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  • Good natured: Beetles that have the amazing ability to click

    Did you ever stop to consider just how many parts of your day involve clicks?Do you “click here” whe ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Learning to Grow: The semi-tropical shaving brush tree an unusual beauty

    About 15 years ago, my husband and I were walking along Simonton Street in Key West, and we saw what appeared to be a colorful shaving brush on the si ...
    April 24, 2015 - 4:28 pm
  • Tales From the Motherhood: French folly | Son loses nice shoe in Nice

    You should have seen the grin on Noah’s face when he told me that he may have left one of his dress shoes in Nice. You know, the shoes he’s supposed t ...
    April 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm
  • Murder mystery dinner theater at The Range in Batavia

    BATAVIA – A new murder mystery dinner theater production, "The Bootleg Bump Off at Ruby’s Rum Runner Room," is headed to The Range Grill and Tap, 35 N ...
    April 24, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: A Vietnamese take on Oxtail stew

    Charles Phan, an award-winning restaurateur who opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco in 1995, shares secrets about the food from his native Vietna ...
    April 24, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Keeping pets safe: Dog owners worry about canine flu

    NORTH AURORA – Jo Gengler of North Aurora brought her two dogs to Fox Valley Veterinary Clinic in North Aurora on Thursday after suspecting they have ...
    April 24, 2015 - 6:47 am
  • Friends of the Town and Country Public Library Flower and Plant Fundraiser set

    ELBURN – The Friends of the Town and Country Public Library's 12th annual Flower and Plant Fundraiser is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, and ...
    April 23, 2015 - 1:37 pm
  • Foxy show at the Arcada to benefit Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation

    ST. CHARLES – Foxy – The Rock and Country Concert, presented by Country Financial, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. M ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Uncorked: Two rosés hail from vastly different regions of Italy

    The time was right for Stemmari and Mezzacorona to introduce a rosé.  After years of planning, the w ...
    April 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Planit 5: Five things to do in Kane County this weekend

    1. Saturday Morning Cafe at Kiss The Sky WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25 WHERE: Kiss the Sky, 180 ...
    April 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Chit Chat: Former Tri-Cities resident John Rosensteel releases debut album

    In sitting down to make his debut album, former Tri-Cities resident John Rosensteel literally took matters into his own hands.
    April 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Health pros dish out advice at B Fit B Active Expo

    WHEATON – Getting fit can be a daunting task for many, whether they have been active before or not.T ...
    April 22, 2015 - 8:45 pm
  • Dollars and Sense: St. Charles Park District Contributes to Area Economy

    On the surface, parks and recreation departments may seem like they’re all about fun and games, but beneath those soccer fields and swimming pools the ...
    April 22, 2015 - 3:19 pm
  • Yellow House Artists exhibit headed to The Holmstad

    BATAVIA – The Holmstad Town Center Gallery will feature an exhibit by Yellow House Artists entitled “Creative Expressions in Oil Pastel," from May 8 t ...
    April 22, 2015 - 2:31 pm
  • 'Honk Jr.' headed to Steel Beam

    ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Acting Studio presents "Honk Jr.," a musical retelling of the "Ugly Duckling" story, for six performances beginning at 10:30 ...
    April 22, 2015 - 2:05 pm
  • Kaneland Connection: 'Shrek' time nears at Kaneland

    MAPLE PARK – Kaneland High School senior Rachel Miller enjoys the “Shrek” movies. She said she would get the movie soundtracks so she could sing along ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Critic’s Choice: ‘The Herd’ corrals a troubled family

    CHICAGO – Rory Kinnear’s first play,“The Herd,” making its U.S. premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is heartrending but at the same time punctuated with ...
    April 21, 2015 - 3:40 pm
  • Blue Bell expands ice cream recall

    Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling all of its products – ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks – because of a possible listeria monocytoge ...
    April 21, 2015 - 1:24 pm
  • Fox Valley Wildlife Center preps for busy season with baby shower

    ELBURN – The stories of Zihna, a red-tailed hawk, Wooka, a yellow-shafted northern flicker, and Toby, a box turtle, aren't those the Fox Valley Wildli ...
    April 20, 2015 - 7:43 am
  • St. Charles Arts Council to campaign for downtown center

    ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Arts Council will introduce its campaign for a downtown center for arts and education at an event next month, according ...
    April 17, 2015 - 8:23 pm
  • Good Natured: The irresistible sounds of frogs

    Last week, I traveled to southern Illinois to attend the annual Environmental Education Association of Illinois’ annual conference, “Bridging Gaps Und ...
    April 19, 2015 - 4:16 pm
  • Vero Voce, Taylor St. Pizza to present Murder Mystery Dinner Theater events

    Vero Voce has partnered with Taylor St. Pizza in Wasco to produce its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater event, “Final Cut,” running Saturday, April ...
    April 17, 2015 - 5:14 pm
  • Noah’s Arcade to rock Two Brothers Roundhouse

    Fresh on the heels of last year’s self-titled debut, Aurora-based power-trio Noah’s Arcade will celebrate the eighth annual national Record Store Day ...
    April 17, 2015 - 5:11 pm
  • Byrds co-founder Roger McGuinn to perform May 2

    ELGIN – Roger McGuinn, co-founder of The Byrds, will perform Saturday, May 2, at the Elgin Community College arts center, located in Building H on the ...
    April 17, 2015 - 5:05 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Growing unusual vegetables from seeds

    What are the advantages of starting plants from seeds? After all, you can find many varieties of tomatoes, peppers and other family favorites as finis ...
    April 17, 2015 - 5:03 pm
  • West Aurora High School to stage ‘In the Heights’

    AURORA – West Aurora High School Drama Troupe 2013 will be performing the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, th ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Joan Knows: Signs of spring

    Signs of spring are everywhere! For example, Bucky, (as in Badger) our shaggy Pekingese, just came back from his favorite groomer, Amy’s Wild Hairs in ...
    April 17, 2015 - 12:27 pm
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Lemon Walnut Bar scales the heights

    In the pages of her cookbook, “Butter Baked Goods” (Alfred A. Knopf), interior designer-turned-baker Rosie Daykin introduces readers to a kind of mini ...
    April 17, 2015 - 12:01 pm
  • Get rid of unwanted hair with laser hair removal

    Tired of shaving, waxing or plucking? Laser hair removal might be the answer to rid that unwanted hair.
    April 17, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Family Workout: Many Tri-Cities options available to maintain health with loved ones

    Workouts have become a family affair this year for Debbie Bauer of St. Charles. Bauer used to exerci ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:46 pm