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Woodchucks Summer Camp

Let’s take an adventure this summer, a Woodchuck adventure! In Hawthorn Woods, our campers explore and discover with friends through various crafts, activities and games. Each week a theme will guide us on our adventures of music, art, sports and more! Our schedule includes weekly guests and trips to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center for some fun in the sun. Adventure Camp goes on a weekly field trip. Our camps are designed to encourage socialization, exploration and discovery in a structured and fun environment. New for 2016 is our Counselor In Training (CIT) program in which your future counselor can work alongside our counselors learning leadership and teamwork skills. The second session of camp begins on July 11. Visit for more information.

Alexian bros, event raises $425K for area healthcare needs

The distinctive 30th-anniversary celebration of the Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur on the first Saturday in May was immersed in elegance and inspired by charity. Celebrating three decades of giving back, the black-tie gala featured three separate auctions (silent, live and reverse) as well as a raffle, which alone raised $276,000 of the total $425,000 proceeds. The top Live Auction gifts included a Chicago Bears experience with Desmond Clark with a winning bid of $2,600; an all-inclusive stay at the world-acclaimed Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, with a winning bid of $10,000; and a private escape to Spain’s Costa Del Sol, which received a 
winning bid of $16,000.

“As the seventh-largest provider of behavioral health services in the country, Alexian Brothers Health System is courageously moving toward the issues of our time, and philanthropy gives action to this commitment,” says Clay Ciha, CEO, AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, Hoffman Estates. “Mental health is at the core of our faith-based values and mission, and we need to give people access to the behavioral healthcare they need when and where they need it.” He reminded the supportive Alexian Brothers Ball guests of all the good they are doing and figuratively how “people begin to see blue skies that used to appear only gray” because of their care and compassion.

Since the first Garden Ball in 1987, the Alexian Brothers Foundation’s annual philanthropic gala has welcomed more than 21,000 guests and raised nearly $7 million for programs providing compassionate healthcare and housing services to Chicago-area residents.

A Tale of Two Cities Flower Show

“A Tale of Two Cities,” co-hosted by The Garden Club of Lake Zurich and The Plant & Garden Club of Wauconda, will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25. The show will conform to the standards established by the National Garden Club, Incorporated, for the purpose of educating club members, as well as the public, and to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design. Exhibits will be judged by a panel of three accredited National Garden Club judges. After judging has been completed and ribbons have been awarded, the show will be open to the public on Saturday, July 24, from Noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 515 South Main Street in Wauconda.

Both clubs hope to generate interest and educate local residents on the many aspects of gardening, flower design, and various community projects available in the Lake Zurich and Wauconda areas as well as to continue the good will and friendship between both cities.

Hawthorn Woods Book Nook Reading Club

Enjoy a good book and share with friends in the Hawthorn Woods Book Nook Reading Club. Book Nook meets at Hawthorn Woods Village Hall the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. At the July discussion, readers will discuss The Martian and prepare to begin reading Go Set a Watchman. For a list of our upcoming readings, visit All books will be provided for this free book club courtesy of Fremont Library. The group leader, Peter Ponzio, is a distinguished published author and professional editor. He will prepare questions for group consideration and lead discussions at group meetings. New readers always welcome!

Seining With The CFC

Citizens For Conservation’s (CFC) July Youth Education class will feature its this most popular class, led by Tom Vanderpoel. The group will visit a local creek or lake to wade and capture fish using seines. (All creatures captured are released unharmed.) This is an exciting way to discover the amazing creatures living in local water systems.

The class is Saturday, July 9, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and will meet at CFC’s headquarters, 459 W. Highway 22, in Lake Barrington. Class is open to children age 6 and above, and parents are required to attend. CFC members are free; nonmembers pay $5 for the first child and $1 for each additional child. Registration forms can be found at