Welcome to the Village of Lakemoor Parks & Recreation Website. Our mission is to provide residents and visitors with clean, green, safe, and accessible open space park land throughout the Village. The Village operates neighborhood and community parks. Facilities at developed local parks vary from site to site, and include combinations of, athletic fields, picnic areas and shelters, sitting areas and play equipment. Our number one priority is satisfying and serving the recreational needs of our residents and visitors to our parks. With this in mind, every employee of our Village works hard every day to accomplish these goals. We value your input regardless of the message; good or bad. If you have any suggestions on how we can do a better job of providing these services and programs please contact us at Village Hall (815) 385-1117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like the opportunity to advertise your business on this webpage? This webpage gets many views throughout the week and for a modest annual fee you can have your business logo listed along with a link to your website. This is a wonderful opportunity for your business to get additional exposure as well as help defer some of the costs to our park programs and events. If interested please contact John Guenther at 815-385-1117 or at email@example.com. If you like to register and pay directly on line please click on this LINK. Sponsorship costs are $200 for a year, $100 for 6 months, and $50 for 3 months.
The Parks and Recreation Department is constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance the events that we currently provide. Your input and feedback is very important to us in determining what events we will continue to provide as well as events that we can possibly have in the future. Please take a brief moment to fill out the survey and let us know how we are doing and how we can perhaps better serve you in the future. Please click here for the survey.
Halloween “Trunk & Treat”
On October 25th we will be having a Trunk and Treat at Heritage Park. The event will start at 5:30 and last until 7:00. We are looking for people to come with their cars decorated in their most creative Halloween décor they can think of. The kids will then be coming by each car for some candy. We encourage everyone to dress up in costume themselves. After the Trunk and Treat we will be showing 2 movies in the park. The first movie will be Monsters University and the second movie will be Casper. We will be providing Hot Cider, Candy Apples and of course candy courtesy of the Parks and Recreation committee. Trophies will be awarded to the best decorated car and the best costume for kids and adults. Other items will be available for purchase at the concession stand as well.
The River East Library will be providing activities during the 5:30 to 7:00 time period.
Please try and participate as the entire evening will be a lot of fun. Here is a LINK to sign up for the Trunk and Treat.
Also we are trying to get softball players to participate in a co-ed tournament as well as trying to get more people to sign up for the Chicago Wolves bus trip. Please see below for the other activities.
Lakemoor Adult Co-Ed Softball
Would you like to play in an adult softball league at Heritage Park? If so, please click on this LINK to take you to the Softball information page.
Chicago Wolves Hockey Game – Sign ups are now open
Sign ups will end on October 17 so please sign up soon
It appears that I will have enough people to do this hockey game event. The date will be January 17, 2015. Please complete the registration form CLICK HERE if you are interested in going. The cost per ticket would be $30.00 and that includes your ticket, round trip transportation to the game, Hot Dog and Soda voucher, free Wolves hat, and our group being recognized on the Wolves communication screen. I hope to hear from you soon. The bus will be leaving the village hall at 5:00pm and returning after the game is over. The seating would be in the Section 109. There will be a limited number of seats available so please register soon so I can get an idea as to how many will be going. Payments can be made online or you can pay at the village hall. Checks should be made payable to the Village of Lakemoor 28874 Rte. 120 Unit C&D Lakemoor, IL 60051
September Movie in the Park – HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Come on out September 20th at 7:30 at Heritage Park and enjoy the movie. The movie will be “The Lego Movie”. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show. The concession stand will be open if you would like to purchase some refreshment. I hope to see you there.
Ongoing Community Events
Wauconda Township Historical Society Fall Program Series
“Wauconda Township Historical Society Fall Program Series begins Sunday Sept. 21 at 2 pm at the Andrew C. Cook House, 711 N. Main, Wauconda. Speaker will be Will Tremont on “Growing Up on Bangs Lake”. Registration required. $5 fee. Please call 847-526-9303 or stop at the Township Office to register. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.”. For additional information please click HERE.
Library Activities and Events
Don’t forget that the local libraries have events and activities ongoing throughout the year. Here are some links to the local libraries:
Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.
Get to know the River East Library
The River East Public Library, located at the corner of Lily Lake Road and Route 120 is the closest library to Lakemoor, in fact we’re right next door! Lakemoor actually has three library districts within the Village, River East, Fox Lake, and Wauconda Public Libraries. The most important thing to know is once you get your card from your “home” library, you can use it at any one of them. In fact, you can use any Illinois Library Card at River East. Your home library can be determined by your tax bill. It will list which library your taxes support. If you have trouble locating your information, you can always give us a call at 815-385-6303. We realize we are much closer than your home library for most of you and we welcome you. Please stop in so we can help with your entertainment, school, research, technology, and programming needs.
River East is located at 813 W. IL Route 120 and at http://www.rivereastlibrary.org. Hours are M-TH 10am to 7pm Fri-Sat 10am to 5pm.
Help Support the River East Public Library
The River East Public Library is in need of your help. Drop off donations are always welcome including monetary donations, books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and audiobooks and can be made either at the library or at the Village Hall. Please make checks payable to the River East Public Library 813 W. IL Rte. 120, McHenry, IL 60051. Thank you very much in advance for your interest in helping support this worthwhile cause.
River East Library On Going Events
Thursday Afternoon Story Time 1:00pm
Fall Session — September 11 to October 30
Holiday Session — November 6—20 and December 4—18
McHenry County Whovians Meeting 7pm Last Tuesday of each month.
Teen Club * NEW* Third Wednesday of each month at 6pm.
Books and Biscuits Book Club 10am Second Wednesday of each month.
Society of Page Turners Book Club 7pm Third Tuesday of each month.
Fox Point Book Club 10am Fourth Thursday of each month.
Matt Kenseth Race Winner Giveaways—each week following a win by Matt in the Nascar Sprint Series. Sprint Cup Chase ends November 16th.
NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN UP MONTH!
September 1—30 Stephen King and Reading quote contest.
September 19th—Talk like a Pirate Day, win a bag of treasure!
Banned Books Week September 21– 27 Wear your badge proudly!
AARP Safe Driving Course September 23 and 24 9am to 1pm
October 10 Staff In-Service Library opens at 2 pm.
October 15th National Grouch Day Get your grounch on!
Teen Read Week October 12— 18 Teens Rule!
October 23 Teen Bullying Program 7pm
October 24 10:00 to Noon Pumpkin Painting
November 1—December 13 Community Food drive
November 4 ELECTION DAY
Illinois family Reading Night November 20
November 20 Staff In-service Library opens at 2 pm
HAPPY THANKSGIVING November 27
Library closed November 27 and 28
December 13 Food Drive Ends
December 24 and 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS Library closed
December 26 1:30 After Christmas Tree Party
December 26 through January 3 Library Hours 12 to 5
Kids activities in Lake County
Please click on this LINK to see most of the activities in Lake County that are geared to Kids.
NW Demo New Public Transportation Option
The NW Demo is open to people with disabilities and seniors residing in Wauconda Township as well as Antioch, Avon, Fremont, Grant, and Lake Villa Townships. To utilize this option, you can simply register through your township office, and then you will have access to curb-to-curb dial-a ride service anywhere in the above mentioned townships including Gurnee Mills and the Greenleaf medical offices. For further information please click HERE, contact 847-949-4440 or view this 2014 Rider’s Guide.
Astronomy Nights at the Volo Bog State Natural Area
The Lake County Astronomical Society meets at the Volo Bog State Natural Area on the 3rd Friday of each month(except December). A 7:30pm business meeting is followed by an indoor presentation at 8:30pm and viewing if the skies are clear at 9:30pm. The public is welcome(except August but memberships are available). No admission fee so come on out and enjoy gazing at the night sky and learn about the universe. For more info please call 815-344-1294 or visit their website HERE.
Farmers Markets are now Open
Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, baked treats and goods while supporting local businesses. For a list of area Farmers Markets please click HERE.
Halloween Costume Swap
Come to the Wauconda Library on Saturday October 11 at 10:30am. Celebrate a green Halloween and save some money, too! Donate your child’s gently used Halloween costumes and accessories beginning September 2. Those who make donations will get “first choice” of donated costumes with early bird admission on Saturday October 11 from 10:00am to 10:30am. Donations need not be made in order to participate.
Strategies for Managing Meltdowns – September 18
Adult & Child Therapy Services is offering Free Parent Seminars once a month. The first seminar will be on September 18 at 7pm. Megan Carroll, an Occupational Therapist will lead a discussion on how to combat and limit your child’s meltdowns. Drinks and light snacks will be available. For more info please visit their website HERE.
CASA Cup: A Night at the Races – September 19
Come on out to the Turnberry Country Club between 7pm and 11pm and support the CASA of McHenry County. It’s mission is to provide a trained, committed advocate to every abused and neglected child in the McHenry County juvenile abuse court system. For more information please click HERE.
Hilltop Harvest Fest – September 19
Come on out Friday September 19 from 5:30pm to 8pm for the Hilltop Harvest Fest. Bounce house, carnival games, food and more. $8.00 advance tickets. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Friends of the Crystal Lake Library Perennial Mum Sale – September 20
It’s time to start planning where to display these lovely seasonal plants in your home or yard. The sale will be from 10am to 2pm. All proceeds support the library activities.
Anthony Avitia’s Fund Drive to Fight Leukemia – September 20
Please join us at the Nunda Fire Department between 11am and 4pm at 1713 IL Route 176, Crystal Lake Burton’s Bridge to help ease the financial burdens that the Avitia family are going through. Anthony is 15 and goes to Wauconda High School. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in March 2014. There will be a Car Cruise, Raffle Prizes, and a “Touch a Truck” for the kids. Please try and attend this event and please donate to the fund.
Farm Heritage Festival – September 20-21
This two-day event starts on Saturday September 20 to Sunday September 21 from 9am to 4pm. The location of the event is at the Lake County Discovery Museum 27277 N Forest Preserve Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Country Meadows & Wine Tasting Festival – September 21
Come on out September 21 between 9:00am and 4:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park 3400 Pearl St. in McHenry. The show will feature Crafts, a Farmers Market, a small vendor fair and Wine Tasting from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Contact 815-385-4300 or visit http://www.mchenrychamber.com for more details.
Coin Collecting and Appraisals – September 22
Lifelong coin collector Dave Ekstrom will give a brief presentation about commonly collected coins, gold jewelry, and their values. You will get the opportunity to have coins or gold items appraised for free. Limit 3-5 items per person. This event will take place on Monday September 22 at 7:00pm at the Wauconda Library. Call 847-526-6225 for more information.
The 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal – September 23
On August 15, 1914 the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. Master storyteller Barry Bradford will recount the history of the canal, and the many sacrifices made. Registration is required. For more info please click HERE or call 847-918-3225. The event starts at 7pm.
Gary Kantor’s Magic Class – September 24
Come to the Grayslake Library at 5pm for an event that you are guaranteed to learn a variety of tricks. Amaze family and friends with tricks involving cards, ropes, coins, mind reading and more. Price is $20 and all children will receive a magic kit to take home with them. This is a contractual program. For more information please click HERE.
Long Grove’s Fall Annual Apple Festival – September 26-28
Come out for a fun-filled weekend of live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining. This event will run on Friday September 26 to September 28 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The event will include pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Strategic Gaming Club – September 26
Come on out to the Wauconda Library on Friday September 26 at 3:45 for gaming. Expert or novice, if you like to play and/or strategy games drop on by. Be prepared to be challenged.
World Wide Day of Play – September 27
This annual celebration, sponsored by Nickelodeon, promotes active play for kids. Time is from 11am to 1pm. We will be hosting fun, youth-oriented activities in three categories including: health/fitness, music, and sports/games. Bring the family to Ken Carpenter Park for all the fun as well as some fitness and nutrition tips for kids. For more information please click HERE.
Vernon Hills 10th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration – September 27
Come on out Saturday September 27 between 3:00pm and 10:00pm for an evening of fun and laughter. Free crafts, pumpkin painting, live entertainment, petting zoo, raffles, and much more. Food and drink will be prepared and sold by local not-for-profit organizations. For more info please click HERE.
Great Ball Race – September 27
Come on out September 27 at 3pm for the Great Ball Race. Thousands of colored ball will roll down the hill. Purchase raffle tickets and come to cheer your ball(s) on to win. Grand prize is $1,000.00. The event is on Brink Street in Crystal Lake. For more information please click HERE.
Long Grove’s Fall Annual Apple Festival – September 26-28
Come out for a fun-filled weekend on September 26 to September 28 for live entertainment, music, shopping and fine dining throughout this charming, historic village. Activities include pony rides, kiddie rides and face painting. The location is Long Grove Historic Village 307 Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove IL 60047. For more info please click HERE.
Ride of the Zombies – September 28
On September 28 between 8:00am and 4:00pm Ride of the Zombies is a costume-themed cycling and Family Fun Fair charity event designed to benefit the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Sleep Medicine department. Cyclists can choose between a 25 or 50 mile route. The event will be held at Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm, 13616 IL Rt. 176 in Woodstock. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Oktoberfest Concert – September 30
Come to the Fox Lake Library between 7 and 8pm for a cultural and musical journey through Germany. Alpine Thunder will be providing the journey. More info at http://www.fllib.org
Moon Over Fox Lake – October 2
Drop by the Fox Lake Library between 7:00pm and 8:45pm during this all-ages event to view the night sky through Lake County Astronomical Society’s telescopes. Weather permitting. For more information please click HERE.
Iron Invasion Classic Car & Motorcycle Show – October 4
Traditional Hot Rod, Kustom, & Cycle Show Pre 1965 Cars & Pre 1975 Motorcycles. DIY Stunt Show, vintage motocross, Maiden of Iron contest, Mr Invader, Vendors from around the country, swap meet for vintage parts only and much more. The event takes place from 8am to 6pm. For more information please click HERE.
Fox Lake Family Fall Fest – October 5
Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of food, kid’s and family activities and pumpkin carving on Sunday October 5 between 11am and 3pm. Location is Lakefront Park in Fox Lake. Please visit their website HERE for more information.
Teen Maker Space – October 7
Stop by the Wauconda Library on Tuesday October 7 at 3:00pm for this month’s project: Painted Owls. Paint small ceramic owl figures to take home with you. They will be a HOOT!!!
Free eBooks in the Cloud – October 7
Come to the Wauconda Library on Tuesday October 7 at 7pm for a demonstration on how easy it is to use eBooks. Just bring your Wauconda Library Card, library password, and a compatible device. Most devices are compatible with the 3M Cloud Library ( except for Kindles ). For more information please click HERE.
Fall Diddley Craft Show – October 11
This event will feature over 300 Crafters and Artists with quality hand-crafted items. Food will also be available. Come join the fun between 9am and 5pm at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, IL. Admission is $6.00 for anyone over 12. For more information please click HERE.
Barrington’s Scarecrow Festival – October 11
This free festival will feature pony rides, scarecrow, pumpkin and cookie decorating, games, and inflatable games for the kids. The event will take place between 11am and 2pm. The location is Memorial Park 311 S. Hough St. Barrington, IL 60010. For more information please click HERE.
Zurko Antique and Flea Market – October 11-12
This event is on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. Times on Saturday are 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Offered for sale will be a variety of antiques and collectables from furniture, jewelry, advertising items, old toys, coins and much, much more. For more information please click HERE.
Antiques Appraisals – October 17
Antiques expert Mark Moran will be conducting free antiques appraisals at the Fox Lake Library between 6pm and 8:45pm. Registration is required. Please visit HERE for more information.
9th Annual Barn Burner BBQ – October 17-18
Come on out to Lambs Farm on October 17 & 18 for low and slow cooking contest. Teams compete for Grand Champion title and a chance to compete at national events. The time of the event begins at 10:00am to 10:00pm. For more information please visit their website HERE.
Antioch’s Fall Fest – October 18
This is the biggest fall celebration in Antioch, which is a fun family event featuring live music and activities for all to enjoy. The event takes place on Saturday October 18. The Fall Fest features traditional events like the Weiner(Dachshund) races, Baggo Tournament, and the Pumpkin Roll. For more info please visit their website.
Community Fun Day at Camp Duncan – October 19
Come out for a day of fun featuring camp activities for the entire family. Crafts, climbing tower, archery wagon rides and much more. Admission is $10. Location is YMCA Camp Duncan 32405 North Hwy. 12 Ingleside, IL 60041. For more information please click HERE.
More ways to Maximize your iPhone and iPad – October 22
Come to the Wauconda Library and join Richard Kong. Bring your devise to this interactive class and be ready to share one of your favorite apps. Call 847-526-6225 for more info.
Spooky Radio Show – October 25
Come to the Fox Lake Library and hear the Lake County Radio Players perform a classic Arch Oboler horror script and then leave you laughing with the comedy of Life of Riley. The event will be from 2pm and ending at 3pm.
Trick or Treat Main Street – October 26
This event will be held on Sunday October 26 from 3pm to 6pm in Wauconda on Main St. Pet costume contest at 3:30pm, pumpkin carving contest ( Drop off already carved pumpkin at the Village Hall by 3pm). Judging begins at 3pm and the winners announced at 5:45pm. For more information please click HERE.
CROCtoberfest – October 26
During this fun-filled event for all ages, you can meet live crocodilians, including Bubba the world famous American Alligator who will be on hand until 2pm. The event is on Sunday October 26 from 10am to 4pm at the Wildlife Discovery Center 1401 Middlefork Dr. Lake Forest, IL 60045. For more info please click HERE.