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Episode Date
S4 Episode 05: WellFit For Balance And Strength
Occupational therapist Dina Kartsonas describes the benefits for seniors of her WellFit Seated Strength Training and Better Balance and Core classes.
Aug 14, 2018
S4 Episode 04: Riverwalk Adult Day Services
Executive Director Laura Milligan of Riverwalk Adult Day Services explains how these services benefit adults of all ages and their caregivers.
Jul 31, 2018
S4 Episode 03: Wood Carving
Award-winning wood carver Shelly Weiser tells how he began carving at age 75, learned from a master carver and now teaches kids and adults at the Naperville Park District.
Jul 20, 2018
S4 Episode 02: Ride Assist Naperville
Guest Karen Courney explains how she and others spearheaded a new transportation service for Naperville seniors. Learn more about how it works, her hopes for expanding in the future and opportunities to support this valuable and successful program.
Jul 10, 2018
S4 Episode 01: Fitness, Fun, Friends and Learning for Adults 50+
Program Manager Lorraine Ouellette invites adults 50 and up to enjoy free or low-cost activities, classes and resources that can lead to better health, fitness, social connections and lifelong learning.
Jun 20, 2018
S3 Episode 04: Organic Gardening and Healthy Soil
Organic gardener Kelly Foster explains what organic gardening is, how it helps nurture healthy soil, and how you can take a step toward more of an organic approach to your home garden.
May 18, 2018
S3 Episode 03: MADScientists: Fertilizers and Water Quality
Four sixth grade students in Naperville, Illinois discuss their experiment comparing phosphorus runoff from natural and artificial fertilizers. They entered their research in the U.S. Army’s eCyberMission competition. As one of only five sixth grade National Finalist Teams, they will compete in nationals in Virginia the week of June 17-22, 2018.
May 11, 2018
S3 Episode 02: Honey Bees and Native Bees
Entomologist Brittany Buckles explains how and why to protect both honey bees and native bees. Brittany has served as a beekeeper for honey bee hives and continues to study native bees in their natural habitats.
May 01, 2018
S3 Episode 01: Composting for Healthy Soil
Kay McKeen, founder and executive director of SCARCE, an environmental nonprofit in DuPage County, Illinois, talks about how composting can benefit one of our most valuable natural resources: the soil. Learn how to start your own compost bin or join with neighbors in curbside composting.
Apr 10, 2018
S2 Episode 02: Ultimate Frisbee®
Arnoush Javaherian, also known as Coach Java, founded the Ultimate Frisbee® Club at Neuqua Valley High School in 2007, where he has helped the sport grow to include more than 200 students each year and to win the state championship 5 of the last 7 years. Java also coaches youth Ultimate at the Naperville Park District and is passionate about growing the sport worldwide.
Mar 29, 2018
S2 Episode 01: Field Hockey Breaks Ground in Naperville
Parent and volunteer coach Monica Lodge tells the story of how she brought field hockey to Naperville, why it's a great sport for young, female athletes, and how the story continues to unfold with the help of parents, schools and the park district.
Mar 12, 2018
Mailbag - February 1, 2018
Executive Director Ray McGury answers questions from our listeners.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 06: News from the Naperville Parks Foundation
Foundation President Troy Cooper and Board Member Jim Ensign recap the Foundation’s history, mission, current projects, and ways to donate or get involved.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 05: Meet Our New Commissioners: Bobby Carlsen and Mike King
Commissioners Carlsen and King were elected to the Park Board in April 2017. Learn about why they wanted to run for office, what they appreciate about parks in Naperville, challenges they face as commissioners, and how to get in touch with them.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 04: Environmental Stewardship in our Parks
Director of Parks Kevin Finnegan, Central Parks Manager Carl Gorra and Golf Operations Manager Kevin Carlson discuss the District’s park maintenance practices, including its ongoing initiative to transition to organic products and new strategies to enhance wildlife habitat and conserve resources in the parks and golf courses.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 03: Financial Stewardship
Finance Director Sue Stanish and Executive Director Ray McGury discuss the District’s strong financial position, sources of funding and what residents receive for their tax dollars.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 02: Review of 2017 and Preview of 2018
Executive Director Ray McGury, Park Board President Mike Reilly and Director of Recreation Brad Wilson touch on the highlights of 2017, including the results of the Community Interest and Opinion Survey and the success of the Fort Hill Activity Center. They introduce the District’s new mission statement and preview new projects for 2018. They end with their personal reflections on why they are serving in the field of parks and recreation.
Feb 08, 2018
S1 Episode 01: Introduction
Executive Director Ray McGury and Park Board President Mike Reilly talk about the launch of the State of the Park District as Series One of the ParkTalk podcast.
Feb 08, 2018