Join the ultimate Halloween costume dance party at the DGLC Gym

Bensenville, Ill.— People of all ages and abilities are invited to the Wood Street Fitness “spooktacular” Halloween Zumba® class from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center Gymnasium, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Costumes are strongly encouraged to make the event fitness party like no other. There will be prizes for the top three costumes and lots of Halloween props for pictures. Instructors will team up to provide the ultimate Halloween dance party for all fitness levels, with modifications for active adults, seniors and children.

“Everyone is welcome to join in this great workout and have a blast from start to finish,” Acevedo adds. “Last year was so much fun, and this year promises to be even better!”

Acevedo says participants can burn as many as 800 calories during the workout and advises to bring water and dress in a fun, comfortable Halloween costume.

The special event is not included among the fitness center’s Core Class Pass offerings, but don’t be spooked by the fee: it’s just $8 with a $2 discount ($6) for those living within Bensenville Park District boundaries. Payment is to be made upon arrival.

Visit for more information about fitness center classes, instructors, schedules and more. Wood Street Fitness is a community service of the Bensenville Park District. Additional information may be found at

Bensenville, Ill. — Fischer Farm invites young people to embark on a unique journey of discovery with two Halloween-time programs: “Creepy Crawlies,” from 4:30-5:30 Thursday, October 26, and “Pumpkin Science,” 10-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 29. Located at 16W680 Old Grand Avenue in Bensenville, Fischer Farm offers the perfect setting for these hands-on experiences.

At “Creepy Crawlies,” children ages 6 and up learn about the bugs and critters that call the farm home before going on a bug scavenger hunt to see what there is to find. Then, they’ll create their own Halloween-inspired creepy crawly. The fee is $8 for this program and $5 for those residing within Bensenville Park District boundaries.

“Pumpkin Science” combines the fun of pumpkin carving with an educational exploration of the inner workings and growth of pumpkins. Participants aged 10 and older will choose a pumpkin, carve it into a creative masterpiece and gain valuable insights into the anatomy and growth of these iconic fall fruits. The fee is just $5, with a discounted rate of $3 available for those living within the Bensenville Park District boundaries.

Register for both programs in advance at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, to secure a spot.

Young history aficionados are in for a treat at Fischer Farm’s captivating “History Harvest” program. Aimed at children aged 6-10, this engaging series of monthly sessions offers an opportunity to delve into the rich history of Bensenville and the Fischer Family.

“History Harvest” promises afternoons filled with educational fun, including history-themed games, crafts, scavenger hunts and fascinating hands-on local history and heritage. Sessions will be held at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Avenue in Bensenville, after school on Friday afternoons Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

To participate, interested individuals are encouraged to register at the Deer Grove Leisure Center at least one week before each session. The program fee is a mere $10, with a special rate of $8 for residents residing within the Bensenville Park District boundaries.

“’History Harvest’ at Fischer Farm offers a fantastic opportunity for children to explore the vibrant tapestry of Bensenville’s past in an engaging and interactive manner,” says Farm Manager Christine Shiel. “It’s a chance to cultivate an appreciation for local history while having a great time.”

For more information about these historical adventures, visit or call Fischer Farm at 630-834-3152.

Bensenville, Ill.—Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm’s “Artisan Alley” is set to enchant visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, with an extraordinary lineup of 23 arts and crafts vendors, adding a vibrant and diverse dimension to this family-oriented event. The festival will take place at the historic farm at 16W680 Old Grand Avenue in Bensenville, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The bustling vendor area will featuring a wide array of arts and crafts to explore. Attendees can anticipate an impressive selection of offerings from the following providers:

  • Angel Tings
  • Angel’s Crystals
  • Bensenville Animal Hospital (giveaways)
  • Casa Carbonell
  • DeeJay’s Sea Moss
  • Divine Family Tarot LLC
  • Eseniaah Soaps
  • Goddess of Jules
  • Juless Shopp Co.
  • La Tiendita Artesanal
  • Luna Rosa Jewelry
  • Luna y Tierra
  • M3D & Crafts
  • MamaSweetz Witchery
  • Miel y Canela
  • Moonlit Crab
  • Orange Tree Sweets
  • Que Mala Bruja
  • Romana Mujica Toys
  • Tarot by the Dommm
  • Unearthly Wisdom
  • Xicana Creative
  • Zali4rt & Gramma

Additionally, Subie World, presented by Grand Subaru, will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering an interactive space filled with engaging experiences and a plush doll giveaway for the younger festival-goers. The farmhouse will feature beekeeping and apple cider milling demonstrations, and the gift shop will be open to purchase farm-fresh honey and other merchandise.

Harvest Fest, hosted by the Bensenville Park District, warmly welcomes everyone with free admission, making it an ideal destination for families and individuals alike to immerse themselves in the joys of the autumn season. While entry is complimentary, numerous exciting activities, as well as delicious food and beverages available on-site, can be accessed with tickets, readily available for purchase at the event.

The live music stage will keep the festivities lively, with a lineup of performances running from noon to 7 p.m. beginning with kid-favorite Miss Jamie’s Farm and concluding with local country music sensation Arika Arlynn from 5 to 7 p.m.

For all the Harvest Fest details, including directions and information about free parking, please visit

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District is excited to announce its upcoming Young at Heart Shipshewana Christmas trip, an enchanting holiday adventure to northern Indiana’s Amish country Monday-Wednesday, December 11-13. This trip promises seniors a joyous and heartwarming experience filled with festive traditions, delicious food and cherished memories.

“Set against the backdrop of the holiday season, this magical journey offers participants the opportunity to explore the charm of northern Indiana’s Amish country,” says Program Coordinator-Senior Services Trent Grossman, CPRP. “From delightful Christmas shopping excursions to visiting beloved local treasures like Rise N Roll Bakery and Yoder Meat and Cheeses, this trip is designed to bring joy and cheer to all who embark on it.”

The trip’s highlights include:

  • Play with Dinner at the Blue Gate Theatre: Enjoy a captivating theatrical performance paired with a scrumptious dinner, creating a perfect evening of entertainment and culinary delights.
  • Pretzel Making and Truffle Tasting: Get hands-on with a pretzel-making experience and indulge in delectable truffle tastings that will satisfy the sweetest sweet tooth.
  • Visit to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens Holiday Village: Explore the enchanting world of Linton’s Holiday Village, a whimsical destination sure to ignite the holiday spirit in those who attend.
  • “Lights of Joy” Display: Get immersed in the breathtaking “Lights of Joy” display, featuring more than 2 million LED lights and specialty displays stretching over a mile and a half.

“Experience the symphony of colorful light scenes that will leave you in awe,” Grossman continues. “This heartwarming trip enables active adults to discover the unique and cherished holiday traditions of northern Indiana’s Amish country. It’s an opportunity to create lasting memories, connect with fellow travelers and embrace the spirit of the season.”

To participate in this memorable journey, interested individuals are encouraged to register by October 27 at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, located at 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. The trip fee is $747 for a single occupancy room or $613 for double occupancy. A deposit of $150 is due at the time of registration, securing a spot on this extraordinary adventure.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of the holiday season in northern Indiana’s Amish country. The journey is open to those aged 21 and over and promises to warm hearts and create cherished memories. For more information about the Young at Heart Shipshewana Christmas trip, please visit the or call 630-766-7015.

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District will commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with a vibrant celebration that promises to blend cultural richness with community spirit. In partnership with Fenton High School, the park district invites everyone to join the fun at the Pavilion at White Pines Golf Club, located at 500 W. Jefferson St. in Bensenville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

The Bensenville Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is set to immerse attendees in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Hispanic culture. The event will include a Kermes (traditional Hispanic fair) with authentic Mexican food, including an early-bird tamale take out from 9-11 a.m. at the Pavilion entrance. The Kermes includes a diverse Mexican food menu, with all food sales contributing to Fenton High School.

The live music stage will feature Mariachi and Norteña performances and Folklorico dancers, providing an authentic and vibrant atmosphere for all to enjoy. Fenton’s mariachi band will perform from 10 to 11:15 a.m. to start the day, which includes performances from Mariachi Palmero, Ballet Folklorico Tayahua and Descarga Norteña. Additionally, the winners of the Bensenville Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest will be announced during the celebration.

Admission to the event is free, but attendees can indulge in Mexican culinary delights through food ticket purchases, available on-site or in advance. Cash and credit card payments are accepted for beverages.

Please note that there will be no ATM available, and all sales are final. Event parking is provided free of charge at White Pines Golf Club, with accessible parking available on-site. For further information and to participate in celebrating Hispanic culture, please visit

Free admission at Fischer Farm Sept. 30 with many new activities scheduled


Bensenville, Ill.— Enjoy affordable family fun, live music and arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Bensenville Park District’s Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Ave, Bensenville.

Harvest Fest welcomes everyone with free admission, making it an ideal destination for families seeking to immerse themselves in the joys of the autumn season. While entry is free of charge, numerous activities, as well as food and beverages available on-site, can be accessed with tickets, which can be purchased at the event for $1 apiece. Food and activity fees are between one and three tickets, and a rundown of these may be found online.

The day’s schedule boasts a diverse array of activities suitable for all ages and interests. Get the day started right with Pumpkin Yoga, and connect with nature near the Fischer Farm pumpkin patch. The class is free, but advance registration is required by September 28.

Subie’s World, presented by Grand Subaru, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., offers an interactive space filled with fun experiences for both kids and families that include a free Subie plush dog kids can name and adopt.

Meet the beekeeper with demonstrations throughout the day and see the farm animals. Families will love participating in the old-time duck races. Warm up by the bonfire while indulging in delightful s’mores. Jump around in one of two bounce houses. Enjoy outdoor lawn games that include Connect 4, corn hole, Giant Jenga and a lasso game while inclusive activities by NEDSRA will be available. Young climbers can conquer the straw pyramid, and families can take scenic hay rides around the farm grounds. For those feeling creative, there will be kids’ arts and crafts stations as well.

Adventurous souls can test their rodeo skills on the mechanical bull from noon to 6 p.m. and enjoy pony rides from noon to 5 p.m. A face painting station will be open from noon to 4 p.m., and the Fischer Farm Pumpkin Patch will be open for choosing the perfect pumpkin throughout the day.

A food tent is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to satisfy cravings, and patrons may explore unique finds at the gift store during the same hours. Discover unique creations from approximately 30 local artisans at Artisan Alley, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The music lineup is impressive, starting with the kid and family-oriented Miss Jamie’s Farm at noon, followed by Dan Asio and Ryan Herrick before headliner Alika Arlynn takes the main stage at 5 p.m.

For additional information about Harvest Fest activities, music and food, please visit

Bensenville, Ill.— The countdown to the highly anticipated Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm is officially on, and the Bensenville Park District unveiled a sensational lineup of musical acts that promise to set the stage for an unforgettable day of celebration on September 30 at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Ave., Bensenville.

“This year’s Harvest Fest promises to be a musical extravaganza like no other, featuring an eclectic mix of talent that will have everyone tapping their feet,” says Fischer Farm Manager Christine Shiel. “And families with young children will definitely want to be there for Miss Jamie’s Farm, which starts at noon.”

Here’s a sneak peek at the stellar musical lineup:

  • Miss Jamie’s Farm (Noon – 1 p.m.): Kickstarting the festivities, Miss Jamie’s Farm is a popular music show for young kids and their families, sharing values from life down on the farm through songs both new and familiar. Sing, dance, laugh and learn with Miss Jamie and her farm animal friends.
  • Dan Asio (1-2, 4-5 p.m.): Dan Asio is a “friendly, neighborhood musician and songwriter” with influences from almost every genre across multiple generations of music. His songs can be described as a personal, contemplative commentary on life—a synthesis of many sounds and ideas, past and present, paired with the today’s world.
  • Ryan Herrick Duo (2-4 p.m.): Ryan Herrick has sojourned guitar-in-hand from the mountains of Vermont to the foothills of Chicago’s skyscrapers and beyond. The guitar—his accomplice—served as the brush with which to paint his experiences as an inner journeyman; a wayward son who left home in search of himself.
  • Alika Arlynn Band (5-7 p.m.): Alika Arlynn is a country rock singer influenced by her Midwestern roots and her love of rock n’ roll. The Illinois native sounds like Carrie Underwood, has a unique style like Sheryl Crow and is as sassy as Gretchen Wilson. Her singles, “My Devotion,” “Bows Before Bros,” and “Bring It” have earned airtime on Chicago’s Big 95.5 FM.

Shiel adds, “We’re excited to close out the day with the Alika Arlynn Band, which also played Country Thunder this year, so we hope that those of all ages will join us for this celebration of music, community, culture and life on the farm.”

Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm is not just about the music; visitors can also look forward to an array of delectable food, arts and crafts vendors, family-friendly activities and more.

Make plans for to join the family fun at Fischer Farm from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 30. The event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Grand Subaru. For more information about Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm, visit

Community joins forces with nonprofit to advance playspace equity

Board President Rich Johnson–flanked by board members Val Karg, Nancy Gibbs, Chris Hernandez and Jay Snyder–along with volunteers from Discover and the Chicago Cougars, cuts the ribbon at the end of KABOOM! Build Day, the culmination of years of work to install a playground at Wood Dale’s Arbor Park.

Today, kids at Arbor Park in Wood Dale are celebrating as the Bensenville Park District debuts a kid-designed, community-built playground. The months-long collaboration between Bensenville Park District, Discover, and KABOOM! culminated this week as more than 100 volunteers built the new playspace that will spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for kids each year in Wood Dale

The new playground was a collaborative effort by community members, including kids, who presented creative ideas for their dream playground during a design day in June 2023.

“This part of Wood Dale was without an adequate playspace, and that was among the first things I heard from residents when I first started here,” said Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joseph C. Vallez, “We made a promise to the residents of this area that we would build a safe place for children to play in their neighborhood. Now, with their help and the help of the many volunteers and partners, they have a playspace they can be proud of.”

Playing is the essence of childhood and is a critical developmental need that provides countless physical, social, and mental health benefits. However, far too many children, especially in communities of color, do not have a place to play near where they live or learn. KABOOM! is working to end playspace inequity, ensuring that kids have access to quality places to play, something that should be part of every child’s life. The new playground in Arbor Park designed with the neighborhood’s unique needs and aspirations in mind, brings Wood Dale one step closer toward ending playspace inequity and ensuring that every kid has the opportunity to experience the joys and benefits of play.

“Playgrounds are an iconic part of childhood. They’re not only where kids collect some of their best memories, but also where crucial skills are developed that nurture their physical, mental, and emotional well-being,” said Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!. “KABOOM! is thrilled to work with our partners to bring to life the new playspace at Arbor Park and ensure that kids in Wood Dale have a place designed just for them, where they can play, learn, and unlock their greatest potential.”

Discover has provided support for the new playground through its partnership with KABOOM!, furthering its commitment to ending playspace inequity. 

“At Discover, we believe everyone should have access to a bright future. This starts by empowering our youth, providing opportunities for imaginative ideas, problem solving and building strong connections. Partnering with KABOOM! and the Bensenville Park District not only provides our employees a way to give back to their local communities but provides children a safe place to be themselves. We are excited to bring this playground to life and provide the community with a place to gather for years to come,” said Alyse Perkowitz, Senior Manager Community Affairs, Discover.

A grand opening celebration is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 16, at Arbor Park, 475 E. Potter St., Wood Dale.

Free event sponsored by Grand Subaru

Bensenville, Ill.— Harvest Fest is set to make its return 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 30. Sponsored by Grand Subaru of Bensenville, Harvest Fest is free to patrons joining in the fall-themed activities and family entertainment at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Avenue, Bensenville.

Harvest Fest promises a delightful lineup of attractions, including pumpkin patches, hayrides, live music performances, delectable food, local artisans and more. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone to enjoy amidst the festive autumn ambiance.

“We are thrilled to present Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm once again and express our gratitude to Grand Subaru of Bensenville for their generous sponsorship,” says Superintendent of Recreation Leslie DeMoss. “This celebration of the season brings the community together for an unforgettable fall experience.”

Harvest Fest at Fischer Farm is free and open to the public. Save the date and plan to attend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 30 at 16W680 Old Grand Avenue, Bensenville. For more information and updates, visit or follow on social media at @BvilleParks.