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Dear Residents,

The string of ninety degree days at the end of September are but a distant memory now. As the days begin to get colder, our outdoor activities have come to an end. The tennis racquets, soccer cleats and golf clubs have all been put away, waiting for the warmth of another season. Our thanks go out to Barnaby's Pizza for sponsoring the Fall Youth Dodgeball League, and DiFranco Orthodontics for sponsoring the Fall Soccer League.

What an exciting fall season it has been. November saw the opening of the LoVerde Sports & Recreation Center. Thank you to all who came out to help dedicate this beautiful new facility on November 4th. If you have not had the chance, I encourage you to stop by and explore all that it has to offer. It's more than just basketball and soccer. There are beautiful new art and dance studios as well as a large multi-purpose room for the next birthday you are looking to celebrate. We had a great turnout for the Harvest Hustle on October 22nd, as well as the delightfully scary Halloween festivities.

Just because the days are getting colder doesn't mean that your fun has to end. Maybe that equipment that was tucked away can be put to good use. The Tam Golf Learning Center & Museum at7680 N. Caldwell Ave. is the perfect spot to learn the history of Tam O'Shanter Golf Course, while working on the golf fundamentals with Chris Urgo. If tennis is your game, next door to the Learning Center & Museum is the Tam Tennis Club at 7686 N. Caldwell Ave. Sign up for an Adult Program and work on your serve and backhand so that you are ready to play outside again when the nice weather returns. There is also a co-ed soccer league starting on February 8th at the LoVerde Sports & Recreation Center. So many things to do, and that's just along Caldwell Avenue!

As we head into the holiday season and New Year, take the time to see what your Park District has to offer. Don't let the short days and long nights get you down. There is a program, basketball court, ice rink or exercise facility waiting for you. Whether alone or with a group, there are plenty of opportunities to show Old Man Winter that he can't get the best of you.

Enjoy all that winter and the holidays bring this year.


Pat Byrne

President, Board of Commissioners

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