Thursday, April 21

Ladies Night Out will be from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Crystal Lake. Check in at the Raue Center, 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake. The first 500 customers will receive a map, list of fabulous food, music, special deals, and more! For more information, call (815)-479-0835.

Women’s Works will be now through April 30 at the Old Courthouse Arts center, 101 North Johnson Street, Woodstock. Women’s Works is a juried fine art exhibit, celebrating women artists and is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council. For more information, call (815)-338-4525.

Author Paddy Calistro will be at 10 a.m. at the Woodstock Opera House. Paddy Calistro was an award-winning fashion writer for the Los Angeles Times when she was approached to complete the autobiography of Edith Head, designer of the stars. From there she went on to found Angel City Press and edit more than a hundred books centered around West Coast social history and culture. Tickets are $24 each and may be purchased through the Opera House Box office at (815)-338-5300 or online at

Friday, April 22

70th Annual Smelt Fry will be from 5-9 p.m. at Harvard Sportsman’s Club, 21226 RT 14, Harvard. All you can eat smelt, coleslaw, chips, bread, relishes and beverages. The cost is $18 to dine in and $15 for takeout. For more information, call (847)-951-7379.

Puttin’ On The Ritz Gala will be at 6 p.m. at the Crytstal Lake Holiday Inn. Join the fun and come together for Family Health Partnership Clinic’s Annual Gala “Putting’ On The Ritz”. The evening will feature dinner and a silent auction. Help raise funds for FHPC, which provides primary medical care to the under and uninsured residents of McHenry County. Get your ticket for $100 per person or $900 for a table of ten. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Liz Annetti at (779)-220-9305 or

4th Fridays Art Show will be at The Starline Factory, 300 W. Front Street, Harvard, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a fun and fresh art event that delves into the unique culture of the arts and the artists that create. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 23

4th Annual Masquerade Ball benefiting Make-A-Wish Illinois will be from 6-11 p.m. at Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, 800 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake. A Million Dreams raises money to grant wishes for children with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions by donating the monies raised from this event and others throughout the year. WE request wishes be granted in and around our local communities. For more information, call (815)-482-4796.

Monday, April 25

Poetry Night will be at 8 p.m. at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams Street. Poet and puppeteer, Phil C. Denofrio, has recently been elected by Raue Center for the Arts to fulfill the newly created role of Poet in Residence. For more information, call (815)-356-9010.

Tuesday, April 26

Container Garden Gala will be at 6:30 a.m. at McHenry High School West Campus. This event will be held in the theater of McHenry High School West Campus. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Live and on stage container garden will be created by designers Harms Farm & Garden Center, Locker’s Flowers, Greenhouse & Gifts, of McHenry. The Barn Nursery & Landscape Center, Cary, and The Gardens of Woodstock. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at the participating garden centers or $12 at the door.

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