Fall Soccer Sign-Ups

GEAR Fall Soccer is open to youth in the River Ridge school district who are currently in grades K thru 5th. Practices and games will be Sunday afternoons in September and October. We try to always be at the Hanover Park District field, but if it rains, we can practice inside the gym at the Elizabeth Municipal Building. Kids will need to get their own shin guards if they don’t have a pair already. Soccer shoes (or tennis shoes) are fine for outdoors, but clean gym shoes will be required for any gym practices.

Cost of registration is $15 per child. Money is due with registration forms, and checks can be made payable to GEAR. Please return forms and money together in an envelope to River Ridge, ATTN: Mr. Knauer, Soccer. Registration deadline is August 29th. Late registrations will not be guaranteed a spot on the team.

Tentative schedule (subject to change):

Sunday afternoons at Hanover soccer fields

K-2nd: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
3rd-5th: 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Practices: September 11, 18, 25
Games: October 2, 16, 23
Please note: No game on October 9. October 30 might be used for a make-up game.



Spring in My Step


The kids’ races take place outside the Elizabeth Community Building. The 2-mile run/walk starts at the community building, goes to the Apple River Fort, and ends back at the community building. It’s a fun event and great exercise for the whole family!

For a printable PDF of the registration form, click here: SIMS.registration.2016

To register online, CLICK HERE. 

Summer Dance Camp

EDC Summer Dance Camp

(In conjunction with GEAR)

  • Held: May 25th- June 17th
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Classes:
  • Tiny Tots: Ages 2 ½ – 5
      • Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00-10:45 AM
      • Description: This class will introduce a structured environment while allowing children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility, keeping students entertained while learning fun dance skills.
      • Cost: $40 for all four weeks
  • Beginner’s Lyrical: Ages 6-10
  • Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:45-11:30 AM
  • Description: This class gives students the opportunity to experience lyrical dance, which combines techniques and skills from ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Students will also explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract.
  • Cost: $60 for all four weeks
  • Beginner’s Hip-Hop: Ages 6-10
  • Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Description: This is a high energy class that infuses the latest style of hip-hop dance. Classes will encourage students to be confident and step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements.
  • Cost: $60 for all four weeks
  • Intermediate Lyrical: Ages 11-19
  • Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:15–1:00 PM
  • Description: This class is more advanced than beginner’s, but provides similar skills.
  • Cost: $60 for all four weeks


  • Intermediate Hip-Hop: Ages 11-19
  • Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00-1:45 PM
  • Description: This class is more advanced than beginner’s, but provides similar skills.
  • Cost: $60 for all four weeks
  • PLEASE NOTE: For anyone wanting to take both lyrical and hip-hop, the total will be $100 instead of $120.
  • Specific Dates: May 25th, 27th, and 31st; June 1st, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 15th, and 17th
  • How to Register:
    • To sign up for any of these classes, you must print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it in. The registration form is below. Please bring payment on the first day of class. Liz Walker will be teaching the classes with the assistance of Lindsey Brinkmeier. Classes will be held at the Elizabeth Community Building (402 West St.).

      EDC Summer Dance Camp Registration Form

Latest Dance Info!

Dance camp JPG

To register your child for Diva Pop Star Dance Camp, please download, print, and send in these two pages: DIVA POP STAR Dance Camp reg form and liability

MORE Dance News!

Stockton Dance Center (SDC) is changing gears and has a new name, Elizabeth Dance Center (EDC), along with a new teacher, Liz Walker.

Elizabeth Dance Center at Elizabeth Community Building, Tuesday nights
Owner/Teacher, Liz Walker: 815-541-2974, elizabethw74@gmail.com
Offering Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Ballet

With classes about to wrap up this Spring, Fall Registration has begun. Sign your student(s) up sooner than later, as classes fill up quickly!

To register your child for Fall Dance classes, please download, print, and send in these forms: Fall Dance forms


Chili Cook-Off

Jug’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off

All donations will go to G.E.A.R.

Date: Sun Feb 14
Place: Jug’s Main Street Tap

$20 to enter a chili. Each chili entry will receive 1 free raffle ticket. Please call Jug’s (815-858-3333) and pre-register your chili. We are taking the first 25 entries only.

Chili needs to arrive at 11:30 am. Tasting and judging starts at 12:30 pm, with final judging at 4 pm. All donating patrons will be judges. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place chili wins prizes.

Raffle Grand Prize: 50” Emerson LED TV. Plus many other raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win). Tickets: 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Raffle tickets will be sold ahead of time and on the day of judging.

Thank you for your continued support!


Baseball, Softball, Soccer Sign-Ups

It’s time to register your child or children for spring baseball, softball, and soccer! To download the PDF forms, please click on the links below. When sending in forms to Mr. Knauer at school, please keep baseball/softball papers in separate envelopes from soccer papers, with separate checks in each envelope. That way we can easily organize the different sports. Registration deadline is March 11th. Thank you!

Reg. Forms Baseball-Softball

Spring Soccer 2016

Alumni Day Schedule

Please join us for GEAR’s 2nd Annual Alumni Day! We’ll be at the Elizabeth gym on Saturday, January 2nd. Concessions will be available throughout the day. Here is the schedule for the day:
10:30-11:30: 3rd/4th girls
11:45-12:45: 3rd/4th boys
1:00-2:00: 5th/6th girls
2:15-3:15: 5th/6th boys
3:30-4:15: 7th/8th girls
4:30-5:45: 7th/8th boys
6:00-7:15: Women’s Game
7:30-8:45: Men’s Game

Christmas Gift Idea!

Dance lessons are a great gift to give a child, whether it’s your child, grandchild or a neighbor or friend.
Stockton Dance Center, in conjunction with GEAR, teaches classes at the Elizabeth Community Building. A new session begins Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
Classes are $40 per 6 week session for a 45 minute dance class (tap & jazz) & $30 per 6 week session for 30 minute hip hop classes.
This is a great time to register! Ages 5 & up.
For more information, contact Mary Berryhill 815-947-3063.