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Frosty fun in Glen Ellyn: 5 ways to beat the winter blues

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:21 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 11:36 a.m. CDT
(Mary Beth Versaci file photo - mversaci@shawmedia.com)
Fuschia women's boutique worker Eve McKeown (left) assists Jodi Norgaard during last year's Indoor Sidewalk Sale. The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn will host its fourth annual sale Jan. 24 and 25 at 476 N. Main St., along with several other spots in Glen Ellyn, as some stores will participate from their home locations.

GLEN ELLYN – Although the holiday season is over, winter continues in the Chicago area, and there is still fun to be had in Glen Ellyn.

Here are five activities for residents to enjoy in town during the chilly weather:

1. Show off those snowman skills

Knowing how winter seems to last forever in Chicago, there is sure to be no shortage of snow through the end of March.

Instead of shoveling the snow away, residents can put it to use in the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Build a Snowman contest.

Residents have until March 31 to build their creation. Take a photo and send it toJeannie Robinson at 185 Spring Ave. or jrobinson@gepark.org. Winners will receive a plaque with their snowman photo.

This free event is open to all ages. For information, visit www.gepark.org/new_events.htm.

2. Warm up with a movie

The Glen Art Theatre, located in the heart of downtown, offers community members a chance to take a break from the cold by catching a movie.

With a mix of big names and independent films, the theater is sure to have something for everyone.

Tickets cost $5 before 5 p.m. and $7 in the evening.

For showtime information, go to www.glenarttheatre.com.

3. Support local businesses

While holiday shopping may have ended, it’s never the wrong time to support local businesses.

The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn will host its fourth annual Indoor Sidewalk Sale on Jan. 24 and 25.

This year’s sale will include a central location at 476 N. Main Street and several other spots throughout downtown, as some stores will participate from their own spaces.

Savings could include as much as 75 percent discounts.

The Indoor Sidewalk Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25.

To learn more, visit www.downtownglenellyn.com.

4. Have a frosty ‘blast’ with the family

The Glen Ellyn Park District will host an afternoon of winter fun for the family at its Arctic Blast event Feb. 16.

This free event for all ages will feature various games, including Frozen Disc Fly, Snowball Toss, Chilly Paddle Tennis and more. Guests will be able to warm up with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

Arctic Blast will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave. in Glen Ellyn.

For more information, go to www.gepark.org/new_events.htm.

5. Swing for a cause

What could be more fun than playing miniature golf in the Glen Ellyn Public Library?

Community members are invited to support the library at its annual Swinging thru the Stacks event Jan. 24.

Teams of four or more will play 18 holes of miniature golf inside the library between 4 and 8 p.m. All ages are welcome.

The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit BookFest 2014.

Swinging thru the Stacks is sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Library and the Glen Ellyn Public Library Foundation.

For more information, visit www.events.gepl.org.

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