News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Ragdale Ring Spotlight Series Presents: Storytelling

Submitted by Ragdale Foundation:

Ragdale presents an entertaining evening of storytelling, solo theater, beatbox and song in the open-air Ragdale Ring on Thursday, August 14 at 7 p.m. The humorous performance, Don’t Make Me Turn the Car Around: Tales of Parents and Kids and What Happens When They Are Related will feature five performers and a three-piece band. Curated by Chicago-based actor Arlene Malinowski and directed by Will Rogers, the show is certain to be poignant, funny, and maybe just a little horrifying (just like that family road trip.)

Guests are encouraged to bring their family and friends, a beach chair or picnic and enjoy an arts-filled evening on the lawn overlooking the Shaw Prairie at twilight. Cash bar and ice cream cart available.

Location: The Ragdale Ring, behind the Ragdale House
Address: 1230 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Phone: 847.234.1063
Admission: $20 (General), $15 (Seniors + Students), Free (Children 12 and Under)
Rain Date: August 21st at 7 pm

There will be limited on-campus parking. Off-site parking is at the Lake Forest Municipal Lot, 110 E. Laurel Street (a 10 minute walk from Ragdale).

Ragdale is a nationally acclaimed artists’ retreat that offers time and space to over 150 arts professionals each year to do their creative work.

Estate Sale: 304 Whistler Road, Highland Park

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(Enter main entrance to Ft. Sheridan,
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Fri. & Sat. Aug. 1 & 2
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Balmoral Memory Care Center Engages Residents Through Equine Therapy

Sponsored Post: To be fully accepted just as you are is really all that anybody wants. Residents with dementia from the Balmoral Care Center at Lake Forest Place retirement community experience that unconditionally from equine therapy horses. Lake Forest Place Director of Health Care Activities Mary Eichenfeld regularly takes a small group of residents to Equestrian Connection for non-mounted equine therapy.

Therapy at Equestrian Connection

Equine therapy at Equestrian Connection

“After interacting with the horses, a resident who had been fairly non-verbal began to talk,” says Eichenfeld. “I saw more movement, engagement, curiosity and attunement. The residents had a new light in their eyes, and I saw a healing connection being formed. Based on their positive response and interest, we now visit the Equestrian Connection twice a month.”

According to the Diana Schnell, executive director at the Equestrian Connection, equine therapy engages many different senses. It triggers reactions, memories and feelings not often tapped into in everyday life. Being outdoors with a horse in a protected setting introduces newness and novelty. Riding improves balance and core strength. The horse’s movement can also be experienced in other ways through adaptive equipment.

“Horses are very non-judgmental and people feel that both consciously and unconsciously,” said Schnell. “People connect with the horse and know that they are safe. A person who may have lost a sense of control in their lives regains a bit of power after learning to lead a 1200 pound horse. It builds their confidence.”

Equestrian Connection developed additional programs to address other unmet needs of people with disabilities. It offers an art therapy program, which it brings to Lake Forest Place for residents in memory care. Its clients range from age two to 105 and may have special needs that are physical, mental, the result of brain injuries, emotional and other psychological adjustment.

Schnell recognized the population was beginning to age and knew this was a demographic that could benefit from motor skills strengthening and from the psychological connection one gets from a horse. The center now offers a new equine therapy program called “Balance for Life,” funded by a grant from Baxter International Foundation.

Ms. Eichenfeld concludes, “It’s very exciting to see an activity with such an immediate positive impact. Each resident responds to the horses differently, and each horse is different. Our person-centered approach at to care at Balmoral is based on the same premise—we treat each person as an individual.”


Lake Forest Place, a member of Presbyterian Homes, is a continuing care retirement community located adjacent to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital at 1110 Pembridge Drive, Lake Forest, IL. Lake Forest Place serves more than 400 residents on a 49-acre campus and offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living, rehabilitative services, skilled nursing and memory care. For more information call 847-604-6700 or visit


Equestrian Connection is a non-profit organization located in Lake Forest, IL, that provides a variety of therapeutic services for children and adults with special needs on an individual basis or as part of a group. Founded in 2001 to provide hippotherapy (using a horse’s movements as a therapy tool) and therapeutic riding, the organization now offers 18 different programs from art therapy to riding lessons and summer camps. For more information call 847-615-8696 or visit

2014 Lake Forest Day Primer

Submitted by Lake Forest American Legion Post 264:

Tuesday, August 5: Lake Forest Day begins, once again. As is customary, the carnival will start that evening. The students of CROYA will play music next to the beverage tent and food tents. Food and ride tickets will be for sale at the usual booths. Separate booths will have adult beverage tickets inside the wire.

Wednesday, August 6 at 10 a.m.: The Lake Forest Day parade will step off on Western Avenue and Vine Streets below Wenban Funeral Home and CVS. The route goes north, up Western to Westminster, turning to proceed to West Park. There, the South Side Drill Team will give a demonstration in the Park. The Carnival resumes action following the parade. In the evening, a new band will play a variety of music next to the food tent and the adult beverage area. Bring a PARTNER FOR DANCING.

Ride tickets may be purchased at the park. WRIST BANDS, good for the day, may be bought, too.

Raffle tickets will be sold both days up until the drawing time at the conclusion on Wednesday evening.

Heads Up: Lake County Road Closures

Submitted by the Lake County admin office:

LAKE BARRINGTON, IL- The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing River Road, Lake County V-50, beginning Monday, Aug. 11 at 6 a.m. for four months. The closure is necessary to install the ground improvement columns that will stabilize the soils underneath the proposed roadway.

Detour route: Roberts Road, Lake County V-45, to US Route 59 to Kelsey Road, Route V-49.
Local traffic will have access to residences and businesses from the south.

For additional information regarding this project, please visit

From Illinois Department of Transportation:

IL Route 120 at Canadian National Railroad closure in the Village of Grayslake. IL Route 120 just west of IL Route 83 will be fully closed at the Canadian National Railroad (CN RR) in the Village of Grayslake, Lake County beginning on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6 a.m. through Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to 6 p.m. for CN RR to perform repairs to the railroad grade crossing.

The posted detour route for eastbound traffic on IL Route 120 will be to proceed southbound on Alleghany Road, to eastbound on Peterson Road, and northbound on IL Route 83 back to IL Route 120. The posted detour route for westbound traffic on IL Route 120 will be to proceed southbound on IL Route 83, westbound on Peterson Road, and northbound on Alleghany Road back to IL Route 120.

Middle School ‘Movies in the Park’ Returns in August

Submitted by LEAD

What could be more fun than watching a movie outside on the Lake Bluff Green? Come join LEAD for our second Middle School “Movies in the Park” event on Tuesday, August 19.

The night will begin with music and dancing from 8pm-8:30 pm. Starting at 8:30pm, there will be an outside viewing of “The Goonies” on a 12’ x 7’ inflatable movie screen. There will even be snacks on hand, courtesy of the Lake Bluff Park District. Bring a blanket and some friends and join us for an awesome evening on the Green.

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While this event is intended for middle school students, it is open to siblings who would also like to attend. LEAD’s last movie night on June 12th was a great success and we hope to see even more young people on August 19!

For more information, please go to, or call Joy Markee at 847-295-9075.

Lake Bluff Bike Race: What Goes Around And Around, Comes Around

Rob Douglass took this photo of the 2014 Lake Bluff Criterium from the roof of the Wisma rooftop.

Rob Douglass took this photo of the 2014 Lake Bluff Criterium from the roof of the Wisma roof.

By Deb Dintruff, Lake Bluff Bike Race and Block Party go-to person

Local cycling fans and residents turned out to see intense Criterium racing last Saturday in downtown Lake Bluff, and they were rewarded further with beautiful weather, tasty food from Lake Bluff restaurants and lively local music talent. The 3rd annual Northwestern Medicine Lake Bluff Criterium and Block Party was an excellent day for all who came out to enjoy the crowd-friendly surrounds of the village.

Male and female riders came from all over the world to compete in the Lake Bluff Criterium, the second race in the 10-day Prairie State Cycling Series. The races and block party were the place to be for locals, many of whom who volunteered to help with the events. The course had 20 marshals each over four shifts that helped ensure the safe crossing of spectators during the race.

The Block Party, presented by Friends of Lake Bluff Parks, was run by a volunteer committee and aided with help from even more volunteers who ran played music, did set up and clean up, bussed tables, sold raffle tickets and painted and auctioned Adirondack chairs. Many restaurants that participated in the Taste of Lake Bluff ran out of food late in the evening. Staff from the Village of Lake Bluff and the Park District also helped with many aspects of managing the event. The day began with the delivery of equipment at 5 a.m. and ended close to midnight with the Village Green almost restored to normal, as volunteers and paid staff worked side by side to finish off the day.

More volunteers opened up their homes to house the athletes for the Lake Bluff Criterium or the entire series. Basics like refrigerator space, garage space and laundry access are simple, but the rewards of conversations and interactions as households merge their daily lives with professional cyclists lead to unanticipated joy and learning. In one Lake Bluff household, the oldest son was invited to join a morning training ride with the Fearless Femme team on his 24th birthday.

Tina Pic, the leader of the team and hugely successful Criterium rider, got her start in cycling when she found success as an ironman tri-athlete. Tina came in second in the Lake Bluff race. Morgan Patton Brown, another generous trainer of the novice rider, won the last race of the series, in Downers Grove. Over the 10-day period of the Series, these women rode in eight races. Every day also included a “mellow” training ride with left a very fit 24-year-male, wiped out for the rest of the day. It’s possible the women riders didn’t break a sweat that day.

As a professional sporting event staged in a small-town venue, the Criterium gave spectators a special bonus this year. The use of Jumbotrons was introduced at the Green and at the Start/Finish line to the east. Multiple cameras provided live feed from the races, and short video footage such as a piece about World Bicycle Relief were also on shown the big screens. Marco Colbert, Race and Series Director, said “Yes, we were definitely trying to take a leap forward in the Lake Bluff races, by giving the Block Party and start/finish line crowd another way to enjoy the intensity of the Criterium races.”

Floral Trade Group Honors Lake Forest Flowers VP

Submitted by the National Floral Industry Trade Association 

Eileen Weber at Lake Forest Flowers; photo by Phil Farber.

Eileen Weber at Lake Forest Flowers; photo by Phil Farber.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The vice president of Lake Forest Flowers & Greenhouses in Lake Forest, Ill., will earn one of the floral industry’s most respected designations: membership in the prestigious American Academy of Floriculture. Eileen Looby Weber will be inducted into AAF on August 16, 2014, during the Society of American Florists’ 130th Annual Convention in Marco Island, Fla.

“The Academy’s stringent requirements make AAF an achievement recognized throughout the floral industry,” said Rod Saline, AAF, SAF Awards Committee chairman.

Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Passionate: Eileen Looby Weber, AAF
When residents of Lake Forest, Ill., need advice on local businesses and new trends (including ideas on flowers, plants and floral design), they turn to the resident expert: Weber. Since 2009, Weber has hosted “Inside Lake Forest,” a TV show focused on all things Lake Forest.

The vice president of Lake Forest Flowers & Greenhouses, Weber also was a volunteer leader for the city’s 100th day anniversary celebration, as well as an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding. In addition, Weber has served on the board of Camel Catholic High School and was the volunteer party chair for the 2013 Western Golf Association Tournament. She has held leadership roles with the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Discussing the city’s anniversary celebrations, former Lake Forest Mayor S. Michael Rummel called Weber “one of my go-to volunteers without whose help the events could not have been possible. Her competence, thoroughness and enthusiasm were instrumental.”

Weber also teaches basic floral design through her family’s business and the Glencoe Park District. In September 2013, she was included in a Floral Management magazine cover story on next-generation floral industry leaders.

“Eileen is extremely knowledgeable, and she has great enthusiasm and passion for the floral industry and its future,” said former SAF President Red Kennicott, AAF, of Kennicott Brothers Company, a wholesaler in Chicago.

While working toward her undergraduate degree at Purdue University, Weber was a research assistant for P. Allen Hammer, Ph.D., supporting experiments and trials of poinsettias and other crops. She also worked in the university’s Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab, collecting and testing samples of a soil-borne bacterial pathogen cited on USDA’s Agricultural Bioterrorism Act of 2002. She holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

The Society of American Florists (SAF) is the national trade association representing all segments of the U.S. floral industry, including florists, wholesalers, importers, growers, shippers and suppliers.

This Summer Craft Will Keep Kids Warm All Winter

Submitted by the Lake Bluff Library



Looking for a summer craft? Here’s a project you can do now that will help keep people in Lake County warm all winter long.

Volunteers of the Mothers Trust Foundation from the Lake Bluff Public Library are together creating afghans to distribute to children in Lake County. The sections can be made on your own time at home or at the library during the Wool Gatherers meetings. Homemade sections can be dropped at the library anytime the library is open. A Mother’s Trust Foundation basket will be available near the library’s old entrance for collecting sections.

You will need:

  • Medium-weight/worsted-weight acrylic yarn (no wool)
  • Needle sizes- Knitting: US 7/4.5mm, Crocheting G of H
  • Gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch
  • Finished size: 7”x 9”

Mothers Trust Foundation has provided emergency assistance to children in Lake County since 1998. Warm Up America! is a 501C3 charitable organization made up of volunteers across the country who knit and crochet handmade afghans for those in need.

Save The Date For Betty Bash 2014

The Mothers Trust Foundation has set the date for its annual fundraising party, fondly referred to as the Betty Bash. This year’s event is on October 24 and will again be held at Lake Forest College.

This is a lot of fun — and it’s for a cause that’s near and dear to many in our communities: supporting women and families in Lake County.

Click on the invite to RSVP!

Click on the invite to RSVP!