Trent Grossman, senior services program coordinator. “Bring your friends and enjoy snacks and festive music as we get the room ready for the holidays.”

The event is free, and no registration is necessary. Please contact Grossman at 630-766-7015 or tgrossman@BvilleParks.org if planning to join in on the fun.

Register for winter-spring programs and activities at the Deer Grove Leisure Center

Bensenville, Ill.—The Bensenville Park District’s Winter-Spring Program Guide is online and has been delivered to area residents in time to register for winter-spring programs beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29 (Nov. 30 for non-residents), at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Winter-spring activity highlights include holiday events (registration already underway), acting classes, scouting badge workshops at Fischer Farm, Bensenville Water Park season pass sale, youth fitness programs, Family Story Time Yoga with Bunny April 1, Dogs at Dusk and Dog Days camp, Under the Sun Summer Camp information, new birthday party options and a new sports explorers program.

Other special events include Wood Street Fitness Free Weeks January 9-14, the Sweetheart Ball at White Pines Golf Club February 4, Bensenville Family Day at the Chicago Wolves March 19, the April 1 Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt and Fitness de Mayo on Friday, May 5.

Household information should be updated with the Bensenville Park District prior to registration. Household registration forms are available at the DGLC as well as online at BvilleParks.org/forms.

The Winter-Spring Program Guide may be viewed and downloaded from the Bensenville Park District website, BvilleParks.org. Hard copies are also available at the Deer Grove Leisure Center. Registration forms may be found online as well as in the back of the Winter-Spring Program Guide.

Registrations can be completed in person at the DGLC or via mail with payments included. Mail registration payments may be made by credit card, money order or check payable to the Bensenville Park District, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville, IL 60016.

Space is limited; make reservations now for this family event

​Bensenville, Ill.— Enjoy a holiday breakfast, enjoy holiday crafts and activities and get your photo taken with Santa at the White Pines Golf Club’s Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18.

The buffet breakfast includes mini pancakes, a waffle station, sausage and bacon, eggs, breakfast potatoes, assorted pastries, fruit and assorted beverages. There’s also a kids’ station with favorites such as chicken nuggets, tater tots and macaroni and cheese.

There are kids’ crafts and activities as well, but the highlight is a visit from Santa Claus and the chance for kids to interact with him and have their photo taken. Photo albums are posted to the park district website for download following the event.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” says White Pines PGA Manager Andrew Godfrey. “It is great to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they interact with Santa.”

Registration for White Pines’ Breakfast with Santa is already underway, and spaces are limited to just 20 homes per date. The fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children aged 3 to 17. Those 2 and under are free. Register by calling 630-766-0304 ext. 2.

Black Friday 2022

Purchase a 2023 annual membership and receive the rest of 2022 free

​Bensenville, Ill.— Wood Street Fitness, located at 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville, is offering a ‘Black Friday’ membership special between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, November 25. New members can sign up for 2023 annual membership and receive the remainder of 2022 for free.

“The annual rate represents a 15 percent discount over the monthly rate,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Plus, those that sign up on ‘Black Friday’ will get an extra month.”

The Black Friday special applies to fitness center memberships, Core Class Pass memberships and combination memberships. Additionally, new members registering that day will also be entered in a raffle to win a free gym bag and other prizes.

Annual fitness center membership rates are $153 for resident adults aged 17 and over and $184 for non-resident adults. Couples rates are $255 (resident) and $306 (non-resident). Senior rates are available for patrons 55 and older, and fees are just $112 for residents and $143 for non-residents. Residents 12 to 16 years of age are $122 per year, and non-residents are $153.

The Core Class Pass allows for unlimited access to all group fitness classes, excluding premier classes and special events. The annual membership fee is $300 for residents and $360 for non-residents. The Core Class Pass can be added to a regular Wood Street Fitness Center annual membership for an additional fee of $204. A complete schedule of group fitness classes offered by Wood Street Fitness may be found at WoodStFitness.com/Classes.

Veterans and active military also qualify for the ‘Black Friday’ promotion. New veteran and active military members receive a free membership through 2023 and a 20 percent discount on annual memberships thereafter.

Wood Street Fitness membership information can be found at WoodStFitness.com. To register, visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The center is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 25.

Holiday tree-lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Bensenville, Ill.— Winter is coming, and the Bensenville Park District invites area residents to enjoy some holiday cheer at its annual ‘Farmside Christmas,’ from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Ave., Bensenville.

“Come to Fischer Farm and enjoy the holiday lights and decorations as you walk the grounds of the historic farm,” says Manager of Facilities and Special Events Todd Linder. “Enjoy ice sculptures and holiday crafts before warming up around a bonfire with hot chocolate and treats. We’ll have carolers singing festive music, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa!”

The carolers are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m., and visitors will also see the park district’s Adopt-a-Snowman entries on display at the farm throughout the month. Live animals, including reindeer, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides are also a part of the schedule.

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the barn throughout the event, and photos will be taken and posted to the BvilleParks.org website for download at a later date.

The highlight each year is the illumination of the farm’s Christmas tree. The tree-lighting is scheduled to take place at 4:30 p.m.

‘Farmside Christmas’ is free for adults age 16 and older, and children age 2 and under are also free. The fee is $10 per child age 3-15. Free parking is available.