Jump-start your imagination with the park district's weeklong
Creative Drama Camp. The week will be filled with
improvisations, theater games and warm-ups as well as art, crafts
and a busy rehearsal schedule. Young actors and actresses will have
the chance to put on a performance for their families and friends on
Friday, the final day of the camp. Bring your sack lunch every day,
and swimsuit and a towel for a fun break at the Lincoln College pool
Monday and Thursday. Transportation will be provided by Lincoln Park
Matthew Mason and Tara Shane have seen all sides of the theater.
These two young adults have had 35 play experiences between them,
all the way from entertainment to competition, as well as from the
stage to the technical crews and orchestra pits. Matt and Tara are
state-ranked performers in the arts. Both have experience working
with children and can ensure that your children will have a great
time while learning some new techniques. This camp is for children 6
to 12 years old. Sessions will begin on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and run through June 8. The camp will meet in the craft room at the
The Nathan Turner Memorial Fishing Clinic and Derby will
take place again this summer. Nathan Turner, a former Lincoln City
Council member, was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He grew up
attending the park district's fishing derby and cared deeply about
passing his love of fishing and the outdoors on to other children.
His family wanted to support the clinic and derby to keep his memory
alive. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; their son, Benjamin; his
parents, Dan and Nancy; and sisters Janell and Nanette; along with
many other loving family members.
The free fishing clinic explores the fundamentals and
safety issues of fishing. Herb Drier of the Illinois Department of
Natural Resources will teach young anglers how to tie on a hook,
casting techniques and the usage of different baits. He will have
displays and giveaways, and there will be drawings for fishing poles
and equipment at the end of the presentation. The clinic will be on
June 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the park district.
The free fishing derby is hosted by Hickory Lane
Campground near Atlanta. In the past, the pond has been stocked just
days before the event. Prizes will be awarded in several different
categories in this competitive but fun event. The Lincoln Police
Department D.A.R.E. program will contribute to the expenses. Chief
Ken Greenslate will be on hand cooking hot dogs and providing sodas
to the fishermen and their families. Parental approval is a must,
and parents are encouraged to attend. The event will be at Hickory
Lane Campground on June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Tee ball is a noncompetitive introduction to baseball for
both boys and girls. The basic skills of hitting, fielding,
catching, throwing, base running and safety will be stressed through
drills and game situations. Emphasis is on sportsmanship, teamwork
and fun. Roster information will be available at the front desk at
the park district. T-shirts, caps and schedules will be distributed
at the first practice. All athletes must wear sneakers and have
their own ball glove. The season will last for six weeks. In case of
inclement weather, tee ball sessions will be indoors on the
SportsCenter courts. Games will be on Saturday mornings at the park
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Katrina Schreiner will be the tee ball coach again this year. An
alum of West Lincoln-Broadwell and Lincoln Community High School,
Katrina has a strong sports history and will attend Illinois State
University this fall. She loves working with kids and helping them
learn the basics about sports. She has coached volleyball and tee
ball in the past, and the park district is glad to welcome her back.
The park district is planning a fun-filled summer and is offering
a brand-new program called Awesome Afternoon Adventures. Make
the most of your summer in an opportunity to play, learn and create.
Field trips around the town, outdoor and indoor fun and games,
crafting, and creating healthy snacks will come together for the
ultimate learning experience. Come make your summer an adventure
with new activities every day. To name only a few of the fun
expeditions, participants will tour the fire department, discover
how groceries get on the shelves and go on scavenger hunts with
clues that will turn everyone into Inspector Clouseau.
The goal is to offer this weekly program at much the same price
as young people would have spent to swim. Costs will be $3 per day
or $15 per week. Included in this nominal weekly fee is swimming at
Lincoln College on Monday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Parents
should drop off and pick up their children at the college on those
days. Awesome Afternoons will be on-site at the park district on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The exploring expeditions will leave
from there. Remember, anyone age 7 and up is welcome to join Team
Park District! The kickoff is scheduled for June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.
at the Lincoln College pool.
Water aerobics will be offered on Monday and Thursday
evenings at 5:30 at the Lincoln College indoor pool. The first
session is four weeks at a cost of $12, with dates of June 4-28. The
second session begins July 9 and continues through Aug. 16. This
six-week session is $20.
Keep an eye on this column, as we let you know how an awesome
summer can unfold for people of all ages. One of the upcoming
programs is Funny Business, a cartoon drawing class by Julie
Larson, creator of the Dinette Set. A golf camp, featuring veteran
instructor Doug Dean, will offer both morning and evening sessions
this year. Totally new and coming in June will be viaduct art, also
known as street art, specifically visual art developed in public
spaces. For this program, the park district is partnering with the
city of Lincoln and Chris Tice, an artist and educator based in
[Text from file received from Roy Logan,
Lincoln Park District]