November 19, 2012 7:34PM
Updated: December 21, 2012 6:12AM
Donations: The Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center is having its 21st annual Gift of Giving Program Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 309 Granada Blvd. The Center will have a pack rat container in the parking lot with a sign, “clothing and toys”. Bring gently used clothing and toys, as we will bring donations to the Christopher House, Allendale, Open Arms Mission, P.A.D.S., The Haven Women’s Shelter, Winchester House, and The Olive Branch (to name a few). All donations will be brought directly to the source. Also, some of the clothing will be delivered directly to the homeless in the city throughout December and January. In addition there will be a box with a sign that reads “New Toys”. Toys will go to the Stroger County Hospital, Shriners, U. of C., Rush St. Lukes, and Mt. Sinai Hospitals’ the week before Christmas and hand deliver your toys to children in the pediatric wards (including the burn units). Families can also bring in the following items: toothpaste; disposable razors; toothbrush; Q-tips and cotton; deodorant; soap; shampoo; non perishable foods; brushes or combs; and paper towels. These items will be due by Dec. 11. The Center will have a holiday tree in their hallway with “Adopt an Angel” tags on it. These tags will have the name of a Foster Child and their “wish-list”. You may pick as many “Angels” as you would like. Wrap all items with the wish-list. All donations will be brought to DCFS. For more information, call (847) 727-3885.
Round Lake Beach
Ceremony: The village will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony Nov. 23. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:15 p.m. by fire truck at Village Hall, 1937 Municipal Way. After the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. the following activities will be held at Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 Civic Way: photos by the fireplace and tree with Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats, crafts, Round Lake High School Choir singing holiday tunes and more. For more information, call (847) 201-9032.
Award: The Gurnee Park District received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its current year budget for the third consecutive year in a row. The award represents a significant achievement by a government entity. It reflects commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guideline and communications device. Budget documents must be rated proficient in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award. Only 1,250 entities nationally received this Award in the 2011 fiscal period. To date, Gurnee Park District has also received the GFOA Award for excellence in financial reporting for its annual financial report for the last 14 years.