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Passersby paid little attention Thursday, to a new 8-foot sculpture of a chaparral (a roadrunner) which has been installed on the College of DuPage campus. It's the college's mascot.

Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

Josh Austin, of Glenside Middle School, along with other students, honor fallen soldiers by planting one of 6676 American flags at Veteran's Memorial Park in Glendale Heights.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Karley Griese of Glenside Middle School, along with other students, honor fallen soldiers by planting one of 6676 American flags at Veteran's Memorial Park in Glendale Heights.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Seaman Jordan Parker helps Grady Guare, 3, and his brother Kerry, 5, of Twin Lakes, Wis., work on their kites during a kite-making activity for children at Gurnee Mills play area Tuesday in Gurnee. Children learned about the science behind lift, drag, and flight as they made kites from simple household items. The event was sponsored by the Great Lakes Naval Museum.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

James Enright, 4, of Gurnee, flies his kite that he made during a kite-making activity for children at Gurnee Mills play area Tuesday. Children learned about the science behind lift, drag, and flight as they made kites from simple household items.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Kindergartner Sasha Luna performs for the Nursery Rhyme-O-Rama at Cotton Creek School in Island Lake.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

A Elgin Public Works employee helps with the installation of the avenue of 519 flags for Memorial Day at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin Wednesday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Retired band director Lowell Koester of Elgin, left, who taught at Ellis Middle School from 1967-1981, talks to retiring band director Steve Childs during a reception for himself and longtime teachers, Phyllis Dunlap-Huerta (29 years), Carlos Salgado (19 years) and Jerry Turnquist (41 years) Wednesday at Ellis Middle School in Elgin. Childs, who taught for 35 years, had Koester as music teacher when he went to school at Ellis as a child. Childs still plays the trumpet in a local group.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Theresa Finneran, 18, of Schaumburg High School, presents her argument representing the Schaumburg Department of Public Health and Nursing to the mock board as part of Youth-In-Government at the Schaumburg village hall Tuesday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Reid Adamson, right, tries on an item he purchased as Mark Jones looks on as third grade kids at Gavin Central held an economic exchange fair Thursday in Ingleside. The children utilized the concepts they have learned about money, bartering and when to save.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

St. Charles East High School junior Sriya Siems performs during the 11th annual Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Concert Thursday at Lincoln Park in St. Charles. The annual concert celebrates the life of Caruso, a St. Charles East High School student leader, musician, athlete, and community activist who died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on July 14, 2002, at the age of 17.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Mayor George Pradel does a ceremonial first flush as Naperville celebrates the grand opening of a new bathroom facility at Central Park. The new facility will accommodate those who attend the municipal band concerts and nearby shoppers.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Plumber Ben Murillo, of Fountain Tchnologies, right, checks the repairs of the pipes under the pool at the Round Lake Area Park District Aquatic Center Thursday. The repairs have caused a delay in the opening until June 15th.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Two-year-old Ava Luhmann reacts as her mother Jennifer Luhmann, both of Cary, holds a butterfly during the 10th anniversary of the Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park in Geneva Friday. More than 400 butterflies and seven different types of butterflies were released during the event.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Jeff White of Sleepy Hollow and other volunteers place American flags on the graves of the 1,001 veterans at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee Friday. Dundee Township's Memorial Day service will be held at the cemetery Monday at 11:30.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Diego Bautista, left, and Aaron Almendariz prepare a pair of flowers for planting Friday as they and their McKinley School 6th-grade classmates work with volunteers from the Northeast Neighborhood Association to provide nectar-rich flowers for the butterflies at the Ann-Douglas Park and Butterfly Garden Friday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Protesters from Holy Cross Catholic Church from Batavia stand outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora on Friday. A man has been charged with swerving his vehicle at a protester at that location. Police said video surveillance did not show him swerve, but prosecutors filed charges anyway based apparently on several witness statements and other evidence.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Fred Borchert of Batavia has helped foster a large colony of purple martins along the Riverwalk in Batavia.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 5/26/2013 6:55 PM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features preparations for Memorial Day events, kids making kites, butterfly exhibits, and a ceremony for a new toilet.
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