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Prairie Conservancy annual meet:

Noted conservationist John Rogner, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources former chairman of Chicago Wilderness and supervisor for this region's district for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the featured speaker at the Liberty Prairie Conservancy annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. The event opens with a reception to note a new photographic exhibit, "Beauty Close to Home" by members of the Riverwoods Nature Photographic Society. Liberty Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that preserves wildlife habitat, farmland and other open space throughout Lake County. Visit

Name your favorite nurse:

Waukegan-based, Vista Health System is looking for nominations for its annual Patient Choice Award program. This award recognizes the level of quality care, comfort and compassion offered by nurses each day, hospital officials said. One nurse chosen will receive the award during Nurse's Week, May 6-12. "We are asking patients and their family members to provide us with the nominations because they see the little things that matter so much on a very personal level," said CEO Barbara J. Martin. Nominations will be accepted until April 30. Nominations can be made or by email, Camille Regular mail to, Camille Browne, marketing director, Vista Health System, 1324 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan, IL 60085.

Dan Venturi honored by District 41:

Lake Villa Township Supervisor Dan Venturi has won the Lake Villa School District 41's Citizen Recognition Award for 2010. Venturi was chosen from a list of candidates submitted by school staff. Officials said Venturi earned the award based on "effortless work and endless hours of service" on behalf of the district and its students. School board members signed a resolution about Venturi that highlighted some of his accomplishments, including implementation of a phone alert message system, work with the township food pantry and recent job fair, among other achievements.

Learn about Web safety:

The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 Community Education Program will offer two free classes on Internet safety at Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway. Vernon Hills police Officer Jim Koch will lead the classes. "Lost in Translation," will cover the codes kids use to talk via computers and cell phones and other topics. It's set for 7 p.m. April 22. "Social Networking Sites: A Parent's Guide," is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 29. Registration is required. To register, go to or call (847) 932-2176.