Planetarium Shows in Crystal Lake, Princess and Superheroes in Volo – Shaw Local

1. Two shows at McHenry County College Planetarium will take place this week.

The first show, “Asteroid Mission Extreme,” will run from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and will discuss how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity for people on Earth, according to a press release.

The second show, “Perfect Little Planet,” will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A presentation designed for children, the show invites viewers to imagine the ultimate space vacation and experience the solar system through another lens. Audiences will fly over the surface of Pluto, dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda and navigate through the rings of Saturn.

Each show is open to the public and costs $10 per person. Space is limited to 45 people per show.

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2. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Volo Auto Museum will host its annual Princess and superheroes day Saturday.

All children 12 and under in costume will have free access to the museum and the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, located at 27582 Volo Village Road. Regular admission for adults is $19.95.

Dozens of costumed characters, including Disney Princesses and characters from Marvel, DC Comics and Star Wars, will be in attendance. Visitors will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken in the original 1966 Batmobile for $5.

A portion of all Batmobile photo admissions and fees will go to the Hero Initiative, which creates a financial safety net for comic book creators who may need emergency medical assistance, financial support for the essentials of life and a return to paid work.

The event is a partnership with Costumers With a Cause, a group of non-profit volunteers who make costumes to entertain children and raise money for children’s charities. This year, the group donates 100% of its profits to the Hero Initiative.

Further information and advance tickets are available at

3. Saturday Marks Randall Oaks Zoo opening day.

The zoo, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, is operated by the Dundee Township Park District and features farm animals including goats, horses and donkeys; as well as camels, bobcats, foxes, alpacas and wallabies.

The cost is $4.25 for residents of the park district and $5 for non-residents. Children 1 and under are free, as are US military with ID.

Pet food for the petting zoo is $1.50 per cup and $5 for pony rides. A pony pass offers six rides for $25.

A membership can also be purchased to get unlimited entry throughout the season, discounts on Brew At The Zoo and a monthly email with special updates on Zoo events. Membership costs $20 per person for residents and $25 per person for non-residents.

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4. The Village of Huntley will honor its founder, Thomas Stillwell Huntleyon the occasion of his 215th birthday.

A ceremony is scheduled for Sunday noon at Huntley Cemetery on Dean Street. The east side cemetery address is 11500 Dean Street. The address for the west side of the cemetery is 11503 Dean Street.

According to the village, the Huntley family headstones are worn and no longer legible. Village officials instead erected a granite marker to honor Huntley and his family members buried there.

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5. Fancy charcuterie boards aren’t just for adults anymore. The village of Lake in the Hills is leading a charcuterie board workshop from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 31 at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.

The program, part of the village’s week-long Spring Break Staycation, gives young people the opportunity to learn how to build their own charcuterie boards to suit their tastes.

The workshop is aimed at children and teenagers from 9 to 13 years old. Attendees will have the chance to try their hand at making charcuterie boards, including meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and other snacks. Supplies will be provided.

They can make a snack box that they can take home or eat, as well as a chef’s hat and apron.

The deadline for registration is Friday at For other staycation events, go to

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Arline J. Mercier