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Events for April 3-17

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 3:05 p.m. CDT

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 3

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, April 4

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

CRESTON

Kumla Dinner

Time: Seatings at noon, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: St. John's Lutheran Church

Tickets: Adults $12, children $6

More information: 815-384-5325 or 815-384-3720

Carryouts will be available from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance by phone or by contacting a church  member. No tickets will be available at the door.

DeKALB

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 3

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, April 3

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.

An Evening With Gene Wolfe

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

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

Wolfe will sign copies of his books until 7:30 p.m., when a discussion of his book "The Shadow of the Torturer" will begin. This is a joint event between the Friends of NIU Libraries and the DeKalb Public Library Science Fiction Book Club.

Composers Concert

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: Northern Illinois University Music Building Recital Hall

Free concert featuring instrumental and vocal music by NIU faculty and student composers. Most works will be performed publicly for the first time.

Ruby Tuesday Community GiveBack Program

Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: Ruby Tuesday, 2370 Sycamore Road

Ruby Tuesday will give 20 percent of your purchase to the library. To participate, pick up a flyer at any of the library service desks and present it to your server on Wednesday, April 3.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Infants through toddler-age children and their parents are invited to the Dragon Carpet for a morning of fun with stories, songs and a craft.

Umbrella Picture

Time: 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 3 or 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Make umbrellas out of pipe cleaner pieces and cupcake liners folded in half. Decorate the page to display a rainy day.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

More information: 815-756-9568, ext. 250

For children in the DeKalb School District in grades 3-5. Those who register receive assistance with homework assignments in all subject areas. Marti Brown, a retired teacher, will tutor. Parents should sign up in advance by using the library website (dkpl.org), phoning 815-756-9568, ext. 250, or signing up at the Youth Services desk at the library. There is a limit of five for each free session.

Bird in a Nest, Bilingual

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Learn how birds make their nests and take home a nest.

Computer Help! Lab

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3 or Thursday, April 4

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Lab will be staffed with an NIU Educational Technology student. No signup required.

Destination Wonder Book Club

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: NIU's Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level Staff Lounge

More information: Contact Steve Roman at 815-756-9868, ext. 280 or stever@dkpl.org

Join the discussion about "The Shadow of the Torturer" by Gene Wolfe. Copies are available at DeKalb Public Library, and refreshments are provided. This discussion is for adults and mature teens.

Walk With Water

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: MLK Commons, Northern Illinois University

More information: www.tdsnfp.org

Walkers ask donors to sponsor them as they walk laps around the commons carrying up to 5 gallons of water, in sympathy with the hardships faced by Tanzanian children who must walk miles each day to collect water for their families. Proceeds benefit Tanzanian Development Support.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: Northern Illinois University Art Museum

An opening reception for "OBJECTIVE/SUBJECTIVE: Mapping as Visual Language," on display through May 24.

Homework Help Nights

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, April 4

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.

Free Running Clinic

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Whether you are an avid runner or thinking about starting, learn from local fitness experts offering information, demonstrations, samples and raffles. Presentation topics include New Runners, Nutrition, Maximizing Performance and Beyond Running. Registration is required.

Montessori Open House

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: DeKalb Montessori House of Learning, 302 Fisk Ave. (St. Mary Church)

More information: 847-812-3653

Learn about preschool and kindergarten programs. Enrollment is open.

Tween Craft: Calder Wire Sculptures

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Limited to 12 participants, ages 10 to 14. Create sculptures with wire. Sign-up ends at 8 a.m. the day of the program.

Classical Conversations Informational Meetings

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursdays, April 4 and 18

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.

'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'

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

Dates: April 4 – 7 and 10 – 14

Place: Stevens Building Players Theatre, Northern Illinois University

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

More information: 815-753-1600 or www.niu.edu/theatre

Class warfare, child custody and personal courage are a few of the themes touched upon in this Bertolt Brecht play based on the Biblical tale of King Solomon and the baby.

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, April 4

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547 or http://thehousecafe.net

Monthly blues jam. Come to listen or to play. All-ages show.

Rock Against Rape

Time: 8 – 11 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: Diversions Lounge, Holmes Student Center

Local musicians perform in a concert that inspires and rocks against sexual assault. Old cell phones and cell-phone equipment will be collected for donation to the national headquarters for rape crisis centers.

Internet Intro

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

Place: DeKalb Public Library Meeting Room

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

Hands-on computer class teaching the basics of using the Internet.

Nooks and Crannies: The Library Tour

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

Place: DeKalb Public Library, meet at the fireplace

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

Enjoy an in-depth tour of the historic building. No need to sign up for the free tour.

Solo Piano Recital

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

Guest pianist Ashlee Mack will perform.

Finn Hall History

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

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

RSVP: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

A panel discussion of the research by sociology professors and graduate students from Northern Illinois University that led to historic landmark status for Majakka Hall, the Finnish Temperance Society meeting hall in old DeKalb's "Finn Town."

ReuseApalooza3

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

NIU's Green Paws Environmental Alliance hosts an event to promote “re-purposing.” ReuseApalooza3 will feature local artists/vendors that specialize in reusing items for their artistry, live art, a petition-signing to ban plastic water bottles in vending machines on NIU’s campus, and an evening highlighting local, national and multi-faceted music.

DEF Comedy Night

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: $25

More information: www.egyptiantheatre.org

ComedySportz will showcase the improvisational talents of the longest-running improv group in Chicago. There will be lots of audience participation; unlike past years, there will not be silent or live auctions. Doors open at 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available in the lobby. Proceeds benefit the DeKalb Education Foundation.

Feed'em Soup Spaghetti Fundraiser

Time: Lunch seating, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (late arrivals welcome; RSVP); dinner seating, 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 5

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

Cost: $10, children younger than 5 eat free. Tickets available at the door or in advance online at www.feedemsoup.org/spaghetti-fundraiser/

More information: Contact Derek Gibbs at dgibbs@feedemsoup.org or 815-310-0903

Serving garlic bread and vegetarian-friendly marinara sauce with spaghetti; meat lovers can add meatballs. Carry-out orders available. All proceeds benefit Feed'em Soup.

AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Help

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: DeKalb Public Library Meting Room

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

Assistance provided on a first-come, first-served basis to low- and middle-income taxpayers. Bring a photo ID, all tax documents and last year's return.

Rookie Rugby Clinic

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: NIU Anderson Rugby Fields

Cost: $5 CIPP fee for touch game

More information: Rose DiBalsamo, 773-612-6192, rdibalsamo@yahoo.com

Learn and play with Northern Illinois University's Division 1 men's and women's rugby teams. For ages 13 and younger. Refreshments provided.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, April 6

Place: City lot 3, corner of Grove and South Fourth streets

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

Welcome Cafe & Community Kitchen

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, April 6

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.

'Mapping: An Artmaking Adventure'

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Dates: April 6, 13 and 20

Place: Northern Illinois University Art Museum

More information: 815-753-1936 or hgreen2@niu.edu

A workshop for children ages 9 to 12. Space is limited; registration is required.

Lakota Drum Circle

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 7

Place: Unitarian Universalist Church, 158 N. Fourth St.

More information: dkenney53@hotmail.com

An authentic Lakota drum circle will perform ceremonial songs and talk briefly about the meaning and significance of the songs.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 7

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbgallery.com

Opening reception for the photo exhibit "Journeys: Near and Far."

Spring Steel Pan Concert

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 7

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

More information: 815-753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu

Free concert by the NIU Steelband and All University Steelband, featuring guest Robert Greenidge. It will also be streamed live at www.niu.edu/music.

Answers to Questions About Diabetes

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 9

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-3962 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

Discuss your questions with a certified diabetes nurse and dietitian educators. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date. Bring questions or email them in advance to diabeteseducators@kishhospital.org.

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis with Dr. Alghafeer

Time:6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful autoimmune disorder that typically occurs in joints on both sides of the body such as hands, wrists or knees. Join Rheumatologist, Ibrahim S. Alghafeer, MD, to learn about how this painful condition differs from osteoarthritis and available treatment options. Registration is required and closes three days before the program. A minimum number of participants is required. Class size is limited.

Women's Self-Defense Workshop

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

Place: DeKalb Area Women's Center

Cost: $5

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

Watch demonstrations, then practice techniques to stay safe. Wear comfortable clothing. RSVP requested.

DeKalb High School Art Show

Time: 5 p.m.

Dates: April 15 – 18

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Look Good ... Feel Better

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 15

Place: The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital

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

Presented in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council Foundation, Professional Beauty Association and National Cosmetology Association. This free program teaches beauty techniques to women or girls who are undergoing cancer treatment to help combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Learn tips for skin care, makeup, hair care and wigs. All participants receive a free kit of cosmetics vValued up to $200. Registration is required and closes three days before the program. A minimum number of participants is required. Class size is limited.

Men's Poker Night

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 15

Place: The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital

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

Men who have been impacted by cancer are invited to an evening of fun, laughs and cards. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, a card shark or a novice, join a free evening of respite and friendship around the poker table. Dinner is provided. Registration is required.

Diabetes Get Togethers

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Place: Diabetes Education Classroom, Suite 202, Kishwaukee Community Hospital

More information: 815-748-8378 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

Learn from others' experiences and share your own. All persons with diabetes, their family and friends are welcome. Free class; no registration required.

Youth & Family Volunteer Fair

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Place: Hopkins Park Community Center

More information: 815-756-8601

Youth in grades 6 through 12 and their families can learn about volunteer opportunities with local nonprofit organizations.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

Casual dress, no partner needed. The evening begins with a lesson for beginners, then several hours of social dancing.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 3

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.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 9

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

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, April 6

Place: City Hall east lot

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

Russell Hustle 5k and Fun Run

Time: Check-in at 7:30 a.m.; 5k at 9 a.m.; 2k at 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Russell Woods Forest Preserve

Cost: $25 before March 31; $30 after

The 5k run travels trails through native timber and prairie along the Kishwaukee River. Some trails are rustic and have steep inclines. The 2k run/walk travels flat, even trails through the woods. Run goes on rain or shine. There will be a water stop at the halfway point of both trails.

Bunco for Breast Cancer

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Oak Club

Tickets: $30

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., with bunco beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Speciality Gifts, 133 W. Main St. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold the day of the event. The event includes a light supper and 19 raffle baskets.

Brown Bag Lunch

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum, Route 72

More information: Call 815-784-5559 or email kvhs@atcyber.net

Larry "Smooth Lips" Powell will bring a variety of harmonicas to play some tunes. Bring a lunch; drinks and desserts provided. No charge; donations welcome.

HINCKLEY

Community Trivia Night

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock High School

Teams of up to five members are invited to compete in a trivia battle. Register by emailing a list of players, with designated captain, to hbr.academicbowl@gmail.com by April 8.

Game Night for Grown-Ups

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

Place: Hinckley Community Building

More information: 815-286-3220

Anyone 16 or older is invited to play games. Bring a favorite game or come to learn a new one.

KIRKLAND

Pork Chop Dinner

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Kirkland Lions Hall, 408 S. Fifth St.

Cost: $8 for a two-chop dinner, $6 for a one-chop dinner

Dinners include chops, beans, bread, applesauce and drink. Proceeds fund the projects of the Kirkland Lions Club.

Kirkland Historical Society Meeting

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Kirkland Olson Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St.

The program will be about Northern Illinois Indian Artifacts with Bob Hough. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. 

MALTA

'Far As the Eye Can See'

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: Kishwaukee College Jenkins Auditorium

A free performance of Pippa White's one-woman show that brings to life the prairie and its people: the pioneers who crossed and later settled it, the brave people of the Dust Bowl, the Native Americans who struggled to keep it.

'The Story of the Orphan Train'

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: Kishwaukee College Jenkins Auditorium

A free performance of Pippa White's one-woman show on the history of the orphan train. Fending for themselves on the streets of New York, between 200,000 and 500,000 homeless children were given a chance at a new life by taking the orphan train to the Midwest in search of new families.

MAPLE PARK

March Madness Raffle

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: Bootlegger's, 107 Main St.

Tickets: $5 each or five for $20

Winners of the grand prize – a Vizio 42-inch LCD HD smart TV with Wi-Fi – and second prize – Wii U Deluxe –will be drawn at halftime of the second game. Need not be present to win. There will be other raffles throughout the night, including a 50/50 raffle and raffles for meat, gift certificates and cash. Proceeds benefit St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

SHABBONA

Meet the School Board Candidates

Time: 7 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

Place: Indian Oaks Country Club

The Indian Creek Education Association is hosting a meet the school board candidates night. The event includes an introduction and an hour meet and greet to ask candidates specific questions. The following people are running: Vaughn Boehne, James Hicks, Peter E. Senkowski, Kelsy Hart, Paul Delisio and Cheryl Palombo. Refreshments will be available.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 3

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

Toddler Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April 23; next, April 9

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Story time for children 18 months to 3 years old with a caregiver.

Story Time

Time: 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7 p.m. Thursdays

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 25; next, April 3

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Story time for independent 3- to 5-year-olds. Caregivers do not stay in the room for story time but must remain in the library.

Think Spring! Brown Bag Lunch

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, April 4

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

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

Local gardener Deborah Smith will talk about gardening.

Sit with an Artist at Taxco

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 4

Place: Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St.

The Artist Co-op of Art Attack will have co-op members Spencer Siebeck and Mark Kryger. Spencer, a talented high school student, will present two of her skulls and two of her drawings to do art talks and a  current project as her demonstration. Kryger focuses on a variety of functional forms thrown on the pottery wheel. He will present five or six works for display and art talk.

Spring Thrift Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – noon Saturday

Dates: April 5 and 6

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

More information: 815-895-9113 or www.sycamoreumc.org

Annual spring thrift sale featuring clothes for men, women and children, toys, shoes, jewelry, books, household items, linens, crafts and supplies, seasonal decorations, antiques, puzzles, DVDs and miscellaneous items. Proceeds help to fund church missions.

Community Shred Event

Time: 8 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: DeKalb County Administration Building, 110 E. Sycamore St.

More information: 815-895-7149

The county clerk's and circuit clerk's offices will host free shredding of sensitive documents. There is no identity check and no limit on documents.

Spring Wine Tasting

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Place: Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St.

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

More information: lundeenliquors1@aol.com

Sample a variety of wines and appetizers and receive a take-home wine glass.

HelpHOPELive for Dawn Horn
Time: 6:30 – 11 p.m. Date: Saturday, April 6 Place: Four Seasons Sports Tickets: $15

Bowling, live music, raffles, food and door prizes. Proceeds will help to offset costs from Dawn Horn's stem cell transplant not covered by insurance. Tickets available at Land of Learning Child Care, by phone at 815-756-6829 or at the door. To donate without buying a ticket, visit www.helphopelive.org and search for Dawn Horn under Find a Patient.

Book Quest

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 7

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Children in third through fifth grade are invited to share stories they have written.

Career Works: Jump Start Your Job Search

Time: 2 p.m.

Dates: Second Monday of each month; next, April 8

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Each month, a different speaker presents ideas to help with job searching. There is also time to network with other searchers.

Tale Weavers: Rapunzel

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 8

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Storyteller Bruce Wallace will tell the story of Rapunzel, and Linda Braun will then read a Rapunzel book from the library's collection. Snack, craft and discussion finish the hour. No registration required.

Whole Grains: Good and Good for You

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Place: Hyvee Club Room

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

This class focuses on the basics of whole grain cookery and the benefits of whole grains. Join Jo Cessna, Healthy Culinary Instructor, to learn a variety of applications using whole grains in breakfasts, side and main dishes. The fee is $10 per person. Registration is required and closes five days before the program. A minimum number of participants is required.

Community Flea Market

Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

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

Cost: Free to attend, $20 for booth space

More information: 815-895-3726, ext. 2

Booth space of 10-by-10 feet is available for $20. Tables can be rented for an additional $5 on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone can rent space to sell items such as crafts, direct-sales products or garage-sale items. Proceeds benefit a high school youth group mission trip through St. Mary's.

Dia de los Ninos

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Families are invited to see a traditional Filipino dance at 11 a.m. and traditional Mexican dances at 2 p.m. The event also includes cookies, punch and activities celebrating literacy and diversity.

Spring Babies Petting Zoo

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

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

Cost: $3 per person plus museum admission

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

Meet baby chicks, ducklings, bunnies, goats and lambs. Visits in 15-minute increments.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, April 4

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.

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