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Helping Hands Help HAHS in Rescue Efforts

The Hooved Animal Humane Society rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes lots of animals which can’t be treated by traditional shelters, but it doesn’t do it alone. HAHS works to “benefit animals […]

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Defenders Keep Focus on Environment

The world has changed since the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County was formed nearly 50 years ago. But as the group — not to mention the worldwide environmental movement — […]

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“Scout Finch” to Speak at Opera House

The woman best known for her childhood portrayal of Scout Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” will visit the Woodstock Opera House. Mary […]

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Art for the Paws Finds Homes for Artwork, Animals

Helping Paws Animal Shelter, Woodstock’s no-kill animal shelter, is hosting its annual Art for the Paws fundraiser through Saturday, April 22.  Since its inception three years ago, participation has increased […]

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Celebrated Anthropologist to Speak at Opera House

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series will host Dr. Robert Martin, emeritus curator of biological anthropology at Chicago’s Field Museum.  Martin has spent decades researching reproduction in mammals, […]

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Lookingglass Founder Will Speak at Opera House

David Catlin, a founding member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, will come to the Woodstock Opera House Feb. 16 as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series. […]

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Tibetan Artist’s Exhibit at Old Courthouse Extended

The work of a contemporary artist featured in October’s Orson Welles Creative Arts Festival has been so well-received his gallery exhibit has been extended. Tashi Norbu, a world-renowned Tibetan painter […]

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Library Wraps Up 125th Anniversary

The Woodstock Public Library celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016, and that milestone became a theme for the library’s activities throughout the year.  The public library in Woodstock opened March […]

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Historian and Author to Present at Opera House

A best-selling author will visit the Woodstock Opera House this week as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series. Andrew Carroll, historian and author of the New […]

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