McHenry County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The Farm at Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Road, Woodstock, will host Soul Jam 2017 from 1:30-8 p.m. Sept. 9 (rain or shine).



 Police Dept. to host AARP Smart Driver Course

The city announced that the Woodstock Police Department will host a AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19. Classes will be held in the Training Room at the Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave. Participants must attend both sessions. The AARP Smart Driver Course is designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. Course completion helps older drivers refine existing skills and develop safe driving strategies, and may entitle participants to a discount on auto insurance. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, and for more information, call Tamara Reed at (815) 338-6787 or visit


Soul Jam to benefit Family Health Partnership Clinic

The Farm at Soulful Prairies, 4706 Alden Road, will host Soul Jam 2017 from 1:30-8 p.m. Sept. 9 (rain or shine). The event features a full lineup of live music, including Bruce and the Mentors, Kim Schaefer, Wheelhouse, The BluesNik, Bag of Jammers, The Evening Attraction, Generation and others. In addition, food will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks. Tickets are $55 (over age 21) and $45 (age 21 and under). All proceeds will benefit the Family Health Partnership Clinic, which has provided a broad spectrum of healthcare services to under-insured and uninsured McHenry County residents since 1996. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call (847) 366-6743 or visit




 Village awarded for performance management efforts

The village announced that Algonquin has been recognized for its performance management efforts with a Certificate of Achievement from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for the fifth consecutive year. The certificate program assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Algonquin’s performance management program aids in cost reduction, program prioritization and quality improvement, and also encourages accountability and transparency. The goal is to improve results by integrating objective evidence with decision-making processes. For more information, call (847) 658-2700 or visit




Huntley High grad Singh earns award, scholarship

School District 158 reported that Huntley High School Class of 2017 graduate Harpal Singh was honored with an award and scholarship this summer at the Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) Pujabi Youth Graduation and Scholarship Awards Night. Singh was one of 24 participating members in Huntley High School’s inaugural Youth Residency Program, in partnership with Centgra Health System. The program provides students with intensive, hands-on experiences and mentoring from healthcare professionals at Centegra facilities. This fall, Singh will attend the University of Illinois to study biomedical engineering and biology with an ultimate goal to become a doctor. For more information, call (847) 659-6600 or visit




 Community Club to host Saufen und Spiel festivities

The village announced that 2017 Saufen und Spiel festivities will kick off Sept. 8 with the 10th Annual Black Light Bean Bag Tournament at the Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St. The cost to participate in the double-elimination tourney is $10 per person, payable at registration. Registration begins at 5 p.m., followed the by the tournament at 7 p.m. Rules will be distributed at registration. Musical entertainment will be provided by Hans & the Hormones. Saufen und Spiel continues with the 11th Annual Banjo Beer Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Johnsburg Community Club. The event includes grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs, beer and a raffle. Musical entertainment includes Steve & Steve (6 p.m.) and Friction (8:30 p.m.). The 45th Annual Saufen und Spiel Parade will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept.10. The parade will depart from Village Hall, 1515 Channel Beach Ave., and continue south on Johnsburg Road, north on Spring Grove Road and east on Church Street before ending at the Community Club. Following the parade, the Community Club will host the Saufen and Spiel Community Picnic, featuring rides, games and a variety of food and beverages provided by area restaurants and local organizations. Live music will be provided by Epic (2:30 p.m.). For more information, call (815) 385-9899 or visit


Crystal Lake


City to host public open house on Transportation Plan

The city announced that a public open house concerning the Crystal Lake Transportation Plan will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Hall (P105 Training Room), 100 W. Woodstock St. A draft of the Transportation Plan will be available for public review and comment, followed by the formal review process with the City Council. Representatives of the city and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will be on hand to answer questions and provide clarification. The Transportation Plan highlights suggested future projects for pedestrian, bicycle, transit and roadway improvements. Additional information about the Transportation Plan is available at For more information about the open house event, contact Nora Beck at (312) 386-8677 or via email at — or visit




Annual Charity Car Show to benefit scholarship fund

The village announced that the 19th Annual Lakemoor Charity Car Show, hosted by Friends of Lakemoor, IL, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Morrison Park, 233 Rand Road. The event features a wide variety of classic cars on display, a DJ, food and beverages, and more. More than 60 trophies will be awarded to car participants. Admission is free for spectators and $15 for car participants. All proceeds will benefit the Lakemoor Scholarship Fund. For more information, including how to donate or participate, contact Ralph Brindsie at (847) 970-0663 or via email at — or visit

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