updated: 11/11/2010 4:55 PM
The week in photos
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Katie Gallagher of Palatine dressed her chihuahua Trouble as a police officer for the pet parade during the Arlington Heights Autumn Harvest.
Erin Trunda, middle, works on a scarecrow for the scarecrow competition with Rebecca Caliendo, left, and Katie Trunda during the Arlington Heights Autumn Harvest.
Sophia Kederhauser, 2, of Warrenville, tries out a hula hoop at the Fischer Farm Heritage Day and Bensenville Park District's 50th anniversary Saturday in Bensenville. The event was free and open to the public. Fischer Farm is the oldest remaining homestead in DuPage County.
Dayanara Gutierrez, 6, of Bensenville gets her face painted at the Fischer Farm Heritage Day and Bensenville Park District's 50th anniversary held Saturday in Bensenville. Face painting, balloon animals and a petting zoo were just a few of the things offered at the family-friendly event. Fischer Farm is the oldest remaining homestead in DuPage County.
Elvis impersonators congregate near the starting line of the Geneva Academic Foundation's Viva Geneva! 5K run and youth mile at the Kane County Government Center on Saturday, October 2. Left to right are Willy Medina, race organizer, Jennifer Everhardus of Wilmette, and Aimee Vallero of Geneva.
Emma Savage, 8, and her father Brian Savage, both of Itasca stroll to the finish line at Saturdays Oktoberfast 5K Run/Walk. This was the second year the event was held with an estimated $10,000 raised to benefit Marklund, a not-for-profit organization that provides care to those who have severe and profound developmental disabilities.
Sara enjoys wearing her glasses, says owner Jaki Herrmann, 13, of Plato Center. Sara was dressed up as a fairy with star glasses for the pet parade at the second-annual Dog-tober Fest at Deicke Park in Huntley on Saturday, October 2.
Shelby Valadez coaxes her 13-week-old german shepherd puppy named T-Bear through a tire on an agility course at the second-annual Dog-tober Fest.
Participants Angeliz Morales, 9, right and Maddie Grosskopf, 11, both of Naperville go running under the parachute. Angela Jostlein of the German Language School, far right, helped with the children's activities at the annual Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement Saturday. Money brought in during the Oktoberfest is given to the Naperville Heritage Society.
Elgin High School football Lee Jackson looks to pass candy to classmates as he gets a lift east on Chicago Street in Elgin during the school's homecoming parade through downtown Elgin on Sunday, October 3. The parade aslo included the school's marching band, soccer team, volleyball team, and several floats.
Rob Nurre looks through a surveyor's compass at the 29th-annual Harvest Days celebrating the 175th anniversary of Campton Township at Garfield farm Sunday afternoon.
The Elgin High School flags squard marches in the homecoming parade through downtown Elgin on Sunday, October 3.
The unveiling of the new Century Walk YMCA statue was held Sunday at Fry Family YMCA in Naperville. Naperville Mayor George Pradel poses for a shot next to the new statue. Children are encouraged to climb on the 1500 lb work of art.
Martza Juarez, 15, is the last to walk the runway at the Centre of Elgin during a showcase of venders for Quinceaneras Sunday afternoon.
Runners take part in the 5K race around Big Bear Lake in Vernon Hills to benefit the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The event was sponsored by Vernon Hills High School's Health and Wellness Committee.
Jack Murray, left, Spencer Reed, and Catelyn Dayao of Toni Levy's 3 to 4-year-old class laugh while wearing new firefighters' hats during a visit by Lake Villa firefighter Greg Phillips to the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center Monday during Fire Prevention Week.
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Jill Danklefsen's three-year-old cat, Libby, clings to the thirteen-year-olds shoulder as Fr. Dennis Morrissy conducts a pet blessing Monday at St. Peter Church in Geneva. The blessing celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. Jill is from Geneva and is a St. Peter member.
Second and third graders listen as story teller Dean Griffiths of Lake Villa reads "The Cat in the Hat during the October Story Time Series at Santa Maria del Popolo School in Mundelein Monday night.
Story Teller Dean Griffiths of Lake Villa reads "The Cat in the Hat to second and third graders in Mundelein Monday night.
Nick Coser pours in the soy component as he participates in packing food for Feed My Staving Children at St. Peters School in Arlington Heights, to finish out a weekend of packing by seven area churches. Seven churches packed over 175,000 meals.
Woodland Primary School kindergartner Anahi Ramirez tries out the spinning wheel of presenter Allison Ashley, who was visiting Woodland to demonstrate the art of spinning yarn from wool.
Cheer coaches Bethanne LaFleur, Lilly Garcia and Shannon McGee catch Violet Carlson, 4, of Batavia while doing a pop-up at the Batavia Park District's cheer class for young girls.
Sasha Nahorski, 7, of Batavia, plays along with a game called Cheerleader Says during Batavia Park District's cheer class for young girls.
Luis Martinez of Grate Signs installs a piece of the puzzle to the upgrade of the Arcada Theater sign in St. Charles Tuesday. Work has been done incrementally throughout the summer and an electronic message board is slated to be installed Thursday.
Chicago area TV station video photographers work at International Terminal 5 during a moderation project media tour at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, October 5. The photographers were required to wear vests, hard hats and safety glasses while updating file video of the 10 Center East construction.
Lights reflect on the Fox River as the annual Scarecrow Festival sets up Tuesday in St. Charles.
Harrison Elementary fifth graders Olivia Tegge, left, and Holly Friedel, both 10, walk down East Side Drive in Geneva on their way to school on International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6.
A rower makes his way down the Fox River in Geneva early Wednesday morning, October 6. The white reflected in the water is from a home on the west bank of the river. This type of boat is call a single scull and they are sometimes used for exercise by people who enjoy rowing.
More than 400 students at Westfield Community School in Algonquin participated in the International Walk to School day. Students who had to ride busses to school got a chance to walk around the track instead.
Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago is in full operation for Halloween with hay rides, haunted houses and pumpkins. Twins Juliana and Ava Neustadt, 3, of Oakbrook walk through one of the many patches of pumpkins on Thursday.
St. Charles North High School senior Haley Hanson reads "The Snowy Day to second graders in Michelle Tykal's class at Wildrose Elementary in St. Charles on Thursday, October 7. Students from the North Future Educators club took part in the Read for the Record day to set a new record to have the same book read to students worldwide on October 7. The St. Charles North students plan on being in a teaching environment in some way for their career.
Debbie Peterka of St. Charles works on putting the final facial touches on scarecrows for Swing Set Preschool's entry for this year's Scarecrow Festival on Thursday, October 7. The school has been participating in the annual event for about 10 years. The festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, starts Friday at Lincoln Park.
The Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce host a special luncheon in honor of outgoing District 300 Superintendent Ken Arndt at Jacobs High School in Algonquin Friday, October 8, 2010.
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