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Participants Debut: The Lion King!

castMonths of hard work paid off for Lambs Farm staff Janine Neumann and Alison Zieroff who co-directed the Participant Theater performance of The Lion King on September 24 & 25. Staff and Participants were treated to a dress rehearsal performance on September 23 and everyone enjoyed the music as they sang along to popular songs such as Hakuna Matata. Performances were held at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.

According to Neumann, this was one of the best performances yet. Elaborate costumes, detailed scenery, talented Participants and wonderful volunteers tied everything together. Congratulations to our cast who shined through with their talents and to our wonderful volunteers and staff who made this all happen!

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the Lion King!

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Fall Happenings at Lambs Farm

fallhappeningsCan you believe it’s September? We can’t either! It’s been a fabulous summer at Lambs Farm and as we transition into Fall, please take note of hours changing in some of our businesses and upcoming events going on at and around Lambs Farm.

We will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

Farmyard & Attractions hours are changing as follows:
Monday – Friday | 10am – 4pm (On Monday’s, Farmyard open only, attractions closed)
Saturday – Sunday | 10am – 5pm
The Farmyard will be closing October 30th for the season.

The Snack Shop will be open on Weekends from 11am – 3pm through September 25.

The Visitors Center will be open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. Closed on weekends.

The Fall Community Tent Sale is taking place in the Lambs Farm Main Parking lot next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept 9, 10 & 11)! Free admission and parking for visitors.

Fall decor will be available for purchase at the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center. Choose from corn stalks, hay, pumpkins, mums and more! Coming mid September.

Lambs Farm Participants will be debuting The Lion King, September 24 & 25 at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. Are all invited to attend this wonderful performance!

The 11th Annual Barn Burner BBQ will be taking place in the Lambs Farm main parking lot October 14 & 15. Teams can register online until September 30th. Family activities will be available on Saturday, October 14 from 10am – 4pm.

Grab your partner and head on downtown as Lambs Farm brings some country charm to the big city at Harvesting the Spirit Downtown on the Farm 2016! Proceeds from Harvesting the Spirit will allow us to continue to provide life-enriching opportunities for the remarkable men and women of Lambs Farm.joanna

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After Hours Farmyard Creature Feature Event!

Our first after hours Creature Feature event at the Farmyard was held last night, Thursday, August 11 from 6-8:30pm. Guests enjoyed an exclusive, personal experience at Lambs Farm Farmyard & Attractions! Guests participated in animal related crafts such as painting with chickens and ducks, painting a horse, photo opportunities with small animals and they were even able to get up on our horse Fargo for a fun experience and picture! The night ended with an evening train ride. We look forward to hosting more after hours events in the future! Thank you to our guests for sharing your evening with us!

View pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

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Special Olympics Sports Banquet 2016

DSC_0730Last night was the annual Karen Buron Sports Banquet to recognize Special Olympic Athletes, Coaches  and Volunteers from the 2015-2016 year.

Throughout the season, athletes of all abilities participate and compete in the sports they love. Whether it be one sport or eight sports, Lambs Farm athletes are able to participate in as many sports as they would like.

Our men and women practice for weeks and sometimes months at a time for their chance at earning a medal but it’s beyond the medal which makes the reward so much better. It’s the hard work and dedication during practices that make their victories the most meaningful. Wellness Specialist and Special Olympics Coach Eric Kirch mentioned, “These guys are always teaching me things. I’ve been at Lambs Farm for over 14 years and the biggest thing they’ve taught me is to never give up.”

An exciting announcement was made that athletes who participate and earn a Gold Medal in Snowshoeing, will now have the chance to go to State, every year! State Snowshoeing is officially on the Special Olympics schedule for Lambs Farm!

The awards ceremony presented each Participant with a certificate based on the number of teams they are a part of. Volunteers were recognized as well and each of them were given a certificate of appreciation (pictured below). At the end, four athletes were recognized to be this year’s recipients of a few special awards:

Most Outstanding Athlete at State: Peter S.

Big Achievement Award: Wayne S.

Karen Buron Sportsmanship Award: Josh J.

Athlete of the Year: Joe P. (pictured above with sisters Rosalie and Pat)

Congratulations to our Athletes for a great year! A special thank you to our Coaches and Volunteers for all of your time and dedication to making our athletes be the best they can be, on and off the courts!

Check out more pictures from the Banquet here.

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Students Design Count N Sort for Participants of Lambs Farm

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Students from The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University recently designed a tool to help Participants with counting and sorting. Out of many applicants, Northwestern chose Lambs Farm because they really liked the original concept created by Dietitian Darlene Holop and saw an opportunity to improve it.

The concept is based around a lazy Susan onto a rotating base of numbered sections. This allows our Participants to easily sort items such as food for a twelve person group home.

“I love this idea they came up with,” Holop said. “It’s an improvement to which we had prior and it makes our Participants jobs easier!”

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Greenhouse is Now Open!


waynepetshoplogoThe Greenhouse at the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center is now open and fully stocked with beautiful flowers and plants!

Choose from an abundance of flowers and plants including perennials, hanging baskets, accent plants, herbs, organic vegetables and even flowers and vegetables grown here at Lambs Farm!

We are located at 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville IL 60048
Hours are 10am – 5pm daily.
(p)847.367.7606
email: info@lambsfarm.org
Click here for the Dogwood Garden & Pet Center Website

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Spring into NEW delicious Fit Meals!

Introducing the spring and summer line up of daily Fit Meals at the Magnolia Café & Bakery! All meals are 500 calories or less. Each meal is served with a fresh fruit side (unless otherwise noted) and a 20 oz. brewed iced or hot tea- all for only $5.99 each.

Don’t forget about your loyalty punch card, it’s free! Buy 9 fit meals and the 10th one is free!

My Big Fat FIT Salad with Chicken

(Meals are rotated every two weeks)
Week 1 

Monday
Panini Parmesan Chicken Salad on Multi-grain Bread
 
Tuesday
Turkey Taco Bowl with Rice

Wednesday
My Big Fat FIT Salad with Chicken, Blueberries, Strawberries and Walnuts

Veg Cobb Salad

Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

 
Thursday
Vegetarian Cobb Salad with Fresh Beets

Friday
Light Egg Salad Florentine on a Bagel Thin with a Cup of Brothy Soup

Week 2 
Monday
Summer Pasta Salad with Ham and Green Beans

Turkey Taco Bowl with Rice

 
Tuesday
Fresh Chicken Burrito Bowl with Rice
 
Wednesday
Roasted Vegetable Pita
 
Thursday
BBQ Ranch Chicken and Romaine Salad with Black Beans and Corn
 

Roasted Vegetable Pita

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Friday
Fresh Avocado Salad with House Made Tortilla Chips

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Pigtale Twist & Wholesale Opportunities

Our Participants who work in the Sugar Maple Country Store were recently filmed in the production and bottling of Pigtale Twist’s Beets All Ranch salad dressing. Pigtale Twist has been a Lambs Farm partner for nearly 10 years!

Did you know Lambs Farm offers Wholesale Opportunities? Be it a Lambs Farm product, private labeling or co-packing, your recipe or one of ours, we are confident you will find our products and service to be of the highest quality. Click here to learn more!

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Voices of Lambs Farm

Here is the 2015 edition of Voices, creative writing and personal stories written by the men and women of Lambs Farm. Included in this are short stories, narratives and some poetry written by our very own Participants: Voices: A publication written by Participants

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Sweets for Sweetie: Recap!

On February 13th, Lambs Farm hosted their 2nd annual Sweets for Sweetie Event at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery. The Magnolia Café & Bakery was turned into a wonderfully sweet time for people of all ages. Kids and adults alike came out to decorate sugar cookies and put their own artistic spin on it. Lambs Farm Bakery Manager and Pastry Chef was on site during the event sharing decorating techniques as well. Guests also had the option to dip marshmallows and pretzel rods into melted chocolate. Yum!

After decorating treats, guests were able to decorate their own personalized Valentine’s Day card and container for their treats. It was definitely a one stop shop for your Sweetie while benefiting a great organization at the same time! Thank you to all those who attended and helped with the event!

Click here to see all the pictures from the event.

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