June 2017 Around Town 4

Strawberry Fest Returns to Historic Downtown Long Grove

Historic Downtown Long Grove is bringing back the annual homage to strawberries at its eponymously-named summer festival. Strawberry Fest is returning by popular demand (longgrove.org) June 23rd through the 25th. Producers are presenting three days of riveting live music along with vendors and activities devoted to the almighty strawberry, from prime rib sandwiches lathered in strawberry salsa to strawberry pie-eating competitions.  Main stage music headliners include rock tribute powerhouse 7th Heaven (Friday at 9 pm), 80’s cover giants Hi Infidelity (Saturday at 9 pm), and the redheads that rock known as The Gingers (Sunday at 4 pm). For kids, Strawberry Fest organizers are planning fun activities all weekend long at the Kid’s Zone, including: Medieval Times Jr. Knight Training, dance performances, water balloon toss, bag sets, spin art coloring, face painting, the bubbler, flower crown arts and crafts, DIY gardening for little green thumbs, and much more.  There will also be live karaoke on the Fountain Square Stage on Sunday and strawberry pie-eating competitions on Saturday and Sunday for both kids and adults.  To cap it off, a full carnival – with all the classic carnival rides from Fantasy Amusements – will be held at the Archer parking lot.  Separate carnival ride tickets will be available for purchase on-site. The full music lineup as well as other event details can be found on the event website at longgrove.org/festivals/strawberry-festival-2017/.

Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center

Enjoy summer with a 2017 season pass to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center! Amenities include two water slides, two diving boards, lap pool, zero-depth activity pool, spray features, a concessions stand, and more, and offers learn to swim classes for parent-tot, preschool, and levels 1-5. Classes are held in the morning Monday through Thursday, as well as on Saturdays, and in the evening on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. For more information on the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center, including pass rates, learn to swim class offerings, swim team, diving and more, visit us online at www.vhw.org/HWAC.

“Not Just for Mommy and Me”

Messiah Lutheran school in Wauconda recently completed its series of “Not Just for Mommy and Me” free classes for prospective students. Pictured here, this “Bouncing Baby Bunnies” class provided fun for everyone, and included crafts, gross motor play, snacks, music, and more.  For further information about Messiah Lutheran schools offerings, contact Stacie Carr (scarr@messiahlutheranpreschool.org).

Wauconda Cruise Nights

Come out to Wauconda’s wonderful Main Street to view 100’s of show cars and dine, shop and enjoy an evening of fun!   Show dates and times are June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19 from 5-9pm.  Show cars and bikes from all years are welcome.   Show vehicles can start arriving at 3:30pm via Route 176 and West Mill Street.   For more information contact the Village of Wauconda at 847.526.5580 or visit our webpage at waucondacruisenight.com.

Soccer 1-Week Summer Camp

Players will keep their soccer skills in shape this summer with the Village of Hawthorn Woods 1-week Youth Soccer Camp! This 5-day camp will be held Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 at Heritage Oaks Park. This fun, instructional and participative youth soccer camp is for children grades Pre-K through 8th. A camp t-shirt is included in your fee. Participants in grades 1-8 will be divided by age. This camp is instructed by Coach Tom Chmela and his team of coaches and players of Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer. Visit vhw.org/YouthSoccer for more information.

DEALING WITH The Slow, Dangerous Death of the North American Ash

Thousands of ash trees across Lake County are affected by an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer (EAB). Untreated, ash trees may survive for two to three years, yet they’re slowly dying from the inside out. Research shows that when untreated, ash trees infested with EAB break in unusual ways. Branches break much closer to the trunk of the tree and in the upper canopy, causing larger branches to fall from a much higher height.

“It’s the way these untreated trees are dying that creates a new danger to homeowners,” says Anand Persad, an entomologist at The Davey Tree Expert Company. Here are a few recommendations for dead or dying ash trees:

  • Cut down dead ash trees within the first year if they fail to leaf out. They become dangerous when branches fall off.
  • If a dead ash tree is near a power line, road, home or building, hire a professional to remove it.
  • Keep children away from areas where trees or branches could fall.
  • Diversify with different varieties of trees on a property. That way if one species suffers from disease, all trees won’t be wiped out. Suggested replacement species include American Yellowwood, Blackgum, Ginkgo, Osage (orange) and Lacebark Elm, among others.

Davey recently announced it will move from Barrington to Long Grove at the site of the former Geimer Greenhouse.