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The Suburbs This Weekend: Tony, magic flutes, fence painting and pickles

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Tony Bennett, Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the Arlington Million, Tom Sawyer and pickles are among the subjects covered by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin in The Suburbs This Weekend.

Sean's picks

Double-header at Ravinia, Saturday

• Mozart's "The Magic Flute," 1 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, gates open at noon

CSO, James Conlon, conductor; John de Lancie, narrator

Reserved $80

Lawn $10

• Tony Bennett, 8:30 in the Pavilion

Reserved $91

Lawn $28-$33

Arlington Million

Cheer on the jockeys and horses at the 30th running of the Arlington Million this Saturday at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $16-$105. (847) 870-7223 or arlingtonpark.com.12:25 p.m. post time Saturday, Aug. 18

12-6: International Room VIP Lounge with Summer Altice, 4-hour open bar, full spread with mac-n-cheese table, meatball bar, carvery bar, silent auction,

Richard's picks

In a pickle

Learn how pioneer families kept themselves fed, thanks to the process of pickling, at the Pickle Palooza event at the Durant House Museum, at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. Museum staff and docents provide background, and guests can sample a variety of pickled fare. $2 for adults, and $1 for children. (630) 377-6424 Runs 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Mark Twain's America

• Build a model raft, whitewash a fence and participate in other activities to learn about Mark Twain's America from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18-19, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Activities included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 youth 4-12, free for Naperville residents, members and children 3 and younger. (630) 420-6010.

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