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Updated: December 22, 2012 1:56AM

Lake County

Theater benefit: The Independence Center, which has helped people with mental illness since 1989, invites the public to its annual dinner theater benefit, including a performance of “Dream Girls” on Oct. 25. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a play at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. The Waukegan-based agency, which works to help those with mental illness develop independence, find employment and live in safe and affordable housing, serves more than 300 people per year. For more information, call Lisa Johnson, the agency’s executive director, at (847) 360-1020, ext. 1025 or contact her via email at

Lake Forest

Conversation: Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society’s annual Local Legends event will be held Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at Lake Forest High School, 1285 N. McKinley Road. The event will present John H. Bryan in a one-on-one conversation with Bill Kurtis about his life and Chicago career as a leading figure in the world of business and culture. Bryan, a retired CEO of Sara Lee Corp. whose civic involvement ranges from award-winning restoration of Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff to chairing the Millennium Park board in Chicago, is the third honoree in the Local Legends benefit series citing community residents. Past Local Legends were U.S. Astronaut James Lovell and architect Adrian Smith. Kurtis is well-known in his own right as a journalist. Tickets are $50. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (847) 234.5253 or visit


Vista Fall Fest: Vista Health System will host “Fall Fest 2012” on Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will be held on the Vista campus, 1025 Grand Ave., at Deep Lake Road. Vista is hosting the event to kick off the grand opening of its new Vista Medical Office Building located on the campus. Admission and parking are free with no reservations or tickets needed. The event will be held in the parking lot on the east end of the new building. Large tents will help provide protection in case the weather turns cool or damp. Music will be provided by a jazz band, plus local vendors will sell samplers of craft beers, wines and upscale foods. This event is intended for adults 21 and over. For more information on Fall Fest 2012, contact Cynthia Alexander at (847) 360-4354, or at

North Chicago

Meeting: In an effort to enhance communications between the city and its residents, Mayor Rockingham will host the Fifth Monday meeting Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at North Chicago City Hall Council Chambers, 1850 Lewis Ave. For the few times each year that a fifth Monday occurs, Mayor Rockingham will be available in the city council chamber for resident questions and concerns. Details, (847) 596-8610.

Round Lake Beach

Anniversary: The village will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a gala dinner dance celebrating 1937, the year of incorporation, Oct, 27 at Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way. Guests are invited to attend this Harvest Moon Gala that will feature big band music, highlights of the last 75 years, and a delicious dinner. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to come dressed in period costume. Tickets are $19.37. For more information, call (847) 546-2351.


Ceremony: In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Park Place, American Cancer Society, and Vista Health Systems will host a Celebration of Life & Candle Lighting Ceremony on Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave. Keynote speaker, Lizel Granada from Vista Health Systems will speak about “Health Promotion/Disease Prevention” with emphasis on cancer screening and primary prevention. Cancer survivors will present personal stories of their struggles and triumph. Blood pressure screenings and light refreshments will be provided. A Candlelight Ceremony celebrating survivors of cancer will conclude the event. Details, (847) 599-2936 or

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