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From Roy Logan, program coordinator

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[May 23, 2008]  As June approaches, we anticipate "A Cool Summer of Fun!" (Brochure) From sports to the arts, we have something for everyone. We look forward to offering programs for the young to the young at heart. So sit back, relax and sign on for a few of our classes to make your summer a little more complete. [To download Adobe Acrobat Reader for the PDF brochure, click here.]

GlassPlans are to open the swimming pool on Saturday. Purchase your passes on or before May 31 to qualify for the discounted early bird rate. Pool passes are available for individual youth or adult, couple, or as a family. Passes are available anytime the front office is open. We have several new plans for our swimmers this year and look forward to serving you.

Are you water savvy? If not, we have Red Cross-certified instructors giving swimming lessons. For everyone from age 3 to adults, our lifeguards will have you swimming and feeling more confident in the water in no time. Parents are not expected to get into the water with their children but are more than welcome to wait poolside. Adult swimming lessons are offered on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 732-8770. Information is also available at Go to the "Special Events" page and click on the "Swim Lessons" link.

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If you are looking for a way to spend a little time having fun with your spouse, join us for Dance Lessons 4 All Occasions. I have taken this class from Mike and Julie Bieser and it was a great time. I not only learned a lot, but all of us in the class progressed quite well with the instruction. Put your fears away and sign on with all your other two-left-feet friends. You'll not only get a little exercise, but learn to swing dance, the cha-cha and a nightclub two-step. Classes are Sunday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 in the aerobics room and start June 1 for four weeks. Wear comfortable clothes and slick-soled shoes.

The old expression goes, "Love means nothing in tennis." Not necessarily so here at the park district. We are looking for young people from kindergarten and up who want to learn the game and develop a love for this great sport. Julie Harris Larson, ranked No. 1 in her competitive career, shares her passion of the game. From beginners to intermediates, learn forehand and backhand strokes, serve, and strategy. A variety of drills will keep your young people interested as they learn new skills. This weeklong camp begins June 2, and lessons are offered by age divisions.


Batter up! It is tee ball time again. Learn the baseball fundamentals, including hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. Coaches Chris Ciaccio and Brooke Eaton will emphasize sportsmanship, teamwork and fun. Play will be on Breezy Field, or in the event of inclement weather, we'll play in the indoor Sports Center. This six-week session begins June 14 and is for young people entering kindergarten through second grade. All athletes must wear sneakers and have their own ball glove.

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The Exploring Sports program is for children entering kindergarten through second grade. We'll offer three different sports in this six-week program. Save an hour Tuesday and Thursday morning to give your child the opportunity to play tee ball, volleyball and basketball. Exploring these will help young athletes decide which sport might be their favorite. Wear sneakers and bring your own ball glove for the weeks of tee ball. Nothing will rain out our Exploring Sports games; we'll move them indoors to the Sports Center. Our first day of this six-week sports extravaganza is June 10. Sign up and invite a friend to join your team too.

Here is the casting call for all actors and actresses ages 6-10. Drama camp is the first week of June. This awesome theater experience is led by Mr. Chris Gray, theater director for Lincoln College. The week will be filled with improvisation, theater games and warmups, as well as arts and crafts and rehearsing for a performance starring you! Bring a sack lunch and your swimsuit and towel. We'll do different theater exercises, eat lunch, swim and then work on our Friday production some more in the afternoon. Join us June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Invite your family and friends to Friday afternoon's performance. For young people ages 11-14, your drama camp will be July 7-11.


Learn the sport of recreational fishing. Two free events are offered to anyone interested in knowing how to reel in the big ones. Our Fishing Clinic is June 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Railer Room. Learn how to tie on the hook, different types of bait, fish identification and safety tips as well. Our fishing guide will be Herb Drier from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

On June 7 join us at Hickory Lane Campground in Atlanta. Sgt. Greenslate, Lincoln D.A.R.E. officer, will be there with the wiener wagon. He will have prizes in several different categories in this competitive but fun event. Parental approval is a must and parents are encouraged to attend. The first baited hook goes in at 9 a.m., with judging around 11.

[Text from file received from Roy Logan, Lincoln Park District]

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