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Beef4Hunger Preps For Charity Golf Outing and Big Bad Q

Sponsored Post by Beef4Hunger:  Beef4Hunger, a Lake Forest-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high protein, fresh beef meals to people in need, announced its 3rd annual Drive Fore Food Golf Outing and Big Bad Q. The event will be held on September 6, 2014 at the Lake Bluff Golf Course, bringing together the local community to reach its goal of providing 50,000 fresh beef meals to the Northern Illinois and Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“Hunger relief organizations lack quality beef high in protein to feed children, families and those less fortunate in our communities. Supporting Beef4Hunger is a unique way to be part of the solution and ensure that our neighbors are not only able to feed their families but feed them well.” said Greg Barnum, President of Beef4Hunger. “We set a goal to raise enough to provide at least 50,000 meals this year and frankly, we won’t stop until we get there.”

Event Details:

The Drive Fore Food Golf Outing will begin registration at 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course. Shotgun begins at 1:00. The cost is $125 per person and both adults and children are welcome. Space is limited.
The golf outing will include:

  • 18 holes of golf with a cart
  • Store merchandise
  • Driving range warm up
  • On-course contests

The Big Bad Q will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Golf Course “Barn.” The cost is $50 prior to the event and $65 at the door.

The Big Bad Q will include:

  • Dinner featuring a full BBQ
  • Premium Terlato wines
  • Custom Lake Bluff Brewery Beer
  • Live music from the Hell Hound Band
  • Mechanical bull rides
  • Photo Booth

To purchase tickets, please visit

About Beef4Hunger
Founded in 2011, Beef4Hunger is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality beef to America’s hungry through a network of food banks and hunger relief organizations. Privately funded through generous donations from individuals, family foundations, caring corporations and others, B4H is completely volunteer based and 100 percent of funds are dedicated to feeding those in need and program growth. It is the only organization that exclusively procures, distributes and donates fresh beef to those in need. For more information, visit
Visit Beef4Hunger on Facebook at and on our Twitter page at

Countdown to Lake Forest’s Art Fair on the Square

Updated August 29 with fall paintings by Mel Thompson:

Painting by Mel Thompson

Painting by Mel Thompson


By Mel Thompson

By Mel Thompson

Fall in Lake County by Bob London

Fall in Lake County by Bob London



Labor Day is coming up but it’s labor week for the Deer Path Art League as it prepares for the 60th annual Art Fair on the Square, a juried fine art show that takes place on Market Square in Lake Forest Sunday August 31 and Monday (Labor Day) September 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the week, GazeboNews will share some photos from artists who will be exhibiting at the event. These are from local artist Mark McMahon:

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Eddie Ottoman Risher

Ohio State University stadium by Mark McMahon

Ohio State University stadium by Mark McMahon

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Mark McMahon.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, by Mark McMahon.

Notre Dame Blue Gold Game 2014 by Mark McMahon

Notre Dame Blue Gold Game 2014 by Mark McMahon

As Activator Cycles Transitions to New Owner, Lake Bluff Music Closes

Submitted by Activator Cycles

Activator Cycles is pleased to announce that employee Rich Gier will assume ownership of the cycle shop this fall.

Richard Geier behind the counter ...

Richard Gier behind the counter …


Shelia Christofalos opened Activator Cycles with her husband Nick:

“We are extremely excited for Rich and for the community as we believe that the bike shop is a valued storefront in the downtown Lake Bluff business district. Nick and I have enjoyed starting and growing the business, and it was always our intent to see the shop remain open in downtown Lake Bluff when we were ready to move on,” said Shelia. “That day has arrived and Rich brings decades of cycle industry experience to the table from both a managerial and technical standpoint. He always has a smile on his face and is eager to help folks in any way. Rich also espouses our dedication to the community and to the concept that cycling can and should be an affordable activity. Rich will continue to focus on serving local families and riders of all ages and skill levels.”

“We feel such heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported the store and helped us along since we opened in the 625 sq. ft. space on Center Avenue in 2010. That was a tremendous leap of faith for us, but the community and our business partners embraced us and made the dream come true,” she added. “We trust that you will continue to support Activator Cycles and help Rich to sustain and grow the shop in the months and years ahead. It takes a Village.”

A celebration is planned for later this fall to give everyone a chance to congratulate Rich in his new role.

Rich can be reached at or call the shop at #224-544-5749. Visit for more info.

Around the corner, Lake Bluff Music Co. is closing. The store also was founded by the Shelia and Nick, who eventually plan to relocate to North Carolina to be closer to daughter Alex and Shelia’s parents. Here is a memorial video that Shelia shared.

Ranking of Midwest High Schools Puts Lake Forest Where?

Click on the photo to get to The Daily Beast.

Click on the photo to get to The Daily Beast.


Lake Forest High School was ranked No. 3 in The Daily Beast’s list of the “25 Best High Schools in the Midwest.” The only other North Shore schools to make it were Deerfield High School at No. 14 and Glenbrook North at No. 20. Click here to read the report.

Here’s how The Daily Beast described the criteria: “We used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, as well as SAT and ACT scores.” And here are the three North Shore schools: Lake Forest High School: No. 3

  • Overall Rank: 52
  • FINAL SCORE: 7.8276
  • School Type: Regular
  • Enrollment: Open
  • Graduation Rate: 99.7%
  • College Bound: 97%
  • % Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 29%
  • AP/IB Tests per student: 0.47
  • AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.95
  • SAT: 1940
  • ACT: 25.9

Deerfield High School: No. 14

  • Overall Rank: 111
  • FINAL SCORE: 7.4062
  • School Type: Regular
  • Enrollment: Open
  • Graduation Rate: 97.0%
  • College Bound: 99%
  • % Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 29%
  • AP/IB Tests per student: 0.60
  • AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.91
  • SAT: 1930
  • ACT: 27

Glenbrook North High School: No. 20

  • Overall Rank: 132
  • FINAL SCORE: 7.2764
  • School Type: Regular
  • Enrollment: Open
  • Graduation Rate: 98.0%
  • College Bound: 98%
  • % Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 26%
  • AP/IB Tests per student: 0.52
  • AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.90
  • SAT: 1889
  • ACT: 20.6

It’s ‘Bring Your Own Bucket’ As Local Realtors Take (& Extend) ALS Challenge

The wildly popular Ice Bucket Challenge is giving local real estate brokers an opportunity to support the ALS Foundation while also pouring water on the competition.

The Lake Forest staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 27 in front of the group’s office on N. Western Avenue, and as you can see by this video they had a lot of fun doing it. It was a BYOB (bring your own bucket) affair, although some put a new spin on the challenge by using other types of water vessels, such as a stainless steel pot, Calphalon dutch oven, and a plastic trash can.

VP-Managing Broker Mark Pasquesi accepted the ALS Challenge from the Lake Forest office of @Properties. He then extended the challenge to Berkshire Hathaway’s Winnetka office, Coldwell Banker’s Lake Forest office, and Baird & Warner’s Lake Forest office.

If GazeboNews readers would like to donate to ALS, please visit and click the donate button. Maryilene Blondell, director of development/marathon race director for the ALS Foundation in Chicago said all monies raised stay in the Chicago area to help local patients and families. She added: “Also every single service we provide to those living with ALS and their families is absolutely free. We never, ever charge anyone for anything we do or provide.”

Artisan Guild Fall Show Just Around The Corner …

Submitted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Artisan Guild

It’s time for the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Artisan Guild’s annual Show, which takes place just around the corner from Deer Path Art League’s Art Fair on the Square event on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Just head to Bank Lane and Westminster in Lake Forest to visit with local artisans and shop for unique items.




Deer Path Art League Needs Volunteers for Art Fair

Submitted by Deer Path Art League

60th Annual Art Fair on the Square
Market Square (downtown Lake Forest)
Sunday, August 31 and Monday, Sept. 1

Deer Path Art League is seeking volunteers to help at Art Fair on the Square this Sunday and Monday (Aug. 31-Sept.1). Adults and High School students are needed to help artists set up their booths Sunday morning, pass out brochures, haul & hang art work, breakdown, etc.

We need students both days to booth sit for artists for 15 minutes while they take a much needed break. The Creation Station needs helpers to assist small children with art projects. Monday evening help break their booths down and pack up. Finally, help return our supplies, tables and chairs etc. back to Gorton Community Center on Monday evening.

Here are the times (take as many shifts as you can!)

Sunday, August 31, 4am-4pm

  • 4am-4pm Artist booth set up early, artist breaks, Creation Station, etc.

Monday, Sept. 1, 10am-8pm

  • 10am-8pm Artist breaks, Creation Station, etc. Artist booth take down.

All service hours earned will be reported to the organization you specify at check in.

If you plan to come, please report to the Info Tent (by Williams Sonoma) for your assignments and complimentary Volunteer T-Shirt! BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!

Encore Club Invites Residents to New Member Coffee

Submitted by the Encore Club of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest

The Encore Club of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest invites women of the community to its New Member Coffee on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 9:30  to 11 a.m. Address will be provided with RSVP.

Encore is a social organization for women, offering a wonderful means for residents to meet new friends, get involved in activities, and learn more about the community in which we live. Membership is open to anyone who resides in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest; the group currently includes over 250 members.

We have a monthly luncheon at an area restaurant and we offer a variety of other daytime and evening activities that appeal to members of all ages and interests. Activities include: Book Club, Biking, Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Theatre Outings, Mah Jongg, Ladies Night Out, Mens’ Night Out, Pot Luck Dinners, Day Trips, Couples Events, Seasonal and Holiday Parties and more.

If you are a resident of Lake Bluff or Lake Forest and are interested in learning more about The Encore Club, join us at our New Member Coffee on Sept. 3. To learn more about Encore and to RSVP for the coffee, please visit our website –


If your are interested in receiving more information about the club, but are unable to attend the coffee, please send an email to

New Lake County Associate Judge is From Lake Forest

Submitted by the 19th Judicial Circuit Court:

Daniel L. Jasica, Chief Deputy of the Civil Division in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, received a phone call from 19th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge John Phillips yesterday afternoon informing him that he had been chosen to serve the people of Illinois as the next associate judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit. Judge Phillips had been advised by Michael Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, that Mr. Jasica had received the majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges. “Dan’s expertise in the law, his substantial experience, judicious temperament, and total professionalism are lasting qualities that Dan will bring to the bench,” said Judge Phillips. We are happy for Dan and his family, and we look forward to witnessing his taking of his oath as an associate judge of the 19th Circuit.”

Mr. Jasica began his law career in 1991 working as an associate in a law firm in Dallas, TX. In 1996-1997 he was with a Chicago law firm representing clients in state and federal litigation. Thereafter, in 1997, he accepted a position as a Lake County assistant state’s attorney where he currently serves.

As an assistant state’s attorney and chief deputy of the civil division, Dan has provided civil representation and counsel to county officers and officials. He has represented his clients in cases heard by many 19th Circuit and U.S. District Court Judges. At the same time he has been responsible on a daily basis for the supervision of the civil trial and child support divisions of the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Born in Chicago, Dan graduated from Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where he received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, and earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University in 1991, cum laude.

Mr. Jasica is a member of the Lake County Bar Association and the Jefferson Inn. He is also a member of several civic and community organizations. He and his wife, Tanya Huang, have three children and reside in Lake Forest.

As a candidate for the associate judge vacancy created by the retirement of associate judge Joseph R. Waldeck, Dan received the distinction of being “highly recommended” by members of the Lake County Bar Association. His appointment as Associate Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit is effective September 15, 2014.


Lake Forest Fire Department Looking For A Few Good Citizens

Submitted by the Lake Forest Fire Department

The Lake Forest Fire Department is ready to kick off its 2nd annual Citizens Fire Academy beginning October 2 and running every Thursday for six weeks. This is an interactive program developed to familiarize the citizens of the areas we serve with the personnel, equipment, and operations of the Fire Department. It also provides a forum for the Department and citizens to share information and concerns. The Citizens Fire Academy is offered at no cost and is dedicated to increasing public awareness and creating a safer environment at home and the workplace.

Subjects include:

  • History and overview of the Fire Department
  • Fire apparatus/Engine operations
  • Fire gear & Emergency Medical Services
  • Incident Command
  • Mutual Aid
  • Auto Extrication
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Ladder Truck Operations
  • Fire Prevention
  • Special Teams

You must be 18 years of age and reside or own a business in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, or Knollwood.

To enroll in the program, please contact Deputy Chief Chris Garrison at (847) 810-3866 or