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updated: 12/11/2012 11:37 AM

Waukegan Y Hosts "Reason for the Season" Program Dec. 21

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Barrie Fromme

The community is invited to join in a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas at a free family-oriented program of music and dance on Friday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Northern Lake YMCA, 2000 Western Ave., Waukegan.

Lake County Family YMCA Program Director Devin Johnson says the original idea for "Reason for the Season" was to create a positive attitude at this very special time of the year for the children participating in the Y's PEAK after-school program. "Many of these kids have been with us a long time. We wanted them to have a fond memory while reminding them what the season is really about," Johnson adds. "We then decided to open the program to include community attendance and participation."

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This special event will feature a musical performance by the PEAK students. They'll be joined by pastors who are members of the Y and groups from the community including: an invocation by the Rev. Jimmie Williams of Heavenly Places, North Chicago; the Rev. Bobby Garland of Crusaders Ministries, Chicago, who will reflect on the true meaning of the season; instrumental music by a group of Waukegan elementary students; and youth dance groups from Christian Fellowship of Lake County, Waukegan, which also is donating the sound system for the event.

There'll also be a group sing-a-long in which all attendees can participate as well as

refreshments in the Multi-Purpose Room, arts & crafts activities in the Kids' Zone and Christmas-themed games for grade-school aged children in the gym. In addition, those in attendance will be able to take home a Megallo 3D board game thanks to a large donation of the strategy games suitable for two players ages 10+.

Persons interested in joining the program by donating their talents (singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing) or goods may contact Johnson at Northern Lake YMCA by calling (847) 775-7109. In addition to the sound system, early donations include refreshments from El Ranchito Michoacano restaurant in Waukegan and the Megallo board games from Dr. Telly Courialis.

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The Lake County Family YMCA is a cause-driven nonprofit that strengthens the community through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Chartered in 1912 as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, our association is comprised of the Central Lake YMCA in Vernon Hills and Northern Lake YMCA in Waukegan. To learn more, visit www.ymcalakecounty.org

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