Algonquin library to host dance party
A dance party will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.
Families with young children are invited to dance to some old-time favorites and listen to story time favorites as well.
Light refreshments will be served.
No registration is required. For information, call the library at 847-458-6060 or visit www.aapld.org.
Huntley library to host ‘Archaeology of Disaster’
“The Archaeology of Disaster,” an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars’ Program, will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road.
Fire, flood, famine, war, plague, earthquake – major disasters leave distinctive signatures in the archaeological record. Illinois had seen its share of each, from the New Madrid quakes of 1811-12 to the great flood of 1993.
Professor Gregory Vogel will explore the prehistory and history of these events and the lessons they may hold today.
Registration is required and can be done by calling 847-669-5386. ext. 21.
Marengo library to show ‘Around the World in 80 Days’
The Marengo-Union Library Summer Reading Program Matinee series at 3 p.m. Wednesday will feature “Around the World in 80 Days.”
The film, which is rated PG, stars Jackie Chan, JIm Broadbent and Steve Coogan. In it a bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief and a French artist on a worldwide adventure that they can circle the globe in 80 days.
The library is at 200 S. State St., Marengo. No registration is required.
Marengo-Union library to host history session
A “Local History Q&A” session will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Marengo-Union Library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.
Alice Wagner will give a brief synopsis about the history of schools in the Marengo-Union area and then will field questions about the community’s local history.
No registration is required. For information, call 815-568-8236 or visit www.muld.org.
National Piano Conference planned
The second annual National Piano Conference takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.
The schedule follows: 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Exploring the Piano, One Key at a Time; 7 p.m. Thursday, Winner’s Showcase Concert; 6 p.m. Friday, Nashville BBQ Fundraiser; 8 p.m. Friday, Nashville Backstage: A Country Cabaret; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jerry Lee & Friends: An Evening with The King, The Killer & Cash; and 7 p.m. Sunday, An Evening with Danny Wright.
For tickets and pricing, call the Raue Center at 815-356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.
McHenry City Band to take center stage
A McHenry City Band concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bob “Beef” Freund Band Shell in Veterans Memorial Park, McHenry.
The theme is family night.
A farmers market precedes the concert, opening at 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, June 28
‘The Heat’ stars McCarthy, Bullock
“The Heat,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Ben Falcone, Marlon Wayans, opens in theaters.
Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: Neither woman has ever had a partner -- or a friend for that matter.
The movie is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.
‘White House Down’ opens in theaters
“White House Down” starring Channing Tatum Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke, opens in theaters.
While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol police officer springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
The movie is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image.
Romance Readers Get-Together set at Marengo library
Do you enjoy reading romance novels? Then attend an after-hours get-together at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Marengo-Union Library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.
The group will talk about why they like these novels and share favorite titles and authors.
This program will include chocolates and beverages, handouts and a wide-ranging display of romance novels.
Attendees must be 18 or older; registration is required.
For information, call 815-568-8236 or visit www.muld.org.
SATURDAY, June 29
Autoharp player to perform in Woodstock
Autoharp virtuoso and storyteller Bryan Bowers will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 Calhoun St., Woodstock.
The concert will be presented by Off Square Music.
Suggested donation is $12. For reservations, call 815-338-5164, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.offsquaremusic.org.
Pickle Palooza planned in Woodstock
Woodstock Pickle Palooza takes place Saturday on the grounds of the Woodstock Harley-Davidson store near the intersection of Routes 14 and 47, Woodstock.
This is a daylong festival filled with contests, food, pickles and a musical lineup to benefit the Woodstock VFW and local military veterans. Among the acts this year are The University, Spoken Four, Josh Scholl, Johnny Russler and Beach Bum Band, Suburban Cowboys and Wedding Banned.
For information, visit woodstockpicklepalooza.com.
SUNDAY, June 30
Danny Wright to perform at Raue Center
An Evening with Danny Wright will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.
The show will feature music for all ages.
Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, are available at 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.
Patriotic concert set at Cary center
An Independence Day concert will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Center for Spiritual Evolution, 204 Spring St., Cary.
The concert will feature patriotic songs from the Civil War as part of a musical offering by the Kishwaukee Ramblers.
Tickets, at $20, are available at 847-516-1950 or www.newthoughtmchenry.org.