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Eight Things You Need to Know For Friday, This Weekend

Fall festivals will be underway this weekend in Union and Marengo while the Dog-Tober Festival will take place in Huntley. Find out what else to expect for Friday and this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to drop dramatically on Friday and remain chilly over the weekend. A high of 53 degrees and partly cloudy skies are in the forecast Friday, according to Weatherbug.com. Here is how the rest of the weekend is looking like for weather:

  • Saturday: High of 49 degrees, low 31 degrees. Partly sunny.
  • Sunday: High of 51 degrees, low 34 degrees. Mostly sunny.


The village of Lake in the Hills will host a School’s Out Day of Fun program during the day Friday and Monday for parents who are looking for an alternative to daycare over the long Columbus Day weekend, according to the village of Lake in the Hills. The cost is $35 and activities will include a local field trip, games and arts and crafts. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Monday.

Did you know you could check out library books for your Kindle? The Algonquin Area Public Library will be holding an informational session Saturday at noon at its main branch, 2600 Harnish Drive in Algonquin. The session is meant to teach cardholders how to check out and download a Kindle book from the library’s e-book collection. Registration is required — more information can be found on the Algonquin-LITH Patch events calendar.

Dog-Tober Fest this weekend in Huntley will give residents a chance to get out with their favorite four-legged companion. The event will be held at Deicke Park from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and , humane organizations and pet retail, service and pet food vendors at the event, according to Huntley Patch.
This year’s event will host a variety of fun and entertaining demonstrations including the exhilarating sports of disc dogging, fly ball and canine agility. Returning for a fourth year, in commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi Day (Oct 4th), Rev. Michelle McNamara from St John's UCC Church in Marengo will be hosting a blessing of the animals at 1:30pm.  
Dog-tober Fest will also fun have contests for you and your dog and great raffle prizes to help raise money for a lucky non-profit group at our event. There will be photos with your best friend, pet and human apparel, doggy massages and canine companions of all sizes and breeds looking for forever homes. Read more on Huntley Patch.

Amy Grant is coming to the Raue Center, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake,for a show starting at 8 p.m. this Saturday. According to the Raue Center website: “Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian music on the map. She surely did that, achieving such breakthroughs as being the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit #1 pop and the first to perform at the Grammys.” Tickets start at $65 and are available on the Raue Center’s website.

The 35th Annual Cider Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum, 6422 Main St. in Union, according to the museum’s website. The festival will include musical entertainment by Charlie B and Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., demonstrations on old-fashioned cider making and broom-making and various items for sale.

Marengo Settlers Days kicked off on Thursday and will continue through Monday. Over the weekend, there will be musical entertainment, a carnival, exotic pet show, fireworks, food, a beer garden, bags tournament, face-painting and more, according to the Settlers Days’ website. The Settlers Days website has more information and a full schedule of events.

One Lake in the Hills family will open up its yard to the public this weekend as Haunt 31, located at 340 S. Annandale Drive in Lake in the Hills, opens up for the Halloween season. The haunted yard is the creation of Toby Wrolson and will be open on Saturday from dusk to to 10 p.m. From there, the haunted yard will be open to visitors from dusk to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

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