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The College of Lake County (CLC) announced that more than 200 musicians from the CLC Music Department will present a series of four concerts in December, three of which feature holiday themes. (Photo courtesy of College of Lake County)

Lake County

CLC Music Dept. to host series of concerts

The College of Lake County (CLC) announced that more than 200 musicians from the CLC Music Department will present a series of four concerts in December, three of which feature holiday themes. Each of the holiday-themed concerts will be held in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, located on the Grayslake Campus at 19351 W. Washington St. Holiday Choral Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The concert will feature more than 100 singers from Choir of Lake County, CLC Singers and Chamber Singers, and Gospel Choir. Wind Ensemble Concert will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 10. The 50-member Wind Ensemble, comprised of CLC students and community members, will perform compositions that include a variety of holiday classics. Concert Band, featuring guest singer Wayne Messmer, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Messmer will narrate “The Night Before Christmas” and sing with the Concert Band. Tickets for the three shows range from $5 to $8. In addition, the Jazz Combos Concert, featuring two student combos, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Room P101 at the Grayslake Campus. Admission is free. To purchase tickets for the holiday concerts, and for more information, call the box office at (847) 543-2300 or visit

Ela Township

Ela Township 55+ offers annual potluck dinner

Ela Township 55+ will host its 5th Annual Holiday Sweater Soup & Chili Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Ela Township Community Center, 380 Surryse Road, Lake Zurich. Participants (ages 55 and up) should submit their favorite soup or chili recipes for inclusion by Dec. 11. Refreshments, condiments and eggnog will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best holiday sweaters. Admission is $3 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Registration is due by Dec. 11 (no exceptions). To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 438-9160 or visit


Heritage Center Found. nets donation from estate

The Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley St., announced that the Grayslake Heritage Center Foundation recently received a generous donation of $10,000 from the estate of Marjorie (Marge) Kipp Brenton and Richard (Dick) Brenton. The bequest will help to underwrite expenses to stabilize archival materials and artifacts affected by the flood of July 2017. The Brentons were lifelong Grayslake residents, and both attended Grayslake Community High School in its inaugural year. Marge Brenton, who passed away in 2004, was a nurse and award-winning gardener who was active in the community as a Girl Scout leader. Dick Brenton, a tradesman and building inspector, died earlier this year. For more information, call (847) 543-1745 or visit

Vernon Hills

Village accepting Toys for Tots donations

The village announced that it is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Donations of new, unwrapped toys, as well as other items for older children (including sporting equipment/bags/balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio-controlled cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers) will be accepted until Dec. 14 at the following locations: Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday); Vernon Hills Public Works Department, 490 Greenleaf Drive (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday); and the Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Realistic-looking toy weapons or gifts containing food items will not be accepted. For more information, call (847) 367-3700 or visit

Hawthorn Woods

Village to host public hearing on new budget

The village announced that a public hearing to consider adoption of the 2018 Budget will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Village Hall, 2 Lagoon Drive. The 2018 recommended budget is currently available for public viewing online (, and printed copies are available to view at Village Hall. At the public hearing, all attendees desiring to be heard in support or opposition to the budget approval will be offered an opportunity to submit statements orally, in writing or both. For more information, call (847) 438-5500 or visit


Trio of Waukegan educators awarded grants

Waukegan Community School District 60 announced that three Waukegan educators recently were awarded grants from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation. The grant money will allow each of the educators to enrich their instruction with materials not otherwise available to them. The recipients are: Julie Ahern (computer science/STEM lessons), Andrew Cooke Magnetic School, 522 Belvidere Road; Gina Copen (science and math), Little Fort Elementary School, 1775 Blanchard Road; and Sang Kim (Autism classrooms), Andrew Cooke Magnetic School. For more information, call (224) 303-1000 or visit

Fox Lake

Elf-Tastic Children’s Holiday party on tap

The village announced that the Fox Lake Parks and Recreation Department will host the Elf-Tastic Children’s Holiday Party from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 17 at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd. The event, intended for ages 12 and under, includes cookie decorating, ornament making and a showing of the popular 2003 holiday film, “Elf” (rated PG), starring Will Ferrell. Admission is free. For more information, call (224) 225-1404 or visit


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