Spring into fall with Burr Ridge Park District
The Wildcats' pitcher Luke Schlender throws a pitch during a Fall Ball League game vs. the Tigers at Harvester Park. | Steve Johnston—for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 7, 2012 6:18AM
BURR RIDGE — Fall isn’t just about getting back to school.It’s also about a whole new season of classes and activities at the Burr Ridge Park District.
The park district’s 40-page booklet of fall activities includes cooking classes for children and adults, sports for children and adults, chances to explore the park district’s wetlands, and lots of holiday events. There also are classes to help children excel in school, dance classes and music lessons.
“The big deal is just to get out and enjoy some stuff,” said Lavonne Campbell, superintendent of recreation.
New this season is a preschool program for 2-year-olds.
“It seems like 4-year-old preschool is being absorbed more by the schools,” Campbell said.
Weeks before the 2-year-old class is set to begin, only eight spaces remained in the park district’s four sessions.
“It is evidently something that is needed,” Campbell said.
New on the exercise front is Zumbatomic, a fun way for kids to get up and moving. The hourlong class, offered on Tuesday evenings, is taught by certified Zumba instructor Cary Robin.
“It’s a workout around music,” Campbell said. “It’s a fun way to exercise.”
Adults also can find new ways to get in shape at the Park District this fall.
Donna and Ed Borawiak will teach a ballroom dance class for adults on Tuesday evenings. Students will learn the foxtrot, the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing and rumba.
“We had a group come and ask,” said Campbell, who said the park district is always looking for new ways to meet their residents’ needs.
Turns out an adult tap class was just what a group of local ladies was looking for when they set out in search of a fun way to exercise.
“We have a group of ladies who fell in love with adult tap,” Campbell said.
The program began last winter and will continue this fall on Thursday nights. Campbell said there is room for more to get in on this fun way to get moving.
It wasn’t planned in time to make it into the fall brochure, but a new program also is available to seniors in the Burr Ridge Park District.
Afternoon Delight will give seniors a chance to try out area restaurants at an affordable price.
“We’re trying to work out deals with the restaurants,” Campbell said.
The first Afternoon Delight will take place Sept. 18 at The Reel Club in Oak Brook. On Oct. 9 the group will dine at Eddie Merlot’s in Burr Ridge.
Registration is under way for all fall classes and activities. Fall brochures were mailed out to all district residents and are also available at the Community Center, 15W400 Harvester Drive, and online at brparks.org.