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February/March 2019
Managed by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with Community Unit School District 303

A normal sized heart weighs about
the same amount as a ______?
Tennis Ball - Racquetball - Softball 
Staying On Track!  
From Ande Masoncup,
Asst. Superintendent of Rec 
NRC is the place to be in 2019. The facility has been constantly busy with group fitness class participants, fitness center users, basketball players, tennis program participants, tennis players and swimmers. If you made a New Year's Resolution to be more active, keep doing it! Adopting a new behavior takes at least 21 days to become a new habit.

February is American Heart Month. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and exercising is a great choice. Wear RED to exercise on Friday, February 1 to show your support for women's heart health. All participants will receive an appreciation gift for participating!

  • Help prevent the spread of germs by wiping off equipment with spray bottle after each use.
  • Re-rack your weight plates after use.
  • Limit your time to 30-minutes on cardiovascular equipment. We are very busy this time of year and would like to give everyone the chance to utilize the equipment.
  • Use of cell phones is prohibited in all locker rooms.
Registration for Friday Night Lights will close at 9am on the Thursday before the event.   Maximum 16 players. Minimum 8 players. Advance registration required at Norris Rec Center.
For the full Group Fitness schedule click here.
Are you in need of some guidance in your exercise program? Are you wanting to try some new challenging exercises, but don't know where to start?

Consider hiring a personal trainer! NRC Trainers are nationally certified and have a vast amount of knowledge to help you succeed.

NRC Trainers:
Tracie, Marla, Karis, Keith, Jane

Individual or partner training packages offer all that and more!Choose from 1, 3, 5 or 10 one-hour sessions. The more you commit to, the better the deal!


Partner Training*
1 session

1 session/person
3 sessions

3 sessions/person
5 sessions

5 sessions/person
10 sessions

*Fee is per person

Recipes of the Month 
Anyone who tries these recipes will receive a FREE Guest Pass.
A picture of the recipe along with a rating (1-10, 10 being best) and
your name must be emailed to
Are you going to be watching the Super Bowl this year? Most people tend to overeat
at super bowl parties. Make these snacks to give yourself some healthy options!
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Bacon and Sour Cream

Servings: 2

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
    (8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 3 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork, and arrange on paper towels. Microwave on high 8 minutes; turn potatoes over after 4 minutes.
  2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and scoop out the pulp, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells.
  3. Mash pulp with 3 ounces Canadian bacon, 2 tablespoons sour cream, and 2 teaspoons chives in a bowl. Spoon mixture into shells. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over tops of potatoes.
  4. Microwave on high 2 minutes, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chives.
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Servings: 20

  • 5 tablespoons stick margarine
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup Dutch process or
    unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Melt margarine and chocolate in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cocoa; cook 1 minute. Stir in sugar, and cook 1 minute (mixture will almost form a ball and be difficult to stir). Remove pan from heat; cool slightly. Gradually add warm chocolate mixture to egg whites and egg, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Combine flour and baking powder; add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring well.
  3. Spoon batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes (do not over-bake). Cool on a wire rack.
Smoky Chicken Fingers With Honey-Mustard Dip

Servings: 8


Smoky Chicken Fingers
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon barbecue smoked seasoning (such as Hickory Liquid Smoke)
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons garlic and herb seasoning
  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch strips
Honey-Mustard Dip:
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Mix with a fork to combine. In a separate shallow dish, combine milk and liquid smoke. In a third shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs, oats, and garlic seasoning.
  3. Dip chicken into flour, and turn to coat both sides; shake off any excess flour. Transfer chicken to milk mixture and turn to coat. Transfer to the breadcrumb-oat mixture, and turn chicken to coat. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet, and spray tops of strips with cooking spray.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and crust is browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together mustard and honey.
All recipes courtesy of
Bill Dahm
Tennis Pro Supervisor

Bill was born in Bloomington/Normal and returned there to attend college at Illinois State University. He enjoyed all sports growing up, having to give up his first love (baseball) because he just enjoyed tennis too much! After college, and a long discussion with his parents about whether or not he could support himself this way, he took a job at the Aurora Tennis Club. Bill worked primarily with juniors during that time, and had three state champions and many players who received college scholarships. After 18 years, Bill left Aurora and worked in Rockford at the Clock Tower Resort as their director of tennis. Bill stayed there for three years, then took a job here at Norris Recreation Center in 2005. He has also run two outdoor summer clubs during this time -- Stone Bridge Country Club from 1998-2003 and White Eagle Homeowners Club from 2004-present. Bill married his wife Stacey 18 years ago, and they live in Oswego with their 3 kids Avery (13), Colten (7) and Ainsley (6). Bill loves his job, and also enjoys doing activities with the kids, being outside, and going to as many Cubs games as he can.
Michael Basham
Junior Tennis Coordinator

Born in Geneva IL, Michael grew up in St Charles, attending St. Charles East High School. Michael studied at Elgin Community College for 2 years before following his passion of teaching tennis. Michael now lives in Malta IL with his wife Elizabeth, two children Jensen Wyatt (4) and Charlotte Cooper (2). Michael has been in the tennis industry his entire professional career, starting with the Norris Recreation Center, Geneva Country Club and Cantigny Country Club. Michael has been with the St. Charles Park district since Summer of 2016. When Michael isn't on the tennis court, he's most likely hiking and fishing with his family, or at a race track pretending to be as cool as Steve McQueen. 
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