50TH ANNUAL FAIR DIDDLEY, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20, on the Square, Woodstock. Special 50th golden anniversary craft show presented by the Mental Health Resource League for McHenry County. There will be plenty of surprises in store as the League celebrates this milestone. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Free shuttles will run every 20 minutes to and from the west end of the Government Center parking lot to Calhoun and Johnson Streets, just outside the Square. Information: 815-385-5745 or email@example.com.
BUDS AND BLOOMS ON THE PRAIRIE, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18-20, House of Seven Gables, 10308 N. Route 14, Harvard. Hosted by Steel Heart, Ltd. Shop for garden and home accessories, rare trees, plants and more in the barn of the House of Seven Gables, said to be part of the Underground Railroad. Next scheduled events are May 25-27. Free admission. Information: 815-943-3465 or https://www.steelheartltd.com/pages/upcoming-events.
GLACIAL PARK TEAM CHALLENGE, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 19, North Branch conservation Area, 11500 N. Keystone Road, Richmond. A noncompetitive recreational bike/hike/paddle triathlon with McHenry County Conservation District. Teams of a minimum of two adults age 14 and older invited to bike 14 miles, hike 5 miles and paddle 7 miles. Refreshment and snack stands will be available along the course. Registration deadline: May 7. Single kayak fee: $70 county residents, $85 nonresidents; Tandem canoe fee: $50 county residents, $63 nonresidents. Registration and information: 815-479-5779 or www.mccdistrict.org.
WEEKEND OF RESTORATION – A HUNTERS CAMP, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 19 and 8 a.m. to noon May 20, Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Hunting is a good place to start a life in conservation. Over the weekend, attendees will participate in a breeding bird survey, become familiar with the plants and trees of McHenry County, and learn about the District's efforts to restore and manage wildlife populations. Cost: $55 adults, $40 seniors, $30 students. Meals included. Registration deadline: May 11. Registration and information: Tom Simpson, 815-678-4532, ext 8218, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mccdistrict.org.
WORLD VISION GLOBAL 6K RUN/WALK, 9 a.m. to noon May 19, Willow Creek Crystal Lake, 100 S. Main St., Crystal Lake. A 6K walk to raise money to supply water for kids in Africa, the average distance kids have to walk to get water. Money raised will be used to drill wells in areas where there is no clean water available. Cost: $50 adults, $25 children younger than age 18. Information: Robert Dorn, 815-459-1441, email@example.com or http://www.worldvision6k.org.
CHOCOLATE FEST, May 18-20, Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Visitors are invited to experience three days dedicated to old-world charms, family frills and delicious handmade chocolate. There will also be a carnival, Kids Zone, live music and more. Schedule: noon to 11 p.m. May 18; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20. Admission: $5 per person, free for children younger than 12. Information: 847-634-0888 or www.longgrove.org/festivals/chocolate-fest/.
MARIPOSA MEANDER POLLINATOR GARDEN DEDICATION, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 19, Dick Tracy Way Park, on Lake Avenue, Woodstock. Butterflies and other beneficial insects find a new home at the pollinator garden thanks to a grant from ComEd/Openlands, the City of Woodstock and The Land Conservancy. Dedication by Mayor Sager followed by garden tours and family hikes at Ryder's Woods. Free. Information: Terry Willcockson, 815-338-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BIKE SHOW, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20, on Route 47, downtown Hebron. Sponsored by the Midwest Antique and Classic Motorcycle Club. All makes and models welcome. No judging, just socializing. No colors per village ordinance. Free admission. Information: www.macmc.org.
LIVING HISTORY OPEN HOUSE, noon to 4 p.m. May 20, Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Visit this 1854 Greek Revival restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home. May’s open house features Samuel Walker, a prominent and influential man who owned the house in the late 1800s. Volunteers in historical attire are available to answer questions. No registration required. Drop in any time during the open hours. Information: 815-479-5779 or http://www.mccdistrict.org/rccms/special-events/.
MARK DAHLEM BENEFIT, 2 to 6 p.m. May 20, Galati's Hideaway, 800 Feinberg Court, Cary. The Cary-Grove Jaycees, along with the Palatine Jaycees, will be holding a fundraiser to benefit help with the medical bills for Mark Dahlem. Dahlem, a local coach for youth football and baseball in Cary and Palatine police officer, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2017. Event will include a pasta dinner buffet, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction. Admission: $25 adults, $10 children at the door. Information: 847-890-0897 or email@example.com.