EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Don't let snow keep you hostage at home

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Don't let snow keep you hostage at homeBy John Wilson nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

It is early March, and there is still a ton of snow on the ground. I have been in the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years, and I understand it could still snow in May, but really haven’t we had enough snow this winter?

How many times have you cleaned off your driveway? At my home, my snowblower and I have become close personal friends. I have no more space to put snow from the driveway.

It has been crazy this winter. From all the unfortunate accidents on our interstate highways, to the Amtrak train getting stuck in the snow, to the day when we had rain, snow and thunder snow, it’s time to say goodbye to winter and a hearty hello to spring!

No matter the weather, the Lan-Oak Park District has many program offerings and other activities going on that we hope provides a positive outlet to our users and stakeholders in the community.

During January, many residents either renewed or joined for the first time at our fitness center during our 2-for-1 membership special. Our youth basketball league has more participants this year than any year before. Dance, gymnastic, swimming and fitness programs are all going strong.

For parents looking for a preschool program to enroll your child in this coming fall, the park district’s Playskool is a very creative, fun, interactive program for 3- to 5-year-olds where play is the foundation for learning. I would encourage any parent to call the Eisenhower Fitness & Community Center to get more information on the Playskool program and arrange for a tour of the classrooms to see for yourself the great quality of this program.

Special events coming this spring include our annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 19 at the Park Plaza. The park district has a special connection with the Easter Bunny, and we have made arrangements for the Easter Bunny to deliver your Easter basket to your child. Call the Eisenhower Center at (708) 474-8552 for more detailed information on this very special event.

Moms and sons have a special bond. On May 9, moms can have a fun night with their son at our Mother/Son Fun Bowl.

For information on this special event, trips and other programs in our winter/spring brochure please visit www.lanoakparkdistrict.com or call the Eisenhower Center.

You do not have to be confined this winter with all of the snow piled around your home. Cabin fever? I would say not with all of the program offerings available to you and your family from the park district.

Our recreation staff, headed up by Sharon Desjardins, is always looking for new programs, new adventures and other leisure activities that can be a true value to you and your family.

So don’t let the snowy weather stop you. See you soon at the Eisenhower Center.

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