SCORCHED EARTH DAY FESTIVAL, 3 to 10 p.m April 26-27, Scorched Earth Brewing Company, 203 Berg St., Algonquin. A full beer lineup including sour releases and specialty beers will be served. Original, live music featuring national talent of all genres will play throughout the days and will feature local favorites Jim and Justin from Modern Day Romeos, Hello Weekend and more. Popular food vendors will be serving throughout the festival featuring Toasty Cheese, Your Sister’s Tomato Wood Fired Pizza, BBQ King and Toasty Taco. New this year is axe throwing on Saturday. Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 at door.
WILD WOODSTOCK POETRY WALK, 10 a.m. April 27, Donato Conservation Area, 700 Ridgeland Ave., Woodstock. Immerse yourself in springtime beauty at Donato Conservation Area, combined with the poetry of former Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks! Enjoy a hike with stops along the way to listen to Brooks’ poetry read by Woodstock community members. Cost: Free.
STAR PARTY, 7 to 10 p.m. April 27, Marengo Ridge No. 2 parking shelter, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Spend an evening viewing stars, nebulae, galaxies and even a planet or two with the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and their telescopes. For those considering the purchase of a telescope, star parties are great opportunities to check out what telescopes and binoculars can really do. Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision). Arrive by 7:15 p.m. or come early and hike the trails. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
AN EVENING WITH JIMMY WEBB, 8 p.m. April 27, Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb’s hits read like a who’s who of music giants – Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and more icons have topped the charts with songs like “Wichita Lineman,” “Didn’t We,” and “MacArthur Park.” In concert, Webb reveals riveting stories of how these songs came to be and his adventures at the center of the music scene of the 1960s and ’70s. Tickets: $46.
MOTHER DAUGHTER TEA, noon to 1:30 p.m., April 28, Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Celebrate and relax in the comfort of the Colonel Palmer House parlors while friendly staff serves a quaint luncheon tea. Barbara Peterson of Attic Window and Heirloom Doll Hospital in Walworth, Wisconsin, shares her collection of Louisa May Alcott's " Little Women" doll sets made by Madame Alexander Doll Company. Girls are encouraged to bring their favorite doll to enjoy the fun. Ages 4 and older. Cost: $25.