MONDAY, Sept. 16
Senior Coffee to deal with Medicare questions
“Senior Coffee: Medicare Made Simple” will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road.
Insurance benefits consultant Vicki Madigan will present a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-approved program that covers basic Medicare topics and includes Medicare Part D information.
Registration is required by calling 847-669-5386, ext. 21.
TUESDAY, Sept. 17
Canning to be focus of Harvard library program
“The Basics of Canning Foods” will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harvard Diggins Public Library, 900 E. McKinley St.
This presentation covers the basic steps in canning and provides guidelines for how to get started. The discussion will include what equipment is needed, costs, safety procedures and benefits of canning. Master gardeners Steve and Cindy DeBerg will be program presenters. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18
Woodstock International Film Fest planned
The 11th annual Woodstock International Film Festival will be Wednesday through Sunday at the Woodstock Theater, 209 Main St., Woodstock.
The festival features a week of culture and entertainment in the newly renovated theater.
Schedule: 4:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, “Monsieur Lazhar”; 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, “Kon-Tiki”; 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, “Amour”; 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday, “No”; 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, “A Royal Affair.”
Tickets, at $7.50 per show or $30 for all five films, are available at 815-338-8555 or www.classiccinemas.com.
Library program to offer ways to simplify finances
“Ten Ways to Simplify Your Finances,” presented by certified financial planner Karen Chan, will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St.
Participants will learn strategies and tools that can automate, streamline and organize one’s financial life.
Registration is required and may be done in person, online at www.mchenrylibrary.org or by phone at 815-385-0036.
THURSDAY, Sept. 19
Square Dancing Roundup to do-si-do in McHenry
A Square Dancing Roundup, hosted by McHenry Area Square Dancers, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the McHenry Senior Center, 3519 N. Richmond Road, McHenry.
Everyone is welcome, including children older than 7 with an adult. Admission is free.
For information, call 815-344-2975 or 847-573-9618.
Author to speak at Algonquin library
“A Novel Experience,” featuring recently published local author Amy Gail Hansen, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Algonquin Area Pubic Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.
Seasoned writers and aspiring novelists will gain insights and hear real-life experiences about writing a book. The evening will include a reading from her novel, “Butterfly Sister,” as well as a book signing.
The event is open to all, but registration is required.
For information, call the library at 847-458-6060
FRIDAY, Sept. 20
Jackman, Gyllenhaal star in ‘Prisoners’
“Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo, opens in theaters.
When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.
The movie is rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout.
‘Battle of the Year’ opens in theaters
“Battle of the Year,” starring Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz, opens in theaters.
The Battle of the Year dance crew tournament attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven’t won in 15 years. Dante enlists Blake to assemble a team of the best dancers and bring the trophy back to America where it started.
The movie is rated PG-13 for language and some rude behavior.
Marengo-Union library to host family movie
A “Family Friday Night Movie” event will feature the 2013 animated feature “Epic,” rated PG, at 6 p.m. Friday at the Marengo-Union Library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.
Beverages and dessert will be provided.
Registration is required for all who will be attending.
For information, call the library at 815-568-8236.
SATURDAY, Sept. 21
Cary Shuffle 5K Run/Walk to aid D-26
The Cary Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Cary Junior High School, 2109 Crystal Lake Road, Cary.
Sponsored by the Cary 26 Education Foundation, the event will take place on a USATF-certified course in Cary. The family-oriented event also offers three youth events. All 5K participants receive a T-shirt. There also will be age category awards.
The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children.
For information and to register, visit www.cary26foundation.org.
Fall celebration planned in Harvard
A Fall Celebration will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard.
This family event, hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District, features a woodland hike, fishing, games, crafts, live music by La Plebada de la Sierra, food and more. Admission is free.
For information, call 815-338-6223 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.
McHenry Friends of the Poor Walk slated
The sixth annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, Pearl and Court streets, McHenry.
Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, this is a fundraiser walk for those in need of food, clothing or shelter in the McHenry, Johnsburg and Ringwood areas. The walk begins at 9 a.m. after registration.
For information, call 815-365-0455 or visit www.svdpusa.net/fop.
Auction to benefit diaper bank
The St. Paul Diaper Bank Benefit Auction will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at D’Andrea Banquets, 4419 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake.
This benefit auction is hosted by the St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership. There will be live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and a four-hour open bar. The cost is $75 per person.
For tickets and information, visit www.firstgiving.com/diaperbank.
SUNDAY, Sept. 22
EPIC Read Out set at Crystal Lake library
An “EPIC Read Out” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock St.
Renowned community members will read from challenged books and other printed materials during the event, part of the library’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
Rick Kogan, a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, will moderate the event. Readers include Andy Andresky, Regina Belt-Daniels, Judy Engebretson, Robert and Rosemary Blazier, Stew Cohen, Richard Kuranda, Craig Pfannkuche, the Rev. Carrie Smith and Mike Splitt.