McHenry County Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

Decorate Cakes like a Pro. May 20. Woodcreek Park Building, Crystal Lake

May 20

Read To A Dog

9:30-11:45 a.m.

Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley


Kids can improve reading and communication skills by reading to a dog in this family program. Each session lasts 15 minutes. Select a time slot when registering. To sign up, and for more information, call 847-669-5386 or visit


May 20

The Words and Music of Neil Diamond & Dean Martin

7:30 p.m.

Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock

$38, $28

See Denny Diamond and The Jewels perform “Beautiful Noise,” an interactive family show featuring the words and music of Neil Diamond, along with singer Peter Oprisko, who captures the spirit of legendary crooner Dean Martin. For tickets, and more information, call the box office at 815-338-5300 or visit


May 20

‘The Snow Queen’

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cary Junior High School, 2109 Crystal Lake Road, Cary

$4 (in advance), $5 (at the door)

Bring the family to see this Children’s Theatre Company of Cary presentation of “The Snow Queen,” by Stacey Lane. Advance tickets are available through May 19 at the Cary Park District Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. For more information, call 847-639-6100 or visit


May 20

Cake Decorating: Spring

9 a.m. to noon

Woodscreek Park Building, 1420 Willow Tree Drive, Crystal Lake

$45, $40 (resident discount)

In this Crystal Lake Park District program, participants (ages 8-18) can decorate cakes and cookies like a pro, and then show them off to family members and friends. Supplies are included. To register, and for more information, contact Sandra Thompson at 815-459-0680, ext. 1220, or via email at — or visit


May 20

‘Blackwater Magic’

8 p.m.

Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake


Enjoy this double-bill extravaganza featuring two veteran tribute bands: Supernatural, honoring the music of Carlos Santana, and China Grove, recreating classic tunes by The Doobie Brothers. For tickets, and more information, call 815-356-9212 or visit


May 21

Master Gardeners Plant Sale

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University of Illinois Extension Building, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock


Shop for plants grown by the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners, including perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetable starts, in the organization’s first-ever stand-alone plant sale. For more information, call 815-338-3737 or visit


May 21

Playtime in the Woods

2-3:30 p.m.

The Gazebo at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake


Bring the family (ages 4-13 with adult) for an off-trail woodland adventure in this McHenry County Conservation District event. With staff members guiding the way, participants will search for animal tracks and scat, investigate the hidden life under logs, build a fort, and sit and listen to the sounds of nature. Field guides, magnifying glasses and other nature exploration tools will be available to enhance the experience. To register, and for more information, call 815-338-6223 or visit


May 22

Matinee Mondays

1 p.m.

Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg


Enjoy a screening of the 2017 film, “A Dog’s Purpose” (rated PG), which follows a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) reincarnated as different breeds over the course of multiple lifetimes. Snacks will be provided. To register, and for more information, call 815-344-0077 or visit


May 23

‘It’s Elementary!’ Science Fun

5 p.m.

Fox River Grove Memorial Library, 407 Lincoln Ave., Fox River Grove


In this youth program (open to grades K-3) — sponsored by Rotary Club of Cary-Grove — attendees will explore the featured topic: Magnets. Each child will receive a topic-related

book/activity to enjoy at home. To sign up, and for more information, call 847-639-2774 or visit


May 26

Total Recall, Plymouth Lane

10 p.m.

Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake


See area cover bands Total Recall and Plymouth Lane play a variety of rock, dance, pop, country and disco favorites at this popular bar and eatery. For more information, call 847-526-7174 or visit