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Mike Carter, of Sugar Grove, carefully arranges flags at a flag disposal ceremony Friday. The event was held at the Sugar Grove Veterans Park, where people could respectfully dispose of their warn-out United States flags.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

Kids applaud as Robin Bengtson´s Dog Stars perform over 40 tricks at the Wauconda Area Library Monday evening.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Bennett McMillen, 4, of Geneva braces for impact as Hailey Vogtmann, 4, of St. Charles swings sideways to crash into him at Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles Monday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Mark and Irene Demus, of Palatine, take a summer walk in the company of impressionistic rolling hills and wild flowers in Deer Grove East in Palatine on Monday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Kirt Dybeck of Lake in the Hills enjoys his day off Monday at Voyager's Landing Forest Preserve in Elgin. It was his first time fishing the Fox River under the Jane Addams Tollway.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

A Hover Fly rests atop a salvia plant. May and June are great months to look at flowers and by just observing the flowers, you might not notice these small flies, which feed on nectar and pollen. But, by using a macro lens and being patient, I was able to move in and get a close look at the colorful insect.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Patty Momb of Elgin enjoys the mild summer weather while painting part of a chain fence outside her Elgin home Tuesday. The fence, which had not been painted in quite a while according to Momb, was on the list of her summer fix-up projects.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Sophie Wischmeyer, 6, of Barrington, works on a landscape collage during Art in Your Hands camp Wednesday at the Lake County Discovery Museum at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. Children painted, sculpted and created collages.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Dave Blackmon, on lift, and Simon Peter, of M/M Peters Construction, install the roof on the third level of a new play area at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles Wednesday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Lightning strike near Wauconda High School Wednesday evening as storms roll into the Chicago area.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Nancy Gallagher and her son Aydin, 6, both of Elgin, select some fresh vegetables during the second week of the Elgin Harvest Market. The weekly market is located next to the Gail Borden Library at 200 North Grove in Elgin on Thursdays. The market, in its 14th season this year, typically has between 20-25 local vendors each week.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

A male rose-breasted grosbeak really shows its colors inflight between bird feeders in Lori Sweeny's backyard in Mundelein on May 4. If you want to capture the true color in outdoor nature photography, set your camera's white-balance to sun or cloud. Automatic white-balance will neutralize the beautiful colors. To freeze action, set your scene selection to sports. I am teaching "How to take Interesting Photographs" at the Buffalo Grove Park District on June 20 at 7 p.m.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Abby Evans, 10, of St. Charles plays at Moore Park's water park in Geneva on Thursday. Abby's been coming to the park with her mother since she was very little, and still enjoys visiting it. Several groups of children were at the park on the warm day, even though the water was a bit cold. They just took breaks to warm up and headed right back in to frolic in the sprinklers.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Lydia Weber, of Grayslake, and her mother, Judy England, ride the Himilaya ride during the first day of Libertyville Days on Thursday.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino and his grandson Dominic, 7, get the ball back from catcher Jeff LaPage, Glenbard North, after throwing the first pitches at the opening of the American Legion Post 76 Summer Classic Tournament on Friday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino cheers on his grandson Dominic, 7, as he throws out one of the first pitches at the opening of the American Legion Post 76 Summer Classic Tournament on Friday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Morgan Dunn, 15, from Batavia, skips a rock across the West Branch of the DuPage River at the Naperville Riverwalk on Friday. Dunn, her brother Justin, and her mom, were enjoying the weather before going to their grandparents' house in the area. "I got a rock to skip five times," Justin, Morgan's brother, said.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Louise Turner holds her grandson, Matthew Erickson, 1 1/2, both of Huntley, while Renee Cwik of West Chicago, plants a smooch on his cheek at Elgin Community College's Relay for Life on Friday. All three are cancer survivors. Turner is a four-year breast cancer survivor, Matthew beat a rare form of brain cancer and Cwik is a seven-year breast cancer survivor. Matthew was 'adopted' by the ECC men's basketball team in January.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

School friends Hannah Parker, 4, left, and Gianna Carnevale, 5, both of Mundelein, ride the dragon at Libertyville Days fest in downtown Libertyville on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Vicky Zygmunt and Elizabeth Green, both 14, of Libertyville, have a laugh will riding the ferris wheel high above Libertyville Days fest in downtown Libertyville on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Montini High School students Matthew Ernat, right and other classmates Sam Detmers and Robert Garcia, help flood-displace residents move back to the towers at Four Lakes Apartments in Lisle.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Roz Moore of Mount Prospect runs with a group of friends wearing homemade superhero costumes in Mount Prospect Park District's Super 5K Run at Lions Memorial Park in Mount Prospect on Saturday. Participants were encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Gunnar Anderson, 6, catches his first fish as his Uncle Ed Rusewicz, of South Elgin, takes a photograph at the 18th annual Tuna Kahuna Fishing Contest. The event was held Saturday at Blackhawk Park in South Elgin.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

Shanna McDonald, 13, of West Dundee, practices with the Chicago Celtic Pipe Band at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca Saturday.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

Founder of Navigators USA, an "inclusive" alternative to Scouts, Elizabeth Vesto of Kildeer plays with the group of kids at the Countryside Church in Palatine.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Joyce Mule of Grayslake sports a colorful umbrella to ward off the rain during the Grayslake Arts Festival.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Olivia Fletcher, 19, of Geneva, and Eleana Daniel, 20, of Batavia, watch closely as Brendan Coller, 8, of Batavia, makes his own bird feeder out of recycled materials. The 2013 Batavia Green Walk took place at the Riverwalk and Peg Bond Center Saturday.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

Mikayla Kellett, 5, helps her Dad, Sean of St. Charles, dock their rented paddle boat at Pottawatomie Park Sunday. The Kellett family decided the best way to spend their Fathers Day was in the beautiful weather on the Fox River.

Emmalee Luckas | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 6/19/2013 2:55 PM

About this Gallery

This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids playing outside, adults playing outside, and dogs playing outside. People ran in races, paddled on rivers, and played in local parks.
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