Gift Differently with the Gift of Gorton This Holiday Season

Many “gift” programs begin in January

Help your kids elevate their style by taking a course at the Gordon Community Center, one of many wonderful holiday gifts. – Gorton photo

The holiday spirit is growing around town in Lake Forest. Gorton Community Center recently screened Home Alone before the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Market Square and hosted their annual “Kids Only” Holiday Shop where over 350 children got the chance to shop with wonder for under $10 a gift.  It’s been a busy launch to the season of gifting.

Following the national trend to not invest in too much more “stuff,” Gorton has planned 2017 programming that allows community members to give the Gift of Gorton – experiences for growth, entertainment, mindfulness, and more.

Gorton has a number of programs available for gift purchase that start after the New Year. Fork in the Road and Manly Manners classes, new to Gorton but well known on the North Shore, begin in January, lead by Desiree DeTrempe. These classes gift the timeless charms of good etiquette. Go to and pick your event based on the date that works best for you.

Also starting in January is an 8-week Tuesday night series on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. These will be lead by Angela Waltman, MS,FNP,AHN-C and MBSR Certified trainer, and the course is based on Jon Kabat Zinn’s work. It is designed to develop and integrate mindfulness practices into everyday life, using meditation, body awareness and movement.

Teens can jump on a gift of an Improv Class with renowned Second City and iO collaborator Jimmy Carrane. This one day workshop will sharpen your teen’s acting skills or give them the confidence they need in everyday situations.

Additionally, movies, classes on Acting for the Business Professional and Shakespeare, music by the locally renowned Buckthorns and Downbeat Magazine up and comer Alyssa Allgood, and a co-produced event with Lake Forest Open Lands of the Telluride MountainFilm tour are ready for gifting. Buy something for them, and then buy one for yourself. For more information, log on to or call 847.234.6060.

Gorton Community Center is a privately-funded, not-for-profit 501c3 organization which operates in partnership with volunteers and the City of Lake Forest to enrich the lives of its residents through cultural arts, education and charitable service. Gorton relies on the generosity of residents and businesses to help fund programs, services and building improvements offered in the historic building owned by the city. The gathering place in the heart of our community where people connect, converse, learn, listen, play and perform.

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