Holiday Tree/Menorah Lighting

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.


Village Hall Holiday Hours
Closed Thursday, November 28th
Friday, November 29th for Thanksgiving


Countryside Fire District Fire Safety Reminder

As we all look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend please keep in mind to: Watch What You Heat! Keep a safe zone for children and never hold a child while cooking. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire — paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains — away from your stove top. Turn pot handles away from edge and have a lid nearby to cover overheated food. Never use water on a grease fire. If a fire flare's up in the oven or microwave, keep the door shut and turn off the heat. When in doubt call it out 911. Practice fire safety every day and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


CLC News

Dec. 6: Dine on student-prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts to support scholarships; enjoy free international film ‘Shoplifters’
Interested in an evening of delicious appetizers and desserts, followed by a free showing of a critically acclaimed international film?

Enjoy culinary student-prepared hors d’oeuvres and desserts while helping raise funds for scholarships at a culinary festival Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Café Willow at College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. For evening entertainment, “Shoplifters,” an Oscar-nominated drama from Japan, follows at 7 p.m. in Room C105.

Savor the creations made by students in CLC’s hospitality and culinary management program. Start with smoked meats, sausages, pâtés and terrines made in the garde manger, a French term referring to foods prepared in the cold kitchen. Don’t miss the prime rib carving station and other hot items, including smoked pork loin and brined chicken. Save room for pastries and petit fours, including orange and chocolate tartlets, key lime cheesecake on coconut pate sable and guava mousse domes on linzer cookies. Students have mastered the techniques and ingredients featured in this special event. Beer, wine and a signature cocktail will be available for purchase with appropriate ID. Bon appétit!

Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit CLC’s hospitality and culinary management student scholarships. Tickets are available at the Grayslake Campus, in the Business and Social Sciences division office, Room T302 or in Prairie, the student-managed restaurant in the Lower Level A Wing (during service hours only). For tickets, call the Business and Social Sciences division office at (847) 543-2047. 

Less than a minute walk from Café Willow is the showing of “Shoplifters,” an award-winning film from the Cannes Film Festival. “Shoplifters” is an irresistible blend of tear-jerking family melodrama and journalistic social commentary. A family in Tokyo survives together in poverty often through petty crime. When they take in a terrified girl, abandoned by abusive parents, unwanted scrutiny soon reveals painful truth about their family. Made in 2018, the film has been a box-office hit across Asia. The movie is part of CLC's Free Friday Night Film Series, sponsored by the college's Center for International Education.

For more information on the hospitality and culinary management program, visit

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


VHHS Fine Arts Department presents.. 19th Annual Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
in the VHHS Auditorium
Tickets are $4 students $5 adults at the door.

 Tickets are on sale now online

VHFA presents the 19th Annual Holiday Concert featuring all Choirs and the Symphony Orchestra      
50% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Non-perishable food and cash donations will be collected at the door.
The Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will present holiday favorites such as I'll Be Home for Christmas, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, S'Vivon, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sleigh Ride, and Christmas Festival (medley including Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, and more)! Composers featured include Betty Bertaux, Leroy Anderson, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Daniel Brewbaker, and Michael Haydn.  Finally, each concert will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, and all community members and alumni are invited to sing along. There is a 100% chance of snow and holiday cheer!  Stacey Kruczek is the Publicity Chairperson for Vernon Hills High School CAST - Cougar Arts Support Team. 

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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