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Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:08 a.m. CDT

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  BIG ROCK

Couture Creations Fashion Show

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, May 5

Place: Esther's Place, 201 Route 30

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-786-9313

Fashions by local designer Irina Christensen and hand-dyed silk scarves by Natasha Lehrer.

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 24

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 25

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.

Community Garage Sales and Craft Show

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dates: May 3 and 4

More information: 815-756-4851 or 815-761-7054

Maps will be available. There are typically 100 or more sales.

CRESTON

Salad Luncheon

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: St. John's Lutheran Church

Cost: Adults $5, children $3, children younger than 5, free

More information: 815-825-2319 or 815-895-8275

Luncheon includes a presentation on "God's Presence in Thailand."

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

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 24

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.

'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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 24

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. April 24 menu is French-bread pizza. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

Computer Help! Lab

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

Dates: April 24 – 26

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.

'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.

'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.

Native Plant Sale

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dates: April 25 and 26

Place: Montgomery Hall Auditorium lobby, NIU

Cost: Prairie plants are $4 each, four for $10 or 16 for $38

More information: www.bios.niu.edu

Houseplants and prairie plants for sale. A list of plants can be found online. Proceeds support environmental organizations such as LaMica, Nachusa Grasslands and the Natural Land Institute.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

Place: Stevenson North, 1350 N. Stevenson Drive

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.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 25

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

Opening of "ANTHROTROPISM," an exhibit of metalwork and jewelry inspired and influenced by nature.

'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.

Homework Help Nights

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, April 25

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.

'Evolution of Ballet'

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

Dates: April 25 – 28

Place: Stevens Building O'Connell Theater, NIU

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

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

Five dance pieces demonstrate the evolution of dance from pointe ballet to modern dance.

Nooks and Crannies: The Library Tour

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 26

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.

Intro to Excel I and II

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

From 9:30 to 11, learn the basics of creating workbooks, using formulas and other functions. From 11 to 12:15, Intro to Excel II explores some additional features. Sign up for one or both by phone or at the reference desk.

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.

Intro to Email

Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

Intro to Facebook

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to use the popular social networking site. Email address required. Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

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.

Intro to Word

Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to create, edit and print a document. Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

'Broadway Dreams'

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

More information: www.niu.edu/music

Melissa Dye, an NIU alum with a successful career on Broadway and television, will perform with the NIU Concert Choir and University Chorus. The free concert will be streamed live at www.niu.edu/music/media/webcasts/index.shtml.

'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.

Intro to PowerPoint

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to make business presentations or personal slide shows. Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

#Prayers2Pass

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 30

Place: 900 Normal Road

More information: 815-756-4888 or www.prayers2pass.com

Stop by from 10 to 2 for one-to-one personal short prayers or to write on a prayer wall. Prayer requests can also be made online or via Twitter by tweeting @StPaulsDeKalb with the hashtag #prayers2pass. At 6 p.m., a prayer vigil will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for all of the petitions made throughout the day.

Bright Futures: Fun with Wind Energy

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 30

Place: NIU Engineering Building, 590 Garden Road

More information: niu.edu/stem/community_programs/Bright_Futures.shtml

Demonstrations of how wind energy can be harnessed, and hands-on activities to discover how windmills work and what makes them most effective in generating energy.

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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, May 1

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.

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, May 2

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.

Church Rummage Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dates: May 3 and 4

Place: First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St.

Proceeds to help fund a summer mission trip to Detroit for the youth group and other summer youth activities.

Ellwood Explorers

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 3

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

More information: 815-756-4609 or rnickels@ellwoodhouse.org

Children can listen to the classic poem "Casey at the Bat" read aloud, then do baseball-themed crafts, participate in a group song and have a treat.

DeKalb Hogs Icebreaker Fastpitch Softball Tournament

Time: First game at 6:30 p.m. Friday; championship at 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: May 3 – 5

Place: Katz Park

More information: www.facebook.com/hustlehogs.fastball

Players and teams from six states and five countries compete in a world-class exhibition softball tournament.

Carter, Cabrera, Hilton and Geiger

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 3

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: $22 to $35

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

Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger appear in concert.

Walk for Life

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4

Place: We Care Pregnancy Clinic, Fifth and Pine streets

More information: 815-748-4242 or www.wecarepregnancyclinic.org

The fundraising walk begins and ends at the clinic. Proceeds support the clinic.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, May 4

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.

Community Treasures Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4

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

The fundraising committee for the DeKalb Public Library expansion, the Library Whist Club, the DeKalb Women's Club, Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, Court Immaculate Conception #996 Catholic Daughters of America, Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, the J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, Kathleen Katz and the Barbed Corners Antique Club, the Kiwanis Club of DeKalb, Kishwaukee Kiwanis and The Drama Club will cooperate to offer a sale of antiques and attic treasures. Proceeds support the library expansion.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Romancing the 'Rach'

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children younger than 12, $5

More information: www.kishorchestra.org

The final concert of the orchestra's season will feature music by Rachmaninoff and Liszt. Music director Linc Smelser will present a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. in room 173 of the Music Building.

Transition Planning Committee Ice Cream Social

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, May 5

Place: Hopkins Park Shelter House

More information: 815-756-2000 or 708-232-8721

All middle school, high school and transition students through age 21 with disabilities, their families and friends are invited to socialize and connect with local transition service resources. Games and refreshments will be provided.

'The Benefits of Nutrient-Dense Superfoods'

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 7

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

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

A registered dietitian demonstrates how to incorporate more superfoods into your diet. Samples are provided. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

Swing Dance

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 7

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

Casual dress, no partner required. Leather-soled shoes recommended. Evening begins with a lesson, then social dancing.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 24

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.

AYSO Soccer Registration

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

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

Cost: $95 per player; $30 for U-5

More information: 815-299-3662, www.eayso.org or www.ayso1284.com

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 for the American Legion Riders.

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.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 30

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

Historical Society Garage Sale

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dates: May 2 – 4

Place: Kishwaukee Heritage Society, 622 Park Ave.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, May 4

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.

KINGSTON

Pork Roast Supper

Time: Seatings at 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4

Place: Kingston United Methodist Church, 121 W. First St.

Cost: Adults $9, children $4

Carry-outs and gift certificates available.

KIRKLAND

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 24

Place: Kirkland Fire Department

'Never Cry Wolf!' Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Kirkland Public Library

Listen to stories with wolf characters – wolf vs. pig, wolf vs. boy, wolf vs. rabbit and wolf vs. woodland critters.

MALTA

Social Media Breakfast

Time: 7:45 a.m. check-in

Date: Thursday, May 2

Place: Kishwaukee College Conference Center, Room A220

More information: smbkishfeb2013.eventbrite.com

Learn how content marketing, search-engine optimization and social media work together to strengthen marketing strategies.

Know Your Numbers

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, May 3

Place: Kishwaukee College

More information: 815-748-8962

Free screenings include cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index and waist measurement. Each person can attend only once per year. Registration is required and closes three days before the program date.

SHABBONA

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

Story Time

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

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 25; next, April 24

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.

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.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 24

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

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.

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.

Road to Recovery

Time: 2 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 27

Place: Cabana Charley's

Silent auction, raffles, door prizes and a DJ help raise funds for the Lankfords, a local family burdened by high medical bills due to complications of multiple sclerosis.

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.

The History of Handkerchiefs

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, May 2

Place: Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St.

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

A presentation on the history of handkerchiefs and the stories connected to them. Coffee and cookies provided.

'Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum'

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: May 2 and 3

Place: St. Mary's Parish Activity Center, 244 Waterman St.

Tickets: Adults $5, students $3, children 5 and younger, free

The middle-school students of St. Mary's Catholic School present a musical retelling of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Triple Crown

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 3

Place: Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St.

Tickets: $20

More information: 815-895-2052

An evening of horse racing, bonnet and hat contests, food, drinks, microbrew tastings and live music by the DeKalb Footstompers.  Ticket includes betting tickets for the horse races, entry into the bonnet and hat contest and numerous microbrew samplings.

Sheedy Family Chiropractic Anniversary Celebration

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 4

Place: Sheedy Family Chiropractic, 920 W. Prairie Drive, Suite J

Patient-appreciation celebration marking 56 years in business. Event includes refreshments, games, free massages, raffles, door prizes, $5 adjustments for existing patients, merchandise discounts and free consultations, exams and spinal X-rays for new patients. It will also be the debut of the business' new name, Sycamore Integrated Health.

Cinco de Mayo

Time: 1 – 9 p.m.

Date: Sunday, May 5

Place: Bill Johnson Boulevard, behind Taxco restaurant, 223 W. State St.

More information: 815-895-2545 or sycamorecincodemayo.com

Live music, food vendors, beer garden, margarita bar, folk dancers, eating contests, children's games and activities. Proceeds support local nonprofits.

'Barn Quilts'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 8

Place: Chapel in the Pines, 15165 Quigley Road

Cost: $5

The Sycamore History Museum presents a talk about the barn quilts of Wisconsin.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, April 25

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.

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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