Updated: April 2, 2013 2:06AM
Energy program: The village will host an informational program for residents to learn about the Energy Impact Illinois program Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St. This program provides a low-cost Home Energy Assessment to help residents determine how they can make their home more energy efficient. For those residents that make improvements, there is a 70 percent savings (up to $1,750) through a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and local utilities. Also, there is a free option for hosting a home party. For more information, Call (855) 946-7228 or visit www.energyimpactillinois.org.
Veteran service: The city will host a veterans services outreach program in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs — Vet Center Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Chicago Police Department parking lot, 1850 Lewis Ave. Vet Centers are a mobile part of the VA that welcomes home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers demonstrate “veterans working for veterans,” a concept that has helped bridge the gap between military personnel and the VA services that are available. A unique practice of Vet Centers is that it includes help for family members of veterans, who are often left out of other services provided by various entities. A representative from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be on-site to help veterans navigate the many federal, state and local resources and benefits available. The program is for all veterans. For more information, call (224) 800-9114.
Rally: Family First Center of Lake County will hold a Rally for Peace with Ceasefire Feb. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at North Chicago High School, 1717 17th St. For more information, call (847) 244-4374.
Celebration: February is African-American History Month — a time to recognize and honor the countless accomplishments and contributions of African Americans through history. Waukegan Township Park Place will hold a soul food demonstration and tasting, prepared by Chef Keith Wilson, Feb. 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave. The menu will include fresh homemade baked bread, Creole meatloaf with light brown gravy, homemade mashed potatoes and glazed carrots with dill. There will be a display of handmade African quilts, throws and scarves by Freida Roberts, entertainment and door prizes. Cost is $3 and reservations are due by Feb. 5. For more information, call (847) 244-9242 or visit www.waukegantownship.com.
Grant: The Lake County Housing Authority has been selected for an award sum of $292,617 for program year five by the Efficient Living: Illinois Public Housing Authority Energy Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and the Illinois Energy Office at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). David A. Northern Sr., executive director/CEO, stated that “this grant is truly a blessing as it allows our agency to move further in our process for energy efficiency. We are excited for this award and the opportunities for our agency and clients that it brings with it.” The grant is intended to help Public Housing Authorities implement energy cost reduction measures in the buildings which it owns and operates. Through receipt of such a grant, the Lake County Housing Authority plans to move forward with its transformative project to make its properties even more energy efficient. For more information, visit www.lakecountyha.org.