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Events for April 17-May 1

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:33 a.m. CST

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 17

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 18

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

Magic Matt's Family Fun Show

Time: 3 - 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Cortland Community Park, Lions Den

Cost: Free

A magic show for kids of all ages. Concessions, sponsored by Cortland Lions Club, will be available for purchase.

DeKALB

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 17

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. April 17 menu is pancakes, breakfast casserole, sausage and pineapple. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

NIU Puppet Show

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: DeKalb Public Library Youth Services

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

Students from Northern Illinois University's children's literature class will present puppet interpretations of "The Rainbow Fish," "Cat the Cat: Who is That?," "A Very Special Snowflake" and "There's a Bird on Your Head."

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

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 – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

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; 1 – 3 p.m. Friday

Dates: April 17 and 19

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.

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.

Veteran Resources on Campus

Time: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: East side of the Northern Illinois University visitor parking lot

More information: 815-753-0691

There will be a mobile veteran unit from Springfield offering readjustment, PTSD, bereavement, individual and family counseling, plus benefit counseling and referral. The DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission will also be on hand for help with disability or pension claims, VA home loans or health care, burial benefits and survivor benefits.

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.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

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.

Brass Birthday Bash

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 18

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

A brass quintet will perform a program of light classics, swing, Dixieland and popular arrangements in the style of the Canadian Brass.

Computer Basics

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

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

Learn to perform essential tasks using a mouse, a keyboard and the Windows operating system. Register by phone or at the reference desk.

Nooks and Crannies: The Library Tour

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 19

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.

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

'Aladdin Jr.'

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

Dates: April 19 and 20

Place: Huntley Middle School auditorium

Tickets: Adults $5, students $3

Huntley Middle School's spring play, based on the Disney movie.

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.

Indoor Farmers Market and Seed Exchange

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

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

Cost: $1

More than 30 craft and farmers market vendors, plus a used book sale and a plant and seed exchange.

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, salads, 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.

'Mapping: An Artmaking Adventure'

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Dates: Saturday, April 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.

Star Wars Extravaganza

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: DeKalb Public Library and the Egyptian Theatre

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

Activities for all ages: test your knowledge of "Star Wars" trivia, see a demonstration of "carbonite," dig through the trash compactor, show off your blaster and light saber skills, participate in a costume contest and more. Kids can participate in a passport activity for prizes.

Southeast Asia Culture Festival

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Anderson Hall Room 100, NIU

More information: 815-753-1771

Cultural crafts, language lessons, games, music, martial arts and dance performances and samples of food from seven Southeast Asian countries.

Green Lens Community Festival

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

The festival will host free outdoor adventures for families at Lions Park at 9 a.m., a STEM Cafe on tourism and water quality at The Lincoln Inn at 1 p.m. and a screening of the 1972 film "The Lorax" and craft party at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA at 2 p.m.

'Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism'

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 21

Place: Wirtz Hall Room 101, NIU

Author and psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy will explain carnism, the belief system that shapes perceptions of animals so that we love some and eat others. Parental discretion advised for young listeners.

Green Lens Film Festival

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 21

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: $5

Two narratives, four documentaries and two student films on the topic "Our Planet in Focus" will be screened. Audiences can vote to award one film the Audience Choice Award.

Penguin Project Information Meetings

Time: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Monday

Dates: April 21 and 22

Place: First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St.

More information: 815-893-9447 or www.cctonstage.com

Meetings will provide background on the Penguin Project for those interested in participating. You can attend either meeting; it is not necessary to attend both.

Chamber Concert

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 21

Place: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road

More information: 815-756-2905

Chamber music performed on piano, flute, cello and violin.

'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

'Everglades of the North'

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 22

Place: Montgomery Hall Auditorium, NIU

A documentary on the history and future of the Kankakee marsh, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Homework Help Nights

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, April 23

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.

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.

'My Village, My Lobster'

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 23

Place: Montgomery Hall Auditorium, NIU

A documentary on lobster fishing in Nicaragua and the real cost of seafood, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

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.

'Turtle Derby'

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Montgomery Hall Auditorium, NIU

A light-hearted documentary about kids training turtles for an annual race. When some turtles end up on the endangered species list, townspeople must choose between tradition and protection.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

Place: Stevenson North, 1350 N. Stevenson Drive

'How to Start a Successful Child Care Business'

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

Place: 4-C, 155 N. Third St., Suite 300

More information: 800-848-8727 ext. 230

Free workshop for people interested in starting a home-based daycare. Call to register.

Green Night Out

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

Place: Downtown DeKalb

Cost: $5 for film screening

Stores throughout downtown will have food and drink specials, mini-talks on environmental topics, raffles, art exhibits and workshops. At 8 p.m., a screening of the winning films in each category of the Green Lens Film Festival will be held at The Egyptian Theatre.

Tea Party and Fashion Show

Time: Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 26

Place: The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital

More information: 815-748-9258 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

After the fashion show, stay for mini manicures, hair consultations, styling and makeup tips, clothing and breast prosthesis consultations and seated chair massage. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

Ira Flatow

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

More information: www.niu.edu/excellence

Seminar by Ira Flatow of NPR.

Peruvian Folk Performance

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Conexion Comunidad, 637 N. 11th St.

The Peruvian Folk Dance Center of Chicago will perform traditional dances in concert with Peruvian music by Guitarra, Cajon y Zampona.

'Tribute to Houdini'

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: Premium tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 3-12; regular tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 3-12; children younger than 3 admitted free

More information: 815-758-1225 or www.egyptiantheatre.org

"Guinness World Champion escapologist" Mario Manzini will perform a variety of magic tricks, illusions and thrilling escapes in this family-friendly show.

Bible Study Fellowship

Time: 9 – 10:50 a.m.

Dates: May 1 and 8

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

More information: 815-899-9228 or tgruner2@comcast.net

A welcome session for women interested in joining the weekly Bible study. The next session will study the book of Matthew and will begin in September. Child care available for children from birth through kindergarten.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 17

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.

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.

Springathon Summer Camp Fundraiser

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Crosswind Community Church, 13100 Cherry Road

More information: 815-970-3564 or 815-975-2169

A number of craft and other vendors such as WhiteStone Massage, The Pecan Lady and Pink Papaya. Bake sale and lunch available.

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

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

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 23

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

Spaghetti Dinner

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

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

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Evening includes dinner and raffles. Proceeds support the Genoa-Kingston High School boys track team and the Veterans Legacy Fund.

Knights of Columbus Scholarship Breakfast

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: St. Catherine's Catholic Church basement, 340 S. Stott St.

Free-will donations accepted to fund the Knights of Columbus scholarship.

HINCKLEY

'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

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

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

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.

MAPLE PARK

Spring Fling Family Night

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Maple Park fire station, 305 S. County Line Road

Cost: $5 per family

More information: www.mapleparkfunfest.com

Enjoy a night of dancing to music by DJ Vibe, games, activities and food. A hot dog meal is included in the admission cost.

SHABBONA

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.

Mega Big Fish Contest Weekend

Time: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dates: April 20 and 21

Place: Shabbona Lake

More information: 815-824-2581 or www.shabbonalake.com

In one event, compete in contests for fishing muskie, walleye, bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Call or visit website for contest rules and details.

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 22

Place: Indian Creek High School, 506 Shabbona Road

Fay's Pork Chop BBQ Drive-Thru

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 26

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

Tickets: $11

More information: 815-824-2359

Dinner includes a choice of two chops, one chop and a quarter chicken, or a half chicken, with all the trimmings. Call for tickets; leave a message with your name, phone number and number of tickets requested. Proceeds support youth camps, activities and puppet performances.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 17

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

Taste of Spring

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Tickets: $5

More information: 815-895-3456 or www.discoversycamore.com

A progressive wine and appetizer tour that begins at Stomp Shoes and ends at D&D Jewelers. For ages 21 and older. Tickets are available at the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and by phone.

Story Time

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

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 25; next, April 17

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.

Prescription Drug Abuse by Adolescents

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Place: Sycamore High School auditorium

The presentation will focus on issues associated with prescription drug abuse, identifying signs of abuse and ways to help students.

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.

Thrift Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

A variety of toys, games, electronics, clothing and household goods. There will also be a plant sale and a silent auction. Proceeds support ministries of the church.

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.

Pay-It-Forward House Volunteer Orientation

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Pay-It-Forward House

More information: 815-762-4882

Prospective volunteers can tour the house and learn about volunteer opportunities.

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.

Gospel/Bluegrass Concert

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 20

Place: Sycamore Baptist Church

More information: 815-895-2577

Musicians are invited to jam throughout the evening. There will be an audience hymn sing at 6 p.m., and acoustic bluegrass music at 6:30 p.m.

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.

'The Colors of Your Grace'

Time: 5 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday

Dates: April 20 and 21

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

More information: 815-895-1042

The church presents its spring choral celebration.

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.

Cow Eye Dissection

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

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

Cost: Members $13, nonmembers $15

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

For all ages; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults are free for members or $4 for nonmembers. Instructors will help dissectors take apart real cow eyeballs. Registration is required.

Garden Gate to Spring Antique Show

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

Dates: April 26 and 27

Place: Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St.

Cost: $4

More information: 815-895-3737

Garden, architectural and country antiques and accessories. Drawings both days. Light lunch and beverages available. Proceeds benefit area food banks.

Spring Fishing Derby

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Lake Sycamore, at the end of North Cross Street

Cost: Residents $4, nonresidents $5

More information: 815-895-3202 or www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

Door prizes and prizes for first and second place. Competitors must be registered by 9:30 a.m. Advance registration recommended.

For the Love of the Game

Time: 6:30 – 11 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: St. Mary's Memorial Hall, 222 Waterman St.

Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door

More information: sycamoresportsboosters.com

Live music by Red Woody, dancing, refreshments, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets available online and at Castle Bank, the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Sycamore High School and Sycamore Middle School. Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Sports Boosters.

Healthy Kids Day

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 Bethany Road

Games for kids and families, bounce houses, a police dog demonstration and a bike rodeo, in which kids can ride their bikes through Safety Town.

Mother-Son Date Night

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: Four Seasons Sports, 1745 DeKalb Ave.

Cost: Residents $22, nonresidents $27

More information: 815-895-3202 or www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

Boys ages 5 to 9 and their moms can have a night of pizza and bowling with the park district. Everyone receives a participation award and photo. Registration required by April 22.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, April 18

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.

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.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Fourth Saturday of even-numbered months; next, April 27

Place: City lot on Route 30

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

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