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Planit 5: We've got 5 things for you to do this weekend in McHenry County

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS, July 21-22, Illinois Railway Museum, Union. Parking lot opens at 7:30 a.m. Gate opens at 9 a.m. each day. Take a 20-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and meet with Sir Topham Hatt. Includes clowns, puppet shows, magic shows, Thomas & Friends Playtable, music, storytelling, balloon animals, unlimited rides on street cars, access to museum exhibits and more. Cost: $21 a person for those ages 2 and older. For an additional $10 a person for those ages 2 and older, visitors can ride the Percy train. Information: 815-923-4391 or

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Natural Therapy Wellness Center - Natural Therapy Wellness Center: $20 Voucher for $10

Crystal Lake Brewing - Crystal Lake Brewing: $40 for $20

Lloyd's Paint 'N Paper, Inc. - $20.00 Voucher for $10.00: Lloyd's Paint 'N Paper, Inc.

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'It's Showtime Theatre' of Huntley preparing for first performance

HUNTLEY – For the village of Huntley, the world is soon to be a stage. On Aug. 24 and 25, under the lights of the Cosman Theater, it’s showtime.

Review: 'Once Upon A Mattress' at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church a delight

Director Jeff Cook is at it again. Known for his creative and energetic productions (Young Frankenstein, Upstaged), Cook has crafted an entertaining version of the musical 'Once Upon a Mattress' onstage at the RCLPC Dinner Theater.

Review: Bask in the effervescent insanity of 'Mamma Mia 2'

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA.

The way to grill eggplant without it being a leathery mess

Grilling is a popular way to prepare eggplant in Greece, Italy, Turkey and beyond, since eggplant's creamy, tender flesh takes well to smoke and char. Unfortunately, grilled eggplant can easily turn out leathery or spongy.

How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant

Admittedly, fruit salad might not be something your friends and family would swoon over. After all, some of us remember the syrupy canned concoctions of our youth. Maybe the mere mention of it conjures a bunch of random fruit thrown into a bowl. There is room for improvement.

Photos: McHenry Fiesta Days Beach Bash

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