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Lake Bluff Youth Baseball Association got off to a terrific start on Saturday, April 17, with a pancake breakfast followed by the season's Opening Ceremonies and a day of baseball games. GazeboNews photographer Cyn Sansing Mycoskie stopped by to shoot the action.
By Janice Hack, executive director of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
Experience the splendor of local gardens and landscapes through new eyes at the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society’s new exhibition. "Nature by Design: Drawings of the Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1926-1935" showcases beautiful watercolors, measured drawings and sketches of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff estates and gardens drawn by students of architecture and landscape architecture over 75 years ago. The exhibit is open to the public and will be featured at the Historical Society through December 16.
The Foundation for Architecture and Landscape Architecture was an innovative summer program of advanced training for graduates in those disciplines at Midwestern universities. Launched in 1926 by members of the Lake Forest Garden Club and renowned landscape architect Ferruccio Vitale, the Foundation took advantage of Lake Forest’s reputation as a locus for country place design.
Students took classes on the campus of Lake Forest College from masters in their fields, and utilized the houses and grounds of neighboring estates as examples for analysis. In light of the Foundation’s mission of promoting collaboration between architects and landscape architects, Lake Forest resident Edward L. Ryerson sponsored an annual fellowship
Drawings provided by the LF-LB Historical Society
The Comedy All-Stars is being held at the Gorton Community Center located at 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with beverages available along with a silent auction. The comedy show will start at 8 p.m. and conclude around 9:30 p.m. The show is open to ages 16 and over. Tickets for the show are $20 per person and are available for purchase through the Lake Forest Baseball Association website, www.lfba.net or by contacting the LFBA at 847-235-2012.
The comedy show will feature Jimmy McHugh & Rick Young’s Chicago Comedy All-Stars, presenting 4 comedians. Performing will be: Jimmy McHugh (HBO, Comedy Central, ABC TV Channel 7-Chicago and ESPN2); Dobie Maxwell (“Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Funniest Person in Chicago” and WLUP and WLS radio); James Wesley Jackson (Emmy winner, toured Europe with the Parliament/Funkadelic, the world’s only Environmedian); and, Bob Jay (man of 1,000 voices, voted “Best New Comedian” in Vegas).
By Joanne Miller of the Elawa Farm Foundation
Elawa Farm is pleased to announce "Planting Ideas," a new speaker series sponsored by ULINE. We invite the community to attend the series, which focuses on a variety of topics including Finance; Drug Trends; Olympic Experience; and Conservation.
Our first speaker is money coach and CPA Max Jaffe, founder & CEO of Spending Solutions. He'll talk about managing money, handling money and creating financial discipline. The presentation begins with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. on April 22. Mr. Jaffe will begin his speech at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but please call 847-234-1966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on attending. Seating is limited.
Lake Forest--The community is invited to attend "An Evening With Dave Eggers and Luis Alberto Urrea" on May 4 at the Gorton Community Center.
Acclaimed author Dave Eggers (The Wild Things, Zeitoun) and Luis Alberto Urrea (Into the Beautiful North, The Devil’s Highway) will come together for a reading and discussion of their work. Tickets cost $25 ($20 for students); you can also attend a cocktail reception that includes priority seating for the event, wine and hors d'ouevres--these tickets are going for $100. All of the evening's proceeds benefit 826Chi's free writing programs for students and Ragdale's retreat for writers and artists. For more information or to purchase tickets (including premium seating and access to the pre-show cocktail hour), please visit www.826chi.org or call Ragdale at 847.234.1063.
About Dave Eggers: Lake Forest native Dave Eggers is a writer, publisher and editor, as well as the co- founder of the tutoring center/writing lab 826 Valencia. His 2000 best-selling novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was ranked the 12th best novel of the decade by the daily national British newspaper The Times. In 2009, Eggers published Zeitoun, a story of New Orleans resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun attempting to ride out Hurricane Katrina. The Wild
The Lake Forest City Council will not vote on the Forest Park Master Plan at its meeting on Monday night, but the agenda does indicate that Mayor James J. Cowhey Jr. will talk about the Plan during the meeting's "Reports of City Officers."
Several GazeboNews sources indicated the Council will form a Forest Park commission to further investigate the issues that have divided many members of the community over whether Forest Park should be renovated or not. City Manager Robert Kiely said the formation of a new commission is a possibility, but he could not confirm this.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 220 Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. There will be a public comment session. You also can watch it live on Comcast channel 17.
For the background on this issue, please visit "Seeking The Forest Through The Trees" in the GazeboNews archives.
GazeboNews photographer Cyn Sansing Mycoskie shot these pictures of Forest Park last week, as spring was deciding whether it should perk up or stay in repose for a few more days:
Photos by Cyn Sansing Mycoskie of www.cynimage.com.
The Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Lions Club invites the community to a Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, April 24 at the Lake Forest Club.
The annual spring fundraiser is an important tool in the Lions Club's ability to provide eye exams and glasses for children and adults in our community. It also provides a four-year scholarship at Lake Forest High School to a graduating senior involved in community service.
"We welcome any and all donations and would be happy to see a sell-out crowd at our party on the 24th. The economy has hurt many charities and we are not immune. We really need the help of the community we serve," said Brad W. Andersen, Lions Club member and managing broker/co-owner of Griffith Grant & Lackie Realtors.
The local Lions Club chapter is part of an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. It's particularly focussed on helping people with hearing and sight disabilities.
If you have questions about the Luau or want to learn more about--or make a contribution to--the LF-LB Lions Club, please contact Mr. Andersen at 847-650-3456 or email@example.com.
Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest submitted the following information about its final performance of the 2009-2010 season:
Lake Forest, Illinois (April 14, 2010)-- The final show of Citadel Theatre’s 2009/2010 season will open on Friday, April 30, with the production of Independence by Lee Blessing. A mother and her three grown daughters make up an unforgettable cast of characters in this gripping tale set in small town Independence, Iowa.
While the daughters strive to find their own independence, they come to discover that family ties are deeper than they realized. Blessing’s critically acclaimed script addresses the complexity of female relationships, and in particular, the unique connection between mothers and daughters. Independence will open on Friday, April 30, and close on Sunday, May 16. The show stars Chicagoans Catherine Marcroft, Amber Page, Laura Rauh, and Holly Robison. Citadel’s Artistic Director Scott Phelps of Lake Forest is directing and Jo Ann Avellone of Lake Bluff is producing. Citadel will be collecting donations throughout the run of the show for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in honor of one of Citadel’s founding members, Kristin Spangler, who lost her battle with the disease last year. The entire production of Independence is dedicated to her memory.
Independence first premiered to critical acclaim in 1984 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play takes place in the home of Evelyn Briggs. Briggs is the mother of three grown daughters who are living very separate lives. Kess,
Friends of Gorton will host Diamonds, Designers and Dancing – an evening of fashions and dancing–at Lake Forest Sports Cars in Lake Bluff on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Following a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, independent designers who have been hand selected from throughout Chicagoland will showcase their best spring 2010 efforts. At the conclusion of the runway presentation of each contestant’s ensemble, the program’s celebrity emcee will present the winning contestant with the first-ever Gorton Diamond Designer Award. Dancing will follow. The event, chaired by Kendelle Cornette of Lake Forest, is expected to draw over 250 guests from Chicago and the North Shore. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.gortoncenter.org or call 847-234-6060.
You can get an up-close preview of one of the designers all week long at The Lake Forest Shop, which is hosting a Michael Todd trunk show April 19-23 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Here are some of his spring 2010 designs:
The following was submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School invites the community to a lecture, Q&A and book signing by author Dr. Christine Carter on the topic of “Raising Happiness: Simple Strategies for a More Joyful Family.” The event takes place April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school's Performing Arts Center, 145 S. Greenbay Road, Lake Forest. It's free of charge.
What do we wish most for our children? Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course. Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle that we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real world adventures as a mom to demonstrate dos and don'ts in action, Christine Carter, PhD, a sociologist and happiness expert at U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, boils the process down to simple, happiness-inducing steps. Learn how to:
For more information, visit www.raisinghappiness.com.
The following was submitted by the Spirit of 67 Foundation:
The tour will include four lovely Lake Forest homes known for their design, architecture and historical significance. In addition, each home will showcase a grant funded by the Spirit of 67 Foundation.
Attendees are invited to enjoy an elegant three-course luncheon at The Grille on Laurel. Tickets can be purchased at www.spiritof67foundation.org. Advance reservations must be received by April 29, 2010.
Lake Forest is prominently featured in a front-page story about social hosting ordinances in Friday's Chicago Tribune. Reporter Lisa Black interviewed Lake Forest High School senior Bridget Hegg, whose brother died in a 1996 alcohol-related car accident. Please click here to read the full story, "Adults put on notice about teen drinking."
Dateline NBC interviewed Lake Forest's Captain Jim Lovell extensively in its feature on the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 13 mission. The interview is available on the Dateline page of MSNBC.com. (Or you can go to You Tube, which breaks the program up into six parts--part one is shown below).
P.S.: GazeboNews reader Alice Demet points out that Lovells in Lake Forest now serves breakfast, which she says is great--and you can check out all the Captain's memorabilia while you're there.
This is the first part of the Dateline NBC interview with Captain Jim Lovell of Lake Forest.
People who attended the Shields Township annual meeting on Tuesday night voted down a proposal to place a non-binding advisory question regarding Township grants to local charities on the November ballot. The tally was 72 votes in favor of including the question vs. 88 against it.
Township Supervisor Gale Strenger Wayne said it appeared that 11 votes were cast from non-Shields Township residents, but even if those votes were removed from the tally, she said the no-votes still would have won by a slim margin.
The meeting lasted two hours, and according to people in attendance it was a thorough and civil discussion.
"This meeting exemplified the grassroots nature of township government," said Ms. Strenger Wayne. "It was terrific to see so many people turn out (nearly 180) and participate in honest, open debate. In the end, everyone was afforded the opportunity to have their voice matter."
A video of the annual meeting will be posted on the Township's website in the near future.
The 60th annual spring rummage sale of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will be Saturday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop at this gigantic sale of bargains in furniture; clothing for adults and kids; jewelry; china; silver; sports equipment; toys and bikes; books; baby gear; linens; and so much more.
Parking is easiest at the train lots and The Church of the Holy Spirit, with shuttle service to the sale. Proceeds go to charity.
Deer Path Art League Gallery invites the community to visit its new exhibit, "Art is ... Black, White & Shades of Gray." It includes the monochromatic creations of John Dove (photography); Jason Fricke (printmaking); Brian Mancl (photography); Jennifer McCurdy (porcelain); Mark McMahon (drawing); Peter Rujuwa (sculpture); and Elaine Unzicker (metal).
The Opening Reception is Friday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and complimentary wine and cheese will be served. The Exhibit is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 12-May 14, 2010.
Deer Path Art League & Gallery is located in the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, 2nd floor, Lake Forest. Contact 847-234-3743 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.deerpathartleague.org.
By Paul Foght for Lake Forest Sailing
Lake Forest High School’s sailing team was the 2009 championship high school sailing team in the Midwest and it continues to sail at a championship level in early 2010 competition. Final results for the High School Invitational at Chicago Yacht Club April 10 and 11 had LFHS in first place overall and Lake Forest Academy, absent from competition in 2009, placing fifth among 16 teams in boat-on-boat fleet racing.
Conditions on Lake Michigan were sunny but breezy as more than 80 sailors from four states raced on still-chilly water. One day of racing was devoted to team racing where three two-person boats compete against another team of three boats seeking to get one of their boats over the finish line first while warding-off the boats of the opposition. The second day was boat-against-boat racing in 420 class two-person boats.
Sailing their team of three boats to victory by a wide margin in the team races were Will Haeger, skipper, Katie Hall, crew; Ian Schappe, skipper, Connor Adams, crew; and Alex Curtiss, skipper, Lindsey Taylor, crew.
In the fleet racing Will Haeger with Katie Hall took first place in Division A and Alex Curtiss with Lindsey Taylor took first place honors in B. Hunter Johnstone drove a boat for Lake Forest Academy in division A and took fifth in a fleet of 16 with Max Thauer and Arlo Clarke sharing at crew. Submitted for Lake Forest Sailing Paul Foght 847-234-5055
By Veva Schreiber of the LB Garden Club
Gardeners know that when the native Dog Toothed Violet appears and daffodil sprouts push up to the sun, spring is just around the corner. Around this time, many local gardeners investigate their gardens and discover that some plants have outgrown their spots and are rootbound. It's time to “divide and conquer” and give them the space they need to thrive.
But what to do with the older plants? The Lake BLuff Garden Club asks that you donate them to its annual Mother's Day Plant Sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 8, on the Village Green. Here’s how: Just locate that sharp spade and dig up the entire plant. Then cut or separate it into manageable pieces. Save and replant one clump or two and call or e-mail Dodie Cook at 847-295-1674 or rhcdec@comcast. If digging help is needed, call or e-mail Dodie to schedule a digging time by Garden Club teams. Digging and collection dates are April 19 to April 30.
Your own plants will be happier and thrive once they have the space they need. Profits from the plant sale are used for civic projects in Lake Bluff. It’s a win-win situation.
The donated section is one of the most popular and profitable areas of the plant sale. Experienced gardeners know that these locally grown plants are “tried and true,” and they start to line up even before the plant sale opens. The plants' vigorous growth shows they have adapted to the vagaries of the weather and soil conditions in this area.
If space is limited in your garden and you must remove older plants to make room for the newcomers, why not donate them to the Lake Bluff Garden Club’s plant sale? And then stop by the Plant Sale on May 8 to replenish your beds with new varieties that others have shared.
The Village of Lake Bluff submitted this press release:
LAKE BLUFF--The Village of Lake Bluff and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County have once again partnered to assist residents in recycling old computer and electronics equipment. Last year, the first season the Village & SWALCO offered this service, approximately 4.5 tons of electronics equipment was collected. This contributed to a reduction in the volume of landfill waste deposits, as well as the Village’s total cost to dispose of solid waste.
Residents will be able to use the Lake Bluff Public Works Facility (640 Rockland Road) as a drop-off location for electronic waste through October 31. The Public Works Facility is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of items are accepted at this location, including:
Items that will NOT be accepted include: dehumidifiers, air conditioners, or large appliances (e.g. stoves, refrigerators, freezers), batteries, fluorescent lamps, tires, household chemical waste, software, manual and packaging materials.
Due to the potential damage that rain and other forms of precipitation may cause, electronics will not be accepted during times of inclement weather. Businesses or other institutions, such as schools, that need assistance with electronics recycling are encouraged to contact SWALCO for a referral. For additional information regarding the services that SWALCO provides, visit swalco.org, or call 847-336-9340. For information regarding the electronics recycling program call 847-234-0774.
CROYA's Activator Academy is hosting its 2nd annual Musician's Exchange, where you can buy, sell and trade used and new equipment and CDs. Items include guitars; amps; drums; keyboards; band instruments; recording gear; & more. Fifteen percent of all proceeds benefit CROYA. For more information contact Shelia Christofalos at email@example.com or her husband, Nick Christofalos, at 847-477-7967
The swap meet is on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CROYA Student Union, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest.
By Adrienne Fawcett
If you were anywhere near the railroad tracks on south Western Avenue last weekend, you may have noticed a new warning next to the construction signs. It read "Smoke Ahead!" This was not an order to light up a cigarette on the next block. It was a heads up to the dense white stuff from a prescribed burn that Lake Forest Open Lands conducted on the east side of the tracks.
Fire is nature's way of managing invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. It also keeps native brush such as dogwood and sumac in check, since these sometimes overpower other, more tender native plants. Prairie fires once took care of this task; now it's the job of land managers ... or pesticide companies.
"If we didn't do this, the railroad would come in and spray with pesticides," said Lake Forest Open Lands' land manager Jim Tunney.
Mr. Tunney and restoration ecologist Ryan London explained that many rare native plants grow in the land near the tracks, which is owned by the City of Lake Forest but managed by Lake Forest Open Lands. The list includes:
Prescribed burns have many benefits in addition to weed control. The fire blackens the soil, which then absorbs sunlight more quickly and warms up faster than regular soil. This gives natives a chance to come up sooner. Also, the white ash serves as a natural fertilizer because it adds potassium and calcium to the soil, which raises the PH and helps with native seed germination. Another benefit is that the heat scarifies native seeds such as New Jersey Tea, a native shrub with hard pods that need heat to open.
The crew alternates prescribed burn areas year to year.
The top photo shows the burn at Ryan Place and the tracks, looking north on Sunday, April 11. The second photo directly above this caption shows what the pre-burn brush looked like across the street on that day.
By David Miller, resident lighting designer of Bowen Park
The infamous lakefront Amstutz Expressway comes to an abrupt end north of downtown Waukegan. But turning left will take you immediately to Bowen Park, a gem of a public park with lighted athletic fields, a museum and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. And inside that building is the Dr. Lynn Schornick Theatre, home to the Bowen Park Theatre and Opera Company, one of only a few non-Equity professional theatres in Lake County, as is Lake Forest’s own Citadel Theatre.
Recently several local residents have been in productions at Bowen Park. Lake Forest soprano and voice teacher Andrea Taylor was one of four singers featured in the Opera's production of Shakespeare's Women. Lake Bluff actress June Entwisle Miller was featured as Gertrude in the fall production of Hamlet, having performed in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap there the previous season. June Miller is the music director of the local Buckthorns, a singing group that raises money for local charities and of the Highland Park Music Club's Women's Chorus, which performs around the area in various venues that serve Senior Citizens. She is president of the local KV Chapter of PEO, the women's philanthropic organization.
Presently, Bowen Park is performing the hilarious comedy, The Complete Works of Shakespeare...Abridged. Several years ago, CenterStage in Lake Forest, our own community theatre group, mounted that work during a summer's day on the Lake Bluff Village Green.
In the show, three actors perform dozens of roles in this irreverant look at ALL of the Bard's work, all in less than two hours. There are still tickets available for the 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17. Check out the website by clicking here, and then check out the hidden gem of a intimate theatre.
(The photo above is of June Miller, at left, performing as Gertrude in Hamlet.)
Mike Clark is a Lake Bluff business owner, Park District Foundation board member, dad and volunteer firefighter who wants to don a new hat: politician. He's running for state representative of the 58th District of Illinois this fall as an Independent and is securing signatures to get on the ballot--he needs 3,000 by June 20. He and his volunteer supporters have 584 names so far and will be walking the neighborhoods and manning the post offices on Saturday mornings now through June. Why is Mr. Clark running for office?
"As part of the construction work force for over 20 years, I have seen the industry devastated these last few years," he said. "While some of the problems are certainly part of the normal 'up and down' cycle of an economic recession, this time it is dramatically worse. Illinois is a terrible environment for small businesses. The staggering debt, the destructive tax policies, the excessive spending, the corruption, the poor management of education, transportation, and other programs have all reached a boiling point with me. I want to be a voice for small business and begin the long process of improving Illinois' reputation for creating jobs and allowing hard-working families to prosper. I believe the government was created to serve the needs of the people and not the other way around."
If you want to learn more about Mr. Clark and/or step up to support him, please visit his website at www.clarkforstaterep.com. That's him in the photo, with his six-year-old daughter.