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Kids to ring in new year in Harvard

Kids' Bash 2012 will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Crosby Elementary School, 401 Hereley Drive, Harvard.

Children will enjoy face painting, games, crafts, music and more. Special performances are planned by RC Ruggles and Katie Bendorf's Music Studio.

The event is sponsored by the Harvard Events Committee and other local Harvard organizations.

The cost is $1 adults and children, and free for children 2 and younger.

For information, call 815-333-2146 or visit www.cityofharvard.org.

New Year's Eve Gala at Olde Town Hall

A New Year's Eve Gala will run from 9 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday at Historic Olde Town Hall, 54 Brink St., Crystal Lake.

Appetizers will be provided by 3 Chefs Catering. There also will be a fully stocked open bar and live music by Mike Knauf and his band.

The event is hosted by Sister Cities Group of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets cost $75 per person. For tickets and information, contact Karin at 815-459-9078 or betzdesign@sbcglobal.net.

New Year's Eve Bash planned at Park Place

A New Year's Eve Bash will run from 7 p.m. Monday to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Park Place, Crystal Lake.

The event features an open bar, dinner, London Calling DJ services featuring Steve Marshall, party favors, raffle prizes, and a champagne toast.

Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

The event is hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District.

The cost is $80 residents, $100 nonresidents.

For tickets and information, call 815-459-0680 or visit www.crystallakeparks.org.

Cochran to put on comedy show at Raue Center

"Steve Cochran's New Year's Eve Comedy Show" will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

This early evening stand-up comedy show features 560 AM WIND's Steve Cochran, Patti Vasquez and John DaCosse.

Tickets cost $50.

For tickets and information, call 815-356-9212 or visit www.rauecenter.org.

WEDNESDAY

School Is Out Movies planned at Crystal Lake library

The Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock St., will host School Is Out Movies at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday, the movie will be "Ice Age," rated PG. On Thursday, it will be "Ice Age, the Meltdown," rated PG. And on Friday, it will be "Ice Age, Continental Drift," rated PG.

For information, call the library at 815-459-1687 or visit www.crystallakelibrary.org.

THURSDAY

Huntley library to host Library Luau event

A Library Luau will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Huntley Area Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road.

During this Hawaiian-themed event, participants will learn to hula, play some games, and make shark tooth necklaces.

The program is for children in grades six to 12.

Registration is required by calling 847-669-5386, ext. 21.

FRIDAY

'A Dark Truth' tells tale of former CIA operative

“A Dark Truth,” starring Andy Garcia, Kim Koates and Deborah Kara Unger, opens in theaters.

A former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a corporate whistle-blower to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South American village.

The movie is rated R for violence and disturbing images.

Flea circus to make stop at McHenry library

"Professor Marvel's Amazing Flea Circus" will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Friday at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St.

During the late 1800s, flea circuses were all the rage across Europe and America. Crowds large and small flocked to see tiny fleas perform amazing feats of strength and derring-do.

During this all-ages show, Professor Marvel will take attendees back to the days of the traveling medicine show and flea circus.

Registration can be done in person, online at www.mchenrylibary.org or by phone at 815-385-0036.

Square dance club to host dance in Johnsburg

The McHenry B&B Square Dance Club will host a dance Friday at the Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 W. Church St., Johnsburg.

Angie Huckeby will call the rounds at 8 p.m., and Bob Asp will call the squares at 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 for members and $6 for visitors. All dancers are welcome. Dress is casual.

For information, call 815-353-5346.

SATURDAY

MCCD to host Frosty Fishing Fair

The McHenry County Conservation District will host a Frosty Fishing Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Hollows Conservation Area at Lake Atwood, 3804 Route 14, Cary.

Learn about ice fishing safety, equipment and techniques. Join the experts for free instruction and watch demonstrations. Visit with vendors and representatives of local fishing clubs. Fish the afternoon away or play ice fishing games. Participants ages 16 and older need a fishing license. Warm up with some hot food and beverages.

Admission is free, and registration is not required.

For information, call 815-479-5779 or visit www.mccdistrict.org.

American English to play at Raue Center

The Beatles tribute band American English will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake.

Tickets, starting at $35, and are available at 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.

Genealogist to visit Cary library for talk

"Organizing You Ancestors" will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road.

Professional genealogist Ann Wells will discuss ways to organize one's family history papers, documents and photographs.

Registration is required. It may be done in person, via the library's website at www.caryarealibrary.info or by phone at 847-639-4210.

Marengo library to show 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'

A Saturday Matinee event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marengo-Union Library, 200 S. State St., Marengo.

The 2012 comedy/drama "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," rated PG, stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. In the film, a young boy magically appears to a childless couple and changes their lives.

Movie snacks will be provided, and no registration is required.

For information, call 815-568-8236 or visit www.muld.org.

SUNDAY

McHenry library to show 'Hope Springs'

A "Sunday Movies @ Your Library" event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St.

The library will show "Hope Springs," which is rated PG-13 and stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.

The event is for those 18 and older. No registration is required.

For information, call the library at 815-385-0036 or visit www.mchenrylibrary.org.

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