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  • Meet the Campton Hills woman who takes food from farm to table Sep 5, 2014 3:41 PM
    Most people have memories spending time with their mom in the kitchen. Penny Newkirk remembers that too, growing up in farm country and helping her mother prepare meals for six siblings. Newkirk, a former home economics and cooking teacher, is still sharing her skills with others at her Country Garden Cuisine Cooking School on a historic farm in Campton Hills. “I have the heart of a teacher,” she says. “I love to be able to excite people about the food they eat” Newkirk said.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Sep 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 1.

  • Enjoy United Fall Fest activities in Campton Hills Sep 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    The fourth annual United Fall Fest returns with a day filled with fun, food and fellowship from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills. Admission is free. It is organized by the church in partnership with the Fox Mill community and the village of Campton Hills.

  • Libertyville’s Encore Theatre prepares for its final season after 17 years Sep 3, 2014 11:12 AM
    When the Encore Theatre's 16th season came to a close, Director Bob Silton had some news for the local youths who bring several shows to the stage each year. At the cast party for the final show, "Shrek: The Musical," Silton revealed that the upcoming 2014-15 season will be Encore's last. "It went completely dead quiet," Silton said. "There were a lot of tears."

  • Party helps Lisle parents celebrate start of school Sep 2, 2014 9:34 AM
    As a mom with four children, Debbie Pawlowicz knew her youngest's first full day of school was something she should celebrate -- with her friends. The event has grown into Lisle's annual First Full Day of School Party, still hosted by Pawlowicz. Our Joan Broz says the event is a chance for parents to celebrate, to reconnect after the summer and to share advice between the more experienced parents and those with younger children.

  • Mundelein Arts Festival set for Sept. 6-7 in Kracklauer Park Sep 2, 2014 12:24 PM
    Come celebrate the arts and share a magical day in the park at the 4th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. The two-day juried festival will transform Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein, into an art lovers showcase.

  • Be aware of poisons in your house, take steps to keep them away from young children Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    “What is poison and what does it taste like?” asked a young patron at Grayslake Library.

  • 5,280 feet in Naperville’s Fling Mile, parade route Aug 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    Participants in the Fling Mile and the Last Fling Labor Day Parade will follow roughly the same 5,280-foot route through downtown Naperville, but at different times on Monday morning. The race comes first at 9:15 a.m., followed by the annual parade at 10 a.m. "The theme this year is a celebration of military service," said Melissa Hupp, chairwoman of special events for the Last Fling."

  • Participants sought for Veterans History Project in Lake County Aug 29, 2014 9:18 AM
    On Veterans Day morning, Tuesday, Nov. 11, war veterans are invited to come to the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan to have their oral histories recorded by official court reporters who will produce transcripts of their interviews.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 25.

  • Meet Libertyville man who gave up banking to make pizza Aug 29, 2014 10:35 AM
    John Durning is passionate — passionate about pizza. So passionate, he left his banking job of 12 years to follow his dream -- opening a pizza joint called Pizzeria Deville. “I said I wouldn’t do it unless I found the perfect place,” he said of his new pizzeria in downtown Libertyville.

  • Six tips for family fun at Naperville’s Last Fling Aug 29, 2014 11:01 AM
    For three days each year during the Last Fling, the 12-acre grounds at Naper Settlement become Family Fun Land. With Disney star meet-and-greets, kid-themed business booths and bounce houses galore, the area works hard to live up to the “fun” in its name, said Mary Cooke-Hall, Family Fun Land chairwoman.

  • 23 bands to take the two stages at Naperville’s Last Fling Aug 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    As Last Fling Entertainment Chairman James Bernicky readied the lineup for this year’s festival, he thought not about booking his favorite bands, but about providing what “99 percent of people” would want to hear. “We’re definitely looking for bands that can appeal to the whole family, that a wide variety of people can enjoy,” Bernicky said.

  • Cantigny Golf helps veterans with disabilities get their game on Aug 28, 2014 11:36 AM
    Cantigny Golf works with RevelationGolf to conduct monthly clinics for veterans with physical disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I think it’s very beneficial for veterans," veteran Dawn Mattson said. "I think it helps emotionally as well as physically. Emotionally it just gives you a sense of being able to accomplish something.”

  • Bands come together to Jam for Autism Sept. 6-7 in Round Lake Beach Aug 28, 2014 1:57 PM
    Live Chicago Music is bringing top Chicago bands together on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, for the Jam for Autism at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way.

  • Medieval Times donates retiring horse to Partners For Progress in Wauconda Aug 27, 2014 12:38 PM
    A team from Medieval Times in Schaumburg recently donated a retiring quarter horse to Partners For Progress in Wauconda.

  • 6 tips for navigating Naperville’s Last Fling Aug 27, 2014 3:24 PM
    Naperville-area residents can expect traditional contests, races, carnival rides, business booths and concerts at this year's Last Fling Labor Day festival, and they should come to explore, festival organizers say. "A lot of interesting businesses come out with all sorts of things to offer," Last Fling Coordinator Chad Pedigo said.

  • Consumers Credit Union seeks applicants for scholarships Aug 26, 2014 12:17 PM
    Consumers Cooperative Association, sponsor for Consumers Credit Union, announced the opportunity for six high school seniors to earn $1,500 scholarships.

  • Annual Ryan’s Run to take place in Vernon Hills Aug 26, 2014 12:14 PM
    Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital will partner with The Ryan Briere Foundation for the fourth annual Ryan’s Run. Proceeds from Ryan’s Run will support children’s activities and programming for pediatric patients in the new Lake Forest Hospital.

  • Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM
    College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the community," Setter said. "It provides crucial health and wellness services to thousands of men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the vast majority of whom live at or below the federal poverty line."

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