Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
FESTIVAL OF THE SUGAR MAPLES
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2-3 and March 9-10
WHERE: Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive, Marengo
COST & INFO: Learn how maple syrup was discovered. Learn how maple trees produce sap and how sap is collected from trees. See how sap is turned into maple syrup at the evaporator house. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last about an hour. All ages welcome. Free. Information: 815-338-6223 or www.mccdistrict.org.
ART IN ACTION: PASSPORT TO CREATIVITY
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. March 1
WHERE: Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: First Friday event at the Dole featuring traditional visual artwork, live music, live art demonstrations, photo booths, children’s crafts, culinary demonstration, artist studio tours, appetizers and cash bar. Free and family friendly. Information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org; 224-522-4068 or www.soldnerfineart.com.
McHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE ART EXHIBIT
WHEN: March 1-31
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: McHenry County College Continuing Education art instructor Diane T. Wlezien and her MCC adult students will be exhibiting their work in the Community Room featuring selected oils, watercolors and acrylics the artists created on the theme of Home Sweet Home. Featuring a 2 to 4 p.m. March 2 artist reception (public invited). Viewing hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 847-516-8302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
WHEN: March 1-9
WHERE: Prairie Ridge High School Auditorium, 6000 Dvorak Drive, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Come see Belle, Gaston, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, the Beast and all your favorite characters from Disney’s hit musical presented by Prairie Ridge High School. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 1; 1 & 7 p.m. March 2; 7 p.m. March 8; 1 & 7 p.m. March 9. There also will be a 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 free senior citizens performance and dinner (call for reservations). Brunch with Belle will be 9 & 10:30 a.m. March 2 and March 9 at a cost of $20 a child. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students and children. Tickets and information: 815-893-5888 or www.showtix4u.com.
FAMILY FUN FAIR & SILENT AUCTION
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2
WHERE: Glacier Ridge Elementary School, 1120 Village Road, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Fundraiser offering a silent auction, carnival games, book and cake walk, food, bonus raffle, theme baskets, wine and dine packages and more to benefit Carl Wehde Early Childhood Special Education Center. Information: 815-477-6968.
“INTO THE WOODS”
WHEN: through March 2
WHERE: Crystal Lake South High School, 1200 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Musical presented by Crystal Lake South High School. The two-act play weaves several fairy tale stories together via music/lyrics composed by Stephen Sondheim. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 1; 2 p.m. March 2 (Act I only); and 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets and information: 815-455-3860 or www.d155.org/cls.
WHEN: through March 2
WHERE: Marian Central Catholic High School, 1001 McHenry Ave., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Musical by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II adapted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of South Pacific” by James A. Michener. The play is a Marian Central Catholic High School spring presentation. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 1-2. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students at 815-338-4220, ext. 100.
WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. March 2
WHERE: Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: A Million Dreams will host a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres, fun activities, silent auctions and cash bar. Guests will arrive in formal attire with a masquerade mask. The fundraiser will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Information: Yvonne McMillion, 815-482-4796, email@example.com or www.wishes.org/events.
NASHVILLE BACKSTAGE SERIES: A COUNTRY CABARET
WHEN: 8 p.m. March 1
WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Featuring outstanding singer-songwriters straight out of Nashville such as Sherrié Austin, Tony Haselden and Will Rambeaux who have penned hits for music legends such as Blake Shelton, Faith Hill and George Strait. Tickets start at $24. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.
MINIMALISM ART SHOW
WHEN: 3 to 9 p.m. March 2
WHERE: Starline Gallery, 400 W. Front St., Harvard
COST & INFO: Featuring artists of a variety of disciplines, all from the Chicago area. Show includes sculptures, installation and painting. Cash bar. Admission: $5 suggested donation. Information: 815-943-4805.