Oakwoods Lodge, Route 176 and Second St., Crystal Lake
$5 (residents), $7 (non-residents)
In this Crystal Lake Park District program, kids (ages 2-4) can get messy with mud in a sensory table, and out on the trails (weather permitting) as well. Participants will find out what makes soil sticky, splatty or gritty, and then take a home a mud-related craft. To register, and for more information, call 815-459-0680 or visit www.crystallakeparks.org.
Fox Lake District Library, 255 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake
In this special program for adults, presenter Kathleen Ernst will discuss the challenges and triumphs of rural life in Wisconsin during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enst’s presentation features excerpts from original letters, diaries and newspapers describing back-breaking chores, cherished folk traditions and annual celebrations of the state’s early pioneers. To register, and for more information, call 847-587-0198 or visit www2.youseemore.com.
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
Enjoy a hike in search of migrating birds with Barrington area naturalist Wendy Paulson. Good walking shoes are strongly recommended — and bring your binoculars. RSVP to Daniel Wear at 312-453-0230, ext. 2010 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.fpdcc.com.
Party on the Deck
Sideouts Sports Tavern, 4018 Roberts Road, Island Lake
See singer/songwriter/keyboardist Stu the Piano Guy perform on the deck at this popular area tavern and live music venue. For more information, call 847-526-7174 or visit www.sideouts.com.
Broken Oar Marina Bar & Grill, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington
See Motown/R&B vocal act The Moods perform live in this session of the ongoing Endless Summer Outdoor Concert Series. For more information, call 847-639-9468 or visit www.brokenoar.com.
Riders in the Sky
4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
Enjoy performances by long-running cowboy-style quartet Riders in the Sky, known for its comedic take on traditional American Western music. To buy tickets, and for more information, call the box office at 815-338-5300 or visit www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
River East Public Library, 813 W. Route 120, Lakemoor
Kids (ages 2-5) can share stories, sing songs, play games and complete a project in this session of an ongoing program. Registration is required. To sign up, and for more information, call 815-385-6303 or visit www.rivereastlibrary.org.
Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg
Enjoy a screening of the 2018 film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (rated PG-13), a documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, host of the popular children’s TV show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Snacks will be provided. To register, and for more information, call 815-344-0077 or visit www.johnsburglibrary.org.
Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley
In this special event for adults (ages 18 and up), independent insurance broker Vicki Madigan will present a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-approved program that covers Medicare topics and includes Medicare Part D information. To register, and for more information, call 847-669-5386 or visit www.huntleylibrary.org.
Lost Valley Visitor Center (Glacial Park), Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood
Free (residents), $5 (non-residents)
In this McHenry County Conservation District program, attendees (ages 3 1/12 to 13 with an adult) can take a short hike through Glacial Park to collect some natural objects, and then return to the Visitor Center, where there will be access to magnifying glasses, microscopes and a digital microscope that can project to a large screen for observation. To register, and for more information, call 815-479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.
–McHenry County Calendar of Events Sept. 12 – Sept. 19–