MONDAY, May 6
Milwaukee Road to be subject of library talk
“Milwaukee Road” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.
Ted Schnepf of Rails Unlimited in Elgin will take attendees on a video journey around the Chicago area via the Milwaukee Road line between World War I and World War II.
Registration is required online at www.aapld.org or in person.
WEDNESDAY, May 8
Local author to speak at Huntley library
“Local Voices: Sebastian & Me: A Rite of Passage & Spiritual Journey” will be presented from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road.
In honor of National Pet Month, local author Kay A. Clark will discuss her book and writing process. The book is a collection of stories chronicling the strength of the human spirit and the bond formed between a cat and its owner.
Information will be available about local animal shelters and pets that need loving homes.
Registration is required by calling 847-669-5386, ext. 21.
THURSDAY, May 9
AARP Driver Safety course planned in Cary
An AARP Driver Safety class will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road.
This refresher course is designed for motorists age 50 and older.
Upon successfully completing the eight-hour course, graduates may present their course completion certificate to their insurance agent for a discount.
The charge for the course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.
Registration is required and may be done in person, online at www.caryarealibrary.info or by phone at 847-639-4210.
FRIDAY, May 10
DiCaprio, Mulligan star in ‘The Great Gatsby’
“The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, opens in theaters.
A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.
The movie is rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.
‘Hunter Gatherers’ to be staged in Richmond
Theater Undreground will present “Hunter Gatherers” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18 and May 24-25 at Memorial Hall Civic Theatre, 10308 Main St., Richmond.
The play, by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, is about four now-married high school best friends who get together for an annual dinner that ends up a little wilder than previous parties. This is an adult-themed show that should be viewed as a R-rated production.
Tickets are $10 with $2 of every ticket sold donated to Animal House Shelter.
For tickets and information, call 815-575-9884 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
CL Central to present ‘The Miser’
Crystal Lake Central Theater will present “The Miser” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Crystal Lake Central High School, 45 W. Franklin St., Crystal Lake.
This stage production is set in 17th-century France and explores the themes of love, greed and family dysfunction in an ancient precursor to the modern romantic comedy.
Tickets, at $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, will be available at the door.
Art market planned at Harvard’s Starline
Starline Factory Art Market will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard.
The event will feature resident Starline artists and monthly featured artists, open studios, a cash bar and special deals and offers on original artwork. A mystery box will be offered with each piece of art purchased. It is presented by the Smokestack Art Newsletter.
For information, call 815-943-4805 or visit www.starlinefactory.com.
SATURDAY, May 11
Railway museum to feature new exhibit
“Brilliance,” a new exhibit honoring the lives of women on the North Shore Line, will open with a 1 p.m. reception Saturday and continue through Aug. 31 at the Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, east of Union.
The museum operating schedule is as follows: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October.
Fares are $14 for adults, $10 for children, and $50 for families on weekends May through September.
For information, call 815-923-4000 or visit www.irm.org.
Firefighters 5K to set off in Cary
The Cary Firefighters Association 5K Race will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, starting at Cary Junior High School, 2109 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.
This is a USA Track and Field certified course that includes a fun run for children. The cost is $40. A portion of the proceeds benefit the “I Am Me” burn camp for children. Pick up a packet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the New Balance store in Crystal Lake or from 6:30 to 7 a.m. on race day.
Register at www.signmeup.com/91175.
McHenry County home, garden expo planned
The McHenry County Home & Garden Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock.
This is a home-improvement show offering products and services for large or small, indoor or outdoor projects and more. The event is sponsored by Showcase Productions. Admission is free.
For information, call 630-953-2500 or visit www.freehomeshow.com.
Crystal Lake library to host ‘Read to the Dog’
“Read to the Dog” will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock St.
Children will have the chance to cuddle up with a real dog and read. The dogs are very good listeners and won’t interrupt. Children may read whatever book they would like.
Registration is required in person, by phone at 815-459-1687 or online at www.crystallakelibrary.org.
SUNDAY, May 12
Haque to perform at The Listening Room
Fareed Haque will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.
The theme of the concert is “Lullabies and Love,” featuring guest vocalists Orna Oriana and Jill Sanderson.
Tickets are $20.
For tickets and information, call 815-455-8000 or visit www.lakesidelegacy.org.