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The 9th Annual Barrington Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 and 27 on the streets of downtown Barrington.

Lake County

Sheriff’s Office detective named Officer of the Year

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced that Detective Matt Harmon was named Officer of the Year by the Waukegan Exchange Club during the organization’s recent Police, Fire and Sheriff Awards presentation. Harmon was selected for, “his dedication, integrity, self-sacrifice and enthusiasm” in investigating cases and building community relations. Harmon is a founding member of the Lake County Human Trafficking Coalition. In his capacity as a coalition member, he maintains partnerships with social service agencies for trafficking victims and plays an integral role in investigating and arresting subjects for human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, firearms trafficking and other gang-related crimes. Harmon joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Office eight years ago and currently serves as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division as part of the Gang Task Force. For more information, call 847-549-5200 or visit

Lake Forest

Parks and Rec to host GO Lake Forest walk

Lake Forest Parks and Recreation will host the 2018 GO Lake Forest Community Walk from 9-11 a.m. May 19, starting at the East Lake Metra Station, 691 N. Western Ave.. The event is the result of a partnership with several Lake Forest community organizations and the Lake County Health Department to promote the new health initiative, GO Lake County and the related GO Lake Forest community wellness movement. The goal of the initiatives is to improve the health of local residents by promoting the simple act of walking as means to improve health. The community walk will travel north from the train station along the bike path for one mile and then return one mile to the south. Souvenir water bottles will be provided to the first 300 participants. Parking will be available at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, and also at the Metra parking lot located at the northwest corner of Westminster Avenue and McKinley Road. Street parking will also be available. For more information, call 847-234-6700 or visit


Jacobsen gets nod as new Library Director

The Zion-Benton Public Library announced that Mikael Lars Jacobsen has been hired as the new Library Director, effective May 21. Interim Library Director Linda Stoppenbach will stay on to help Jacobsen settle into his new position. Jacobsen previously served as Learning Experiences Manager at the Skokie Public Library, beginning in 2014. The Zion-Benton Public Library, located at 2400 Gabriel Ave., serves the communities of Zion, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor. For more information, call 847-872-4680 or visit

Vernon Hills

Village offers chemical waste collection event

The village announced that it will host a one-day household chemical waste collection event for residents, in cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO), from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Vernon Hills Metra Station, 75 U.S. Route 45. Accepted materials include oil-based paint, solvents, motor oil and gasoline, household cleaners, household batteries (alkaline and rechargeable), antifreeze, garden/lawn chemicals, pool chemicals, asbestos, fluorescent bulbs, insecticides/pesticides/fungicides, metal polishes, paint remover, driveway sealer, drain cleaner, aerosol products, hobby chemicals, mercury (including thermometers and thermostats), and unwanted prescription drugs, medicines and supplements. Business/institutional waste, explosives/ammunition, fireworks, propane tanks, smoke detectors, medical waste and household electronics will not be accepted. For more information, call 847-367-3700 or visit


Historical Society to host Jubilee Celebration

The village announced that the Lake Forest Area Historical Society will begin celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Jubilee Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road. The event will feature tours of the Historic Village, antiques appraisals, historic games and activities, live music from School District 109 bands and food service. All funds raised will go toward repairs and improvements to the site’s historic structures, including the oldest building in Lake County, the Caspar Ott log house, built in 1837. As a non-profit organization, all of the Historical Society’s services, including maintenance of the Historic Village, are made possible by membership dues and donations. For more information, contact David Fitzgerald at 847-719-7400 or via email at

Lake Bluff

School Dist. 65 nets two financial reporting awards

The village reported that Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 has been awarded the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Both distinctions recognize high standards of financial reporting and accountability in the school district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2017. The Dist. 65 CAFR was cited for demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate users to read the CAFR. For more information, call 847-234-0077 or visit 


Ninth Annual Barrington Art Festival on tap

The 9th Annual Barrington Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 and 27 on the streets of downtown Barrington. The festival will offer the work of 120 juried artists from around the world in a variety of media, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors, wood and more. The event also includes art demonstrations, live music, food and beverage options, and kids activities. Festival admission and public parking are free. For more information, contact Amdur Productions at 847-926-4300 or visit


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