Updated: December 16, 2012 1:35AM
Cultural day: The Lake County Association for Home and Community Education will hold its free annual Cultural Enrichment Day Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at the University of Illinois Extension, 100 S. Route 45. The featured speaker is Gretchen Potter, the Hat Lady, who will be giving a talk on the history of hats. Luncheon will be served. For more information, call (847) 223-8627.
Leaf pick-up: The village’s 2012 Residential Leaf Vacuuming Program will run for six weeks from Oct. 22 through Nov. 30. Leaves should be placed, unbagged, in a line within three feet of the curb or edge of the street before 6 a.m. on the scheduled service day. In those areas without sidewalks, all leaves that have been raked into piles would be collected within seven feet of the street. Do not deposit leaves into the street. Visit www.villageofgrayslake.com for access to the leaf vacuuming route map, which includes a listing of tentatively scheduled service days for specific routes. For more information, call (847) 223-8515.
Open house: Members of the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District welcome the public to their annual Fire Prevention Month open house Oct. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 409 Nippersink Road, just south of the Cedar Lake Road. The event will feature tours of the station along with equipment demonstrations. Children can learn the proper way to call the emergency phone number, take the “Junior Firefighters Challenge,” learn how to Stop, Drop & Roll and how to escape their home in case of fire. Future firefighters can dress in children’s fire gear and have their photo taken or slide down an old fashion fire pole made especially for children. Fire Prevention Bureau staff will discuss how to make your home safer with the Smoke Detector and Home Inspection programs. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to the fire department’s Youth Explorer Post. For more information, call (847) 546-6001.
Halloween fun: The annual Haunted House and Hayride will be held Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Schlader Recreation Center, 2700 9th St. There will be over 15 haunted scenes inside, as well as a hayride around Village Park. Parents are to use their own discretion when letting small children go through the Haunted House, as some scenes may not be suitable for them. A tamer, “Lights On”, version will be held Oct. 20 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Admission during that time is $5 for the Haunted House, and $7 for the house and hayride. A concession stand will also be open for food and beverage purchases. For more information, call (847) 746-3505.
Fund-raiser: Omni Salon and Spa, a full service salon and spa at 1910 Sheridan Road, will host its first “Fun-Raiser” for A Safe Place Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is being held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Stylists will be on hand to put in purple hair extension with no appointment necessary. Activities also include a meet and greet with Pat Davenport, executive director of A Safe Place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a baked goods sale, and a T-shirt sale along with the sale of other domestic violence awareness related merchandise. Information on A Safe Place and domestic violence will also be available. All proceeds from this event benefit A Safe Place. For more information, call (847) 872-4013.
Donations: Kringles Kingdom of Lake County, a not for profit group, is looking for donations of artificial Christmas trees and lights. Any size trees are acceptable. You may drop them off at 2701 Deborah any Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. If you need to have your tree picked, call (847) 731-2337 and ask for Janet who will make arrangements for a pick up.