Upcoming Events

Softball season (April-June) is approaching very soon! For Girls 6-12, you can register deveral ways, (download PDF) or online! Walk-in Registrations every Saturday in February at Jacobson Park Office 4150 Thompson Road from 10am – 2pm.

Come and join us at Nativity Lutheran Church for our Bingo fundraiser, to benefit the WL Food Pantry. First Sunday of every month, doors open at 12:30pm, and games begin at 1pm. Nativity Lutheran Church, 3506 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake IL 60097.

Beginning snowmobilers will have an opportunity to learn principles of safe snowmobile operation at an Illinois Department of Natural Resources safety education course scheduled on February 27 and March 19 from 8AM to 4PM at the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, 2200 N. Seminary Ave, Woodstock. Under Illinois law, the course is required for individuals 12 through 16 years old and those who do not possess a valid driver's license. The course is free of charge and open to the public. Registration for the course can be made by contacting Cathy Hardt at 815-334-4739.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. If you are looking to improve your "green" thumb, or if you are a seasoned gardener, you'll benefit from Gardenfest workshops. $45 fee includes lunch. Register now!

The McHenry County Conservation District offers more than 17 miles of snowmobile trails in Glacial Park and along the Prairie Trail that connect with many other county trails. Trails are open when there is at least 4 inches of snow on the frozen ground, 6 inches on unfrozen ground. Call 815-339-6223 for trail conditions and maps. For county snowmobile trail updates and classes call the McHenry County Snowmobile Association at 815-334-SNOW.

This museum exists to educate - they'd like the whole world to know about fire equipment and it's stellar history! Visit their website for more information, and make sure you call ahead before dropping in as private tours are all they offer at the moment. (815-568-8950)

Volo Auto Museum opens its new snowmobile exhibit on Dec. 26. More than two dozen of the rarest sleds ever to soar across the snow will be featured, including a 1923 Ford Model T Snow Flyer, one of just 75 ever made. The Volo Auto Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It features roughly 400 classic, antique, muscle and Hollywood cars. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. For other information, visit volocars.com, or call 815-385-3644.

Just For Fun offers skating lessons and space for birthday and private skating parties. With more than 20 years of experience providing an arena for family fun and entertainment, they are one of the area's premier venues for fun, providing a safe environment for everyone. Visit their website for hours.

MCRide Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb, demand-response public transit service available to McHenry County residents traveling within and between partner communities. Riders call the Pace Call Center 800-451-4599 to schedule a trip the day before they need a ride or up to seven days in advance for seniors and individuals with a disability. The fare is based on distance traveled: the general public pays a base fare of $2.00 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile; and seniors and individuals with a disability pay a base fare of $1.00 for the first five miles and $0.25 for each additional mile. MCRide service hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Detailed information on how to ride can be found in the rider’s guide (link is external). MCRide partner communities include: City of Crystal Lake, City of Harvard, City of Marengo, City of McHenry, City of Woodstock, Village of Huntley, Village of Johnsburg, Village of Lakewood, Village of Ringwood, Dorr Township, Grafton Township, Greenwood Township, Marengo Township, McHenry Township, Nunda Township, and Riley Township. To register and schedule a ride call: 800-451-4599 Questions about eligibility call: 815-334-4981

Sledding hill at Glacial Park, just off Illinois 31, north of Illinois 120 in unincorporated Ringwood. For more information, call (815) 338-6223 or go to LINK . Other sledding hills include: Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake, Lions Park in Cary, the Picnic Grove in Fox River Grove, Indian Prairie Park in Crystal Lake, Emricson Park in Woodstock and Albert A. Adams Park in McHenry.

America's Largest Railway Museum, located in Union Illinois. See their website for train scheduls, dates & times.

Discover the beauty of cross-county skiing on trails lit only by candlelight. Bring your own skis and enjoy refreshments afterwards around the campfire. Skiers of every level and age welcome. Locations rotate between five site depending on snow and trail conditions. Call 815-338-6223, or visit the McHenry County Conservation District web site on the Thursday before for event updates and location. LINK

Tickets for a variety of events are available at the Opera House box office, online or by calling 815-338-5300.

Save time and money, shop locally in Wonder Lake for your family meals. Wonder Foods has daily specials for every day items, visit this link to view their sale prices! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the county's tax base. If our local businesses were in the village boundaries, our tax dollars would benefit VWL directly.

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