Community Events

All Are Welcome!

Voices of Lake County will host a variety of community events throughout the year. These events are free and open to any CLC faculty member, staff member, student, or member of the Lake County community. 


Mark your calendars for our remaining spring 2024 workshops and events:

SUNDAY, April 21, at 1:30 pm

Join our community partner Three Brothers Theatre for a film screening of "Common Ground"


221 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085

There will be a discussion after the film is shown 


Join us for a FREE viewing of "Common Ground." This 2023 Tribeca Film Festival winner explores how REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE can help heal the soil, our health and the planet. Featuring Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Donald Glover, Rosario Dawson, Mark Hyman, Gabe Brown, and others.

Film trailer:

Information about One Earth Film Festival:

Sustainability Fair Flyer Attendees.pdf

Sustainable Lake County Fair
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2024 • 3-6 P.M.

Student Street & Multipurpose Room (C106), College of Lake County's Grayslake Campus

Art & design displays

Student dance & music performances

Student video & animation screenings

Presentations by sustainability-themed organizations

Showcase of classroom projects

Open to the public; refreshments will be served

Bud to Blossom
Community Reading & Art Display

Thursday, May 2, 2024 • 7-8:30 P.M.

Eleanor Murkey Community Center, College of Lake County's Lakeshore Campus

34 N. Sheridan Road., Waukegan, IL 60085

Poetry, fiction & nonfiction readings related to nature writing & sustainability

Sustainability-themed art displays

Open to the public; refreshments will be served

Community Reading Flyer New.pdf
Japanese Garden Flyer May 6 2024.pdf

Japanese Garden Meditation AND Mindful Movement

Monday, May 6 from 3:30-4:45

Meet in the Japanese Garden at CLC's Grayslake Campus

Take a break from the stress of finals week! Learn about the history of the gardens, participate in a meditation/yoga activity, and enjoy traditional Japanese tea. Led by Shannon Bassi and Lamaiya Lancaster.

PAST Events - FALL 2023


Featuring the New Roots Institute

Eemon Ghasemiyeh from the New Roots Institute led a discussion that explored the conditions animals are raised in, its environmental and human impacts, and actions to create a more just food system. Sponsored by CLC's philosophy department.


Serenity, Symmetry, and the Balance of Nature

An enriching event that explored the essence of Japanese gardens, focusing on serenity, symmetry, and the balance of nature. Attendees learned how traditional Japanese values and the garden's physical aesthetics connect to and promote sustainability and engaged in a creative reflection activity with seeded paper, inspired by Haiku poetry. Led by Shannon Bassi and held in the Japanese Gardens at CLC's Grayslake campus.


College of Lake County's Sustainability Club and SWALCO sponsored a book collection drive and Upcycled Fall/Thanksgiving Sustainable Craft Night on Friday, November 17 from 5-7 p.m. in Room B222 at CLC. Participants made a beautiful upcycled fall crafts made out of recycled books. All leftover books were donated. Learn more about the event.

Joey Fine Rhyme "Be the Change" – Nov. 18

Taking on our collective eco-challenges requires we each embody an ethos of action. This interactive show educated attendees on climate and waste while drawing inspiration through raptivism (activism through original rap music) and emphasizes what people can do to make a difference. Featured Joey FineRhyme (birth name Joey Feinstein), an educator, public speaker, raptivist (rap activist) and freestyle rhyme extraordinaire. Held at the Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan.

PAST Events - Spring 2024


Participants learned how to make handmade, seeded paper from recycled paper bags. Attendees created paper using seeds collected from CLC's Living Lab Trail as part of the Poet-Tree Project or made paper to plant in their home gardens using a variety of seeds and flower petals.

Thursday, April 4 - Sustainability Rapper A.Y. Young's Battery Tour

The Battery Tour is a renewable-energy powered grass-roots concert series that raises money through donations to promote, develop and deploy sustainable solutions & solar powered boxes for villages that do not have reliable access to electricity. A.Y. is one of the first artists to power his concerts with 100% renewable energy. Learn more about AY Young and check out "Goals," the title track from his forthcoming EP, and check out some of the photos from his classroom visits and high-impact performance at CLC!

Living Lab Trail Walk - April 15

Voices of Lake County and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) led a walk along the Living Lab Trail with guided mindfulness activities and nature journaling.