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A healthy afterschool snack that eats like a treat

The words hungry kids heading home from school hate most? "Have a piece of fruit."

21 hours ago

Golden Times

Annual picnic planned

21 hours ago
Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Chicago Street Theatre director Eric Brant attributes his inspiration for their Shakespeare in the Park festival to regular drives he took four years or so ago with his wife through downtown Valparaiso.

22 hours ago
Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Grant Park will soon buzz with locals and tourists blending together to make the food festival of all food festivals known as Taste of Chicago.

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McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization

McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization

Paul McCartney returned to a concert stage Saturday after being sidelined for two months because of a virus, spinning out songs from the Beatles, Wings and a solo career that has spanned more than 50 years of rock 'n' roll.

July 07, 2014 1:00 am
Josh Groban shows he's more than a big voice

Josh Groban shows he's more than a big voice

Josh Groban admits he was hesitant to show that he was more than a guy with a big voice who could perform sweeping ballads.

July 06, 2014 1:00 am

Readers share shopping and savings tips

My readers have been busy sending in their favorite tips for shopping, couponing, saving money and more. Here’s a roundup of some of the best emails I’ve received lately.

July 06, 2014 1:00 am
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

July 06, 2014 1:00 am

Calendar

*Special Note: The 2014 South Shore Air Show to be held July 11-13 has been canceled due to Widespread flooding that rendered the parking for the expected 50,000 to 60,000 attendees unusable. The South Shore Regional Car Show will still be presented at Fair Oaks Farms today.

July 05, 2014 10:24 pm
20th annual Essence Fest kicks off in New Orleans

20th annual Essence Fest kicks off in New Orleans

Music lovers danced under the sun — some with umbrellas in hand — to the rhythms of Corey Henry's Treme Funket brass band on the bank of the Mississippi River, kicking off a holiday weekend of revelry in New Orleans at the 20th annual Essence Festival.

July 04, 2014 1:00 am

Best Bets

'Beverly Hillbillies' on way

July 04, 2014 1:00 am
McCartney's 'Out There' show ready for Chicago

McCartney's 'Out There' show ready for Chicago

Former Beatle Paul McCartney kicks off the U.S portion of his "Out There" tour Saturday in Albany, New York.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Morning meals: Breakfast is served in the Region

Morning meals: Breakfast is served in the Region

Whether you're looking for a substantial breakfast to enjoy with friends before your workday begins or you'd like a leisurely breakfast on the weekend, there are many local options for that morning meal.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Arts Briefs

Terry Fator to perform in Hammond

July 03, 2014 1:00 am
U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

Sherry Sweeney, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of the musical “From Up Here,” appreciates the quality of the story which the musical drama allows her and her cast to present.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

A new summer tradition begins with Lightning Bug Music Festival

The twin passions of a local husband and wife will collide on the grassy knoll of Valparaiso’s Sunset Hill Park as a bevy of unique music styles and food options are presented under the banner of Lightning Bug Music Festival to help fund a regional educational cause that, as parents, is impo…

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Holiday Fireworks

This Independence Day, these towns are taking advantage of their proximity to Lake Michigan (and other lakes and rivers) to get more bang for their buck, and to try and make fireworks special again.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am

LaPorte County Fair

JUL 6-12 LaPorte County Fair, LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W State Rd 2, LaPorte. 219.362.2647. laportecountyfair.org. This yearly fair features horse racing, stage shows, carnival attractions and Pioneer Land, a recent addition to the grounds.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am

Feedback

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MICHAEL JACKSON SONG? Valentine Torres via Facebook: "'Off the Wall.' My kids and I love it." Moose Musgrove via Facebook: "All of them." Dylan Certa via Facebook: I just bought the MJ song playlist on song pop today.

July 03, 2014 1:00 am

Dining Buzz

Perfect Pairings

July 03, 2014 1:00 am

Ticket Tracker

Ticket Tracker

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Strategy pays off at both slots and roulette

All games should be played using the best strategies to help you come out a winner. This is especially true for casino games because of the fact your hard-earned money is at stake.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am
Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Musician Sting's first musical "The Last Ship" debuted in Chicago last week at Bank of America Theatre. The pre-Broadway run of the production continues to July 13. "The Last Ship is scheduled to begin previews in New York on Sept. 29.

July 02, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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'Hard Day's Night' opens at Music Box Theatre

'Hard Day's Night' opens at Music Box Theatre

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles' hit movie "A Hard Day's Night" debuted.

July 02, 2014 2:45 pm
July Fourth celebrations didn't always include pie

July Fourth celebrations didn't always include pie

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn't on the table when the holiday first began.

July 02, 2014 1:00 am
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