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  • You can help light up Jaycee Park this Christmas Nov 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Cary Park District will offer an opportunity to spread holiday cheer. Register your group, club, troop, neighborhood, business, or family to help decorate the trees that will line the trail at Jaycee Park. One tree will be available to each registered group. Each group is responsible for providing their own decorations, putting them up, and taking them down. Decorated trees will stay up for approximately four weeks.

     
  • McHenry Moose Lodge expands Thanksgiving guest list Nov 28, 2014 7:33 PM
    For 13 years, McHenry Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 691 has expanded its Thanksgiving guest list to include U.S. Navy recruits at Great Lakes Naval Station and also Mooseheart students and family teachers. For Thanksgiving this year the McHenry Moose provided dinner for more than 50 service personnel and another 40 students and family teachers, and that meant the lodge was full of thankful people.

     
  • Cut your own Christmas tree at Richardson Adventure Farm Nov 28, 2014 8:41 PM
    McHenry County produces more Christmas trees than any other part of Illinois, and Richardson Adventure Farm, with more than 50,000 trees on 75 acres, is one of the county’s largest growers. If the Richardson name sounds familiar, that’s because the farm is home to a huge corn maze every fall.

     
  • Extension offers tips on choosing perfect Christmas tree Nov 25, 2014 9:46 PM
    Selecting the perfect Christmas tree this holiday season is simply a matter of following a few steps. “When I was growing up, we would often cut down a Christmas tree growing on my grandparents’ farm,” said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Today you can purchase trees from garden centers, pop-up lots, big box stores, and Christmas tree farms. The following tips can help you select a fresh tree for your home and keep it looking its best throughout the holiday season.”

     
  • Hampshire’s own Prairie View Farm Market a quarterfinalist for the 2014 Independent Small Business Award Nov 25, 2014 4:24 PM
    The national small business movement Independent We Stand announces the quarterfinalists, including Prairie View Farm Market of Hampshire, for the 2014 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award. This announcement precedes Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, encouraging holiday shoppers to support these businesses; instead of big boxes and national chains.

     
  • Defenders’ annual Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale Nov 25, 2014 9:19 PM
    The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will hold their annual Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale at the Woodstock Square Mall building lobby, 110 S. Johnson St., on the Woodstock Square.

     
  • Top ten tips for holiday food safety Nov 24, 2014 6:53 PM
    As families and friends across Illinois makes plans for their holiday feasts, the Illinois Poison Center is offering its top ten tips for proper food handling techniques this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 76 million people experience foodborne illness each year.

     
  • Recycle your holiday lights at village halls in McHenry County Nov 24, 2014 8:37 AM
    The McHenry County Department of Health encourages residents to take advantage of the Holiday Lights Recycling Program offered at several area municipalities.

     
  • Holiday open house celebrates Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer Nov 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum celebrates two landmark anniversaries related to Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at its annual, free Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Christmas aficionado Dave Harms is once again spearheading the annual display, which marks the 75th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s birth, courtesy of author Robert L. May, and the 50th anniversary of the airing of the Rankin/Bass television special.

     
  • The Land Conservancy taking nominations for Living With Trees Award Nov 21, 2014 3:52 PM
    The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is taking nominations for its Living With Trees Award through Dec. 15. The program was started to recognize those individuals, businesses, local governments and others who go above and beyond to ensure that our McHenry County community will have oaks in the future.

     
  • New MS support group starting in Huntley Nov 21, 2014 2:25 PM
    Family Alliance Inc. recently announced that it is hosting a new Huntley Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Support Group. The meetings will take place at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the new Family Alliance Comprehensive Care Center in Huntley.

     
  • First 1,000 Black Friday customers get gift cards Nov 21, 2014 2:23 PM
    The Great Gift Card Giveaway will be held on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at Algonquin Commons, off Randall Road. Gift cards will be given to the first 1,000 customers.

     
  • Stitches & Woodchips to host 13th annual Holiday & Primitive Craft Sale Nov 21, 2014 11:14 PM
    Stitches & Woodchips will hold its 13th annual Holiday & Primitive Craft Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 30, at 1024 Duncan Ave. in Elgin. They specialize in quality primitive and homespun items for the home as well as unique handmade gifts. See handmade quilted items and wool designs, ornaments, shelving and more.

     
  • Songwriter Michael McDermott to perform Dec. 13 in the Listening Room Nov 21, 2014 11:41 PM
    On Saturday, Dec. 13, singer songwriter Michael McDermott will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Listening Room at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake. Hailed as one of the finest songwriters in the country, Michael McDermott started performing in Chicago coffeehouses in the early 1990s, incorporating elements of Irish music into an American folk rock sound.

     
  • Billy Flynn hosts blues party and open jam Nov. 26 Nov 24, 2014 2:56 PM
    Blues icon Billy Flynn with an All Star band offers a taste of the authentic Chicago blues at “Crystal Lake’s Real Chicago Blues Party and Open Jam” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the Listening Room, located within Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.

     
  • Self-published authors can enter Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contest Nov 20, 2014 9:02 PM
    Illinois authors who have self-published an adult fiction book may enter the second year of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project until Monday, Dec. 15. The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), Illinois Heartland Library System.

     
  • Conlon & Thompson Orthodontics collects 3,800 pounds of candy Nov 20, 2014 6:00 PM
    Conlon & Thompson Orthodontics in McHenry recently collected 3,800 pounds of candy for troops and veterans. The program, which began four years ago to promote a safe and healthy Halloween, donates treats to troops and raises money for school PTO’s.

     
  • Poinsettias, pottery on sale at McHenry County College Nov 20, 2014 4:38 PM
    McHenry County College students will host a Pottery and Poinsettia Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Ceramics students will sell one-of-a-kind handcrafted vases, trays, bowls, plates and mugs as well as other artistic pieces. The college's horticulture department will be offering several colors of poinsettias.

     
  • MCYO celebrates 35th season with concert Nov 20, 2014 4:33 PM
    The McHenry County Youth Orchestra, celebrating its 35th anniversary this season, invites the community to its fall concert, “Trumpeting Triumphs,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake. Special guest on this concert will be John Hagstrom, second trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

     
  • Honor Flight a High Point For Woman Veteran at Sedgebrook Nov 19, 2014 4:00 PM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
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