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Updated: March 7, 2013 6:19AM

Lake County

Nominations: The Lake County Affordable Housing Commission is accepting nominations for the 2013 Affordable Housing Leadership Awards. They are looking to honor those that have pioneered change and shaped tangible accomplishments for housing in Lake County. The Commission is seeking nominees that have, for example, empowered responsible homeownership, prevented foreclosure, improved the housing stock, increased housing supply throughout Lake County, influenced policy and stabilized neighborhoods. Winners will be revealed at the Affordable Housing Awards Breakfast on Feb. 22 at KeyLime Cove in Gurnee. The breakfast’s key note speaker is Bill Powers of BERG Holdings, whose family-run business rehabilitated more than 50 homes in northern Waukegan, occupying many of those homes with an innovative rent-to-own model to help those rebuilding after foreclosure re-attain and sustain the dream of homeownership. To submit a nomination, include name and complete contact information of the nominator; name, title and contact information of the nominee; and a description of how of the nominee pioneered change and/or impacted affordable housing opportunities in Lake County. Nominations should not exceed two typed pages. Send nomination or direct questions to Lisa Pugliese at or (847) 263-7478.

Lake Villa

Job Fair: Lake Villa Township in partnership with the Lake County Job Center will host a Job Fair on Feb. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lake Villa Township West Campus (the former Gavin North School), 37850 N. Route 59. The event is free for both candidates and employers. Training classes will be offered to prepare the participants to search for available jobs, write a resume and interview with prospective employers. For details, call (847) 356-2116 or visit


Defense class: The Mundelein Police Department will host a free class for women 18 and over who are interested in learning self-defense tactics; 17-year-olds with parental permission will also be allowed to attend. The class will be held on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 through March 5 at the police department, 221 N. Lake St. The class requires some physical activity. Space is limited. Call (847) 968-3770 to register.


Benefit dinner: Sedrik Newbern, former Boys & Girls Club of Lake County member, author, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator, will be the keynote speaker at the annual “Have a Heart” Dinner BGCLC, benefiting the Zion-Benton location, Feb. 15 at the Illinois Beach Resort, One Lakefront Drive. Newbern is president of Phoenix Insurance & Financial Services in Libertyville. He is also president of Newbern Consulting Group serving as a marketing consultant and motivational speaker. Sedrik recently authored a book entitled “Unconditional Forgiveness, Lessons on Letting Go To Build Better Relationships,” giving his perspective on the impact that growing up without a father had on his life. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of ten. For details or to purchase tickets, call (847) 746-7295 or visit

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