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Local Jazz Artists John Moulder and Ken Hall in Concert to Benefit Family Service

Submitted by Family Service

John Moulder

John Moulder


Lake Forest/Lake Bluff natives and reknowned jazz artists guitarist Father John Moulder and vibrophonist Ken Hall will perform a benefit concert for Family Service’s Barrington programs on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Cited as “One of the most dynamic guitarists in America” by Jazz Critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, John Moulder will join with Ken Hall to perform a tantalizing match of instruments,with the two musicians creating a musical dialogue in which guitar and vibes weave together in an intriguing and uplifting presentation.

The concert will be held at the Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, corner of Routes 59 and 62, Barrington Hills.

A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the mission and services of Family Service of Barrington Area, the community’s oldest social service agency. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert. Please contact the Barrington United Methodist Church with questions at 847-836-5540.

Learn more about John Moulder at

and Ken Hall at

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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.

A Great Night For Baseball in Lake Forest

Three Lake Forest Baseball Association teams competed on Thursday evening in the Lakeshore Feeder Baseball League Championship Tournament. Playing at the Everett ball field in Lake Forest, the 11 Blue team kept fans on the edge of their bleachers until the 6th inning when the team pulled ahead of Wilmette, 8-2, according to baseball mom Kirsten Maxwell. 11 Blue plays again Friday at 5:30 p.m. at South Park in Lake Forest.

Unfortunately, LFBA’s 11 Gold team lost to Skokie 8-3. 12 Blue also lost, but 12 Gold upset the No. 1 seed Northbrook 11-2 to advance.

Here are some photos from earlier in the season:

Photos submitted by Kirsten Maxwell

Photos submitted by Kirsten Maxwell





GLASA Athletes Test The Waters With Lake Forest Sailing

By Paul Foght of Lake Forest, longtime sailor

Athletes who play basketball in wheelchairs or hockey on sleds were introduced to the sport of sailing by Lake Forest’s Recreation Department sail program at an open house for Great Lakes Adaptive Sports participants.

For the second year, Lake Forest Sailing is offering sail training to youths and adults with primary physical or visual disabilities through a partnership with Chicago’s Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation that has brought a specially designed boat to Lake Forest’s harbor.

Two students at a time sail the boat, belted into seats mounted on rails running across the boat so they can move quickly from side to side as they maneuver under the guidance of their instructor. A course of six 2 1/2 hour lessons is offered, taught by veteran instructor Will Howard.

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Will Howard watches as a GLASA sailor uses a boarding platform to transfer from her wheelchair to a seat aboard a boat specifically designed for sailors with disabilities. Athletes participate in several of the more than 30 sports Lake Forest-based GLASA helps make available in Illinois and Wisconsin. Photo by Jeanette Kaiser.

GLASA program director Nicole Verneville guides the sailor down the dock so she can add sailing to the list of athletic activities she has experienced through GLASA. Photo by Jeanette Kaiser.

GLASA program director Nicole Verneville guides the sailor down the dock so she can add sailing to the list of athletic activities she has experienced through GLASA. Photo by Jeanette Kaiser.

Mothers Trust Golf Event Nets Profit …

News from Mothers Trust Foundation

The winning foursome  from left: Cole Holmes, Michael Rubin, John Rubin and Glenn Holmes.

The winning foursome from left: Cole Holmes, Michael Rubin, John Rubin and Glenn Holmes.

The Mother’s Trust Foundation annual golf event, which took place June 13 at the Lake Bluff Golf Club, netted over $25,000. A picture-perfect day -a true rarity these days- brought out 86 players from around Lake County. The event was made possible by the support of The Roanoke Group, Lake Forest Bank & Trust, State Bank of the Lakes, Libertyville Bank & Trust, Associated Bank and The Visual Pak Companies. Golf hole sponsors included Dona and Dick Litzsinger, Jack M. Dunk and Associates, Joe Egan – Morgan Stanley, Roycealee J. Wood – Regional Superintendent of Schools, Home Town Home Care, Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Lions Club, The Atzeff Family, John Drummond, Zion School District 6, The Slaughter Family, Supporter of Mothers Trust, Dennis F. Kratohwil CLU, Larry Neal, Linda Yaple, Theo and John Figliulo, The Karst Family, Judge Victoria A. Rossetti, Karen and Bob Bush, Zera Enterprises LLC, Kaiser’s Pizza and Stifel.

Mothers Trust is a non-profit 501 c 3 dedicated to meeting the critical needs of disadvantaged children in Lake County. Since our founding in 1998, we have helped nearly 23,000 children with grants totaling over $1,800,000. Almost all of our clientele are at or below the federal poverty level, and 30% list no income whatsoever. To learn more about Mothers Trust Foundation and to become involved, please visit our website:

Also new at Mothers Trust Foundation: a newly designed website – click here to take a look.

CenterStage Pitches ‘Damn Yankees’

Victoria Cameron as Lola, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate.

Victoria Cameron as Lola, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate.

What would you do to see your favorite baseball team win the pennant? That’s the premise of “Damn Yankees,” the summer musical presented by CenterStage in Lake Forest on July 25, 26, 27, 31 and August 1 and 2.

“Damn Yankees” is the story of middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd who jumps at the chance to lead his beloved Washington Senators to the pennant over the despised New York Yankees. With the help of Mr. Applegate, Joe Boyd is transformed into the young baseball phenom Joe Hardy and leads the Senators from worst to first. But as we all know, making a deal with the devil has it’s risks.

Joyce Lee Becker as Doris, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren and June Miller as Sister.

Joyce Lee Becker as Doris, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren and June Miller as Sister.

Damn Yankees is filled with many memorable songs including the signature “Heart” as well as “Two Lost Souls” and “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo” and the sultry “Whatever Lola Wants.”

The CenterStage in Lake Forest’s production features Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate, June Miller as Sister, Chris Finch as Joe Boyd, Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren, Joyce Lee Becker as Doris and Victoria Cameron as Lola.

Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Chris Finch as Joe Boyd.

Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Chris Finch as Joe Boyd.

“Damn Yankees” is directed by Mark Taylor with vocal director Andrea Amdahl Taylor, orchestra director Brian O’Connor, choreography by Jenna Jozefowski and technical director Chris Alaimo.

“Damn Yankees” is presented by CenterStage in Lake Forest July 25-August 2 at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Performances are 7:30pm July 25, 26, 31 & August 1 & 2; 3:00pm matinee on July 27. Tickets in advance are $25/adults and $15/students and seniors; all tickets $30/at the door.

Visit or call 847-234-6062.

Sponsored Post by CenterStage Lake Forest

Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest

Sponsored Post by Re-invent Art Gallery & Studio of Lake Forest:


Accomplished art photographer Caitlin Saville Collins is a member of one of the oldest families in Lake Forest, and she honors that history with a fascinating new photo exhibit of Lake Forest events, landmarks and architecture covering a century of local beauty and life – past to present. For anyone, her photos stand alone as beautiful art. And for generations of locals, they will have additional meaning.

One show favorite is bound to be Caitlin’s early-career black-and-white photo of Howard van Doren Shaw’s wood-carved “Extra Angel”. The Angel blessed the exterior of Shaw’s Meadow Studio at Ragdale for generations, but the elements took their toll and it has been removed from viewing. But Caitlin’s photo shows the angel in younger days, and it comes with a story, too.


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“Howard van Doren Shaw designed the angels for atop the pillars of the nave at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He had expert Italian woodcarvers execute his design, ordering 14 angels for the church – but they mistakenly made him 15! ” noted Caitlin. ”That’s how the now-famous Extra Angel came to Shaw’s Ragdale home.”

Caitlin has several other photos in the exhibit of Shaw works, and a special connection, too. The great architect was a close friend and colleague of Clayton Mark, her great-great-grandfather, also building him his home at 999 Lake Road. With these and other historical tie-ins, the exhibit will also feature photos from the Mark-Saville archives, chronicling bygone days around town.

Present-day Lake Forest will also be front and center in the exhibit. Her newest photos depict many current and familiar Lake Forest landmarks, nature scenes, architectural elements and statues – all taken with taken Caitlin’s keen eye and artistic flair as interesting and engaging stand-alone pieces for anyone, anywhere.

Lake Forest Days

Lake Forest Days

“I’ve always felt that Lake Forest is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am proud and privileged to give the world a window into the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden treasures through my photography,” said the artist.

She continued, “Photography has always flowed as a natural extension of my life. I grew up watching my grandfather taking pictures and capturing our lives, and after he died, I even used his cameras through high school…. The rest, as they say, is history!”

The Beauitiful LiFe Exhibit runs at Re-invent July 26 through September 6. A pre-opening celebration will be held Friday, July 25 from 6-9, with freewill admission.

Re-invent is located at 202 E. Wisconsin Ave, in Lake Forest and the 4000sf arts hub features the main gallery, an artisans shop, studio and workshop/event space. Visit or call 224-544-5961 for details.

Making A Difference One Bike At A Time …

The Lake Bluff Criterium begins on Friday and the town is getting primed. The race is part of the Prairie State Series, with eight days of racing from July 18 to July 27. World Bicycle Relief  has ties to the series and those involved in it. Last year they were in attendance and a part of the Criterium in Lake Bluff, and they’re coming back this year.

According to Marco Colbert, director of Prairie State Cycling Series and the Lake Bluff Criterium, Prairie State supports the mission of World Bicycle relief, because of the amazing difference a bike can make in the right setting.

“A bicycle is like a dream come true in many areas in Africa. Especially a strong bicycle, can become a work animal,” he said. “Young girls can go to school longer, business people can take 3 times more produce to market. Health care workers can see 3-4 times more patients per day, with a bicycle.”

Rob Dintruff, a resident of Lake Bluff, has worked in Africa for 15 years, dealing with people with HIV and governments and agencies that are also involved with the global issue of HIV. Rob and Marco met through the Lake Bluff Criterium, and they decided there would be some benefit to getting Rob together with World Bicycle Relief to share knowledge and experience. Rob has seen with his own eyes, in rural Africa, the benefit of a bicycle.

Rob sat down with Charles Constan, Executive Director, from World Bicycle Relief, to share insights and compare notes — here’s the video: