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Renowned Expressionist Diane Thodos Opens Exhibit at Re-invent Gallery

Sponsored post by Re-invent Gallery in Lake Forest:

Re-Invent Gallery invites the community to an opening night celebration of its newest exhibit, Diane Thodos: Forces of Life: Lyricism and Requiem, which opens Good Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through May 31 at 202 E. Wisconsin Ave, Lake Forest.

Painter and printmaker Diane Thodos has always felt drawn to the expressionist art movements of the Modernist era – most specifically to Abstract Expressionism from the 1940’s – 1950’s and German Expressionism from 1906 – 1924. Her paintings and prints embody two different aspects – a drive towards the lyrical, and an opposite one towards the tragic. For her, figure and abstraction create a fertile ground for ever-new compositional and emotionally expressive possibilities.

Earning her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1989, Thodos was mentored early on by Donald Kuspit, an iconic New York art critic and intellectual who inspired her to delve deeply into the world of Expressionism. She was further inspired by the powerful graphic techniques of the German Expressionists after a fateful meeting with owners of an immense private collection of such works in 1992. Over the course of two decades, she has been granted access to the collection for self-study, and her paintings and woodblock prints reflect both style and technical techniques of bygone Expressionist masters. Like many noted American Abstract Expressionists of our time Thodos also studied with Stanley William Hayter who revealed the importance of subconscious imagery through the use of automatic gesture or automatism.

Diane Thodos

Diane Thodos


Of her new one-woman exhibit at Re-invent, Thodos states, “I feel that our current culture is undergoing a period of both upheaval and uncertainty. This is why the tragic aspect of my work attempts to distill states of feeling that are essential and direct in their expression. My lyrical work represents an equal and opposing life force…In this exhibit, you will see the opposite poles of life and death, lyricism and tragedy, abstraction and figure.”

Re-invent gallery co-owner Cecilia Lanyon said, “Diane is a significant artist among American Abstract Expressionists today, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. We are honored to showcase her works through this exhibit, from her life-infused paintings to her most intricate woodblock prints.”

The show’s Opening Night Celebration is Good Friday, April 18, 6-9 p.m.. Visit or call 224-544-5961

Lake Forest Open Lands Hosts Event To Get Kids Outdoors

Location: Mellody Farm, 350 North Waukegan Road Lake Forest, IL USA 60045
Event Title: “The Play Out”€ –

Lake Forest Open Lands is hosting “€œThe Play Out”€ to encourage youth to spend time in nature on April 27, 2014 from 1 pm – 4 pm at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. €”The Play Out”€, sparked by Chicago Wilderness’€™ Leave No Child Inside initiative and District 67 Earth Day celebration, encourages families to get outside and enjoy a variety of activities promoting creativity and exploration in nature.

The event will offer activities for a variety of ages and interests. The Care of Trees will host a tree climbing station and a natural obstacle course. DK Organics is hosting Mud City where children became mud engineers. Older attendees will search for hidden garden gnomes and build shelters out of natural materials. Other activity stations focus on metamorphosis, pond netting, insects, music, drawing and bird watching. Before leaving, participants will plant in the Earth Day garden.

An integral part of the event is “€œThe Play Out Pledge,”€ a signed commitment by students to spend two hours outside during Earth Day weekend. A growing body of research indicates that time spent outdoors in nature is critical to children’€™s physical, social and emotional development. Research also shows that unstructured play in nature (child-centered, exploratory, imaginative play) fosters creativity, emotional well-being, independent learning and problem solving. And it lets kids connect with the place in which they live and the larger environment on which we all depend. Lake Forest Open Lands is grateful to the many volunteers, partners and sponsors who work on “€œThe Play Out”€. Particular thanks goes to District 67 and 115, Abbott, North Shore Gas and The Care of Trees for event sponsorship. Other partners include Whole Foods – Deerfield, DK Organics, and Chicago Wilderness.

Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our land. Lake Forest Open Lands Association is the first land trust in Illinois to receive national accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).

In addition, the organization is an active member of Chicago Wilderness. Since its establishment in 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands has acquired, preserved, restored and maintained over 800 acres and 12 miles of walking trails encompassing native landscapes, prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities. For more information visit, please visit

Vietnam Veteran Presents ‘Stories of War Brought to Life’

Submitted by Lake County Health Department

Caesar Soto, a Vietnam veteran, will speak about his war experiences at a free event at Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road in Gurnee on Monday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. His presentation is part of the series “The Stories of War from those Who Have Been There” coordinated by the Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services program affiliated with the Lake County Health Department.

Founded in 2012, the program is designed to engage veterans who are often reluctant to seek help on issues ranging from job and benefit issues to emotional stress caused by deployment, reintegration, and family issues. Currently, there are approximately 40,000 veterans in Lake County alone, according to the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission. Of those veterans, 20 to 25 percent struggle with mental health issues.

The series is designed to honor veterans and promote conversation among veterans, their loved ones and the public about the long-term effects of military experiences. Soto was 20 when he returned from Vietnam in 1969. Although 45 years have passed since he survived combat, post traumatic stress still haunts him today, just as it still impacts the lives of many veterans. The Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services program assists veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or more present day conflicts, and their families, face challenges before, during and after deployments.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are unnecessary. For more information, Call: (847) 377-8386.

Lost Dog: Have You Seen Figgy?

A GazeboNews reader asked us to post the following:

lost dog shih tzu
Figgy no collar
last seen tue April 15 6pm
Near Barat College

Pls contact Lake Forest Police




Friendship Force Celebrates 30 Years in Northern Illinois

Submitted by Friendship Force of Northern Illinois

The Friendship Force of Northern Illinois (FFNI) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding. The club will meet at the Magnolia Inn at Lambs Farm on May 4, 2014. FFNI is a local chapter of Friendship Force International, a citizen diplomacy organization founded in 1977 by the late Wayne Smith, a Presbyterian minister and co-founded by President Jimmy Carter. The mission of Friendship Force is to promote global understanding by connecting the world one friend at a time.

The aim is to create a world of friends that becomes a world of peace. State Governors were asked to assist in promoting Friendship Force activity in their state. FFNI was one of the earliest clubs established in the Midwest. Today, Friendship Force International has 377 chartered local clubs in 60 countries on 6 continents with more than 18,000 members worldwide.

Friendship Force members pursue our mission by welcoming visitors from other countries into our homes for week-long stays. These visits, known as “exchanges” occur 250 – 300 times each year around the world.  Sharing meals and conversation enables people to understand our common humanity and see beyond governments and borders.

Friendship Force of Northern Illinois is a local Friendship Force chapter, founded in 1984.  The club currently has 51 members, residing mostly in Lake, Mc Henry and Cook counties.

To make a reservation to attend the event please email:

For information about Friendship Force International please visit:
For information about Friendship Force of Northern Illinois please visit:

Lecture Series: ‘Here’s to Your Health’ — Food + Fun = Healthy Inspiration

Updated April 17: This event is on  April 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce:

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will be discussing how healthy eating and active living can be fun and beneficial to living a long happy life. Along with warmer weather, one of the best things about spring is the increase in physical activity and the anticipation of in-season fruits and vegetables. Eating well can help you stay healthy and independent — and look and feel great! Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today.

“Here’s To Your Health” Lecture Series, co-sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 8  p.m. at Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest. Admission is free.

Guest speakers from Rosalind Franklin:

  • Lynn Janas, PhD Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Hope T Bilyk, MS, RDN, LDN Asst Professor Dept of Nutrition, College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Asst Professor Dept of Medicine, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Complimentary food and beverages provided by The Fresh Market. Registration for this free event is open to the public. Call 847-234-4282 or register at

School News From District 67: What Do You Know About Mid-Century America?

Submitted by Lake Forest School District 67

In honor of Everett’s Centennial Celebration, students from Mrs. VanDerveer’s class are asking community members and their families and friends to share information from the 1935-1954 eras for a class project. The students have created websites, and are looking for information on Pearl Harbor, Amelia Earhart, Technology and Inventions, World War II, Nascar and Fashion and Accessories. Please contact us here….

Parents of incoming 5th graders at District 67 are invited to an orientation on Monday, May 5th, 10am – 11:00am OR 7:00pm – 8:00pm (repeat of the morning presentation) in the Media Center at Deer Path Middle School East Campus, 95 W. Deerpath Road.

Parents will hear a presentation regarding the educational and extracurricular opportunities available for your children next year at the DPM-East campus. After the presentation there will be time for a question/answer period. For more information, please contact: Tom Cardamone, Principal, DPM-EAST Campus, Email:

Calling all District 67 artists… the Emotional Wellness Committee is proud to offer a Custom Cover Contest for the 2014-2015 school year! This contest is open to all students grade 3-7, and the winning designs will be used as the cover for the next year’s assignment notebook. District 67 will have one winner from each school, and the five winning designs will be blended together for one cover. Entries are due to your school’s office by Friday, April 25th. Be sure to include your full name, grade, and homeroom teacher on the backside of your entry.

All District 67 elementary parents are invited to a Parent Math Game Night on Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Everett gymnasium for an evening of fun & games with renowned math consultant Janis Heigl. Participants will go home with games to play with their children to enhance learning and problem solving.

Congé Fundraiser Co-chairs Show Their Colors

Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart


It finally feels like spring, and that means it’s countdown time for Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s 41st annual financial aid fundraiser, Congé. Modeling this year’s theme colors are (from left) Co-Chair Mary Oelerich of Chicago, Silent Auction Chair Alison Kohlmeyer of Lake Forest and Co-Chair Jean Olson of Evanston.

The fundraising started at 9 a.m. Friday, April 11, with online bidding até for a variety of exciting silent auction items such as four VIP tickets to a Los Angeles taping of Conan O’Brien’s TBS TV show, a Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick signed by members of the 2013-14 team and for wine enthusiasts, a 750ml bottle of Chateau Petrus Pomerol (2006).

Online bids will be accepted up to and then as part of the silent auction that takes place during the Congé dinner event which begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Glen View Club, 100 Golf Road, Golf, IL. Silent auction bidding ends at 10 p.m.

For more information about Congé contact Woodlands Academy Associate Director of Advancement for Special Events Tami Rocha at 847-234-4300, ext. 226 or visit

First Presbyterian Church Rummage: Biggest Sale Yet

Submitted by First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

Photos submitted by Jorina Fontelera, director of communications at  First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

Photos submitted by Jorina Fontelera, director of communications at
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will host the biggest Rummage Sale in its history, now entering its 64th consecutive year, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 at 700 N. Sheridan Road in Lake Forest.

Staffed by more than 400 volunteers, the church collects thousands of clean, usable items throughout the year from clothes and accessories to furniture, antiques, electronics, appliances, sports equipment, décor, household goods and many more. Over the course of a year, volunteers collect, sort and organize these items to get them ready for the sale. Open to all—both local and out of state—the Rummage Sale takes up 40,000 square feet of space inside the church and two circus tents full of sale items cover the church’s parking lot.


“Rummage is a year-long event here at First Presbyterian. It takes thousands of hours of volunteer work by hundreds of volunteers to make it such a huge success,” said Jeff Howard, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest elder and co-moderator of the Mission Committee and Rummage sub-committee. “Rummage would not be possible without the tireless efforts of these volunteers.”

Since its inception in 1950, this event has contributed more than $5 million to First Presbyterian’s Mission program. Mission provides grants to local and global partner organizations that help nurture faith development, pastoral care and church leadership support; empower youth and adults to achieve their potential through high-quality education; and/or meet the immediate needs of impoverished families while pursuing long-term solutions to address the effects of poverty.


“The Rummage Sale serves as a wonderful fellowship opportunity for church members and the community,” said Reverend Dr. Christine Chakoian, First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest’s senior pastor. “It also sends precious dollars to our mission partners while serving low income families. It’s truly a sight to see.”

On the day of the sale, shoppers can park in the Lake Forest city lots, at the Lake Forest Metra station parking lot and on the street, unless otherwise marked as a “no parking” zone. A free Rummage Sale shuttle will pick-up and drop-off patrons from the city and train parking lots. Cash, check and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) are accepted at the sale.


First Presbyterian will continue to collect donations for this year’s Rummage Sale until April 14. Donations should be clean; free of odors, stains, tears, holes; and, if applicable, in working condition. Breakable goods should be stored in sturdy boxes and clothing in large, sturdy plastic bags. Donation items can be dropped off at the church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.


For more information about donating goods or about the Rummage Sale, contact the church at (847) 234-6250 or visit



About First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest strives to proclaim Christ’s message, provide a community of spiritual nurture and promote God’s vision of justice. Worship is at the heart of the organization and its mission outreach, study groups, faith formation programs and fellowship opportunities grow out of the desire to love and serve the Lord together. Since its establishment in 1859, the church continues to reflect the goals of its founders—to live together as a community dedicated to Christian life and to betterment through education and benevolences—while growing with the needs of its congregation. For more information, visit the church’s website at

Lake Forest Soccer Stars Shipp & Quon in Chicago for Double-Header

Two Lake Forest High School graduates who have gone on to play professional soccer will be in Chicago on Saturday, April 19, for a double-header at Chicago’s Toyota Park.

The first game will feature rookie Harrison Shipp (LFHS Class of 2010), who graduated from Notre Dame last year. He was an All-American, captain of his team, a nominee for the prestigious Hermann Award — AND his team won the NCAA championship last year. He now plays for the Chicago Fire — click here for an article on about Harry.

Harry Shipp; photo from a video on

Harry Shipp; photo from a video on

The second game will feature Rachel Quon, who is starting her second season playing for the Red Stars. She graduated last year from Stanford University and was an All-American, captain of her team, a nominee for the Hermann Award and her team won the NCAA championship in 2011. Rachel recently made her first cap for the Canadian
National Team.

Please visit the Chicago Red Stars website for information about the double header.

Photo of Rachel Quon from Wikipedia

Photo of Rachel Quon from Wikipedia