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The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (serving Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove and North Barrington) will host the 2018 Everything! EXPO from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Lake Zurich High School Field House, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

Lake County

Opioid Initiative program nets donations from cops

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office reported that the Lake County Opioid Initiative’s “A Way Out” program recently received monetary donations totaling $52,500 from 11 participating police departments. Contributions ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 were received by the Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Mundelein, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach and Zion police departments, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The funds will assist in sustaining the “A Way Out” program, a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program designed to fast-track users of narcotics to substance abuse programs and services. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at participating police departments across Lake County, and ensures no criminal charges will be sought for those who may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought by the prospective program participant. The Lake County Opioid Initiative’s mission is to develop, implement, evaluate and sustain a multi-strategy, county-wide effort to prevent opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death. For more information, call (847) 377-3000 or visit or

Chamber to host 2018 Everything! EXPO

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (serving Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove and North Barrington) will host the 2018 Everything! EXPO from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Lake Zurich High School Field House, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich. The event features more than 85 exhibitor booths representing a variety of local businesses and organizations, as well as a job fair and an art show, and includes appearances by Gus T Bull and Ms. Illinois High School, various kids activities and more. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (847) 438-5572 or visit

Ela Township

Township offers new Anger Management program

Ela Township Community Family Services is offering a new program, Anger Management, from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays, beginning March 19, at Ela Township (lower level), 1155 E. Route 22, Lake Zurich. Participants in the program — facilitated by licensed clinical social workers — will learn helpful strategies and techniques to manage anger, express anger in alternative ways, change hostile attitudes and prevent aggressive acts such as verbal abuse and violence. The cost is $25 for the 10-week program, and full commitment is required. All funds collected will benefit Lake County Safe Haven. To register, call (847) 540-8380. For more information, visit   


Reuse-A-Shoe program underway at Rec Center

The Deerfield Park District and Sachs Recreation Center, 455 Lake Cook Road, have partnered with the SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect used shoes from members of the community during regular business hours. Accepted footwear includes athletic shoes, dress shoes, fashion shoes, casual shoes, dress and fashion boots, cleats, children’s shoes (including light-ups), work shoes, work boots, hiking boots, slippers, loafers, rain boots, Crocs, sandals, flip-flops, clogs and more. Shoes can be new, gently worn or used/worn, and should be paired together with tied shoelaces or rubber bands. Any size and brand will be accepted. The only footwear not accepted includes moldy or wet shoes, ice skates, roller blades or snow boots. For more information about the Reuse-A-Shoe program, call SWALCO at (847) 377-4954 or visit


Chamber director named Business Leader of the Year

The village announced that Karen Christian Smith, Executive Director of the Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce, was selected by the Grayslake Economic Development Commission as the 2017 recipient of its Business Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented during the Chamber of Commerce Installation Reception on Feb. 15. Smith, who was born and raised in Grayslake, has served in her role as Executive Director since 2006. She is certified in non-profit management by the Institute of Organization Management, and is a member of several Chamber organizations, as well as the Grayslake Exchange Club. The Business Leader of the Year Award was established to recognize individuals who support economic development in Grayslake through various actions, efforts and participation in local civic organizations. For more information, call (847) 223-8515 or visit

Island Lake

E-cigarettes topic of next Community Watch Meeting

The village announced that the Island Lake Police Department’s next Community Watch Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Village of Island Lake Senior Center, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. The topic for March is Electronic Cigarette Education. All ages are welcome. The meetings are held the second Monday of every other month as a means for the Island Lake Police Department to unite with residents and businesses to inform, protect and improve the community. For more information, contact Officer Lisa Knebl via email at, call (847) 526-2100 or visit

Lake Forest

LFHS field hockey players make national academic squad

Lake Forest High School announced that 14 members of its field hockey team have been named to the 2017 Keith Waldman-Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) High School National Academic Squad. The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent) through the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year. The 2017 Lake Forest honorees are: Ava Caputo, Sarah Considine, Elisabeth Domittner, Olivia Douglass, Logan Hanekamp, Julia Kuetmeyer, Bridget McGreevy, Sophie Metzger, Maggie Mick, Natalie Notz, Madden Plante, Addie Sidles, Casey Slingerland and Sydney Steinberg. In addition, Considine, Douglass, Kuetmeyer, Plante and Steinberg earned Scholar of Distinction honors for achieving a 3.9/4.0 GPA during the same time period. For more information, call (847) 234-3600 or visit


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