Oh Yes, She Did Exhibition
Jan
17
to Mar 1

Oh Yes, She Did Exhibition

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Oh Yes, She Did is bringing together female makers in an exhibition and artisan market to showcase the power and ingenuity of women in the arts. This show features over 20 female artists from the Midwest who practice visual and performing arts. The show will be displayed in the Gould and Welles galleries.

The opening reception will be held on February 9th from 7-8pm.

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Identity Exhibition
Jan
17
to Feb 23

Identity Exhibition

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Identity is a 5-week group fine art exhibition that examines who we are as individuals and what defines us. Over 30 artists from across the country provide their perspective on what it means to either embrace or shun labels and reveal the 'self' within.

The opening reception will be held on January 19th from 7 - 9pm to celebrate all that we are (or can be).

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Life Drawing
Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available! This session we’ll have Sarah as our model.

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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World Film Night - La Familia
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

World Film Night - La Familia

World Film Night continues with the best of independent films from around the world. Join us this time for a screening of La Familia. World Film Night screenings are intended for adults and may contain adult situations and language.

Upcoming Films:

The Third Murder - Wednesday, March 20
I Am Not a Witch - Wednesday, April 17
Antonio Lopez 1970 - Wednesday, May 15

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Dreamgirls - Movie & Trivia
Feb
20
6:45 PM18:45

Dreamgirls - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Dreamgirls! Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) spots the act at a talent show, he offers the chance of a lifetime, to be backup singers for a national star (Eddie Murphy). Taylor takes creative control of the group and eventually pushes the singers into the spotlight. However, one becomes the star, forcing another out, which teaches them about the high cost of fame.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Living Series: Donna Seaman / Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Come enjoy the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series.

Coffee and conversation offered at 9am.
All programs begin at 10am.

Upcoming Speakers Include:

Anna Celenza / March 15, 2018
Music That Changed America

William Tyre / April 18, 2019
Frances Glessner Lee & The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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Original Open Mic Party
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Chad Elliott
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chad Elliott

Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs over 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor, illustrator and author.

Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.

$15 suggested donation.
For reservations contact Keith Johnson: 815-338-5164 / offsquare@gmail.com.

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From Ragtime to Jazz / The Music of James Reese Europe
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

From Ragtime to Jazz / The Music of James Reese Europe

Come see Chicago Barrister’s Big Band and Friends as they perform From Ragtime to Jazz, The Music of James Reese Europe! James Reese Europe was a leading figure on the New York popular music scene 100 years ago and achieved a lot in quite a short span. He brought Black music to a broader audience, desegregated Broadway and the musicians union, adapted the use of saxes and the drum set in Jazz, landed the first recording contract of a Black ensemble, and invented the Fox Trot. His orchestra was the first to perform Jazz at Carnegie Hall, 26 years before Benny Goodman.

When the US entered World War I he enlisted in the National Guard, was sent to France and was the first Black Officer to lead troops in battle. He was wounded and sent back to the band he helped form. That unit introduced jazz to the French and they became international celebrities. All the while Jim Europe’s innovations changed Ragtime to what became the Golden Age of Jazz.

Traveling from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the battlefields of World War I France, this presentation combines narrative, images, video and live music to chart the story of this groundbreaking musician and soldier. Enjoy an evening showcasing how Jazz began and experience the lost story of James Reese Europe.

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Reading - Land of Ice & Snow by Rick Copper
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Reading - Land of Ice & Snow by Rick Copper

Join us as Rick Copper comes to do a reading from his theatrical script Land of Ice & Snow.

Helene, a woman in her 50s, lives alone, but she doesn’t consider herself lonely. An avid Minnesota Vikings fan, she has spent the last few winters in her home obsessed with her Vikings. But when some neighbor women come knocking on her door, she eventually and somewhat reluctantly lets them into her home. Their excuse is they need a 4th for their Sunday bridge game. She obliges but with the stipulation that it has to be at her house and after the Vikings game that week.

The three women—Charlie, Charlemagne, and Doreen—have secrets only known to them, but Helene has one too. On consecutive Sundays during the fall and winter of 1985, as bridge turns to poker and beer turns to absinthe, the secrets slowly come out.

Please be aware that the script does contain some adult themes.

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Kid's Joke-A-Thon
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Kid's Joke-A-Thon

Join us for this fun open mic event for kid comedians hosted by Dickinson's Little Vaudeville, Inc.

Kids Ages 4-14
Up to 10 Jokes per Jokester / No Unfriendly or Hurtful Jokes
No Auditions, No Rehearsal, No Training & No Experience Necessary

Participants must register in the lobby of the Opera House Box Office by February 22nd.
Please email or call (847) 528-3942 with any questions.

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History Book Club - The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

History Book Club - The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Join us as we discuss The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. The History Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month and new members are always welcome!

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

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Senior Cafe
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Whiskey & Chocolate Pairing
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Whiskey & Chocolate Pairing

Join us at Ethereal Confections for a delicious whiskey and chocolate pairing event! Whiskey and chocolate go together extremely well and are the perfect way to warm up this winter! Ethereal’s whiskey and chocolate experts will lead you through five small batch whiskeys paired with their handcrafted chocolates. They will also teach you about the difference between whiskey, bourbon, scotch and rye as well as about how to make chocolate from the bean!

Space is limited to 25 people / Must be 21 to Attend

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Mar
1
to Mar 23

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

TownSquare Players presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Musical. Adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name – which in turn had been based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late. It’s a tale as old as time and there is room for plenty of guests. Make sure you don’t delay as tickets sell quickly!

Showtimes:

Friday, March 1 at 8pm
Saturday, March 2 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 3 at 2pm
Friday, March 8 at 8pm
Saturday, March 9 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 10 at 2pm
Friday, March 15 at 8pm
Saturday, March 16 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Thursday, March 21 at 8pm
Friday, March 22 at 8pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2pm

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Senior Cafe
Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Women's Works Exhibition
Mar
6
to Apr 13

Women's Works Exhibition

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 32nd Annual Exhibition of Women’s Works continues to bring international art and culture to the Northwest communities while honoring women in the arts. This year's show includes 110 works by artists from as far as Canada, Europe, the Middle East and more!

The first Women’s Works exhibit started in 1988 to honor women in the arts during women’s history month by the original founders, local artists; Lynn Carlson, Nan Seidler, Alice White, Doris Gallagher and Jeanine Hill-Soldner. Past notable judges include American feminist artist, Judy Chicago who founded the first feminist art program in the United States; Beate Minkovski, co-founder of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Karen Stahlecker, local printmaker and paper artist featured in the Smithsonian collection.

This year’s exhibit is being judged by Chicago based artist, Ginny Sykes. Ginny works in painting, installation, performance and video. Her practice is informed by feminism as a resistance to institutional and prescriptive classifications of a universalized female experience. She has created over 40 public arts projects, including On the Wings of Water at Chicago O'Hare Airport, and Rora, an interpretive history of the Chicago River, which received an honor award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Please join us for the opening reception, Saturday, March 9 from 6-9pm. You can meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, view the artwork and this year's winning pieces.

Opening night will feature a musical performance by Lisa Zane and Rafael Vivanco, the duo portion of The Lisa Zane Classical and World Music Ensemble of Chicago. They’ll perform guitar and vocal selections from Europe and The Americas, French chansons, Argentinian tangos, Mexican ballads and more. Vivanco is a classical guitarist specializing in Spanish music from the Baroque era forward and Ms. Zane is an actress and torch balladeer in five languages. Their vast repertoire casts a spell both familiar and exotic.

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Mini Links Golf Outing
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Mini Links Golf Outing

Don’t miss your chance to play golf in the library at the Friends of Woodstock Public Library Mini Links Golf Outing! This popular annual event transforms the library into an 18-hole miniature golf course. Swing your putter and hit a golf ball on an intricate course that runs through all three floors of the library. Each hole has a theme put together by a local sponsor.

Kids, parents, and grandparents love to play together, and some friendly competition even arises as all ages try to hit tricky shots like the “elevator hole” and the ever-popular water hole.

Library After Dark

Friday, March 8 / 7-9pm
Experience the fun of Mini Links while relaxing with a glass of wine or beer and appetizers. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets for this event will go on sale mid-February.

Mini Links Family Fun

Saturday, March 9 / 10am - 3pm (last tee time)
Tickets may be purchased at the door. In addition to golf take a chance with great raffle provided by area merchants. Raffle prizes be on display beginning March 1 and tickets will be drawn at the end of the event. Winners need not be present to win.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

For more information or to sponsor a hole or a raffle item contact library director, Nick Weber at (815) 338-0542.

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Open Mic Night
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Money Baby Drag Show
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Money Baby Drag Show

So close to St. Patrick’s Day how can you not have green somewhere? Money is the theme for March’s Dragology show. As always, the popular show features Haus of Plastic and guests. Tickets will be available at the door.  All ages are welcome. Viewer discretion is advised.

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March Cupcake Madness
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

March Cupcake Madness

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this hands-on class you’ll learn to prepare and decorate four delectable varieties of cupcakes to take home to share.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing / Saturday, March 16, 6-9pm
Fresh Pasta Making 101 / Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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At Eternity's Gate
Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

At Eternity's Gate

Second Monday Film Club presents At Eternity’s Gate at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. It’s a provocative and deeply human portrait of the final two years of Vincent Van Gogh's life. The drama stars Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen and Mathieu Amalric.

Showtimes:

Matinee at 1pm
Evening at 7pm

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The Basics of Fair Use, Copyright & Media Sharing
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

The Basics of Fair Use, Copyright & Media Sharing

Ever wonder how copyrights, trademarks and fair use effect web content and social media sharing? Get the basic Do’s and Don’ts from local intellectual property attorney, Genna S. Hibbs. A little knowledge up front can reduce risk.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Progressives Book Club - Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Progressives Book Club - Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Join us as we discuss Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. The Progressives Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month with a focus on issues such as social justice, racial and income equality, fair immigration, LGBTQ rights and environmental activism to name a few. New members are always welcome!

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

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Senior Cafe
Mar
12
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Chocolate, Craft Beer & Whiskey Pairing with Crystal Lake Brewing
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Chocolate, Craft Beer & Whiskey Pairing with Crystal Lake Brewing

Join Ethereal Confections and Crystal Lake Brewing for a Craft Beer + Whiskey + Chocolate pairing here in Woodstock! 3 Boathouse Reserve beers will be featured paired with whiskey and chocolate. Come experience local chocolate and locally brewed beer with us! 

Space is Limited to 25 People / Must be 21 to Attend

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St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come celebrate the luck of the Irish! At this Chef Demonstration, a Wine & Beer reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres will be proceeded by a five-course dinner paired with delectable wines.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Fresh Pasta Making 101 / Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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Joe Robinson
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Robinson

Join us for Joe Robinson, an Australian guitar player and vocalist. A largely self-taught musician from Temagog, NSW, he is best known for his virtuoso guitar abilities and for winning the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. His unique musical sensibility consists of a unique fusion of rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz. Robinson was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.

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Senior Cafe
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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World Film Night - The Third Murder
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

World Film Night - The Third Murder

World Film Night continues with the best of independent films from around the world. Join us this time for a screening of The Third Murder. World Film Night screenings are intended for adults and may contain adult situations and language.

Upcoming Films:

I Am Not a Witch - Wednesday, April 17
Antonio Lopez 1970 - Wednesday, May 15

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Hairspray - Movie & Trivia
Mar
20
6:45 PM18:45

Hairspray - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Hairspray! In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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AARP Smart Driver Course
Mar
21
to Mar 22

AARP Smart Driver Course

  • Woodstock Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drivers 50 years and older are invited to attend this course to learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies and new traffic laws and rules of the road. Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a snack. The course meets Thursday, March 21 from 10am-2pm AND Friday, March 22 from 10am-2pm.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street). The cost for this class is $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers. Fees are payable by cash or check to the instructor at the first class. Participants must attend both days and may be eligible for a discount on their car insurance upon completion of the course.

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Original Open Mic Party
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Garnet Rogers / Crys Matthews
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Garnet Rogers / Crys Matthews

Heralded as "one of the major talents of our time" by The Boston Globe, Canadian folk musician Garnet Rogers is a man with a powerful presence and a voice to match.

Opening for Rogers, Crys Matthews is the grand-prize winner of the NewSong Music Competition and winner of the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

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Senior Cafe
Mar
26
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Paint 'N Sip
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Paint 'N Sip

Discover a new way to unwind with your friends while a local artist guides you through painting your own masterpiece. The library will provide soft drinks and water, but you can bring your own beverage as well. Open to grades 6-12.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Alyssa Wees’s debut novel is The Waking Forest, a young adult fantasy about a girl with terrifying nightmares and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways. Alyssa lives and writes in Crystal Lake.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Nunsense
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Showtimes:

Friday, March 29 at 8pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2pm
Friday, April 5 at 8pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Friday, April 12 at 8pm
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

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Senior Cafe
Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Health and Wellness Expo
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Health and Wellness Expo

The Woodstock Chamber invites you to the 3rd annual Health and Wellness Expo.  

Discover what the best Health and Wellness experts in McHenry County have to offer. Exhibitors offering physical fitness services, mental health services, financial services, medical services and wellness products will be available to assist you with many health and wellness needs. Presentations will run throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

Attending the Expo is free and family friendly!

Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine.

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Fresh Pasta Making 101
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Fresh Pasta Making 101

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for this hands-on fresh pasta making class! Learn dough making, cutting and filling techniques along with delectable sauces to top and toss.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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One City, One Poet - Poetry Writing Workshop
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

One City, One Poet - Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for a poetry writing workshop led by Timothy David Rey, a Chicago-based writer, performer and educator. Writers of all experience levels are welcome at this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Timothy is the Poet In-Residence for The Chicago Poetry Center, author of Little Victories, Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud! and co-creator of the LBGT showcase Solo Homo.

This workshop is part of the One City, One Poet celebration and presented in conjunction with the Atrocious Poets.

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Ken Johnson
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Ken Johnson

  • Starbell Hatchery Recording Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an engaging musical experience featuring the sweet guitar and voice of Ken Johnson. Ken will entertain us with songs both familiar and new and John Hegner will accompany him on select songs. These performances will be recorded, marking a new step in Ken’s artistic journey. Bring your positive vibes to support him in this endeavor, while getting an insider’s view of the recording process! Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided.

Performances:

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7 at 3pm

Space Limited / Reservations Required
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Sun, Moon & Stars
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sun, Moon & Stars

Mark your calendars and join us for Sun, Moon & Stars, the 8th annual invitational concert presented by Woodstock Folk Festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing! The first lunar landing and moonwalk on July 20-21, 1969 mesmerized the world. An estimated 600 million people around the world watched as Apollo 11 became the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins travelled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in 76 hours. As Armstrong touched the moon’s surface, he said “That’s one small step for man ... one giant leap for mankind.”

In celebration of that event the concert will feature songs about the sun, moon and starts performed by some of Illinois’s best musicians and a multimedia presentation by renowned astronomical artist Mark Paternostro who was the former sky show producer for the Alder Planetarium for about 30 years! We’ll also have snacks and drinks featuring the sun, moon and stars.

Performers Include: Tricia Alexander, Jeff Justman, Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys (Marty Brunkalla and Pete Jonsson), Northwest Highway (Andy Andrick, Gloria Burchfield and Les Urban), Cassandra Vohs-Demann, Russ and Diane Ward as well as Mark Paternostro.

Admission: $15 (suggested donation)
Reservations and More Information:
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The A, B, C & D of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Choices
Apr
8
6:30 PM18:30

The A, B, C & D of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Choices

When the time comes to choose a Medicare plan or review your existing coverage the options can become overwhelming. This workshop presented by Jane Sanchez of Aegis Resources, Inc. will provide critical information about the various Medicare plans.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Open Mic Night
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Organize Yourself
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Organize Yourself

Join Amy Stefani from SOS: Stefani Organizing Solutions to learn some tips and tricks for completing your annual spring cleaning. Amy is a registered member of National Association of Productivity & Organization, and will offer background information regarding disorganization as well as proven techniques for clearing away clutter and how to maintain your newly organized space.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Great Lakes Steelpan Festival
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

Join Culture, Arts & Music in bringing steelpan culture to the Midwest. Culture, Arts & Music runs a steelpan band at Creekside Middle School to help students develop music skills and experience sounds from other cultures.

A day of steelpan classes culminates in an evening concert for everyone to enjoy from 7-8:45pm at Creekside Middle School. Open to the public.

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Backyard Rain Barrels
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Backyard Rain Barrels

Help the environment and save that water! Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County to learn the ins and outs of rain barrel use. You’ll have access to information, order forms and lessons learned on the basics of rain barrels in a suburban landscape.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

Learn More Here!

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Original Open Mic Party
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Senior Cafe
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Singin' in the Rain - Movie & Trivia
Apr
24
6:45 PM18:45

Singin' in the Rain - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Singin’ in the Rain! When the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies', everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practice with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Open Mic Night
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner

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Celebrate LUREC’s Green House spring offerings! At this Chef Demonstration a wine reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres will be proceeded by a five-course dinner paired with delectable wines.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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Jimmy Webb
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jimmy Webb

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Webb is also the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Vice Chair of ASCAP, and a recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer and Ivor Novella International awards. The illustrious songwriter continues to charm audiences with his music and storytelling, full of humor, humility and warmth, about how as a 16-year-old former farm boy he found himself a star in Hollywood surrounded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, and Elvis.

Webb’s songs have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Michael Feinstein, R.E.M., Josh Groban, and Donna Summer.

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Historic Woodstock Houses Tour
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Historic Woodstock Houses Tour

This walking tour will highlight the growth of homes, wealthy and not so wealthy, in early Woodstock. European and American architectural styles will be discussed and historical gossip and tales of the past will be included. Tour departs from the Woodstock Public Library’s front entrance.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Heartache Tonight
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Heartache Tonight

Join us for Heartache Tonight, An Eagles Concert Experience! From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a capella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life in the Fast Lane,” the authentic country rock of “Take it Easy” and the beautifully evocative “Heart of the Matter.”  Close your eyes and you’ll swear your hearing the real thing.

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Historic Woodstock Square Tour
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Historic Woodstock Square Tour

This walking tour will highlight the beginnings and growth of the Woodstock Square and the characters who established it. Learn how fire played a heavy hand in the development of the Square and the architectural designs that rose from the ashes. Tour departs from the Springhouse on the Woodstock Square.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Open Mic Night
May
10
to May 11

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Pioneer Cemetery Tour
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Pioneer Cemetery Tour

This early settlers’ cemetery is located on rural West South Street. This walk will cover Civil War soldiers, other military personnel and early settlers. Parking is limited and will be directly off the South Street road and off the road next to the Cemetery. Tour departs from Pioneer Cemetery (located at approximately 15600 West South Street).

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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The Creation of Guys and Dolls
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Guys and Dolls

Join us for The Creation of Guys and Dolls! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Original Open Mic Party
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Battle Against Buckthorn & Its Buddies: How-To For Homeowners
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Battle Against Buckthorn & Its Buddies: How-To For Homeowners

Want some practical tips on how to rid your property of invasive tree species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle? Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy to learn how to control these species, as well as native tree and shrub replacement recommendations. Attendees will also learn about the Conservation@Home program and how our local native flora can make a difference to the ecological health of McHenry County.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie & Trivia
May
22
6:45 PM18:45

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka's magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children - but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Open Mic Night
May
24
to May 25

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Military Burials and Childrens' Home Plots
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Military Burials and Childrens' Home Plots

The library will conduct a tour of military personnel in and around the Mausoleum. Following will be a tour of the recently dedicated Children’s Home Area. Tour departs from the Olson School Parking Lot (720 West Judd Street).

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Open Mic Night
Jun
14
to Jun 15

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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A Few Good Men
Jun
14
to Jun 30

A Few Good Men

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

Showtimes:

Friday, June 14 at 8pm
Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Friday, June 21 at 8pm
Saturday, June 22 at 8pm
Sunday, June 23 at 2pm
Friday, June 28 at 8pm
Saturday, June 29 at 8pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

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The Creation of Cabaret
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Cabaret

Join us for The Creation of Cabaret! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Original Open Mic Party
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Newsies - Movie & Trivia
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Newsies - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of Newsies. This special screening will be free and take place on the Woodstock Square! In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) befriends two newcomers to his trade, brothers David (David Moscow) and Les Jacobs (Luke Edwards). When publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall) sets new rules that make it harder for the young newspaper salesmen to make a buck, the boys go on strike. Bryan Denton (Bill Pullman), a journalist who's sympathetic to their plight, gives them some tips in public relations, as the newsboys' battle grips the city.

Trivia at 8:00pm
Screening at 8:30pm

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The Creation of Showboat
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Showboat

Join us for The Creation of Showboat! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle - Movie & Trivia
Jul
18
6:45 PM18:45

Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle. This special screening will be free and take place on the Woodstock Square! Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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The Creation of Chicago
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Chicago

Join us for The Creation of Chicago! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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The Blues Brothers - Movie & Trivia
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Blues Brothers - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of The Blues Brothers. This special screening will be free and take place outdoors on the Woodstock Square! After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the "Blues Brothers." Jake's first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

Trivia at 8:00pm
Screening at 8:30pm

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The Creation of Wicked
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Wicked

Join us for The Creation of Wicked! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Rent - Movie & Trivia
Sep
18
6:45 PM18:45

Rent - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Rent! In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Little Shop of Horrors - Movie & Trivia
Oct
30
6:45 PM18:45

Little Shop of Horrors - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Little Shop of Horrors. Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Senior Cafe
Feb
19
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Evening Book Club - In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Evening Book Club - In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende

Join us to discuss In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende. The Evening Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month. New Members are always welcome!

During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.

As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival and the essential nature of—and our need for—love.

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An Evening With Caroline Rhea
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening With Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work. In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. Playing nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene.  For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the USA and Canada.

In addition to her comedy tours she has played a host of roles on TV and film with movie credits including, "The Perfect Man", "Man on the Moon" the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, "Christmas with the Kranks”, and "Ready to Rumble."  In the world of television she is well remembered for her starring role as Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, and as host of "The Caroline Rhea Show." An Evening with Caroline Rhea brings all her comedic talents to bear on the historic Woodstock Opera House stage, and will be an event to remember.

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Valentine’s Day Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Valentine’s Day Food & Wine Pairing Dinner

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Come celebrate romance with your special one. This Chef Demonstration will have a wine reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres proceeded by a five-course dinner paired with delectable wines.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

March Cupcake Madness / Saturday, March 9, 11am-2pm
St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing / Saturday, March 16, 6-9pm
Fresh Pasta Making 101 / Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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Adult Meditative Art Workshop
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Adult Meditative Art Workshop

Explore the things you love and cherish by designing your very own Heart Art with mindful doodling and symbol making. Feel peace, love and motivation as you explore your inner desires. Media to be used includes: paint, markers, pencils and ink on an 8x10″ wood panel. No art experience is necessary. 

$50 / All Supplies Included

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WPPC Natural Landscaping Seminar
Feb
16
8:00 AM08:00

WPPC Natural Landscaping Seminar

  • McHenry County College, Luecht Conference Center (map)
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Join us for our 27th annual event with presentations on natural landscaping using native plants in the garden, their benefits, aesthetics, strategies for use and support of wildlife. 
We will also have exhibits featuring natural gardening services, products, garden art and books. Vendor booths available.

$35 - Early bird tickets by November 2
$40 - Advance Tickets
$45 - Day of

Contact:
Jeanine, The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
thewppc@hotmail.com or (815) 342-5146

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Nerf Battles
Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

Nerf Battles

Back by popular demand, bring your own toys or borrow ours to battle it out! Due to previous complications, we ask that you only bring small Nerf handguns.

Grades 1-5 Timeslots:

2-3pm
3-4pm

Grades 6-12:

6-8pm

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street). Participants that are grades 6-12 must have a permission slip turned in prior to registering. Permission slips are available at the library’s front desk, online and can be dropped off or emailed to katet@woodstockil.info.

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Chocolate, Cheese & Biodynamic Wine Pairing
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Chocolate, Cheese & Biodynamic Wine Pairing

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day pairing! Organic biodynamic wines perfectly paired with artisan cheeses and Ethereal Confections’s single origin craft chocolates will be featured. A wine expert will teach you about the practices of biodynamic farming and a chocolate expert will teach you about bean to bar chocolate making. Wine, cheese and chocolate is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day!

Space is Limited to 25 People / Must be 21 to Attend

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I Knit, You Knit,
 We Knit! Community Knit & Crochet Night
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

I Knit, You Knit,
 We Knit! Community Knit & Crochet Night

Join us at Ethereal Confections for a fun and free crochet/knit night! Beginners and seasoned veterans are all welcome. Bring your work in progress or start something new. Drink some yummy drinks, eat some yummy eats, get to know each other and crochet or knit at the same time!

Please note, this is not a knit/crochet class. 

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Life Drawing
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available! This session we’ll have Barry posing nude with a focus on better understanding the torso.

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Daytime Book Club - Hannah Coulter: A Novel by Wendell Berry
Feb
13
12:30 PM12:30

Daytime Book Club - Hannah Coulter: A Novel by Wendell Berry

Join us to discuss Hannah Coulter: A Novel by Wendell Berry. The Daytime Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome!

Hannah Coulter is Wendell Berry’s seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now-elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community. She remembers each of her two husbands, and all places and community connections threatened by twentieth-century technologies. At risk is the whole culture of family farming, hope redeemed when her wayward and once lost grandson, Virgil, returns to his rural home place to work the farm.

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Senior Cafe
Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Progressives Book Club - Becoming by Michelle Obama
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Progressives Book Club - Becoming by Michelle Obama

Join us to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama. Progressives Book Club focuses on books that explore issues like racism, progressive politics, environmental activism and equal rights for all.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

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Second Monday Film Club presents 2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be released in theatres, giving you the opportunity to see all of the nominees. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! Don't miss this year's selection of shorts - to be announced on January 22. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 24.

Showtimes:

Matinee at 1pm
Evening at 7pm

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Gina Chavez
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Gina Chavez

Come experience the music of multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress and 10-time Austin Music Award winner, Gina Chavez as she makes her McHenry County debut! Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today and Texas Monthly. Fresh off a 10-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem, Siete-D (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she is a co-founder of The Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.

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Woodstock Education Foundation Dinner and Auction
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Woodstock Education Foundation Dinner and Auction

Support Woodstock School District 200’s Educational Foundation by participating in the Groundhog Dinner and Auction! Proceeds benefit the foundation’s Impact Grants and provide students with enhanced learning opportunities and teachers with the resources they need.

Enjoy a live auction, silent auction, raffle, dinner and music!

Saturday, February 9, 2018
6:00 - 11:00pm
Harley-Davidson Store,
2235 S. Eastwood Drive,
Woodstock, IL 60098

Register by February 1st for Early Bird Ticket Pricing ($60/person)! Regular Ticket Price: $65/person

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Teen Meditative Art Workshop
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Teen Meditative Art Workshop

Explore the things you love and cherish by designing your very own Heart Art with mindful doodling and symbol making. Feel peace, love and motivation as you explore your inner desires. Media to be used includes: paint, markers, pencils and ink on an 8x10″ wood panel. No art experience is necessary. 

$50 / All Supplies Included

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