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At the Movies Schedule: March 23

The schedule for SEASPAR’s At the Movies program on Thursday, March 23 is as follows:

AMC Quarry Cinema

Kong: Skull Island
Rating: PG-13

Participant drop-off time: 6:45 p.m.
Movie start time: 7 p.m.
Participant pickup time: 9:15 p.m.


Tributosaurus Becomes Journey Concert on April 27

Tributosaurus“Don’t stop believin'” that tribute band Tributosaurus will become Journey at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove on Thursday, April 27, for SEASPAR’s annual concert fundraiser!

Power pop melodies galore, screaming guitar solos, iconic keyboard parts, and supersized background vocals are the order of the day as Tributosaurus takes on one of the great hit machines of 80s rock – Journey! From their humble beginnings as a prog rock Santana spin-off, to their platinum-coated glory days, there’s a little something at this concert for everyone!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $60 and include seats in the first five rows of the theatre. General Admission tickets are $40 and seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling SEASPAR at 630.960.7600. Tickets may also be purchased at the SEASPAR office in Downers Grove.

Tivoli Theatre is located at 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers Grove.

This event is generously sponsored by BankFinancial and Classic Cinemas – Tivoli Theatre.

Get your tickets early for this rocking concert event supporting SEASPAR’s programs and services!


Level Up Basketball Tournament for SEASPAR

The Level UP Basketball Academy of Downers Grove is hosting the second annual Level UP Cares 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 8, with all proceeds from the event benefiting SEASPAR!

Level UP Cares LogoLevel UP provides high-level basketball coaching to children in the Chicagoland area, and is a partner of SEASPAR with its Level UP Cares program focusing on athletes with disabilities.

Level UP’s tournament for SEASPAR will be held at the Downers Grove Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There are six divisions (male and female): grades 3-4; grades 5-6; grades 7-8; grades 9-12; ages 18-35; and ages 35 and older. Registration is now open for $80/team, with up to four players per team.

Players are guaranteed three games and a tournament t-shirt. Awards are given to division champions. 100% of the tournament proceeds benefit SEASPAR’s programs and services.

Lace up your shoes and visit Level UP’s website to learn more about this fun event and register your team today!


Horseback Riding Lessons Openings

There are still openings in our winter-spring Horseback Riding Lessons at Holistic Riding at Kopping Farm in Lemont!

Boy on HorsebackWhether you are new to the saddle or have been horseback riding before, this program is for you. Riders improve their balance, core stability, and strength while they enjoy the movement of their horse. Riders of all levels embrace the ageless goal of lightness and harmony with one’s equine partner. Participants must be ambulatory and able to sit on a horse without a riding partner. Holistic Riding follows the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International’s (PATH) guidelines and is PATH certified.

The Horseback Riding Lessons are for all ages, last four weeks, and have a fee of $350. We have openings in the following sessions:

  • Tuesdays, March 7-April 11 (no programs March 21 & 28), 5-6 p.m., Code #9-070-01-6
  • Tuesdays, April 18-May 9, 5-6 p.m., Code #9-070-01-8
  • Thursdays, March 9-April 13 (no programs March 16, 23 & 30; make-up date March 13 or date agreed upon by participant and instructor), 5-6 p.m., Code #9-070-01-7
  • Thursdays, April 20-May 11, 5-6 p.m., Code #9-070-01-9

For more information and to register, please contact Cathy Morava at 630.960.7600.


Portillo’s Fundraiser on March 23

SEASPAR has partnered with Portillo’s of Downers Grove to raise funds for our programs and services!

Portillos Italian BeefIf you visit the Portillo’s at 1500 Butterfield Road in Downers Grove on Thursday, March 23 from 5-8 p.m., 20% of your total bill will be donated to SEASPAR.

To participate, simply download the fundraiser ticket and either print it and present it to your server, or just show it on your smartphone!

Please join SEASPAR for a delicious meal for a great cause! For more information, call SEASPAR at 630.960.7600.


SEASPAR Athletes Go for Gold at Winter Games

Three athletes trained by SEASPAR earned gold medals at the Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games February 8-10.

The Special Olympics Winter Games is one of nine state tournaments held each year, and the final state competition for Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing events. Approximately 375 athletes competed at the event at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena.

SEASPAR Athletes with Winter Games Snow TorchMichael Duffy of Westmont earned a gold medal in the Alpine Skiing Super G (downhill) event, and took fourth place in the Giant Slalom event. His ongoing training has paid off – in 2016, Duffy took bronze in the Super G event and fifth place in the Giant Slalom. Duffy was honored in 2016 as the SEASPAR Athlete of the Year.

William Porch of Westmont and Michael Drabik of Woodridge represented SEASPAR in the Cross Country Skiing competition. Porch earned a gold medal for the fifth straight year in the 500M event, making up a minute in time to overtake the silver medalist by a ski length. Porch also earned a silver medal in the 1K event.

Michael Drabik earned a gold medal in the Cross Country Skiing 50M event and a silver medal in the 100M event. This was Drabik’s first Winter Games competition.

Join us in congratulating these athletes on their hard work and achievements!


SEASPAR Recognized with State Awards

At the annual joint conference of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and the Illinois Association of Park Districts in January, SEASPAR and our participants were recognized with three awards.

Inspirational Participant Award

The Therapeutic Recreation Section (ITRS) of the IPRA recognized SEASPAR participant Jason Catalano with its annual Inspirational Participant Award at the conference on January 19.

Jason Catalano with AwardJason, a resident of Clarendon Hills, began participating in SEASPAR programs at a very young age after being diagnosed with a significant seizure disorder. Now 41 years old, Jason has been involved with SEASPAR through nearly all of our recreational programs: Special Olympics sports, weekly programs, special events, social clubs, the EAGLES adult day program, and the SEASPAR/Kiwanis Aktion Club, which is a community service organization that performs service projects and conducts fundraisers to help others.

All throughout his participation at SEASPAR, Jason has fought the seizure disorder that often led to injuries, as well as repeated visits to doctors to adjust his medications and treatments. Ten years ago, Jason took a medical risk with the hope of living a better life by undergoing an aggressive brain surgery. A few more procedures followed, including a second brain surgery.

SEASPAR Executive Director Susan Friend presented the award to Jason at the ITRS event, telling the audience, “No matter what, his positive energy through high times and low times is an amazing feat, and a testament to the strong and wonderful man that he is.”

Program Award

Also at the ITRS event on January 19, SEASPAR was honored with the organization’s Program Award for our Adapted Music Lessons.

This innovative program for people with physical disabilities utilizes specialized sensory instruments to enable participants with limited mobility to make music. The program is offered year-round at our Wonders Multi-Sensory Room at the Lisle Park District.

Agency Showcase Award: Social Media Campaign

Each year, the IPRA presents the Agency Showcase Competition, the premier communications and marketing competition for park and recreation agencies in Illinois. SEASPAR won first place in the competition’s Social Media Campaign category and was presented with the award at the IPRA annual meeting on January 20.

Holiday Spectacular VideoThe recognition was specifically for our Holiday Spectacular 2016 video series, which celebrated our performers and promoted our programs that teach the skills demonstrated at the talent showcase. The videos reached more than 31,000 people on Facebook alone, and this success is a testament to our participants’ incredible abilities that people want to enjoy and share. View the video series on Facebook or YouTube. (No membership is required to view the videos on either website.)


Fish Fry Fundraiser on February 24

Join SEASPAR for a delicious fish dinner!Enjoy a delicious meal while supporting SEASPAR’s programs and services!

Join us at Wheatstack in Lisle on Friday, February 24 for our second annual SEASPAR Fish Fry Fundraiser.

Two seatings are available: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Adult meals will feature all-you-can-eat beer-battered cod with your choice of chips or fries and soup or salad for $20. Children’s meals will include chicken fingers and fries for $10. Unlimited coffee, tea, and Pepsi products are included with each meal.

Purchase tickets online now!

Carry-out will also be available at the door. Carry-out meals will include three pieces of beer-battered cod with your choice of chips or fries and soup or salad for $20.

A limited number of seats are available, so purchase yours early to make sure you don’t miss out on a great meal for a great cause!

For more information, call us at 630.960.7600.


Winter-Spring Program & Event Openings

Did you miss the online registration deadline for the winter/spring season? You’re in luck – we’re still accepting registrations by mail and in person for these programs and events!

Register now for open programs!

Programs for Everyone

  • Horseback Riding Lessons – Multiple dates and times – Burr Ridge or Lemont
  • Karate Lessons – Mondays, 2/6-3/20 or 4/3-5/15, 5:55-6:25 p.m. – Downers Grove
  • Swimming Lessons – Multiple dates and times – Lisle, Lemont, or Oak Brook

Programs and Events for Children & Young Teens

  • Beginner Gymnastics (Ages 7-11) – Thursdays, 2/9-5/4, 6-6:45 p.m. – Westmont
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop (Ages 5-10) – Saturday, April 8 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Disney on Ice (Ages 5-11) – Saturday, February 11 – Denning & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Open Play (Ages 4-9) – Saturday, March 4 – Western Springs (SEASPAR transportation available)
  • Spring Break Camp (Ages 5-15) – 3/27-3/31, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Lemont (Denning & SEASPAR transportation available)
  • TreeHouse (Ages 4-10) – Saturday, March 11 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Water Park Adventures (Nemo’s Sidekicks, Ages 5-10) – Saturday, February 18 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Water Park Adventures (Swimming Sampler, Ages 11-15) – Saturday, February 25 or Saturday, May 13 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available

Programs and Events for Teens & Adults

  • Bears & Blackhawks Bonanza – Multiple dates, 6:45-9:30 p.m. – Westmont (Denning transportation available)
  • Bottle & Bottega – Sunday, March 12 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Chicago Bulls – Saturday, April 1 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available (Only 4 tickets left!)
  • Guys Night Out – Sunday, April 2 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Jesus Christ Superstar – Sunday, April 30 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Music Mania – Tuesdays, 2/7-5/2, 7-7:45 p.m. – Westmont
  • Roaring 20s Dance – Saturday, May 13 – Lemont (Denning & SEASPAR transportation available)
  • Saturday Night Fever – Saturday, March 18 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Special Olympics Softball – Tuesdays, 4/18-7/18, 6:30-8 p.m. – Various locations
  • Spring Escape – Saturday, 4/22-Sunday, 4/23 – SEASPAR transportation available
  • Sweeney Todd – Sunday, February 12 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Team Bowling Tournament – Saturday, April 8 – Westmont
  • Tempel Lipizzans – Saturday, March 25 – Denning, Lemont, & SEASPAR transportation available
  • Wrestle Mania – Multiple dates, 7-9 p.m. – Lisle (Denning transportation available)

Download the Winter/Spring Program Guide for program/event details, call us at 630.960.7600 for more information, or visit our registration page for printable registration forms!


Holiday Spectacular Showcases Participants’ Abilities

There was barely a dry eye in the house at the Theatre of Western Springs on December 5. That night, SEASPAR hosted our 10th annual Holiday Spectacular, a showcase of our participants talents in various arts such as music, dance, and theatre.

Ninety-nine performers included participants in SEASPAR’s Voice and Music Lessons, Glee Club, Actors Guild, EAGLES adult day program, and Adapted Music Lessons, as well as independent performers.

Ram Performs at Holiday SpectacularOne of the stars of the show, Ram Tibudan of Woodridge, is a 12-year-old participant in SEASPAR’s Adapted Music Lessons. Ram’s cerebral palsy limits his mobility, so he uses specialized touchpad instruments. Every week, Ram practices his music with instructor Greg Pavesich at SEASPAR’s Wonders Multi-Sensory Room at the Lisle Park District. At the Holiday Spectacular, he performed the song “Believe in Yourself” by *NSYNC.

“When we were first introduced to the adapted music program, we were not sure how Ram would be able to handle it,” said Ram’s mother, Shalini. “Mr. Greg made changes to meet Ram’s accessibility needs. He made it fun. Ram and the family look forward to seeing Mr. Greg every week. He wishes he could go every day.”

Shalini added, “This adapted music program allows anyone to have stage experience during this holiday season. It builds kids’ self-esteem and confidence.”

The Holiday Spectacular performers have no shortage of confidence. Emma Randleman, a 24-year-old participant from Woodridge, sang “That Would Be Enough” from the hit musical Hamilton before joining her fellow Glee Club members for a performance of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s “True Colors.” The group performed the song through voice and sign language simultaneously.

Emma was one of many participants who took to the stage more than once to perform independently and with their peers in SEASPAR group programs like Glee Club, Actors Guild, and EAGLES.

“The Holiday Spectacular is one of the best days of the year for participants, their families, and our staff,” said Susan Friend, Executive Director of SEASPAR. “Every day, we focus on the abilities, not the disabilities. And seeing those abilities on stage, along with the confidence and courage it takes to get there, is a truly spectacular experience.”

View photos from the event on Flickr!

Watch videos of the performances on YouTube!


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