Summer event series aims to bring new kids to CLC’s Lakeshore Campus

Yadira Sanchez Olson
For Sun-Times Media |
July 17 10:15 a.m.

The line up

July 26: A live Bluegrass band with an arts and crafts show

Aug. 2: The Happening at the Lakeshore Campus event with food, miniature golfing, kids activities, giveaways and an encore appearance by Academia Cultural Xilotl

Aug. 9: Bingo with cash prizes

Aug. 16: NAACP block party

Aug. 23: More bingo, miniature golfing and cash prizes

The College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus is celebrating the season by hosting a new Summer Saturday Events series.

Since May, when the summer weather was to take hold, the college has hosted recreational events each Saturday, like a Summer Family Fun Kick Off and a live music concert in the college courtyard.

Lakeshore Campus Dean Al Baldwin said the series is part of a three-pronged strategy to get potential students on campus to learn about the college. It also works to get them excited about the $48 million expansion and highlights CLC’s personal enrichment classes, such as yoga, that are available for nontraditional students.

“It surprises me that people who live around the campus still don’t know that we’re a full-service college, where they can enroll, take classes, see a counselor and apply for financial aid,” Baldwin said.

With events that invite the public to the school, where staff is ready to pass out information about the college’s offerings, Baldwin said folks can start planning a career path that starts on the Lakeshore Campus.

All the events start at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. And they’re free to the public.

While many are just for fun, like the ice cream socials and the karaoke events, Baldwin said others have an educational purpose. In June, the courtyard hosted fire prevention demonstrations and free smoke detectors were given away.

This month, green tips were shared at a display on environmental awareness while a band played.

And in August, the NAACP will be invited to throw a block party.

About 50 to 70 people attend the events, Baldwin reported, and sometimes the festivities have run into other events the city of Waukegan has hosted. Such was the case last weekend with Scoop the Loop.

“Then it’s hard to say how many people stop by to enjoy the summer series,” he said.

This Saturday’s event will be on the same day as the Waukegan ArtWauk and the college’s Hoopers’/Street Ballers Playoffs, which starts immediately after a street fair event in the courtyard.

There will also be vendors and free popcorn for attendees and performances by the Waukegan-based Academia Cultural Xilotl, which brings Mexican dances of long-ago to life with elaborate and colorful costumes and ceremonies.

“These series are something the whole family can enjoy,” Baldwin said. “I encourage everyone to stop by and see us on Saturday.”