News briefs

Etruscan again

In April the staff of the Glenbrook South High School yearbook, Etruscan, was named a "Pacemaker" by the National Scholastic Press Association.

The Etruscan's adviser is English teacher Brenda Field, who in the past has won the Illinois Journalism Education Association's James A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education.

The National Scholastic Press Association has awarded Pacemaker awards for various school publications since 1921. In 2021, Glenbrook South's Etruscan was named among "The Pacemaker 100," one of the organization's top 100 award-winning publications.

Etruscan is among three Illinois high school yearbooks to have gained entry into the NSPA Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013.

In other Glenbrook honoree news, Dr. Michael Tarjan, Glenbrook North's assistant principal of Student Activities, was recently named the activity director of 2022 by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities.

This association held its first state convention in 1987. Tarjan is among its 15-member 2021-22 Executive Board.

One of Tarjan's most recent efforts was organizing Glenbrook North's "Foodapalooza," which he's done 17 straight years.

In April, Glenbrook North donated 12 pallets of boxed food donations, approximately 13,000 canned goods, to the Northbrook Township Food Pantry. The donation was estimated to help more than 1,100 families.

Attention home schoolers

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will host a virtual meeting about its plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities in the district who will attend private schools or be home-schooled in the 2022-23 school year.

The presentation, 9 a.m. Friday, May 6, is targeted for private school providers and parents of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability, within the District 30 boundaries.

If interested, email Tiffani Cuneo at

Fair trade

In honor of World Fair Trade Day, check out the Fair Trade Gift Boutique from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Christ United Methodist Church Deerfield, 600 Deerfield Road, one block east of Waukegan Road, Deerfield. Shop for jewelry, handbags, candles, honey, skincare products and more from vendors to support workers in developing countries, environmental sustainability, ethical production methods, fair wages and safe working conditions. Wheelchair accessible. and

CATCH lacrosse

CATCH (Community Action Together for Children's Health) is kick-starting "Mental Health Awareness Month" in May with a community event on May 14 at Glenbrook North High School.

The group, which will join with 30 community partners to raise awareness and encourage conversations around mental health this month, will gather for the Spartans home boys lacrosse game against New Trier at 11 a.m. at the high school in Northbrook.

Ten mental health and wellness organizations will offer giveaways, resources and programming information before the game, at halftime, and also during a family fair after the game, from about 12:30-2 p.m. at the stadium.

At the fair, Spartans lacrosse players will host a mini-clinic for children, and the Glenbrook North Poms also will offer a dance clinic.

The Glenbrook North Booster Club will be selling concessions, people can take pictures with the Glenbrook North mascot, "Sparty," and Dairy Queen will have green "mental health" bars for sale.

Throughout the month of May, participating Northbrook restaurant will have "table tent" conversation starters to engage in discussion about mental health, while participating retailers in the village will provide a free "mental health tool bag" that includes goodies, resources and information about mental health.

CATCH, named 2022 "Heart of the Family" award winner by Northfield-based mental health agency Family Service Center, aims to empower families to prioritize emotional well-being in their children through educational resources, education and peer support. For more information, visit

Open and Affirming Anniversary

Join Glenview Community Chuch, 1000 Elm St., to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its commitment to being an Open and Affirming Church on Sunday, May 15. The service begins at 10 a.m.; a luncheon follows in the community room. In May of 2010, the faith community of Glenview Community Church committed to becoming an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. ONA is an official designation of the United Church of Christ "affirming the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary persons (LGBTQ+) in the church's life and ministry." The luncheon cost is $10 with a maximum of $40 for a family. Register for the luncheon via Sign-up Genius or at For information or help with registration, call the church office at (847) 724-2210.

'Shermerville ... in Plain Sight'

The Northbrook Historical Society's 49th Annual Meeting will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, and is set to feature a program by Society President Judy Hughes and board member Gary Eberlein titled "Hidden in Plain Sight: Shermerville Then - Northbrook Now." The program will focus on structures still in existence that date back to when the Village was named Shermerville. The program is especially timely since the 100th anniversary is approaching of when the name change took place in January 1923. All are invited to join the Zoom meeting; to receive a link, email

Lew Blond Memorial

In case one hasn't heard, registration for the 21st Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is under way.

The USATF- and CARA-certified 5K race is 8 a.m. May 21, starting and finishing at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook.

There also are events for a mile Fun Run, starting at 9 a.m., and a "Little Lew" 50-yard dash at 9:30 a.m. for children up to 6 years old. Baby strollers and joggers are allowed only in the Fun Run, starting in the back of the race.

Cutoff time for the 5K is 55 minutes; for the mile run it's 20 minutes.

The event is a memorial for former Maple School teacher Lew Blond, who died of ALS - "Lou Gehrig's disease" - in February 2000.

Proceeds of the Lew Blond Memorial benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, as well as scholarships for prospective Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South teachers, and special projects of Northbrook School District 30. For information and to register, visit

Art in the Park

Works by dozens of artists and artisans will be shown and available for purchase later this month at the 2022 Northbrook Art in the Park show in Village Green Park.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22.

Paintings, ceramics, photography are just the tip of the iceberg of the media to be presented at Art in the Park; artists' pieces may be seen, along with more information, by visiting and selecting the green Northbrook Art in the Park logo.

In addition to the art assembled at Village Green, the longtime Chicago-area musical duo, Cirrus Falcon, will perform in the park gazebo. There also will be festival food and children's art activities.

People attending the fair may bring gently used wall art to be donated to the Chicago Furniture Bank, which distributes furniture and art to people leaving shelters for permanent housing.

For information on Art in the Park, call (847) 926-4300.

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