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Looking Forward for Oct. 21, 2013


MONDAY, Oct. 21

Learn about UFOs at Crystal Lake library talk

“UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 W. Paddock St.

Author Richard Thieme will examine how and why the U.S. government has responded to the UFO phenomenon over the years.

For information, call 815-459-1687.


Crystal Lake library to show ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Wednesday movie at the Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 W. Paddock St., will be “The Great Gatsby.”

The film, rated PG-13, will be shown at noon. Attendees may bring their own lunch.

For information, call 815-459-1687.

Learn about Marengo history at presentation

Where was the first religious service held in the Marengo-Union area, and who conducted that service? Alice Wagner will give a brief synopsis about the history of area churches and then field questions about the community’s local history.

This event will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday upstairs at the library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.

No registration is required, and elevator service is available.

For information, call 815-568-8236.


McHenry library to host ‘Polar Exploration’

“Polar Exploration” will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St.

Polar expedition leader Keith Heger will share his stories from travels to the North Pole and South Pole.

Registration is required in person, online at or by calling 815-385-0036.

AARP Safe Driving course offered in McHenry

An AARP Safe Driving course will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St., McHenry.

Participants may get a discount on their auto insurance if they complete this two-part program. The cost is $12 for AARP members who present their card and $14 for nonmembers. The fee should be paid with a check on the first day.

Registration is required in person, online at or by calling 815-385-0036.

Algonquin library to host ‘The Haunting’

“The Haunting: The Unique, Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Show” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive.

Magician William Pack will give an interactive performance of spine-tingling stories, eerie history and inexplicable supernatural occurrences. It is for those 13 and older.

Registration is required in person, online at or by calling 847-458-6060.

FRIDAY, Oct. 25

‘The Counselor’ opens in theaters

“The Counselor,” starring Brad Pitt, Goran Visnjic, Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem, opens in theaters.

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. 

The movie is rated R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language.

‘Bad Grandpa’ stars Knoxville, Nicoll

“Bad Grandpa,” starring Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jonze and Georgia Cates, opens in theaters.

Irving Zisman, 86, is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy. 

The movie is rated R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use.

‘Shaun of the Dead’ to be shown in Woodstock

“Shaun of the Dead,” rated R, will be shown at midnight Friday at the Woodstock Theatre, 209 Main St., Woodstock. 

Get in the Halloween spirit with the screening of the critically acclaimed zombie comedy. Zombies from The Haunted Square will appear before the movie. 

Admission is $5 a person. 

For information, call 815-338-8555 or visit


Costume party set at Woodstock Opera House

A Hollywood Halloween Costume Party takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. 

This is an evening of entertainment, dancing, magic, food and cash bar hosted by Friends of the Opera House. Come as a favorite celebrity or character from the silver screen. Cash prize for best costume. Tickets are $25. 

For registration and information, call 815-338-5300 or visit

Howl-O-Ween Bash planned in Crystal Lake

Howl-O-Ween Bash takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Old Towne Hall, 54 Brink St., Crystal Lake. 

This is a fundraiser sponsored by A Heart for Animals featuring a costume contest, buffet, raffles, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, prizes and more. Tickets are $35, $40 after Oct. 20. 

For tickets and information, call 847-868-2432 or visit

Zombie Pub Crawl to creep onto Square

A Zombie Pub Crawl will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday on the Woodstock Square.

The event includes entrance to Madness Manor Haunted House, three drink passes for use at any of eight participating bars and restaurants, and entry to the Zombie Pub Crawl Costume Contest. Tickets are $30 a person. Must be age 21 or older to attend. For tickets and information, call 815-245-1123 or visit

Civil War medicine to be topic of talk

Marcia Partekel will present a talk about the medical practices during the Civil War at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marengo-Union Library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.

This presentation will include a segment of the Civil War Medical Museum’s film regarding this topic. It is for those 18 and older.

Space is limited and registration is required.

For information, call 815-568-8236 or visit

SUNDAY, Oct. 27

‘Dracula’ to be performed at Opera House

“Dracula” will be staged at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. 

Experience the emotional thrill of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece in this one-woman show by Megan Wells. Recommended for adults and young adults. Produced by Emmy Award-winning storyteller and author Jim May and Nippersink Stories Inc. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. 

For tickets and information, call 815-338-5300 or visit

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