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Rev. Linda Loving Portrays ‘Julian of Norwich’ at Lake Forest College Nov. 21

Submitted by the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff

The Rev. Linda Loving

The Rev. Linda Loving

The Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff is pleased to present the Rev. Linda Loving as “Julian of Norwich” in the Lily Reid Holt Chapel at Lake Forest College on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Loving is a professional actor and Presbyterian minister who has performed as Julian throughout North America and the United Kingdom for 25 years.

Many in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff will remember Rev. Loving, who began her ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. Following her tenure in Lake Forest, Rev. Loving served the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and as Senior Minister of “tall steeple” churches in both Oakland and St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently, she serves as a minister at the Community Church.

Julian of Norwich (1342 – 1416) is widely regarded as one of the most important Christian mystics. Despite a tumultuous life, Julian embraced an optimistic faith, and spoke of God’s love in terms of joy and compassion. Thomas Merton called Julian “the greatest theologian of our time.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Community Church office, 117 Scranton, Lake Bluff, by calling 847 234 8191 or emailing

Latest in Dealing with Migraines Subject of Tuesday Evening Lecture

Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Internationally renowned specialist Dr. K. Michael Welch will share the latest research and information on “Living with Migraines – Their Cause and Treatment” at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18.

This is the next lecture in the very popular series entitled, “Here’s to your Health”, co-sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is complimentary and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided courtesy of The Fresh Market of Lake Forest.

Not only will be event include the presentation and hospitality, but it will also offer attendees the opportunity to visit the beautiful university campus, conveniently located at 3333 N. Green Bay Road, 1.5 miles north of Rt. 176 in Lake Bluff.

The presentation will be held in an area featuring a permanent exhibit dedicated to Dr. William Scholl at the university’s College of Podiatric Medicine, which is named for Dr. Scholl. Set in a re-creation of a Scholl Foot Comfort Shop storefront from the 1930s, the exhibit features historical photos and artifacts from a career that bridged the worlds of business, foot care and education.

The evening’s presenter, Dr. K. Michael Welch, is president and CEO of the university as well as being an accomplished researcher and neurologist whose career has focused on the study of brain function and structure in cerebrovascular disease, stroke and migraine.

Among his many distinctions is having been recognized in a survey that identified significant articles over the course of the 200-year history of the New England Journal of Medicine – the accomplishments of Dr. Welch and his colleagues who were part of a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Trial rt-PA Stroke Study Group were recognized as one of the nine most important articles in the history of NEJM.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Chamber office at 847-234-4282 or visiting the Chamber website at

Illinois Youth Survey: Binge Drinking Still High With Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Teens

By Sam Eichner

More than half of Lake Forest High School seniors admitted to having consumed alcohol within the past 30 days, and over a third admitted to binge drinking sometime within the past two weeks, according to the most recent Illinois Youth Survey, which is conducted every two years in high schools across the state. Binge drinking is considered having five or more alcoholic drinks in a row on one or more occasion.

These numbers are relatively consistent with the statewide average for the seniors in the class of 2012 (statewide averages have not been determined yet for the class of 2014); the most significant finding, perhaps, is the difference between the number of students in the senior class of 2014 who actively consumed alcohol while in the 10th grade, and the number of students in the senior class of 2014 who actively consume it in 12th grade.

Data gleaned from the IYS by LEAD–a local organization dedicated to promoting healthy family relationships and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse–suggest a negative correlation between consumption of alcohol and its perceived parental disapproval. That is, it would appear that the less teens perceive their parents as disapproving of consuming alcohol, the more likely they are to drink.

While there are obviously a variety of other factors that may contribute to this shift, perceived parental disapproval appears to be particularly significant. For example, perception of potential harm of alcohol rose by just 1% between 10th grade and 12th grade for seniors in Lake Forest High School’s class of 2014.

Ironically, the reverse would appear true for marijuana usage: there is a negative correlation between marijuana usage and perception of potential harm, though not between marijuana usage and perception of parental disapproval (which remains relatively constant across high school).

It’s worth noting here, too, that there is a significantly larger disparity between the consumption of alcohol in the past 30 days between current 10th and 12th graders in LFHS (23%), than between the average consumption of alcohol in the past 30 days between 10th and 12th graders statewide (14%).  The same is true for binge drinking (19% and 13%, respectively).

LEAD analyzed the data and shared its findings with GazeboNews. These charts were created for a presentation delivered at the annual LEADers Lunch on October.

Click on this chart to view the LEAD presentation on the most recent Illinois Youth Survey data.

Click on this chart to view the LEAD presentation on the most recent Illinois Youth Survey data.

The Upside of Downsizing With Presbyterian Homes

Sponsored Post by Presbyterian Homes and Lake Forest Place: For many seniors, the decision to move from their home of many years can be understandably difficult. But, as both they and their homes grow older, things have a way of becoming unmanageable. The upkeep on older homes can often become more costly and strenuous as years go by, and that growing burden can have a drastic effect on retirement plans.




At Presbyterian Homes, they understand the many concerns people have about downsizing, and they’ve found a way to make the process as painless as possible for those making the move to their continuing care retirement communities like Lake Forest Place. They call it their Moving Assistance Program, and it has been specially designed to help new residents through the downsizing process, eliminating almost all of the foreseeable stress.
As moving day approaches, Presbyterian Homes works with new residents every step of the way – from planning to packing, to putting it all in place, just the way they want it.



Their team of experts helps with every detail, and provides simple moving solutions based on each new resident’s specific needs. These services include, but are not limited to:

A network of real estate professionals to help prospective Presbyterian Homes residents find the right buyer and the right price for their current home  Recommend improvements to make the current house as appealing as possible to sell

  • Hands on help organizing the move, including helping to decide what to bring

For more information about Lake Forest Place and other Presbyterian Homes communities, as well as their Moving Assistance Program please contact, Susan Jo at (847) 604 -8800.

Presbyterian Homes’ Helpful Tips For Organizing The Downsizing Process

  1. Consider keeping a list for each room and itemizing each possession in one of three categories — keep; discard (donate or toss); to be determined (try not to have too many items in this category)
  2.  Be ruthless – only keep what you truly use and those items with real sentimental value as you pare down your possessions.
  3. Family – are there possessions your family members could use? Would it make you happy to see these items in their homes?
  4. Your home – what makes your house your home? What brings joy? Keep those items.
  5. Kitchen – keep what you need and really use. Perhaps you don’t need all the extra pots and pans, containers, china or glassware.
  6. Library – books take up space and collect dust. Consider keeping just your cherished favorites. Sell or donate the extra books to a preferred charity.
  7. Linens – keep only what you use. Or, consider donating all of them to a worthy charity and buying fresh linens.
  8. Clothing and coats – you certainly have favorite apparel that flatters you and you like it. Why keep the rest?

Lake Bluff Park District: Tot Pool Will Be Back 2016

Blair Park Pool ... in summer.

Blair Park Pool … in summer.

By Adrienne Fawcett

The Lake Bluff Park District Board of Trustees is preparing a schedule for renovations to Sunrise Beach, Blair Park Pool and several other facilities thanks to a $3.1 million referendum that more than 71% of LBPD voters approved on Election Day Nov. 4.

“We are really grateful for the overwhelming support from the community,” said Board Chairman Kevin Considine. “The next step is for the board to regroup and study the scope of each project.” He said that by early January, the board will share a detailed schedule of repairs for 2015 and 2016.

The kiddy pool and main pool will be completed by the summer of 2016, which Considine said he knows will come as a disappointment to some voters (as well as water-loving toddlers) who were hoping to have the tot pool in place by 2015.

“The reality is that the state Deaprtment of Public Health’s permitting process will not allow us to run that fast,” he said.

About half of the referendum money – $1.5 million – is earmarked for the aquatic facility to work on improvements and repairs to the main pool, locker rooms and kiddy pool. The kiddy pool accounts for $500,000 of that total.

Other improvements will not take as long to fulfill. These include:

  1. Artesian Park: resurface the tennis courts, replace the playground , repair warming hut roof, redo walking paths and ensure handicapped accessibility
  2. Sunrise Beach: Repair the stairs, which are really, really steep. Considine said they will be brought up to code. Work also will include bathroom rehabs on the north end of the beach.
  3. Parks: Playgrounds at Blair Park and Knollwood
  4. Rec Center: New roof and AC units, which will account for $800,000.

As a side note: Sunrise Beach sustained considerable damage on Halloween thanks to the high winds and waves, wich re-oriented a lot of Lake Bluff’s sand to other beaches south of the village (a lot sand apparently wound up in Evanston). The Park District has done some clean up work and has made insurance claims. Repair funds will not come out of the referendum money that voters approved.

‘The Curious Savage’ Opens Nov. 13 at Lake Forest High School


Sometimes the bars on the windows are needed to keep the crazies out, rather than keep the patients in.

This is the premise of the frosh/soph play, The Curious Savage, by John Patrick. The play runs Thursday, November 13 through Saturday, November 15 (7:00 PM) in the David Miller Theater at Lake Forest High School. It’s a charming ensemble comedy based in a sanatorium whose residents exhibit some, shall we say, maladjustments. Mrs. Savage, a recently widowed multimillionaire, is committed to the Cloisters by her greedy and shrill stepchildren, who were shocked that she had set up a memorial fund with her money in order to help average people pursue their dreams.

Grace Duggan, Landon Kerouac, Hayley Ward, Peter Sullivan, and Zana Weismantel all create warm, quirky characters as the current “guests” of the Cloisters, and Sarah Curran and Zachary Boveri serve well as their compassionate medical staff. The Savage family, played by Gracie Stockton, Ellie Thomas, Tim Sperling and Sam King, interjects some uncomfortable aspects of current cultural reality into the Cloisters’ cozy world. Chaos ensues when Mrs. Savage sends her stepchildren off on a wild chase to find her inherited stash and her new Cloisters friends help her as best as they can.

Set and lighting create a warm sanatorium setting. Set design, lighting, sound, props, and videography are the work of Kate Bellino, Elizabeth Chapman-Orr, Jack Ciesinski, Kyle Condon, Hayley Grost, Bradley Laas, Olivia Lemke, Samuel Olsen, and Harmon Raft.

Faculty member John Wanninger directs, assisted by student directors Charlie Daniels and Grant Papastefan. Tickets are available via or at the door for $10 (adult) and $5 (student/senior).

Vendors Galore at Equestrian Connection Holiday Bazaar

Submitted by Equestrian Connection

Please join us at our Holiday Bazaar on Monday, November 24, from 1 to 8 p.m. for a shopping experience that supports the programs at Equestrian Connection. A portion of all purchases will be donated to the therapy programs.

Shop for everyone on your holiday list. We will have unique jewelry, clothing, handbags, home accessories, horseshoe art, fine chocolates, holiday ornaments, spirits and SO much more. After your shopping bags are full, take a tour of our barn and meet our horses.

Grab your friends and family and start your holiday shopping with us.


Veterans’ Assistance: It’s Out There

Submitted by American Legion Post 510

‘If you are a military veteran and you live in Lake County you have plenty of resources to help support you and your family” according to Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) representative Michael Hiley speaking at a regular meeting of American Legion Lake Bluff Post 510.

Hiley told Post 510 members “VAC services are free to military veterans and include food vouchers, rent, mortgage and utility payment assistance, transportation to and from medical visits, medical care including dental and vision. In addition VAC will connect veterans with county job training programs, local food pantries, clothing sources and individual, family and group counseling programs.”

Hiley, also Commander of North Chicago’s Sharvin Legion Post 397 and a Hospital Services Coordinator at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Center, pointed out in response to questions that “Claims assistance is one of the primary functions of VAC. We will assist you with your Department of Veterans Affairs dealings. VAC is here to answer your questions, call or come in any time.”

  • Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission is located at: 20 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan.
  • Hours are Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm.
  • Closed 12pm to 1pm for lunch. Phone: 847-377-3344.
  • Email:

Lake Bluff ‘s American Legion Post 510, with David Cimarrusti Commander, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Lake Bluff Public Safety Building at 45 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff. Contact: 847-234-5261 or

First Pres to Host Free Talk Tackling Race and Education on Nov. 13

Submitted by First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

Lake Forest – “Those who avoid our racial history out of embarrassment and those stuck on it out of anger both share one thing in common: an acute awareness of the horror of racial injustice,” says Desmond Odugu, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at Lake Forest College and director of the Institute for Research and International Studies (IRIS). “But learning to walk that patchy road of embarrassment and anger together can lead to meaningful social transformation.”

It is from this line of thinking that Dr. Odugu will base his discussion on race on Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, located at 700 N Sheridan Road. During the two-hour presentation to be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Dr. Odugu will explore definitions of race and space that have shaped American educational history. He will guide the audience in assessing how these two constructs fundamentally inform socioeconomic dynamics, educational policy and lived realities of adolescents, college students and young adults today.

“Our hope for this conversation is to increase our understanding of the world in which we serve and love as church members and local volunteers, and to encourage conversation rather than ignore realities that keep us separate and unequal,” adds First Presbyterian’s Director of College Ministries Jennifer L. Aycock. She also will provide a brief theological reflection and the floor will be open for Q&A.

Sponsored by the church’s College Ministry Team, this informative discussion is part of a larger Speaker Series that aims to help our community grow in understanding how broader social, political and economic realities impact students.

All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested. Do so by emailing Jennifer L. Aycock at by Nov. 11.

About First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
Our mission at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest is to send inspired and well-equipped followers of Jesus into the world, loving and serving God in their daily lives. We invite you to join us in these resilient Christian practices: worship, learn, connect, serve and invite. Find out more about our worship services, study groups, mission outreach and fellowship opportunities by visiting our website at or calling us at (847) 234-6250.

Chicago Young Americans Heading To Pee Wee Hockey World Championships


Lake Forest – The Chicago Young Americans Pee Wee Major 2002 hockey team has been accepted into the World’s most prestigious youth hockey tournament. More than 150 teams apply and only 60 teams are accepted at the elite level.

The 2015 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament attracts the best teams and players from 16 different countries. Players and their families will gather from February 11-22, 2015 at the Pepsi Center in Quebec City as these 11 and 12 year olds compete for a chance to be considered World Champions.

The tournament is held in conjunction with Quebec’s Winter Carnival, which helps attract more than 10,000 spectators to the games. The tournament has a rich history of NHL players competing in this tournament with over 1400 NHL alumni having played in this tournament since 1960. Just a few of the notable names, Guy LaFleur, Denis Savard, Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Marian Hossa, Marc Andre Fleury, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, and many of the current Blackhawks.

The CYA Pee Wee Major team recently won the Bauer World Invitational AAA Elite Championship held in Chicago where almost 600 teams from 8 different countries and 30 different states competed. The team is made up of kids from all over the Chicagoland area, players include Zach Bader, Aurora; Brian Dolby, Winnetka; Max Dukovac, Aurora; Aaron Eberhardt, Naperville; Lachlan Getz, Northfield; Tyler Horberg, Highland Park; Richie Hoskins, Lake Forest; Quinn Hutson, Barrington; Hank Kempf, Wilmette; Luke Lewis, Deerfield; Matt O’Donnell, Glen Ellyn; Mack Oliphant, Northbrook; Graham Padgitt, St. Charles; Daniel Rozsival, Chicago; Cole Schneider, Long Grove; Tucker Tynan, Deerfield; and Luke Weilandt, Wilmette.

For more information on the Chicago Young Americans and the tournament visit their website at and follow the links to the PW Major 2002 team.