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Residents invited to participate in fun activities Aug. 20 at DiOrio Park

Bensenville, Ill.—The Bensenville Park District invites residents to “meet us at the park” for Play Dayz, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at DiOrio Park, located on Barron Street between Memorial Road and West Wood Ave. The free event is part of the park district’s Park n’ Play initiative to bring programs and activities to neighborhood parks throughout the year.

“Activities such as Play Dayz make people want to get outdoors, connect with their neighbors and, most of all, have fun,” says Bensenville Park District Superintendent of Recreation Michael Hayes. “Park ‘n Play provides residents activities that let them explore new interests with our parks providing the backdrop. We hope our residents will enjoy the wide variety of things taking place at DiOrio Park.”

Play Dayz participants ages 4 and older can take part in a variety of different activities throughout the park, including tie-dying and nature activities as well as making and flying a kite. The event is free for district residents.

Play Dayz was originally scheduled to kick off the summer’s set of Park n’ Play events on May 21, but inclement weather forced its postponement. Park patrons also are invited to the final ‘Entertainment Dayz Movie in the Park’ presentation of “Sing 2” at Sunset Park later that evening, with the movie starting at dusk.

A complete listing of upcoming activities taking place in neighborhood parks can be found online at BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.

Free Park n’ Play Entertainment Dayz special event at dusk

Bensenville, Ill.—Come watch as theater owner Buster Moon sets his sights on producing a brand-new musical with his troupe in the glamorous Redshore City when the Bensenville Park District shows “Sing 2” in its final Entertainment Dayz event at dusk Saturday, August 20, at Sunset Park.

The screening is the last of three shows in the district’s Entertainment Dayz series in association with its Park ‘n Play initiative, which brings more than 50 events to neighborhood parks throughout the district this summer. Previous Entertainment Dayz Movie in the Park events included “The Goonies” and “Aquaman.”

“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join your friends and neighbors for our final Entertainment Dayz movie in the park,” says Bensenville Park District Superintendent of Recreation Mike Hayes. “It promises to be a fun night.”

The event is free, and concessions will be available for purchase at the event. Sunset Park is located on Grove Avenue between Judson and Barron Streets in Bensenville.

For more information about the Bensenville Park District’s Park n’ Play activities, including a schedule of events sortable by date, park and activity, visit the park district website, BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.

Bensenville, Ill.— Those looking to learn the latest dance moves or receive a small introduction into some basic dance styles will have an opportunity to try it for free through the Bensenville Park District.

Park district dance instructors will provide a crash course in some basic dance moves with tunes from a local disc jockey from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 13. The event at Rose Park, David Drive and E. Belmont Ave. in Bensenville, is free and open to those of all ages.

Dance Dayz is a part of the Bensenville Park District’s Park ‘n Play initiative aimed at meeting people where they live by providing programming in neighborhood parks. More than 50 events are taking place in Bensenville parks as part of the initiative this summer. A complete listing of activities taking place in neighborhood parks can be found online at BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.

Registration deadline noon Friday, August 12

Bensenville, Ill.— Children ages 3 to 7 interested in slithery snakes can learn all about the many kinds of snakes found in the state of Illinois at Scales & Tales, 2 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at Kremples Park, located at Jacquelyn and Dennis in Bensenville.

A park district instructor will talk about the snakes’ habitats, teach a snaky song, tell a story and even give youngsters a chance to meet a real snake. The fee is just $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents.

More information about the Scales & Tales can be found in the Bensenville Park District’s Summer Program Guide, which can be viewed online.

Register in person at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville, or by phone at (630) 766-7015. The registration deadline is noon Friday, August 12.

Scales & Tales is a part of the Bensenville Park District’s Park ‘n Play initiative aimed at meeting people where they live by providing programming in neighborhood parks. More than 50 events are taking place in Bensenville parks this summer. More information about Park ‘n Play can be found online at BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.

After careful consideration, significant research and input from Bensenville Park District residents, the Bensenville Park District Board of
Commissioners has made the informed decision to cease considering the unsolicited inquiries the Board has received over the past two years from private development companies interested in redeveloping certain acres of land that comprise the White Pines Golf Club.

Before concluding that continued review of inquiries is not in the best interest of the District, the Board had been exercising its fiduciary
responsibility to explore options to improve the District to benefit park patrons of all ages and interest. The district had been openly considering the benefits, challenges and implications of a potential sale of any White Pines land.

For the past few years, Village residents, elected officials, park patrons, school district officials and BPD partners, among others, attended Board meetings and town halls to share their concerns or support with exploring opportunities to upgrade Park District facilities and programs as outlined in the ongoing District planning called “Bensenville Park District 2.0.”

The White Pines exploratory plan included the reasons to consider the sale of certain acres of land and highlighted proposed options for the use of any proceeds generated from the sale of any White Pines property to upgrade, repair and replace some facilities.

Now, however, the Board of Commissioners has decided to begin laying the groundwork to present to the Park District voters later this year a $20
million referendum to fund improvements and upgrades at White Pines. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks about this process and plan.

Bensenville Park Board of Commissioners

The Bensenville Park District thanks Greg Linder for his passionate service and advocacy on behalf of the district throughout his tenure as a commissioner. His passion, expertise and engagement with leadership, staff and the community were hallmarks of his five-year tenure on the board, and his contributions led to many improvements in the quality of life for the children and families in Bensenville. The district wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District is holding a special meeting of its board of commissioners at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. A committee meeting had been previously scheduled for that date and time.

Board meetings are open to the public. The agenda for the meeting is posted to the Bensenville Park District website, BvilleParks.org/about-us/board-meetings-and-commissioners/#3.

Register for fall programs and activities at the Deer Grove Leisure Center

Bensenville, Ill.—The Bensenville Park District’s Fall Program Guide is online and has been delivered to area residents in time to register for fall programs beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9 (Aug. 10 for non-residents), at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Fall activity highlights include a family campout at Fischer Farm August 26-27; Tiny Tot preschool programs; Clubhouse before-and-after school programs; sports such as t-ball, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading; nature programming at Fischer Farm; cultural and fine arts programs such as acting, guitar and art classes; adult trips and programs as well as special events such as Harvest Fest September 30-October 2.

Other special events include a Park n’ Play screening of “Sing 2” at dusk Saturday, August 20, in Sunset Park and a salsa-Latin jazz show by Projecto 7 at Live at White Pines Friday, August 26. The district is also planning a Bensenville Night with the Chicago Wolves in addition to its annual Monster Mash on Saturday, October 29. Resident veterans can also register for the free Veterans Day Breakfast taking place Friday, November 11.

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

Six-week after school program for children aged 9-15 begins Thursday, Sept. 29

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District has joined with Paws 4 Kids 4 Paws to teach children aged 9 to 15 how to communicate with canines as part of a weekly, six-week after-school program beginning Thursday, September 29, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

“Dog Days: Learn to Speak Dog” instructs young people in dog safety, assessment, teaching and handling using active sessions with actual lessons interacting with dogs provided by Paws 4 Kids 4 Paws. Personal dogs are not allowed. Sessions, which run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. September 29 through November 3, take place indoors and may be held outside, weather permitting.

According to Tricia Sutton, co-founder of Paws 4 Kids 4 Paws, “This program—like others we run—is structured to engage and empower youth to take action toward their own successes and implement long term positive changes for themselves and their communities.”

Participants are instructed to wear comfortable clothes and good, comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Outdoor coats may also be needed for outdoor activities.

Those interested should register in advance at the Deer Grove Leisure Center. The fee is just $55 for both residents and non-residents.

Paws 4 Kids 4 Paws is a community-based youth development, educational and 501(c)(3) charitable organization which empowers youth to create a healthier, more successful future for themselves and to develop an understanding of domestic animals. Its mission is to provide animal-assisted experiences for youth to develop their strengths by helping rescue animals become more adoptable. More information can be found on the organization’s website, Paws4Kids4Paws.org.

Wet conditions and lightning in area forced postponement

Bensenville, Ill.— Free Bensenville Park District Fitness Dayz group fitness classes have been rescheduled due to weather for three separate Saturday mornings—August 6, 13 and 20. The event is part of the district’s Park ‘n Play initiative, which brings activities and events to neighborhood parks.

“Unfortunately, the wet weather and thunderstorm threats in the area forced the postponement of the event,” explains Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “With the new format, we’ve separated the activities out so participants can try all three classes for free, and we’ve also identified alternate locations to conduct the activities in the event of bad weather.”

Those interested in circuit training can join Traci at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6, at Varble Park. The training previews the new SH1FT-L1FT class scheduled this fall. Be prepared to do circuits of strength, mobility, balance, core, speed and agility as well as resistance training for a full body workout. The program is inclusive to all fitness levels, allowing participants to work out at their own pace. Modifications can be made for every circuit. Participants can burn calories long after their workout due to the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) effect. All necessary fitness equipment will be provided; just bring water. The alternate location in case of inclement weather will be the Exercise Room at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street.

Zumba® with Silvia begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 13, at Pines Park and welcomes all fitness levels, from beginners to experienced Zumba lovers, with modifications available. Everyone is going to have a great workout and a great time dancing at their own level of intensity and impact. For safety, class will be held in the park’s parking lot, so please wear appropriate workout shoes (ie. no crocs, flip-flops or sandals) and bring water. The alternate location in case of inclement weather will be the Exercise Room at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

At 10:15 a.m. Saturday, August 20, enjoy Vinyasa yoga with Jenny at Fischer Farm surrounded by a wooded forest preserve. Mats will be provided, but participants are free to bring their own. Participants are also encouraged to bring water. This class welcomes all levels of yoga experience, whether trying yoga for the first time or an experienced yoga student. Practicing yoga at one’s own level surrounded by nature will sure start the weekend in the right mindset. The alternate location is inside the Granary Barn at Fischer Farm.

Those wishing to continue with these group fitness classes and more through Wood Street Fitness may register at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. Fitness Center annual memberships are as low as $153 for residents or $15 per month. The center also offers a Core Class Pass allowing unlimited access to all in-person and virtual fitness classes for a monthly fee of $35 for residents ($40 non-residents) or $300 ($360 non-residents) annually. More information may be found online at WoodStFitness.com.

All Fitness Dayz events are free, and advance registration is not required. Fischer Farm is located at 16W680 Grand Avenue in Bensenville. Pines Park is located across the street from the Pines Room at White Pines Golf Club, 508 S Church Rd, Bensenville. Varble Park is located adjacent to the Deer Grove Leisure Center. A complete listing of upcoming activities taking place in neighborhood parks can be found online at BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.