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Hawthorn Woods Youth Soccer

The Village of Hawthorn Woods is proud to offer fun, instructional and participative youth soccer leagues for players grades Pre-K through 6th this fall.  The 8-week league will start on Saturday, August 24 with play running through, October 22 (no play on Saturday, September 3 due to Labor Day weekend). Games are scheduled on Saturdays for 1-hour between 9:00 and 11:00am. Practices are held on Wednesdays, scheduled for 1-hour between 4:30 and 6:30pm. Practices and training sessions are held at Heritage oaks Park and are led by Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club Owner, Tom Chmela. Our quality coaches ensure your children will learn and advance their skills in a fun environment. Come and sign up today!

The 10th Annual Lake Zurich Area Taste Of The Towns

The 10th Annual LZ Area Taste of the Towns Celebration features local restaurants, wineries, and breweries serving samples of their signature menu items, in a festive picnic atmosphere. Come join in the fun at Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park on Sunday, August 21 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. The 2016 Taste of The Towns will feature live entertainment, dance performances, fun family games, and activities and crafts for the children. Help celebrate 10 Years of showcasing the best the area has to offer for food, beverage and fun!

“Tasting Menu” booklets can be purchased in advance for only $40. Each booklet offers a $2 “Tasting’s” from every vendor. Individual “Tasting Tickets” can be purchased on-site for additional $2 tastings or full $4 servings of your favorite food or beverages. Only 500 Full Tasting Menus will be sold. If available, Tasting Menus will be sold on-site for $50 each. Last day to purchase a full Tasting Menu in advance for $40 is August 19, 2016. Individual Tasting Tickets are only available for purchase at the event. Tasting Menus also include up to $50 in savings coupons at select participating vendors.

Imagine “Sunday in the Park” with a great food and music atmosphere. Bring your chairs, blankets, candelabras and your friends for a fun afternoon in the park!  Taste of the Towns is a great opportunity to bring family, friends, and neighbors together for tasting the cuisine of area restaurants while having fun.

Planning for planting?

Does the heat of summer have you pining for some shade? Online ordering begins Monday, August 1 for CFC’s Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. A complete plant list and order forms will be available on our website at

All sales are preorder only; pickup date is Saturday, September 17, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon at CFC headquarters.

Wings of wonder

“Butterflies on the Prairie”
Saturday, August 6; 1-3 p.m.
CFC Headquarters
459 W. Highway 22, Barrington

Take a butterfly tour at Flint Creek Savanna at our August Youth Education class.

Before a trail walk, children will learn about the life cycle of butterflies and the differences between butterflies and moths. They’ll complete a craft, and each student will receive milkweed seeds to plant and a caterpillar to take home to release when it emerges from its chrysalis.

Class is open to children ages 5-12. Parents are welcome to attend. CFC members are free; nonmembers pay $5 for the first child and $1 for each additional child. Registeronline or call 847-382-SAVE (7283) for more

CFC prairie walks:
Happy trails for you

CFC’s next free interactive self-guided prairie walk at Flint Creek Savanna will beSunday August 7, from 1-4 p.m., at CFC headquarters, 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington.

Kiosks along the trail feature descriptive videos by CFC’s restoration experts; these videos can be accessed with a QR scan app on a cell phone.

For more information, call CFC at 847-382-SAVE (7283) or visit our website at

Welcome to Lake Zurich!

Mika’s Old World Bakery at 64 North Old Rand Road opened to the public on Saturday, July 9. Mika, the baker, was trained in Germany in the old world traditions of bread and pastry making and brings his years of experience to this new endeavor.

Unused Prescription Drug Take Back at Police Department

In an effort to help address the serious and growing drug addiction problem in our communities, Lake County, SWALCO, and local law enforcement, including the Lake Zurich

Police Department, have partnered on a program that allows people to drop off controlled substances at local police departments. These drugs often include opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers. The Lake Zurich’s drug collection box is conveniently located in the lobby of the Lake Zurich Police Department. The station address is 200 Mohawk Trail in  Lake Zurich and the lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ela Library Breaks Attendance Record

Ela Library is celebrating another milestone – record-breaking attendance. During the fiscal year that ended June 30 (FY 15-16), visitorship reached 421,366. This is the highest attendance since 2010 when 405,530 people used the Library.

“This record-breaking visitor count is a good indication that our facility, programs, and resources combine to create an appealing and valuable community hub,” said Executive Director Matt Womack.

A year ago, attendance peaked at 362,498 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The new record-breaking statistic is a 15 percent increase from last year.

“The number is equivalent to each resident of the district visiting the library every month,” added Womack.

In the spring of 2015, the Library completed a $1.75 million renovation of the Children’s Department and teen area with improved spaces on the first and second floors. Forge, a makerspace equipped with innovative technologies, tools and enrichment opportunities, was established for Library users to develop new skills, pursue hobbies, create and discover.

Hawthorn Woods Parks & Recreation Fall Brochure

Check out what is happening in Hawthorn Woods this fall in the season Parks and Recreation brochure! We offer a variety of programs including soccer, chess, fencing and more! Check out our upcoming special events including Fall Family Fun Fest and our Movies in the Barn series. Visit us at VHW.Org