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LifeSpring Community Church, 2503 Spring Ridge Drive, will host its annual Kids Karnival from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23.

McHenry County

MCC offers pair of career networking events

The McHenry County College Career Services Office is hosting two separate career networking events featuring employers representing a variety of fields, including business, accounting, healthcare and fitness. Students and community members will have an opportunity to meet with employers who will discuss their companies and provide information concerning employment opportunities. Business Career Networking will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 28 in Room B166-167 at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake. This event focuses on careers in accounting, administrative office management, business, management, marketing, computer information systems and digital media. Healthcare Careers Networking will be held from 1-3 p.m. March 1. This event focuses on careers in health and information technology, nursing, nursing assistant education, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, health and fitness education, and emergency medical training. Admission to both events is free. For more information, call (815) 455-8576, send an email to or visit


Village names winners of 2018 Business Awards

The village’s Economic Development Commission recently presented its 2018 Business Awards. It marks the 18th year that the awards program has recognized the efforts local businesses make to support the community. First Midwest Group, 234 S. Randall Road, received the New Development Architectural Award for its redevelopment of a commercial property on Randall Road that includes a new medical building, MedExpress, and a multi-tenant retail building. Port Edward Restaurant, 20 W. Algonquin Road, earned the Rehabilitation Award for physical and service improvements, including paint on the exterior of the building, a new dockside bar, new flooring and ADA-compliant bathrooms. Home Depot, 200 S. Randall Road, earned the Community Service Award for its efforts in assisting with volunteer sandbagging and a donation of more than $3,000 of materials to assist homeowners and businesses impacted by last summer’s severe flooding. Stein Mart, 215 S. Randall Road, received the Community Economic Impact Award for filling a vacant storefront after opening in October 2017 as a new department store that created more than 40 new jobs. For more information, call (847) 658-2700 or visit


Chamber to hold Home, Biz & Wellness Expo

The Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce Home, Biz & Wellness Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3 at the Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St. The event features a variety of exhibitors offering home improvement, health and wellness, legal, automotive and pet services, as well as realtors, bankers, financial advisers, insurance providers and more — and includes entertainment, drawings, activities for kids, adoptable dogs and a cafe. Admission is free; all ages are welcome. For more information, call (847) 669-0166 or visit


City tabs Knop as new Supt. of Parks and Rec 

The city announced that it has hired Ryan M. Knop as Harvard’s new Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. Knop will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city’s aquatic center, programming and activities for residents of the community, among other duties. Knop is a lifelong resident of Harvard and a Class of 2010 graduate of Harvard High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from Western Illinois University. For more information, call (815) 943-6468 or visit


McHenry High seeks nominations for Distinguished Graduate

The McHenry High School Foundation Committee is currently accepting nominations for the next McHenry High School Distinguished Graduate. To be considered for the award, nominees must be graduates of McHenry High School District 156 for at least 15 years and shown that they distinguished themselves during their lives. The following criteria is used but not limited to: sphere of influence; impact on their community; service to humanity; difficulties overcome in making achievements; inspiration to others; and success in their chosen field. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Robert O. Swartzloff Center for Educational Services, 4176 W. Crystal Lake Road or online at All nominations must be returned to the Swartzloff Center no later than March 23. Nominees selected for the award will be invited to attend the annual Senior Honors Night this spring. For more information, call (815) 385-7900 or visit

Spring Grove

LifeSpring Church to host annual Kids Karnival

LifeSpring Community Church, 2503 Spring Ridge Drive, will host its annual Kids Karnival from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. The family-oriented event includes a variety of kids’ games, a bouncy castle, face painting, food and other concessions, as well as live music featuring kid-friendly folk/pop artist La-La Lisa, known for the popular “Big Green Alligator” album. Copies of the CD will be available for purchase. For more information, call (815) 675-2121 or visit

Lake in the Hills

Let’s Glow Crazy Daddy Daughter Dance on tap

The village announced that it will host the Let’s Glow Crazy Daddy Daughter Dance from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 24 at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate. The event (for dads and daughters ages 3-11) includes a buffet dinner, dancing, activities and a keepsake to take home. Suits and dresses are suggested but not required. The menu features chicken nuggets, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, fruit/veggie platter, beverages and dessert. The Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department cannot guarantee a food allergy-free environment or modification to the menu. Admission is $35 (residents) and $45 (non-residents) per dad-and-daughter couple — and $15 (residents) and $17 (non-residents) for each additional child. To register, and for more information, call (847) 960-7460 or visit 


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