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  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 17, 2014 2:35 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • Body of Woodstock paddleboarder, 19, found off coast of Florida Dec 17, 2014 8:25 AM
    The body of a missing 19-year-old Woodstock paddleboarder has been found in southwest Florida. Police say the body of 19-year-old Chad Winter was found Tuesday about 300 feet offshore in 10 feet of water. Winters was vacationing with his girlfriend when he went missing Monday while paddleboarding off Algiers Beach.

     
  • Health department schedules more flu vaccination clinics Dec 16, 2014 10:34 AM
    There is still time to get your flu shot before the holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    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.

     
  • Heartland Voices presents its 16th Christmas program Dec 12, 2014 9:45 PM
    Heartland Voices, an Elgin-based adult choral ensemble, presents its 16th Christmas program at 3 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Huntley. Selections include the Dale Warland arrangement of the “Wexford Carol,” a 12th-century Irish carol most likely of dancing origin, and Rollo Dilworth’s “Sistah Mary,” one of a very few African-American Christmas spirituals that recounts the birth of Christ from the perspective of a slave. Heartland Voices presentations also will include works by Durufle, Powell, Spencer, Hovland, and Kirkpatrick. The music not only spans the centuries, but the many moods of Christmas.

     
  • Tree of Life Unitarian Universalists plan vigil to protest police brutality Dec 12, 2014 11:08 PM
    As projected tens of thousands from across the United States join in a National March Against Police Brutality this Saturday, members of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will bring the message the “Black Lives Matter” to McHenry County in a roadside vigil at the intersection of Bull Valley Road and Crystal Lake Road in McHenry at 12:30 p.m.

     
  • Nominate those worthy of Living With Trees Award Dec 11, 2014 12:52 PM
    The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites you to nominate any worthy individual, business, organization or municipality for a Living With Trees Award. Nominations are now being accepted, with the final deadline of Monday, Dec. 15.

     
  • Tree of Life Holiday Choir Concert explores ‘Winter’s Wonder’ Dec 11, 2014 8:20 PM
    On Sunday, Dec. 21, the Adult Choir will present its annual Holiday Concert at 10:45 a.m. at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry. At this year’s concert, “Winter’s Wonder,” the choir will perform holiday music from the Christian and Jewish traditions, as well as a few secular favorites.

     
  • Take in bedtime stories, tea at Colonel Palmer House Dec 8, 2014 9:21 AM
    Step back in time and experience the holiday season at the Colonel Palmer House.

     
  • McHenry Conservation District to host program on eagles Dec 8, 2014 9:05 AM
    Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the McHenry County Audubon Society will be on hand from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at three locations along the Fox River to help you search for eagles — McHenry Dam, Algonquin Dam and Carpentersville Dam.

     
  • Teens can enter anti-tobacco design contest Dec 8, 2014 9:05 AM
    McHenry County Department of Health will hold its 11th annual Anti-Tobacco Media Design Contest for McHenry County high school and college students.

     
  • Johnson goes from movie usher in a tux to Classic Cinemas CEO Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People column features Chris Johnson, the new CEO of Classic Cinemas, who talks about his early days of wearing a tuxedo while working as an usher in his family'owned cinemas with film reels and free popcorn refills were the rage.

     
  • Districts 47, 155 school bus wins “Best Use of Lights” at Crystal Lake’s Festival of Lights Parade Dec 8, 2014 9:18 PM
    For the past three years, bus driver Stacey Balmes has been dreaming of ways to “dress up the bus” for the Festival of Lights parade that kicks off the holiday season in downtown Crystal Lake at the end of every November.

     
  • Cary-Grove teams make 2,000-lb. donation to local food pantry Dec 8, 2014 9:24 PM
    Approximately 50 Cary-Grove High School basketball players — freshman to seniors — collected approximately 2,000 pounds of food for the Cary-Grove Food Pantry over the weekend as part of the teams’ second annual food drive.

     
  • Bring the kids to see how maple syrup is made Dec 5, 2014 1:47 PM
    Have you ever wondered how maple syrup was discovered? Have you ever seen over 40 trees hooked up to collect and process sap in a scenic woodland?

     
  • Environmental Defenders to host used book sale Dec 5, 2014 1:34 PM
    The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will hold its annual Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale at the Woodstock Square Mall building lobby on the Woodstock Square. The sale continues through Thursday, Dec. 11.

     
  • Stick to simple healthy hints to stay on track this holiday season Dec 5, 2014 10:52 PM
    Americans gain one to two pounds between the Thanksgiving feast and the New Year countdown. Some do not lose those extra pounds and add weight cumulatively every year. Simple, smart selections this holiday season can help avoid this annual obstacle and set up a positive start to 2015. “The best strategy for the holidays is to aim for weight maintenance,” said Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

     
  • See ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet Dec. 20-21 at Raue Center Dec 9, 2014 11:55 AM
    The Berkshire Ballet Theatre is once again performing "The Nutcracker" at the Raue Center For the Arts in Crystal Lake on Dec. 20-21. From a mouse's viewpoint, everything seems big! Imagine, being on stage as a mouse and growing 100 times your actual size! Watching all that you know swell and balloon and the battle of your life about to begin! Mayhem, pandemonium with swords and soldiers all choreographed to Tchaikovsky's music.

     
  • NISRA performs “High School Musical, Jr.” Dec 5, 2014 2:17 PM
    Exuberant sounds of singing, dancing and acting will echo through the Cosman Theater in Huntley this month when young actors with disabilities perform excerpts from “High School Musical, Jr.”

     
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