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  • Weekend picks: Rod Stewart, Santana bring the tunes Aug 16, 2014 7:42 AM
    Get ready to swoon at the romantic song stylings of Rod Stewart and Santana in concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. See which horse comes out on top at the Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights. And humans and their canine pals are invited to the Dog Days of Summer at Knupper Nursery & Landscape in Palatine for grooming, training demos and activities.

  • Reindeer dogs from Alaska’s cranky hot dog vendor Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by Michael Anderson, who offers seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.

  • Cardboard boat racing set for Wauconda Aug 15, 2014 1:01 PM
    A cardboard boat race that benefits the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee will be held in Wauconda on Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • Country and blues featured at 4th annual Ribfest in Vernon Hills Aug 15, 2014 1:02 PM
    The Vernon Hills Park District’s fourth annual Little Bear Ribfest will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 22, and 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 23, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills.

  • Catholic Charities Lake County seeks volunteers to be youth mentors Aug 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Catholic Charities Lake County Youth Mentorship Program has made a positive impact on a dozen children already, but more mentors are needed before the 2014-2015 school year begins.

  • Fred Fest concert in Port Barrington Sunday Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    Fred Fest, an annual reunion concert of well-known, Barrington-trained musicians, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Fox River Forest Preserve on Roberts Road in Port Barrington.

  • Local Dance Team Takes Second at Kansas City Competition Aug 15, 2014 2:16 PM
    Erwin and Iwona Rybczynski of the Interclub Academy of Dance placed second in the American Rhythm Professional Open category this past weekend at the Heart of America competition in Kansas City, Mo.

  • BG Principal goes to Harvard? Aug 15, 2014 2:12 PM
    Saint Mary School Principal Nikki Raftery headed off to Harvard University, specifically the Data Wise Institute. This wasn’t a vacation or workshop. Raftery was chosen by the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools to attend the ground breaking conference. Of the 207 Archdiocese elementary schools, Raftery was identified as a principal who has done a great job facilitating the analysis of data and using this analysis to drive academic achievement.

  • Is lawsuit a wake-up call on title insurance? Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country’s top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for title insurance?

  • How buyers can protect their deposits if a home sale turns sour Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    There are a few options that homebuyers should consider to bolster their chances of getting their good-faith deposit back if the proposed transaction falls apart.

  • Handyman scams elderly homeowner Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I’m distressed about an unethical handyman who has been taking advantage of my elderly mother. She first called him because the nails in her roof were sticking up.

  • Night life events: $5 margaritas and a view at Fox Lake's El Puerto Aug 15, 2014 6:25 AM
    Enjoy the view at El Puerto Mexican Restaurant at Leisure Point in Fox Lake. Stop in for $5 margaritas, all day every day, to sip while noshing on items from the extensive menu.

  • On stage: Strawdog presents 'Arsonist'; Ronald Funches plays Zanies Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    StrawdogTheatre opens its 27th season with Max Frisch's "The Arsonists," one of this week's happenings in theater. Chicago-born comedian Ronald Funches headlines Zanies in Rosemont, Mary-Arrchie Theatre hosts its annual "Abbie Fest" and Sideshow Theatre opens its season with a "sort of" adaptation of Chekhov this week in Chicago area theater.

  • Harper to host Chicago area premiere of ‘The SuperDeafy Movie’ Aug 15, 2014 1:57 PM
    Harper will host two screenings of the independent, feature-length film “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the college’s Building J Theater, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. Live question and answer sessions will follow with Executive Producers Liz Tannebaum and Paul Maucere.

  • 'The Giver' arrives, after a two-decade journey Aug 15, 2014 6:42 AM
    It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair. That's when he discovered the Newberry Medal winner "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. It's been a long road to get the movie made. The film version, opening Friday, isn't exactly riding the coattails of book-to-film franchises like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” But you might say it started the whole craze.

  • Asian charity holding fundraiser in Schaumburg Aug 15, 2014 2:04 PM
    Metropolitan Asian Family Services is holding its 22nd annual fundraising dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at India House Banquet Hall, 1521 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

  • Author Travis Thrasher to meet teens at Batavia library Sept. 9 Aug 15, 2014 5:20 PM
    Travis Thrasher, author of nearly 30 books, will meet with teens from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9, at Batavia Public Library. Thrasher will talk about his two series written for teens and the process of writing and publishing.

  • Aid group: Ebola outbreak like ‘wartime’ Aug 15, 2014 7:01 PM
    The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders said Friday, and an aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown.

  • Northwest Community CEO joins viral Ice Bucket Challenge Aug 15, 2014 8:23 PM
    Sitting next to a big bucket of ice, Northwest Community Hospital CEO Stephen Scogna was "afraid, very afraid." Scogna and hospital employees were doused in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge Friday to raise the profile of Lou Gehrig's Disease. "We're all here to share in the excitement of supporting ALS," Scogna said.

  • Grayslake fest a feast for the senses Aug 15, 2014 9:52 PM
    You can smell Grayslake Summer Days festival before you turn the corner onto Center Street. Of course, it smells like summer. There are six local food vendor booths grilling and frying such summer classics as brats, funnel cake and corn on the cob. The festival continues Saturday.

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