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Events for April 10 – 24

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:26 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:09 p.m. CDT

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 10

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 11

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

DeKALB

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 10

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. April 10 menu is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 10

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.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 10

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.

Computer Help! Lab

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 1 – 3 p.m. Friday

Dates: April 10 – 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library, Youth Services Department

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

Walk-in help with computer or software problems or questions.

'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'

Time: 7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: April 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.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Stories, songs and puppet play in both Spanish and English for children up to age 5. Translations available.

'Music in a Political Turmoil: Musicians' Reactions to the Syria Uprising 2011-12'

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: NIU Music Building Room 202

Artist-in-residence Essam Rafea, a renowned Syrian composer and music educator, and Aboud Agha, a Syrian-born graduate student in music, will give a lecture open to the public.

Star Wars Origami

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 280 or stever@dkpl.org

Fold, bend and twist paper into your favorite "Star Wars" characters. For DeKalb-area teens only.

Wheelchair Basketball Game

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: NIU Convocation Center

More information: 815-753-9714 or smilan@niu.edu; or 815-753-6508 or glong@niu.edu

The Rockford Chariots will take on the Chicago Hornets in this free game.

NIU Jazz Ensemble with Sean Jones

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center

More information: 815-753-1546 or 815-753-0643

Performance is free, but ticketed. Group tickets can be reserved by phone; single tickets available at the door.

'The Drowsy Chaperone'

Time: 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: April 11 – 14

Place: DeKalb High School auditorium

Tickets: Adults $10, students, seniors and children $5

DeKalb High School presents its comedic spring musical. Students at DHS, Clinton Rosette or Huntley middle schools admitted free with student ID.

Drive 4UR School

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

Place: DeKalb High School parking lot

Each time a driver 18 or older test-drives a new Ford, Drive 4UR School will donate $20 to the DeKalb Music Boosters, up to $6,000.

Irish Music Workshop

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

Place: NIU Music Building Room 171

Glynnis White will share her fieldwork research of Irish music, with a focus on the pedagogical aspects of the Irish tradition and a live music performance.

Nooks and Crannies: The Library Tour

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

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.

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.

Intro to Email

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

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

Signing up for a free email account, logging in, writing, editing, sending and saving emails.

Rummage Sale

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third St.

Large and small household items, but no clothing. Proceeds support the church building fund.

Try Scuba for Persons with Disabilities

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: NIU Anderson Hall pool

More information: 815-528-7753, info@freedomdiversinternational.org or www.freedomdiversinternational.org

People with disabilities and their families are invited to submerge and explore new freedom through scuba. The weightlessness of being underwater allows people with disabilities to interact in new ways. Registration is required. Each participant will be assigned a 30-minute time slot when they register for the free program, to reduce the need to wait. Anyone diving must have a medical release from their doctor to participate.

'Mapping: An Artmaking Adventure'

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Dates: Wednesdays, April 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.

Community Gardens Orientation

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: South Fifth and Franklin streets, behind the DeKalb Municipal Building

Members of the DeKalb County Community Gardens and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will share information about building a raised bed garden, starting a garden from seed, and about the mission of the community gardens, which aim to reduce hunger in DeKalb County through raising vegetable gardens.

Free Live Radio Play

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

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

More information: www.stagecoachers.com

A free, old-time production of two radio detective stories, featuring fictional detectives Nick Danger and Harry Nile. Fun shows with real sound effects and music.

Computer Basics

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: DeKalb Public Library meting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

In the first hour, learn to perform basic tasks using a mouse, keyboard and the Windows operating system. At 3:30, practice saving and finding files and moving files around on the computer. Register by phone or at the reference desk.

Intro to Word

Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

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

From 1:30 to 3, learn the basics of creating, editing and printing a document in Microsoft Word. From 3 to 4:30, Word II picks up where Word I left off, teaching additional features of word. Sign up for one or both parts of the class by phone, by email or at the reference desk.

World Music Concert

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 14

Place: Boutell  Memorial Concert Hall

Free concert featuring Balinese gamelan and dance, Chinese silk and bamboo music, Middle Eastern, Indian and Irish music and Afropop. Some musicians will participate in an improvisational project in which musicians of different traditions interact and spontaneously combine their music.

Spring Salad Bar Luncheon

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 15

Place: St. Mary cafeteria, Fourth Street and Fisk Avenue

Cost: $8

Menu includes meatballs, ham, baked beans, salads, desserts, coffee and lemonade. Carryouts are available. Handicapped-accessible entrance on the Fisk Street side.

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

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 valued up to $200. Registration is required and closes three days before the program.

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.

Learning to Connect: Relating to Persons with Alzheimer's

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library conference room

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

Insight into dementia and its effect on communication and behavior, with techniques that can make visiting someone with dementia more comfortable and meaningful. Registration required.

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.

Homework Help Nights

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, April 16

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 Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, April 17

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

April 17 menu is teriyaki chicken with jasmine rice and stir-fried vegetables. For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed.

Happiness Through Laughter

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Laughter inspires creativity, boosts immunity, eases pain and helps build emotional connections. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

AARP Driver Safety Course

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dates: April 17 and 18

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

Cost: AARP members $12, nonmembers $14

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

Two-session classroom refresher for drivers 50 and older. No driving test. Students receive a certificate of completion for auto insurance discount. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

April Showers Bring May Flowers Dinner

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: DeKalb Area Retirement Center-Oak Crest, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive

Cost: $9

RSVP: 815-762-5513

Sponsored by the DeKalb Christian Women's Connection. Speaker Rana Kosten will talk about Pilates. The special speaker will be Teresa Crystal, who will present "To the Army and Beyond: A Soldier's Fight for True Freedom."

'Art a la Carte: Decorative Imagery in Maps, 1500-1800'

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315

A lecture by Gerald Brauer, a local map collector and historian.

Classical Conversations Informational Meeting

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 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.

Sudden Cardiac Death: How Serious Is It?

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of natural death in the U.S. Cardiologist Paul Nguyen and his staff will review the causes, signs and follow-up care. Heart-healthy meal provided. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Blood Drive

Time: Noon – 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 19

Place: Lincoln Hall, 1151 Lucinda Ave.

Convo Clean Sweep Flea Market and Garage Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: April 19 and 20

Place: Northern Illinois University Convocation Center

Admission: $2

Seller space is $25 for individuals or $50 for businesses; registration due by April 15.

Neighbors' House 5k

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Hopkins Park

Cost: $30

More information: www.neighborshouse.org or 815-787-0600

The 3.1-mile nature trail course begins and ends in Hopkins Park. Proceeds benefit Neighbors' House literacy and academic enrichment programs throughout DeKalb County.

Divas Dish for Glidden Homestead

Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center

Tickets: $30 each or two for $50 (partially tax-deductible)

More information: 815-756-7904 or www.gliddenhomestead.org

Local "celebrity" chefs will serve a variety of family recipes for appetizers, soups, slads, entrees and desserts. The evening will include a silent auction. Proceeds support the historic Glidden Homestead in DeKalb. Tickets available at all Castle Bank locations, the Daily Chronicle, Dolce Vita, Sweet Dreams Desserts, by phone and from homestead board members.

'Chernobyl, Fukushima, Iran & North Korea: A Planet is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Proliferation and a Road Map for U.S. Energy Policy'

Time: 7:15 – 9 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 22

Place: Riley Courtroom, Swen Parson Hall Room 170, NIU

More information: 815-753-1098 or kzickterman@gmail.com

David Kraft will deliver a lecture on the effects of nuclear energy on the planet. Kraft is the director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service in Chicago. The public is welcome; on-campus parking is free after 7 p.m.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 22

Place: Grant South, 1221 N. Douglas Drive

Wooden Box Theater 'The Fast and the Furious'

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $5 at the door

An evening of music, theater and fashion inspired by the movie "The Fast and the Furious." Dress code is semiformal.

Girls Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 23

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 physical and emotional changes a young girl experiences can be overwhelming; knowing what to expect can make the transition easier. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

Time: All day

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center

4-C Annual Meeting

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Place: Hopkins Park Terrace Room

Cost: $25

More information: 815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 221

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care's annual meeting begins with a half-hour of socializing, then dinner at 6 p.m.

NIU Outstanding Graduate Student Reception

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Place: Altgeld Hall Auditorium

'Maps: From Geography and Navigation to Art and Consumption'

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315

Guest speakers James R. Akerman and Diane Dillon from the Newberry Library in Chicago will deliver a comprehensive lecture on cartography.

'Father of Virtual Reality'

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center

More information: 815-753-8154

Jaron Lanier – author, computer scientist, composer, digital media pioneer and known as the "father of virtual reality" – will speak and sign copies of his books.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 10

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.

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: $30

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.

Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N. State Road

Cost: Adults $7, children $5, children 5 and younger eat free

Blood Drive

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 15

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 16

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

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.

Post Everlasting Ceremony

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

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

More information: lmlm1970@mchsi.com

The DeKalb County American Legion Council invites the public to a ceremony to recognize any veteran from DeKalb County who died in the past 12 months. Submit veteran names via email.

Cub Scout Pack 117 Spring Round-Up

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: Davenport Elementary School cafeteria

More information: 815-342-8137

Boys in first through fifth grade are invited to learn about Cub Scouting from current scouts and leaders.

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, April 19

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

Cost: $5

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

Swing into Spring Jazz Extravaganza

Time: 5 – 11 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Genoa-Kingston Middle School

Cost: $7; dinner-dance packages available by preorder for $15

More information: Call 815-784-5111, ext. 1314

The 20th annual Swing into Spring Jazz Extravaganza, a community dance presented by the Genoa-Kingston Fine Arts Boosters. Performances by middle school and high school jazz ensembles and the Lakes Area Swing Band. Raffle and dance tickets available in advance from band members or at the door.

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Third Sunday of every month; next, April 21

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

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 compete in a trivia battle.

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.

Birthday Open House

Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 15

Place: Hinckley Public Library

A celebration of the library's centennial, with cupcakes, coffee and punch.

'Lasagna Gardening and Beyond'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Hinckley Public Library

Kindergarten Round-Up

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School

More information: 815-286-3400

All children who will attend kindergarten at H-BR this fall and their parents can meet the teachers and see the classrooms in this open house. Those who have already registered will be assigned a time to stop by; those who have not registered can arrive at any time during the hour. Those unable to attend should call the school.

Historical Society Dinner & Auction

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock High School

Tickets: $20

More information: 815-286-7434

Silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Live auction after dinner Dinner includes pork medallions, bacon-wrapped chicken, baked potato, salad, roll and cheesecake. Proceeds support the Hinckley Historical Society. Tickets are available at the historical society museum, Resource Bank, Hinckley Public Library, Jack and Jina's BP, South Moon BBQ and from society members.

KINGSTON

Community Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

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

Cost: $7; children younger than 4 $3

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

Taste of Girl Scouts

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

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

More information: 815-970-3875

Girls who will be in the Genoa-Kingston or Kirkland Hiawatha school districts this fall are invited to see what Girl Scouts is all about. There will be information and activities for scouting levels from kindergarten through 12th grade, snacks and a take-home information packet.

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. 

Family Dance

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Kirkland Fire Station

Tickets: $2.50

More information: 815-757-0616

Children in fourth grade and younger are invited to bring their parents for a daddy/daughter/mother/son dance sponsored by the Kirkland Youth and Community Organization. Advance tickets recommended; space is limited. Call for tickets.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Kirkland Fire Department

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.

Ladypalooza

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Kishwaukee College Conference Center

Cost: $25

More information: 815-758-5508 or wholept.com/ladypalooza

Women of all ages can learn more about their bodies and enhance their well-being in a fun, entertaining way. Doctors, physical therapists, pharmacists and alternative care providers address a variety of topics, including heart health, foot pain, sexuality and nutrition. There are six informational sessions; each registrant can choose three. There will also be vendors, free screenings and chair massages. Lunch included.

SHABBONA

Pancake and Sausage Supper

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Place: Shabbona Fire Barn, 103 E. Navaho St.

Tickets: Adults $6, children 6 and younger $2

Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds support the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum.

Indian Creek Children’s Clothing, Equipment & Toy Resale

Time: 9 a.m. - noon, half price 1 - 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Shabbona Elementary Gymnasium, 301 W. Cherokee St.

More information: Email Lyndsey at ShabbonaEPCSale@gmail.com

The Shabbona Elementary EPC will host a resale of gently-used children’s items including spring/summer children’s clothing (infant-juniors size 5), formal attire, baby equipment and furniture, coats,shoes, outdoor equipment, bikes and riding toys, educational items, games, electronic toys, videos/DVDs, books and bedding. No strollers allowed.

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 22

Place: Indian Creek High School, 506 Shabbona Road

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 10

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

Story Time

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

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 25; next, April 10

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.

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.

Artist Co-op Art Show

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 16

Place: The Art Attack

There will be several new artists, as well ast he return of Fae Lynch. Snacks will be served.

Truman's Ridge

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

A performance by this band, which plays classic bluegrass with jazz influences. A free-will donation for the band will be taken after the concert.

Team Zakk Attakk Fundraiser

Time: Noon

Date: Sunday, April 14

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

Tickets: $10 at the door

More information: 815-501-0320

Support Team Zakk Attakk's Race to Wrigley. Proceeds benefit the Zakk Carrier Fund. Event includes a silent auction, raffles, food and a cash bar.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April 23; next, April 16

Place: Sycamore Public Library

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

Hands Around the Courthouse

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: DeKalb County Courthouse

The Children's Advocacy Center invites members of the community to join hands in a circle around the courthouse as a statement against child abuse.

Walk to End Child Abuse

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Walk begins at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse and ends at the DeKalb County Courthouse, weather permitting

Cost: $15

More information: 815-758-8616 ext. 208

The Children's Advocacy Center hosts this walk to raise awareness of child abuse and to raise funds to support the center's programs.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, April 20

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.

radKIDS Self-Defense Workshop

Time: Elementary school students 2 – 3 p.m.; middle and high school students 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Kishwaukee Family YMCA

Cost: $5

More information: www.kishymca.org

This Resisting Aggression Defensively program teaches boys and girls how to stand up for themselves and others. Parents can accompany children at no additional cost. The workshop includes identifying and avoiding potentially dangerous situations, bully prevention and self-protection strategies and techniques. Students should wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes. Registration is required; space is limited.

Reuse-Recycle Day

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 33 or katied@sycamorelibrary.org

Items accepted for recycling include books, magazines, scrapbooks, VHS tapes, DVDs and CDs.

LEGO Day at the Library

Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 21

Place: Sycamore Public Library

For all ages; children should be accompanied by an adult. Play and build with LEGOs in the children's department. LEGOs are provided; do not bring LEGOs from home.

Spectacular Sound Show

Time: 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Discovery Center of Rockford presents a series of auditory science experiments in this show. Hear metal rods sing, visualize vibrations, watch fire dance to music and get an earful of a really loud boom.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, April 11

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.

Mediacom Customer Event

Time: 2 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Place: Waterman fire station, 160 N. Cedar St.

Representatives from Mediacom will answer questions about the upcoming digital switch and will distribute digital converters to customers who need one.

The Garden of Renewal and Hope

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

Place: Waterman Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Cedar St.

More information: 815-264-3979 or sjhipple23@gmail.com

The program will feature several speakers focusing on human trafficking around the world, including in the United States. Participants can also buy products sold by organizations that offer safe houses and employment for survivors of human trafficking. Cash or check only. To see some of the products offered, visit nightlightinternational.com.

Old Fat Guy Idol

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Pub West, 100 E. Adams St.

More information: www.oldfatguyidol.com

Larry Meredith, Chuck Wesenberg and Bob Strausberger, Waterman High School alumni and longtime friends, will each sing, and the audience will vote for their favorite singer by putting money in his donation jar. The singer who collects the most money wins. Donations benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to End Breast Cancer. The evening includes raffles, food and live music all evening.

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