McHenry County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

The 37th Annual Spring Luncheon Fundraiser for the Arts in McHenry County, hosted by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, will be held at 11 a.m. April 28 at Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Drive, Lake in the Hills.

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 Talent Showcase to feature Helen Wright Scholarship winners

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association will honor its 2017 Helen Wright Scholarship Award winners at the annual Talent Showcase, to be held at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren Street, Woodstock. The awards annually recognize high school seniors residing in McHenry County who are accomplished in the arts and plan to continue their education after graduation. This year’s award winners are Ryanne Anderson (Ballet), Keystone National Online High School; Corey Barlow and Haley Gustafson (Musical Theatre), Cary-Grove High School; Emily Cyr (Visual Art), Crystal Lake South High School; Mariel Lopez (French Horn), Johnsburg High School; Racahel McClanahan (Musical Composition), Richmond-Burton High School; Anna Stenzel (Violin), home-school; Madelyn Vogel (Percussion), Cary-Grove High School; Peyton Wood (Flute), Woodstock North High School; and Nicholas Woodhouse (Jazz Band), Marengo Community High School. Each recipient will perform during the Talent Showcase. Admission is free; reservations are not required. For more information, send an email to or visit


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Veterans Resource Fair and Employment Event on tap

The McHenry County Veterans Resource Fair and Employment Event will be held April 27 at McHenry VFW Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120, McHenry. The Resource Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Employment Event will be open to veterans only from 2-2:30 p.m., and open to the public from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The dual-purpose event includes VA disability screening, legal counseling, referrals, advocacy information, employment services, free lunch for veterans and more. Employers will be ready to hire; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. For more information, call the Veterans Assistance Commission at (815) 334-4229 or visit


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Fundraising luncheon for the arts to feature noted author

The 37th Annual Spring Luncheon Fundraiser for the Arts in McHenry County, hosted by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, will be held at 11 a.m. April 28 at Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Drive, Lake in the Hills. The event includes lunch (appetizer, London lemon chicken or vegetarian entrée, beverage and dessert), a cash bar, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Author Debra N. Mancoff, who holds a doctorate in art history from Northwestern University and is a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, will be the featured speaker. The featured topic is, “Queen Victoria’s Secrets.” Tickets are $70; pay online at All reservations must be received by April 20. For reservations, and more information, call (815) 337-6233 or send an email to


Fox Lake

SWALCO to host chemical waste collection event

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) will host a household chemical waste collection event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the Fox Lake Streets Department, 216 Washington Ave. Accepted materials include aerosol products, antifreeze and motor oil, fertilizer/herbicides/pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs/CFLs, furniture stripper and varnishes, gasoline and kerosene, household batteries (lithium and rechargeable only), household cleaners, oil-based paints and paint removers, and prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pet). Latex paint, business and medical waste, farm chemicals, propane tanks, lead-acid and alkaline batteries, explosives, construction/demolition debris, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and household electronics will not be accepted. For more information, call (847) 336-9340 or visit


Barrington Hills

Old Havana theme of annual BYFS fundraising gala

Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS) will present Viva! An Evening in Old Havana, its annual fundraising gala, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 22 at Barrington Hills Country Club, 300 W. County Line Road. The event includes cocktails and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:30 p.m., and dancing and live music with the Andrew Blake Band. The setting will reflect the culture and overall vibe of 1950s Cuba. Tickets are $85 (individual) and $1,665 (table of 10). Proceeds will benefit BYFS, which offers counseling, education and prevention solutions to support the social, emotional and psychological well-being of youth and their families in the Barrington area. To RSVP, and for more information, call BYFS at (847) 381-0345 or visit



Villageof Huntley nets Project of the Year Award for Hackett House

The village recently received the Project of the Year Award for historical restoration/preservation from the American Public Works Association’s Fox Valley Branch. The award recognizes the work done on the Historic Hackett House, located at the southeast corner of Route 47 and Main Street. The village purchased the 2,600-square-foot house — now occupied by the McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau — in 2013 as part of its downtown revitalization project. The village has invested nearly $5 million on the downtown revitalization project, including streetscape improvements, renovation of Town Square and the facade improvement program. For more information, call (847) 515-5200 or visit



 Village of Cary to offer one-time Spring Clean-Up program

The village will offer its Spring Clean-Up program April 24-27. Advanced Disposal will collect unwanted items on the same day as regularly scheduled refuse collection days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). Items for pick-up must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day. All materials must be under four feet in length and weigh less than 50 pounds, and must be contained in bags or receptacles weighing less than 50 pounds. Any loose refuse will be left behind. Automobile and household batteries, tires, landscape materials, household hazardous waste (including paint), gas tanks, root balls, sod/rocks/dirt/concrete, propane tanks, appliances, computers/monitors, fencing, firewood and 8-foot glass doors/mirrors will not be accepted. Mattresses must be bagged, and unwanted needles must be contained in puncture-proof receptacles in order to be collected. For more information, call (847) 639-0003 or visit