Skip Navigation

College News

April Events: Robots battle it out, fields of interest step into the spotlight, arts take center stage and more!

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Mar 26, 2021

There’s always lots to do, see and experience at College of Lake County (CLC). Here are some of the highlights for the month of April.

Month-long celebration

At CLC, April is designated as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA). Look for events throughout the month to celebrate the identities, experiences and histories of these rich cultures.

Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2: Global Citizenship Week

Learn about all the Center for International Education has to offer during global citizenship week. Daily events will be held live via Zoom and include information on various study abroad opportunities, cultural presentations from CLC international students and the global citizenship milestone.

Session specifics will be posted on CLC’s news and events page.

Thursday, April 1: CLC Make-a-Thon Introduction, 6 p.m.

Join us for the Make-a-thon kickoff. Learn more about the microcontroller platform and assorted items in the kit. This year’s theme is “Hands Free.” Combine the sensors, motors, programming and some low fidelity prototyping materials to make an invention that operates hands free. The event will begin with a tutorial about the microcontroller and programming.

Register for the live webinar

Thursday, April 1: Literary Reading with Nicole Chung, 7 p.m.

Author Nicole Chung will read from her national bestselling memoir, All You Can Ever Know: “Growing up in small-town Oregon as a Korean-American adopted by white parents was a lonely experience…Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time” (The New Yorker). Sponsored by the English Department.

Register for the Zoom event

Tuesday, April 6: General Election

It’s election day in Illinois and who serves in a multitude of government positions will be decided by voters. For information on local elections and how to register visit the Lake County Office of the County Clerk.

Tuesday, April 6 & Tuesday, April 20: NIFB Pop-Up Market, 2 – 5 p.m.

Each family that comes through during the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. distribution will receive approximately 50 lbs. of food, including protein, produce, dairy and milk (when available). This can be considered a godsend for students at the college who previously took advantage of the school’s SHARE Market, an on-campus food pantry which has been closed since March. No identification is needed, and no proof of need is required.

Distribution will take place in Parking Lot 3 on CLC’s Grayslake Campus which is just south of Washington Street and off of Lancer Lane.

Thursday, April 8: National Cambodian Heritage Museum performance / workshop, 2 – 3 p.m.

Music and dance play a significant role in Cambodian traditions and cultures. Come learn more about Cambodian history and culture through a collaborative event presented by the National Cambodian Heritage Museum. Presenters will provide musical performances and dance demonstrations along with discussion. Participants will be able to engage with presenters through Q&As. To learn more about the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, please visit

Register for the National Cambodian Heritage Museum performance / workhop

Friday, April 9 through Friday, May 14: 40th Annual Student Art Show

This annual juried CLC student is a celebration of drawing, painting, design, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design and animation from fine art and digital media and design majors.

Check out CLC's Arts events

Friday, April 9: Today’s Inspirational Young Latinas, 12 p.m.

Sandra Lopez is a first-generation American who is proud of her Mexican culture. She is a big believer in community empowerment and believes everyone can achieve what their heart desires. At a young age, she discovered her passion for art and fostering community. She is a community engagement manager for a public library in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. She is also a contributing author in Today’s Inspired Young Latina, Volume II. Sandra is an artist and an advocate for the inclusion of those of all abilities. She received a BFA from Northeastern Illinois University and an MLS from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Interested in attending? Register to receive the Zoom link 

Friday, April 9: TRU STORY Presentation

A presentation of the story behind the story and songs by Gosz & Fotos. TRU is a musical that shines a light into the life of Truman, a man living with mental illness personified as a toxic relationship. New to the neighborhood, Isla is an artist seeking to rekindle her lost passion and overcome her anxieties. Their paths meet through a shared loss, and Truman and Isla are left to confront their personal struggles together. The musical presentation will be followed by a post-show panel of creatives, mental health professionals and advocates. Sponsored by: CLC Psychology and Social Action Student Clubs.

Register to receive the Zoom link to this free event

Tuesday, April 13: Lake County Robotics Competition, time TBA

The mission of the LCRC is to introduce 8th-12th grade students to engineering, robotics and computer science using an affordable and accessible robotics competition. The LCRC is organized through a joint effort by the College of Lake County Transfer Engineering Department and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. We want students to have the opportunity to experience STEM education in a fun, competitive, critical thinking manner. The finals is the culmination of a year-long effort by participants to design and build robots to meet the competition requirements.

View all Maker Faire Lake County events

Thursday, April 15: Starting your business in Illinois, 9 a.m.

Hosted by the Workforce and Professional Development Institute, learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions live via Zoom! Cost: FREE

Register for Starting Your Business in Illinois

Friday, April 16: So Good: The Neil Diamond Experience, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Neary, Broadway, television and motion picture actor, captures the nuances of Neil Diamond’s signature vocals in this unforgettable tribute to one of the most popular and successful recording artists of all time, complete with life stories and classic songs. Free Pre-Recorded Virtual Concert!

To register, call the James Lumber Center box office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to

Saturday, April 17: Maker Faire Lake County 2021, 10 a.m.

Maker Faire is interactive and educational in all kinds of ways. Maker Faire is not a passive sit-down experience; it’s a hands-on experience that you grab hold of. From simple conversations and detailed explanations to amazing do-it-yourself demonstrations, Maker Faire is all about participation and sharing. Many Makers share presentations with hands-on activities. Others share unusual objects that we don’t see every day.

Visit Lake County Maker Faire to register for free

Tuesday, April 20: ELENA (Russia, 2012) - International film screening and discussion, 7 p.m.

Elena lives in Moscow, but she occupies two different, equally painful worlds. She’s the second wife of a wealthy man, but they don’t sleep in the same bed. She regularly takes the train to her extended family, but they pressure her with their money problems. When the man has a heart attack, an estranged daughter enters the picture and the issue of inheritance complicates matters further... The AV Club says Elena’s “sharp, surprising turns … catapult the film in an unexpected direction. It’s an austere Russian drama with shades of Hitchcock.” From the director of our previous film, Leviathan.

Participants must have access to Netflix to view the film.

7 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction to the Film
7:15 p.m. - Watch the Film
9 p.m. - Discussion with Dr. Chris Cooling

Register in advance for this International Film Screening & Discussion through Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, April 22: Introduction to Exporting, 10 a.m.

Hosted by the Workforce and Professional Development Institute, this virtual workshop provides you with a comprehensive overview of export requirements and procedures. Learn how to prepare for exporting and execute your export plan live via Zoom. Cost: FREE

Register for Introduction to Exporting

Friday, April 23 through Sunday April 25: Play On Performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Play On! is a celebration of student creativity, talent and achievement. Join CLC students as they showcase their abilities as actors, directors, stage managers, designers and technicians. Ideas for the showcase are solicited in the fall semester and students produce the work in the spring. It might be a full-length play, an evening of one-acts or even an original script: the students will decide!

Check out CLC's art events

Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24: Fear No Art Festival, 7:30 p.m.

The annual Fear No Art festival is a lively celebration featuring a variety of emerging choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, actors and poets. This festival plays a vital role in supporting the artistic development and work of both our college students and our community artists at large.

Check out CLC's art events

Thursday, April 22: Willow Review Literary Magazine

Contributors to CLC’s award-winning literary magazine, Willow Review, will read from their original poetry and prose. Copies of the 48th issue will be available for mail order sales. Willow Review is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Check out CLC's art events 

Saturday, April 24 – Friday, April 30: Virtual Community Open House

Think you know CLC? There’s more to explore. Discover over 170 degrees and certificates offered in CLC’s nine Fields of Interest, all from the comfort of your home. Cost: FREE

Register to attend the Virtual Open House 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.