Ugly Holiday Sweater Party
Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley
Wear your ugliest holiday sweater — or bring an old sweater to transform — and participate in some winter fun and games in this teen event (grades 6-12). Registration is required, and ends Dec. 20. To sign up, and for more information, call (847) 669-5386 or visit www.huntleylibrary.org.
Critique: Algonquin Area Writers Group
Algonquin Area Library District Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
Join interesting and diverse local writers in this writing critique group, led by moderator Brad Mathis. Beginners to advanced writers are welcome: no need to bring a writing piece on your first visit. For more information, call (847) 458-6060 or visit www.aapld.org.
Marengo-Union Library District, 19714 E. Grant Highway, Marengo
Toddlers (ages 2-5) are invited to attend this session of Tot Club to enjoy stories, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. To register, and for more information, call (815) 568-8236 or visit www.muld.org.
Ed Hall’s Woodstock Christmas Guitar Night
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock
Enjoy this annual holiday tradition, featuring entertaining arrangements on guitar as well as popular holiday favorites performed by five internationally acclaimed musicians: Jeff Friedlander, Helen Avakian, Brother Yusef and the father/son duo of Tim & Myles Thompson. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call the box office at (815) 338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
Kids’ No School Movie
Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg
Kids can enjoy a showing of the PG-rated Disney film, “Pete’s Dragon,” on the library’s large screen. Free movie treats will be provided for all. Advance registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call (815) 344-0077 or visit www.johnsburglibrary.org.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
$10 (residents), $13 (non-residents)
Kids (ages 8-11) can spend time — both indoors and outdoors — participating in nature-based activities, making crafts, and exploring the woods and prairie in this McHenry County Conservation District program. Bring a lunch, and dress for the weather. To register, and for more information, call (815) 479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.
Teen Movie Night
Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., Woodstock
Teens (grades 6-12) can join with friends to vote on a movie to watch from the library’s collection, and then kick back on beanbag chairs, eat some popcorn and enjoy the film. For more information, call (815) 338-0542 or visit www.woodstockpubliclibrary.org.
Senior Serenity Wednesday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Village Hall Board Room, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills
Seniors can gather with friends to relax and enjoy board games, cards, Bingo, Bunco and more. In addition, computers are available to check emails or become familiar with the internet. Feel free to bring a lunch or some snacks to share. No registration is required. For more information, call (847) 960-7460 or visit www.lith.org.
Noon Year’s Eve Party
10 a.m. to noon
Grand Oaks Recreation Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake
Enjoy a breakfast brunch catered by Colonial Café and entertainment by Larry Breidenbach in this Crystal Lake Park District event. Bring a $5 wrapped gift if you choose to participate in the gift exchange. For more information, contact Jennifer Peterson at (815) 459-0680 or via email at email@example.com — or visit www.crystallakeparks.org.
Close To You: The Music of the Carpenters
Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
See Close To You, a six-piece Carpenters tribute band, in concert. The show will include holiday classics alongside hit songs from The Carpenters’ chart-topping catalog. For tickets, and more information, call (815) 356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.