Come Check Out Dole Center!
The home for the District's Arts and Active Adult/Seniors programming.
In an effort to keep our participants and staff safe during the pandemic we adjusted out program sizes and implemented a strick sanitation schedule for all our rooms. Masks are required by all while inside our buildings and we have installed touchless water fountains, faucets, and hand sanitizing dispensers.
We merged with the Senior Citizens' Center of Oak Park/River Forest in 2019 bringing a variety of new and exciting programming to our participants such as:
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Want to see a full list of our upcoming programming? Download a copy of our Active Adults brochure
Free Drop-In Programs for Active Adults
Book Worms - 4th Thursday of each month, 10:30-12pm Now Virtual!
Challenge yourself by setting a goal to read one new book a month. Enjoy meeting new people and participating in lively discussions about each new book. Books for each month will be on reserve at the Oak Park Public Library. Please contact Megan Ulczak for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org 708-725-2106
10/22. Everything Lost Is Found Again Will McGrath Angie’s cousin!)
11/26. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
12/3. Last Night at the Red Lobster (Stewart O’Nan) Lunch/Discussion TBA
Jan. 28 Anxious People (Fredrick Backman)
Feb. 25 A Thousand Acres (Jane Smiley)
March 25 Exit West (Moshin Hamid)
April 22 The Most Fun We Ever Had (Claire Lombardo)
May 27 Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
June 24 The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) (Banned Books Month)
July 22 The Glass Palace (Amitav Ghosh) (Not The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls)
August 26 The Vanishing Half (Brit Bennett)
Sept. 23 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
Oct. 28 The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
NOVEMBER - NO MEETING
Dec. 2 Yellow House (Sarah Broom)
World’s Best Museums
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 10:30-12pm
Are you interested in the Wonderful World of Art? Do you like to learn about the sights and sounds of places around the world? Then come join us when we meet at the Dole Center and learn about the Great Museums and Architecture throughout the world, and some of the wonderful treasures they hold. We will journey to major cities and become better acquainted with the remarkable cultures of the past and present. Registration required.
Seniors: Art and History of Italy
Wednesdays, September 9-December 16, 2:30-3:30pm
Join us as we explore Italy and discover the history and art of this beautiful culture. All are welcome to explore with us. Registration required.
Active Adult Trips (On Hold Due to Covid 19)
The Park District offers a wide variety of low cost trips for Active Adults. Trips pick up from Dole Center, Oak Park Arms, and Fox Center. Lunch during trips will be on your own unless otherwise stated in the description.
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Drop-in Fitness Classes (Currently on Hold)
Have you been looking for drop-in classes that fit into your schedule? Check out our Senior Fitness Punch Pass. Punch Passes are available in 10, 20 & 35 punch increments. Each visit to one of these classes counts as one punch! Purchase your pass at one of our customer service centers* at Ridgeland Common or GRC, or call 708-725-2000. Active Adult Members save 10% on punch passes!
Basic Fitness, M,W,F from 10-10:55am at Dole Center
Strong & Long, Tu & Th, 8:15- 9:15am, Dole Center
Some Like it Light, M & W, 5:30-6:30pm at RCRC
*In Person Customer Service is still closed at this time.
Active Adult Memberships
Active Adult Membership is open to ages 50 & up and is valid for a full year from the date of purchase. Membership fee is $50.
This membership entitles members to select FREE classes at Our Dole Center. Members also receive 10% off the resident price for many programs through the Park District, such as Nature and Gardening classes at the Conservatory, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, and much more! (Eligible programs are marked with the "AAM Eligible Symbol" in the Park District Program Guide)
PLUS, the Active Adult Membership entitles you to several other benefits, such as
Phone in registration! Members simply contact customer service at (708)725-2000 to register for any program over the phone.
10% off Mindbody Fitness Classes (Monthly, 10 Pack, and Individual)
25% off Senior Fitness Punch Passes
10% off select Park District programs
4-Free Pool Passes to Rehm or Ridgeland Common Pool
FREE programs for members including, but limited to: Monthly Active Adult Dinner Club, Game Night, Select Trips, & other exciting one day programs
Discounted tickets to Festival Theater at Austin Gardens during the summer months
Discounted tickets to Dominican University's Performing Arts Series (excludes benefit concerts)
For more information about Active Adult programs and membership, email Megan.Ulczak@pdop.org, Program Coordinator.
Active Adult Ambassador
The Park District of Oak Park is passionate about providing quality recreation experiences for the active adults of Oak Park. The Park District currently offers a wide range of activities for adults and seniors, including trips, fitness classes, luncheons, a book club and more. Volunteers specific to the Active Adult program- Active Adult Ambassadors are currently needed for:
Do you speak a language other than english? If you are interested in sharing your skills with our community, we are actively looking for new instructors.
Do you play an instrument or have a passion for music? We are currently looking for volunteers to add some music to our lives.
If you have a talent you want to share, please reach out!
If you have interest in a volunteer position with the Park District of Oak Park as Active Adult Ambassador, email Megan Ulczak.