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  • Leaders launch nondenominational Latino church in Crystal Lake

    As Alex Aguilar looked around at a room of at least 130 people, many with their arms raised, their Latino voices singing, he knew he’d made the right ...
    March 27, 2015 - 4:24 pm
  • Visit the Raue without leaving home

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake seats 750 people inside its glamorous theater, but with new technology available online, t ...
    March 27, 2015 - 4:22 pm
  • Atwater: Recovery journey may require lifetime of learning

    “Henry” never went anywhere without trouble. He had learning problems in grade school and never learned to learn. He never liked school, and no one re ...
    March 27, 2015 - 4:20 pm
  • Record-breaking show 'The Fantasticks' to close in May

    NEW YORK – The off-Broadway phenomenon "The Fantasticks" will pack away its confetti and cardboard moon this summer, ending a record-breaking, fantast ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • JB Smoove 'psyched' to perform at Garden of Laughs benefit

    NEW YORK – JB Smoove says he's "psyched" to be performing this weekend at the Garden of Laughs benefit at Madison Square Garden.
    March 26, 2015 - 9:51 am
  • Review: 'Get Hard' plays with stereotypes with mixed success

    While the stereotypes in “Get Hard” may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor i ...
    March 25, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • Review: Animated alien adventure 'Home' lands with a thud

    In “Home,” the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons) simply beca ...
    March 25, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • Comedian Bill Bellamy grows up with fans, to perform at Improv

    As Bill Bellamy has grown up with his fans, he's gone from jokes about "booty calls" – the phrase he famously coined on "Def Comedy Jam" – to jokes ab ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Dressing up spring asparagus with an easy brown butter sauce

    Remember the days when you knew spring was coming by the arrival of asparagus at the grocer? These days, fresh asparagus is available almost all year. ...
    March 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Learn to love dried beans with gratin

    I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other wo ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:13 pm
  • Belgian endive reaches the U.S.

    Madame Gabillet was hosting me for my college semester abroad in France, and she welcomed me pretty much right off the plane into her chilly, dark hom ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • When the snow flies, salads get substantial

    Eating a salad a day is a habit I adopted a while back to help me automate the eating of raw veggies. Either my lunch or my dinner usually is built ar ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Evenly roasted Brussels sprouts is all about space

    Brussels sprouts are the tiniest member of the cabbage family. And I’ll confess that I used to hate them. In the old days, they were not only boiled, ...
    March 24, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Celery root: It’s not pretty, but it’s pretty tasty in slaw

    Celery root is a good source of filling fiber and vitamin C, but the big nutritional selling point is the amount of vitamin K packed into this ugly li ...
    March 24, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Well versed: Raue names first poet in residence

    A man lost in the language of romanticism, meter and allegory was found recently at the Raue Center – Poet in Residence Phil Denofrio.
    March 21, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Shelter fundraiser showcases artists

    Dogs, cats, horses, dinosaurs – these subjects and so much more have been depicted on 6-by-6-inch canvases by McHenry County artists of all ages, and ...
    March 21, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Atwater: Stigma of alcoholism harsher on women

    Mr. Atwater: How bad does it have to get before someone “wakes up?”My wife of 47 years has been hosp ...
    March 20, 2015 - 5:01 pm
  • Planit 10: Things to do March 19 to March 26

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) “THE DROWSY CHAPERONE” WHEN: 3 & 8 p.m. Mar ...
    March 19, 2015 - 12:04 am

    EASTER 2015 EVENTS MARCH 21 BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY, 9 to 10 a.m. March 21, Golf Club of Illinois, ...
    March 19, 2015 - 8:10 am
  • Donley’s auction to highlight the Grateful Dead

    Randy Donley motioned toward a kitchen table and chairs in the Union banquet hall he’s slowly turning into an auction house.
    March 18, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • If Cubs take World Series, Volo winner takes DeLorean

    VOLO — No pressure, Cubs. But this is the year, right?“Back to the Future Part II” said so. And, for ...
    March 18, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Sean Penn flexes action-hero muscles in 'The Gunman'

    At one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s ...
    March 18, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • ‘Insurgent’ could use more divergence

    Given that conformity is the scourge of the “Divergent” series and much of its young-adult ilk, it’s a shame the films, including the new “Insurgent,” ...
    March 18, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Dress up a basic bowl of oatmeal with 10 ideas

    Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet g ...
    March 17, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Mornings fly with oat pudding

    The trick to making a nutritious breakfast a daily habit is never being more than 60 seconds away from something healthy. Because in the morning rush, ...
    March 17, 2015 - 4:44 pm
  • Recipe of the week: Pistachio Ice Cream Dessert

    1 sleeve Ritz crackers1 stick margarine or butter, melted2 boxes instant pistachio pudding mix1 cup ...
    March 17, 2015 - 4:43 pm
  • Spicy peanut noodles satisfying comfort food

    My comfort food of choice? Fried udon noodles with red peppers and shrimp, all slathered in a spicy peanut sauce. It’s simple. It’s filling. It’s addi ...
    March 17, 2015 - 4:42 pm
  • Master crepes for a quick meal

    Bananas Foster is the luscious indulgence created at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans during the 1950s. It’s hard to beat sautéed bananas doused wi ...
    March 17, 2015 - 4:43 pm
  • MCDH: Measles vaccine is important

    Measles, while an eliminated disease in the United States, still exists in much of the world. Today, measles is only a plane ride away from McHenry Co ...
    March 13, 2015 - 3:47 pm
  • Music history presentation opens Sampler Series

    UNION – Musician and history buff Mary Ellen Heelan of Cary will present “We Sang! We Danced! A Musical History of McHenry County” to launch the socie ...
    March 13, 2015 - 3:40 pm
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