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Special events at the Rolling Meadows Park District are extremely popular with the community. Old favorites like Trick or Treat Fest and Dining with Santa took on new names as staff implemented fresh ideas to make them even more spooky, sweet and jolly. Early in the year is Daddy/Daughter Dance where participants get dressed up for a “date night” with dad. New in 2015 was the Parking Lot Party that featured family activities and a live band. Offering these events is central to the park district’s mission to create community connections.

New to Salk Park in 2016 will be a Footgolf course! The course being installed along the same route as the Disc Golf Course which is also along Salt Creek in North Salk Park. Footgolf has been rapidly growing in popularity the last few years and combines the elements of soccer and golf. This course will be free to residents.

The Park District also offers a variety of rental facilities. Whether it’s a birthday party, a shower, meeting or wedding/reception, the park district offers two banquet halls, an auditorium, gym space, outdoor picnic pavilions and an assortment of smaller rooms. The Community Center offers several meeting rooms, two of which are available for rental. The auditorium features both a kitchen and a dance floor and can accommodate up to 150 guests. For more information regarding rentals, visit rmparks.org.

Rolling Meadows Park District is your hockey headquarters. The park district’s two ice arenas, located at 3900 Owl Dr. and 3939 Winnetka Ave. operate 12 months a year, seven days a week for more than 18 hours each day. There are instructional and league hockey for Hockey Tots and Pre-Mites through the Rolling Meadows Men’s Adult Hockey League (RMAHL). The annual Ice Show, a 44-year community tradition is held in April. Throughout the weekend children enrolled in Learn-to-Skate and Free Style classes perform as groups or individuals, and the world champion Chicago Jazz teams showcase their talents.

Excerpts from famous operas by unique rod puppets is something you will not find anywhere outside of Rolling Meadows. Opera in Focus opened in its present home at the Rolling Meadows Park District Theater, 3000 W. Central Rd., in 1993 and the following year it won the prestigious “Dorothy Mullen Award” from the National Recreation and Parks Association for Fine Arts Programming. The theaters uniquely articulated rod puppets, the only ones of their kind, are the invention of the late William B. Fosser, who began work on their design in the late 1930s. For many, the performance brings back memories of the old Kungsholm Miniature Opera where Fosser worked, beginning in 1943. Currently, brothers Justin and Shane Snyder (protégés of Fosser) are the artistic directors of Opera In Focus. For information regarding performances, visit www.operainfocus.com or call (847) 818-3200 for additional park district programs and services. °

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