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Events for March 13-27

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:53 p.m. CST

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, March 13

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, March 14

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Stories and songs for infants, toddlers and caregivers. A craft time will be held immediately after story time. No registration required.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, March 13

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. March 13 menu is venison sliders with coleslaw and baked beans. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

Going to the Dogs

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Place: Haish Gym, 303 S. Ninth St.

More information: 815-756-8560

A free introduction to dog programs offered by the DeKalb Park District, including obedience, tracking, dog massage and canine good citizen programs. There will also be two rescue organizations with adoptable animals and groomiing advice and demonstrations. There will be raffles, door prizes and children's crafts. Do not bring pets to the event.

Early Childhood Screenings

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday

Dates: March 14 and 15

Place: Tyler Elementary School

More information: 815-754-2361

Free screenings for children from birth through preschool age. Screenings include educational and speech/language components as well as vision and hearing. Call for an appointment.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, March 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Stories, songs and puppet play in Spanish and English for children from infancy through age 5. Translations available.

Computer Help Lab

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 1 – 3 p.m. Friday

Dates: March 14 and 15

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220 or dkplref@dkpl.org

Free, drop-in help lab for people with computer questions.

Homework Help Nights

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, March 14

Place: Neighbors House, corner of Fifth and Pine streets

More information:  815-787-0600 or neighborshouse@frontier.com

Free homework help for students in fourth through 12th grades. Students should bring their homework. No help nights during DeKalb School District 428 school breaks.

'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Time: 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Dates: March 14 – 17 and 21 – 24

Place: Stage Coach Theater, 126 S. Fifth St.

Tickets: $15

More information: www.stagecoachers.com

Stage Coach Players presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera about the final days of Jesus Christ's life and centered on the conflict between Jesus and Judas.

Intro to MS Word

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, March 15

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220 or dkplref@dkpl.org

In Intro to Word I, learn the basic skills to create, edit and print a word document. At 3:30 p.m., Word II picks up where Word I left off to teach additional features like adding tables or clip art to documents. Sign up for one or both online, by email, at the reference desk or by phone.

Lenten Fish Fry

Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in March; next, March 15

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $10, children 10 and younger $6

Buffet includes cod, walleye, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, soup, baked potato, french fries, coleslaw and salad bar. No carryouts.

'Honk!'

Time: 7 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Dates: March 15 – 17

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

Tickets: Adults $12, children younger than 12, $6

More information: cctonstage.com

The Ugly Duckling takes a journey of self-discovery on his way to becoming a beautiful swan in this humorous musical take on the classic children's tale.

Nooks and Crannies: The Library Tour

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, March 15

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Meet at the fireplace at 6:30 p.m. and take an in-depth tour of every corner of the historic building. Light refreshments will be served after the tour.

'A Storybook Ballet'

Time: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: March 15 – 17

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

Tickets: $15 to $25 until Feb. 28; $17 to $27 in March

More information: 815-758-1225 or www.bethfowlerschoolofdance.com

An original dance production inspired by the stories of "Snow White," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast."

ISAC, Your Family and Education

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Northern Illinois University

More information: 800-899-4722 or www.isac.org

Information for families on resources available to make a college education a reality. Parents will learn the process of college admissions and learn from parents who have gone through the process; students will participate in activities to spark their creativity and get them thinking about future aspirations. Call or go online to register.

Welcome Cafe & Community Kitchen

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St.

Pay-what-you-can brunch. Those unable to pay can eat for free. There will be job information from Illinois WorkNet. Transportation is offered from Golden Years Plaza, Safe Passage, Hope Haven, Dresser Court, Eden's Garden and University Village. Transportation will leave Golden Years and Safe Passage at 10 a.m. and all other locations between 10:15 and 10:30.

AARP Tax Aide Free Tax Help

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturdays through April 13; next, March 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library lower level meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220 or dkplref@dkpl.org

Volunteers will assist low- and middle-income taxpayers with tax returns. Bring a photo ID, all tax documents and last year's tax return.

Preventing Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 265 or emilyg@dkpl.org

A free program by the Illinois Comptroller's Office.

'The Passion According to St. Luke'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center

Tickets: Adults $10, 18 and younger $5

More information: 815-758-5432 or www.stmarydekalb.org

Leonardo Defilippis brings his one-man Passion play to DeKalb. The performance, with minimal sets and props, is a word-for-word performance of the Passion story from the Gospel of Luke.

Chill Out: A Child's Guide to Relaxation

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Children ages 6 to 9 and their parents are invited to an interactive workshop led by a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed professional counselor to learn fun ways to unwind, relax and rest, and to recognize cues that it's time to put these techniques to use. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date. Participants are asked to wear pajamas or comfortable clothes; children may bring a stuffed animal.

Girls Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $10 per family

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

For girls 9 to 12 and an adult female relative. The natural physical and emotional changes a young girl experiences can be overwhelming; knowing what to expect can lessen anxiety. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner needed, casual dress, leather-soled shoes recommended. Lesson at 7 p.m., then social dancing until 11.

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Place: Campus Life Building, corner of Lucinda Avenue and Normal Road

Blood Drive

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Place: Swen Parson Hall

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, March 20

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

March 20 menu is chicken kiev with rice pilaf, Normandy blend, fruit, dinner roll and dessert. For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed.

Candidates Night

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Place: City Council Chambers, 200 S. Fourth St.

More information: leagueofdekalbcounty@gmail.com

Audience members planning to submit questions should arrive by 6:20 p.m. Questions should be short and pertain to all candidates, not one specific candidate. Questions can also be submitted via email through March 18. The forum will be broadcast on DeKalb public access Channel 14 and streamed live at www.cityofdekalb.com. Candidates invited are running in Kishwaukee College trustee, regional board of education trustee, DeKalb Township, District 428 school board, park district, mayor, alderman and city clerk races.

Blood Drive

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Barsema Hall, 740 Garden Road

Women Educators Panel

Time: 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. panel discussion

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center

Ankhe Bradley, the executive director of professional development for Rockford Public School District 205, Sylvia Cadena Smith, literacy and education consultant, and Linda Szymanski, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will talk about how their degrees in education from Northern Illinois University led them to careers beyond the traditional classroom.

Heart Palpitations: Anxiety, Stress or the Real Thing?

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Do you ever feel your heart is fluttering, skipping a beat, beating too hard or too fast? Cardiologist Paul Nguyen will talk about the difference between heart palpitations and a heart attack and the tools used in diagnosis. A heart-healthy meal is included in this free program. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Breakfast With the Bunny and 'Hop'

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 23

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: Breakfast and movie: Adults $10, children 12 and younger $7; Movie only: Adults $5, children 12 and younger $3

More information: www.egyptiantheatre.org

Breakfast on stage with the Easter Bunny, then spring-themed games and crafts before a screening of the movie "Hop" at 11 a.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is March 21.

Classical Conversations Informational Meeting

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 23

Place: Panera Bread

More information: throwerls@gmail.com

Classical Conversations is a community of home-school families who teach following a classical model and biblical worldview. Informational meetings are for families interested in learning more about home-schooling or the group.

'All That Glitters'

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 24

Place: Ellwood House Visitors Center

An illustrated romp through costume jewelry styles from the 1830s to the 1970s. See how jewelry styles changed with clothing trends and learn about historical trends like the black jewelry of the 1860s or the popularity of snake motifs.

Blood Drive

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, March 25

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

Boys Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $10 per family

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

For boys 9 to 12 and an adult male relative. The natural physical and emotional changes a young boy experiences can be overwhelming; knowing what to expect can lessen anxiety. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

'Jesus in the Passover'

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Place: Evangelical Free Church of Sycamore-DeKalb

More information: 815-756-8729

A presentation about the Jewish celebration of Passover and connecting the Passover tradition with the Last Supper. Call for tickets.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, March 13

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.

'Acres of Change' Presentation

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Place: Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum, 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Barry Schrader and Terry Martin will present a slideshow on the making of "Acres of Change," a history of DeKalb County from 1963 through 2012.

Mary Todd Lincoln Historical Presentation

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 13

Place: Genoa Public Library

More information: 815-784-2627

A portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln by historical interpreter Laura F. Keyes, postponed from Feb. 20, will be presented. Keyes portrays the former First Lady on the evening of April 14, 1865, as she prepares to attend the theater with her husband. A Q-and-A session follows the performance. For audiences 7 and older.

'Once Upon a Mattress'

Time: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Date: March 15 – 17

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School auditorium

Tickets: Adults $7, students and seniors $5

More information: 815-784-5111, ext. 1301

The GKHS spring musical is a comedic retelling of the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea."

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, March 15

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

Cost: $5

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

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Third Sunday of every month; next, March 17

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, March 19

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

Easter Eggstravaganza

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Sunday, March 23

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

Games, a cookie walk and an egg hunt open to the community. The egg hunt will be broken into age divisions. Children 2 and younger will hunt at 9:15 a.m.; children 3 to 5 at 9:30 a.m.; children 6 to 8 at 9:45 a.m.; and children 9 to 10 at 10 a.m.

Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 23

Place: DeKalb County Animal Shelter, 16173 Baseline Road

Dog and cat vaccines for rabies, distemper, bordetella, Lyme, leptospirosis and FeLV, plus heartworm testing, FeLV/FIV testing, fecal testing and microchipping will be offered. Fees range from $15 to $35. Package deals for multiple vaccinations are also available, as are low-cost heartworm prevention and flea/tick medication. Cash and credit cards only; no personal checks. No residency or income restrictions apply. Appointments are required; call 877-475-7729 to schedule an appointment.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March; next, March 13

Place: Hinckley Public Library

Stories for children 2 to 5.

STEM Outreach: Squishy Circuits

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, March 22

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220

Experiment with Play-Doh, wires and batteries to discover the basic principles of electricity and circuits.

LEGO Day at the Library

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220

KINGSTON

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Five Points Pub, 105 Main St.

Cost: Adults $10, children 12 and younger free

More information: 815-784-6688

Proceeds support local youth sports and high school scholarships through Willard Aves American Legion Post 1010.

BOUNCE

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 24

Place: Crossroads Community Church, 2040 Johnson Court

More information: 815-784-0123 or genoa@crossroadscn.com

Free fun for the family. Inflatable bounce houses, games, face painting, food and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

KIRKLAND

Candidates Night

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Kirkland Fire Station

More information: 815-522-9017

The first half of the program will feature candidates for mayor and village board. The second half will feature candidates for school and library boards. Each candidate will have time to introduce themselves, and will answer questions from a moderator.

MAPLE PARK

Easter Egg Hunt

Time: Noon

Date: Saturday, March 23

Place: 302 Willow St.

More information: 815-827-3362

The Maple Park Library Easter Egg Hunt is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine. The Easter Bunny will pose for photos from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. No registration required.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, March 13

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

Pi Day

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 14

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 26 or www.sycamorelibrary.org

To compete in the Einstein lookalike contest, stop by the children's department between 4 p.m. March 13 and 4 p.m. March 14 and have your photo taken. To compete in the pie tasting contest, drop off homemade pies with recipe card by 9 p.m. March 13. Pies will be tasted by the public beginning at 5 p.m. March 14; voting ends at 5:45 p.m. The pie eating contest will begin at 4 p.m. March 14. Register in advance in the children's department.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, March 16

Place: Public Works Building, 475 N. Cross St.

Items accepted for recycling include anything with a battery or that plugs into a wall; batteries; refrigerators; monitors; scrap metal; cardboard and plastic.

Big Run Wolf Ranch

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St.

Tickets: Members $9; nonmembers $10

More information: 815-895-9777 or www.mmnh.org

Big Run Wolf Ranch is a nonprofit educational facility specializing in the conservation of North American wildlife. The presentation includes a live wolf, coyote, groundhog, skunk and porcupine. Location subject to change. Advance registration required. For ages 8 and up.

History Museum Winter Fundraiser

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: St. Mary's Parish Activity Center, 322 Waterman St.

Tickets: $15

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

The Sycamore History Museum fundraiser will feature a silent auction, desserts, coffee and cash bar. At 7 p.m., re-enactor Derek Evans will give a presentation as former President Theodore Roosevelt. Tickets are available at the museum or at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.

Wheaton & White: An Evening of Original Stories and Songs

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 16

Place: Freight Room, DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

Tickets: $5

More information: kylewhiteink.com or gregwheaton.com

Writer Kyle White and musicians Greg and Kim Wheaton will perform together. White is an author and illustrator whose book of regional essays, "Wisconsin River of Grace," was featured on Northern Public Radio's Winter Book Series. The Wheatons play acoustic guitar, and Kim Wheaton sings story-filled songs.

Seminar for Seniors

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Place: Sycamore Police Department, 535 DeKalb Ave.

A special agent from the Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau will present information on Medicaid scams. Additional safety information will be provided along with an update on the latest scams. For people 65 and older or those involved, personally or professionally, with seniors.

Kindergarten Registration

Time: 2 – 6:40 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Place: Sycamore elementary schools

More information: 815-899-8106 or 815-899-8122

Parents of children beginning kindergarten in the fall should register at their home school. Call the home school to schedule a time for screening and registration. Call 815-899-8106 or 815-899-8122 if you are unsure which school your child will attend. Parents should bring a certified copy of the child's birth certificate, the child's Social Security card and three proofs of residency.

Shamrock Luncheon

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Blumen Gardens, 325 Edward St.

Cost: $9

Special feature by Barry Killian, CFP, who will share information on investments and estate planning. Speaker will be Kathy Ivec, on the topic "Shopper at Heart Finds Real Treasure."

Pay-It-Forward House Volunteer Orientation

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: Pay-It-Forward House

More information: 815-762-4882

Participants will take a tour of the house, learn about the house's mission and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Nothing But Net 3-on-3 Tournament

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 23

Place: Cornerstone Christian Academy, 355 N. Cross St.

Cost: $50 per team. Spectators 4 and older, $2.

More information: 815-895-8522 or www.cornerstonechristianacademy.com

Basketball tournament open to the community. Teams will compete 3-on-3 in the following age divisions: boys 12-13, boys 14-18, men, and girls 12-18. Top teams in each division will receive medals and prizes. Three-point and free-throw contests will begin at noon. Teams can register online until March 19. Proceeds benefit the Cornerstone Christian Academy Sports Boosters.

DeKalb/Sycamore Community Expo

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Place: Sycamore High School Field House

More information: 815-756-6306

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Thursdays; next, March 14

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.

Control Your Cholesterol

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 21

Place: KishHealth Family & Specialty Care

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

Whether your levels are high or normal, lifestyle changes can help you achieve or maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Participants receive a variety of tools and resources to develop healthy habits. If you have cholesterol test results, bring them. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

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