McHenry County Calendar of Events April 25 – May 2

Kids (ages 8-15) can meet at the Nature Center, 330 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, at 6 p.m. April 26 to begin this Crystal Lake Park District fishing class.

April 26

Intro to Fishing
6-7:30 p.m.
Nature Center, 330 N. Main St., Crystal Lake
$10 (residents), $15 (nonresidents)

Kids (ages 8-15) can meet at the Nature Center to begin this Crystal Lake Park District fishing class. The class will cover basic types of gear, poles and reels, and casting techniques, and continue with a trip to an off-site fishing spot in hopes of making a catch. To register, and for more information, call 815-459-0680 or visit

April 27

Amphibian Adventure
7:30 p.m.
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills

Take a wetland night hike to search for local amphibians and discover what adaptations make such creatures unique. For more information, call 847-381-6592 or visit

April 28

Acoustic Folk Quartet
2-3 p.m.
Fox Lake District Library, 255 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake

Enjoy a performance by acoustic folk quartet Trillium, known for its eclectic blend of styles, including Celtic, bluegrass, ragtime, Dixieland and Gypsy jazz. For more information, call 847-587-0198 or visit   

Naked Bootleg
8 p.m.
Raymond’s Bowl & Entertainment Center, 3960 Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg

Head to Raymond’s Bowl to see veteran hard rock cover band Naked Bootleg perform songs from the 1960s to the present. For more information, call 815-385-1475 or visit

Wedding Banned
10 p.m.
Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake

See high-energy, 1980s and ‘90s-style party rock cover band Wedding Banned perform in concert at this popular eatery and live music venue. For more information, call 847-526-7174 or visit

April 29

Laugh Out Proud
2-4:30 p.m.
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock

See this live comedy show, featuring John DaCosse, Mike Toomey and Tim Benker from WGN TV and Radio, and special guest Skip Griparis from “The Guys Who Gave Us Rock.” Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit TLS Veterans. To purchase tickets, and for more information, call the box office at 815-338-5300 or visit

April 30

Matinee Mondays
1 p.m.
Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg

Enjoy a screening of the 2017 film, “The Post” (rated PG-13), a dramatic thriller starring Academy Award for Best Actress winner Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Snacks will be provided. To register, and for more information, call 815-344-0077 or visit

May 1

Wetland Birds
6-8:30 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center (Glacial Park), Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood

In this McHenry County Conservation District Just for Adults (ages 14 and up) drop-in event, can meet with volunteer birding enthusiast Dave Miller for a 2.5-mile hike along Nippersink Creek to search for wetland birds. The program concludes at the Lost Valley Visitor Center for refreshments and tallying up bird counts. Wear waterproof boots, and bring binoculars and field guides if possible. For more information, call 815-338-6223 or visit

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley

Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County to learn about the basics of gardening with native plants and the pollinators they support. Attendees (ages 16 and up) will also learn about the Conservation@Home program, including simple ways to incorporate sustainability into residential yards. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call 847-669-5386 or visit

May 2

Worth 1000 Words Camera Club
7-8 p.m.
Algonquin Area Public Library District Main Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin

In this program for adults, amateur and expert photographers can learn, discuss and practice photography — from basic tips to pro tricks and DIY techniques with different equipment and settings. To register, and for more information, call 847-458-6060 or visit


–McHenry County Calendar of Events April 25 – May 2–