Walk the Walk for Mental Health

Save the Date

The 2023 Walk the Walk for Mental Health will take place on Sunday, May 21 at The Community House beginning with a colorful opening ceremony!

To learn more and register early, click here.

Prost! Celebrate Octoberfest at The Community House!

Oktoberfest, Germany’s most famous folk festival is celebrating its 187th year, and here at The Community House, we’re inviting you to help us start our own Octoberfest tradition with a curated sampling of six choice beers!

Explore chosen brews from specialty breweries, including Hofbrau (Germany), Alter (Downers Grove), Schlafly (St. Louis, Pumpkin Ale), Westmalle (Belgium, Trappist), accompanied by live music, delicious appetizers from Kenny’s Irish Pup. This curated tasting will be lead by a Beer Ambassador.

Fee: Keyholders: $30 Non-Keyholder: $35

Click here to register for this event. 

Stephanie Seppanen Volunteer of the Year

The Community House is honored to award Stephanie Seppanen with the 2022 Katharine Van Dusen Sylvester Service Award.

Stephanie’s involvement with The Community House began with her first performance in the Community Revue, Addicted to Hinsdale, after moving to our fair village in 2011. Stephanie connected with many long-time TCH Trustees while rekindling a childhood passion for musical theater. Since then Stephanie has been in four more Revues, and makes mental notes on Hinsdale life to contribute writing ideas for future songs and scenes. She chaired the Walk the Walk for Mental Health from 2016 to 2018, with a focus on engagement between local schools walking the walk.

“I’ve lived many places, but my engagement with The Community House has always made Hinsdale feel like home”, she said.

Stephanie joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, the Executive Board in 2019 and became Social Services Committee Chair in 2020. In addition to her leadership roles, she also actively volunteers as a staff therapist in the Counseling Center, spending much of her time with D86 students in the Bridge program. Her entire family is involved with TCH and her three sons have enjoyed Jodie Harrison Basketball, youth theater and Fortnightly.

“We all know that there is an ever growing need for dedicated volunteers in our community as a need for services has soared. We are honored to recognize and congratulate Stephanie Seppanan, who has donated her time, faced the challenge head-on and made a significant impact for over a decade. We are so appreciative of her service to our community,” said Dan Janowick, The Community House Executive Director.

Vania King Serving Up Hope in Willowbrook

Students in Willowbrook Corner are ACE’ing the end of summer with professional tennis player and two time Grand Slam champion, Vania King. 

Ms. King’s non-profit organization called Serving Up Hope provides sustainable tennis programs to underprivileged children and supports communities in sustaining and leading programs into the future.

We are so grateful to Serving Up Hope and Vania King for bringing this wonderful program to The Community House and Willowbrook Corner.

Stay tuned on our social media accounts for more pictures and information on Serving Up Hope.

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Our Community Spotlight: Feel better with Beata Macias.

                                                                                                                                     

“Leave people happier than you found them, and the world a better place than you found it.”

Words to live by from a holistic wellness professional, occupational therapist, mind-body
movement specialist and life-long learner who has over 15 years of experience in various healthcare settings with diverse populations and diagnoses.

This is Beata Macias, instructor of a brand-new class at The Community House called Qi-gong pronounced “chi gong”. This ancient practice was developed in China thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being.

“My mission, Beata says, is to elevate regular fitness and wellness classes and offer more cost effective, evidence-based and client-centered classes led by a healthcare professional. I am aspiring to create a supportive community where people can obtain comprehensive tools and solutions to make positive, long-lasting changes in their lives, promoting self-healing, preventing disease and increasing longevity, so they can simply feel better.”

Qi-gong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, body movement and posture. This holistic, evidence-based and person-centered class is led by a healthcare professional and is designed to encourage positive changes in every aspect of life.

Each class will incorporate the practice of qi-gong/tai-chi, meditation, breathwork and therapeutic movement with the goal of raising vital energy, rewiring your brain, and healing your body. At the end of the workshops, participants will demonstrate increased knowledge of what a healthy lifestyle is and will develop better coping skills through a positive mindset which will improve relations with others and self.

“Beata has great energy, says Jillian Spizzirri, Active Adult Recreation Supervisor. Whether it be positive and energetic or calming and self-centering, her positivity and enthusiasm for holistic health and wellness is contagious. I am excited for her to bring her wealth of knowledge, professional experience as a healthcare professional and person-centered approach to our community.”

Beata’s Qi-gong class begins September 19. A free trial class is available on September 12 at 1:30 PM. 

Click here to learn more and register.

(August 2022)

Thank you for bringing your game at 3 on 3!

Over 300 young athletes who laced up their sneakers on Saturday morning to play in our 8th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament! It was a perfect day to shoot some hoops and have some fun in support of equitable recreation services at The Community House.

Each person who brought their game is a winner, but we want to send a shout out to our division champions. Click here to see which teams prevailed! 

Congratulations! Each winning team earned a champion t-shirt and one month of free training from our Presenting Sponsor, Breakaway Basketball. Visit our Instagram to check out the photos from the event.

Special thanks to our tournament sponsors who made this event possible.

(August 2022)

The Holiday Ball 2022

 

The Community House is your local nonprofit that delivers quality recreational, social, educational, cultural programs and equitable access to vital social services for
80 years. Your support of the Holiday Ball allows our doors to stay open to meet the changing and growing needs in our community. Unlike a park district, The Community House is privately funded and receives no tax dollars, so each gift is greatly appreciated.

Stewardship Society Reception

 

 

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as a token of our appreciation for supporting the mission of the community house. We will also honor volunteer of the year, Stephanie Seppanen for her unwavering dedication to community service.

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Pickleball Social

Pickleballers Unite!

Join us at this fun filled afternoon celebrating all things Pickleball on Tuesday September, 27th

Meet & Mix with other players, enjoy an afternoon of activities and check out supporting vendors.

There will be lessons, play, games, and Bill Voigt’s Top Tips and more running throughout the day!

The social will run from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Patio Mixer will be from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM with light lunch snacks, music, vendors & 21+ cash bar.

You can come at any time during this social, but you must register to access this event.

ENR-SNR-1011-73 Tuesday September, 27th 10:30 – 4:30
Keyholder/Non-Keyholder: $7/$8

Pups + Popcorn – Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event

Join us at The Community House to meet, greet, cuddle and and play with adorable and adoptable pups! Enjoy some popcorn and buy swag to support local animal rescues.

Grab your family and friends and adopt a little furry friend into your lives. 

No need to register, just stop by The Community House at 415 W. Eighth Street in Hinsdale between 10 AM and 12 PM on Saturday, August 6.

Rescues include: Mutts of the Midway, Citizen Canine, A Caring Place, Hinsdale Humane Society.

For further information contact Jillian Spizzirri at jspizziri@thecommunityhouse.org or call 630-323-7500.