Topic: Community Events


Posted on November 4, 2015 by - Community Events

November 7th – Come to this wonderful FREE event that will host over 70 local businesses and organizations which offer green products and services.

In addition to the vendors, there will be some wonderful interactive exhibits and displays for everyone to enjoy! There will be a special exhibit on electric cars, fly casting and snow shoeing demos, a model tiny house and more!

The event will go from 10-3 pm in the MCC Gym/Multi-Purpose Room at McHenry County College, as well as outside! Questions? Contact Kim Hankins or Tish Powell at (815) 479-7765.

Thank you Crystal Lake Trash Talk Participants

Posted on October 26, 2015 by - Community Events

Thank you for coming to the Crystal Lake Trash Talk Event, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Many great conversations took place regarding how to start a recycling program; what to research before starting a program; how to contact a hauler; what equipment is available and needed; and how to obtain additional recycling sources.

The Trash Talk events are an opportunity for businesses to sign up for a complimentary solid waste audit from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Ecossential Solutions ( or 847-651-0429).

Congratulations to the winners of the Get Started! Door Prize: Lloyd’s Paint & Paper Shop and our newest Environmental Defender Business Member, Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery!

Thank you to our Sponsors who made this event possible:

Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Ecossential Solutions, Inc.

Star 105.5 McHenry County

City of Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County Department of Health

Chicago Logistic Service

Waste Management

Rock River Environmental Services

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen

Marvin’s Toy Store

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters

Wickham Interiors Inc

Interstate All Battery Center of Fox River Valley

Akasha Yoga Center

Kitchen Outfitters

Material Girl Crystal Lake

We have created a survey and ask you to fill it out as soon as possible to help us decide how to best follow up with each of you,

Again, thank you all for participating in our event. We look forward to working with each of you to get recycling started at your business.

Movie Night: “Merchants of Doubt”

Posted on October 21, 2015 by - Community Events


October 27th – Come join the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as well as MCC’s Sustainability Center in a Movie Night. Doors will open at 6:30 for a 7:00 screening of “Merchants of Doubt” which covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change! The screening will take place at MCC’s Luecht Conference Center.

Crystal Lake Talks Trash – a Community Recycling Event

Posted on October 13, 2015 by - Community Events

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Teagen Andrews, Commercial Recycling Program Advocate from Ecossential Solutions Inc., are hosting Crystal Lake Talks Trash, a community event on the benefits of small business recycling.

Crystal Lake Talks Trash
October 20, 2015
Two sessions: 8:00 – 9:30 am & 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Crystal Lake City Hall
100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake IL 60014

These events will highlight strategies to help small- to medium-sized businesses save money with environmentally sound waste management practices. Recycling and reusing materials in a business is an easy way for business owners to cut waste management costs while benefiting the environment.

The branding company, Landor Associates, found that, “77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.” This social responsibility includes the company’s environmental impacts and the steps taken to minimize environmentally harmful operations.

These events are open to all businesses and residents of Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities. We will also be joined by Crystal Lake city officials and waste haulers for a wide-range of dialogue.

Small business owners interested in starting a recycling program will be provided with information on how their business can benefit as well as actionable information for starting a program! This includes the Defenders’ Small Business Recycling How-to Sheet and opportunities for Defenders’ business memberships. Business owners can also talk to a Sustainability Consultant from Ecossential Solutions Inc. for additional information on the pros and cons of commercial recycling.

What else is in store? A review of resources available to cut waste management costs for small- to medium-sized businesses, interaction time with Waste Management and MDC representatives regarding the actual costs of business recycling, community discussions on the benefits of commercial recycling, networking while enjoying food and beverages, and a free entry ticket to the Crystal Lake Small Business Drawing for each attendee.

Come celebrate Crystal Lake’s continued efforts to promote environmentally beneficial business and community goals with the Crystal Lake Talk Trash event!

“Merchants of Doubt” – movie screening

Posted on October 7, 2015 by - Community Events

“Merchants of Doubt” covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm, screening begins at 7pm.

MCC’s Luecht Conference Center, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake.

Make a Difference Day

Posted on October 7, 2015 by - Community Events

On Saturday, October 24, you are invited to “make a difference” by helping with restoration efforts at The Defenders’ Kishwaukee headwaters property on Dean Street in Woodstock as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.

Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash around the perimeter of our property as well as the Soil and Water Conservation District property. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and meet at the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 Dean Street (corner of Dean and Route 14).

All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the office.

Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!

Big Fall Book Sale

Posted on September 23, 2015 by - Community Events, Member Events

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are holding their annual Big Fall Book Sale at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive straight back to the last garage on the right).

This year, there will be twice as many books! There is an amazing variety of books and music – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, CDs to vinyl record albums, and everything in between!

Friday, Sept 25: 6pm-8pm $10 admission fee for non-members

Saturday, Sept 26: 8am-4pm

Monday-Saturday, Sept 28 through Oct 3: 10 am– 4 pm (closed Sunday)

There will be a Preview Sale on the evening of Friday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm. There is a $10 entry fee for non-members, allowing participants first choice of the books.

Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd will be a Bag Sale – $5 per bag.

“It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up

Posted on August 18, 2015 by - Community Events

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and The Village of Algonquin are sponsoring the 8th annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at Cornish Park along the shoreline of the beautiful Fox River in historic downtown Algonquin. This is a local celebration of the statewide “It’s Our River Day,” now in its 11th year.

Local conservation groups will give brief presentations and participants will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different environmental, outdoor and governmental groups, as well as “green” businesses.  Adults and kids will enjoy learning about the environment by visiting booths with educational information, volunteer opportunities, kids activities, and more.

The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline clean-up at the main location at Cornish Park. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand with the clean-up. The event is free and open to the public. Groups are welcome.

For more information contact the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at 815-338-0393; Cynthia Kanner, event co-organizer, at 847-309-8582; or The Village of Algonquin at .

Summer Garage Sale

Posted on July 16, 2015 by - Community Events

Summer Garage Sale

When: Thu, July 16 through Saturday, July 18, 9am – 4pm
Where: Algonquin Township Road District, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake IL 60014 (map)
The garage sale will be held July 16-18, 9am-4pm. The sale is located at the Algonquin Township Road District complex, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, between Crystal Lake & Cary (next to the Hollows), drive back to the big beige garage on the right!
We always have a great assortment, including housewares, small appliances, dish sets, glassware, books, DVDs and CDs, furniture, tools, bicycles, toys, electronics, etc.
Reuse is better than recycle!

County Fair – It’s a Fundraiser!

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - Community Events

Since 2007, EDMC has been working the admission gates for the McHenry County Fair. This is a lot of fun, and has turned into a very good fundraiser for our group. (And you get free admission to the fair on the day you work!)

Nancy will be making calls, but YOU can sign up now to get your favorite spot!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.