Events for Nov. 7 – 21

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 12:18 p.m.CDT

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Nov. 7

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

More information: 815-756-7274 or www.cortlandlibrary.com

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

First Grade & Up Story and Craft

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, Nov. 8

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

More information: 815-756-7274 or www.cortlandlibrary.com

Registration required.

DeKALB

Bible Study Fellowship

Time: 9 – 10:50 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: Evangelical Free Church of Sycamore/DeKalb, 150 Bethany Road

More information: 815-899-9228 or tguner2@comcast.net

The start of a new session for this women's Bible study group. Child care provided.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Songs and stories for infants, toddlers and their parents.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250 or www.dkpl.org

A retired teacher will tutor DeKalb School District students in grades 3-5. Homework help is provided in all subjects. Registration required.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Nov. 7

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed. Nov. 7 menu is chili con carne with beans, salad, cornbread, fruit and dessert.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Stories and puppet play in Spanish and English for children of all ages.

'Sports in Ancient Rome'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Learn about the original spectator sports and their crazed fans. Dr. Sinclair Bell, associate professor of art history at Northern Illinois University, will cover the wild world of chariot racing and the many misconceptions about ancient Roman games.

'The Canterbury Tales'

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 8 – 10

Place: Corner Theatre, Stevens Building, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: $6

An adaptation of Chaucer's classic tale, intertwined with songs and dance of the period and biographical detail about the author's life.

Craft and Bake Sale

Time: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. – noon Saturday

Dates: Nov. 9 and 10

Place: DeKalb County Rehab & Nursing Home, 2600 N. Annie Glidden Road

Proceeds benefit the resident outing and special events fund.

Computer Help Lab

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Free drop-in help lab for those with computer problems.

Computer Class: Files and Folders

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Practice saving, finding and moving files to a computer and a flash drive. Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

NIU Afropop Ensemble

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: Recital Hall, Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave.

Fall Back in Love Couples Enrichment Fair

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: Wirtz Hall, Northern Illinois University

Couples can visit booths with fun one-on-one activities to help enrich and strengthen their relationship. Free childcare provided. Food provided by Jimmy John's.

Fareed Haque's Mathgames

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $8

World-renowned guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque will perform with his new band, which mixes genres, tempos, melodies and beats to create a blend of funky jazz and modern instrumentation.

Haunted Theater Tour

Time: 11 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Cost: $50

The Illinois Ghost Hunters paranormal investigation group will lead tours of the theater, searching for paranormal activity.

Holiday Bazaar

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: First United Methodist Church, Fourth and Oak streets

Homemade crafts, bakery shop and attic treasures. A coffee shop will be open from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a homemade lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than 10.

Intro to Email

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

Intro to the Internet

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

Star Party

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road

More information: www.nsaclub.org or www.dekalbcounty.org/forest/star.html

The public can look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and member telescopes. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane. If weather is bad, the event will be canceled.

November Splendor Grand Ball

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Normal Road and Lucinda Avenue

Tickets: $30 to dance, $5 to sit in the balcony and listen

Cash bar opens at 6 p.m., buffet dinner served at 6:45, dancing to live music from 8 to 11.

DeKalb Area Artists Holiday Exhibition

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

More information: 815-758-0313

November Splendor Sugar Plum Ball

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Normal Road and Lucinda Avenue

Tickets: $30 to dance, $5 to sit in the balcony and listen

Brunch served at 9:30 a.m., dancing from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Piano Dedication Concert

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: Recital Hall, Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave.

Select Northern Illinois University School of Music piano faculty and students will present a concert to dedicate the school's new Hamburg Steinway Model C.

Intro to MS Word

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Covering the basic tools of Microsoft Word. Sign up online, by phone or at the reference desk.

Organ Recital with Bell Choir

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. First St.

The recital is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to purchase holiday meals for needy families through the Bethlehem Lutheran Food Pantry.

NIU Philharmonic

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building, on Lucinda Avenue

This free concert will be webcast at www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts.shtml.

'Making a Holiday Letter'

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Sign up online, by phone or at the reference desk. Walk-ins welcome as long as space is available.

Caring for the Caregiver

Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Place: The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital

More information: 815-748-2958 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

A series exploring the challenges faced by caregivers to learn new insights, practical steps and effective coping strategies. For friends, family members and caregivers of people with cancer. Share your experience and hear from others. Box lunch provided. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Blood Drive

Time: Noon – 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Place: Northern Illinois University, 1425 W. Lincoln Highway

'Untwist Your Thinking'

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

Emotional distress is often linked to distorted or unhelpful thoughts. Learn to recognize when this is occurring and how to rework these distortions to improve your mood. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

NIU Jazz Lab Band

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building, on Lucinda Avenue

This free concert will be webcast at www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts.shtml.

'Parenting Bright Children'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-757-0617

Chicago Gifted Community Center's Newenka DuMont will lead a roundtable discussion about parenting bright or gifted children, including laws governing gifted education, educational approaches, testing and more. Space is limited; registration is recommended.

'The Beauty of Barns'

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Place: Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St.

The DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association presents a program about the history and significance of family barns.

AARP Driver Safety Course

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 14 – 15

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for nonmembers

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

Two-session classroom refresher for drivers 50 and older. No driving test included. Participants receive a certificate of completion for auto insurance discount.

Blood Drive

Time: 2:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Place: Clinton Rosette Middle School, 650 N. First St.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of every month; next, Nov. 14

Place: Feed'em Soup, 122 S. First St.

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. Nov. 14 menu is Mongolian beef.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Stevenson North Complex, 1350 N. Stevenson Drive

Artist Reception and Awards

Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Jack Olson Gallery, Jack Arends Building, Northern Illinois University

Reception and awards presentation for a juried show featuring the work of graduate students in the NIU School of Art. Work will be exhibited in the gallery through Dec. 12.

'The Voters Got Their Say and What Lies Ahead'

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Lower level staff lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University

Rick Pearson, political writer for the Chicago Tribune, will share his more than 30 years of experience in covering politics in Illinois.

'Mosaic of Spanish Dance'

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: Nov. 15 – 18

Place: O'Connell Theatre, Stevens Building, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: Adults $16, seniors $13, students $8

Choreography by Luis Montero to the music of "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, plus a telling of the Spanish play "The House of Bernarda Alba" through dance.

NIU Jazz Ensemble

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Normal Road and Lucinda Avenue

'Walk the Talk' Catholic Men's Conference

Time: 8:50 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: Holmes Student Center, corner of Lucinda Avenue and Normal Road

Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $15 for high school and college students

More information: 630-485-0222 or marv@kombrink.com

Winter Coat Pickup

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: DeKalb Area Women's Center, 1021 State St.

More information: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

Drop off winter outerwear for the coat drive any Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Those who need them can pick up jackets, coats, heavy sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves Nov. 17. All are welcome. Parking in the lot at 415 N. 11th St.

Phil Vassar: Peace Love Music Tour

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: NIU Convocation Center

Tickets: General admission $32, NIU students $27

Glidden Homestead Holiday Open House

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18

Place: Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, 921 W. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $4; children younger than 14 free

See an exhibit of items from Dave Miner's holiday collection, music boxes, carousels, trains, dollhouses and more. Visit the working blacksmith shop or tour the homestead. At 1 p.m., Miner will give a presentation and visitors can make a holiday decoration out of recycled materials.

'Restless Heart: Confessions of Augustine'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: adults $10, seniors and students $8

This film on the life of the Catholic saint Augustine uses a historical backdrop to tell the story of a man pursuing fame and fortune without a moral compass, and the changes that occur when he sees the light. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe. Rev. Bonaventure Okoro, state chaplain of the CDA, will lead a discussion after the film.

NIU Steel Band

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Music Building, on Lucinda Avenue

This free concert will be webcast at www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts.shtml.

'Miss Representation'

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 19

Place: DeKalb Area Women's Center, 1021 State St.

Tickets: DAWC members $5, nonmembers $10

More information: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

A documentary on how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Not recommended for young viewers.

Blood Drive

Time: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Place: First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

Lesson at 7 p.m., followed by three hours of social dancing. No partner required, leather-soled shoes recommended.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, Nov. 7

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

A community wellness professional monitors blood pressure weekly. Receive blood pressure information and a tracking card. No registration necessary.

Candlelight Open House

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: Downtown Genoa

More information: 815-784-6961 or genoamainstreet.com

Downtown merchants will be open late and serving refreshments as they introduce holiday items.

Pet Vaccine Clinic

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: DeKalb County Animal Shelter, 16173 Baseline Road

More information: 877-475-7729

Low-cost vaccines for dogs and cats. Appointment required. Cash and credit only; no personal checks.

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month, second Friday of November; next, Nov. 9

Place: Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St.

Cost: $5

Line dancing by dancers' request. Split floor for couple dances and line dances.

Blood Drive

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Crosswinds Community Church, 13100 Cherry Road

Wonderful World of Christmas Craft Show

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 11

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School

Cost: Adults $1, children 50 cents

Santa will be at the show from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. More than 100 vendors, including food vendors. More than 300 grab bag gifts, more than 100 door prizes and a 50/50 cash raffle. Proceeds support the Genoa-Kingston High School Seniors Scholarship Fund.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Nov. 13

Place: Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St.

Blood Drive

Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: Genoa-Kingston Fire Department, 317 E. Railroad St.

iMatter Farms Fundraiser

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: 301 S. Emmett St., at the corner of Emmett and Church

More information: 815-762-0745 or 815-757-2490 or sites.google.com/site/imatterfarms/

Tupperware, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef and more direct sales companies will be on hand to sell items. There will also be a bake sale and raffles of vendor baskets. Proceeds to help establish iMatter Farms, a residential farm for adults with autism.

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Third Sunday of every month; next, Nov. 18

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Place: Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott St.

HINCKLEY

Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: St. Paul's United Church of Christ

Cost: Adults $10, children 6-12 $5

More information: 815-286-3391 or 815-286-3606

Suppers are available for dine-in or carryout and include homemade desserts.

Self Protection Class

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: Hinckley Community Building

Cost: $18

More information: 815-739-1336 or parksandrec@hinckleyil.com

Learn to avoid confrontation or to defend yourself in a number of situations. For junior high age through adults. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

KINGSTON

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Kingston Friendship Center, 120 S. Main St.

Cost: Adults, $7; children 4 and younger, $3

Eggs cooked to order, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, English muffins, juice, milk and coffee.

KIRKLAND

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Place: Kirkland Fire Department, 3891 Route 72

Kirkland Historical Society

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Place: Olson Funeral Chapel, 309 W. Fifth St.

At the society's annual meeting, Marv Hawbaker, Vernon Johnson and Roger Watson will display and discuss their collections of vintage farm toys.

MALTA

Adults Explore College

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: Kishwaukee College A-225

More information: 815-825-2086 ext. 3430

Information on support services, financial aid and career programs for people considering going back to school.

College Night

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7

Place: Kishwaukee College

More information: 815-825-2086 ext. 2351

Representatives from dozens of colleges will be present with information in the gym. A financial aid presentation will be given at 6 p.m. in Jenkins Auditorium.

MAPLE PARK

Holiday Raffle

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Bootleggers, 107 Main St.

An evening of raffles for meat, gift certificates, sports jerseys and more. Proceeds benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

DeKalb County Retired Teachers' Association

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Place: Acquaviva, 47W614 Route 38

Cost: $27

More information: 815-895-6752

State Sen. Christine Johnson will speak. RSVP by Nov. 8.

SHABBONA

Turkey Dinner

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Shabbona United Church of Christ, 104 E. Navaho St.

Cost: Adults $10, children 5-10 $5

Bazaar of homemade baked goods and country crafts begins at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 – 7 p.m., with carryouts from 4 – 6 p.m. Dinner includes turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied carrots, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and homemade dessert. The event also features live music by Pauline Cultra-Barnes and Jeff Weishar.

SYCAMORE

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 13; next, Nov. 7

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Stories, craft and play for independent 3- to 5-year-olds. Caregiver need not stay with the child, but must stay in the library.

Bingo

Time: Card sales start at 6 p.m.; play begins at 7:15

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Nov. 7

Place: Sycamore Veterans Home, 121 S. California St.

DeKalb Christian Womens Connection Prayer Connection

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: 304 S. Main St.

More information: 815-895-6739

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC Grand Opening

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: 1925 Mercantile Drive

To celebrate its grand opening, the dealership will offer free food, beverages, live music and giveaways. Magic Matt will perform, and there will be valet parking and car washes available.

Pajama Story Time

Time: 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursdays through Dec. 6; next, Nov. 8

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Pajamas welcome at this story time for children 3 to 6. Caregivers do not have to stay with children, but must be available in the library.

Sycamore High School Veterans Day Observance

Time: 7:30 – 10 a.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 9

Place: Sycamore High School

The observance begins by lowering the flag to half-staff. Displays about veterans will be in the cafeteria, and there will performances by student musicians.

Bet on You

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: St. Mary's Memorial Hall

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

More information: kamilla23@comcast.net

A casino night fundraiser for St. Mary's Catholic School. The evening includes casino games and an auction.

'1862'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 10

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

Tickets: $15

More information: 815-895-5762 or sycamorehistory.org

Actors portraying generals Grant, Lee, Stuart, Thomas and Custer and Secretary of War Stanton will discuss the progression of the Civil War 150 years ago. Tickets are available at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St., and at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, 407 W. State St.

'Houdini: His Life and His Legend'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 27

Magician, storyteller and author William Pack will bring to life the true story of legendary magician Harry Houdini. As part of the program, Pack will demonstrate some of Houdini's most famous illusions. Registration is required.

Grandparents Webinar

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Place: DeKalb County Farm Bureau Conference Center

More information: 815-758-8194 or bmacarus@illinois.edu

Because of longer life expectancies, families today have the potential for long-term relationships among multiple generations. This program discusses the roles of grandparents and strategies to enhance the relationships between generations. Registration is required and closes at noon Nov. 12.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through Dec. 11; next, Nov. 13

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Music and stories for children 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.

'How to Host Thanksgiving'

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Place: University of Illinois Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

More information: 815-758-8194 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

Regardless of the number of guests, Thanksgiving dinner requires a lot of planning. An Extension nutrition and wellness educator will share ideas for planning, purchasing, thawing and preparing the turkey and offer recipes to round out the Thanksgiving table. Registration is required and closes Nov. 9.

STEM Cafe: 'Making Stuff Cleaner'

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13

Place: Cabana Charley's, 1470 S. Peace Road

More information: www.niu.edu/stem

People in attendance will learn about new ways science is reducing energy waste and making things more efficient. An expert from Northern Illinois University will give a casual presentation and lead a discussion. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Country Faire

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Blumen Gardens

Cost: $9

More information: 815-762-5513

The DeKalb Christian Womens Connection annual fundraiser includes a lunch, auction and a presentation by author and columnist Annettee Budzban.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: Sycamore Theater, 420 W. State St.

Taste of the Vine

Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 15

Place: St. Mary Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

More information: 815-756-7522

Food, wine and a basket auction benefiting the Kishwaukee United Way.

'30 Minutes to Health'

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 15, 19 and 28

Place: Sheedy Family Chiropractic, 920 W. Prairie Drive

More information: 815-895-3354

A 30-minute presentation on health, wellness and how to improve your lifestyle to reach an optimum level of health.

Katie Meier Cancer Benefit Dinner

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16

Place: St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-895-4477 or www.stjohnsycamore.org/announcements-and-events

Drive-thru dinner includes one pork chop, one chicken breast, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce and roll. Katie has Stage 2b Hodgkin lymphoma and needs a bone marrow transplant. Thrivent Financial will match funds raised at the dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the church, at the downtown Sycamore location of the National Bank & Trust Co. (ask for JoAnn Pumroy or Nancy Schaffer), the Super Dollar Store and Illinois Community Credit Union in Sycamore, the Illinois Community Credit Union in DeKalb, EcoWater and CSR Bobcat in DeKalb.

Moonlight Madness

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Downtown merchants will feature pre-Black Friday sales, and there will be live displays in store windows.

Pamper Me Friday

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16

Place: Sheedy Family Chiropractic, 920 W. Prairie Drive

More information: 815-895-3354

Women are invited for an evening of free massages, refreshments and shopping direct sales vendors like Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple and more. Make your own organic body scrub to take home and enter to win a gift basket.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 Prairie Drive

More information: 815-748-2408

Snake Dissection

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17

Place: Midwest Museum of Natural History

Cost: Members $13, nonmembers $16

More information: 815-895-9777

For those 8 and older; children 8 to 12 must have a guardian present. Everyone will get their own 18- to 24-inch garter snake to dissect. Registration required.

LEGO Day

Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Free, all ages, no registration required. Do not bring your own LEGOs; all LEGOs will be provided.

Blood Drive

Time: 3:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 19

Place: Sycamore High School

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Nov. 8

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

A community wellness professional monitors blood pressure weekly. Receive blood pressure information and a tracking card. No registration necessary.

Open Hands Vendor Night

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8

Place: United Methodist Church, 210 W. Garfield

Vendors such as 1803 Candles, Silpada, Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Thirty One will sell their wares. Proceeds support Open Hands Preschool.

Waterman Winery Vendor Night

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16

Place: Waterman Winery

Cost: $10, includes souvenir glass. Admission without wine tasting $2, includes two raffle tickets

The winery will offer a wine tasting and will host a number of vendors. Proceeds of a raffle of vendor door prizes will support NICE, a food pantry and clothing closet in Lee.

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