What’s on your spring bucket list? Maybe you want to play more team sports, plan more date nights or brush up on your St. Charles history. Whichever it may be, the St. Charles Park District can help. With a variety of new adult programs and events you’ll be sure to make those bucket lists happen in the city you call home.
Take your bags game to the next level by joining the new Adults Bags League this spring. Teams of two players will compete weekly from 6:30-9pm on Mondays, from April 8-May 20, at Pottawatomie Community Center. Just like backyard games, there will be no official referees; each team will keep their own score. The league also includes an end-of-year tournament for prizes.
“Our mission at the park district is to provide services and programs to all residents, and what better way to accomplish this than to create a league out of a well-known backyard game that anyone can play?” said Megan Hatheway, Athletic Supervisor.
If you enjoy traditional team sports, you can still count on volleyball, basketball and softballs leagues again this spring. Of the six softball leagues, two are new. The Men’s League, ages 30 and older will be a two-division league: one with home runs and one without home runs. The second new program is the Women’s 11-inch Softball league.
For those who want to try a new sport or improve their current game, check out Pickleball 101 and Pickleball Private Lessons. For more than 15 years, the park district has offered Pickleball, and these new programs will help you learn to play, or get you back in the game.
If you’d like to add more adult nights to your spring calendar, look forward to laughing the night away during the park district’s first ever Comedy Show from 7-8pm Friday, May 3, at the Baker Community Center. Headlining the event is comedian Brett Walkow, who has appeared on Comedy Central, The Tonight Show and HBO.
Included in the price of admission ($26 per resident) are two alcoholic drink tickets. The show is for ages 21 and older.
“We wanted to offer more this year to entertain adults, and a comedy act seemed to be a perfect way to provide a fun night out without going far,” said Sabrina Killeen, Park District Supervisor.
The Primrose Farm Barn Dance from 6-10pm Saturday, May 18, is another option for a fun night out with your spouse or girlfriends, or the entire family.
Recreating a 1930s barn dance, this annual event, which drew more than 400 guests last year, will welcome back the 15-piece band, Shout Section, to play swing music all night long. Instructors from Vargo’s Dance Studio in Geneva will provide a beginner dance lesson at 6:15pm. Live music will begin at 7pm. Dress in 1930s gear and don’t forget your homemade pie, as this event would not be complete without the costume and pie-baking contests.
When you need a break from dancing, hop on a wagon ride around the property, or fuel up on food. Menu items from Slow Smoke BBQ of Sycamore will be available for purchase, or you may opt to bring your own meal and/or s’mores to roast over the bonfire.
Historic Homes Tour
If you’re interested in the unique history of St. Charles in and around Pottawatomie Park, sign-up for the Historic Homes Tour from 11am-3pm Saturday, May 18.
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the park district is teaming up with St. Charles History Museum and Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley, to provide walking tours of Pottawatomie Park and 8-12 historic homes in the Grandview neighborhood north of the park. Through docents stationed outside of each home, guests will learn about the architecture and its historical significance.
All aforementioned events and programs require registration at www.stcparks.org.