Swim with the Barracudas this fall

By Schaumburg Park District

Barracuda-SCExperience the excitement of swim meets and competition while making new friends with the Schaumburg Park District’s Barracuda Swim Team.

New swimmer tryouts begin the week of Aug. 8. Swimmers will be asked to get into the water and be evaluated by swim coaches. Fall practices are rotated between Schaumburg High School, Conant High School and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA. Competition levels are available for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced swimmers ages 5-13. Requirements for each level include:

  • Beginner: Must be able to swim 50 yards. Practices are 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 30-Nov. 17.
  • Intermediate: Must be able to swim 50 yards in all four competitive strokes. Practices are 7:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 18.
  • Advanced: Must be able to swim 100 yards of each competitive stroke continuously. Practices are 7-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 17.

An option to compete with the USA Swimming Team also is available for skilled swimmers ages 5 to 18. Participants must have a strong background in training and stroke mechanics in all four strokes and a commitment to compete. Workouts are 3000-5000 yards a practice. Practices are 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 29-Nov. 18.

Returning swimmer registration for the Barracuda Swim Team is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 16, at The Water Works Family Aquatics Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road.

For more information, call (847) 490-4515 or visit http://www.parkfun.com/programs/aquatics/barracuda-swim-team.


Party In the Park to Feature Multi-Cultural Entertainment

By Hoffman Estates Park District

DSC_0007The community is invited to Fabbrini Park (1704 Glen Lake Road) on Saturday, August 6 for the annual Party in the Park, hosted by the Hoffman Estates Park District. The event will feature many popular attractions including live music, games, food and activities. New this year is multi-cultural entertainment such as Irish, Indian and Spanish dancers and Japanese drummers, presented in part by the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Parents will find everything they need to keep their family happy from food, beer and entertainment for all ages, include children’s games, family crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and a 24-foot climbing wall.

The event is open to the public from 4-10:00 p.m. Admission is free. Wrist bands will be available for $10 that will include all activities.

“Party in the Park is like a giant block party, but we do all the work,” said Dean Bostrom, park district executive director. “It’s a great, inexpensive way for our families to spend a summer afternoon and evening outdoors, just having fun.”

Pre-teens will love the “throw-back” old-fashioned games such as tug-of-war, potato sack races, 3-legged races and water balloon toss.

Throughout the day, quench your appetite and thirst at the food and beer tent, which will be expanded this year to include more food vendors with a greater variety of options. At 8:30 p.m. the evening will draw to a close with live music performed by 90s tribute band “Run Forrest Run”.

“We’ve definitely packed a lot of excitement into a day,” said Mike Kies, director of recreation and facilities. “But I’m sure no one will mind going home exhausted.”

For more information or a complete schedule of events, visit the park district’s website at heparks.org or call 847-885-7500.

Keep kids fit and focused with youth karate classes

By Schaumburg Park District

MartialArts_3Karate classes through the Schaumburg Park District are a great way to strengthen youngsters’ bodies and minds when school resumes in late August.

Fall youth karate classes begin in September, with sessions available at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Meineke Recreation Center, 220 W. Weathersfield Way and Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut St., Hanover Park.

Taught by Illinois Shotokan Karate Club, classes offer flexibility, strength and coordination development for children ages 4-7, while children ages 7-14 focus on a mix of strength training and cardiovascular and flexibility exercises.

Classes include:

  • Pre Karate/Safety (ages 4-7)
  • Karate/Safety: Youth (ages 7-14)

For more information, visit www.parkfun.com.