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Packing in these last days of summer in Western Springs

<p>Viki Gonia/Doings photo by Steve Johnston</p>
Hinsdale 11/20/07 Western Springs Columnist: Vicki Gonia Doings photo by Steve Johnston

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WESTERN SPRINGS — It feels like all’s quiet on the Western Springs front these days — typical early August. Kids are returning from camp, families are returning from vacations, and everybody’s gearing up for school.

Ack! School! Pretend I never said that. It’s not nearly time for school yet! We still have weeks and weeks of summer to go (I know that’s not true, but let’s pretend).

One of the best new traditions to come to Western Springs is the Back to School Movie in the Park. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Western Springs Park District will host any and all comers (for free!) at Spring Rock Park to watch “The Avengers” on a 25-foot screen. The event runs from 8-10 p.m. Too cool! I’ll be there with my blanket, my Avengers-loving nephews, and a jug of bug spray.

While I refuse to acknowledge the impending end of summer (It just began! I’m still pasty white! I haven’t once sat around in the sun at a pool, reading celebrity magazines!), the Western Springs Recreation Center is ready for fall. Keep your eye on your mailboxes for the Fall 2013 brochure full of fantastic activities and classes for kids and adults of all ages. We truly do have a wonderful Recreation Department.

I have so many fond memories of the classes I took as a kid. There was the summer camp when I was about 7, where I stepped on a bee and the cute high school boy counselor carried me on his back all the way to the recreation building. He scraped the stinger out of my foot, applied a bandage and then carried me around on his back for the rest of the day.

There was the cooking class, where I’m sure I learned how to cook something delicious. But I mostly remember learning how to properly set a table, which is weird, because I’m sure my mother had probably been trying to teach me to do that for years up to that point.

Libraries have long been home to far more than books, especially our own Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Books, newspapers, magazines, CDs and museum passes? Through the Illinois Museum Adventure Pass program, passes are available for anyone who holds a Thomas Ford Library card.

That’s pretty fantastic. From Naper Settlement to a Museum of Aviation in Sugar Grove to the Illinois Railway Museum (really cool for the Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic in your family!) to the Legoland Discovery Center, the pass gives us all an opportunity to visit really cool places we’ve never thought to try.

Ask a reference librarian, visit the website at fordlibrary.org or the Museum Adventure Pass site at museumadventure.org for details and a list of participating museums. Offers vary from discounts to buy-one-get-one-free admission. Library cards truly are a passport to adventure!

Readers can contact Viki Gonia by leaving a message at (312) 880-8550 or by sending an email to doingsnews@pioneerlocal.com.

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