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Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 9:20 a.m. CDT

1. GROUNDHOG DAYS

WHEN: through Feb. 3

WHERE: on the Square and various locations in Woodstock

COST & INFO: Annual festival celebrating the classic Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day.” Schedule: Jan. 30, Awakening of the Groundhog, Groundhog Trivia, Chocolate and Wine Pairing; Jan. 31, Groundhog Day Dinner/Dance; Feb. 1, Groundhog Bowling, “Groundhog Day” Movie, Jim May’s tales, Chili Cook-off, Woodstock Rotary Bags Tourney, Walking Tour of Filming Sites, Groundhog Day Symposium, D-200 Education Foundation benefit; Feb. 2, Groundhog Prognostication, Breakfast, “Groundhog Day” Movie and Walking Tour of Filming Sites. Information: 815-334-2620. Event times, details and locations scan be found online at www.woodstockgroundhog.org.

2. “LOVE LETTERS”

WHEN: Jan. 30 through Feb. 2

WHERE: Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock

COST & INFO: Pulitzer Prize-nominated love story by A. R. Gurney. Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III read notes, letters and cards in which over nearly 50 years they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. Schedule: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $12. Tickets and information: 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

3. DISTRICT 155 ART EXTRAVAGANZA

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31

WHERE:  Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Dole Mansion, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: The artwork of District 155 student artists from Crystal Lake Central Crystal Lake South, Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge high schools. The Sage Gallery also will be hosting live music by local musician Dylan Batton. The artwork can be viewed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays now through the Jan. 31 reception. Free. Information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org.

4. “EVERYBODY’S HERO: THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY”

WHEN: 12:15 p.m. Jan. 31

WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

COST & INFO:  Presented by Mad River Theatre Works. When Branch Rickey decided to add a black person to the Brooklyn Dodgers, he knew that individual had to be special. He had to be strong enough to stand up and turn the other cheek to the teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him and the fans who would send him threats. Tickets: $20 adults, $6 students. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.

5. PAINT & SIP

WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 5

WHERE: Muse Art and Two Tails Market & Eatery/Java Planet, Route 14 and Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock

COST & INFO: No experience necessary. An instructor will guide you every step to complete the featured painting of the evening. Bring your favorite adult beverage. Cost: $30 a person, all supplies included. Registration and information: 815-790-6323 or www.mymuseparty.com.

6. “SWING SET” WITH THE SLAVINS: INTERACTIVE

PERFORMANCE FOR KIDS & PARENTS

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1

WHERE: The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Karen and Sean Slavin will play loved favorites for the kids. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children, free for babies. Tickets and information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org.

7. “Trails, Paths and Waterways – an Artist’s Perspective”

WHEN: Feb. 2 through March 29

WHERE: Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Special exhibit Feb. 2 through March 29, Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. A special art exhibit featuring McHenry County Conservation District’s sites created by McHenry County Plein Air Painters. There will be an artist reception 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9. Viewing hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Information: 815-479-5779 or www.mccdistrict.org.

8. QUILT DISPLAY

WHEN: through Feb. 26

WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock

COST & INFO: Nine quilts from the McHenry County Historical Society’s collection will be on display. The quilts date from the 1860s into the 1930s and highlight a variety of quilt patterns from the society’s extensive collection of about 150 quilts. Viewing hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Information: 815-923-2267 or www.gohistory.org.

9. GARY VINCENT

WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 31

WHERE: The Listening Room at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Singer and songwriter. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets and information: 815-455-8000 or www.lakesidelegacy.org.

10. “SHE LOVES ME” 

WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 14-15; and 3 p.m. Feb. 9, 16

WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

COST & INFO: Musical presented by Williams Street Repertory. Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Tickets: $25-$31. Tickets and information: 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.

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