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  • Rose Kurutz, Emily Kulaga, Nell Jakoniuk, and Rohan Balchandani, carry the historical fact stuffed Easter eggs onto the filed at Prairie Lakes while the crowd waits. Lisa Haring

    Cracking the Mystery of Hometown HistoryApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    For six students in the District 62 Central School Children of High Intellectual Potential (CHIP) Program, the study of the history of their hometown has allowed them to time travel through the ages to better appreciate and understand the evolution of Des Plaines.

     
  • And they’re off! Children hunted for eggs filled with treats and toys at the annual Des Plaines Park District free Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at Prairie Lakes Park. Lisa Haring

    8,000 Easter Eggstravaganza!Apr 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    On Saturday, April 19, hundreds of children of all ages gathered in Prairie Lakes Park to scramble for the 8,000 candy and toy filled eggs at the annual Des Plaines Park District Easter Egg Hunt.

     
  • Footlighters Theatre Company Auditions for TarzanApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Footlighters Theatre Company is casting actors, singers, and dancers, ages five to adult, for their summer musical production of Tarzan.

     
  • Julia Krecu, 11, and her mom share a cup of tea at the annual Tea for Two on April 12 at Prairie Lakes Community Center. Lisa Haring

    How About a Lovely Cup of Tea?Apr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sixty little ladies and their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, dressed up in spring florals and straw hats, enjoyed a spot o’ tea and sweets at the 10th annual Des Plaines Park District Mother Daughter Tea on April 12, 2014, at Prairie Lakes Community Center.

     
  • Artistry in Motion’s closing dance, “Youth,” is a contemporary piece choreographed by Jaime Salas for the entire company. Lisa Haring

    Artistry in Motion Spring Showcase 2014Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Celebrating their 10th season, Artistry in Motion, the in-house dance company of the Des Plaines Park District, will perform their annual Spring Showcase, on April 11 and 12 at the Prairie Lakes Theater.

     
  • New playground equipment coming to Des Plaines parkApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A public forum is scheduled for April 21 to discuss the renovation of McKay-Nealis Park in Des Plaines, park district officials said. The public will be able to review and provide input on a proposed conceptual design for a new playground at the park, located at 1755 S. Maple St.

     
  • Chef Wells tosses sautéed garlic, zucchini, and tomatoes with angel hair pasta in his March 20 class at Prairie Lakes.

    Tips for cooking fish from Chef WellsMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Park District hosted the third of three Winter Cooking Classes with Chef Ron Wells on Thursday, March 20. Chef’s menu included a pan seared salmon, served with a zucchini and tomato sauté over angel hair pasta, and a simple cream cheese pie garnished with crushed pineapple.

     
  • William Gilmer named new Community Concert Band Leader for the Des Plaines Park District. Lisa Haring

    William Gilmer Named New Community Concert Band LeaderMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band has been named local music educator William Gilmer as its new conductor, effective March 24.

     
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    New Des Plaines community concert band director namedMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Local music educator William Gilmer has been named the new conductor of the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, officials announced Wednesday. Gilmer retired as band director from Willowbrook High School, where he spent 28 years. He was selected after a three-month search and audition process.

     
  • Kids make new friends from different schools, communities, and backgrounds at camp. Lisa Haring

    Five Reasons to Send Your Kids to Summer CampMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences in a child’s life. The primary goal of the Des Plaines Park District camp program is to make sure children have the time of their lives.

     
  • Pictured, from left, 5th Ward Alderman James Brookman, Des Plaines Resident and 2014 Punt Pass and Kick Contest winner Alisa Fallon, Des Plaines Mayor Matthew J. Bogusz pose for a photograph during the March 17, Des Plaines City Council Meeting, as 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad, and 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten look on.

    Des Plaines salutes 2014 Punt, Pass and Kick Contest winnerMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines Mayor Matthew J. Bogusz issued a proclamation in honor of Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon at the Monday, March 17, city council meeting. Fallon was the winner of the 52nd annual National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick Contest in the 14/15 age group.

     
  • Alfonso Hurtado, along with his granddaughter, Bianca, receives his Dedicated to Excellence Award from Paul Cathey, superintendent of Parks and Planning at the park board meeting on Feb. 18.

    Des Plaines parks honors employee with excellence awardMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Alfonso Hurtado received the Dedicated to Excellence Award at the Feb. 18, board meeting, from Paul Cathey, superintendent of Parks and Planning. Hurtado was recognized for his quiet leadership and extensive skill set, his strong work ethic and long-standing loyalty to the Des Plaines Park District.

     
  • The Light, a duet performed by Jordin Suwalski (left) and Sammy Kedziora, was awarded the Overall High Score in the Duo/Trio category, as well as the Overall High Score in the entire Primary/Junior division. Lisa Haring

    Artistry in Motion’s Award Winning Weekend at DanceAmerica 2014 Mar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Artistry in Motion, the in-house dance company of the Des Plaines Park District, took home record top honors at DanceAmerica 2014, February 21 and 22, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

     
  • The Kinder House, operated by the Des Plaines History Center, is reopening for public tours after budget cuts forced it to close about two years ago. The house’s interior is a reflection of life in 1907, when it was built by hardware merchant Benjamin F. Kinder.

    Historic Kinder House reopens for tours in Des PlainesMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    History buffs will be able to take a step back in time again at the historic Kinder House in Des Plaines, which has reopened for public tours. A grim financial situation at the Des Plaines History center led to the Kinder House’s doors closing a couple of years ago.

     
  • “The magic of a great stir-fry with crispy vegetables is the quick tumbling and tossing in a hot wok,” Wells said at the Feb. 20, Joyful Chinese cooking class at Prairie Lakes Community Center.

    Chef Ron Wells explores Joyful Chinese Cooking in Des PlainesMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Park District hosted the second of three Winter Cooking Classes with Chef Ron Wells on Thursday, Feb. 20. Chef’s program focused on Joyful Chinese Cooking to welcome in the Year of the Horse.

     
  • Kamryn Bowers, 5, from Gurnee dances on her father’s toes at the Des Plaines Park District annual Royal Ball held Feb. 15 at the Leisure Center.

    Dads and daughters dance Des Plaines Park District ballFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eighty-three dads and daughters dined and danced the night away at the annual Des Plaines Park District Royal Ball Saturday, Feb. 15.

     
  •  Lawrence J. Carle, founding conductor and music director of the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, retires after 30 years on the podium.

    Carle retires after 30 years directing Des Plaines community band Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lawrence J. Carle has retired after 30 years as the founding conductor and music director of the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band. Carle’s last performance was the Christmas concert Dec. 15 at the Prairie Lakes Theatre. “There comes a time for everything,” said Carle, “and now is the time.”

     
  •  Chef Ron Wells tosses a fresh vegetable medley with olive oil and spices for his roasted veggie melt sandwich at a Des Plaines Park District healthy eating class Jan. 23 in the Prairie Lakes kitchen.

    Chef holds Winter Cooking Classes in Des Plaines Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Des Plaines Park District recently hosted the first of three Winter Cooking Classes with chef Ron Wells focused on healthy eating for the new year. Wells’ cooking style is classic American cuisine, with a personal twist derived from his Memphis roots. “My love of cooking comes from my mother, Maudie,” he said.

     
  •  Alisa Fallon, the 2014 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Champion, Girls 14/15 age group.

    Our Lady of Destiny’s Alisa Fallon, champion and role model on the field Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Alisa Fallon stepped up to the line to take her turn at the Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals, the mantra her trainer had given her was all she could hear. “Head down. Five steps back. Two steps to the side. Keep your eye on the part of the ball that you want to kick. The crowd will tell you where the ball goes.”

     
  •  Marianne Balow pops her ball up and out of a snowdrift at the annual Des Plaines Park District Chili Open on Jan. 11, at the Golf Center Des Plaines. The yellow Srixon balls were drilled through and tied with orange curling ribbon to make them easier to find on the course.

    Over 50 come out for annual Chili Open Golf Tournament Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    14.19- with one photo-page 2 On Saturday, Jan. 11, over 50 polar bear golfers converged on the nine-hole, par-3 course at Golf Center Des Plaines, for the annual Des Plaines Park District Chili Open Golf Tournament. The arctic golf challenge drew sports enthusiasts and hobbyist golfers of every age, as they attempted to battle the wind and freezing temperatures before heading into Club Casa Cafe for chili and hot chocolate.

     
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