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Dekker: Keeping busy in the winter

Patrons walk comfort during winter Tony Bettenhausen RecreatiCenter’s walking track. | Supplied Photo

Patrons walk in comfort during the winter on the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center’s walking track. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 7, 2013 6:12AM



Like it or not, winter is here. Some folks love it; I have mixed feelings.

I’m not fond of being cold, but if we didn’t have winter, when would I finish all the inside projects that I don’t get to in summer because its just too nice outside?

I tend to be an optimist, and the way I see it, since we celebrated the winter solstice on Dec. 21, the days again are getting longer. I also know if I keep busy, the time goes by much faster.

If you are one of those people who made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, you might want to get out of the house by taking advantage of the Tinley Park Park District’s walking track at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center.

It’s a great way to take a walk in a warm and comfortable environment. The floor is cushioned, the music is pleasant and the large windows give the track an open, airy feeling. The park district also offers many fitness classes, from pilates and yoga to cardio workouts, so there are lots of ways to get you moving.

The park district is adding a 30,000-square-foot addition to the recreation center. The new full-service fitness center will feature a four-lane handicapped-accessible lap pool, 8,000 square feet of cardio equipment, 2,500 square feet of strength training equipment, and an aerobics room and cycling area on the upper level.

The lower level will have a teen center for youth activities, an indoor batting cage and locker rooms. There also will be a party room by the pool that can be rented for pool parties.

Park district director John Curran said construction is right on schedule.

“Everything is going as planned,” Curran said. “Foundations have been poured, and if the weather cooperates the project should be completed by the fall of 2013.”

There are plans and pictures of the new addition on display at the recreation center. It looks to be a beautiful facility. Be sure to visit www.tinleyparkdistrict.org to see all the programs that the park district has to offer.

Exercise isn’t the only reason to leave the house, though. VFW Post 2791, 17147 S. Oak Park Ave., hosts bingo starting with an early bird game at 6:40 p.m. and regular bingo session at 7 p.m. every Monday. There are progressive jackpots, food and a cash bar. For more information, call the post at (708) 532-2337.

Tinley Park Library also has programs for the whole family that will keep you busy all winter long. Get the family together and head over for the library’s next family movie night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The feature will be “Treasure Planet.”

If you really don’t want to go out in the cold weather you might want to take advantage of the library’s ebooks and audio books that you can download to your computer and enjoy a good book in the cozy comfort of home.

You can visit the library’s website at www.tplibrary.org to learn more about ebooks and upcoming events, or call (708) 532-0160.

Summer isn’t the only time to have fun, so keep yourself busy and winter will be done before you know it.



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