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5 things to do around McHenry County: Comedy in Cary, Polar Fest in Huntley and wine walk in Antioch

Dee Alberts, of Lake Villa, Ken Kozin, of Roselle, Krista and Linas Paul, of Round Lake, talk and drink wine at Hannah’s Home Accents during the Village of Antioch’s Winter Wine Walk on Jan. 18, 2014.

1. McHenry County venues are offering plenty of chances to laugh out loud this week, including a comedy night Friday at Spirit Water Taproom in Cary.

The show will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at the taproom, 3300 Three Oaks Road, Cary.

Funnier By The Lake Comedy will bring its long-standing comedy to Spirit Water in Cary with live stand-up comedians each month.

The shows are free to attend, although tipping the comedians is encouraged.

For information, go to bit.ly/SpiritWaterComedy.

2. Scorched Earth Brewing Company in Algonquin is hosting Yoga and a Beer this Saturday.

The yoga class takes place 11 a.m. to noon at the brewery, 203 Berg St. in Algonquin.

Attendees, who should bring their own mat, can attend the class and then grab a pint of their favorite Scorched Earth beer.

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by emailing info@scorchedearthbrewing.com.

3. The inaugural Polar Fest in Huntley this Saturday will feature children’s games, a s’more station, crafts, local vendors, an ice sculpture, horse-drawn trolley rides and dog sled demos.

The event, hosted by the Huntley Park District, will take place 1 to 4 p.m. at the REC Center, 12015 Mill St. Entry is free, but some activities cost money.

The world-class ice sculpture will be on site 1 to 2:30 p.m., the horse-drawn trolley rides will be provided by Royal Carriage from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and Free Spirit Siberian Rescue dog sled demo shows will take place 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

MJ’s Coffee Bar Truck will be serving up hot drinks and hot dogs. A professional photographer will be available with packages starting at $15.

Parking will be available in the main REC Center lot.

For information, go to bit.ly/3KyXOv0.

4. Downtown Antioch’s Winter Wine Walk is set for Saturday afternoon.

The walk features more than 30 wines and a tour of some of downtown Antioch’s businesses. Each participant receives a commemorative wine glass, shopping tote and a bottle of wine.

The event runs noon to 4 p.m. and costs $45.

Tickets can be bought online at bit.ly/AntiochParks or at the Antioch Parks Office, 806 Holbek Drive.

5. A volunteer workday at Sterne’s Woods and Fen is set for Sunday morning.

Volunteers can drop by 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Sterne’s outdoor pavilion, 5617 Hillside Drive.

The group, which meets monthly, is very close to having the old horse track cleared of brush, organizers said. The work includes burning brush piles so volunteers shouldn’t wear anything nice or made of synthetic fabrics. The group also recommends bringing a water bottle and work gloves.

The Crystal Lake Park District will supply loppers and bow saws, and snacks will be provided to share.

All volunteers will need to sign in and those who are unvaccinated will need to wear a mask if not social distancing.

To receive monthly workday reminders, email volunteer site steward Brice Alt at bricemaieralt@hotmail.com. The next two Sunday work dates are Feb. 27 and March 27.

Questions can be directed to 847-395-2160.

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