The Village Voice
News from the Village of Vernon Hills
July 3, 2018 – Issue #20
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In This Issue of
the Village Voice

  • July 4th Fun
  • Summer Celebration
  • Arbortheater Concerts
  • Motors on Milwaukee
  • National Night Out
  • Lil' Bear Ribfest
  • Farewell to Trustee Hebda
  • Police Officer Testing
  • Board Meeting Moved to July 10
  • VHPD In-Car Cameras
  • Bears Practice at VHHS
  • More Board Business
  • New Businesses
  • VH Update Show
  • Calendar
  • New Queens
  • Resources
  • Softball Champs

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This Wednesday...

4th of July in VH

Vernon Hills celebrates Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.
  • Village Parade steps off at 9 a.m. through Deerpath neighborhoods. Roads close by 8:30 a.m. 
  • Evening Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Century Park. Enjoy the sounds of Big Fun Band, sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District.
  • Fireworks Show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m., with closest viewing near Big Bear Lake. BSA Troop 273 will be on hand selling glow sticks.
  • More information, including the parade line up, is posted on the Village's July 4th webpage.

Please stay safe. Remember that personal fireworks -- including sparklers -- are illegal in Vernon Hills. Furthermore, they are extremely dangerous. Consider that sparklers burn at more than 1800 degrees. Celebrate safely.

Summer Celebration – July 19-22

The biggest Village celebration is ready to roll from July 19 to 22 at Century Park. Summer Celebration combines free concerts with lots of carnival rides and great food – what more could you want? Headlining performer David Nail will be on hand for a huge free concert on Saturday, July 21 starting at 9 p.m. – and great music is available every evening. Check the Summer Cel website for updates on carnival ride specials, Bingo game schedules and more.

Thursday, July 19:
  • 6 p.m. – Grounds open
  • 7:30 p.m. – Concert by HenneBerry
  • 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks show

Friday, July 20:
  • 7 p.m. – Modern Day Romeos
  • 9 p.m. – Mike & Joe

Saturday, July 21:
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Car & Bike Show (Info online)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Kiddos Corner activities (Info online)
  • 7 p.m. – James Barker Band
  • 9 p.m. – David Nail

Sunday, July 22:
Watch for the VHPD's Cream a Cop fundraiser to support pancreatic cancer research, in honor of long-time volunteer Phil Siembal. Also watch for opportunities to support community organizations, including SRLCLC through the Park District's hole-in-one contest.

Would you like to help? Volunteer shifts are available, and many allow for air conditioned comfort! Sign up online.

No carry-ins or coolers. No pets. No smoking. Please help us keep Summer Celebration fun for friends of all ages. More information online at Thank you to the Summer Celebration Committee and our Cultural Partners for making this volunteer-driven event possible!
Scenes from National Night Out 2017

More Summertime Fun...

Arbortheater Concert Series

Select Thursday Evenings
Free, family-friendly concerts are held at the Vernon Hills Arbortheater, 50 S. Fairway Drive. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Event moves to the Sullivan Center if the weather turns bad. The remaining Thursday lineup includes CadillacGrove (July 12), Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band (July 26) and Soda (August 2). Info on the Arbortheater Concerts webpage.


Motors on Milwaukee

Select Wednesday Evenings
At Sears/Hawthorn Mall parking lot. Free entry and viewing. Organizers collect nonperishables, coats for veterans, and donations to Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. From 6 to 9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays – July 25, August 22 and September 26. And check out the Summer Celebration Car + Bike Show on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shows held weather permitting. Motors on Milwaukee webpage and Facebook page.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hartmann Park
On the first Tuesday of August, people around the nation gather for National Night Out (NNO). The goal is to celebrate community and law enforcement partnerships. Stop by Hartmann Park on Oakwood Road for this year's National Night Out, lead by the Vernon Hills Police Department with the support of countless volunteers and sponsors. Free food, music, fun. More info on the National Night Out webpage.

Lil' Bear Ribfest

August 17 and 18 at Century Park
The Park District is cooking up a mix of blues, brews and BBQ for Ribfest. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening listening to award-winning blues musicians. Numerous local rib vendors will be on site barbecuing their specialties. The adult-centered event will also include a large selection of adult beverages including beer, wine, and new this summer – a bourbon tasting tent! $5 admission supports Park District programs. Hours are Friday, August 17 from 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 from 4-11 p.m. Visit the Ribfest webpage for details.


Board Bids Farewell to Trustee Cindy Hebda

Long-time Trustee Cynthia Hebda has resigned from her Village Board position, effective June 30. During the June 19 Village Board Meeting, Trustees formally bid farewell to Cindy, who is relocating to Indiana. Mayor Roger Byrne read a proclamation outlining just a few of the highlights of Cindy's contributions to the Village and wider community. First appointed to the Board in July 1993, Cindy became known as "The Tree Lady" as she made sure development focused on quality planning and good landscaping. She has been instrumental in helping manage tremendous growth in the Village, including everything from development of corporate parks, the arrival of the Vernon Hills Post Office, and the development of Gregg's Landing and Aspen Pointe Shoppes. A long-time teacher for Vernon Hills Park District, Ms. Cindy will be missed.


Police Officer Testing

The Vernon Hills Police Department will conduct testing for officer positions. Applications are available at the Police Station, 740 Lakeview Parkway or online. Completed applications should be provided in person or by mail by Monday, July 23 at 4 p.m. More information is available on the Police Officer webpage.


July 3 Village Board Meeting Rescheduled for Tuesday, July 10

  • Be advised that due to the holiday, the Village Board meeting originally scheduled for July 3 has been rescheduled for July 10.
  • Future meetings include July 10 as well as July 17, August 14, September 5 and September 17. 
  • The full 2018 Meeting Schedule is available on the Meeting Schedules webpage.
  • Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive at Route 45 unless otherwise noted.
  • Residents are encouraged to attend meetings, as well as view them on the Village YouTube Channel and on Cable Access. Agendas and minutes are posted online. 

A Few Items of Interest...

  • VHPD In-Car Cameras: Chief Patrick Kreis presented a request for installation of cameras in nine patrol vehicles. An important feature of the new system will be a straightforward interface with the court system. (6-19-18 Board Meeting)
  • Chicago Bears Football Practice: Representatives of the Chicago Bears presented their request to hold a practice at Vernon Hills High School on August 22. The team expects festivities to begin at approximately 4 p.m., with players arriving at 6 p.m. for practice. Approximately 5000 free tickets will be available through the Chicago Bears at a later date – and all are expected to be spoken for within hours of release. (6-19-18 Board Meeting)
  • Public Safety Communications Center Upgrade: Trustees approved an upgrade of the emergency telephone system, which the Village operates for several communities and first responder groups. (6-19-18 Board Meeting)
  • Hawthorn D73 Mobile Classrooms: Trustees unanimously approved a request by District 73 to keep two mobile classrooms for two more years. (6-5-18 Board Meeting) (6-19-18 Board Meeting)
  • Village Hall Meeting Space: Staff is completing procedures for providing access to public meeting rooms in the newly remodeled conference room space at Village Hall. (6-5-18 Board Meeting)
  • Raising Cane's Restaurant: Representatives from Raising Cane's approached the Board with general concepts for a proposed restaurant on the corner of Route 60 and Deerpath. The next step would be to present more complete plans to Planning and Zoning Commission.  (6-5-18 Board Meeting)
  • Theater Redevelopment Proposal: Representatives presented preliminary ideas for redeveloping the current Classic AMC/Showplace 8 Theater into a spa as well as new daycare. (6-5-18 Board Meeting)
  • Hawthorn Mall Status:  Hawthorn Mall management has been in communication with Village Trustees and staff outlining plans for reinventing their facility. In light of recent large-store closings and changing purchasing habits, the Mall is looking at a variety of options for leveraging their prime location and space. That said, Mall investors have expressed their continued commitment to this prime location. Hawthorn Mall Media Release
  • July Pavement Patching: Watch for some moving pavement patching, especially on Gregg's Parkway. Weather dependent project is expected to begin July 9.


Residents are encouraged to shop in town whenever we can. Local sales tax supports the bulk of Village-provided services such as police protection and plowing – the Village of Vernon Hills collects no property tax. With that in mind, here are some business-related tidbits to keep in mind...

Vernon Hills Update Cable/Web Show

July 2018 topics include a conversation with Trustee Cindy Hebda, a tour of the new BSA Scouts Headquarters, an invitation to National Night Out (August 7), a few summer safety suggestions, a recap of Summer Celebration (July 19-22), and scenes from the 2018 Vernon Hills Pageant. See all of the shows on the Vernon Hills Update YouTube channel.


Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade – Wed., July 4 starting at 9 a.m. near Countryside Fire, heading south on Deerpath to Sullivan to Aspen Drive. Roads close at approximately 8:30 a.m. July 4th Info

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Concert/Fireworks – Wed., July 4 at Century Park. Concert features Big Fun Band starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. July 4th Info

Family Black-Light Party/Dance – Sat., July 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lakeview Fitness Center.  Family Dance

SWALCO Electronics Recycling – Tues., July 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at Mundelein Public Works, 440 East Crystal Street, Mundelein.  SWALCO

Arbortheater Concert: CadillacGroove – Thurs., July 12 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Pipe City Lacrosse Tournament
– July 14 and 15 at 36 fields around the Village. Pipe City/Lacrosse America

Summer Celebration
– July 19 to 22 at Century Park. Summer Cel

Park District Flick & Float movie night – Sat., July 21 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center.  Flick & Float

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night
– Wed., July 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting)  Motors on Milwaukee

Arbortheater Concert: Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band
 – Thurs., July 26 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Movie in the Park – Fri., July 27 at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park.  Movie in the Park

Arbortheater Concert: Soda 
– Thurs., August 2 at 7 p.m. at Arbortheater. Concert Series

Park District Summer Splash – Fri., August 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Aquatic Center. Summer Splash

National Night Out – Tues., August 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hartmann Park.  NNO

Park District Lil Bear Rib Fest – August 17 and 18 at Century Park. Ribfest

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Chicago Bears Football Practice at VHHS
– Wed., August 22. Details TBD. Free tickets will be available through the Chicago Bears at a later date.

Park District Movie in the Park  – Fri., August 31at 8 p.m. in Deerpath Park. Movie in the Park

Kelly Miller Circus – Sept. 7 through 9 at American Hotel Register parking lot.

Law Enforcement Exhibition – Sept. 8 & 9 at Hawthorn Mall.  Law Enforcement Exhibition

Oktoberfest – Sat., September 22 at Vernon Hills Metra Station.  Oktoberfest

Motors on Milwaukee Cruise Night – Wed., September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sears Auto parking lot in Hawthorn Mall (weather permitting). Motors on Milwaukee

Congratulations to our new Vernon Hills Queens – Little Miss Jayla Wascow, Junior Miss Haley Kalinowski and Miss Madeline Gutierrez. The court was crowned on June 16, and immediately began serving as ambassadors for our community. Thank you to all who participated, as well as to outgoing representatives Leah Cleek, Madisyn Chiarello, Linnea Gutierrez and Brianna Bolotin.


Garage Sale Central

Whether you are buying or selling, Garage Sale Central offers a wonderful free service for VH residents. Learn more at Garage Sale Central.

Overnight Parking
Vacation House Watch

Sign up on the VHPD's Public Safety Solutions webpage.

Extended Overnight Parking

Permits are now available. Check the VHPD's Extended Parking webpage to see if your qualify and how to sign up. 

Cook Memorial Library

Cook Memorial Library offers lots of wonderful programs, including reading clubs, author visits, movie matinees – plus Aspen Drive Library is a great place to gather. Learn more on the Cook Memorial Library website.

VH Park District

Visit the Family Aquatic Center, Lakeview Fitness, Sullivan Center, or one of the Village's dozens of parks. Learn more about the resources available to you by visiting

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Congratulations to the VHHS Girls Softball Team on a tremendous season, including winning the Central Suburban League North, Regionals and Class 3A Sectionals. Players were recognized during the June 19 Village Board Meeting.

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