Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
JAZZ ON THE SQUARE JAM
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. April 5
WHERE: Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Hosted by Billy Denk (guitar) and John Nelson (trumpet). All levels of musicians and listeners are welcome. Cost: $5. Information: 847-340-8323 or www.jazzonthesquare.com.
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. April 5
WHERE: Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Unique artistic event to showcase local and regional visual artists. The Dole Gallery will feature “Inside the Box” exhibit by Joe and Kathleen Isacson, and the Sage Gallery will feature “Motion” exhibit by six artists. Also offering free appetizers, cash bar and live music. Explore the galleries, interact with the artists, view exhibits and take self-guided tours of the Dole Mansion. Information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org/events/first-friday.
ELITE KIDS VARIETY SHOW
WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 5
WHERE: Elite Kids, 825 Munshaw Lane, Suite B, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Elite Kids welcomes the School of Rock from Cary. Join them for a variety show performed by these up and coming musicians. Following the show will be a guest disc jockey. For ages 10 and older. Cost: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Information: 815-451-9600 or www.elitekidsusa.com.
BILLY JONAS & THE BILLY JONAS BAND
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. April 5
WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Featuring original voice- and percussion-based songs and interactive fun for all ages. Tickets: $17, $20, $25 adults; $6 students ages 18 and younger. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.
“THE ART OF SILK”
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. April 6
WHERE: Le Petit Marche, 19 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Meet artisan silk painter Susan Sieber and enjoy viewing her silk wall art, silk scarves and more. Free. Information: www.facebook.com/uzushio.silk.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT & BACHELOR AUCTION
WHEN: 6 p.m. April 6
WHERE: Historic Dole Mansion, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Second annual benefit for Home of the Sparrow to help homeless women and children in McHenry County and Northern Illinois. Hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and drink ticket. Emceed by STAR 101.5 Morning Show’s Joe Cicero and Tina Bree. Sponsored by Crystal Lake Jaycees. Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door. VIP packages available for $45 online, $50 at the door. Tickets and information: 815-575-1574 or www.bachelorauction.landapixel.com.
WHEN: through April 27
WHERE: Old Court House Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Featuring the 26th annual Women’s Works, celebrating women’s creativity with a national fine art exhibition. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and multimedia by women artists from Northern Illinois and the area. Presented by the Northwest Area Arts Council. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 815-338-4525, www.oldcourthouseartscenter.com or www.naac4art.org.
ANTIQUE, ART & COLLECTABLES AUCTION
WHEN: 7 p.m. April 6
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Join Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager for a live auction to benefit the Woodstock Opera House. Many unique and exotic items will be featured including memorabilia from the Opera house. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. followed by 7 p.m. live auction. Sponsored by Friends of the Opera House. Tickets: $20. Tickets and information: 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
McHENRY B&B SQUARE DANCE
WHEN: 8 p.m. April 5
WHERE: Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St. in Johnsburg
COST & INFO: Bev Sutter will be calling rounds at 8 p.m. and Dave Sutter will be calling squares at 8:30 p.m. Dancing in the rain. Cost: $5 members, $6 visitors. All dancers welcome. Information: 815-353-5346.
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. April 7
WHERE: Offsides Sports Bar and Grill, 680 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock
COST & INFO: Fundraiser for Free Guitars for Future Stars with live music, raffles, auction items, 50/50 raffle, open mic/jam hosted by Mark Baker. Guests can play “Bar Olympics” for prizes and trophies. Admission: $10 includes appetizers, live music and a free drink; $10 a team for bar olympics. Tickets and information: 815-975-7989 or www.fg4fs.org.