News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Cub Scouts Take To The Streets With Popcorn …

Submitted by Scout mom Laurie Whisler

Gus Matkov (pulling the wagon) and Ernie Matkov (sitting in the wagon) preparing for a sales meeting.

Gus Matkov (pulling the wagon) and Ernie Matkov (sitting in the wagon) preparing to sell popcorn for Lake Forest Pack 46.

Have you noticed the army of small Cub Scouts in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff pulling wagons filled with popcorn? It is time for the annual Cub Scout Popcorn Sale.

Cub Scouts are in the process of conducting their only fundraiser of the year. Boys ages 6 to 10 are selling bags and boxes of unpopped and popped popcorn. Popcorn sales teach Scouts how to approach people and talk to them as well as raising funds for Cub Scout activities.

Scouting is about learning to be self-sufficient and popcorn sales teach the boys to perservere. Each Scout is trying to achieve their own personal goal as well as contribute to their Pack’s goal.

The Cub Scout motto is “Do your best”. If you see a Scout selling popcorn, then help him to do his best to reach his goal and support our local Cub Scouts!

One Day, 293 Pounds of Drugs

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office collected 293 pounds of medication at the National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Sept. 27, which enabled residents to drop off unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

According to a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, ridding medicine cabinets of prescription drugs prevents children from accidently consuming them and unauthorized users from obtaining them.

The Sheriff’s Office collected 685 pounds of medication on Take Back Day last May and 486 pounds in the fall 2013 drive.

Tour Historic East Lake Bluff with Lake Bluff History Museum

By Pam Russell, VP of the Lake Bluff History Museum

Lake Bluff's long-gone Hotel Irving; photo courtesy of the Lake Bluff History Museum

Lake Bluff’s long-gone Hotel Irving; photo courtesy of the Lake Bluff History Museum

The Lake Bluff History Museum will host the second in a series of docent-led walking tours in east Lake Bluff on October 5.

The Camp Meetings, Chautauquas, Artists and Anarchists Tour is a docent-led walking tour that covers much of the area developed by, and for, the Camp Meeting Association in the late 1800s. This tour provides history on the Camp Meetings, the Chautauqua Movement, and a period in the early 1900s when Lake Bluff was a destination attracting an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, artists and anarchists. Multiple tour groups leave from the Union Church, 525 East Prospect, at 15 minutes intervals with the first tour group leaving at 1 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at the Lake Bluff History Museum during museum hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

To reserve a space and pay at the door, e-mail your request (name, contact information and number of tickets) to or call 847 482-1571. Space is limited and advance purchase is recommended.

The first tour in this series, Camp Meeting Cottages and Country Houses, was held in July; the third tour, Uptown, All Around the Town, will focus on the commercial district and surrounding area and will be held in 2015. Private tours can be arranged through the Lake Bluff History Museum for groups interested in one or more of the series.

The Lake Bluff History Museum researches, preserves and shares area history through a variety of activities and events, including programs like these tours. The museum displays tell stories of Lake Bluff’s past and its archives provide individuals with access to documents, records, photographs and other materials preserved in the museum archives. For additional information visit or call 847 482-1571.

The long-ago Lake Bluff Country Club.

The long-ago Lake Bluff Country Club.

Photos of the Week: Bagpipes & Bonfires

Sunday was a great night to be outdoors at Lake Forest Open Lands Association’s 2014 Bagpipes & Bonfires celebration.

Kilted parachuter en route to the earth

Kilted parachuter en route to the earth. All photos for by Robin Subar for JWC Media


Sue Dixon and Jack Loaker, Grand Marshall

Sue Dixon and Jack Loaker, Grand Marshall

Julie and Alex Gish

Julie and Alex Gish


Lake Forest College Welcomes Tibetan Monks – And You – To Campus

Submitted by Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College is hosting a group of Tibetan monks this week and the community is invited to come out and experience their visit.

The monks will create a Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala in a four-day ritual that involves art, music, and performance – and is done in a public place where people can observe the process that is understood to bring healing and peace.

This religious ritual has been performed at museums, churches, and universities throughout the country. In the Chicago area, sand mandalas have been created by groups of monks at Navy Pier, University of Chicago, Notre Dame University, and the Lake Street Church in Evanston, among other places.

Other events include:

Wednesday, October 1 – Friday, October 3

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center for Chicago Programs: The public is welcome to watch the monks construct a sand mandala.

Wednesday, October 1

7 to 8:30 p.m. “Traditions in Conversation: Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity”, First Presbyterian Church. This is a panel discussion by Tibetan Monks and Dave Bianchin, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, moderated by Catherine Benton, Associate Professor of Religion

Thursday, October 2

7 to 8:30 p.m. “Tibetan Cultural Pageant”, Gorton Community Center Monks will perform traditional Tibetan folk dances, music, Central Asian throat-singing, and their dramatic choreographed debating style. Community welcome by President Schutt

Saturday, October 4

11 a.m. Closing Ceremony Water Ritual, CCP and Lake Michigan Walk from CCP to Lake Michigan or meet the monks at the Lake for this final ritual

The monks’ visit is co-sponsored by the college’s Departments of Religion, Art and Art History, History, Music, Mathematics and Computer Science, Modern Languages and Literature, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theater; Programs in African-American Studies, Asian Studies, and International Relations; Ethics Center; Lake Forest College Artist in Residence Fund; Mojekwu Fund; Office of Intercultural Relations; and First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.

New Pizza Place Coming To Town …

Bake 425°, a farm-to-table, bake-at-home pizza operation similar to HomeMade Pizza Co., has opened in Highland Park and is set to open several more across the North Shore, including one on Deerpath Road in Lake Forest.

According to Crain’s, owner and Lake Forest resident Bill Borneman was already in the process of opening the Highland Park location when all the intellectual property and assets for HomeMade Pizza Co. went up for sale. Since purchasing them, he has laid plans to open Bake 425°s at now defunct HomeMade Pizza Co. locations in Winnetka, Evanston (Central St.) and Lake Forest in October; Glencoe and Evanston (Chicago Ave.) in November; and Southport Avenue in Chicago in December.

Like its predecessor, Bake 425° offers customizable, refrigerated pizzas for customers to bake at home. However, Bake 425° sources its ingredients from a number of local, organic producers: the menu features an eclectic array of accoutrements and toppings–from duck sausage to house-made mozzarella cheese to butternut puree–as well as a variety of salad and dessert options.


University of Chicago Cuts Ties With Mandarin Program

By Adrienne Fawcett

Mandarin education made headlines in Lake Forest earlier this year and now it is making headlines at the University of Chicago, which is cutting ties with the Chinese language and research center known as the Confucius Institute.

In a statement, the university attributed the pull-back to “recently published comments about UChicago in an article about the director-general of Hanban are incompatible with a continued equal partnership.”

Earlier this year, according to media reports, more than 100 University of Chicago professors signed a letter asserting that Confucius Institutes were compromising academic integrity.

And in June, according to “,” the American Association of University Professors called on universities to cancel their agreements with Confucius Institutes unless they can renegotiate them to ensure certain terms can be met. The AAUP statement asserted that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”

Since Lake Forest restructured its Mandarin program at Cherokee Elementary School this year, GazeboNews asked District 67 and 115 Superintendent Michael Simek what he thinks about the developments at the collegiate level. He said: “I cannot speak to the decisions of the University of Chicago as I am not familiar with their association or concerns with the Confucius Institute. Our district curriculum was developed locally and was developed to parallel our district’s English curriculum. We are not associated with any outside institution that dictates any part of our curriculum or learning sequence.”

(This paragraph updated 10-1-14:) Lake Forest District 67 this year changed its Mandarin education program — visit the district’s website here to read about it.

Here are some links to present-day articles about Mandarin education in the U.S.:

Lake Forest Church Plans ‘Blessing of the Animals’

Submitted by The Church of the Holy Spirit

All creatures great and small are welcome to be blessed at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 5, by the clergy in the front lawn of the Church of the Holy Spirit 400 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest. The pet blessing is being held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Please bring your pet on leash or in a crate/cage. For more information, call the church at 847-234-7633.

‘Screens for Teens’ Campaign Starts Oct. 1; Puts EKG Tests in Nine Area High Schools

Submitted by the Max Schewitz Foundation

Girls from Vernon Hills High School give the thumbs up at a previous Screens for Teens testing center.

Girls from Vernon Hills High School give the thumbs up at a previous Screens for Teens testing center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 2,000 Americans under the age of 25 will die of sudden cardiac arrest in the coming year.  It’s the leading cause of death on school property.

Count Shawn Afryl who grew up in Niles and played for the University of Illinois as one. He died during practice at Winona State in July. Jason Bitsko, center for Kent State, died in his sleep this August. Both are presumed cardiac causes. There will be others who die this fall, but hopefully fewer in Lake County, Illinois where the Max Schewitz Foundation provides free cardiac testing for high school students.

The Foundation kicks off its seventh year of Screens for Teens, an EKG-based cardiac screening program on Oct. 1, 2014 at Grayslake Central High School.  Students will receive a free EKG and some also a free echocardiogram.

The Foundation will offer heart checks to students at nine high schools during the 2014-15 school year, with the potential of reaching over 9,000 students. The program’s mission is to identify students who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) before they are stricken so they can obtain treatment.

“There are children with undiagnosed heart conditions at every school. It’s just a matter of screening to find them,,” said Mary Beth Schewitz, executive director of The Max Schewitz Foundation. “Online registration is now open, and we urge parents to visit to register their children for this painless, quick, and non-invasive test.”

In 2005, Max died suddenly and unexpectedly at age 20 from an undiagnosed cardiac condition. Like so many others victims of SCD, Max had no previous medical conditions or warning signs. If he had been diagnosed, life-saving treatments could have been implemented.

Screens for Teens EKGs and echocardiograms are interpreted on site by a team of cardiologists under the direction of Dr. Eli Lavie, Medical Director of the Max Schewitz Foundation.  The Foundation’s hope is that EKG tests will become a part of student’s routine physical exams.

2014-2015 Screens for Teens testing dates:
Grayslake Central High School 10/1/14

  • Lake Forest High School 10/8/14
  • Glenbrook North High School 10/21 & 10/22
  • Lakes Community High School 10/29/14
  • Libertyville High School 11/5/14
  • Wauconda High School 11/12/14
  • Deerfield High School 12/3/14
  • New Trier High School–freshmen only*  12/10/14
  • Grayslake North High School (2/25/15)

About The Max Schewitz Foundation

Based in Lake Bluff, Ill., The Max Schewitz Foundation’s dual missions reflect Max’s life and death. His parents and family friends started the Foundation in 2005 after 20-year-old Max died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia. The Foundation works to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young people and to promote conservation of fragile reptile species and their ecosystems. Today, over 45,000 high school students have received free EKG testing and 307 echocardiograms from the Foundation and 643 students had an abnormality that required further evaluation. To learn more, call Mary Beth Schewitz at (847) 234-2206 or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

New Addition To Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest: Pumpkin As Art

Information from the Highwood Chamber of Commerce



The Highwood Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new “Pumpkin Project.” Local businesses and artists joined forces to decorate Downtown Highwood to coincide with the Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, which is scheduled for October 17-19, 2014. The Pumpkin Project features 25 sculpted and designed artificial pumpkins on display in the business district.

Prior to the Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, the artistically designed pumpkins will be moved to Pumpkin Fest grounds where a Pumpkin Project tent will have all 25 creations on display for a silent auction. Winners will be announced at Pumpkin Fest on Sunday, October 19 at 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the Pumpkin Project silent auction will benefit CURE: RE Epilepsy, Misericordia, and the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.




Participating businesses include the Toadstool Pub, Bent Fork Bakery, Jen Z’s Beauty Services, The Silk Thumb, Brian Lock State Farm Insurance, and Beck’s Heating & Air Conditioning. For more information, please contact the Highwood Chamber of Commerce at 847-433-2100. For more information on Highwood Pumpkin Fest, visit




The Highwood Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting and improving the business community in Highwood, Illinois. The Chamber continues to improve the unique and vibrant city through special events, cultivating new business, and implementing successful business strategies. Known as a “regional chamber”, Highwood provides businesses from all over Illinois and Wisconsin with valuable networking opportunities. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary for the Highwood Chamber.

The Highwood Chamber of Commerce is located at 445 Sheridan Road, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 305, Highwood, IL 60040. For more information, please visit,, or call 847.433.2100.