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Bensenville, Ill. (January 17, 2024)— Fischer Farm is offering farm-raised pork products for sale to local consumers at its store located inside the farmhouse located at 16W680 Old Grand Avenue in Bensenville.

Products include ground pork, rib chops, blade chops, smoked pork shanks, smoked pork hocks, ham steaks, smoked pork butt, spare ribs and tenderloin and more. Prices vary by product and weight. Visit the store to see the complete selection or call 630-834-3152 for product availability.

Fischer Farm grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. The farmhouse and select buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register by February 7 with final payment due March 27

Bensenville, Ill. (January 14, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District, along with the Wood Dale Park District, is offering a five-day, four-night guided tour of Niagara Falls and Toronto June 3-7, and those wishing to register have until Wednesday, February 7, to sign up with a deposit on the trip.

Luxury motorcoach transportation is included in the trip, as well as eight meals—four breakfasts and four dinners. The trip departs at 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, from the Wood Dale Park District, 111 E. Foster Ave. in Wood Dale. After traveling on the first day, the group will enjoy an included dinner before checking into a Niagara Falls area hotel.

The second day, Tuesday, begins with a continental breakfast before departing on the Niagara Falls area guided tour, which includes a visit to the marvel of modern engineering, Welland Shipping Canal, and beautiful Queen Victoria Park, home to one of the largest floral clocks. The day concludes with dinner at a local restaurant.

On day three (Wednesday), travelers will enjoy a continental breakfast before departing for a guided tour of Toronto and a visit to Canada’s magnificent Casa Loma castle. The evening concludes following dinner at a local restaurant.

Following a continental breakfast on Thursday, the group will enjoy a breathtaking sailing trip to the base of the horseshoe falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, providing an “awe-inspiring view of the mighty Niagara,” according to Diamond Tours, the trip operator. Then tour the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, full of 19th century Canadian charm. Later, enjoy dinner and a visit to the Fallsview Casino for some gaming action before returning to the hotel.

On Friday, June 7, trip goers will enjoy a continental breakfast before returning to Wood Dale.

The fee for the trip is $909 per person based on double-occupancy. Add $137 for a single. A deposit of $75 is due upon registration with final payments due March 27. Registrants must bring a valid U.S. passport or passport card to participate in this tour. Optional travel insurance is available at TravelConfident.com.

For more information, reservations or questions, contact Trent Grossman (tgrossman@bvilleparks.org, 630-766-7015).

Winter weather

While snow on the ground may look delightful–especially during the holiday season–extreme temperatures may be frightful. Exposure to extreme cold can cause a number of health problems, including hypothermia.

The Bensenville Park District’s Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville, is among the local warming centers where any resident can go during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe. The Bensenville Emergency Management Agency has implemented a two-level system to assist in the allocation of resources during an extreme cold event.

Additionally, the National Weather Service offers the following winter weather safety tips:

  • Make sure your home Emergency Kit is stocked and winter storm ready
  • Use sand to improve traction and apply products that melt ice on
    walkways
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources
    may be cut off
  • Keep emergency heating equipment and fuel so you can keep at
    least one room of your house warm enough to be livable
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows
    how to use them.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply. Insulate
    walls, attics, doors, and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency offers guidance in its Winter Weather Preparedness Guide as well.

Bensenville Park District dance for those ages 40+

 

Bensenville, Ill. (January 5, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District invites adults aged 40 and older to its ‘Second Chance Dance’ from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 4, at the White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville.

Formerly known as the ‘Senior Prom,’ the dance has been rebranded to be more inclusive. The dance offers attendees the opportunity to relive the glitz and glam of a high school prom and includes dinner live music and photos. Chicken and vegetarian entrees and a cash bar are available.

The Senior Prom is $20 per person or $35 for couples. Those interested in registering can do so at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. Registration will be open December 5, 2023, and ends Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

 

Still space available at annual dinner-dance; register by Wednesday, Jan. 31

 Bensenville, Ill. (January 4, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District is now taking reservations for its annual Sweetheart Ball, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, February 3, as it returns to the White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville.

This year’s candy-themed ball promises to be as decadent as ever, and chicken and vegetarian entrees are available topped with a magnificent sweets table. Dancing and entertainment will follow dinner.

The ball has sold out each year since its inception, and space is filling up fast. Those interested in registering can sign up at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. The cost is $30 per person and $25 for those living within park district boundaries. The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 31.

Center offers four unique, canine-inspired experiences beginning Jan. 14

 

puppy yogaBensenville, Ill. (January 2, 2024) — Wood Street Fitness introduces a one-of-a-kind wellness experience that combines the serenity of yoga with the joy of playful puppies. Puppy Yoga invites participants to experience the benefits of yoga while surrounded by adorable, cuddly puppies at the Deer Grove Leisure Center Exercise Room, 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville.

Sessions take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, January 14; 10 a.m. Sunday, February 18; 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 5. Each 45-minute class is followed by 15 minutes of cuddle time, promising a unique and uplifting journey to well-being. At each class, puppies roam freely from one yoga mat to the next, offering cuddles and spreading joy as participants move, flow and breathe through their yoga practice.

Puppy Yoga classes offer the same physical and mental benefits as traditional yoga, with the added therapeutic effects of interacting with lovable furry companions. According to John Hopkins Medicine, yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility; helps with back pain relief; can ease arthritis symptoms; benefits heart health; provides relaxation, promoting better sleep; can improve mental and physical energy, alertness, enthusiasm and moods; helps remove stress and promotes better self-care.

“We are excited to bring the community together for an uplifting experience that combines the therapeutic benefits of yoga with the pure joy of puppy companionship,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Puppy Yoga is not just a fitness class; it’s an opportunity to connect with adorable puppies, support a worthy cause and promote overall well-being.”

Puppy Yoga is open to participants aged 14 and above, with those aged 10 to 13 welcomed with a paid adult guardian. To ensure an intimate and enjoyable experience, each class has a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 25. Advance registration is required at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

Fees are just $20, $18 for those living within Bensenville Park District boundaries. In addition to class fees, participants are encouraged to bring donations of dog food, laundry soap, Clorox, paper towels, martingale collars and other supplies to further support Border Tails Rescue—a no-kill, non-profit—in its noble mission.

Job fair scheduled for Saturday, January 6

Bensenville, Ill. (December 29, 2023) — According to a December 27 Fast Company article, “5 hiring trends that can change your job search in 2024,” the next year may be a more candidate-friendly job market in terms of number of positions available, qualifications required and, in the case of the Bensenville Park District, compensation.

The article projects three national hiring trends for 2024, according to hiring experts from LaSalle Network, Scoutr and SHL:

  1. Companies are hiring again;
  2. Turnover is slowing; and
  3. Employers are focusing on skills.

The Bensenville Park District, in line with these projections, is now hiring for full- and part-time permanent and seasonal positions, and will host a job fair from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 6, in the Oak Room of the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

“The start of the year is a great time to explore what type of job opportunities are available,” says Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources Evelyn Struck. “The Bensenville Park District is working hard to re-hire quality employees from last season in addition to attracting new workers.”

The district is raising wages in summer 2024, focused on retaining the excellent staff members in the areas of maintenance and farm workers, camp counselors, lifeguards and water park staff. Work at the DGLC, White Pines Golf Club, Fischer Farm, Bensenville Water Park and more. That work is increasingly difficult amidst a national lifeguard shortage, but park district staff says they are up for the challenge.

“Joining the Bensenville Park District isn’t just about a job—it’s a gateway to fostering vibrant communities, nurturing health and wellness and driving economic growth,” says Nicole Chesak, who recently joined the Bensenville Park District staff and is overseeing the operation of the Bensenville Water Park and Splash Pad. “Our commitment extends beyond parks; it’s about shaping futures. Through skill-building programs and interview readiness training, we’re empowering individuals, helping build resumes and cultivating leaders.”

A recent article from Zippia.com listed top skills listed in recreation management positions, identifying front desk (communication, customer service, organization) skills as tops among leaders in the field, along with CPR, mowing, lifeguard, recreational facilities, general maintenance, youth programs and community events. The Bensenville Park District offers a variety of positions to help advance careers, and those interested in working at the district can attend the January 6 job fair and also explore and apply for jobs online at BvilleParks.org/joinourteam.

Chesak adds, “Working here isn’t just a job; it’s an opportunity to make a lasting impact, strengthening both yourself and the community you serve.”

Creative Writing, Page to Stage classes begin in January

Bensenville, Ill. (December 28, 2023) — The Bensenville Park District is offering two new theatre classes—Creative Writing and Page to Stage—beginning in mid-January designed to nurture budding playwrights and performers.

Those aged 18 and above can explore poetry, storytelling, play writing and screen writing in Creative Writing, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, January 16 through March 5, in the Willow Room of the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC). Each class session will include writing exercises followed by group feedback on each other’s work. Students should bring a portable device such as a laptop or tablet for reading and writing each week.

Page to Stage is offered to two separate age groups, 10-14 and 14-18, and teaches young artists to adapt a variety of texts such as historical, fiction, fantasy and even their own works into theatrical performances. The class is appropriate for all experience levels, and students will learn writing and directing techniques to create a unique short performance. Classes run Wednesdays from January 17 through March 6, and parents are invited to see their children perform during the last class. Class times are 5-5:45 p.m. for ages 10-14 and 6-6:45 p.m. for ages 14-18 in the DGLC Willow Room.

The new classes complement additional theatre programs such as Acting 101, which allows students age 10-14 to develop their imaginations and self-confidence through performing arts. Each class begins with warm-up exercises and progresses through scene work, monologues and improv games. Two sessions of the Tuesday class are offered: January 16-March 5 and March 19-May 7.

For young people looking to get started in the performing arts, Intro to Acting introduces those ages 6-9 to theatre in a fun and creative way. Students will learn acting, set design, playwriting and more. Intro to Acting runs 5-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, March 19-May 7.

All class fees are $75, $55 for those living within park district boundaries. Register a week before the start of each class at the DGLC, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. For more information about Bensenville Park District programs, activities and special events, visit BvilleParks.org.

Train Tuesday Story Time added to Saturday and Sunday open house schedule

Bensenville, Ill. (December 27, 2023) — The Bensenville Park District announced an expansion of its Bensenville Railroad Museum open houses, inviting the public to step back in time and experience the allure of a bygone era from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through the spring.

“The open houses offer a captivating opportunity for attendees of all ages to immerse themselves in the world of locomotives,” says Fischer Farm Manager Christine Shiel, who oversees the museum. “Amidst the backdrop of Veterans Park, just north of the railroad tracks, visitors can explore a restored 1920s era locomotive, a true testament to the rich history our community’s railroads.”

Each open house allows children to participate in new crafts and activities, promising an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone.
Additionally, the park district is offering Train Tuesday Story Time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday. Young children and home-school children are welcome to drop by for story time activities in this railroad-themed event. Groups of six or more should contact Shiel in advance at CShiel@bvilleparks.org.

Admission to the Bensenville Train Museum is completely free, aligning with the park district’s commitment to making history and cultural exploration accessible to all. Families, individuals and groups may join in taking in the experiences.

The Bensenville Railroad Museum is located at Veterans Park, at the crossroads of Church Road and Main Street in Bensenville.

Bensenville, Ill. (December 21, 2023) — Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joe Vallez recapped the park district’s top accomplishments of 2023, noting 10 items of pride during the district’s December 20 board meeting.

“The Bensenville Park District is proud of the great year we’ve had in 2023,” Vallez said, noting numerous program, event and facility improvements. The following “top 10 list” was among the accomplishments Vallez presented to the board during its December meeting:

10. New veteran’s events: Following an announcement made by Board President Rich Johnson on Veterans Day 2022, the park district put together two new free events, a July 4 veterans swim and a veterans golf outing June 26 at White Pines. Approximately 35 veterans took part in the two events.

9. New interpretive signage at Breiter-Palm Park: Following the renovation of the park in 2022 that included a new fitness trail and accessible playground, new interpretive signage was added that highlights the activities on the fitness trail as well as park history, landscape features and the peace pole.

8. The first “Senior Prom:” In an effort to create additional special events for the active adult population, park district and White Pines staff collaborated in creating the special dance that featured a dinner, dancing and live music for an affordable price. The event has been rebranded as the “Second Chance Dance,” set for Feb. 4, 2024.

7. Basketball Champions: The Bensenville Park District’s girls basketball teams (Grades 5-6 and 6-7) won Intervillage League titles in March.

6. Park district special events: The Bensenville Park District posted strong attendance growth at the Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza (1,300), Harvest Fest (2,080), Monster Mash (1,800) and Farmside Christmas (460).

5. Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies: The Bensenville Park District forged a partnership with AllenForce to provide veterans with Wood Street Fitness memberships and classes, promoting healthy fitness habits and a positive outlet for stress relief, and up to 15 personal training sessions with a qualified Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies professional. Monthly networking opportunities provide mentoring, peer support, connections with other veteran organizations and adapted sport experiences.

4. Pickleball: The Bensenville Park District offered America’s fastest-growing sport for the first time in spring 2023, with regular court hours in the Deer Grove Leisure Center Gym. In summer, pickleball lessons were offered for the first time, and in fall, lessons were expanded because of the popularity of the program.

3. Hispanic Heritage: The Bensenville Park District hosted its first-ever Hispanic Heritage Month celebration October 6, with more than 700 attending the event at White Pines. The district hired Mariachi and Norteña bands as well as ballet folklorico. Additionally, the event included a kermes fundraiser for Fenton High School.

2. Friends of Bensenville Parks: The summer of 2023 formation of the Friends of Bensenville Parks Foundation enabled community members and businesses a means to support park district programs and participation for those who would otherwise be unable to participate in those programs due to financial constraints. The foundation’s first event, the Fore the Kids Golf Classic, raised approximately $15,000 for the foundation.

1. KABOOM: Thanks to a partnership with KABOOM! and Discover Financial, along with volunteers from the community, the Bensenville Park District addressed playspace equity in constructing a brand-new playground at Wood Dale’s Arbor Park. The playground included suggestions from a community design session conducted in June, and the playground was constructed and opened in September.

For more information about Bensenville Park District programs, events and facilities, visit BvilleParks.org.