Happy Valentine’s Day! There’s still time to form a team for our Trivia Craze fundraiser (co-sponsored by the Romeoville Chamber of Commerce) on Feb. 22 at the Lockport American Legion Hall. A team of eight costs $175 or come in a smaller group for $25 per person. Price includes appetizers and two drinks. We are conjuring up some crazy questions that are sure to get your brain working overtime! Our fundraisers are an integral part of support that allows us to continue developing new programs and services for our community. We hope that we will see you there. For more information about attending, sponsoring or donating, please contact our director, Peggy Wilson, at 815-407-1819. As always, any help you can offer would be so appreciated.
As winter winds down (we hope!), get rid of cabin fever with some of the programs from the winter/spring program guide. Download it from our website, www.tricountysra.org, and check out what’s in it for you! If you haven’t done so already, turn in a new annual information form before you register.
Here’s the scoop on upcoming programs. On March 8, we are offering Chords for Kids for ages 10 and up. Music and motion come together as children with autism and other special needs enjoy a concert performance in Naperville. Our Spring Breakers sessions (ages 5 to 15) are always popular, but this year, they are scheduled to coincide with a trip to the DuPage Children’s Museum. Registrations for both programs are taken separately. So now you have a fun place to spend spring break and a field trip to look forward to also!
For those with a sweet tooth, we are offering Delightful Desserts, (ages 13 and up), a chance to make delicious treats to enjoy and share. Lunch Bunch will take us (ages 16 and up) out to three local golf course restaurants for some first-class meals with friends. The first trip is on March 16 to P.B. Mulligan’s at the Prarie Bluff Public Golf Course in Lockport. Bring your appetite!
Looking forward to playing outdoors again? Sign up for Busy Bodies (ages 4 to 12). Starting in April, we’ll drive to different parks every Tuesday after school for fun on the playground! Another after school program with varied activities in our community is Saved by the Bell, for ages 14 to 22, taking place on Wednesdays starting in April. Teens Only, for ages 13 to 19, will give you a good start to your weekend, starting mid-April on Fridays. And if you want to get your body moving, we have our new kickball program, for 15 and older, and Water Aerobics, for 12 and older, on Saturdays starting in April. There are many more programs to explore. Be sure to check for registration deadlines, so you don’t miss out!
Our first parent education program takes place on March 12. We’re offering these programs for parents and caregivers to learn how to navigate the disability system in their county. The Service of Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties, Inc. will present integral information on how to get outside services for your child. It’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered and network with others. Hope to see you!
Karen Gestautas is the public information coordinator for the Tri County Special Recreation Association.