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Recipes Under $10 Watermelon Salad
Grilled Apple Swiss Cheese Sandwich
Ingredients: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cups 2-inch cubes watermelon 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 red onion, sliced very thin coarsely ground black pepper to taste
Ingredients: 8 slices whole wheat bread 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
Directions: 1. Mix the vinegar and Dijon mustard in a bowl. Stir the garlic, salt, and pepper into the mixture. Slowly stream the olive oil into the dressing while whisking vigorously. Place the dressing in the refrigerator until ready to use. 2. Combine the watermelon, feta cheese, and red onion in a large bowl; toss lightly to mix. Season with the coarsely ground black pepper. Pour about half the dressing over the salad; gently toss to coat. Refrigerate the salad at least 30 minutes. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad just before serving.
Cost: balsamic vinegar Dijon mustard chopped garlic 2-inch cubes watermelon crumbled feta cheese red onion
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Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush one side of each slice of bread with the olive oil. Place 1 slice of bread, olive oil side down into the skillet, and arrange the apple slices evenly over the top. Sprinkle the Swiss cheese over the apple, then top with the remaining slice of bread, olive oil-side up. Cook until the bread is golden brown, then flip the sandwich over, and cook until the other side is golden brown and the cheese has melted, 1 to 2 more minutes.
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•1 pound boneless beef round steak, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick •3 tablespoons Italian-style tomato paste •1 14-1/2-ounce can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained •1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce •1 16-ounce package frozen pepper stir-fry vegetables (yellow, green, and red peppers and onion •1 tablespoon cooking oil
1. Trim fat from heat. Cut meat into 4 servingsize pieces; sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper. In a large skillet, brown meat on both sides in hot oil. Transfer to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart electric crockery cooker. 2. In a medium bowl, stir together undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meat in crockery cooker. Top with frozen vegetables. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. (Or, cover and cook on low-heat setting 10 to 12 hours). Serves 4.
•1 pound boneless beef round steak $3.95 •Italian-style tomato paste $ 0.79 •1 14-1/2-ounce can Italian-style stewed tomatoes $1.29 •Worcestershire sauce $1.59 •16-ounce package frozen pepper stir-fry $2.39
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This year the all night flea market will be held on Saturday August 17th from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am. There are hundreds of vendors with thousands of treasures. A vast array of antiques will be on sale, including: collectibles, crafts, old records and cd's, jewelry close-outs, Vintage everything, shabby-chic, old toys, house ware goods, comics, much more. The entire fair grounds will be full of buildings, tents, and sheds full of great finds. This is one event you won’t want to miss! "It's just a unique, fun way to spend an evening," said Robert Zurko, head of Zurko Promotions. The location for this fabulous fun event is the DuPage County Fairgrounds at County Farm and Manchester Roads in Wheaton.
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meet and greet guests. This year they are having actor Robert Z’Dar, famous for his roles in Tago and Cash. Recently, he costarred in the movie “High on the Hog,” much of which was filmed in the Boone county area. Guest stars include indie filmmaker Thomas Berdinski, paranormal investigation and researcher John E.L Tenney, actor, comic, film producer, and published author Sam Lizard, and Playboy’s girl of the year Leanna Decker. Other guest stars include Dan Haggerty also known as “Grizzly Adams,” who made a guest appearance on “American Pickers;” Hall of Fame Hacksaw Jim Dougee who just finished the movie “Zombies vs. Wrestlers;” and “Walking Dead” cast member Sonya Thomson. Bands include “Crashland”, “Dead Dick Hammers” , the local group “Hamburgler” ,“Deep Space Pilots,” among others. There also will be photo opportunities with “The Louisville GhostBusters.” Mr. Zurko said, “It’s like a treasure hunt at night, that's why people keep coming back to these events.” He offers the following advice: "Bring flashlights, come early and stay late! Great Food! Movie stars, live music till midnight, celebrities, hay rides and much more! As always for this and all Zurko events, new vendors and tour busses are welcome.” General admission is still only $7. Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. We offer free parking also. For more info write: Zurko Promotions, 115 E. Division St. Shawano, WI, 54166 or call (715) 526-9769 or visit their website at zurkopromotions.com
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Spotlight: ShareFest New Lenox
Monica Willson and Girl Scout Troop 273 leader who ShareFest New Lenox: “Uniting As Proud coordinates the book drive; Tom Cachey and Ken DuAmericans in Compassionate Community Four service projects coordinators; Pat Schaunessy, Service for Those in Need”. ShareFest is a P.A.W.S. Pets adoption coordinator Rene Gauchat, faith based organization serving the commuForest Preserve Workday Coordinator; Dan Martin, conity throughout the month of September. Their ordinator of the Health and Safety Fair; Marta Keane, ultimate goal is to fulfill the deepest needs of Recycling Drive coordinator, Fr the community. These Bates Pastor Committee CoorThis year’s schedule is: Don needs include the need for dinator, all those who served on the ShareFest committee over these food, clothing, jobs, free last seven years, as well as the health care services, taking Sept 11th Patriot Day Ceremony 103 partner organizations and huncare of the disabled and New Lenox Village of volunteers who put their seniors as well as environ- Commons September 9:11 am dreds time into making this event a sucmental impact projects. Sept 13th
Job Fair New Lenox Village Hall
ShareFest started out as a single day event designed to give back to the community Sept 14th since 2007 and grew to a three Book Drive/Exchange day event, and then to eleven Blood Drive/ days. Now, it is a whole month of Health & Safety Fair serving the community and alClothing & Home Goods Drive lowing others to pay it forward. But before the initial day back in Food Drive: 2007, it was years in the making. Grocery Store Food drive The idea originated in 1998 as a Operation Care calling by Gary Cheney to gather Packages: other like-minded people in the P.A.W.S Pets community in order to recognize Recycling Drive its needs. He noticed that there Service Projects were a number of people whose Forest Preserve basic needs such as food, shel- Workday Projects ter and clothing were not being met and his heart went out to them. For the next several years he built relationships with numerous churches and organizations interested in helping the community and those in need. Among these were: the Village of New Lenox, local churches, New Lenox Township, New Lenox School District, Will County Forest Preserve, Will County Waste and Land Use Department,, Girl Scouts, local newspapers, local businesses and New Lenox residents Gary would like to thank the people who worked tirelessly both behind the scenes and in the public view to help ensure ShareFest’s continuing success, including: Job & Resource Fair Coordinator Nancy Hoehn; Jennifer Huizinga, food drive coordinator; Peggy Shultz, Clothing and Home Goods drive; Mention this Ad for Discount on Any Service!
ShareFest will continue to do what it has done in the past to help the community’s needy and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm protect the environment. They hope in future years it will be an event 10:00 am to 2:00 pm that encompasses all of Will County. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
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If you own a business or are an individual in need, determine 9:00 am to Noon what your needs are and contact ShareFest to let them know what you need assistance with. They’ll send someone out to determine how they can help you. Maybe in helping you, they can reuse the donations that they have been so generously given by others, put food on your table, check out your health, or help keep chemicals out of the landfills. ShareFest is always looking for materials and volunteers to continue their work. ShareFest would not turn down donations. One hundred percent of donations are redistributed back to the community. The main ShareFest event this year will take place on September 14th at the Spencer School Campus located at 1711 South Spencer Rd, New Lenox. If you wish to contact ShareFest you may do so at (815) 717-2614 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at sharefestnewlenox.com
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Summertime Safety Tips Part 2: Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, & Heat Stroke
Summer is a time of enjoying outdoors. This is one article in a series that will address certain things you can do to avoid some of the problems that can go along with the summer months.
It’s getting hot outside and you’ll want to be going around with shorts and a short-sleeved shirt – or totally shirtless, which can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, & heat stroke, each one worse than the last. But if you think ahead you can avoid getting them in the first place.
Heat-Related-Illness Risk Factors
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humid environments or during the heat of the day, if at all possible. If you must, protect your body by: slowly acclimating it to the hot conditions. According to mediciennet.com “Moving from a cool to very hot environment quickly increases the risk of developing heat relatedillness symptoms.” Further taking frequent breaks taken in cooler areas; drinking plenty of fluids such as water and sports drinks, avoiding both alcohol and caffeine which may lead to dehydration; wearing hats and light-colored, lightweight, loose clothes; and slowing the pace of work to decrease the body’s heat generation also helps protect the body from the heat. People working in the heat should watch their look at their urine’s color and odor; if the body is dehydrated, the urine will be dark yellow and smell strong; if enough water is present, the urine will be clear.
According to medicinenet.com, the elderly are especially at risk for heat-related-illnesses due to chronic Heat Cramps medical conditions that limit the body’s sweating ability, including: poor circulation, skin changes, and chronic medAccording to the emedicalhealth.com, heat ication usage. Also at risk are infants and young children, cramps are painful, short-lived muscle cramps or involunbecause their body’s ‘thermostats’ are not fully developed tarily spasms or jerks that occur during or even hours after because they’re dependent upon their caregivers for coolexercise or work in a hot environment. They usually ining, water, and appropriate clothing. Moreover, the poor volve heavily worked tired muscles such as: calves, may be at higher risk due if access to air conditioning is thighs, abdominal muscles, and shoulders, though, aclimited or they can’t get to coolcording to the Mayo Clinic, they may involve ing shelters. During heat waves, any muscle group involved in exercise. They cities open cooling centers to remay be more intense and prolonged ‘typical’ duce the risk of people sucnighttime leg cramps. Given time, fluid and 4 cups hot water cumbing to heat-related rest, they normally resolve on their own. Juice of 1 lemon = ¼ cup illnesses. of lemon juice Doctors don’t know why people get Likewise, those who 2 tsp honey heat cramps, but think it’s most likely conwork or exercise in a hot envi¼ tsp of salt nected to electrolyte deficiencies or imbalronment without rehydrating with Chill ances. Such electrolytes including: sodium, water or electrolyte replacement potassium, calcium, and magnesium are important for drinks are at a greater risk. In addition to these, those on many body functions and deficiencies or imbalances in certain medications including: beta blockers, diuretics, anthem can cause medical problems. Further, sweating tidepressants, antipsychotics, and tranquilizers, as well as freely may result in a serious low-sodium medical condialcohol and many illegal drugs are at an increased risk. tion called hyponatremia. Such substances impair the body’s ‘thermostat’ from workHeat Cramp Treatment ing properly. Further, according to webmd.com, the weather itself may be a risk factor. “A relative humidity of The Mayo Clinic offers the following suggestions 60% or more hampers sweat evaporation, which hinders if you or know someone who is experiencing heat cramps: your body's ability to cool itself.” Finally, those people who rest briefly and cool down, drink clear juice or an elecare obese are at a greater risk because their body’s insutrolyte-containing sport drink, gently massage the affected lation and surface area can’t disperse the heat quickly area and slowly stretch, using range-of-motion exercises, enough. don't continue or engage in strenuous activity for several
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“The body cools itself most efficiently by sweating and then the sweat evaporating. Should sweating be unable to meet the cooling demands of the body, heat-related illness can occur…. This requires enough fluid in the body to make sweat, air circulating across the skin, and low air humidity to allow that sweat to evaporate.” Conditions that hinder sweating, sweat evaporation, cause improper electrolyte balance, or dehydration can cause or exasperate heat related health problems.
Heat related-illnesses are easily prevented, if one takes care. Make sure to look after friends, family, neighbors and loved ones during heat waves. Keep cars locked when not in use and never, ever, leave infants or children or pets unattended in a locked car for even a moment. The car’s temperature can rise more quickly than you might think. Don’t work out in excessively hot or
hours or longer after they go away. Take an over-thecounter pain medication, if necessary. Seek medical attention if the cramps don't go away. Call 911 if the person can’t drink fluids because of nausea or vomiting, or the person has symptoms of a more serious heat-related illness, including: dizziness, exhaustion, headache, shortness of breath, and fever.
According to medicinenet.com, the lines between diagnosis of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are not sharply drawn. Heat exhaustion, however, has more of total-body-effecting symptoms, may become life threatening, and, if left untreated can lead to heat stroke. It occurs when a person’s body is heated to excess and cannot adequately cool itself. It is exasperated by dehydration caused by water-loss from profuse sweating, causing muscle cramps, weakness, and nausea and
vomiting, which makes it hard to drink enough to rehydrate and the lack of proper hydration prevents further sweating, evaporation and cooling.
Heat Exhaustion Treatment
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you or someone else has warning signs of heat exhaustion, it's crucial to immediately get yourself or the other person out of the heat. Get the person out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned location, lay them down and elevate their legs slightly, loosen or remove their clothing, have the person drink cool water and sports drinks, and cool them off with cold compresses, by spraying or sponging with cool water and fanning. Have the person take an over-thecounter pain reliever, if necessary. Watch the person carefully, as heat exhaustion can quickly become heatstroke. Call 911 immediately if the person stops sweating, becomes confused, vomits, or has a seizure.
According to medicinenet.com, excess body heat is usually able to be dispersed by through the skin or by sweat evaporation. However, in intense heat, high humidity, or vigorous physical exertion, the body may not be able to disperse its heat quickly enough and the body’s temperature rises to dangerous levels. At some point, the body’s temperature spirals out of control, sweating stops and confusion, seizure, coma may set in. If not treated the person could die. At this point it becomes heat stroke. Heat stroke, also called sun stroke, is a form of hyperthermia in which the body temperature is elevated dramatically with accompanying physical symptoms including changes in the nervous system function.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not treated properly immediately. Another cause of heat stroke is dehydration. A dehydrated person may not be able to sweat fast enough to dissipate heat, which causes the body temperature to rise. Infants, the elderly, athletes, and outdoor workers are the groups at greatest risk for heat stroke. However, some people develop of heat stroke suddenly and without warning. The most important preventative measures are to avoid becoming dehydrated and to avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather.
Heat Stroke Treatment
Victims of heat stroke must get immediate cooling treatment to avoid permanent organ damage. Get the victim to a shady area, loosen or remove clothing, if possible, and apply cool or tepid water to the skin. Fan the victim to promote sweating and evaporation. Place ice packs under armpits and groin. If the person is able to drink fluids, have them drink cool beverages that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine. Monitor body temperature with a thermometer and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to normal levels. Always call 911 if you suspect someone has heat stroke. If emergency personnel arrival is delayed, the operator can give you further instructions for treatment of the victim. Don’t take heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke lightly, as they can become matters of life and death. Learn what the symptoms are, and if you notice you or someone else is having them, take appropriate action. You could save someone’s life! n
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Pack light. According to ricksteves.com, it’s a vital part of vacationing freedom, while on vacation, especially when traveling abroad, “You'll walk with your luggage more than you think you will.” Before leaving, pack up everything and walk around town for an hour. “Fully loaded, you should enjoy window-shopping. If you can't, stagger home and thin things out.” Lighter travel makes it less likely that your luggage is lost, broken or stolen.
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Vacation Travel Tips Part 1
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“Quick, last-minute changes in flight plans become simpler. A small bag sits on your lap or under your seat on the bus, taxi, and airplane. You don't have to worry about it, and, when you arrive, you can hit the ground running… [Further,] you can also save money by carrying your own bag. While it's still free to check one bag on most overseas trips, you'd likely pay a fee to check two.” Don’t pack anything you’ll wear only once.
Pack Smart. Think about how to dress in layers, using only a few pieces to create warmth, create formality, and change up your look. The following information is excerpted from ricksteves.com. When packing, consider packing the following.
•Shirts/blouses: short-sleeved or longsleeved depending on the season in a quick drying synthetic blend in wrinkle-camouflaging pattern or blended fabrics that show a minimum of wrinkles. How many of each will depend on the season. For the things you must pack that need ironing, use a can of wrinkle remover. •Pants/shorts: Bring two pairs: a lightweight cotton one and another super-lightweight pair for hot and muggy big cities. Shorts can also be used as swim trunks for men. Avoid jeans. Consider lightweight convertible pants/shorts with zip-off legs. “Button-down wallet pockets are safest (though still not nearly as thiefproof as a money belt).”
•A sweater or lightweight fleece for layering and dressing up; there’s no sense in being cold. •Jacket: Bring a light and water-resistant windbreaker with a hood. A hooded jacket of Gore-Tex or other waterproof material is good if you expect rain.
•Several pairs of underwear and socks. Socks should be bamboo or cotton/nylonblend as 100% cotton loses its softness when air-dried.
•Sleepwear/loungewear to sleep in and for modesty when going to the bathroom down the hall. Consider shorts, leggings, T-shirts, tank tops, yoga pants, & other lightweight athletic gear
•Shoes. Bring one pair of good traction, comfortable walking shoes, if traveling in summer, a pair of sandals in summer. Flip-flops are handy if you'll be using bathrooms down the hall. •Money belt: a flat, hidden, zippered pouch tucked under your clothes — is essential for the peace of mind it brings. If you lose everything except your money belt, the trip could still go on. Get a lightweight one with a lowprofile color. “Your money belt is your deep storage--for select deposits and withdrawals. For convenience, carry a day's spending money in your pocket,” an amount you’re comfortable with losing. Money belts should contain the following: −Passport: This is probably the item you least want to lose en route. −Railpass: It's as valuable as cash.
−Driver's license: It's helpful to use as nonpassport collateral in rental situations (bikes, audioguides, and so on), and necessary if you want to rent a car. −Credit card & Debit card
−Cash: Keep big bills in your money belt (with change and a few small bills in your pocket)an emergency stash of hard US cash.
−Plastic sheath: Keep money-belt contents dry by placing them in something protective — even a plain old plastic baggie. −Just-in-Case Information: List of important phone numbers, email addresses, hotels, and any other itinerary details. •Small day pack. A lightweight pack is great for carrying everything you need while you leave your large bag at the hotel or train station.
•Documents. Bring all important documents, including: your passport, printout of airline ticket, rail pass, train reservations, car-rental voucher, driver's license, etc. Have photocopies of EVERYTHING and passport style pictures so you’ll be able get replacements more quickly if the originals are lost or stolen as well as a record of all reservations, trip calendars, etc.
•Travel info. Pack guidebooks/ maps you'll need on the ground (or download them into your e-reader). I like to rip out appropriate chapters from guidebooks and staple them together. •Address list. Use a cell phone or other mini storage medium for the list.
•Office supplies: A tiny notepad/ pen, envelopes, sticky notes are always handy to take notes, mark pages in a book, or send letters. •Journal to keep track of your memories of the experience.
•Toiletries kit: Choose a kit that can hang on a hook or a towel bar. Put all squeeze bottles in sealable plastic baggies, since pressure changes can cause even good bottles to leak. •Medicine and vitamins. Keep in original containers, if possible, with copies of the ac-
•Sealable plastic baggies. Bring a variety of sizes for food, laundry, containing wetness, and more. Bring extras for the flight home.
•Clothesline: make your own rubber-band clothesline by visiting instructables.com and following their instructions
•Small towel/washcloth in case the hotel doesn’t have one. You can also pack cut-inhalf dry disposable washcloths that lather up when wet.
•Sewing kit. Clothes age rapidly while traveling. Take along a few safety pins and extra buttons.
•Small packet of tissues. Stick one of these in your day pack, in case you wind up at a bathroom with no toilet paper.
•Hairdryer: buy a cheap, compact hairdryer in Europe, as converters are bulky.
•Travel alarm/wristwatch: If your phone or watch doesn't have a built-in alarm, pack a small travel alarm clock.
•Expandable Foam Earplugs for blocking out noise in the hotel, trains and flights, too.
•Water bottle: bring an empty one from home and fill once past security.
•Insect repellent: Bring some along if you're prone to bites and are going somewhere especially bug-ridden.
•Office supplies. Bring paper, a few pens, an envelope of envelopes, and some sticky notes
•Key rings to hold your backpack zipper shut.
•Universal drain-stopper: a thin, flexible plastic disk allows you to wash your clothes or take a bath.
•Bedding. Bring a silk or cotton sheet in case the hostel doesn’t include it. They can also double as a picnic blanket. It’s also useful to have an inflatable pillow or neck rest for snoozing in planes, trains, and automobiles.
•Good books. There's plenty of empty time on a trip to either be bored or enjoy some good reading. An ebook reader carries lots of books without the additional weight.
•Postcards/photos from home. A collection of show-and-tell pictures is always a great conversation starter.
•Electronics: A smartphone is best, as it can take the place of a camera, calendar, translation dictionary, etc. Barring that, buy a cheap phone in Europe.
Pack Empty. You’re going to want to bring back souvenirs. According to ricksteves.com, you should leave room for them “or bring along an empty, featherweight nylon bag to use as a carry-on for your return flight, and check your main bag through. Sturdy stitching, front and side pouches, padded shoulder straps (for backpacks), and a low-profile color are virtues.” With these travel tips, your travel will be easier, safer, cheaper, less of a hassle on your trips and more relaxing without effort; more tips next time.
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•Picnic supplies. Bring a plastic plate (handy for dinner in your hotel room), cup, spoon, fork, and maybe salt and pepper as well as a Swiss Army-type knife with a corkscrew (and pack it in the check on luggage)
•Tiny LED flashlight: Handy for reading under the sheets after "lights out" in the hostel, late-night trips down the hall, exploring castle dungeons, and hypnotizing street thieves.
•Spot remover. Bring a few Shout wipes or a dab of Goop grease remover in a small plastic container.
•Duct tape can fix almost anything as a temporary fix. Spool a bit around a short pencil or dowel to save space.
•Glasses/contacts/sunglasses: carry your lens prescription, as well as extra glasses, in a solid protective case. If it's a sunny season, pack along prescription sunglasses
to keep your place in your guidebook.
Your Guide to Dinning and Enter tainment
DINNER & A MOVIE
Despicable Me 2 (PG) Jul 3rd. All-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions... and a host of new & outrageously funny characters. Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt
Lone Ranger (NR) July 3rd. A thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. Director: Gore Verbinski. Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (NR) Jul 3rd. Captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 concert tour which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales; Director(s): Tim Story, Leslie Small. Starring: Kevin Hart
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Limited PG-13) Jul 3rd. Founded in Memphis by Chris Bell, & fronted by rock legend Alex Chilton, the original Big Star lineup also featured Jody Stephens & Andy Hummel. Together less than 4 years, the band flirted w/ mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, the Replacements, Elliot Smith, the Flaming Lips and countless others. Movie features rare music, never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews with the original band members, family, friends and artists they influenced. Years in the making, the film captures important voices from the Big Star era that have since passed on. Director: Drew DeNicola, Oliva Mori
The Way, Way Back (PG-13) Jul 5th. A com-
ing of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget. Director(s): Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry
Hammer of the Gods (Limited. R) Jul 5th Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, the movie is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar, is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged
brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne. Director: Farren Blackburn. Starring: Charlie Bewley, Elliot Cowan, Clive Standen, Guy Flanagan, Michael Jibson
Just Like a Woman (Limited R) Jul 5th Mona, 26, an immigrant from North Africa, runs her in-laws' mini market in Chicago. She's married to Mourad, a man who can't stand up to his authoritarian mother. Marilyn, 29, is a receptionist at a computer repair company. Her marriage with Harvey is on the ropes. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is her belly dance, a passion shared by Mona. One morning, Mona's mother-in-law is found dead in her bed. Mona realizes that she mixed the wrong dose while preparing her medicine. Realizing that she might be accused of murder, Mona runs away and flees Chicago by bus. With nothing left to lose, Mona decides to go to Santa Fe to enter a contest hoping to join a famous belly dance company. Director: Rachid Bouchareb. Starring: Sienna Miller, Golshifte Farahani, Roschdy Zem, Chafia Boudraa
Absence (Limited NR) Jul 5th. Expectant mother Liz wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy has disappeared overnight. When doctors can find no medical explanation for the loss, police treat Liz & her husband Rick as prime suspects in what has now become a missing child case. Only Rick & Liz’s brother Evan trust her version of events. To relieve some of Liz’s grief, Rick & Evan take her on a vacation to the mountains. But as Evan documents their vacation, unusual patterns arise. Liz still has no real answers for the disappearance of her baby despite his interviews and questions. Evan and Rick are horrified when her condition visibly declines. No one can ignore the fact that something is very wrong with Liz. When the trip spins out of control, they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn’t over. None of them are safe. Director: Jimmy Loweree. Starring: Ryan Smale, Eric Matheny, Erin Way
Stuck in Love (Limited, R) Jul 5th. Novelist Bill Borgens, living with his 16 year old son Rusty, obsesses about his ex-wife of 3 years. During Thanksgiving holiday, his 19-year-old daughter Sam comes home from college w/ news that she’s been published. Bill is both thrilled & chagrined. Because of the divorce, she pursues only uncommitted hookups. When a classmate, Lou, tries to initiate a real relationship w/ her, she rejects him but later regrets it & tracks him down to a hospital where his mother lies dying. Rusty is a romantic & needy guy hoping to rescue a damsel in distress & he does just that when he fights his secret crush’s abusive boyfriend. Rusty & Kate become inseparable, but he blinded to her problems. As the Borgens family reopens old wounds & inflicts some new ones, Kate spins out of control. It will take all of their considerable resources to save her, but they will have to put aside their grudges in order to do so. Director: Joshua Boone. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Lib-
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Coffee Town (Limited R) Jul 9th. The
Updated workplace comedy for the generation that works out of coffee shops. Will is a 30-something website manager who uses a local café, Coffee Town, as his office. When the owners of the shop discuss plans to convert Coffee Town into a bar, Will enlists the help of his two best friends Chad and Gino to save his freeloading existence. In order to thwart the plans of Coffee Town's owners, the trio stages a robbery to create the illusion of an unsafe neighborhood not suitable for the proposed venue. Also standing in their way is Sam, a disgruntled barista with delusions of rock star grandeur, & Will's heartache over unrequited love for Becca. Director: Brad Copeland. Starring: Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, Ben Schwartz, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Groban
Israel: A Home Movie (Limited, NR) Jun 10th. Arik Bernstein assembles amateur movie footage from the 1930s through the 1970s: from Romanian refugees dancing on the decks of boats as they arrive in then-Palestine, to postwar Europeans complaining of a "barbarian land," to celebratory Israelis in 1968 proclaiming victory in "the last war," to those in the '70s who founded settlements in the occupied territories. In the course of one movie, Israel goes from a young, optimistic nation to one in which the realities of middle-age settle in. As early as the late 1970s, one feels that tragedy has become the norm, that life inevitably leads to death and that – in Israel as we have known it – peace inevitably leads to war. Director: Arik Bernstein, Eliav Lilti
Pacific Rim (PG-13) Jul 12th. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives & consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by 2 pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even they are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke, Diego Klattenhoff
Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) Jul 12th. Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he & his friends grew up. This time around, the grownups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school. Director: Dennis Dugan. Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson The Hunt (Limited, NR) Jul 12th. Depicts how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man's life. Lucas is a highly regarded teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. Director: Thomas Vinterberg. Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm
V/H/S/2 (Limited NR) Jul 12th. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance. Director(s): Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard,
Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Jason Eisener
Dealing With Idiots (Limited NR) Jul 12th. Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son's youth league baseball team, Max Morris, a famous comedian, decides to get to know the colorful parents & coaches of the team better in an attempt to find the inspiration for his next movie. Director: Jeff Garlin. Starring: Jeff Garlin, Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Bob Odenkirk, J.B. Smoove, Gina Gershon
Crystal Fairy (Limited, NR) Jul 12th.Jamie is a boorish, insensitive American 20+ traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He & his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus. In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy—to come along. What is meant to be a devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills as Jamie finds himself locking horns with his new traveling companion. But on a remote, pristine beach at the edge of the desert, the magic brew is finally imbibed, & the true adventure begins. Preconceived notions and judgments fall away, and the ragtag group breaks through to an authentic moment of truth. Director: Sebastián Silva. Starring: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva
Hot Flashes (Limited, R) Jul 12th. Movie is based on an unlikely group of middle-aged women who challenge the high school girls' state basketball champs to raise money for a mobile breast cancer screening truck to continue its work. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, gaining a new lease on life. Director: Susan Seidelman. Starring: Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim, Eric Roberts
Blackhats (Limited, NR) Jul 12th. Follows a reformed, hot-tempered bounty hunter who finds his new harmonious life as a Fugitive Recovery Agent threatened when he must assist a colleague track down her eccentric brother who is part of a group of hackers before they are captured by the FBI or assassinated by a rival bounty killer. Meanwhile they attempt to prevent a massive viral attack created by a talented hacker that could collapse America’s economic foundation. Director: Laron Austin. Starring: Errol Sadler, Doris Morgado, Ted Huckabee, Cheri Christian, Neko Parham, Onira Tares
Fruitvale Station (Limited, NR) Jul 12th. New Year’s Eve 2008. Follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area who decides to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatian, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core. Director: Ryan Coogler. Starring: Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O'Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray,
Turbo (PG) Jul 17th.High-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends w/ a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart & shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500. Director: David Soren. Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken
Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph
Red 2 (PG-13) Jul 19th . Retired black-ops CIA
agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists & power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London & Moscow. Outgunned & outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, & each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process. Director: Dean Parisot. Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough
R.I.P.D. (PG-13) Jul 19th. Veteran sheriff Roy Pul-
sifer has spent his career tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission: To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into topnotch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.'s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way. Director: Robert Schwentke. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, MaryLouise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray
The Conjuring (NR) Jul 19th. Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. Director: James Wan. Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Sterling Jerins
Girl Most Likely (NR) Jul 19th. Imogene, once
a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled, thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her boyfriend, she uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. It backfires when she's put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling addict mother & must return home with her to the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her Manhattan circle of socalled friends, Imogene must finally deal w/ her family, including her unique brother, Zelda's new boyfriend, plus a cute young lodger, who together help Imogene sort out her place in the world. Director (s):Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini. Star-
ring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Christopher Fitzgerald, Matt Dillon, Darren Criss
Only God Forgives (Limited, R) Julien is a
drug kingpin tasked with avenging his brother's death, but a mysterious, unhinged policeman is following his every move. Director: Nicolas Winding Refn. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Grabbers (Limited, NR) On Erin Island, an idyllic
fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…and head to the pub.
Ways to Live Forever (Limited PG-13) Jul
19th. Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease & death, a possibility he might face. Together w/ his best friend, Felix, he embarks on a "scientific investigation" w/ questions, observations, evidence, reflections, & a bucket list. Director: Gustavo Ron. Starring: Ben Chaplin, Greta Scacchi, Emilia Fox, Robbie Kay, Alex Etel, Ella Purnell, Phyllida Law, Natalia Tena, Eloise Barnes
The Act of Killing (Limited, NR) Jul 19th.
Chronicling one of the most overlooked genocides in recent history, the movie utilizes dramatization to illustrate the banal state of corruption & impunity the unrepentant, locally celebrated former executioners inhabit. In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers & the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Evidence Limited Jul 19th. The found footage
thriller opens in the middle of the desert outside of Los Angeles, where a massacre has just occurred. The only evidence at the crime scene is the victim's personal electric devices, including a camcorder, Flip Cam and two cell phones. With nothing else to go on, two detectives must analyze the bits of found footage to piece together the identity of the ruthless killer. Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi. Starring: Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Nolan Gerard Funk, Dale Dickey, Caitlin Stasey, Torrey DeVitto, Albert Kuo, Harry Lennix
The Wolverine (NR) Jul 26th. Based on the
celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time & pushed to his physical & emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. Director: James Mangold. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee
The To-Do List (R) Jul 26th. A comedy about
close friends and a special summer project, loosely inspired by real-life; set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the “activities” she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they'll need plenty of imagination and very open minds. Director: Maggie Carey. Director: Maggie Carey. Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (R) Jul
26th. Follows the events that happen over a weekend on a secluded ranch where a group of high school students who invite "a good girl" after she returned home from summer break. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time. Director: Jonathan Levine. Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Aaron Himelstein, Edwin Hodge
Frankenstein's Army (Limited, R) Jul
26th.The film takes place toward the end of WWII as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades – a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat. Director: Richard Raaphorst. Starring: Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry, Hon Ping Tang
Stranded (Limited, NR) Jul 26th., When the isolated U.S. military moonbase is bombarded by a rogue meteor storm, Colonel Gerard Brauchman & his small crew are cut off from Earth with their life support failing. Before long, the crew discovers the meteors harbored alien spores…& they’re replicating. Now a vicious, shape-shifting predatory life form is loose inside the crippled facility, picking off
victims one by one. Locked in a desperate fight for survival, Brauchman & the terrified remaining astronauts have one final mission…keep the creature from escaping the moon & finding a new food supply on Earth. Director: Roger Christian. Starring: Christian Slater, Brendan Fehr
Breaking the Girls (Limited, NR) Jul 26th.The story of a university student named Sara who, when slandered by a hostile classmate, is befriended by the manipulative Alex, who proposes the perfect, untraceable crime - to kill each other’s arch enemies. When Alex actually goes through with it, Sara finds herself being framed for murder. Director: Jamie Babbit. Starring: Amanda Crew, Adrianne Palicki, Brit Marling, Madeline Zima
The Time Being Jul 26th. Daniel is a strug-
gling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner purchases one of his pieces, he hopes for additional commissions from a new benefactor. Instead, Werner offers him a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. As Daniel starts to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if Warner is out to further his career or ruin his life. Director: Nenad CicinSain. Starring: Wes Bentley, Frank Langella, Sarah Paulson, Ahna O’Reilly, Corey Stoll, Gina Gallego
Blue Jasmine (NR)After everything in her life
falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), moves into her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. Director(s): Woody Allen. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard
The Smurfs 2 (NR) Jul 31st. The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurflike creatures called the Naughties hoping they will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurfessence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, & only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps her. Director: Raja Gosnell. Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, Brendan Gleeson, Christina Ricci, JB Smoove Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (Limited, NR) Jul 31st. Their crimes resemble high-octane Hollywood action movies: a sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car, & stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. In London, they took all of three minutes to make off with $30 million in diamonds. Dubbed the Pink Panthers, they're captured – on surveillance tapes that record their astonishing lightning strikes with hypnotic accuracy. Director: Havana Marking
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Never talk to the parrot
Mrs. Peterson phoned the repairman because her dishwasher quit working. He couldn't accommodate her with an "after-hours" appointment and since she had to go to work, she told him, "I'll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dish washer, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you a check. By the way, I have a large rotweiler inside named Killer; he won't bother you. I also have a parrot, and whatever you do, do not talk to the bird!" Well, sure enough the dog, Killer, totally ignored the repairman, but the whole time he was there, the parrot cursed, yelled, screamed, and about drove him nuts. A couple of men in a pickup truck drove As he was ready to leave, he couldn't resist saying, "You stupid bird, why don't you shut up!" into a lumberyard. One of the blonde To which the bird replied, "Killer, get him!!!" Rain in Texas men walked into the office and said, A sad Texan once prayed, "I "We need some four-by-twos." The clerk A game of animal football wish it would rain -- not so said, "You mean two-by-fours, don't much for me, I've seen it -- you?" The man said, "I'll go check," and The animals were bored. Finally, the lion had an but for my 7-year-old." idea. "I know a really exciting game that the went back to the truck. He returned a A visitor to Texas once humans play called football. I've seen it on T.V." minute later and said, "Yeah, I meant asked, "Does it ever rain He proceeded to describe it to the rest of the two-by-fours." "All right. How long do animals and they all got excited about it so they out here?" A rancher decided to play. They went out to the field and you need them?" The customer paused quickly answered "Yes it chose up teams and were ready to begin. for a minute and said, "I'd better go does. Do you remember that The lion's team received. They were able to get part in the Bible where it check." After a while, the customer retwo first downs and then had to punt. The mule punted and the rhino was back deep for the kick. rained for 40 days and 40 turned to the office and said, "A long He caught the ball, lowered his head and nights?" time. We're gonna build a house." charged. First, he crushed a roadrunner, then two rabbits. He gored a wildebeast, knocked over two cows, and broke through to daylight, scoring six.
Unfortunately, they lacked a placekicker, and the score remained 6 - 0. Late in the first half the lion's team scored a touchdown and the mule kicked the extra point. The lion's team led at halftime 7 - 6. In the locker room, the lion gave a peptalk. "Look you guys. We can win this game. We've got the lead and they only have one real threat. We've got to keep the ball away from the rhino, he's a killer. Mule, when you kick off be sure to keep it away from the rhino." The second half began. Just as the mule was about to kick off, the rhino's team changed formation and the ball went directly to the rhino. Once again, the rhino lowered his head and was off running. First, he stomped two gazelles. He skewered a zebra, and bulldozed an elephant out of the way. It looked like he was home free. Suddenly at the twenty yard line, he dropped over dead. There were no other animals in sight anywhere near him. The lion went over to see what had happened. Right next to the dead rhino he saw a small centipede. "Did you do this?" he asked the centipede. "Yeah, I did." the centipede replied. The lion retorted, "Where were you during the first half?" "I was putting on my shoes."
Two fools are about to go flying Two morons stand on a cliff with their arms outstretched. One has some budgies lined up on each arm, the other has parrots lined up on his arms. After a couple of minutes, they both leap off the cliff and fall to the ground. Laying next to each other in intensive care at the hospital, one moron says to the other, "I don't think much of this budgie jumping." The other moron replies, "Yeah, I'm not too keen on this paragliding either."
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Garbage In, Garbage Out Part 3: Gluten
This series of articles will present a different item that is either unnecessary or harmful in our daily lives and why you should think about avoiding it or something we need to add to our routine in order to help improve our lives in some way.
By Cecil Jacobs
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and according to some experts, oats. It is a staple in the American diet that gives dough its stretch spongy texture to make pasta, bread, and thickens soups and sauces, and in such unlikely places as cosmetics, beer, vitamins/ medicines, soy sauce, ice cream, ketchup, as well as “lick” envelopes and stamps and Play Doh (not that most people eat it). Gluten’s elasticity is measured by bakers using a contraption called a farinograph.
What contains gluten?
Americans may have celiac disease 2.35 million to 2.85 million Americans may not know they have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. 80% of the population has gluten caused gut inflammation (but do not have celiac disease) 30% to 33% of the population develops antibodies against gluten proteins in the gut 35% increased risk of death with gluten sensitivity (w/o celiac disease) 39% increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72% increased risk 0f death in those with gut inflammation related to gluten
don't have full blown celiac disease. Celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder in which the person’s body regards even a tiny amount of gluten as a malicious invader and mounts an immune response to its presence. According to the Huffington Post, the problem is that this immune reaction damages the small intestine, resulting in, “osteoporosis, irritable… [or] inflammatory bowel disease [symptoms include: abdominal pain and bloating, chronic diarrhea or constipation], anemia, cancer, fatigue, canker sores, and rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, [type 1 diabetes, heart disease hypothyroidism,] and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases, including [brain fog,] anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines, epilepsy, and neuropathy… [as well as] autism.”
Even people without celiac According to an article on disease may get symptoms such beliefnet.com, anytime you read the as stomach cramps, diarrhea, following ingredients, you are dealand bloating. ing with gluten: bulgur, malt, wheat 99% of the population has the germ, triticum vulgare, tritcale, How can you know if you genetic potential to develop hordeum vulgare, tritcum spelta, secale cereal, and plain or hyhave celiac disease? antibodies against gluten drolyzed: wheat protein or wheat starch. Other ingredients may or According to webmd.com, may not signify gluten, including: vegetable protein, The only way to know if you have celiac disease is to modified starch, natural flavor, artificial flavor, caramel be tested. “The first test is typically a blood test that decolor, flavorings, seasonings, dextrin, maltodextrin, and tects antibodies related to an abnormal immune re-
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For this test to work you must eliminate ALL gluten from your diet: no exceptions, no hidden gluten whatsoever. Then eat it again and see what happens. If you have any sort of negative reaction, you know you need to permanently eliminate gluten from your diet.
Should you go Gluten Free?
What would a gluten free diet look like? According to webmd.com, “The basis of a healthy gluten-free diet… should be natural foods. Lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products are all safe for people with celiac disease. Grains that don’t contain gluten, such as quinoa and amaranth, are another healthy option. More and more products are being made with such grains, from breads and breakfast cereals to pastas.” Keep in mind, when going gluten free, you have to watch your diet, and potentially take supplements
Does it make sense to cut back on gluten?
More and more food companies are tapping into buyers’ desire for gluten-free products. All the consumer has to do is be educated about what the specific labeling means and read the labels when shopping. If you’re concerned, read the ingredient list and don’t buy gluten containing products – but keep in mind all the different things it could be listed under. When buying meats, keep in mind that you’re eating “up the food chain;” what this means is whatever the animal has eaten becomes a part of its flesh, and your body is absorbing anything the animal has eaten. By buying only organic fruits and vegetables, humanely treated and fed animals which eat as close to the diet as they would in the wild and prepackaged foods that have the green-and-white USDA certified organic label, you can help protect yourself and your family from their side effects.n
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It’s an absolute must if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. If you don’t, it’s unnecessary and quite difficult to do. According to womenshealthmag.com, “Giving up gluten may sound as basic as cutting out bread or eating less pasta, but this isn't just another version of the low-carb craze… Besides the hassle, you can end up with serious nutritional deficiencies… [such] as iron, B vitamins, and fiber.” Also, when eliminating gluten from your diet, keep in mind that packaged food companies often end up replacing gluten with fat, salt and sugar, so it’s not a sure weight loss guarantee.
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables in their natural state. You can cook them, just don’t deep fry them or add dough to them. Plants in and of themselves do not contain gluten 2. Stay away from processed food as much as you can. 3. Read the labels very carefully on the processed foods you do buy 4. Get out of the cereal aisle in the grocery store and stay out. 5 Reduce or eliminate your intake of bread, rolls, pizza dough, pies, cakes, etc 6. If you want to make gluten-free muffins or cakes or breads at home, there are ways to do this using alternative flours. 7. Don’t eat candy, most contains gluten.
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According to the Huffington Post Another way of if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is to go on an elimination/reintegration diet in which you eliminate all gluten for a short period of time (2 to 4 weeks) and see how you feel. Get rid of gluten (barley, rye, oats, spelt, kamut, wheat, triticale--see www.celiac.com for a complete list of foods that contain gluten, as well as often surprising and hidden sources of gluten.)
According to beliefnet.com, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may be sensitive to gluten and could benefit from reducing or totally eliminating it from your diet. Test it and see if it works for you by doing the following:
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Instead of using harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment, why not look to vinegar. Buy as large of a container as the store you shop at offers, as there are lots of uses. Here are just a few! 1. Electronics
a. CDs & DVDs: wipe the disc with a cloth that has been dampened with vinegar from the center, out to the edge, rotating the disk you've worked your way all the way around it, wiping dry in the same manner when done. b.TV/ LCD: computer screen: if using light pressure with a dust cloth doesn’t get all of the grime and fingerprints off the screen, use a soft cloth dampened with equal parts distilled water and white vinegar. Similarly, you do the same with touch screen devices.
c. Mouse & mouse trackball: Twist off the cover holding the ball in place and remove. Rub ball in a towel dampened with equal parts water and vinegar. Clean the mouse with the towel to clean. Clean the inside of the mouse with a cotton swab moistened with the solution and clean the dust and debris out. Let mouse ball and mouse dry a few of hours or overnight before reassembling. d. Keyboard: use several cotton swabs moistened with half vinegar and water or rubbing alcohol
2. In the Kitchen
a. Steam-clean a microwave: put a bowl with ¼ cup vinegar and a cup of water for five minutes. Once the bowl cools, wipe the inside of microwave with a sponge or washrag dipped in the mixture.
e. Refresh your refrigerator: Use 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. f. Disinfect cutting boards: According to Reader’s Digest, you should never use water and dish soap to clean your cutting board, as doing so can weaken it. To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use, which is a good disinfectant. Doing so protects against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Put baking soda on the cutting board first to deodorize. Let it sit to foam for five to ten minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.
g. Garbage disposal cleaner: make ice cubes out of 1 cup vinegar and enough water to fill up an ice cube tray. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so. Do this weekly to prevent bad odors. h. Clean crystal and glassware: add ¼ cup of vinegar to your dishwater’s rinse cycle or to the dish or rinse water. To rid glasses of
j. Unclog and deodorize drains: pour ½ cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When foaming subsides, flush with boiling water. Wait 5 minutes, and then flush with cold water. To speed up a slow drain, pour in 1/2 cup salt followed by 2 cups boiling vinegar, then flush with hot and cold tap water. k. Clean can opener blades: scrub the dirty wheels of your electric or standard can opener with an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar. For the hand version you’ll have to turn the handle of the opener. For the electric can opener, just position the toothbrush bristles around the side and edge of the wheel and turn it on to let the blade scrub itself clean. l. Remove stains & stuck on food from pots, pans, and ovenware
-Aluminum cookware: Stains caused by acidic foods in aluminum cookware can be cleaned by mixing in 1 teaspoon white vinegar for every cup of water needed to cover the stains. Let it boil for a couple of minutes, then rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
-Stainless steel: Soak: in pots and pans in 2 cups white vinegar for 30 minutes, then rinse them with hot, soapy water. Another solution is to mix 1 cup distilled vinegar in enough water to cover the stains. Let it boil for five minutes. The grease or stains should come off with some mild scrubbing when you wash it
-Pots & Pans: To clean stains in your pots and pans, place 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, heat the mixture to a slow boil for 5 minutes. The stains and food should come off with some mild scrubbing once the mixture cools. -Nonstick cookware: mix 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1 cup water and let boil for 10 minutes. -Metal cookware: Combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste
-Frying pans: If you boil vinegar for 10 minutes will help keep food from sticking to it for several months at a time. -Broiler Pan: Clean blackened, cooked-on grease by softening it up with a solution of 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar. Apply the mixture while the pan is still hot, and let it sit for an hour or so.
m. Make kitchen odors disappear: mix a pot of 1/2 cup white vinegar in 1 cup water. Let it boil until the liquid is almost gone n. Deodorize and clean ice trays soak in undiluted vinegar for a few hours or overnight. Rinse well with cold water and let dry o. Sanitize thermos, jars, containers, and vases by fill the item with equal parts vinegar and warm, soapy water and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Use a bottle brush to clean and let air dry.
q. Trap fruit flies: by filling an old jar about halfway with apple cider and punching a few holes in the lid, screw it back on, and you’re good to go.
r. Fruit & vegetable wash: Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar to 1 pint water and use to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly. Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.
s. Shine your silverware: by combining 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
t. Clean chrome and stainless steel: by applying a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a recycled spray bottle and buffing with a soft cloth to bring out the brightness. u. Polish brass and copper items by mixing a paste of vinegar and salt, or vinegar and baking soda (wait for the fizzing to stop before using), using a clean, soft cloth or paper towel to rub the paste into the item until the tarnish is gone. Rinse and dry afterwards. v. Make all-purpose cleaners: For fast cleanups around the kitchen, keep recycled spray bottles filled with the following solutions:
-For glass, stainless steel, and plastic laminate surfaces use a combination of 2:1 water and vinegar and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. -For cleaning walls and other painted surfaces, mix up 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon water and pour some into a spray bottle. Spritz it on spots and stains whenever needed and wipe off with a clean towel. w. Cut the grease:
-Clean up grease splatters from your stovetop, walls, range hood, and surrounding countertop by washing them with a sponge or dishrag dipped in undiluted white vinegar; rinse and dry. -Pour 3-4 tablespoons white vinegar into your favorite brand of dish soap and give it a few shakes. The vinegar increases the detergent’s grease-fighting capabilities so you can use less -Wash your hot plate, stove, and oven with full strength vinegar There are lots more uses for vinegar; look for more next time.
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b.Clean a coffeemaker: Fill the coffeepot with 2 cups white vinegar and 1 cup water and let it run through a full brew cycle, using a filter if you normally use one for coffee. Afterwards, run the machine through a brewing
d. Clean a dishwasher: To keep your dishwasher operating at peak performance and remove soap scum, pour 1 cup undiluted white vinegar into the bottom of the unit or in a bowl on the top rack. Run the machine through a full cycle without any dishes or detergent.
i. Clean china: To get coffee stains and other discolorations off china dishes and teacups, try scrubbing them with equal parts vinegar and salt, followed by rinsing them under warm water.
p. Get rid of bugs in your pantry: Fill a small bowl with 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish soap and put it in a place where it won’t get spilled. Leave it in there for a week; it will attract the bugs, which will fall into the bowl and drown. Empty the shelves, and wash, discarding all wheat products (breads, pasta, flour, and such), and clean off canned goods before putting them back.
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e. Printer/ fax/ all in one machine: with a well-rung out rag moistened with equal parts vinegar and water gently wipe down.
c. Clean a teakettle: To eliminate hard mineral deposits in a teakettle, bring 3 cups fullstrength white vinegar to a full boil for five minutes and leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight. Rinse out with cold water the next day.
cloudiness or spots caused by hard water, warm a pot with equal parts vinegar and water and let soak for 15-30 minutes. For particularly set in spots, you may have to use full strength vinegar instead. Wash and rinse clean.
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cycle with just water. Do this every 80 brews if you have soft water, or every 40 if you have hard water.
It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... All before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners... God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God's Pharmacy is truely Amazing! A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
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Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods. Modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain func-
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Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from
A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body. These Amazing foods will work wonders so put away the chocolate cake and break out the raw foods that will help nourish and heal you. Watch for our Health Tips and Fitness Facts online and in print.
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Taste of Lakeview Chicago Jul 6th & 7th 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; 3200 N Lincoln Ave & Belmont; Artisans and crafts vendors, a wide variety of great
Concerts on the Green Free Ongoing Sundays Present – Aug 25th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm; Breidert Green: White & Kansas St. Jul 7 – Hillbilly Rockstarz – Rocking Country; Jul 14 – R Gang – Rhythm & Blues Dance Band; Jul 21 – Peter Oprisko – Shindig – Singing the 50’s & 60’s; Jul 28 – Gone 2 Paradise – Ultimate Jimmy Buffet Band (815) 469-9400
The Amazing Race Utica Jul 7th & 21st11:30 am to 3:30 pm; Starved Rock Lodge: Rte 178 & 71; Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way. Use your wits, energy & sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Cost: $50/ team. (815) 2207386 or starvedrocklodge.com
Frankfort Country Market Ongoing Sundays Present – Oct 27th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Breidert Green Oak & Kansas St. Locally grown produce, both organic/non-organic, plants, and gardening items & much more. 815954-9788 or email@example.com
The Battle For Mayhem Fest II Steger Jul 7th 5:00 pm; Another Hole in the Wall: 3236 Union Ave; Opening Acts: Texas Toast Chainsaw Massacre, Strength In Numbers, One Steel Wound, Axeptor, Unknown Zodiac, Leviathan, Approaching Dawn, Demo, Blind Martyr. Cost: $20. (708) 754-9780
Fuel Concert (21+) Joliet Jul 7th 7:00 pm; Mojoes: 22 W Cass St; opening acts: Hoobastank, Lit, Alien Ant Farm. 21+ to drink. Cost: $23/advance, $28/door. (630) 608-8884
Tae Kwon Do Camp Mokena Ongoing Weekly Present– Aug 16th; ages 3 – 7: 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, ages 8 – 12: 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm, Family Class/6:30 pm – 7:15 pm; Tiger Kwon Martial Arts:19813 LaGrange Rd. Cost: $45/week. Discounts Available
Bell View Horseback Riding Camp (ages 6-18) Homer Glen Jul 8th – 12th 9:00 am to 3:30 pm; Bell View Acres: 13728 S Bell Rd; includes riding lessons, trail rides, swimming, & horse related crafts. Cost: $507 Nonresident, $390/resident. (708) 342-4255
Bulls/White Sox Combo Camp (ages 5-12) Plainfield Jul 8th -12th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Indian Trail M.S: 14723 S Eastern Ave; week-long, allday camp gives the two-sport athlete the ability to improve their offensive and defensive game in both basketball & baseball. Cost: $375.
White Sox vs. Cubs Jul 8th 7:10 pm; US Cellular Field: 333 W 35th St. Tickets: $27-$495. (312) 674-1000
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National Treasure Movie Marathon (10+) Minooka Jul 9th 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm; Library: 109 N Wabena Ave. 815467-6200 X 308
Cubs vs. Los Angles Angels Jul 9th & 10th 3:05 pm; Wrigley Field: 1060 W Addison St; Jun 9th: Teacher Appreciation Night. Tickets: $46-$317. (773) 404-2827
Movies On The Green Frankfort Jul 10th Breidert Green: White & Kansas; Uncle Buck (PG); Grab a blanket or chair for a memorable evening of cinema under the stars. Movies on the Green will be featuring movies for the entire family to enjoy. (815) 469-9400
Taste of Chicago Jul 10th – 14th Grant Park: 337 E Randolph; Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food & music festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. tasteofchicago.us
ROOFTOP Summer Music Series Joliet Jun 11th 7:30 pm; Museum: 204 N Ottawa St; Band: Classical Blast. Cost: $10/nonmembers, $8/members. 815-723-5201 or jolietmuseum.org
The Almost Brothers Band Woodridge Jul 10th 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Janes Avenue Park: 7927 Janes Ave; The Almost Brothers Band is a smokin’ Southern Rock tribute band that performs the music of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels, Gov’t Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blackfoot, The Black Crowes, &more. 630.353.3300 5
Glendale Heights Summerfest Jul 10th &11th 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 12th 6:00 pm to Midnight, Jul 13th 11:00 am ot Midnight , Jul 14th 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Camera Park: 101 E Fullerton Ave; festivities include: carnival, entertainment, fantastic food booths & more. Fireworks @ dusk Jul 10th & 14th. 630.260.6000
Discovery Dinner Lockport Ongoing 2nd Thursdays 6:15pm to 8:30pm; Gaylord Bldg: 200 W 8th St; . Each session includes a full service dinner choice of entrees with salad, sides, dessert and beverages all before the lecture. Cost: $30 (815) 838-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free "Concerts On The Hill" Joliet 6:30 pm Thursdays Jul 11th – 25th; Bicentennial Park: 201 Jefferson & Bluff St; Jul 11th: Pops Band, Cloggin’ Craze & Kid; Jul 18th Plainfield Community Choir, Lexi Smith, American Legion Band; Jul 25th Stay Tuned, DuPage Barbershop. 815-724-3760
B&W Photography w/ Digital Camera Tinley Park Thursdays Jul 11th – Aug 1st 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Rec Ctr: 17500 Duvan Dr; Topics include emphasizing the use and exposure in
West Chicago Railroad Days Jul 11th 4:30 pm to10:00 pm, Jul 12th 4:30pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 13th Noon to Midnight Jul 14th 2:30pm to10:00 pm; Reed Keppler Park:129 W National St; festivities include: live entertainment, a carnival, fireworks, parade, 5K run/ walk, art show & more. 312.799.0354
Cubs vs. St Lois Cardinals Jul 11th & 14th 7:05 pm, Jun 12th 3:05 pm, Jul 13th 6:15 pm; Wrigley Field: 1060 W Addison St; Jul 11th: Cubs Tote Bag, Jul 12th: Cubs Cowboy Hat; Jul 13th: Harry Caray Replica Statue; Jul 14th: Cubs Shoelaces & Kids run the bases. Tickets: $46-$317. (773) 404-2827
Movies in the Park Plainfield 8:00 pm Settlers Park:15251 S. Van Dyke Rd; Hotel Transylvania (PG) OR Jun 28th 8:00 pm; Zookeeper (PG). (815) 4368812 or plainfieldparkdistrict.com
‘Don’t Call It A Comeback’ Concert Steger Jul 12th 5:30 pm; Another Hole in the Wall: 3236 Union Ave; Opening Acts: Stop.Drop.Rewind, The Censored. Cost: $10. (708) 754-9780
Blackened Concert Joliet Jul 12th 9:00 pm; Mojoes: 22 W Cass St; opening acts: Judas beast. 21+ to drink. Cost: $8/early, $10/door. (630) 608-8884
G-Fest Rosemont Jul 12th – 14th Crown Plaza: 5440 N River Rd; all things giant-monster related: Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, and all else. Early Cost: $40/adult, $20/youth, Free under 5. Onsite cost: $25/day adult, $10/day youth, Free under 5. email@example.com or g-fan.com
Batavia Windmill Fest Jul 12th 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 13th 7:30 am to 11:00 pm; Jul 14th Noon to 6:00 pm; Riverwalk: Houston St & Island Ave; festivities include a carnival, food, a 5K race, live entertainment & more. windmillcityfest.org
Irish American Heritage Festival Chicago Jul 12th 6:00 pm to Midnight, Jul 13th & 14th Noon to Midnight; Fri, Jul 12, 2013 - Sun, Jul 14, 2013; Irish American Heritage Ctr: 4626 N Knox Ave; the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. Early Cost: $8/general audiences, $7/seniors. 773-282-7035 Wilmette Summerfest Jul 12th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Jul 12th 9:00 am to 10:00 pm; 1200 Wilmette Ave; festivities include: food, shopping, live entertainment, a car show, & more. wilmettesummerfest.org/
Movie Under the Stars Romeoville Jul 12th, Dusk; Deer Crossing Park: 1050 W Romeo Rd; Movie: The Lorax. (815) 886-6222.
Summer on Southport Chicago Jul 13th 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Jul 14th 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; 3700 N South-
Fountain Square Art Festival Evanston Jul 6th & 7th 10L00 am to 6:00 pm; Church & Sherman; 225+ featured artists showcasing 2D& 3D art, ceramics, functional art, glassware, jewelry, photography, & more. 773-584-6684 or 773-584-6669
black and white, improving composition skills and seeing the world in grayscale, use of textures and lighting. Cost: $68 Non-resident, $52 Resident. (708) 342-4255
Tinley Park Farmer’s Market Saturdays Jun 1st – Oct 26th 7:00 am to Noon; 174th & Oak Park Ave; Fresh vegtables, flowers, pastries, bread and much more. Many crafters and vendors with various items for sale. Free crafts for kids to make. Free face painting. downtowntinley.com
Ride Route 66 Presentation New Lenox Jul 6th 11:00 am to 12:30 pm; Library: 120 Veterans Parkway; Come hear stories about the great highway that connects our area to the rest of the US!
Plainfield Tuesdays Jul 9th – 30th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; ; Rec Ctr: 23729 W. Ottawa St; learn to create high impact photos through aperture control, shutter speed & ISO setting; lenses selection, advanced composition, & lighting. Cost: $95/nonresident, $75/resident. (815) 436-8812
The Great Midwest Model Train Show Wheaton Jul 6th 9:30 am to 3:00 pm; Fairgrounds: 2015 Manchester Rd; world's largest monthly train show with an average of 180 exhibitors at each show featuring trains of all scales and gauges. Cost: $7/general admission, free under 13. contact (630) 290-1962
food, and an array of street performers add to this incredible weekend. Cost: $10.
port; festivities include: Craft fair, Food, Kids Activities & more. southportneighbors.com
Taste of Greece Joliet Jul 13th 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; 14th & 15th 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm St. Sava Picnic Grounds; 3457 Black Rd Join us for our annual festival celebrating the greek culture! Free admission, free parking, shuttle service. Food, drinks, music, & dancing. 815- 722-1727
‘Bad Axis’ Concert Steger Jul 13th 6:00 pm; Another Hole in the Wall: 3236 Union Ave. Cost: $12. (708) 754-9780
Buffalo Grove Art Festival Jul 13th & 14th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Corner of Lake Cook Rd & Rte 83; exceptional artwork, live music, great festival food & fun art activities for kids 847-926-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Northbrook Art In The Park Jul 13th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Jul 14th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Village Green Park: Shermer & Meadow Rd; 75+ art9sts, food vendors, live music, children’s activities, a silent art auction & more. 630.536.8416 or email@example.com or emevents.com
Ribs on the River & Whitewater Festival Yorkville Noon to 10:00 pm; Bicentennial Riverfront Park:301 e. Hydraulic Ave; Whitewater festival The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around during the backyard BBQ contest. http://www.facebook.com/#!/RibsontheRiver
Roscoe Village Burger Fest Chicago Jul 13th $ 14th 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Belmont & Damen; Beneficiary: Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce. Sample veggie, turkey and the finest ground beef to BBQ, steak burgers and every imaginable topping under the sun. Besides burgers there will be live entertainment as well. Cost: $7. 773-584-6684 or 773584-6669
Naperville Woman's Club Fine Art Fair Jul 13th & 14th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Naper Settlement: 523 S Webster St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring the Movement 5K Run/Walk Chicago Jul 13th 9:00 am; River Park: Argyle St & Francisco Ave; helps to raise awareness and funding for Arts Education in Chicago Schools. Chicago Dance Institute. Cost: $25/adult, $20/seniors/children under 12. chicagodanceinstitute.org
Chicago Chinatown 5K & Youth Run (USATF Certified) July 13th 8:00 am; 2126-2134 S Archer Ave. Cost: $35/adult, $15/youth. chinatown5k.com
Color Fun Fest Chicago 2013 Jul 13th contact for time; Lincoln Park: 2250 n Cannon Dr. Cost: $60/ individual registration, $65/team registration.colorfunfest.com
Summer Monthly Outdoor Movies Mokena Jul 14th 8:30 pm; Lakewood Ball Park: Ridge Road at Lakewood Subdivision Entrance; Movie: Iron Giant. minooka.com
‘The Agonist’ Concert Steger Jul 14th 5:00 pm Another Hole in the Wall: 3236 Union Ave; Opening Acts: Between The Years Of Silence, Todays Wreckage, False Hope Fades, Deserted Darkness, For A Sorrowed Soul. Cost: $12. (708) 754-9780
Lemont Heritage Fest Jul 14th 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Stephen Street, Canal Street, Front Street and Talcott St; festivities include: kids’ activities, crafters, a car show and plenty of musical entertainment, food and fun. (630) 243-2700or (630) 257-1550
Motorcycle Show & Parts Expo Peotone Jul 14th Early Bird: 7:00 am to 10:00 am, Normal Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Will County Fairgrounds: 710 West St. 800-800-6034 or visit paragonspromotion.com
Mychildren Mybride Concert Joliet Jul 15th 6:30 pm Mojoes: 22 W Cass St. 21+ to drink. Cost: $10/early, $12/door. (630) 608-8884
Click It or Miss It – Photo Plainfield Jul 15th 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Streams Rec. Ctr: 24319 Cedar Creek Ln. learn how to take shots that fool the eye using settings & techs as well as props to set up your own photo shoots. Cost: $37.50/nonresident, $25/resident. (815) 436-8812
Flag Football Camp (ages 6-14) Aurora Jul 15th – 19th 9:00 am to Noon; Eola Com Ctr: 555 S Eola Rd; learn offers skill positions training, techniques on speed and quickness, body balance, first-step directional movements, football safety awareness and sportsmanship. Cost: $172/nonresident, $115/resident. (630) 897-0516
Horseback Riding Homer Glen Tuesdays Jul 16th – Aug 13th 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm OR Saturdays Jul 20th – Aug 17th 11:30 am to 12:30 pm; Bell View Acres: 13728 S Bell Rd; learn basic horsemanship, along with how to walk, trot, and canter your. Cost: $228 Nonresident, $175/resident. (708) 342-4255
Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles Bolingbrook Jul 16th 2:00 pm; Central Park Pavilion, behind 201 Recreation Dr. Come to this great presentation and you will see an entertaining, upclose animal show! Audience members may even pet the fascinating creatures. You will learn what reptiles make good pets and what ones do not. 630.739.0272
Scream the Prayer Joliet Jul 16th 5:00 pm; Mojoes: 22 W Cass St; opening acts: Impending Doom, Gideon, Wolves at the Gate, Fit For A King, The Great Commission, The Seeking, Everyone Dies In Utah, The Overseer, Those Who Fear, Silent Planet . 21+ to drink. Cost: $18/early, $20/door. (630) 6088884
The Smoothie Spa Retreat (ages 12-16) Bolingbrook Jul 17th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm; ACC: 201 Recreation Dr; Enjoy the experience a mini facial, foot treatment, hand and lip facials and de-stressing techniques to relive tension. Cost: $35/nonresident, $25/resident. 630.739.0272
Crafts Around the World: Mosaic Lockport Jul 17th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm; Gaylord Bldg: W 8th St; decorate a glass candle holder that can also be used as a glass coaster. 815-838-0755 or email@example.com
Kane County Fair St Charles Jul 17th 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 18th Noon to 11:00 pm, Jul 19th & 20th Noon to Midnight, Jul 21st Noon to 10:00 pm; Fairgrounds: 525 S Randall Rd. Old-fashioned county fair, carnival, farm animals, entertainment, food &more! Cost: $5/weekdays, $8/Friday – Sunday, $5/customer appreciation OR $15/admission +.unlimited rides, $20 universal pass. 630-584-6926
Lola's Auction House Morris Ongoing 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6:30 pm; 126 E Washington St; All auction items are on display for public viewing (from 106pm) beginning the Monday of Auction Week. (815) 931-0699 livinglolastyle.com
Rockin’ Romeoville Jul 18th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Deer Crossing Park: 1050 W Romeo Rd. Hi Infidelity is a cover band from the Chicago area, playing music of all types, but mostly from the 80s Rock period: Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi and Boston to name a few. (815) 886-6222
Sundowner 5k (USATF & CARA Certified) Joliet Jul 18th 7:15 pm; Pilcher Park: 2501 Highland Park Dr/ Registration Deadline Jul 11th. Cost: $30/ general, $25/CARA members, $24/Inwood Run Club 815741-7275 X 206 OR X 201
"BBQ Blues Bash" Joliet Jul 19th 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm & Jul 20th 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Bicentennial Park: 201 Jefferson & Bluff St; Enjoy sizzlin' food
and smokin' music. Fun planned for the whole family. unitycdc.org
Free Movies in the Park Woodridge Select Fridays 7:30 pm; Ju1 19th Windy Point Park: 2100 Egerton Dr; Tangled (PG); Ju1 26th; Castaldo Park: 3024 71st St; The Goonies (G) (630) 3533300
Free “Date Night” Movie on the Green Frankfort Jul 19th 8:30 pm; Breidert Green: Oak & Kansas St; Movie: “Hitch.” (815) 469-9400
“Date Night” Movie Babysitting (ages 4-10) Frankfort Jul 19th 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Founders Ctr: 140 Oak St; drop off your kids for awhile. Kids will enjoy crafts, games, activities, pizza, popcorn and a kid friendly movie. Cost: $20/nonresident, $15/resident. (815) 469-9400
Des Plaines Summer Fling Jul 19th 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 20th 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 21st 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Ellinwood St, Downtown Des Plaines, south side of Railroad Tracks; music, arts & craft vendors, kids' activities food and carnival rides. 773-584-6684 or 773584-6669
White Sox vs. Atlanta Braves Jul 19th 7:10 pm, Jul 20th 3:05, Jul 21st 1:10 pm; US Cellular Field: 333 W 35th St; Jul 19th: Fireworks, Jul 20th: Star Wars Day; Jul 21st: Family Sunday. Tickets: $27$495. (312) 674-1000
Walk A Mile in My Shoes Joliet Jul 20th 8:00 am to11:00 am; Morningstar Mission: 350 E Washington St; see the trials and tribulations that many homeless had to go through along w/ see how the community backed MorningStar Mission's ministries for over 104yrs. 815-722-5780 Annual Fine Art Fair Orland Park Jul 20th & 21st 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Orland Park Crossing: 14225 95th Ave; festivities include artists, live entertainment, & children’s area.(708) 349-2972 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit orlandparkchamber.org Twilight Hike Bolingbrook Jul 20th 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; ; Hidden Oaks: 201 Recreation Dr; Learn and experience how their senses of hearing, smell, and
Bike Camping Weekend Wheaton Jul 21st Noon – Jul 22nd Noon; Commuter lot at Liberty Drive and Carlton Ave. Cost: $85/overnight, $15/-shirt. 708-3659365 or email@example.com
Celebrate Clark Street Festival Chicago Jul 20th 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 21st 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Clark Street between Morse & Estes; multi-cultural music street party, which continually breaks the mold. (773) 508-5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org or celebrateclarkstreet.com/ Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival Jul 20th & 21st Noon to 7:00 pm; Dawes Park: Sheridan Rd & Church St; attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures. Every continent is represented in song, dance, spoken word, visual arts & food. 847-448-8260 or email@example.com
Naperville Ale Fest (21+) Jul 20th 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Naper Settlement 523 S Webster St; festival will feature 180+ unique beers from craft breweries across the US, local food & live music. Cost: $45/general audiences, $15/designated driver. info@NapervilleAleFest.com or napervillealefest.com
PSC 5K Run / 3K Walk Chicago Heights Jul 20th Registration: 8:00 am 5K: 9:30 am, 3K 9:35 am; Pioneer Rec & Sports Park: 100 197th Pl. Cost: $15/early $25/late, $22/ Prairie State students, $10/walkers. (708) 709-7837 or (708) 709-3950 or firstname.lastname@example.org Muddy Buddy Gilberts Jul 20th Run: 8:00am, 8:45am, & 9:30 am, Bike: 10:45 am, 12:15 am; Indian Hills Farm: 16n503 Powers Rd; benefits Athletes for a Cure. Teams of 2 run through an off-road obstacle course. Obstacles will require teamwork, so buddies must stay together at all times. Cost: $75/early, 90/late, $20/mini-muddy buddy. (800) 311-1255 or email@example.com
Ice Cream Socials at Blackberry Farm Aurora Ju1 21st 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm; 100 Barnes Rd; Cool off on a hot day with free ice cream while supplies last. Cost: $8/nonresident, $5/resident. 630-897-0516
Family Fun Day (4+) Woodridge Jul 21st 9:30 am to 11:30 am Castaldo Park: 3024 71st St; we will have all sorts of fun sports, games & competitions planned for you. Activities such as egg toss, dodge ball & relay races are just a few of the fun things you & your family can participate in. Snacks & beverages are provided. Cost: $10/nonresident,
Outback Steakhouse Ride Channahon Jul 21st 52 mi Ride 8:00 am, 32 mi ride 8:30 am, 12 mi ride 9:30 am; 4 mi 10:00 am Central Park 24856 W Eames. Cost: $50+ fundraising/ early, $55/day of (if available), (484) 879-6160, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kintera.org, rideataxia.org, or curefa.org
Anonapalooza Family Summerfest Geneva Jul 21st 11:00 am to 7:00 am; Good Templar Park: 528 E Side Dr; food and music fest which supports those in recovery from alcohol and drugs addiction as well as their support. anonapalooza.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon & 5K Chicago Jul 21st 6:30 am; Grant Park, Columbus Dr. and Monroe; proceeds benefits various worthwhile local charities. Registration Deadline: Jul 14th. ½ Marathon Cost: $120/early, $150/day of; 5K Cost: $45/early, $50/day of (858) 450-6510 or (800) 311-1255
Chess Camp (grades K-8) Frankfort Jul 22nd – 26th half day: 9:00 am to Noon, full day: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Founders Ctr: 140 Oak St; Activities will include Chess, lessons, puzzles, Wizard Says, Bug House, Mirror, Fisher, Take Me, Charades, Dodge Ball, & more. Half day cost: $205/nonresident, $200/resident. Full day cost: $355/nonresident, $350/resident (815) 469-9400 Video Game & Virtual World Design (ages 13-14) Channahon Jul 22nd – 26th 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm; ACC: 24856 W Eames; explore learn two video game programs to learn about character programming and 3D virtual world design. Cost: $130/nonresident, $97/resident. (815) 467-7275 Stage Play: Musical Theatre Camp (ages 3-15) Plainfield Jul 22nd – 25th ages 3-5 10:00 am to 11:15 am; ages 68 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; ages 9 to 15 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm; Heritage Prof Ctr: 24023 W Lockport St; emphasis is on the journey toward producing a show from start to finish, creating a fun & noncompetitive environment for kids to stretch their dramatic wings. Cost: $82$204 depending on age & residency. (815) 436-8812
Seisan Ryu Karate (ages 6-12) Aurora Mondays & Wednesdays Jul 22nd – Aug 28th Beginner: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm; Ongoing: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm; Prisco Community Ctr: 150 W Illinois Ave. . Cost: $30- $92 depending on residency, number of days per week. (630) 859-8606 Free Shoulder Pain Relief Presentation Tinley Park Jul 22nd 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Rec Ctr: 17500 Duvan Dr; learn about common causes of shoulder pain and available treatment options, including advanced shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement. (800) 221-2199 Fossils in our Backyard Woodridge Jul 22nd 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Library: 3 Plaza Dr; multimedia tour of Illinois' world-famous geological site, which contains fossils of giant fern trees, insects, jellyfish, & more. Learn to read the stories told by fossils. 630-964-7899 White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Jul 21st & 7th 7:10 pm, Jul 25th 1:10, Jun 9th 1:10; US Cellular Field: 333 W 35th St; Jun 23rd: Italian Heritage Festival on the Plaza, Jul 24th: Greek Heritage Festival on the Pl. Tickets: $27-$495. (312) 6741000
I Love Chocolate Channahon Jul 23rd 2:30 pm to 4:40 pm; ACC: 24856 W Eames; Menu: Chocolate Fondue with Dippers ~ Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding ~ S'Mores Cups ~ Molten Lava Cakes. Registration Deadline: Jul 18th. Cost: $84/ nonresident, $65/resident. (815) 467-7275 Camping Basics Lockport Jul 23rd 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Gaylord Bldg: W 8th St; Learn the necessary skills for a safe and fun experience in the great outdoors, including: the basics of planning, packing, and set-up. 815-838-0755, to register Pacific Park Party Romeoville Jul 23rd 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Pacific Park:1000 Key Largo Dr; free, exciting activities for all to enjoy. (815) 886-6222.
Dupage County Fair Jul 24th & 25th 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Jul 26th & 27th Noon to 11:00 pm, Jul 28th Noon to 10:00 pm; Fairgrounds: County Farm Rd & Manchester. Festivities include a carnival, craft fair, food, kids’ activities, live entertainment & more. Cost: $30/all days access pass, $10/daily general audiences, $4/kids. 630-668-6636 email@example.com
Cartoon Drawing: Caricature/ Drawing: Lake County Fair Grayslake beginner to Intermediate AuJul 24th & 25th 10:00 am to rora Jul 22nd – Aug 19th; 10:00 pm, Jul 26th & Prisco Community Ctr: 150 W 27th 10:00 am to 11:00 Illinois Ave; Carpm, Jul 28th toon Drawing: ages 10:00 am to 9:00 ? 6-9; 4:30 pm; Fairgrounds: 1060 E TS pm to 5:15 Peterson Rd; fesVEN @ E t pm; learn draw tivities include: MoAL LINE al.ne C O L people, tocross, PRCA Rodeo, ON loc GO rsale places Petting Zoo, Carnival o f . & animals w/ w Rides, games, lots of food & more. w w practical Cost: $8/weekdays, $10/ weekends, exer$5/children, $25/family fun pack. cises and as(847) 680-7200 signments.
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“Beach Party” Picnic (55+) Frankfort Jul 24th 11:30 am to 1:30 am; Founders Ctr: 140 Oak St; afternoon filled with food, desserts, raffles, bingo and fun. Cost: $8. (815) 469-9400 Stress, Anxiety & Depression EFT Tinley Park Jul 24th 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Rec Ctr: 17500 Duvan Dr; EFT balances health and well-being while being applied for anxiety, phobias, physical pain, weight loss, financial issues, relationship challenges, headaches, sports performance & much more. Cost: $42 Non-resident, $32 Resident. (708) 342-4255 Concerts on the Hill Bolingbrook Ongoing Wednesdays Jul 24th – Aug 28th 7:30 pm; Performing Arts Center: 375 W. Briarcliff Rd; Jul 24 – Semple (Rock); Jul 31 – Timing’s Everything (Country Rock) (630) 739-0272 Family & Travel Photography (18+) Bolingbrook Jul 24th & 31st 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; ACC: 201 Recreation Dr; learn to use easy techniques to create exciting photographs of people while reflecting their personality and portray the environment. Cost: $90/nonresident, $60/resident. 630.739.0272 ‘Classical Blast’ Concert Woodridge Jul 24th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Westminster Park: 1320 Westminster Dr; unique 4-piece band dedicated to bringing the classical arts to mainstream rock & pop music. They’re classically trained musicians who love to rock.
Plainfield Historical Walking Tour (18+) Jul 25th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Lockport & Des Plaines St; tour showcases several businesses and their proprietors including the Worst Barber Shop and Jones Hardware, two of the longest-operated businesses in town. Cost: $10/nonresident, $5/resident Ceramic Studio (18+) Bolingbrook Jul 25th – Aug 29th 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; ACC: 201 Recreation Dr; Cost: $126/nonresident, $84/resident. 630.739.0272 Magic Class (ages 5-12) Plainfield Jul 25th 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm; Streams Rec. Ctr: 24319 Cedar Creek Ln. Amaze family and friends with tricks that involve cards, ropes, coins, mind-reading & more. Cost: $30/nonresident, $20/resident. (815) 436-8812 Glass Fusing for Youth (ages 8+) Aurora Jul 25th ages 8-15 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Ages 16+ 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm; Eola Com Ctr: 555 S Eola Rd; make a fused glass decorated with different colors. All glass supplies and cutting tools are provided. Cost: $59/nonresident, $39/resident. (630) 897-0516 ‘The Projection’ Concert Steger Jul 25th 5:00 pm; Another Hole in the Wall: 3236 Union Ave; Opening Acts: Sudden Suspension, Under Average, Steadfast, Guffaw. Cost: $10. (708) 754-9780
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