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Free Ghost Story-Telling Workshop Aug. 24

Individuals interested in sharpening their story-telling skills are invited to a free workshop with Summer Place Theatre’s experienced storyteller, Don Gingold, on Saturday, August 24 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 206 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. The Center is located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. in downtown Naperville.

The workshop is open to the first 15 registrants, ages 16 and up. To register or for more information, email Don Gingold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The two-hour class will cover proper story preparation, speaking, breathing, gesturing and microphone techniques.  No previous experience is required, but participants are encouraged to bring a prepared Halloween story or monologue two minutes in length or shorter that can be used to practice during the workshop.

Those who complete the workshop may be considered for a role as a storyteller in the Naperville Park District’s annual Ghost Stories in the Park…In the Dark event, which will take place October 4-6 at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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