May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month

National Teen Self-Esteem Month, held annually in May, gives teens an opportunity to focus on building their confidence & developing a healthy outlook of themselves. Organizations nationwide are encouraged to host programs and events to engage youth as well as provide information and resources to help teens work on building their confidence, self-compassion and self-acceptance every day, every week and every month.

I Am Worth More®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, administers the National Teen Self-Esteem Month® program offering resources and information for teens seeking to build their confidence. Visit for local events and more information.

Modernized “Red Stojo Cup” For Summertime

Great for the environment, Stojo is a cool-looking reusable cup that collapses easily to slip into your pocket or purse when you’re done using it. And it will be a hit for your BBQ this summer too whether in regular or biggie size!  Now, most people know “Red Solo Cups” have become quite a hit but the “red Stojo cup” also:
•    Quickly collapses into a leak-proof disk
•    Works for HOT or COLD beverages
•    BPA-free with no phthalates, glue or lead
•    Food-grade rated silicone cup and stopper
•    Dishwasher AND Microwave safe

The 12-oz Stojo Pocket Cup comes in rainbow of colors, is available for $14.99 and is sold online at, and or can be purchased at the MoMA Design Store in NYC, Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as Hudson News locations in Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway, Denver, Minneapolis, and Seattle airports.

Hawthorn Woods Awarded Tree City USA Designation

On Monday, March 21, the Hawthorn Woods Village Board of Trustees meeting began at 7 p.m. with a special presentation celebrating Hawthorn Woods’ designation as a Tree City USA community. The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976 – and now the Village of Hawthorn Woods celebrates making the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA.

Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. The Tree City USA program is the framework for a healthy, sustainable, urban forestry program. In order to achieve Tree City USA status, the Village of Hawthorn Woods met four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Pamela O. Newton, Chief Operating Officer, and Brian Sullivan, Director of Parks & Recreation, proudly accepted the Tree City USA designation on behalf of the Village of Hawthorn Woods from Reinee Hildebrandt, Illinois State Urban Forestry Administrator from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“By earning Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, we highlight the proud commitment Hawthorn Woods has made to urban forestry, community aesthetics, and environmental air quality.  We thank Mayor Joseph Mancino and the Board of Trustees for their ongoing efforts to support this important initiative and vital community resource,” said Newton.

CWC’s Love Fund Donation Program

Each year in May, the Caring Women’s Connection allocates the revenues from the organizations ‘Love Fund’, fundraisers, monetary donations, and memberships to many exceptional non-profit organizations in need in Lake County. In 2015, we were able to award grants to 18 non-profit organizations in Lake County, along with two Caring Women’s Connection service scholarships. This year, with thanks to MOD Pizza in Kildeer, we are working on providing two scholarships from the 21 applications received. If you would like to join CWC mission, please visit to donate.

The “Love Fund” is the heart of the Caring Women’s Connection organization. All donations collected to this fund are distributed to charities and organizations that support women and children in need in Lake County. Every person/ business/ organization that gives a monetary donation becomes a “Gem” of caring Women’s Connection, helping to provide vital assistance to the programs CWC supports. The CWC appreciates every level of donation!

Save the Date! 2016 ATHENA Awards Luncheon

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will honor five outstanding local women leaders at the 2016 ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 26 at the Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington. The event is hosted by BACC’s Women’s Biz Net (WBN), a network of women business and community leaders.

“The ATHENA Award was created in 1982 to illuminate inspiring women leaders that excel in their profession, give back to their communities, and most importantly, are a role model to other women, setting the example for achieving your full leadership potential,” said BACC President/CEO Suzanne Corr. “These nominees have the distinction of impacting our community in profound and meaningful ways.”

The 2016 BACC/WBN ATHENA Nominees are Nandia Black, Village President of Kildeer; Deborah Leydig, Owner of Norton’s U.S.A; Susan McConnell, accomplished photographer and founder of Let It Be Us; Georgeanna Mehr, President of Hoffman Estates Community Bank; and Deborah Rivera, General Manager and Co-Owner of Ambroisa Euro American Patisserie. Top sponsors of the BACC ATHENA event are Diamond Sponsors Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A. and Quintessential Media Group; and Silver Sponsor BMO Harris Bank.

Now Open Around SW Lake County!

  • Ribbon-Cutting at Full Service Office Solutions

It was standing room only as members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) celebrated a Ribbon Cutting ceremony, along with leaders of the Village of Barrington, and the Barrington Noon Rotary to celebrate the opening of Full Service Office Solutions (FSOS.) Full Service Office Solutions is now located in The Offices at Barrington Woods, 18 E. Dundee Road, Bldg. 5 in Barrington.

  • Ribbon-Cutting at Linda Barrett Productions

Photographer, Linda Barrett opened her studio in downtown Cary. She provides lifestyle photography, social media and boutique branding for small business. In addition to studio sessions, she will shoot on location to meet her client’s needs. Visit her folio at, for images and more information on her work.

Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus

Most people never make it to the dry cleaner as often as they need resulting in a pile of laundry in the closet or laundry room that is waiting to be dropped off for cleaning. With a quick spray of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus on your clothes, you can tug out any visible wrinkles, smooth the fabric, allow your garment to dry and be wrinkle, static and odor free in less than five minutes. You can refresh clothes and get more life out of them before your next trip to the dry cleaner.

Available in a convenient travel size, Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus is also perfect for travel and summer vacations. With just a few spritzes, Downy Wrinkle Reducer Plus can take wrinkles out of clothing that has been tossed in a suitcase while leaving behind a light, fresh scent. Ironing and laundry should be the last thing on your fun-in-the-sun to-do list.

Advocate Good Shepherd’s Open House

The debut of a modernized Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is drawing close. To help preview the changes the hospital will hold a community open house on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p. m. and will include the following:

• A ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.
• Guided tours of the new hospital.
• Radio station Star 105.5 FM on-site and broadcasting live.
• Infant car-seat checks and bike helmet fittings for the first 200 attendees.

The highly anticipated opening of the hospital includes some additional key features:

• All private beds for a quiet, calmer healing environment to help patients return home as quickly as possible.
• A modernized facility that improves patient access.
• Four new inpatient units, plus a more spacious Intensive Care Unit and eight new operating rooms.
• A new lobby, public/visitor space, circulation, materials management, simulation laboratory, chapel, community education and conference center.
• Improved energy efficiency using LEED guidelines, targeting LEED Silver certification.

“As construction is completed, you’ll see the results of thoughtful input from patients, doctors, associates, families, community groups, architects, and engineers,” said Karen Lambert, hospital president. “Through the devotion and support of Advocate and all of our generous friends, we can’t wait to show you the hospital of the future during our open house.”

Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center Season Passes & Learn to Swim

Get ready for summer with a 2016 season pass to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center! The pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 28th. Amenities include two water slides, two diving boards, lap pool, zero-depth activity pool, spray features, a concessions stand, and more.

Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center offers Learn to Swim classes that ensure your child learns swimming skills in a gradual process that includes the introduction and mastery of various skill sets. Your child will grow more confident in a safe and loving aquatic environment. Quality instructors ensure your child will learn and advance their skills in a fun environment. Class levels offered include: parent-tot, preschool, and levels 1-5.

For more information on the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, including pass rates and learn to swim class offerings, visit us online at