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  • Brandon Matuszczak Earns Eagle Scout Award Aug 27, 2014 7:49 AM
    Fremd sophmore, Brandon Matuszczak completed a successful Eagle Scout Project with the help of the community.

  • Churches Support the Homeless Community with Summer Meals Aug 27, 2014 7:51 AM
    Several local churches have banded together to feed homeless and low-income families in the suburban community.

  • “Atlanta Trilogy” to wrap up with final play Aug 27, 2014 7:46 AM
    The Harper College Theatre Department will complete its staging of playwright Alfred Uhry’s “Atlanta Trilogy” with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”

  • Allegro Adult Choir to Begin Rehearsals September 3 Aug 27, 2014 7:48 AM
    Allegro Adult Choir is a group for adults who love to sing.

  • District 54 shares Fine Arts at Septemberfest Aug 27, 2014 7:53 AM
    District 54 shares Fine Arts at Septemberfest

  • “Fiddler on the Roof” auditions Aug 27, 2014 7:44 AM
    Harper will hold open auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, in the Drama Lab Theatre, L109, Building L on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

  • 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.

  • ‘Wizard of Oz’ gala to benefit Habitat for Humanity Aug 27, 2014 2:03 PM
    A "There's No Place Like Home" gala that includes the showing of "The Wizard of Oz" will be Monday, Sept. 8, at Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville to benefit the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.

  • Palatine Historical Society Presents Annual History Crawl Aug 26, 2014 7:42 AM
    Annual History Crawl set for September 5 in downtown Palatine.

  • Passing your GED is 1st step to better future, D214 Community Ed registration starts tomorrow Aug 26, 2014 7:44 AM
    District 214 Community Education will offer free GED registration and placement testing tomorrow, August 25, and Thursday, August 28, 6 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

  • District 54 adopts 2014-15 budget Aug 26, 2014 7:34 AM
    District 54 adopts 2014-15 budget

  • Wags, Whiskers, and Whimsy at Clearbrook’s Pet Festival Aug 26, 2014 7:48 AM
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (August 26, 2014) – Wag those tails and jump for joy because Clearbrook’s first-ever Raise the Roof Pet Festival is coming to Melas Park in Mount Propsect on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

  • Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to Terrorize Chicago Aug 26, 2014 4:51 PM
    Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26-November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL. It will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s GAN will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Tickets are on sale now at, with prices starting at only $25 for September 27-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 26 and November 1: September: 26, 27 October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 November: 1 Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays). Go to for more info and to purchase tickets.

  • Especially for Girls Interested in Science and Math: A Day of Exploration Aug 26, 2014 4:44 PM
    This one-day program will introduce sixth-to-ninth-grade girls to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  • American India Foundation kicks off 9th annual Chicago gala “Bow Ties and Bangles” Aug 26, 2014 4:06 PM
    On Aug. 2, an intimate group of 70 trustees and supporters of the American India Foundation gathered at the Bannockburn residence of Bulbul and Vimal Bahuguna, Member Board of Directors AIF.

  • Crafters Wanted Aug 26, 2014 4:42 PM
    Crafters wanted for the 25th Annual Westmont High School Craft Fair

  • What Septemberfest has in store for you Aug 26, 2014 3:51 PM
    The area’s largest Labor Day festival returns to Schaumburg this year, with its blockbuster list of entertainment options and family-friendly atmosphere. From the Taste of Schaumburg, packed with 23 local restaurants, to its three stages of live entertainment, a craft fair with 250 vendors, fireworks on Sunday, a Labor Day parade and 18 carnival rides all three days, it all adds up to summertime fun. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Admission is free. Septemberfest takes place across the rolling grounds of the 40-acre Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, with its weeping willow trees wrapped around a scenic pond, and winding trails that weave patrons through the different festival locations. Historians note that it was Atcher, Schaumburg’s former mayor, who started the festival back in 1970 when the village received a $5,000 donation from the builders of Woodfield Mall. Atcher decided the money should be used for a hometown celebration, and the former country music star even offered to provide some of the entertainment. The seeds for the festival were sewn, and the tradition of bringing the community together for a last celebration of summer became entrenched. “Septemberfest is one of the largest fests in the suburban Chicago area, which is due in large part to having enjoyed a long and successful history of more than 40 years,” said Betsy Armistead, director of Schaumburg’s cultural services department. This will be Schaumburg’s 44th annual Septemberfest, and village officials expect 250,000 people to converge on the festival grounds over its three-day run. Shuttles replace on-site parking Despite the crowds, free shuttle bus routes make getting to and from the grounds fairly easy. Remote lots are located at Schaumburg and Conant high schools, Jane Addams Junior High School, and at street corners in various neighborhoods. Detailed information can be found on the village website, New this year is a drop-off site at the festival grounds. It is located on Lambert Drive, between Summit Drive and Ashcroft Court. “We added a drop-off site in response to past requests from patrons,” said Roxane Benvenuti, special events director. “But it is drop-off only. There is no parking on the festival grounds.” One-of-a-kind arts and crafts Many festivalgoers make the fest a full day of activities, starting with the expansive craft fair, located on the southern edge of the fairgrounds. Arts and crafts vendors sell everything from Halloween decor to Christmas ornaments and furniture, but seasoned visitors like to search out the handmade jewelry, home décor, woodworking and sculpture, as well as unique gifts, such as porcelain Santa Claus figures, ornaments made of recycled cans and ornate bird baths made out of stone. Perusing homemade craft items can build an appetite, and the restaurants serving up local specialties in the dining tent have the answer. Taste of Schaumburg specialties Patrons may choose from traditional entrees such as burgers, sub sandwiches and pizza; to more eclectic options, including orange chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and chicken and steak quesadillas. They also will find several vegetarian selections, fish tacos, crab Rangoon and pad thai tofu. “Area residents look forward to the diversity of restaurants in the Taste,” Armistead said. Live music on three stages Entertainment is always a big draw, and with bands playing the Miller Lite stage, the Prairie Center Music Stage and inside the dining tent — not to mention strolling musicians — fans will not be disappointed. The three headliners this year include pop singer Taylor Dayne at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, with her top 10 hits “Tell it to My Heart,” “I’ll Always Love You,” and “Love Will Lead You Back.” Brian Howe takes the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. Howe is a former lead singer with Bad Company, singing their lead vocals from 1985 to 1995. His set will be followed by the traditional fireworks show. The Liverpool Legends, a Grammy Award-winning Beatles’ tribute band, closes the fest, playing from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday night. They have played Fab Four favorites around the world and now have their own show in Branson, Missouri. Area’s only Labor Day parade After creating “parade shows” for the Schaumburg High School marching band to play in Septemberfest parades, former band director Kevin Miller — now retired — finds himself the parade’s grand marshal. He will ride in style down the two-mile parade route, while high school bands from Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Conant, as well as other musical groups, will carry on the show without him. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Summit Drive from Wise Road to Stock Port Lane. In keeping with tradition, Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson and members of the village board will precede the parade units, distributing candy to children and families along the route.

  • Submissions wanted for Teen Film Fest Aug 27, 2014 3:45 PM
    Original films of seven minutes or less are wanted for the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Teen Film Fest, slated for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Teen Place at the library, 130 S. Roselle Rd.

  • Palatine Children’s Chorus to Host Free Fall Welcome Nights Aug 25, 2014 2:13 PM
    Learn about the Palatine Children's Chorus on August 28 and September 2.

  • Glueckert Funeral Home continues ‘Honoring Their Lives & Legacy’ series with cemetery tour Aug 25, 2014 3:17 PM
    On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Glueckert Funeral Home is sponsoring the "Honoring Their Lives & Legacy" Series with free transportation and tour of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. This promises to be an unforgettable event.

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