VHHS Orchestra Festival with Middle Schools

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
 in the VHHS Auditorium

[Vernon Hills, Illinois] Orchestra Festival week is almost upon us! The 7th and 8th graders of Hawthorn North and South will join Vernon Hills High School Orchestras for two celebrations of orchestral music. On November 19th, 7th-graders will join Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras in the VHHS auditorium at 7:30 p.m. for a showcase of astoundingly gorgeous sounds. The concert will feature combined string performances pulling from composer heavyweights like Dvorak, Handel, Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and many more. Come and support the fine arts at VHHS and enjoy the polish of one of the greatest orchestra programs in the nation. 
Tickets can be purchased online for $3.00/$2.00 or at the door for $5.00/$4.00. If you buy your tickets online, have a copy of the receipt on your phone or printed out.  Tickets available on the webstore.
Stacey Kruczek is the Publicity Chairperson for Vernon Hills High School CAST - Cougar Arts Support Team. 

Toys for Tots

Drop off your unwrapped toys at the Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, the Vernon Hills Police Department, 754 Lakeview Parkway or the Vernon Hills Public Works Department, 490 Greenleaf Drive before December 6, 2019.

Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Bring in the Season
The 2019 Vernon Hills Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Vernon Hills Golf Course located at 291 Evergreen Drive on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

Help bring the holiday season in by assisting Mayor Roger Byrne flip the switch to the holiday tree. Bring the family, the neighbors, and the kids out for hot chocolate, cookies, and cider. With the assistance of the Countryside Fire District, Santa has been able to clear his calendar in order to attend this event. See you there.

CLC News

Actors age 14 and above are invited to audition for the College of Lake County’s winter production of “As You Like It.” Auditions start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Studio Theatre, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, on the Grayslake Campus.
Those auditioning should prepare a 90-second to two-minute, memorized monologue from any Shakespeare comedy. Performers with music and/or movement training are encouraged to audition.  
Actors need only attend Monday or Tuesday auditions, not both. Please bring an acting resume, if available. Callbacks take place Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6:30-10 p.m.; actors should make themselves available during that time.  
Rehearsals begin Monday, Jan.13 and are held Monday through Thursday evenings, with possible weekend rehearsals based on cast availability, until tech week from Feb. 22-27. Showtimes are: Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. There also will be a high school matinee at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6. Actors should ensure they are available for performance dates before auditioning. 
In “As You Like It,” comic twists and turns abound in the mythical Forest of Arden, where a disguised Rosalind seeks refuge after being wrongfully banished by her uncle. Her unfortunate exile is transformed into a charming adventure when she encounters some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters—colorful fools, witty rustics and the lovesick Orlando. The story is a topsy-turvy journey into one of the most joyous worlds the Bard ever penned.
The show is being directed by Craig Rich, chair of CLC’s theatre department. For audition information, contact Rich at (847) 543-2567 or To stay current on CLC Theatre, visit the department’s Facebook page.

Saturday with St. Nick
Sat., Dec. 7
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church & Preschool
595 N. Deerpath Drive, VH
 Songs, crafts, snacks and St. Nick!
Great for photos!
Free event - all are welcome!

Vernon Hills Police Support Toys For Tots

From now until December 9, the Vernon Hills Police Department will again be a drop-off location for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  Last year, we collected enough toys to fill fifteen boxes.  We’d like to repeat that again this year – or beat it. 
All kinds of toys can be donated.  Some ideas for older children include sporting equipment/bags/balls, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.
The Toys for Tots program accepts new, unwrapped items.  Realistic looking weapons or gifts with food will not be accepted.  If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.
Donations can be dropped off at the following drop box locations:

  • Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway, 24 hours-a-day  
  • Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Mon – Fri, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Vernon Hills Public Works, 490 Greenleaf Drive, Mon – Fri, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm 

“We hope everyone joins us in making the holidays happy for children who might otherwise receive nothing,” said Patrick L. Kreis, Chief of Police.   "It would be great if we had to empty the box every single day.”
Anyone with questions should call the Vernon Hills Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (847) 247-4889


Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancy Announcement

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) consists of seven members. Members are appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Terms are five years.

The ZBA is scheduled to meet at 7:00PM on the third Thursday of every month if petitions of variances are pending. Generally, the ZBA meets five to seven times annually.

The powers and duties of the ZBA are specified in the Vernon Hills Zoning Ordinance and Illinois State Statues. The ZBA holds public hearings and makes recommendations to the Village Board on decisions and determinations made by Building Commissioner (Zoning Administrator) in the interpretation and enforcement of the Village Zoning, Development and Sign Ordinances.

Residents wishing to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals are encouraged to send a letter of interest that outlines their qualifications to the attention of:
Mark Fleischhauer, Village Manager


Garage Sale Central

Pre-Moving Sale
361 Ashwood Court (Westwood)
Saturday 16th - 9-2 
 Large selection of women, mens & children/teen clothing/winter coats and accessories, various household items, like NEW Microwave, Power tools, Furniture (Couch, Loveseat, Coffee table, Armoire Entertainment Center), 36" TV, Black 32" Entertainment Center, Bedroom Set (2 Dressers with mirror) Scentsy products.  VINTAGE ITEMS ie: wall pictures, cassette radio programs, vinyl albums, John Wayne VHS collections, & Diecast collectible Cars 1:18. Household Items.  Adult and Children (Baby to 7th Grade) Books.
Kids golf club set, Airwalk scooter.  Large selection of girls toys/baby toys (Barbie, Disney princess, Ever-After High Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake, American Girl Doll Accessories, Fur Real Friends, My Little Pony, PetShop) 


Your American Legion Post 1247 will be hosting Bingo at the Vernon Hills Municipal Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Drive, on the first Thursday of every month. Put December 5th on your calendar now!

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