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  • Alpine Fest in Lake Zurich features firefighter water fights Jul 15, 2014 12:55 PM
    Lake Zurich’s annual Alpine Fest, sponsored by the village’s Lions Club, returns for another run starting Friday. Alpine Fest will be in downtown Lake Zurich at Lion Fred Blau Park, 81 E. Main St

  • Round Lake Area Exchange Club honors two hometown heroes for July Jul 15, 2014 12:45 PM
    The Round Lake Area Exchange Club is honoring U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Schmitt of Antioch and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daryl Malisiak of Round Lake as its hometown heroes for July.

  • Rock out to local favorites at fair soundstage Jul 15, 2014 3:26 PM
    One of the most popular spots at the Kane County Fair, now on its 146th year, is the Miller Lite Soundstage, which showcases local bands and performers each day. Fair board president Larry Breon says organizers aim to offer a variety of acts to suit all musical tastes.

  • Bull riding shows featured at Kane County Fair Jul 15, 2014 3:38 PM
    Bob Sauber has experienced thrill. He has gone bungee jumping and cliff diving. He has gone snowboarding and skiing down some of the hardest black diamond courses. But for him, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of bull riding.

  • Pearls are sought-after gems from the ocean Jul 14, 2014 12:10 PM
    Have any gems been found in the ocean?” asked a young Cook Memorial Public Library patron while attending “Tween” Science Explorers at the Libertyville library.

  • Community festival returns to Round Lake Park Jul 14, 2014 12:33 PM
    The community summer festival will return to Round Lake Park from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the village hall, 203 E. Lake Shore Drive.

  • Round Lake Middle School teacher’s enthusiasm helps grow choir program Jul 14, 2014 12:46 PM
    Round Lake Middle School music teacher Javier Diaz’s enthusiasm for choir has filtered to the pupils there. Since he was hired for the 2010-11 academic year, Diaz has taken the program from eight to about 90 students. There also are two choir classes part of the daily curriculum rather than a single after-school group. “I think the kids feed off my passion for the music,” said Diaz, 34, of Lake in the Hills.

  • Kane County Fair opens Wednesday in St. Charles Jul 14, 2014 4:01 PM
    Visitors come to the 146th annual Kane County Fair for a variety of reasons. For 17-year-old Emily Studt, of Elgin, the Kane County Fair is a chance to demonstrate all the hard work she has put into her 4-H projects over the past year. “We work hard year-round, but for the kids in 4-H, the fair is the biggest part of our entire year,” she said.

  • With cooperation, everyone wins Jul 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    Some of us are wired - either through biology or culturalization - for competition, our Ken Potts says. And while the drive to win can help us succeed in some aspects of life, he says, often we realize too late that our competitiveness has driven a wedge between us and our loved ones, family and coworkers.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Jul 11, 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 July 7.

  • Moving Picture: Lemont competitive shooter ranks among best in U.S. Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM
    Competitive shooter TD Roe is in a league of her own. One of nine siblings, Roe started shooting in 2006 to spend time with her brothers. With a background in competitive sports, Roe applied her talents and training and now is a nationally-ranked United States Practical Shooting Association shooter. Roe also teaches firearms classes in East Dundee and Lombard.

  • Parade, carnival highlight West Chicago’s Railroad Days Jul 11, 2014 9:12 AM
    Wintertime daydreams about summer fun often include visions of carnivals, outdoor concerts, parades or fireworks. West Chicago’s Railroad Days celebration has it all. The festival at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St., features a carnival, beer garden and food vendors.

  • Criterium riders pedal into Winfield Jul 11, 2014 2:29 PM
    When you have an event that has packs of cyclists speeding down residential streets, how can you ramp up the excitement level? For the organizers of Saturday's Winfield Criterium, it involves taking a normally two-day event and consolidating it into a single day crammed with professional and amateur races.

  • Contestants set to compete in Kane County Fair Talent Contest Jul 11, 2014 1:50 PM
    Junior and Senior Division contestants will dance, sing and play musical instruments in the annual Kane County Fair Talent Contest.

  • Consumers Credit Union hosts free home-selling seminar on July 23 Jul 11, 2014 3:19 PM
    Consumers Credit Union is offering a no-cost workshop, "Selling Your Home In Today's Market." This seminar is open to the public on Wednesday, July 23, at Keylime Cove Resort in Gurnee.

  • North Shore Wine, Beer & Cigar fest offers a variety of choices Jul 11, 2014 3:20 PM
    The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring the fifth annual North Shore Wine, Beer & Cigar Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Green Oaks. More than 300 different wines, 80 craft beers and an extensive collection of fine cigars will be available.

  • Batavia festival to feature pet parade, night run Jul 9, 2014 11:55 AM
    For lifelong Batavia resident Craig Foltos, making people laugh has always been a priority in the 16 years he has volunteered at the Batavia Windmill City Festival. At this year's four-day fest, which takes place starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, he will emcee the pet parade and help with the ice cream eating contest, long-standing festival traditions. "There are enough hardships in life," Foltos said. "If you get the chance to laugh or to make someone laugh, it's all worthwhile."

  • Long-running fair bringing art to Naper Settlement Jul 9, 2014 12:55 PM
    More than 100 artists will display their works this weekend when the 55th annual Naperville Woman’s Club Juried Art Fair returns to Naper Settlement. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the settlement’s 12-acre grounds at 523 S. Webster St. “A lot of people like that they can walk around downtown and they also get to walk around and see the settlement,” club President Janet Coffey said. “It gives them a nice day to spend looking at different art pieces and also looking at different buildings.”

  • Get a taste of Greek culture at Elgin festival Jul 9, 2014 9:19 AM
    To those who attend the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival each year, the event appears seamless, says parishioner Polly Gorski. In reality, she said, church members work for months on end to put together a festival that emphasizes and embraces Greek culture.

  • Lake County educators tour Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch as part of educator field trip Jul 9, 2014 6:32 PM
    A group 20 Lake County teachers journeyed to Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch in Pingree Grove on Wednesday as part of the weeklong Lake County Farm Bureau annual Educator Field Trip. “This is really interesting. It’s great,” said Barb Chan, a third-grade teacher at St. Gilbert Catholic School in Grayslake. “I grew up in the city, so this is pretty neat.”

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