Upcoming Northbrook Park District events, programs
Updated: September 7, 2012 11:07AM
Free family skating event
Families can beat the heat — on the ice — at a Customer Appreciation Event at the Northbrook Sports Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. The Northbrook Park District will provide free admission and loaner skates, an exciting shoot-the-puck contest, on-ice games (noodle hockey, ice limbo and freeze dance) and demonstrations by talented figure skaters. All ages are welcome, and registration is not required. For more information, call (847) 291-2993.
Adult/Youth golf scramble
The Northbrook Park District will host an Adult/Youth Scramble at Anetsberger Golf Course on Aug. 25 with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event includes on-course contests, a short game challenge and lunch. Rounds of golf at Anetsberger and Sportsman’s East 9 Course are among the prizes. The fee is $39 per couple, which includes green fees and push carts. Call (847) 291-2971 to register.
Great skating giveaway
A Great Skating Giveaway Aug. 25 offers free ice skating instruction to children who have not taken classes before. The professional skating staff from the Northbrook Park District will teach basic skills and determine if children are ready for figure skating or hockey lessons. The classes begin at 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Sign up at nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2993.
Tickets for a grand and memorable concert — “Home for the Holidays” — just became available at northbrooktheatre.org, the Box Office in the Leisure Center, and by phone at (847) 291-2367. The Northbrook Community Choir and several area choirs will join the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra to host the community concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the majestic Divine Word Chapel of Techny Towers. Grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Northbrook Arts Commission provide partial funding for the concert. For more information, call (847) 291-2367.
Talent showdown deadline
Get ready to share your talent for fun and prizes at Northbrook’s Talent Showdown. Sept. 7 is the deadline to apply for the Park District contest. The audition categories are: Music, Singing, Dance, Comedy and Unusual Talent. Individuals or groups can audition by submitting an entry form (available at the Leisure Center and Northbrook Sports Center), a DVD or YouTube video that shows their talent, and a $5 entry fee to the Leisure Center. Semifinals are on Sept. 28, and the finals are at Northbrook Autumnfest on Oct. 13.
Bring the children and truck on down to Techny Prairie Park and Fields from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 8 to meet the fleet. Kids can climb aboard and pretend to drive an assortment of construction equipment and emergency vehicles at the annual Touch-A-Truck event from the Northbrook Park District. The popular event is free, and no registration is required, but children need to bring an adult. Cameras are recommended.
Field School after-school programs
The Northbrook Park District is partnering with Field Middle School to offer after-school programs, beginning on Sept. 4. Programs include art, chess, choir, cooking, gymnastics, hip hop dance, sports and video game programming, as well as trips for bowling and arcade games. Field School families will receive a program guide with details, and the Park District is handling registration.
The Wonders of Israel
Join world traveler Bill Helmuth for a virtual visit to Tel Aviv, Haifa and the Dead Sea of Masada at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at Congregation Beth Shalom. Refreshments will be served. The fee is $15 for Northbrook Park District Senior Center members and $19 for nonmembers. Call (847) 291-2988 for reservations or information.
Flag Football preseason clinic
Students in grades 3-8 can work on skills at a Flag Football Clinic and Combine from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Techny Prairie Park and Fields. The combine includes a shuttle drill, 40-yard dash and cone drill. Players receive a T-shirt and results from the combine testing; the fee is $15. Visit nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2995 to register.
Sunshine preschool parent night
Sunshine Preschool will hold a Parent Information Night for enrolled families at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Leisure Center. The preschool meets two, three or four days per week and is accepting enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, visit nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2995.
Bingo and dessert
Enjoy gourmet desserts, tour Whitehall of Deerfield, and play bingo for a chance to win prizes at 1 p.m. on Aug. 27. Call (847) 291-2988 to register, and meet the group at Whitehall, 300 Waukegan Road. The fee is $3.
Mix and Mingle
A Mix & Mingle Event on Aug. 28 allows seniors on the North Shore to enjoy dinner and an amazing performance by Momix Dance Company at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. The dancer/illusionists are known internationally for their inventiveness and acrobatic artistry. The dinner buffet begins at 6 p.m. at Ravinia’s Mirabelle, and the dance concert begins at 8 p.m. The fee is $40 for Northbrook Park District Senior Center members and $50 for nonmembers. Visiting Angels is sponsoring the program. Call (847) 291-2988 for reservations or more information.
Meadowhill Aquatic Center is open through Labor Day for open swimming. The holiday hours on 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3. The pools close for the season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. For more information, call (847) 291-2995.
Labor Day mini-golf tournament
Test your skills on the mini-golf course at Sportsman’s Country Club, and compete for prizes on Sept. 3. The tournament includes Adult/Junior Best Ball, Adult and Junior Stroke Play divisions and a Hole-in-One Challenge, with open play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prizes include rounds of golf at Anetsberger Golf Course, baskets of balls at the Practice Range and rounds of mini-golf. The fee ($15 per team) includes snacks and drinks. Call (847) 291-2351, ext. 2, to sign up.
Auditions for Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company
Auditions for Legally Blonde are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6 at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave. in Northbrook. Auditions are open to residents and non-residents in grades 6-10 and include acting, dancing and singing tryouts. Rehearsals begin Sept. 11, and performances of the musical are in December. For more information, visit nbparks.org or call the Performing Arts Office at (847) 291-2367.
School’s Out fun trips
On Sept. 17, when schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah, children can enjoy bouncing and bowling on a Northbrook Park District trip to Pump It Up in Glenview and Brunswick Zone in Niles. On Sept. 26, another Park District trip heads to Enchanted Castle in Lombard. The trips are open to children ages 5-12, who will meet at the Leisure Center at 9 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. Extended care is available before and after the trips. Register online at nbparks.org or at any customer service location at least two weeks before the programs. For more information, call (847) 291-2995.~.