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Two fests in Des Plaines this weekend

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  • Tim Vana of Des Plaines entertains at St. Stephen's 9th annual Family fest.

       Tim Vana of Des Plaines entertains at St. Stephen's 9th annual Family fest.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer August 2011

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The 12th annual St. Stephen Family Fest and the 6th annual Presence Holy Family Medical Center Family Fun Fest health screenings are both this weekend in Des Plaines.

St. Stephen's fest will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church, 1280 Prospect St., Des Plaines.

The money generated at Family Fest helps St. Stephen with the upkeep of the church and school.

Food vendors include Allegretti's Pizza, Ching Hua Chinese, KRE Smokers, Cream of the Crepe, El Fast Burrito and Mrs. A's Cupcakes.

Musical entertainment includes Rick Saucedo, Triple Shot and Rock Boxx, Dave Thomas and the Sol Azteca Dancers.

There will be craft and specialty vendors from 12 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The organizers have added more games this year and there are many activities geared toward children.

There are more than $3,000 in raffle prizes, plus a raffle for a Trek Classic Bike valued at $500. More information is available at

The Family Fun Fest is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 100 N. River Road in Des Plaines. Presence Holy Family Medical Center will conduct health screening and physical assessments that will include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body mass index. All screening services will be provided free.

There will also be an array of activities and exhibits from a variety of community organizations. The first 100 school-aged children will receive a free backpack and school supplies. Attendees can ask a physician about any medical-related concerns.

Last year, the event attracted more than 700 people.

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