Oak Brook Park District attuned to my weaknesses
Updated: March 29, 2012 4:03PM
Here’s Judy’s pick of coming community activities in the Oak Brook/Oakbrook Terrace area, spiced with a little commentary.
It has a pretty tune, too: The a cappella sounds of Acappellago will be featured in a program celebrating time titled “Escape to … Where Time Flies” from 7- 9 p.m. March 17 at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Go around the clock with “My Lord, What a Morning” and “Great Day.” To purchase tickets, call (708) 484-3797, Ext. 2.
I have written a song about time - “Judy’s in Your Life Today and You’re So Glad” - that I sing to my hero every morning – but other people besides him could easily adapt it and sing, “Judy’s in My Life Today and I’m So Glad.” Acappellago? Anyone? Anywhere?
Yoo-Hoo, Jimbo: A program titled “Sap Collectors,” open to individuals ages 6 and older, will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and March 16 at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Participants will hike to the sugarbush to collect the sap from maple trees. For costs and to register, call (630) 850-8110.
I know what dear readers expect me to write about this “sap-collecting” program – that, “Gol-lee, I sure collected a lot of saps in my time,” and then list various old (old, old) boyfriends. Well, ha-ha I won’t; although if somewhere, somehow, Jim Froseley happens to read this – you were and probably still are.
How about an activity room for moms – where they can complete the novels they started eight months ago, but never get past the first page without getting interrupted, and, oh, yes, socialize with peers? An assortment of games will be available, including George Clooney Pursuit, in which we guess all the places George could hide and then go get him. Literally.
The Park District hates me: Music Together is an early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners, and the adults who love them. The program is offered on several dates and times at the Oak Brook Park District’s Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Music Together is where parents contribute to their child’s music environment - regardless of their own musical abilities. Caregivers also are welcome. For costs and information, visit www.obparks.org/recreation/ or call (630) 990-4233.
Did you see the message directed to me in the above listing? I refer to the sentence, “Music Together is where parents contribute to their child’s music environment - regardless of their own musical abilities.” They might as well have added, “ … and we all know Judy Brinkworth has no musical abilities – never has, never will.” I like personal attention from our Park District, but this is unfair (well, maybe not that unfair) and pretty darn petty. And yes, I’m paranoid, what’s it to ya?
Batter up, pitcher down: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District is forming both men’s and co-ed teams for 16-inch softball spring leagues, which will be played on the softball field at Terrace View Park, 1 Parkview Plaza. For information, costs and to register, call (630) 627-6100.
I was the star pitcher on my eighth-grade girls’ softball team - not because of my terrific pitching, but because the nanosecond I let go of the ball, I belly flopped on the pitcher’s mound and yelled, “Pleeez don’t hit me!” This flustered the batters; they forgot to hit the ball, or if they did, they forgot to run. Cowardice – better than a spit ball.