The Vernon Hills Police Department hosts a women's self-defense class from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the department headquarters, 740 Lakeview Parkway. The class is free and open to women residents of Vernon Hills, age 8 and up (children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent). The instructor for the class will be Harriet Johnson, a former police officer and director of the Crystal Lake Hapkido School with more than 35 years of teaching experience in all aspects of self-defense and use of weapons. Some of the topics to be covered include: basic principles of survival and awareness; vulnerable areas of the body; psychology of fear and how to make it work for you; and the basic principles of self-defense. To register or for more information contact the police crime prevention unit at (847) 247-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.VHPD.com.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.