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  • Tales from the Motherhood: Easter Bunny wises up with organic treats

    I have it on good authority that the Easter Bunny has seen the light. Found Jesus, if you will. She’s had it with sub-par sweets and is turning over a ...
    April 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Learning to Grow: How to make seed tape

    It appears winter is hanging on a bit longer as I look at snow covering my crocuses and tulips. Since I am anxious to do anything gardening, and I’m u ...
    April 18, 2014 - 4:45 pm
  • Music groups join forces for Operatic Treasures concert

    AURORA – The Fox Valley Orchestra, Fox Valley Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale will join forces for Operatic Treasures on Sunday, April 27, in ...
    April 18, 2014 - 4:25 pm
  • Music runs deep in Costner family

    For the Costner family, performing music is a family affair. Lily Costner will perform with her fam ...
    April 17, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, more to rock RiverEdge Park in July

    AURORA – This summer, RiverEdge Park in Aurora will set the stage with a popular American pop-rock group from the ’90s.
    April 17, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Former Miss America runner-up to represent Geneva in state competition

    Many a crown has graced the head of beauty pageant veteran and Geneva resident Nicole Elizabeth Cook.
    April 17, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Taste of the Town: Muscle Maker Grill offers up healthier fare

    In a sea of fast food options, Muscle Maker Grill aims to serve up healthier fare. Since January, M ...
    April 16, 2014 - 4:55 pm
  • Elgin Community College Theatre to present ‘Romeo and Juliet’

    ELGIN – Elgin Community College Theatre’s spring production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will run through Sunday, May 4.
    April 13, 2014 - 5:02 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Refresh houseplants in April

    April seems to be the month that stirs gardeners from their long winter hiatus – blue skies, melting snow, seed packets, emerging buds and sunny days. ...
    April 11, 2014 - 4:55 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Pets catch case of spring fever

    Seems my wannabe wild thing, Posey (our aging Maine Coon kitty), has caught spring fever. Which is awesome, because what I really relish doing at 9:30 ...
    April 11, 2014 - 4:39 pm
  • There’s nothing cheap about Fox Valley Repertory’s ‘Dozen’

    Fox Valley Repertory’s production of “Cheaper by the Dozen” is an invitation into the living room and lives ...
    April 10, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Mystery Diner: Isacco’s Kitchen specializes in Northern Italian cuisine

    What sets Isacco’s Kitchen in St. Charles apart from other Italian restaurants in the area is the food. The family-owned restaurant serves recipes h ...
    April 10, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Chit Chat: Student's design chosen to grace Seigle’s delivery trucks

    St. Charles resident Tyler Courtney remembers visiting the former Seigle’s lumber yard on Randall Road in St. Charles as a youngster.
    April 9, 2014 - 6:06 pm
  • Theory: Using personality index to overcome life’s roadblocks

    Look at you. I mean it. Go to your mirror and take a good long look. You are amazing. There is no one like you in the world. You are the product of ce ...
    April 9, 2014 - 1:50 pm
  • Learning to Grow: Plants that enjoy April weather

    For three seasons of the year, the tasks of a gardener are pretty easily outlined. But spring, and early spring in particular, can be a bit perplexing ...
    April 18, 2014 - 4:47 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Family revels in respite from routine

    What a great week. But for the kids’ physicals and Holly’s pet-sitting gigs, their spring break from school has been completely unstructured.
    April 9, 2014 - 1:52 pm
  • St. Charles Library to host spring used book sale

    ST. CHARLES – The Friends of St. Charles Public Library group will host its annual Spring Book Sale from  2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; 9 a.m. t ...
    April 3, 2014 - 6:24 pm
  • Water Street Studios to present Spring Show

    The Water Street Studios Spring Show will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, and run through June 28. ...
    April 2, 2014 - 5:21 pm
  • Taste of the Town: O' Sole Mio to compete in Gelato World Tour

    BATAVIA – One episode of “60 minutes” was all it took to seal the deal. The CBS television series covered a story about everyday Americans whisking of ...
    April 16, 2014 - 4:55 pm
  • 'Sharing Color': Artist to exhibit 40 years of painting

    ST. CHARLES – Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host a solo spring art show in honor of Batavia resident Alyce Van Acker, who has c ...
    March 28, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Vero Voce to present ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

    ST. CHARLES – Vero Voce will present the musical “The Velveteen Rabbit,” running Saturdays and Sundays April 12 through 19.
    March 28, 2014 - 4:06 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Spring break stay-cation is no week at the beach

    Are we the only people in the county not going anywhere fancy for spring break? No, of course not. It just seems that way to the kids.
    April 9, 2014 - 2:01 pm
  • Wasco Nursery and Garden Center to open season with artist exhibition

    ST. CHARLES – Wasco Nursery and Garden Center will open for its 2014 season April 1 with an artist exhibition called “A Gallery of Nature.”
    March 27, 2014 - 5:22 pm
  • RiverEdge Park announces Blues on the Fox musical lineup

    AURORA – RiverEdge Park in Aurora recently announced its musical lineup for Blues on the Fox, which will take place Friday, June 27, and Saturday, J ...
    March 28, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • Niche Restaurant to reopen with reinvigorated menu, look

    GENEVA – Niche Restaurant, after having temporarily closed March 23, will reopen Tuesday, April 1, with a brand new look, menu and chef.
    March 27, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Kane County Bar Association to host night of laughs, music

    Lawyers do have a sense of humor. The Kane County Bar Association will set out to prove that when t ...
    March 26, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • Books and Brunch fundraiser to feature local authors

    ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Library Foundation – a nonprofit corporation established to provide funds to enhance and enrich library programs and s ...
    March 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: Breaking bread

    I was simmering pork chops Wednesday afternoon, March 19, when I noticed the mailman struggling to fit a small package through the mail slot on my fro ...
    April 9, 2014 - 2:09 pm
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