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6-year-old Payton Harlow of Island Lake gets tossed into the water by his mom Katie Harlow, at Wauconda Park District beach on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Jeremiah Hettich, 7, of Old School Montessori in Grayslake, plays at the Grayslake Park District Spray Park Tuesday. The hot, humid weather made it feel like it was over 100 degrees.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Georgi Ann Kerwin, 8, of Hampshire, gets charged up during the "Lights! Camera! Action!" physics program presented by The Science Alliance for the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library in Hampshire Tuesday. Children with all different hair lengths got to try it out and see how their hair was affected by the charging.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

8-year-old Xander Jakubisin of Third Lake learns a trick from BMX expert Matt Wilhelm during a performance at Grayslake Public Library Wednesday. Wilhelm has won numerous contests including X-Games and national championships.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Seven-year-olds Brenna Hornsey, left, and Atalhea Herman, both of Libertyville, take a computer apart during Camp Invention Wednesday at Rockland School in Libertyville. The Libertyville School District 70 summer program featured creative activities for elementary school age students.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Aidan Hall, 3, of Naperville, checks out some water spouts during an outing with his family to Centennial Beach on Thursday in Naperville.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Olivia Warchol, Tessa Morse, McKenna Warchol, and Niki DeVita, all 14 and from Algonquin, take a plunge hand-in-hand off the dock at Woods Creek Lake in Lake in the Hills Thursday. DeVita says of the temperature, "I like it…it's warm but refreshing." Morse says, "It's not too hot and not too cold," and Emily Warchol chimed in, "It's just right."

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Rory Rezendes, 5, of Algonquin surfaces to adjust his googles while investigating the lake bottom at Woods Creek Lake in Lake in the Hills on Thursday. He visited the lake for the first time with his mother, Stacey, and siblings Elliot, 4, and Marshal, 1. Rory described the water temperature as, "Pretty good. It's fine." Mother Stacey says she found the water, "Definitely refreshing. I'm not a big fan of cold water, so it's nice. This you can walk (right) in to. I think it's good."

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Abbie Glover, 2, of Round Lake Heights, keeps cool in the food tent with a fan during the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration at Century Park Thursday. The event included music, entertainment, food and amusement rides.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

From left, Ellie Santuchi, 6, Kylie Carroll, 4, Ava Santucci, 4, and Kendra Carroll, 6, all of Cary, build a sandcastle at Paulus Park Beach in Lake Zurich Thursday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Patti Heigert, of Mundelein, has her hat folded back from a strong gust as she tastes jam from Aolcomb Hollow Bread and Jam during "Hawaiian Day" at the Mundelein Farmers Market on Friday. The market is open Friday's from June 14 through October 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Terri Wadhams, right, of Elk Grove, a 20-year cancer survivor, has a comforting shoulder for her cousin and care giver Cindy Hybl, of Round Lake Beach, as they watch the events at the Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg Relay for Life on Friday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Alex Mallek, of Barrington, wears a horse head mask while riding The Dragon with friends during the first day of Alpine Fest in Lake Zurich on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Parker Lambert reaches for a carnival prize while on the shoulders of his stepbrother, Grant Rodger, at the first day of Alpine Fest in Lake Zurich on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Vernon Hills students Jake Campbell, left, and Joe Blitstein, compete against Stevenson students in an eating contest at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills Saturday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Patrick Moran, 20 , center, of Palatine, son of Hall of Fame softball player Terry Moran, who died in a car accident 17 years ago, keeps his dad's memory alive by playing in the Terry Moran Softball Tournament on Saturday in Kimball Hill Park in Rolling Meadows.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Joe Macak, of Naperville, sips an Alltech Lexington Brewing sample, during the Naperville Ale Fest at Naper Settlement. "I'm into home brewing and have built an electronic brewery in my house. It's great to come to these events and see how you do against the pros," Macak said.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Rick McInnes, center, and Don Castella, left, sit in McInnes's invention the "Perched Pelican," while Lauren McInnes sits in a lawn chair at the annual Rockin' for the Troops concert to benefit Operation Support Our Troops, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Saturday.

Michelle Jay | Staff Photographer

From left, Daniel Castro and Nick Barrington, both of Lake Zurich, spray parade goers from their float during the Lake Zurich Alpine Days parade Sunday.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 7/22/2013 12:21 AM

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This editon of The Week in Pictures features a lot of efforts to keep cool in the heat, an eating contest, and a lot of summer program activities.
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