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By Design Libertyville artist creates quirky handmade cards sold worldwide


Women In Business: Meet 19 females leading your community pg 31

Single Moms

A salute to Lake County moms doing it on their own pg 48

Major Makeover


The Grove at the Lake in Zion has a new look for senior residents pg 16



Women’s edition

Some of the newest women’s suit shades are ‘grassy green’ and ‘soft tangerine’...

pg 56

Elliot Staples, senior vice president of design for The Limited

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Home Design — DIY Landscaping: Pick

up some easy landscaping design tips from representatives of Apple Landscaping in Wauconda, James Martin Associates in Vernon Hills and Guy Scopelliti Landscaping in Libertyville. Julie Whitehead-Holdsworth of Lake Forest creates whimsical yet traditional art pieces that tell stories, such as a sculpture made entirely out of children’s story books. Find out more about this 2012 category winner of the Art Fair on the Square in Lake Forest. Cover Inset: The Grove at the Lake in Zion offers a fresh look for senior residents looking for a short-term recovery facility or a long-term residence. See what’s been done with a $3 million renovation! From The Vine To Townline: Meet some of the women who have broken into the wine industry — and done extremely well for themselves. Gints Brencis of DiCarlo Fine Wine and Spirits in Mundelein shares some of their successes.

Health 22


Need a healthy Mother’s Day meal the kids can help prepare? Serve Mom breakfast in bed with these ideas from personal chef Noreen Biegalski, owner of Savor Your Thyme Personal Chef Service, based in Lindenhurst. Midwives are gaining popularity because they offer something in short supply these days — time. Meet two Lake County midwives as they explain the benefits of midwifery.

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On The Cover: Jenny Sweeney of Libertyville has seen tremendous success with her company, Jenny Sweeney Designs, which creates quirky handmade cards, custom invitations and more. Kathryn Kerrigan — a former athlete born and bred in Lake County — has size 11 feet. When she couldn’t find chic shoes in her size, she decided to do something about it — start her own shoe company. Meet the professional businesswomen of Lake County!

Family 48


Success Lives Next Door: Being a single parent

isn’t easy, yet 35 percent of American children live with just a mommy or daddy — most with their mommy. Learn about the hard times — and good times — of single parenthood as we pay tribute to the single mothers in Lake County Write This Down: Stay-at-home mother Michelle Stien says moms gotta stick together. Find out what she thinks about “The Real Mothers of Lake County.”

Fashion & Beauty 53


Learn how to pick the right shape and style of eyeglass frames for your face shape with help from professionals at Libertyville Vision Center, Grayslake Eyecare and The Eye Care Center of Lake County. Need to look professional, but don’t want to wear a frumpy old suit? Check out the bright, colorful styles of sophisticated business suits available at The Limited.

Out & About 58 60 63

Social Life: Businessmen, businesswomen and locals have been busy attending different events this spring. See what was caught on film! Calendar: Find something fun to do with help from our calendar of arts and events. Artist Showcase: Teresa Ponio of Island Lake shares two watercolors that reflect warm weather and serene landscapes.

from the editor


Bringing Home The Bacon

t’s a fun time to be a woman. I was reminded of this recently while attending a “Power Luncheon” — sponsored by our sister publication, McHenry County Magazine — that brought together a panel of five influential women in the area, including the founder and CEO of a highly successful bank, a politician, an appellate court judge, the president of a university and a business consultant. None of the panelists was older than 65, I’d guess, but a few spoke of the difficulties of being a woman in a time when females simply did not have executive authority in their fields. The banker, in particular, noted that when she started out, she didn’t have any female role models in her industry. And the few women who were in the business didn’t come together to support each other — they were fighting for the handful of positions of power that were open to their gender. Listening to these women share their advice for becoming influential leaders was inspiring, and it made me grateful as I realized how fortunate I am to grow up in an era where my opportunities — as a woman — seem endless. It hasn’t been all that long since women have really found an equal footing in many professions, and even today, it’s not always equal. I have the feeling many of our mothers and grandmothers can share stories of having to fight for the opportunity to prove themselves in fields long dominated by men. But it’s amazing to see how far our female

family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers have pushed the envelope, and I’m thankful that their hard work has made it that much easier for younger generations to step up and be leaders in their communities. Our May women’s issue congratulates the ladies in Lake County on their life successes, whether they’re female entrepreneurs, single mothers, artists or business leaders. We start by profiling two incredibly successful Libertyville women who started their own businesses. Jenny Sweeney, our cover model, has achieved worldwide success as a card and invitation designer (page 32), and Kathryn Kerrigan has had some big shoes to fill — literally. She opened her shoe company to offer fashionable styles to women with bigger feet and the company has taken off (page 36). Both ladies are featured in our special Women in Business section, along with 19 other females who showcase their talents in their own fields (page 31). Don’t miss their stories! We also pay tribute to the single mothers of Lake County (page 48). These breadwinners know what hard work is all about, and we share the stories of two moms in particular who are raising their children without the support of a husband. For all the mothers out there, we offer a handful of simple, healthy recipes that are perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed (page 22). Our chef, Noreen Biegalski, not only is a mother herself, but she owns her own business — Savor Your Thyme Personal Chef Service in Lindenhurst. We also profile a Lake Forest award-winning artist, Julie Whitehead-Holdsworth (page 12), we share fashion tips for how to find the perfect eyeglass frames for your face shape (page 53) and we talk to the senior vice president of design for The Limited to learn how to find the latest in professional business attire with a flair for color and style (page 56). Join us as we salute the women in our lives, and please enjoy the following pages! — Stephanie N. Grimoldby Editor

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SNEAK PEEK In our June “Men’s” issue, don’t miss: Tips for home brewing Men who manage being Mr. Mom The best fishing spots in Lake County

On The Cover Pictured on the cover is Jenny Sweeney of Libertyville, owner of Jenny Sweeney Designs, which carries cards, invitations, paper goods and more in 1,500 stores worldwide. To learn more about Sweeney and other female entrepreneurs, see our Women In Business section on page 31. Photo by Candace H. Johnson

How to find fresh veggies at farmers’ markets

Grooming tips and tricks ... and more!

May 2013 • Lake County Magazine


home / HOMEdesign

Changing The Landscape I By ELIZABETH HARMON I

Updating your landscape is a great home improvement project,

trains and automobiles, so when they’re not working, they don’t want to be stuck inside where it’s 72 degrees and fluorescent,” Appelhans says. Vertical structures, such as pavilions with four open sides and a roof, or pergolas, which are more open and provide only shade, also are in demand, Appelhans says. Heidi Sibert, senior vice president and landscape architect with James Martin Associates in Vernon Hills, agrees that outdoor rooms with fire elements are popular and that new products, such as interlocking concrete blocks, have made them available to

whether you’re a novice or experienced. There are no walls to demolish, no heat vents to work around. Tools can be affordable and low-tech. And the best part? You get to be outside. Keith Appelhans, owner of Apple Landscaping in Wauconda, says the desire to be outside is fueling one of the biggest trends in landscape design – outdoor rooms. “What’s happening is people in the Midwest are embracing what the West 6 Festive planters can Coast and Southwest [have] improve a home’s curb appeal. been doing for years, and that’s the room outside,” he says. “It’s not a fad, it’s a trend that’s not going away.” From simple patios with freestanding fire pits to custom outdoor kitchens with a grill island, prep area and built-in refrigerator, clients love living outdoors. “Their life is planes,

a wider range of consumers. “These products are a more affordable option than a high-end stone fireplace,” she says. Customers also want their landscaping to be easy to care for, says Joe Scopelliti, vice president of Guy Scopelliti Landscaping in Libertyville. He’s noticed a preference for low-maintenance perennials and sustainable landscapes such as rain gardens that capture run-off. He believes that home improvement shows, combined with a love for outdoor living, have sparked interest in more elaborate landscaping. “The shows on HGTV give people lots of ideas,” he says. Have A Plan — DIY Tips While it’s great to dream, it’s also important to have a plan, whether you’re hiring a pro or doing the work yourself. “It’s easy to go into the garden center and get all excited by beautiful things,” Sibert says. “It’s emotional, especially in the spring, and

3(Facing page) Outdoor rooms with fire elements are popular, says Heidi Sibert, senior vice president and landscape architect with James Martin Associates in Vernon Hills. 5 Outdoor kitchens and pergolas also are popular in landscape design. Photos provided by James Martin Associates

people can buy plants without understanding their size and spacing.” Emotional decisions also can cause homeowners to take on projects beyond their ability and budget. “It’s important to set achievable goals and not take on a project that will take you three years to finish,” Scopelliti says. He advises following a realistic budget. A 6 Evergreens should be used as a backdrop, with other plants layered in front, says Keith Appelhans, owner of Apple Landscaping in Wauconda.

starting point for a barbeque and countertop, for example, should be around $6,000. And don’t neglect unglamorous, but vital, foundation work for patios, walkways and other structures. “You don’t want to have to go back in a year and redo it,” he says. Keep scale in mind, too. A front walkway less than 4 feet across feels less welcoming, and too-narrow landscape beds often lack texture and variety. Evergreens, planted to hide a home’s foundation, should be intended as a backdrop for other plants, not to stand alone.

“There’s nothing wrong with evergreens, but they were meant to be used as a canvas with other plants layered in front,” Appelhans says. He also recommends adding texture with art objects such as birdbaths or stone. “A good landscape will have variety,” Appelhans says. Creating a strong first impression and improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. “If I were going to designate money to give a home a fresh look, I’d plant layers against the foundation plants, extend the bed lines and install a 4-foot wide front sidewalk,” Appelhans says.

6 A closeup of an outdoor kitchen by James Martin Associates.

Pots planted with colorful annuals that are set next to a small bench or seat make the outside of your home more inviting. Sibert says to think of your front door an outdoor foyer. “It’s a place to meet and greet visitors outside,” she says. “A bench or flower pots can make it extremely welcoming.” The professionals agree that one of the easiest ways to improve the look of your home is to keep up with routine maintenance of your existing landscape. To bring new life to your landscape, keep grass mowed, plants pruned, beds mulched and everything weed-free. “You don’t need to tear everything out and start from scratch,” Scopelliti says.

For a more attractive yard all season, follow these tips May and June:

Edge landscape beds, apply fresh mulch and plant annuals after the last frost, usually around May 15. “It varies year to year, so watch the weather,” Scopelliti says.

July and August:

Keep plants watered — as local ordinances permit — and pull or spray weeds. Prune overgrown beds and shrubs, but be sure to check with a knowledgeable local garden center for the best time. “Some plants, like lilacs, set their buds for next spring, so if you prune too late, you cut off flowers for the next season,” Sibert says.

September and October:

Touch up bed lines, continue with weed control and consider planting grass in sparse areas. “The cooler, wet weather gives you better germination and, in the spring, your yard comes back stronger,” Scopelliti says. lc

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home & lifestyle

Colorful Creativity Artist Brings Wow Factor To The North Shore


ulie Whitehead-Holdsworth remembers her grandmother’s big box of buttons. As a child, she loved running her fingers through them and looking at all the different colors and styles. She imagined all of the possible ways she could use the buttons to create something — maybe even a self-portrait — “because they’re not just for shirts,” she remembers thinking. The Lake Forest artist also remembers her first box of crayons and, like the buttons, all the possibilities that a box of crayons could give her. “[The crayon box] was an encyclopedia of colors that set the stage to my imagination,” she says. “I love color, multiples of colors, hues, patterns, shapes and how they are able to tell us a story.”

Her whimsical style

— “Games We Used To Play” Photos provided

If Whitehead-Holdsworth had just a couple of words to describe her artwork, words like “whimsical” and “traditional” come to her mind. She says she employs old, traditional techniques in her work, but with a contemporary flair. Whitehead-Holdsworth loves that she can create a story not with words, but with clay, paint and other materials and objects. One of her sculptures, “Storyteller,” features a skirt made entirely out of children’s storybooks. “This piece shows the beauty of reading and telling a story,” she says. Another sculpture, “Lady of the House,” is a nod to the quintessential 1950s housewife. The sculpture’s arms, legs and face are made from light-colored buttons and packaging from food products makes her outfit. Whitehead-Holdsworth has always been interested in art, and it was during her freshman year in college that she took a ceramics class and became fascinated by clay. Sculpting with clay has become something of her specialty. Today, Whitehead-Holdsworth is inspired by all materials, combining different materials, color combinations, patterns, textures and dimensions. She hopes to set a stage, tell a story and keep the imagery fresh and full of energy, whether it’s the richness and depth of oil paint, the plasticity of sculpting with clay or combining found objects in new ways. “I have a respect for these materials, as they have an energy and life of their own,” she says. “I wish not only to enhance these materials, but combine them with my own energy, thoughts and ideas to create my work.”

I have a respect for these materials, as they have an energy and life of their own. — Julie Whitehead-Holdsworth, artist

Her journey in art

Whitehead-Holdsworth opened Whitehead Studios in 1982. Her company focused on designing and making custom, hand-painted tiles and large-scale murals until 1989. As time went by, Whitehead-Holdsworth pursued other whimsical and creative ideas. Expanding her commercial ventures, she began to focus on creating oneof-a-kind holiday ornaments and home accessories. To complement her commercial artistic ventures, Whitehead-Holdsworth also focused on expanding her non-commercial portfolio. She exhibited her sculpture work throughout the 1980s in galleries and art shows ranging from the Loop Show in Chicago to a two-woman show at the ARC Gallery in the city featuring 2,000 square feet of sculpture work and chalk drawings. “It was the invitation to the 50th year anniversary at the ARC Gallery that really kicked my sculpture work back into gear,” Whitehead-Holdsworth says. Over the years, she has continued to pursue her commercial work and fine art. Most recently, WhiteheadHoldsworth’s work has been exhibited within the Chicago area at shows such as the Wells Street Art Show in Chicago, the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago and Art Fair on the Square in Lake Forest. She was a category winner of the 2012 Art Fair on the Square, an annual, outdoor, juried fine art show presented by the Deer Path Art League in Lake Forest. Her series of fish sculptures won best sculpture in the show. She titled one sculpture “Beeracuda” because it was made entirely out of beer cans.

Her new adventures

Whitehead-Holdsworth is working on a new series of six hand-built bust sculptures, which she will show at the 2013 Art Fair on the Square. She says the work features traditional sculpting, but as is her style, objects are added to the pieces. One bust, for example, depicts a man with branches for hair. The busts will feature hand-painted tattoos as well. Also in the works this year is an expansion to Whitehead Studios. The new, 1,500-square-foot studio located in Lake Forest will open its doors on May 1. “Lady of the House” —

I By Betsy Demitropoulos I

May 2013 • Lake County Magazine


— “Happy Girl”

Whitehead-Holdsworth says she works on her art every day. She always has pieces in the works, and she constantly has ideas for the next one. She says the work of an artist is never done. She says she feels really good about some pieces she creates. But for others, she has to get away from them for a short time to really be able to stand back and appreciate what she has made. The artist hopes that those who have seen one of her pieces can appreciate her ingenuity. She says she goes for a “wow” reaction when creating a piece. Whitehead-Holdsworth admits her artwork is pretty outrageous for the North Shore. She says the common reaction to her work is, “I have never seen anything like this before.” And Whitehead-Holdsworth welcomes that type of feedback. Her goal is to be unique. lc

“Big Boy” —

“Storyteller” —

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home & lifestyle

Great Change The Grove at the Lake — Zion’s premier rehabilitation and living facility — has seen a rebirth. Formerly known as Sheridan Health Care Center until September 2011, when Legacy Healthcare took over, the residence has undergone a $3 million renovation to reconfigure and brighten the space, upgrade amenities and change the philosophy of care that dictates how residents are treated. “I can appreciate the changes,” says Brenda Grant, admissions director at The Grove who worked at Sheridan Health Care Center before it changed administration. “Since the new owners bought us, a lot of positive things have happened here, not only aesthetically, but the whole feel of how to [care for 6 Private suites are available at The Grove.

residents]. The service is different — for the better.” While the antiquated term “nursing home” may have applied to the old residence, under the new guidance of Administrator Eli Waldman and his staff, things are now different, Waldman says. “We’ve come a long, long way,” he says. “It’s a great era right now for The Grove at the Lake.”

A New, Bright Space

Construction at The Grove finished in December, and as warmer weather

approaches, everything about the residence has a fresh, new feeling, Waldman says. Those who enter The Grove are welcomed into a bright, open reception area with large windows and burnt orange, red and beige furniture. The offices of Waldman and Grant are up front so visitors have immediate access to them, and calm, relaxing music plays over the sound system throughout the day as part of The Grove’s music therapy program. Down the hall is the resident library area with dark brown cabinets, a fireplace, plenty of seating and three computer work stations available for residents’ personal use. The first floor also houses a private family dining room, which families can reserve to host birthday meals, private celebrations and more, and a conference room that residents or members of the community can reserve for free. The Grove offers occupational, physical and speech therapy services to its residents seven days a week, and the more than 2,000-square-foot space dedicated to these services is once again a bright, open area with large windows bringing in natural light. The occupational therapy space is set up to mimic a home setting so those undergoing therapy can re-learn how to get out of bed, open the stove, get in and out of the bathroom and other activities of daily living, Waldman says. A fully functional, state-of-the-art physical therapy gym is available to help residents regain strength and conditioning as well. The goal of The Grove’s therapists — all of whom are licensed — is to help each resident become as independent as possible, he says. “Our approach is to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible,” Waldman

At The Grove

3 The library area at The Grove at the Lake has a cozy atmosphere with dark brown cabinets, a fireplace and orange and beige furniture, which match the tones of the furniture in the reception area. Photos provided

says. “We don’t want to prolong our residents’ stay any longer than necessary. We want you to be fully able to do the things you used to do prior to your hospitalization.”

Short-Term And Long-Term Care

The Grove offers both short-term rehabilitation stays and longterm, permanent residence living. The second floor of The Grove has been dedicated to those just getting out of the hospital or recuperating from surgery or an illness who need temporary help as they regain their strength and independence, Waldman says. Multiple private suites are available, furnished with top-ofthe-line fully electric beds that can be positioned to a resident’s comfort level, leather recliners for family members who visit, a private phone, a window and a call light in case of emergencies, Waldman says. Two-person rooms also are available, with custom wood millwork used to separate the two private living areas, he says. All rooms have a large, flat-screen TV and free WiFi as well. The third floor, meanwhile, which is reserved for long-term residents, also has undergone renovations. A 24-hour nursing staff always is on call, and care fo r those with Alzheimers and dementia is available. The Grove offers bedside hemodialysis — a cutting edge technology that allows those on dialysis to receive treatment in the privacy of their own room, Waldman says. “The proven recovery time is faster [with bedside hemodialysis],” he says, noting that it’s also healthier because typical dialysis patients only receive treatments three times a week, while those on bedside hemodialysis receive treatments four or five times a week. Wound therapy also is available seven days a week, Waldman says. No matter how long a resident stays at The Grove, the level of care each receives is topnotch, Waldman says. Staff members work with

5 Two-person rooms also are available at The Grove, with custom wood millwork used to separate the two private living areas.

6 The reception area is bright, open and welcoming.

COME AND SEE The Grove at the Lake will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 13. The community is invited to share in a barbecue and festivities, including music, entertainment, face painting for children, bingo and more. Tours of the residence also will be available. For more information, call 847-746-8435. 5 The occupational therapy space at The Grove is set up to mimic a home setting so residents can re-learn activities of daily living.

residents on an individual basis, finding the right methods of care for each person. Residents receive three nutritious meals each day — which can be catered to meet the dietary needs of individuals — and daily laundry and room maintenance services are included. The Grove also offers religious services and social services. Plus, engaging activities — like bingo, ice cream socials and Wii games — are planned for residents on a daily basis, and staff members organize outside trips to Wal-Mart and other nearby locations. “It’s daunting at times for people to put their loved ones in a [senior residence],” Waldman says. “You can rest assured we will take care of your loved one.”

6 A private dining room is available for families to eat together.

6 The Grove also offers physical and speech therapy services seven days a week.

First-Rate Service

Kathy Vele is a resident at The Grove, and she says staff members will do almost anything to keep her comfortable. “I’m happy with my [staff here],” she says. “If something isn’t being attended to, I’m able to get to Eli or [another staff member] and get it fixed. Everybody’s most cooperative.” Grant aligns the service at The Grove with that of a hotel concierge. “I knew from the get-go what [their] philosophy is, and I buy into it,” she says of the new administration. “We want to provide the best care for each person and try to cater it for each individual person. “If a resident says, ‘I could go for a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee,’ we have the capacity of getting Dunkin’ Donuts coffee — they [don’t],” she continues. “If that [desire] is expressed to a staff member, we are going to try our best to fulfill that request — as long as we are following the doctor’s orders.”

Susan Van Sky, a nurse at The Grove, says that she enjoys helping her residents as she educates them and their families, noting that everyone works well together. “Everybody who works here — and the residents — are very friendly,” she says. Waldman agrees, noting that the overall aura of The Grove is happy and welcoming. “We feel they have a great living space right now,” Waldman says of his residents. “We really try to get past that notion of a nursing home. Our concept is, this is [our residents’] home, and we just happen to work here.” lc — By Lake County Magazine

The Grove at the Lake 2534 Elim Ave • Zion, IL 60099 847-746-8435

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Wine, women

& vineyards H

eidi Barrett, Merry Edwards, Cathy Corison, Carol Shelton, Akiko Freeman, Kathleen Inman, Delia Viader and Pam Starr. Some of you may recognize these names, but what do these women have in common? In short, they are all very talented, successful winemakers in an industry that has been historically dominated by men. Then again, that could probably be said about almost any industry over the course of time. But as the landscape of a vineyard has changed, so has a woman’s influence on one of the oldest beverage industries on our planet. Women have made great strides in the winemaking industry in the past three decades and, according to a study published in 2011 by Santa Clara University professors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert, almost 10 percent of California wineries now have a woman as the primary winemaker — and that number is still growing. The same can be said in other wine growing regions around the globe. I have personally noticed this first-hand while attending countless trade wine tastings in the past 10 years. But it wasn’t long ago that women were not welcome in the wine industry. In an article written by Maryalice Gill in The Telegraph (N.H.), Carol Shelton — award-winning head winemaker, renowned Zinfandel specialist and co-proprietor of her own namesake winery, Carol Shelton Wines — says, “In the ’60s and ’70s, there was a rumor that if women were allowed into the wine cellars, they would spoil the wine because of yeast infections.” She continues on, saying that they were further

discriminated against based on the common “Women, in the old cavemen days, they had to misconception that women were too small and look at the bush and know by smell or taste and not strong enough to work in the cellar. know whether it was going to hurt their families,” Merry Edwards, who makes some of the finest she says. “Men just shot animals. They didn’t have domestic pinot noir and sauvignon blanc (her to know if the berry was going to poison the food 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is available or improve their flavor.” at DiCarlo’s), was one of the first females to break This observation actually lends support to the into the winemaking industry in California. second finding from the 2011 study mentioned In the same article by Gill, she explains the above. The study also found that women extreme prejudice that women faced, noting, winemakers tend to be more highly acclaimed “In Europe, in some countries, women were not than their male counterparts. allowed in the cellar because of the fear of the Whether or not women are genetically preeffect of the menstrual cycle on the wine.” determined to become better winemakers than All right, enough about the things that women males remains to be seen. It is a statement that supposedly cannot do and the mythic dangers would undoubtedly cause fierce debate with no that women present to wines in the cellar. resolution in sight. Carol Shelton contends that there is concrete, In light of this, I propose that the only important scientific data to support the edge that a woman finding is finding a delicious wine at your local winemaker has over her male counterparts. wine shop, whether artfully crafted by a man or a According to Shelton, tasting wine is woman. paramount when creating the perfect blend, and So, raise your glass and toast all of the talented one’s ability to taste makes all the difference in winemakers, without whom we would just be this challenging task. raising a glass of plain, old, unfermented grape She says that due to anatomical differences juice! between men and women, women winemakers Cheers! lc actually accomplish this aspect of winemaking better. “Physiologically, women have more taste buds than men in their tongue,” she says. “Men have more muscle cells. They’re stronger, but we have a more useful trait for winemaking — with Gints Brencis that’s taste.” She says that these anatomical and • Gints Brencis is director of fine wines at DiCarlo Fine Wine physiological differences have served men and Spirits on Townline Road and women since our days as hunters and in Mundelein. He offers his gatherers. It is these differences that actually expertise in the wine industry to determined our roles even thousands of years the Lake County community. ago.

From The Vine To Townline


6 Mini Breakfast Frittatas, Banana Berry Smoothie and Fennel Salad make a healthy and fresh breakfast in bed for mom this Mother’s Day.

Say ‘I Love You, Mom’

The Healthy Way I By LEE NELSON


It’s tough being a chef in your own house. “With a chef in the home, [my family gets] spoiled,” says Noreen Biegalski, chef and owner of Savor Your Thyme Personal Chef Service, based in Lindenhurst. But if her family would make her a dream breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day, she would want something simple and savory like eggs, bacon and toast. “I would be happy,” she says. For other moms, Biegalski has come up with a few healthy and delicious recipes that even the youngest of the family can help prepare to pamper their moms on this special day — which this year is Sunday, May 12.

“A mini frittata is so easy. It can be made up of anything that the mom likes, from ham to just vegetables if she is a vegetarian,” Biegalski says. “You basically mix the ingredients and pour them into a muffin pan. They take 20 minutes to bake until they are slightly puffed and golden.” The recipe calls for five eggs and five egg whites, plus a quarter cup of skim milk and only 2 tablespoons of goat or Parmesan cheese. The fat content compared to a regular frittata is cut down tremendously because regular frittatas usually call for cream or loads of cheese. “Kids love to crack eggs,” Biegalski says. “It’s a good learning experience. If they are young and you are 6 The ingredients for worried about them cutting Biegalski’s Fennel Salad. up vegetables, they can use a plastic knife. I do that all the time when I teach classes to kids.” By adding in sautéed vegetables, the dish gains fiber and flavor. “You can keep it simple and just add cheese and ham, too,” Biegalski says, noting those who don’t like ham or meat can always opt out. “It’s a very flexible recipe.” To give Mom a boost of

energy and more fiber, the kids can make her a banana berry smoothie. They might want to make themselves one at the same time because they are so creamy and good, Biegalski says. Frozen berries, skim milk, orange or apple juice, a banana and only 1 tablespoon of honey are mixed in the blender. “Any kid can operate the blender as long as someone is supervising them and they keep the lid on when operating,” she says. And if Mom likes salads, Biegalski has come up with a fennel salad recipe that is filled with goodness such as pecans, fennel, oranges, apples and cranberries. It is tossed with a simple garlic vinaigrette dressing. Once all these foods are prepared, the family should make the presentation just as appealing. “Serve all of it to Mom in bed on a tray with a colorful placemat, cloth napkin, a small bouquet of flowers and a handmade card,” Biegalski says. The family also could use a nice plate and good silverware to add just a sparkle of elegance. “Mom is the one who takes care of everybody,” Biegalski says. “It’s nice to be pampered once in a great while.” Biegalski says she loves when she gets a massage certificate — hint hint — from the Biegalski children and her husband. “I’m also on my feet all the time, so a pedicure is one of those nice little things that would make me happy, too,” she says.

6 Biegalski’s Mini Breakfast Frittatas.

Mother’s Day Healthy Breakfast In Bed

lime until smooth, about 15 seconds. Adjust for sweetness if desired. Serve immediately.

Fennel Salad

Serve to Mom in bed on a tray with a colorful placemat, cloth napkin, a small bouquet of flowers and a handmade card.

Serves: 4

Mini Breakfast Frittatas Serves: 6 INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 3 scallions, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 small red pepper, diced 1 small zucchini, diced 1/4 cup ham, chopped, optional 1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley (optional) 5 eggs, beaten 5 egg whites 1/4 cup skim or 2 percent milk 2 tablespoons goat cheese or freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Banana Berry Smoothies Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: 1 medium ripe banana, peeled and cut into 8 pieces 16 ounces frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or a combination) 1/2 cup skim or 2 percent milk 1/2 cup orange or apple juice 1 tablespoon honey Juice of 1 lime

DIRECTIONS: Heat the oven to 350 F. In a sauté pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add scallions, season with salt and pepper and saute until softened, about DIRECTIONS: 2 minutes. Add zucchini and red pepper and saute In a blender, puree fruit, milk, juice, honey and for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped ham and herbs if desired. Set aside. 6 Biegalski displays some of the Beat eggs, egg whites and milk until ingredients for Fennel Salad in her kitchen. well incorporated. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick vegetable spray. Place a paper cupcake liner in each muffin slot and spray again lightly with vegetable spray. Divide cooled vegetable mixture evenly amongst six cupcake liners. Ladle egg mixture into each liner, about 2/3 full. Top each with cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until slightly puffed and golden. Serve immediately. Variations: Try asparagus, mushrooms, spinach or Swiss chard.

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups mixed salad greens 1/2 cup pecans, chopped 1 bulb fennel, sliced thin 1 orange, peeled and segmented 1 apple, cored and diced 1/4 cup dried cranberries Vinaigrette: 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS: Combine greens, pecans, fennel, apple and orange in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. While whisking gently, pour in the olive oil to incorporate. Pour over salad mixture; toss lightly to coat the leaves. Garnish with dried cranberries. Serve immediately.

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3 (At left) Chef Noreen Biegalski with Savor Your Thyme Personal Chef Service pours milk into a blender as she makes a Banana Berry Smoothie at her home in Lindenhurst.

From Home Day Care To Personal Chef Before becoming a personal chef, Noreen Biegalski had run a home day care for five years while her children were very young. “It was really hard,” she says. “But it kept me home and there for my kids.” About six years ago, she switched gears and started her personal chef business. “This is my dream job,” she says. As a personal chef, Biegalski works in her clients’ homes, cooking up customized, restaurant-quality homemade meals. She then stocks their refrigerators and freezers to make their future meals convenient. Her clients come from all types of backgrounds, including singles, senior citizens and families. She travels from Lake to McHenry to Kenosha counties to help families eat better and healthier. She’s looking forward to seeing what her own children — her 11-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son — will come up with for this Mother’s Day. “My daughter always makes me a handmade card with little drawings on them, and the older she gets, the more fancy they get,” Biegalski says. “She goes [to] great lengths to make the day special. Even if she ca n’t make the meal, she does do fancy napkin folds. My son just goes with the flow.” To learn more about Savor Your Thyme Personal Chef Service, visit lc

6 A Fennel Salad made by Biegalski.

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The Rise Of The



rust, mutual respect, communication, similar goals and support are some of the signs of a healthy relationship, whether it’s with a significant other, boss or doctor. When it’s time to bring a new package of protoplasm into the world, these markers may be even more crucial to ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth. Enter midwifery, a profession so ancient that it’s referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible, and one that’s gaining popularity in 21st century America. In addition to administering necessary tests and

health monitoring during appointments, a midwife provides something else that’s in short supply these days — time. “You get a positive pregnancy test, make an appointment to see a midwife and she’s with you throughout the pregnancy doing the same things a physician does — but you’re getting more personalized care,” says Debbie Boucher, owner of Libertyville’s Childbirth the Way Nature Intended Inc. and the only Certified Nurse-Midwife, or CNM, working in Lake County. “Midwives spend more time in visits and during births. My first appointment with a woman is 90 minutes long, the next is about an hour and that’s after a nurse intakes the patient, checks weight, etc.”


The myths of midwifery

According to the American College of NurseMidwives, midwife myths and misconceptions still exist, such as: Myth: Midwives are not certified. Fact: CNMs are certified and licensed by the state of Illinois. Myth: Insurance doesn’t pay for midwifery services. Fact: Major insurance companies and Medicaid cover midwifery services. Myth: CNMs lack the education and training necessary to provide safe care for women and their babies. FACT: The fact is that “national studies have shown that outcomes for nurse-midwifery care in the U.S. have exceeded the national average,” says the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Another mistaken belief is that midwives deliver babies only in the home. “There are more midwives in hospitals today than doing home births,” Boucher says. “My goal when I went to school was to do both home births and to have hospital privileges, but by the time I got out, I realized that hospitals in Lake County don’t allow midwives in the birthing room.” Libertyville resident Wendy Allen is a CNM who works in collaboration with Cook County hospitals Alexian Brothers and Northwest Community. “When I graduated, I tried very hard to get privileges with [Advocate] Condell and Lake Forest hospitals and was told, ‘Absolutely not, it’s not something they do,’” she says. “It’s shortsightedness on their part. I work in a doctor’s office in Arlington Heights and have women from Zion and Round Lake and all over Lake County coming to me for the experience that I can offer.” A pregnant woman who chooses the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago will automatically see a midwife as long as she’s low risk. “They get it that, financially, it makes more sense,” Boucher says. “Why pay a highly trained surgeon, which is what an OB/GYN doctor is, to monitor a low-risk pregnancy? Other hospitals, like Swedish Covenant, for example, give patients a choice of a midwife or physician.” Boucher says that some hospitals can have up to a 40 percent Cesarean-section rate, while the U of I Chicago hospital checks in much lower — a fact she attributes to the nurse-midwife/ physician model.

6 "There are more midwives in hospitals today than doing home births," says Debbie Boucher, owner of Libertyville's Childbirth the Way Nature Intended Inc.

“Low-risk patients who don’t need medical intervention means we can spend more time talking to them,” she says. “Some women are in and out of the office in five minutes and don’t have questions or concerns, and others can take 30 minutes. I have a patient having her fourth baby who said to me, ‘That’s the first

time anyone has told me anything about the placenta.’ Another patient of mine, pregnant with her third, said she didn’t even know what a placenta was!” What if a woman has been seeing a nursemidwife and a complication does arise? “We have plenty of background to know

Spending time with patients Nurse-midwives who do home births, like Boucher, still need a doctor as a backup in case any complications arise. However, midwives work with low-risk pregnancies, and the time they put into helping each patient means the odds are good for a patient to remain low risk. “Midwives are nurses first,” Boucher says, “and our core values and skills involve preventative care and education. We talk about diet and exercise so the woman can remain low risk.” Allen concurs.

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when something is going wrong, so we consult with the collaborating physician,” Allen says. “If she does need medical intervention, it’s explained and certainly not dictatorial. Women are reasonable if you give them a rationale for doing something.” Debbie Boucher Again, the time Certified Nurse-Midwife factor is key in the midwife/motherto-be relationship during pregnancy and throughout labor. “A midwife spends a lot more time in labor and postpartum, too,” Boucher says. “In the typical American model, during labor, a doctor shows up when the baby is crowning.” Using a midwife may Wendy Allen mean more options in Certified Nurse-Midwife the process of labor, according to Boucher. “Midwives will walk around with you and know all the positions to help with labor, whereas doctors usually aren’t even in the room during labor. Women who are educated on natural birth process know that walking around and changing positions will [help] labor move along, and they are less likely to end up with a C-section. Also, many women want to try avoiding pain meds and Pitocin [a drug used to induce labor].” Allen says that the extra time is good for the baby, too. “We’re not in a hurry, so we offer delayed cord cutting because it’s not necessary to cut the cord right away,” she says. “When the baby comes out, we put the baby on her chest until the cord stops pulsing. The baby gets all of those red blood cells from the placenta.”

Understanding the labor experience Both Boucher and Allen feel as though their own traditional birthing experiences brought them to their current professions. “Both [of my children] were born in a hospital with a traditional MD, and yes, my horrible birth experiences did influence my desire to help other women avoid the same problems, first as a doula and then later as a midwife,” Boucher says. Allen, who has three children, has been a midwife for 11 years. “I had a long, arduous labor with my first and wished I had more emotional support and someone there who could have focused both my husband and me,” she says. “Now, part of my job is to help figure out what a woman needs. We can really understand what they are talking about all along the way.” lc

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A Special Section Of Lake County Magazine

WOMEN 2013






Artist. Designer. Mother of two. Meet Jenny Sweeney, a Libertyville entrepreneur whose cards, invitations and paper goods have been picked up by Target and American Greetings across the world.

Athlete. Shoe fanatic. Marketing sensation. Kathryn Kerrigan may have a size 11 foot, but she has an even larger ambition that helped her start her own business, which carries fashionable, European-crafted shoes “for women who stand tall.”

Lawyer. Financial advisor. Fitness guru. Take a look at the women who make Lake County businesses click, from savvy executives to dynamic managers all working toward the same common goal — taking care of their customers.


women in business / on the cover

6 Artist Jenny Sweeney sits in a chair reupholstered with vintage fabrics as she holds up her mixed media painting “Bliss” that she made at her studio in Libertyville.

Ge t t i n g Car d e d By Jacky Runice • Photos by Candace H. Johnson

3 A sampling of Sweeney’s cards.


hen surveys, such as the one from Forbes in 2011, tell people that up to 70 percent of American workers hate their jobs, Libertyville’s Jenny Sweeney used to count herself as “in.” Working in New York City in the public relations department of an ad agency, her aversion was palpable. “I would sit in the office and think, ‘I think I’m going to vomit I hate this so much,’” she says. Slide the video counter forward to 2013, and the owner of Jenny Sweeney Designs, whose cards, invitations and paper goods are carried in 1,500 stores worldwide, is pretty happy she walked out the door and took a leap of faith — in herself.

A good business plan

It wasn’t as though Sweeney just quit her corporate job and prayed for the Law of Attraction to kick in. “I knew that I had a good sense of design and wanted to do something with art, so I bought a computer and trained myself in different kinds of graphics software,” Sweeney says. “I took freebie jobs and then paying jobs.” She started her own graphic design business in 1996, and by the early 2000s, she was making custom invitations and

greeting cards. A friend shopped them around the city, and card shops started snapping them up. “We did the stationery trade show in New York, and then the business took off exponentially — I had to hire nine people,” Sweeney says. People could not get enough of her quirky, sweet, handmade cards, and since each one was hand glittered, customers didn’t seem to mind paying $6 to $7 a piece for them. “I think people like my cards because they capture moments in time, they’re not sappy and [they] communicate something we’re not necessarily saying out loud,” Sweeney says. Sweeney had the design chops, but she admits that there’s always an element of luck and timing involved with a successful business, too. It was shortly after 9/11 when she started her business endeavors, and her cards and their

sentiments struck a chord with the collective mood. A few years later, another phase of American life entered the business equation. “The recession demanded that we reinvent ourselves,” the mother of two teenagers says. “We made the cards a little less expensive. We had 80 reps around the country, and a lot of them fell to the wayside because of the recession. We moved to doing a lot of custom invitations, graphics and artwork.” 6 One of Sweeney’s cards on a display rack.

She forged on, and Target zoned in on Jenny Sweeney Designs at a stationery show, which got her work licensed with American Greetings. When Mariska Hargitay, star of the television show “Law & Order Special Victims Unit,” saw her designs, she ordered baby shower invitations from Sweeney. “Then Mariska flew us out to her son’s first birthday party,” Sweeney says. “We made party things for tables, designed special T-shirts, took care of flowers — it was great!”

Working through transition

The most difficult part of it all for Sweeney has been the business facet of owning her own company. “You learn as you go, and I’m smart enough to figure it all out,” she says. “And you keep those close who can help you make good business decisions. The real issue is that once you’re in business and you’re a company, your time to create is really diminished.” The single mother finds herself at a crossroads. She has traveled to Paris, Mexico, Belize and other places to meet artists and get inspired, but her time to utilize those inspirations hasn’t always been there. “I’m in a transition state,” she says. “I want to keep my card line going, but I’m more interested in licensing ideas so I can keep creating and have others pick up all the business work. I don’t like to negotiate.” 5 Jenny Sweeney with her dog, Mickey, and a sample of her cards at her studio in Libertyville.

5 Sweeney works on her drawing “dream” for an upcoming design element to be used in future cards.

She does like to share, however, and she thinks that creating in a sharing environment is good for her and the rest of the world. Look for the grand opening of a new space in downtown Libertyville called “Gather,” which will offer workshops with artists from around the world and co-op space for artists to sell their wares. “What will be most rewarding will be the sharing of this creative space,“ Sweeney says. “I love that creativity can be a part of our lives — how your house looks, in the letters you write. At Gather, we can take some time to do something creative. It’s not about being Picasso, but expressing yourself.” Her suggestion for other women who are thinking about opening their own company? “Do something that you love,” she says simply. “Follow your gut and find some good people to give you advice along the way.” lc

5 (Above) Sweeney at her studio in Libertyville. 4 (At right) Gold-leaf, hand-drawn shells made by Sweeney are on display at her studio in Libertyville. The shells were found in Siesta Key, Fla.

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women in business



Big Shoes To Fill


ecessity is the mother of invention, and for Kathryn Kerrigan of Libertyville, necessity was a pair of stylish shoes in size 11. “Most stores stop at size 10, and if I did find anything, it was something you wouldn’t want your grandmother wearing,” Kerrigan says. In graduate school, the problem inspired her to create a business plan for a large-sized women’s shoe company. But when frustration over frumpy shoes drove the then-25-year-old — who had a newly-minted master’s degree — to tears, it was her banker father who provided comfort and an inspiration. “He said to me, ‘You have an MBA and a great business plan, why not do this?’” says Kerrigan, remembering what she calls her “aha” moment. The result is Kathryn Kerrigan Inc., which carries fashion-forward, European-crafted shoes in sizes 5 through 16. The company’s motto? “For women who stand tall.” Kerrigan’s lines have been featured in numerous publications, including Women’s Wear Daily and Redbook, on NBC’s “Today” show,” Fox’s “The Dr. Oz Show” and more. Customers include high school, college and professional athletes as well style-conscious career women who want to put their best foot forward. “I came across Kathryn’s website and loved that she had shoes from Spain and Italy in wonderful colors, really fashion-forward shoes at a great price,” says Mary-Kathryn Courtley, a sales professional from Barrington who wears a size 12. “It’s all about feeling confident and attractive,” says Kerrigan, who says her style inspiration was her grandmother, Chicago socialite Dottie Kerrigan, who epitomized the fashionable women of the 1920s through the 1940s. “She taught me to act like a lady and dress like a lady,” Kerrigan says. “Whatever she did, she did it with a woman’s confidence and was always very put together.”

A plan for success

5 Kathryn Kerrigan stands surrounded by some of the shoes she designed for women with large feet. Photo by Studio West Photography




Tall and athletic, Kerrigan played basketball at Libertyville High School and at Lake Forest College, where she majored in politics and history. Life was good … except for the ongoing problem of bad shoes. Though she made do with men’s shoes, tennis shoes and unisex styles like Converse All Stars, her emerging style sense demanded something more.



“I’d always have a great outfit and awkward shoes,” she says. “When you’re a teenager, you want to be like everyone else. I looked at my girlfriends who had smaller-sized feet and wanted to be like them.” She saw she wasn’t alone. “In basketball, I was around other tall women who had the same problem,” she says. “Shopping for women is supposed to be a fun, social experience, but for a tall woman shopping for shoes, it was horrible and no fun at all.”

turn her project into a business, the idea of running a company never seemed far-fetched. “My oldest brother is an entrepreneur,” Kerrigan says. “My parents had traditional careers in banking and education but still had side businesses in retail. I think the foundation was always there.” When she presented her idea to potential investors, the response was extremely positive. “I had all the data and knew exactly what I would need,” she says. “I don’t think I would have had such a positive response if not for the business plan I’d spent six months on.” She also followed her gut instinct to launch her company online. “It was the dawn of online retail, and there was the thinking that people wouldn’t buy shoes online,” Kerrigan 5 Kerrigan began designing shoes for women with big says. “But I’ve feet because she was frustrated at the lack of styles always been available for women with larger feet. Photo provided comfortable with technology, had a good idea of how to use it and, for a niche company, it That inspired her final project for the MBA program at Chicago’s Loyola felt right.” She lined up manufacturers in University. Italy and, in 2005, launched Kathryn “The assignment was to write a Kerrigan Inc. with about 20 styles business plan for a niche business,” of sandals, pumps, boots and flats, Kerrigan says. “There were plus sizes starting in size 9. for women, big and tall for men, but “What set us apart wasn’t just our nothing when it came to shoes, so I size, but colors and fabric that hadn’t decided to investigate that.” been seen before in larger sizes,” Kerrigan found little market data Kerrigan says. “I was getting emails beyond a few dated statistics, so she from women who were saying, ‘I’ve launched her own market study, never seen a pink pump in my size collecting 3,000 interviews over the before.’” course of several months. Within a few months, Kerrigan’s “I’d stand outside Nordstrom shoes were available in boutiques and Macy’s, find tall women and and department stores, and she’d also ask them about their shoe shopping expanded her product lines to include experience,” she says. “Everyone had small sizes. the same frustration. The women “People were asking for them,” she wanted certain things — basic boots says. “The boutiques wanted to be and pumps — and they felt the same able to offer more sizes and it was an emotional distress over the problem.” easy thing to add.” Though her dad inspired her to


More business endeavors In 2010, Kerrigan’s marketing savvy attracted the attention of Steve Giordano, then-president and CEO of The Room Place, who hired her to manage the company’s e-commerce, a job she held for two years while simultaneously running her own company. “We loved that she’d started her own company and grew it using free public relations outlets and word of mouth,” says Giordano, now president and CEO of Tampa-based Train, Win, Repeat. He was equally impressed by Kerrigan’s approach to areas that didn’t come easily to her, such as the logistics of international business. “She would come to me with a question, but what’s interesting about her learning style is that she doesn’t want the answer as much as direction,” Giordano says. “She’d come back later and say, ‘Here’s what I think I should do.’” Kerrigan’s willingness to ask questions and do research helped her succeed, as did her work ethic and people skills. She learned Italian and made a conscious effort to speak it with her suppliers. She’s also skilled at building consensus, Giordano says. “We had an issue with returns, so she created a new policy, communicated it to the stores, who had to embrace it, got the merchandisers to buy into it, worked cross-functionally with all channels — never pushing — and it all came together in 30 days,” he says. “Sixty days later, returns were down.” When the recession hit in 2008, Kerrigan shifted her focus from growth to retention, working with cash-strappezd retailers and customers through promotions, discounts and new policies. Now, Kerrigan and her team are broadening their merchandise into new lines through her website and retail outlets, including her own shop in downtown Libertyville. But what satisfies her most hasn’t changed. “It comes from having filled a need for women to feel fashionable and confident,” she says. “I love that.” lc







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family / SUCCESS lives next door

Salute To Single Moms I By LEE NELSON


3 “Being a single parent is hard work,” Kraft says. “But I hope for Izzy that I will be a positive role model ...”

3 (Facing page) Molly Kraft and her daughter, Izzy, 3, sit in front of their townhome in Hainesville.


olly Kraft’s daughter is only 3, but already she is a fashionista. “She wants to pick out her clothing,” Kraft, of Hainesville, says. “I tell her that she can’t wear all leopard clothing today.” “She is my little sweetheart. I love that she is starting to be a little conversationalist. But it’s just her and me, and that can be a struggle because you are always ‘on’ as a single parent. There’s no partner to take over if you are tired or have to do something.”

Starting over Isabelle, or “Izzy,” as Kraft calls her, was born eight years into Kraft’s marriage. Then, her husband got a new job in Maryland when Izzy was still just a baby. The family moved from the Chicago area to the east coast where Kraft knew no one. The boxes weren’t even unpacked when her husband told her he didn’t want to do the marriage or family thing anymore. “Out of the blue, he told me I could go stay with my mom and dad in Arizona and take the baby and dogs with me,” Kraft says. The next day, she began researching flights. With Izzy in tow, she moved in with her parents for a month and then decided to relocate back to Lake County where she had become close friends with some of the mothers she had met through the Libertyville Moms group. The day she showed up from Arizona with a U-haul truck, her friends and their husbands helped her move into her townhome, lifting the heavy furniture up three flights of stairs. “I chose where I live because I am in walking distance to two of my friends from the mom’s group,” Kraft says. “One mom has a key to my place to let my dog out if I’m going to be late.” Her friends also helped her get a job at The Wine Cellar Group in Buffalo Group as office manager. “Being a single parent is hard work,” Kraft says. “But I hope for Izzy that I will be a positive role model, [and] she will get a glimpse of the potential she has in her from

me. I also want her to know that she can accomplish lots of good things in her life.”

Not going it alone

Kraft is not alone in her triumphs and struggles as a single mom. According to the National Kids Count Program, 35 percent of American children are living with a single parent. Most of those 6 Kraft works with Izzy on a puzzle in their home.

children live with their mothers. Many support groups and resources are available to help parents survive and thrive by providing information, entertainment and camaraderie. The Moms4Moms group in Lake Villa has a large and diverse group of mothers, from those who stay at home to those who work full time outside the home. The group plans a wide variety of activities but doesn’t target any single mom-only activities. “We generally have at least one activity each day of the week, and sometimes on the weekend, too, for families,” says president Tracy Behnke. Activities include monthly meetings with guest speakers and other fun events such as themed kid parties, story time, music and craft activities, or outings to children’s museums, zoos and parks. Moms can find the right support groups to join by going to to find a particular interest or location.

Tips for single moms Shelah Grashen of Waukegan has a lot of family around to help her raise her 13-year-old son. She works as an administrative services assistant at United Way of Lake County in Gurnee, and she says she feels blessed to have a great network of friends, too. But as a single mom, she still tries to utilize different resources such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Waukegan to College organizations to give her son even more outlets and role models. “Being a single mom of a son is a challenge,” Grashen says. “You don’t want to overstep the aspect of him and his male needs. I make sure he has proper exposure to positive men

6 Molly Kraft has some fun with her daughter, Izzy, 3, at a playground near their home in Hainesville.

and that they are available for him to answer his questions.” One of the toughest times she had raising her son alone took place when he was very young and had hearing difficulties. Using sign language became necessary. “The most challenging thing is finding the time to do all the things you need to do,” Grashen says. “You have to be responsible for yourself and for another life.” Her best tip for young single moms is to keep their children active and involved. Grashen even helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity. Her son was too young to be at the building site, but he would help with mailings and other volunteer efforts for the organization. “The more you deposit into your children, the better they will be,

and the more they can offer their communities,” she says. Kraft also has some thoughts for moms who have to do it alone: • Take a little time for yourself. If you are working, drop your kids off at a day care or a friend’s home and take a sick day. Get a pedicure or go read somewhere. “Otherwise, you will go crazy,” Kraft says. • Don’t say anything negative about your ex-husband or the father of the child. • Stay positive and healthy. • Talk with others you trust about your situation and share any stresses you are feeling.

Help For Single Mothers In Lake County Single moms in need can turn to these local resources and others for assistance. Maristella — Ministry of Service to Homeless Women and Mothers with Children Libertyville 847-367-5360 Catholic Charities Family SelfSufficiency Program Waukegan 847-782-4150 A Safe Place Women’s Shelter 847-249-4450 NICASA (behavioral health services) 847-546-6450 Northern Illinois Food Bank 630-443-6910 lc

3 Kraft says single moms need to take time for themselves and stay positive.

The most challenging thing is finding the time to do all the things you need to do. — Shelah Grashen, on being a single mom

May 2013 • Lake County Magazine






ince I have had children, I have really been trying to make a conscious effort to have the utmost respect for every mom I encounter.

I recently came across a mom in the bathroom at my church trying to change her 2-year-old daughter’s diaper on the changing table. She was struggling a great deal because her daughter was terrified that she was going to fall off the changing table located about 4 feet off the ground. I got my son situated at the sink to wash his hands and walked over to offer my assistance. I took the little girl’s hat, which had a panda bear on it, and turned it into a puppet to entertain her. Both she and her mom kind of looked at me like I was nuts, but it managed to calm the little girl down long enough for her mother to wipe her daughter and get a fresh diaper on her. I told the woman I remembered struggling with both my kids at that age when they became more aware and their fear of heights and falling kicked in. She thanked me, and I told her that us moms gotta stick together. It seemed like a no-brainer to me, especially since I was at church where, the last time I checked, one major lesson is that we should be there for others and be kind to one another. Unfortunately, I think we as women have fallen into the unnecessary role of playing “Super Mom” and are afraid to admit when we need help. Of course, that also means we fall prey to a junior high mentality where our own lack of self-esteem means we are constantly comparing ourselves to other moms and ultimately passing judgment. I have often found myself comparing myself to other moms and beating myself

up for losing my cool, feeling overwhelmed or, quite honestly, not being able to juggle it all. I am hard on myself because I don’t live my own well-organized “Pinterest board” complete with healthy meals, a welldecorated home and themed birthday parties that include my own handmade party favors and home-baked confections to match. I don’t scrapbook or hodgepodge or crochet or even put up decorations for any holiday except Christmas — and maybe some ghosts on the windows for Halloween. Most of the time I’m lucky to have everyone showered, dressed and fed without forgetting to take someone to dance or checking the backpack for homework or library books. Heck, I realized three-quarters of the way into the school year that the reason we were late to the bus stop every morning was because I read the form incorrectly at the beginning of the year and we had been going to the wrong bus stop. We have to remember that millions of women give birth and struggle with the same

I think we as women have fallen into the unnecessary role of playing “Super

Mom” and are afraid to

admit when we need help.

exact things. None of us is perfect. My mom taught me a very important lesson in my life that I return to when I am feeling sorry for myself or judging others: no matter what, there is always someone better off — and worse off — than you. So, if a mom is telling you her kid(s) are perfect, she is lying. If you are “that mom” saying your kid(s) are perfect, knock if off. Be real, be honest and be supportive of your mommy counterparts. The bottom line is, our job as mothers is tough. We all have days where we want to sell our kids to the gypsies. We are constantly coordinating things while taking our children’s and husband’s interest into account. Some of us work outside the home — some of us don’t — but in almost every case, we are all just trying to keep it together and get through each day. Rarely do we get to take the time to simply do something for ourselves unless we devise a detailed flowchart first. This is what makes mothers so special. We live in a society littered with “reality” shows such as “Real Housewives of …” whatever city, where all these women tear each other down. The true “reality” is that we should be supporting each other. lc

Write This Down with Michelle Stien

• Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 3 and 5. Her mother always told her to “write this down,” so she is sharing her experiences with Lake County moms to help them deal with the craziness of being “Mom.”

fashion & beauty

Feeling FRAMED How To Pick The Perfect Glasses For Any Face Shape I By Betsy Demitropoulos

Choosing the right eyeglass frames can change your entire appearance, but finding frames that fit your shape and proportions properly isn’t always simple. However, Kristie Blaski, the lead optometric technician and an optician at Libertyville Vision Center, says there’s not a complicated formula to choose the right frames. “You want to pick frames that complement your facial features,” she says. “It’s really all about finding a nice balance between your facial features and the shape and size of your frames.” Whether you have a longer nose, a narrow forehead or close-set eyes, the Vision Council of America offers the following tips to help you choose the right frames for your face and play up your strongest features: • Shorten a longer nose with a frame that has a low, dark, straight nose bridge. • Widen close-set eyes with a light or clear bridge across the nose. • Make wide-set eyes appear closer together with dark bridges.


• Choose adjustable nose pads for flat noses. • Add width to a narrow forehead with a prominent top bar. • Choose frames that are even with or slightly higher than the brow line to shorten a high forehead. • Minimize the appearance of fine lines with cosmetic lens tinting. Knowing your face shape is a great way to help you determine which frame styles will look best on you. According to the Vision Council of America, the most common face shapes are oval, heart, oblong, round and square.


Characteristics of an oval-shaped face include the chin being slightly narrower than the forehead. With this type of face, your frame choice should keep the oval’s natural balance. Select frames that are as wide, or wider than, the broadest part of the face, and avoid low, swooping temples, which will unbalance the face. It’s common for people with an oval face to have small features. The goal is to keep the face in balance. Make sure the frame is in proportion and doesn’t overwhelm the features. If you have an oval-shaped face, Blaski says you’re one of the lucky ones. “Oval is the ‘ideal’ face shape,” she says. “Almost any style of glasses goes great with an oval-shaped face.”


5 Optician Chris Leyh (right) uses a pupilometer on Olivia Aepchi of Hainesville at Grayslake Eyecare.

Characteristics of a heart-shaped face include a wide forehead and high cheekbones with a narrow chin. With this type of face, your frame choice should minimize the width of the top of the

face and add width below the eyeline to offset the narrow chin. The Vision Council of America suggests frames that are wider at the bottom, and ones with low temples will add balance. Chris Leyh, an optician at Grayslake Eyecare, says the heart-shaped face is a difficult face shape to fit because almost any pair of glasses will add emphasis where you won’t need it. He says rimless frames are an excellent choice. Other choices include aviator, butterfly or low-triangle styles. Frames with rounded tops and squared bottoms also will work, as will frames in very light colors.


Characteristics of an oblong face include the face being longer than it is wide with a narrow chin and cheeks and a large forehead. Your frame choice should “break” the length of the face, making the face appear shorter and wider. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have a top-to-bottom depth, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose. This is an angular face shape, so choose a frame shape that’s more rounded or curved in order to add width to the face. To shorten the face, try round, deep or low-triangle shapes or frames with strong horizontal lines.


Characteristics of a round face include full cheekbones, few angles and width and length in similar proportions. If you have a round face, Blaski says you need to select frames that make the face appear

5 Above all things, Leyh says the most important thing to keep in mind as you choose frames is your ability to see out of them.

longer and thinner. Leyh adds, “Stay away from round frames. You want to pick a frame with angular, sharp curves such as a square frame.” If you have a round face, the Vision Council of America offers the following tips to make your face look longer and thinner: • Slightly angular frames will narrow a round face. • Avoid excessively rounded or square styles, which will exaggerate facial roundness. • High or mid-height temples help to create a longer profile. • A clear bridge widens the eyes, and colored temples add width. • The frames should be wider than they are deep. • Metal frames with adjustable nosepads will keep lenses from resting on the fuller cheeks.

Square Characteristics of a square-shaped face include a broad forehead and strong jaw line, as well as a wide chin and cheekbones. You should select frames that make the face look longer. Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and lengthen the face. Also, the frames you pick should be wider than the widest part of the face, and they should be more horizontal than vertical. Select frames with weight on top, and try oval shapes with temples in the center. Usually it is better to avoid a frame that is flat on the bottom, as this will mirror the face shape. Instead, look for a frame that has some curve or uplift to draw attention away from the jawline. Linda Naidicz, optical manager at The Eye Care Center of Lake County, which has locations in Gurnee and Vernon Hills, says oval-shaped frames are a great choice for a square-shaped face. With so many different chic and stylish eyeglasses to choose from, making a fashion statement with your eyewear has never been easier. The Vision Council of America estimates that approximately 75 percent of adults use some sort of vision correction. Geek chic glasses are very popular right now. These eyeglass frames feature different shapes such as wayfarer geek glasses, square ones and more. “Nerdy is in,” Leyh says. But above all things, Leyh says the most important thing to keep in mind as you choose frames is your ability to see out of them. “The diagnosis of the eye often dictates what kind of lenses and frames you can choose,” he says. “Sometimes, your diagnosis limits frame selection.” Local opticians all agree that colored frames are “in.” Their customers are really going for frames in blues, dark reds and teals. Transparent frames and two-tone frames are popular, too. Naidicz says it’s becoming more common for eyeglass wearers to own more than one pair of frames. “Like their watch, many people consider eyeglasses to be part of their wardrobe,” she says. lc

Which Shape Is Your Face


Y D R E N . n i s i eyh, — Chris L are e y E e c t Grayslak optician a


Select frames that are as wide, or wider than, the broadest part of the face, and avoid low, swooping temples, which will unbalance the face.


With this type of face, your frame choice should minimize the width of the top of the face and add width below the eyeline to offset the narrow chin.


This is an angular face shape, so choose a frame shape that’s more rounded or curved in order to add width to the face. To shorten the face, try round, deep or low-triangle shapes or frames with strong horizontal lines.


Characteristics of a round face include full cheekbones, few angles and width and length in similar proportions. Select frames that make the face appear longer and thinner.


Gently curved narrow styles will minimize squareness and lengthen the face. Also, the frames you pick should be wider than the widest part of the face, and they should be more horizontal than vertical.

May 2013 • Lake County Magazine


fashion & beauty

Find What Suits You



hile it may be easy to catch a case of the Mondays at the office, a drab suit shouldn’t add fuel to the fire. Instead, find something sharp to wear to turn a potentially dismal day at work into a great start to the week. According to Elliot Staples, senior vice president of design for The Limited, 2013 is all about color and texture when it comes to women’s suits. From his office in New York, he describes over the phone some of the newest women’s suit shades as “grassy green” and “soft tangerine” that keeps spirits soaring on even the rainiest day. As for fabric, Staples says that The Limited’s new collections drape easily but contain enough weight where movement isn’t sacrificed. As the mastermind behind the brand’s unique versatility, Staples discusses with his team the details surrounding a woman’s workweek and designs each look based on moods, workload and even a woman’s social life. “We think about what her days are,” Staples says. “In the beginning of the week, she’s going to be sharper and look sharper. On Tuesday, she’ll be on her feet more, so she’ll be wearing more separates … on Thursday, she’ll be dressed more day-tonight since she’ll be going out with friends after work, and Friday is more casual … .” Whether Staples is designing a skirt or classic pantsuit — which he predicts will make a “big return” — he doesn’t commit all of his attention to one particular style each season. “The Limited offers so many options,” Staples says. “It just depends on each woman’s environment [on how they choose their looks].”

Photos provided by The Limited

Get The ‘Broken Suit’ Look Like many creative thinkers, Staples doesn’t mind taking a few risky steps in order to develop a trendsetting result. He says he likes what he calls the “broken suit” look, in which women can mix and match their collections by pairing different colored blazers with skirts or pants. “It’s all about the idea of breaking up the wardrobe,” he says. Staples anticipates plenty of longer, full-length pants in a sleek, skinny style this spring. As for tops, color blocking will make a comeback, pairing well under comfortable jackets for a sporty look. Despite his desire to think outside the box, Staples does adhere to a few rules that he stresses should never be broken. “Don’t over accessorize,” he warns, adding that he refers to the two-out-of-three rule: select two items to wear at a maximum, but never all three with an outfit. “Don’t forget, a belt also becomes jewelry, too,” he says. Staples’ own rule of thumb is that he never combines a statement necklace with statement earrings; it’s either one or the other. His toned-down approach also carries over to color selections. “Color is a big thing,” he says. “Be careful and try to neutralize.”

Facing page: Front tie herringbone sheath with cross-tie bodice paired with a laser cut oversized wristlet bag with zipper and slip pockets inside.

At right: Hooked slouchy-fit jacket with small metal closure paired with a polyester short sleeve layering shell and a 24-inch inseam Drew slant pocket soft crop pant.

Below: Polyester top with sheer paneling paired with a bias-pleated soft polyester crepe skirt.

COLOR is a big thing. Be CAREFUL and try to NEUTRALIZE. Elliot Staples, senior vice president of design for The Limited

At right: Slim peak lapel blazer with navy/white stripe lining paired with a polyester button-down cut-away neckline blouse with mixed print and Cassidy split waistband men’s trouser pant plus a large laser-cut oversized wristlet bag.

Above: Hooked slouchy-fit jacket with small metal closure paired with a polyester top with sheer paneling and 24-inch inseam Drew slant pocket soft crop pant.

Additional Considerations

Even footwear is being taken into consideration this season. Lower kitten heels are becoming more of a trend over platform styles, Staples says. “You can build a whole outfit just around the shoes,” he says. Purses are viewed as another important

Above: Hooked slouchy-fit jacket with small metal closure paired with a polyester short sleeve layering shell and 24-inch inseam Drew slant pocket soft crop pant.

accessory to add to a business look. “The handbag is part of the big picture,” Staples says. “Once in a while, you should switch it out.” In an evolving fashion world, what drives the success of the brand he works for is its timing, Staples says. “The Limited interprets trends for our customer, and it’s crucial for us to deliver them when she’s ready for them.” lc

social life GLMV Chamber of Commerce events

Kristine tayan (right) and 5 Artist Julie J. La essive mingle at the recent pr Knutson of How Im J Art Studio in downtown lie Ju of ing en op d gran Libertyville. 5 Libertyville M ayor Terry Wepple r co Advocate Condell Medical Center in ngratulates Lib 85th anniversary celebration. Photos ertyville at its recent provided 4 New GLMV memb er Corner Bakery recen tly sponsored the spring GLMV “Chamber Memb er Orientation” at Lasch en Center in Vernon Hil ls.

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5 Monica Lundee n of Bright Ideas m customers at the eets with potential recent “Multi-Cha mber Ladies Nigh Hampton Inn in Lin t Out” at colnshire. 3 GLMV Executive Director Ray Mullen congratulates Sara Velander of Country Financial as the recipient of the 2012 GLMV Volunteer of the Year Award. lc

out & about

May Events In Lake County


Through June 2 — “South Pacific,” 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, in Lincolnshire Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, is considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. The groundbreaking story follows U.S. nurse Nellie Forbush, a cockeyed optimist, who falls in love with a French plantation owner yet struggles to accept his past. For tickets or more information, call 847-6340200 or visit marriotttheatre. com. May 3 — CLC Spring Choral Concert, 8 p.m. at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 Washington St., in Grayslake A huge variety of choral music will be performed by 120 singers from CLC’s four choral ensembles: the CLC Singers, the Choir of Lake County, the Chamber Singers and the Gospel

Choir, composed of students and community members. Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call 847-543-2300 or visit jlcenter. May 11 — Lewis Black, 8 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., in Waukegan Lewis Black, Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Tickets are $65, $45 and $35. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www. May 11 — Ronnie Baker Brooks, 9 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, in Lincolnshire Ronnie Baker Brooks’ newest offering courageously explores a wide dynamic range, from frivolous to ferocious. Don’t miss this modern blues legend. For tickets or more information, call 847-499-5000 or visit www. May 12 through Sept. 8 — The Ladies of Cuneo: The Martha Weathered Fashion Collection, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills The exhibition explores the life and career of Martha Weathered, one of Chicago’s most luxurious fashion importers, whose shop opened on Michigan Avenue in 1922 and operated until its closure in 1971. For more information, call 847362-3042 or visit May 12 — Coriolis Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, in Grayslake Coriolis is a prominent chamber ensemble that performs beautiful and challenging a cappella compositions. The group’s repertoire extends from 16th century madrigals and sacred music to world premieres of 21st century classical compositions. Tickets are $18; the concert is free for children younger than 16. For more information, call 847-543-1202 or visit

everyone else in Wonderland. This special onehour presentation is sure to delight children of all ages. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit May 17 — Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, 9 p.m. at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, in Lincolnshire Eddy hits the road, strutting his slicing guitar licks, his rock-fueled blues, rockabilly, country and gospel gumbo for a taste of the real West Side Chicago blues. For tickets or more information, call 847-499-5000 or visit May 19 — Art in the Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Citizen’s Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, in Barrington Art in the Park will highlight talented local visual artists, poets, storytellers and singers/ songwriters. For more information, call 847-3810687 or visit


May 1 — Who is Citizen Kane?, 2 p.m. at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills Amanda Graue, education coordinator at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, will lecture on William Randolph Hearst, who was a personal friend of John Cuneo Sr. and subject of the film “Citizen Kane.” For more information, call 847362-3042 or visit May 1 — The Art Of Pablo Picasso: Sculptures and Paintings, 7 p.m. at the Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main St., in Wauconda Join art historian and professor Jeff Mishur for an in-depth look at the stylistic diversity of Pablo Picasso. This lecture is timed to correspond with the Chicago Art Institute’s special exhibition celebrating the city’s 100-year relationship with the artist. The program is free of charge, but registration is recommended. For more information on this or other programs, call 847526-6225 or visit

“Alice In Wonderland”

March 14 through 18 — “Alice in Wonderland,” 10 a.m. most Wednesdays through Saturdays at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, in Lincolnshire The Marriott Theatre presents “Alice in Wonderland” with Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and

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The Art of Pablo Picasso: Sculptures and Paintings information, call 847-680-0336 or visit May 18 and 19 — Train Days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Lambs Farm Magnolia Cafe and Bakery, 14245 W. Rockland Road, in Libertyville Load up the kids and head on over to Lambs Farm for Train Days. Children of all ages can don their conductor’s hat and navigate electric trains. For more information, call 847-990-3775 or visit

May 3 — First Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Libertyville It’s a party in downtown Libertyville every “First Friday” of the month. You will find a surprise around every corner. It might be a jazz band, a balloon artist, a classical guitarist, hor d’oeuvres, an art exhibit or any number of other things that will entertain and delight you, plus freebies and specials at downtown stores. It’s the entertaining way to shop! For more information, visit www. May 3 through 5 — The 14th Annual Long Grove Chocolate Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Long Grove Historic Village, in downtown Long Grove Don’t miss this celebration of everything chocolate! Enjoy chocolate in all its many splendors, sway to the live entertainment throughout the village all three days and fall to the temptations of the many foods, specialty vendors and tasty restaurants. For more information, call 847-634-0888 or visit www. May 4 — Second Annual Kidfest Kite Fly, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, in Barrington The winds of spring are in the air, and the meadows of Citizens Park are calling all families. Participate in a free kite-building workshop to create and decorate a kite, then see how far it will fly! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. May 6. For more information, call 847-381-0687 or visit www.barringtonparkdistrict. org. May 4 — Inaugural Family Fishing Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 1019 Lakeshore Drive, in Round Lake Beach Families can spend the day fishing and playing as well as enjoying games, activities, entertainment, live music and delicious food with the Round Lake Area Park District. For more information, call 847-546-8558 or visit www.

May 4 — The Great Gatsby: An Encore Discussion, 10:30 a.m. at the Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main St., in Wauconda In anticipation of the soon-to-be-released remake of “The Great Gatsby,” the Wauconda Area Public Library will revisit this classic novel. Books are available at the Adult Services Reference Desk, and a discussion group will meet May 4. For more information on this or other programs, call 847-526-6225 or visit

May 20 — Foglia YMCA Annual Golf Outing, 10:30 a.m. at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, 501 Schwerman Road, in Hawthorn Woods Enjoy a fun day of golf with friends for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Foglia Y scholarship program, offering financial assistance to kids and families in need. For rates or more information, visit foglia. May 23 — Outdoor Family Movie Night, 7 p.m. at the Aquatic Center Parking Lot, 94 Midlothian Road, in Hawthorn Woods Take the family out for a fun movie night under the stars! The featured movie will be “Puss in Boots.” For more information, visit www.lzacc. com. lc

May 9 through 12 — Antioch’s Civic Spring Carnival, on Toft Street, in downtown Antioch Enjoy fun and games Train Days in Libertyville for the whole family! For more information, call 847395-2233 or visit www. May 11 — Meet Me In The Lab, 1 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road, in Gurnee Attend this fun event featuring science experiments and awesome hands-on activities that bring the world of science to life. This event is meant for teens. To register or for more information, call 847-2445150 or visit May 15 — Car Fun on 21 Opening Night, 6 p.m. on Church Street, in Libertyville It’s opening night! Vintage cars 25 years or older in mint condition will be lining Church Street with their proud owners on hand to answer questions. Take a stroll, have a snack, listen to the band and enjoy the evening. For more


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• “Sailing on Geneva Lake” and “Surveying The Landscape”


“Sailing on Geneva Lake:” On a summer day, my husband and I went on a tour of Geneva Lake, a popular destination for many locals. I caught this sailboat passing by with my camera as the captain of our vessel managed to navigate around him. “Surveying The Landscape:” These two birds were hanging out near a small lake in sunny Arizona. I was grocery shopping and noticed them across the parking lot. They almost looked like statues. Both pieces are watercolors. lc To submit an entry to Artist Showcase, email artwork, title of piece, name and village of residence of artist, and a two- to three-sentence description of the piece to, subject head “Local Artist Submission.”

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