October 27, 2023 at 11:29am

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Elena Ferrarin

Article by Elena Ferrarin

Communications Coordinator
Northbrook Park District


Seniors and their families are invited to attend an open house next week to learn all about the engaging programs and activities offered by the Northbrook Park District’s Senior Center.

The Senior Showcase will take place from 9:30-11:30am on Friday, November 3 at the Senior Center, which is located inside the Leisure Center at 3323 Walters Ave.

Seniors will be able to get to know staff members, interact with service providers, enjoy social time with community members, and meet our sponsor organizations.

Attendees also will have a chance to meet Nancy Eschker, who was recently promoted to recreation manager for the Northbrook Park District and now oversees operations and activities at the Senior Center. Nancy has been a valuable member of the district’s team for over five years.

The Senior Center is a warm and receptive community that embraces all seniors, said Northbrook Park District Superintendent of Arts and Recreation Erin Sweet. “Building community is really important to what we do here, and we are happy that our facility offers a variety of opportunities to bring people together at the Senior Center.”

The Senior Center offers memberships at $30 annually for Northbrook residents and $45 annually for nonresidents and those who live in unincorporated Northbrook.

Memberships are not required for many activities. However, members receive discounts on events and programs, and can attend dozens of free drop-in programs offered each week, including pickleball, card games, crafting, knitting and social hour.

Memberships come with additional benefits this year including “buy one, get one free” tickets for Northbrook Theatre; reduced room rental rates; and three drop-in guest passes.

Drop-in canasta is a favorite for senior Kym Condon of Northbrook. “There is something for everyone at the Senior Center,” she said. “I have made several lifelong friends, and it’s a safe and comfortable environment.”

Senior John Kaminski, also of Northbrook, enjoys attending drop-in card games, as well as playing pickleball and taking part in humanities and current event discussions at the Senior Center. “There is always something to do,” he said.

The Senior Showcase on November 3 is free, but registration is required to receive a gift. To register, visit nbparks.org, click on “registration” and enter code 21521. Attendees will be given a passport to encourage visiting all booths and activities throughout the building. Light refreshments will be served.

The event’s presenting sponsor is The Lodge of Northbrook and Medicare Solutions – UnitedHealthcare is the refreshments sponsor. Additional senior related businesses will be at the event offering giveaways and information.

To learn more about the Senior Center call 847-291-2995 or stop in to talk to a friendly customer service staff member.