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What now? Holidays full of fun activities

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Now that Christmas is over and winter break enters its second week, here are some ideas for fun for the kids — and maybe a break for mom and dad. Call ahead for reservations.

Young Rembrandts Pastel Camp

South Elgin Parks & Recreation offers an artistic approach. This class will use pastels to create amazing ‘can’t-believe-I-drew this’ masterpieces. Day 1, draw a pattern-rich, poster-sized ice cream cone, triumphantly carried by a troop of ants. On Day 2, catch (and draw) mice in the act of making soup, and on Day 3, discover a spaghetti thief in your very own drawing. No experience necessary. Please wear an old shirt or smock to class each day. This class will be held Tuesday through Thursday at the Municipal Annex from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $150 for residents and $160 for non-residents. Call (847) 622-0003 or visit the website at

Resolution: Learn to cross country ski

Learn to cross country ski. This program will introduce you to traditional track skiing, turning, and simple navigation for fun and fitness. Please wear warm layers. If there isn’t any snow, we will reschedule this program for another day. Equipment not provided. This class will be held on from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday for 8- to 13-year-olds and 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for 14 years and older at Brewster Creek on Route 25. The cost is $15 for residents and $17 for non-residents. For more information on these and other programs offered by South Elgin Parks and Recreation, please call (847) 622-0003 or visit our website at

Frozen fun on ice Genoa skating rink

Skaters can get back on the ice in downtown Genoa. Genoa Main Street Inc. has opened its ice skating rink for the season. The rink is on North Genoa Street just a half block north of Main Street. The rink will remain open through the winter, weather permitting. Red and blue flags fly from the rink sign if ice conditions are suitable for skating. There is no charge for skating and skates are available to borrow at no cost.

“We had a group of guys who have enjoyed the rink in past years help out with installation and maintenance,” said Gordon Jones, who headed up the effort. “Luke Allison with friends once again took on the task of constructing the frame. The ice is in good shape now, after some initial problems.” This is the third season for the outdoor rink.

“While Genoa’s ice rink is a Genoa Main Street project, we couldn’t offer it to the community without the help of other organizations,” says Mim Evans, Main Street executive director. “The city of Genoa provides the space and water. Genoa Township Park District provides insurance. Citizens First National Bank purchased the liner for the rink last year. Blackhawk Moving and Storage provides a warming hut.

“One of the goals of the ice rink is to provide free recreation for the community. The free skate exchange allows people without skates of their own to participate,” Evans says. “Donated skates are dropped off in the lobby of Citizens Bank. Anyone needing skates can check the supply at the bank and sign out a pair. The skates are returned when the borrower is finished using them. This is the third season the exchange has been in operation and it is working well. Skaters always remember to return the skates so someone else can use them.”

For more information on Genoa’s ice rink, go to or call Genoa Main Street at 815 784-6961.

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