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Published: Friday, May 1, 2015 2:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 3, 2015 7:06 a.m. CDT
(Photo provided by Bensenville Park District staff)
White Pines Executive Chef Rich Mancini attends to the desserts at the 2014 Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. The event returns May 10 to White Pines Golf Club and Banquets.
(Photo provided by Bensenville Park District staff)
Breiter-Palm Park will be among the parks to be attended to at the Bensenville Park District's Parks Day.
(Photo provided by Bensenville Park District staff)
Tours of the Black Chicago Gravel Locomotive No. 18 will take place May 10.

With warm weather finally here, Addison and Bensenville are offering plenty of opportunities for fun for local families.

Here are a few upcoming activities to get you and yours outside of the house.

1. Park pride

Both the Addison and Bensenville park districts are hosting park clean-up days.

The Addison Park District's Park Pride event will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 9 at the Community Rec Center, 120 E. Oak St., Addison.

Participants will clean up the parks, plant flowers and spread mulch.

Those interested in volunteering should call 630-233-7275 by Friday. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt and lunch at the Volunteer Appreciation Cookout at 11:30 a.m. in Community Park.

The Bensenville Park District invites its residents to its Parks Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants should meet at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville, before being split into groups to work at specific sites.

The day will end with a volunteer appreciation lunch. To sign up, contact Mary Wagner at 630-766-7015 ext. 2014 or mwagner@bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.

2. Let's hear it for moms

Mother's Day is May 10, so it's time for residents to do something special for their moms.

Luckily, both the Addison Public Library and Bensenville Park District have some fun options.

The Addison Public Library will celebrate Mother's Day from 2 to 3 p.m. May 9 with activities kids can enjoy with their moms, grandmas or another loved one.

The fun will include crafts, games and a special gift for youngsters' guests. Registration is now open for this event.

The Bensenville Park District will again offer its Mother's Day Champagne Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, 500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville.

Brunch highlights include carving, omelet, crepe and antipasto stations. Other brunch items include assorted appetizers, cold seafood, fruit trays, salads, breads and a sweet table.

Guests can choose from traditional brunch favorites, as well as some culinary surprises created by White Pines Executive Chef Rich Mancini just for this special event.

The brunch prices are $35.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 5 to 10. Children 4 and younger are complimentary. Call 630-766-0304 ext. 2 to make a reservation.

3. Trip down memory lane

Community members are invited to learn about the past through historical tours with the Bensenville Park District. The two May 10 tours include:

• Black Chicago Gravel Locomotive No. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park, Main Street and Church RoadThe Black Chicago Gravel Company steam locomotive No. 18 (attached to the Hiawatha passenger car and bay window caboose) was donated to the Bensenville Park District in October 1961. Conductor Karl will give tours and answer any questions. Visitors also will enjoy historical railroad memorabilia.

• Korthauer Log House, 2 to 4 p.m., 900 W. Wood St.This tour will include information about the lifestyles of the Korthauers and other families living in the Bensenville area in the 1840s and 1850s. The log house living history museum will feature activities organized by Bensenville Community Public Library staff and Bensenville Historical Society volunteers. The Korthauer Log House is owned and operated by the library and historical society.

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