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Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Reaction time is critical in the event of a stroke. The sooner a victim can get medical attention, the sooner important intervention can take place, often saving the patient from loss of brain functions.

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke. When you spot the signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the sooner they’ll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery.

  1. FACE DROOPING  Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  2. ARM WEAKNESS  Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  3. SPEECH DIFFICULTY  Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  4. TIME TO CALL 9-1-1  If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Most Common Stroke Warning Signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance 
or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

This healthful information provided by our friends at the American Heart Association. Learn more at

Hawthorn Woods Winter Programs Announced

The Village of Hawthorn Woods has a variety of fun and interactive recreation programs this winter for all ages. These programs teach different skills and techniques, all while having fun. Come and sign up today! Youth programs starting in January are listed below. For more information about recreation programs at the Village of Hawthorn Woods, visit

  • Fencing classes are held on Thursdays from 5p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center. Classes start on February 18 and run through March 24.
  • After School of Rock Guitar lessons will be on Thursdays from 6 p.m.- 6:45 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School. Classes start on February 18 and run through March 24.
  • Babysitting Certification is a two-day course to be held Friday, February 19 and 26, from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center.

Hawthorn Woods Police Department Women’s Self Defense Program

Defend yourself with confidence after completing the Hawthorn Woods Police Department Women’s Self-Defense program. This interactive program provides training in recognizing and responding to dangerous situations, and techniques for defending against and escaping attacks. You will learn how projecting confidence through body language can make you less of a target. This is the perfect class for women headed to college, or who live or travel alone. After completing this program, you will feel confident and empowered to defend yourself. Classes to be held Wednesdays, February 24 through March 16, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hawthorn Woods Village Barn.

Early Bird Rates for the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center Available Starting February 1st

Get ready for summer with a 2016 season pass to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center! Register before March 31 to receive 10% off your summer pass. For more information on the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, including pass rates, visit online at

More Than $55 Million Raised. 285 Lives Saved Every Day

For the 11th year, Macy’s is supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement to inspire women and ignite action to save more lives. During the Go Red with Macy’s event (February 3 – 8, 2016), shoppers can wear red or purchase the official 2016 Red Dress pin for $3 to receive special discounts, with 100% of the pin sales benefitting the cause.

Macy’s will also donate 10% of the purchase price of three exclusive red dresses by Kensie, Thalia and Calvin Klein to Go Red For Women® , as well as exclusive Go Red Ideology active wear available in select stores and online at

Bees, Trees, and Mosquitoes

The Citizens for Conservation Community Education Committee speakers will discuss all three subjects—along with plant conservation—in its winter program series.“Native Bees in the Garden,” the first program, featured Adrian Fisher, sustainability coordinator at Triton College. The upcoming programs in the series will include:

  • “Mosquito Abatement,” on Saturday, February 6. Ruth Kerzee, executive director of Midwest Pesticide Action Center, will describe the detrimental effects of mosquito fogging and discuss alternative controls;
  •  “A Wealth of Possibilities for Native Shade Gardens,” Saturday, March 5. Peggy Simonsen, chair of the Community Education Committee, will discuss native shade plants for all seasons
  • “Plant Conservation in a Changing World,” on Saturday, April 9. Learn which plants may adapt to climate change and which may go extinct locally or globally. Featured speaker will be Dr. Kay Havens, director of the division of Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Please visit for more details.

Save the Date!

The Caring Women’s Connection will hold its charity event, Gatsby Gala, Saturday, February 27 at the Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington. Please visit for event details and ticket information.

8th annual JBTL Fundraiser “Old Time Movies—LZ Style”

On February 5, the Band Boosters of Lake Zurich (BBLZ) will host its 8th annual “Jazz by the Lake” (JBTL) concert and fundraiser. This years theme is “Old Time Movies—LZ Style” and will feature the award winning Lake Zurich High School Jazz Band throughout this adult evening.  JBTL ticket order flyers can be obtained on the BBLZ website.

Come enjoy a wonderful dinner and evening of excellent Jazz performed by a top-notch group in the Grand Ballroom of the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington—it will be a memorable evening for all who attend!