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Happy Hanukkah, from the Wilmette Park District! What better way to celebrate a holiday than with a delicious recipe to ...
12/07/2023

Happy Hanukkah, from the Wilmette Park District! What better way to celebrate a holiday than with a delicious recipe to share with friends and family - and we're sharing ours with you! Try out these Bite Sized Latkes and celebrate Hanukkah with us.

INGREDIENTS:
¼ cup dried breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
3-4 russet potatoes, peeled
3 medium white onions
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or chicken fat (schmaltz)
2 tablespoons (or more) vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1 - Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet; line with 2 layers of paper towels. Combine breadcrumbs, salt, baking powder and pepper in a small bowl.
Step 2 - Using the large holes of a box grater or a food processor, grate potatoes and onions. Transfer to a large kitchen towel. Gather ends of towel in each hand and twist over sink, wringing out as much liquid as possible. Open towel; toss mixture to loosen. Wring out again (excess moisture will lead to soggy latkes... and nobody likes a soggy latke).
Step 3 - Transfer potato mixture to a large bowl; add breadcrumb mixture and egg. Time to get messy! Toss with your hands to thoroughly combine.
Step 4 - Preheat oven to 425°. Heat 2 Tbsp. schmaltz and 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop a small amount of latke mixture into skillet. If the fat sizzles around the edges, it’s ready (do not let it smoke - this is a non-smoking recipe!). Work in batches and add schmaltz/oil to skillet as needed to maintain ⅛" fat, drop small spoonful’s of mixture into pan & press to slightly flatten. Cook latkes until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.
Step 5 - Transfer latkes to prepared rack and let drain. Remove paper towels and bake latkes in oven until all are warmed through and re-crisped, about 5 minutes.
Step 6 - ENJOY!

IN THE NEWS: As you completed your stretches or filled your water bottle, you probably noticed some upgrades to the Cent...
12/01/2023

IN THE NEWS: As you completed your stretches or filled your water bottle, you probably noticed some upgrades to the Center Fitness Club. In the last week of October, the fitness fairies were busy. Here is the result of their efforts:
- New HVAC system
- New rubber flooring in the cardio area
- New stairclimbers and a new Adaptive Motion Trainer
- New 42” HD-compatible TVs
Read the full blog: https://wilmettepark.org/center-fitness-club-upgrades-to-make-your-heart-race/

It's our merriest, sweetest and most anticipated show of the season! The Nutcracker production has been warming our hear...
11/29/2023

It's our merriest, sweetest and most anticipated show of the season! The Nutcracker production has been warming our hearts for more than a decade, and each year brings something special.

Update: tickets are sold out! We hope you enjoy the show!

Thank you for joining us as we learn more about Native American Heritage this November! The population of Indigenous Peo...
11/24/2023

Thank you for joining us as we learn more about Native American Heritage this November! The population of Indigenous Peoples may seem small, but their culture, history and contributions run deep in this beautiful country and are a treasured part of our national identity.

11/23/2023

TWEET TWEET! Here's a quick reminder to be thankful for: Winter Programs are on the way! Start browsing programs next Tuesday, November 28 and plan ahead for a wonderful winter ... and Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey there, NEW Preschool Families! Come out for our Preschool Open House next Tuesday from 6-7 pm and get to know our Pr...
11/22/2023

Hey there, NEW Preschool Families! Come out for our Preschool Open House next Tuesday from 6-7 pm and get to know our Preschool program. We can't wait to meet your family and welcome you to the Wilmette Park District's Early Childhood preschool. https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/preschool-open-house/

The Holidays have arrived and we know it's a bustling season for one and all. This is your reminder to snag summer savin...
11/21/2023

The Holidays have arrived and we know it's a bustling season for one and all. This is your reminder to snag summer savings on 2024 beach & pool season passes with the Cyber Monday Sale! Log on next Monday, 11/27 and purchase summer fun. Learn more on our calendar event: https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/cyber-monday-sale/

Our Saturday & Sunday Basketball Leagues put your child on the court and in the action! Be a part of the team, build you...
11/20/2023

Our Saturday & Sunday Basketball Leagues put your child on the court and in the action! Be a part of the team, build your skills and stay busy this winter. Winter 2024 leagues are for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Registration closes December 1, so don't delay! Learn more & register at https://wilmettepark.org/sports/sports-leagues-youth-basketball-leagues/

11/19/2023

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Centennial & the Community Recreation Center (CRC) are receiving new HVAC units tomorrow, November 20. Centennial will be closed all day, while the north wing at CRC will only be closed 7 am-1 pm.

We've all seen the exciting crane at CRC, but did you know that Centennial needs a helicopter to install their rooftop HVAC? Keep an eye to the sky to spot the helicopter at Centennial - send us a photo if you spy Operation HVAC!

Thanks to their native languages, Native Americans serving in World War I and World War II successfully performed a vita...
11/18/2023

Thanks to their native languages, Native Americans serving in World War I and World War II successfully performed a vital role in communicating sensitive information back and forth.

11/17/2023

Have a holly, jolly Holiday Season! Santa's Mailbox has arrived at Mallinckrodt Park Gazebo!! Mail your letter to Santa at the magical North Pole Mailbox, and include a self addressed, stamped envelope so that Santa can write you back. Hurry hurry! All letters must be dropped off in the mailbox by December 3!
https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/santas-mailbox/

CHECK IT OUT! NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky reports on The Lawn at the Wilmette Golf Club! If you haven't enjoyed a go...
11/17/2023

CHECK IT OUT! NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky reports on The Lawn at the Wilmette Golf Club! If you haven't enjoyed a gourmet meal at The Lawn yet, hustle on over, because you're missing out. View the menu at https://www.thelawngrill.com/

Expectations typically run low at your neighborhood public golf course dining room. Wilmette’s was no different. But that’s not the case any longer. NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky reports.

Warm sunshine, the smell of sunscreen, splashes and laughter... thinking of summer yet? We sure are! The Cyber Monday Sa...
11/15/2023

Warm sunshine, the smell of sunscreen, splashes and laughter... thinking of summer yet? We sure are! The Cyber Monday Sale is the perfect time to plan ahead and save some money on 2024 beach & pool season passes. Learn more on our calendar event: https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/cyber-monday-sale/

Our Preschool provides enriching preschool options for two, three and four year-olds that are nurturing, allow children ...
11/14/2023

Our Preschool provides enriching preschool options for two, three and four year-olds that are nurturing, allow children to grow through their natural instinct to explore, lay solid foundations of self-confidence and prepare them for elementary school. Learn all about it at our Preschool Open House on 11/28! https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/preschool-open-house/

We celebrate diversity, and this month we're honoring Native American Heritage Month! On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted ...
11/10/2023

We celebrate diversity, and this month we're honoring Native American Heritage Month! On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. While citizenship was guaranteed, the right to vote was determined by state law and it would be another 40 years before all 50 states would allow Native Americans to vote.

Buzz Buzz! Here's the latest news on the Sustainability Planning Process: "This summer, the Wilmette Park District launc...
11/09/2023

Buzz Buzz! Here's the latest news on the Sustainability Planning Process:
"This summer, the Wilmette Park District launched its sustainability initiative under the guidance of the Sustainability Steering Committee and Lucy Mellen, sustainability coordinator for both the Wilmette Park District and the Village of Wilmette.
The plan, expected to be finalized in early-to-mid 2024, will outline practices to strengthen the Park District’s existing sustainability policies and provide a roadmap for achieving even greater sustainability goals in coming years."
Read the full article at: https://wilmettepark.org/wilmette-park-district-sustainability-plan-rolling-along/

Shopping for a Preschool that will immerse your child in fun, social, safe and educational experiences? Visit our Early ...
11/08/2023

Shopping for a Preschool that will immerse your child in fun, social, safe and educational experiences? Visit our Early Childhood Center on 11/28 for the Preschool Open House! You'll learn about our program, meet our instructors and get a personal look at our center. https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/preschool-open-house/

Community Playfields has fresh new tennis & pickleball courts ready and waiting for YOU! The nets are up - make use of 4...
11/08/2023

Community Playfields has fresh new tennis & pickleball courts ready and waiting for YOU! The nets are up - make use of 4 tennis courts and 6 pickleball courts. Resident reservations available on YourCourts. https://wilmettepark.org/tennis/outdoor-tennis/

Enjoy a look back at our Halloween festival, Wicked Wilmette!
11/06/2023

Enjoy a look back at our Halloween festival, Wicked Wilmette!

November is here, and so is Native American Heritage Month! This month recognizes the cultures, traditions and contribut...
11/04/2023

November is here, and so is Native American Heritage Month! This month recognizes the cultures, traditions and contributions of Indigenous Americans, but what’s now a month-long celebration began back in 1912, when Dr. Arthur C. Parker, of the Seneca nation, persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” from 1912-1915. Follow along the rest of the month for more fun historical facts!

Gnomes have taken over Maple Park!! Help us find them all in a scavenger hunt, then build your very own gnome at the cra...
11/03/2023

Gnomes have taken over Maple Park!! Help us find them all in a scavenger hunt, then build your very own gnome at the crafting station. This free community event takes place on November 7 at 3:30 pm. Costumes encouraged! We 'gnome' you don't want to miss it!
https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/gnome-vember-pop-up/

The Wilmette Park District is tremendously honored that our treasured Gillson Park has received this nomination! Check o...
11/03/2023

The Wilmette Park District is tremendously honored that our treasured Gillson Park has received this nomination! Check out The Record's full article!

Gillson Park has been a regular topic of discussion for local officials and open-space advocates in recent years. And now the discussion is going national. The organization Landmarks Illinois has officially nominated Gillson Park to be included on the National Register of Historic Places, and the fe...

We'll round out our NDEA month with a little background on national awareness. The National Organization on Disability, ...
10/29/2023

We'll round out our NDEA month with a little background on national awareness. The National Organization on Disability, founded in 1982, was the first organization in the United States to represent every person with a disability, regardless of particular needs or circumstances. Their mission is to break down the barriers that fence people off from the wider community!

BOO!! The spookiest of public skate sessions begins TODAY at 1pm. We know you're looking for another occasion to wear th...
10/28/2023

BOO!! The spookiest of public skate sessions begins TODAY at 1pm. We know you're looking for another occasion to wear that awesome Halloween costume. Grab your friends and family, and head to Centennial for a frightful afternoon on the ice! https://wilmettepark.org/event-list/spooky-skate/

Let's learn about another local Wilmette organization that is dedicated to the inclusion of individuals with development...
10/24/2023

Let's learn about another local Wilmette organization that is dedicated to the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in the northern Chicago suburbs. Our Place is based in Wilmette and they provide programs throughout the community that help participants develop the skills and gain the experiences they need to live independently.

10/23/2023

Here comes the crane!! The central & east wings of the Community Recreation Center are closed for HVAC work today. This includes front offices, program/activity rooms, Center Fitness Club and dance studios. We'll be back to normal tomorrow!

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month this us! This week, let's learn about how we support NDEA at th...
10/22/2023

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month this us! This week, let's learn about how we support NDEA at the WIlmette Park District. We're partners with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), an organization which provides and facilitates year round recreation programs and services for children, teens and adults with disabilities. NSSRA serves 10 local park districts, including Wilmette!

10/21/2023

Announcing, Return of the Crane, Episode 10:23! No, it's not another Halloween classic - just a construction update. The central & east wings of Community Recreation Center will be CLOSED ON OCTOBER 23 while we replace an HVAC unit. This includes front offices, program/activity rooms, Center Fitness Club and dance studios. Affected programs have been notified directly. Learn more at https://wilmettepark.org/community-recreation-center-construction-updates/

Our follow-up survey has closed and we're excited for the progress we've made with the Sustainability Planning Process! ...
10/20/2023

Our follow-up survey has closed and we're excited for the progress we've made with the Sustainability Planning Process! Come to a Table Talk next week and hear what we've discovered! Learn about the sustainability plan draft strategies and share what sustainability actions and initiatives are important to you.
- October 25, Noon-2 pm at Central Station Coffee & Tea
- October 26, 4-6 pm at the Community Recreation Center



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