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Town Crier Events for July 17-31

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:44 p.m. CST

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, July 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: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Thursdays

Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday; next, July 18

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

Movie Matinee

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Every Friday; next, July 19

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Lunch & Listen

Time: Noon – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 23

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 17

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services department

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

Infants, toddlers and caregivers are invited to a morning of stories, songs and crafts.

Victim Advocacy Services On the Move

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday through Aug. 14; next, July 17

Place: MLK Commons, Northern Illinois University

More information: 815-753-0320

Victim Advocacy Services advocates go outside to educate the community about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Advocates debunk stereotypes and myths and lead advocacy projects.

E-Book Help Lab

Time: 1 – 9 p.m.

Date: July 17 and 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services department

More information: 815-756-9568, ext. 220

Get help downloading e-books to e-readers or mobile devices. DeKalb Public Library cardholders can check out Kindles or Nooks.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 17

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. July 17 menu is pork chops. 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, July 17

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

July 17 menu is pork chops with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, herbed green beans, fruit, a dinner roll and dessert. For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed.

Illinois Jones: Raiders of the Lost Books

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 17

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services department

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

Travel the mysteries of Illinois: talk to Abe Lincoln, see lead turned into gold, discover the mysterious thunderbird, meet a Big Muddy Mud Monster and more. Family show with audience participation.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services department

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

Story time for children 5 and younger. Stories, songs and puppet play in both Spanish and English; children can learn and appreciate stories and songs in a different language. Translations available.

Farmers Market

Time: Noon – 6 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through Sept. 26; next, July 18

Place: Van Buer Plaza, North Second and Locust streets

KishHealth Laboratories Open House

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

Place: KishHealth Laboratories Patient Service Center, 2111 Midlands Court, Suite 202 (Midwest Orthopaedic building)

More information: www.kishhospital.org/laboratory

An open house of the new patient service center will include tours and refreshments.

'Red Herring'

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: July 18 – 21

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

Tickets: Adults $12, children $9

More information: www.stagecoachers.com

Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.

Brother Sun Trio

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

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

Tickets: $15

More information: www.brothersunmusic.com or 815-793-0950

Male folk trio will perform a blend of folk, Americana, blues, pop and jazz.

Salsa Night

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

Place: The House Cafe

Cost: $5

Lesson begins at 8 p.m., then social dancing.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Golf Outing

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, July 19

Place: Sycamore Golf Club

Cost: $25 to $550

More information: 815-756-3728, contact@kishorchestra.org or www.kishorchestra.org

Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and silent auction begin at 5:45 p.m. There will be raffles and awards. There are six levels of participation, ranging from $25 for an individual dinner only to $550 for a foursome with cart, tee signs, cart signs, balls, mulligans, lunch and dinner.

Summer Under the Stars: Calling All Comets

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 19

Place: Latourette Hall Room 200, Northern Illinois University

More information: 815-753-1201 or www.niu.edu/stem

STEM Outreach and the Davis Hall Observatory will talk about the two bright comets that will pass Earth this year and give a discussion on the history and properties of comets. After the presentation, all are invited to visit the observatory.

Let's Dance Big Band Weekend

Dates: July 19 – 21

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University

More information: justmakeithappen-dekalb.com or 815-758-1093

Dances from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. All dances feature live orchestras. Dance lessons are available for $6 per person/per lesson. Cost is $25 per person/per dance to dance; $40 per person/per dance for dance and food; or $115 per person for all three dances with food. Listening-only balcony tickets are available for $5. Registration forms are available online.

Local Flavors Dinner

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 19

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

Tickets: $12

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

All of the food served at the dinner is sourced within 50 miles of DeKalb. Ingredients will be provided by Montalbano Farms of Sandwich, DeKalb County Community Gardens and Scott Hassellman Farms of Marengo. Proceeds will be divided between Feed'em Soup and DeKalb County Community Gardens.

Larry and His Flask

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 19

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $10

Lineup includes Larry and His Flask, a high-energy bluegrass-punk band, and Jadam James and the Multi Felons, a country-punk band. All-ages show.

Kishwaukee Fest Flea Market

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: Peace Road and Pleasant Street

More information: 815-756-1263 

Family Picnic

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: DeKalb Harley-Davidson, 969 Peace Road

More information: 815-756-4558

Bounce houses, food and refreshments.

Family Sock Hop

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University

Cost: $15 per family in advance or $20 per family at the door

More information: 815-758-1093 or www.justmakeithappen-dekalb.com

Live music at family-friendly volumes, easy dance lessons, free babysitting and free parking.

Country Music School Supply Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 21

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-762-5589

Live bands will perform country, bluegrass and gospel music. Cost of admission is the donation of school supplies, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army to disadvantaged children in DeKalb County. Bands and singers who would like to perform are welcome.

Kishwaukee Fest Country Tails Night

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 21

Place: Hopkins Park

More information: 815-756-1263 

A free concert by Stroker Red. Several pet adoption agencies will also be on hand.

World War II B-17 Bomber Tours and Rides

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dates: July 22 – 28

Place: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport

Cost: Free to view; cockpit tours $5; flights $425

More information: 602-448-9415 or b17rc@azcaf.org

Call or email to make flight reservations. Cockpit tours and ground viewing are available daily.

Open Mic Night

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Every Monday; next, July 22

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547

Sets are about 12 minutes.

Kishwaukee Fest Jazz at the Mansion

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 22

Place: Ellwood House, 509 N. First St.

More information: 815-756-1263 

A free jazz performance by The Jodi Beach Trio.

Fourth Street Family Fun Fest

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Place: Parking lot at 905 S. Fourth St.

More information: 815-756-6306

See what businesses along South Fourth Street have to offer. The event includes free food, free haircuts for children and adults, face painting, children's activities and a fire truck for children to explore.

A Well-Balanced Vacation

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A physical therapist talks about how our bodies keep up balanced, factors that cause us to lose balance and strategies to strengthen balance.

DeKalb Municipal Band

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Place: Hopkins Park band shell

Bleacher and lawn seating are available for free weekly concerts.

Kishwaukee Fest Youth Challenge and Skateboard Event

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 24

Place: Downtown DeKalb

More information: 815-756-1263 

A skateboard challenge with multiple age brackets, plus demonstrations by professional skateboarders.

Rummage Sale

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

Dates: July 25 – 27

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

Donated items for the sale will be collected Wednesdays fro 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. Fridays. Donations must be clean and in saleable condition. Hangers, grocery bags and wrapping materials are also appreciated.

Barb Food Mart Open House

Time: Noon – 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 25

Place: Barb Food Mart, at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St., Door 28

The Barb Food Mart is a food assistance program for families with children enrolled in DeKalb School District 428. Half of the students in the district qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The open house includes tours, a cooking demonstration and refreshments.

Kishwaukee Fest Parade and Street Dance

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 26

Place: Downtown DeKalb

More information: 815-756-1263 

At 5 p.m., Miss Illinois and other regional beauty queens will visit downtown shops and sign autographs. At 6 p.m., classic cars and motorcycles will drive in a pre-parade, then will park along Lincoln Highway so spectators can look at them while waiting for the parade. Parade steps off at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., rock and country bands from the parade will play in a street dance on Second and Third streets.

Kishwaukee Fest BaconPalooza

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 27

Place: Downtown DeKalb

More information: 815-756-1263 

A festival of bacon and wine, plus shopping at local merchants and craft vendors. Classic Corvettes will be displayed in Van Buer Plaza, at Second and Locust streets.

Railroading in DeKalb

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sunday, July 28

Place: Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $4, children younger than 14 with family, free

Commemorating Joseph Glidden's part in bringing the railroad through DeKalb, activities will include a display of an early 1900s HO model steam train and showings of the video "Song of the Pioneer," a history of the founding and early development of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad. There will also be blacksmith demonstrations and tours of the homestead.

Author Visit: Mike Mullin

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 30

Place: Latourette Hall Room 200, Northern Illinois University

More information: 815-753-6784 or teenread.niu.edu

Mike Mullin, author of "Ashfall," will talk about his book, his writing process, and the science behind his fiction. After his presentation, NIU experts will talk about volcanology, video game design, food science and more.

Safe Sitter Basic

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 31

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $40

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

This internationally-recognized babysitting program teaches children 11 to 13 the skills to provide children in their care a safe, nurturing environment. Includes backpack, manual, supplies and refreshments. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 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.

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

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

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

Cost: $5

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

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 23

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

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Sunday of every month; next, July 28

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Dates: Wednesdays in July; next, July 17

Place: Hinckley Public Library

For children 2-5 years old and a guardian. Registration requested.

French for Kids

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 19

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220

Kids learn some basic French. Registration required.

Concert Benefit for Mark Ready

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 28

Place: Pioneer Park

More information: 815-751-8096 or www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/readytowin

Back Country Roads will play from 1 – 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; no alcohol will be provided. Donations benefit Mark Ready, who is undergoing a second stem cell transplant.

KINGSTON

Kingston Fest

Time: Noon

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: Kingston Township Park

More information: 815-784-5572 or villageofkingston.org

Sack races, egg toss, watermelon-seed spitting contest, craft and vendor fair, giant water slide and other activities noon to 4 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., crews will launch their cardboard boats into the Mighty Kish for the Kardboard Boat Regatta.

MALTA

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Thursday, July 25

Place: Kishwaukee College

Mental Health First Aid Training

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Dates: Wednesday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 2

Place: Kishwaukee College Conference Center, Room A-225

Cost: $25

More information: 815-757-3488 or bgcml@bengordoncenter.org

Certification course that teaches the public how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to direct people to get help and how to approach people having a mental health crisis. Both sessions must be attended for certification.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 17

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

Garden Story Time: We Love Vegetables

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

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

More information: www.sycamorehistory.org

Two storytellers will lead children 3 to 6 in stories, crafts and songs. Older/younger siblings welcome.

Family Fun Day

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

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

Cost: $5 per family

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

See a demonstration on well building, have fun with water-based experiments, take home a water-related craft and end the afternoon with a water balloon fight.

Concert in the Park: Dave Rudolf Beach Party

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 18

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

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

Beach music in the styles of Jimmy Buffett and Harry Belafonte.

Growing a Garden to Eat

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

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

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

Children learn that producing their own healthy food can be fun.

Meet Me at the Fair

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: Pay-It-Forward House, 719 Somonauk St.

More information: www.payitforwardhouse.org

Free admission, children's games, raffles, silent auction, stories, face painting, a moon bounce, live music and food are featured in this fundraiser for Pay-It-Forward House.

Gospel and Bluegrass Concert

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month except June; next, July 20

Place: Sycamore Baptist Church, 302 Somonauk Street

More information: 815-895-2577

There will be an audience sing at 6 p.m. and acoustic bluegrass starting at 6:30 p.m. Musicians are invited to join throughout the evening. The concert is free; free-will donations are accepted.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, July 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.

Science Saturday: Microscopes

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

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

Cost: Members, $3; nonmembers, free with museum admission

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

Learn to use microscopes as you examine polar bear fur, a lion's mane, python skin and your own saliva. For ages 8 and older; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is recommended.

Beautiful Butterflies Weekend

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dates: July 20 and 21

Place: Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St.

Cost: Free general admission; kids workshop $8

More information: www.blumengardens.com, 815-895-3737 to register for kids workshop

Monarch butterfly populations are at their lowest levels in 20 years. Learn to protect and increase butterfly populations and create butterfly habitat in the garden. Butterfly plant kits and butterfly-attracting plants on sale all weekend. A children's butterfly workshop will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday. A gardening class for adults will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, focusing on how to attract butterflies to your garden.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through Sept. 29; next, July 21

Place: Corner of Elm and Somonauk streets

Walking tours of the historic district are offered at 1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month for $5. Next, July 21.

Jan's Clan Puppets

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 23

Place: Sycamore Public Library

A musical variety puppet show with an assortment of puppet characters performing popular songs.

Summer Readers Talent Show

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 24

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Performers 18 and younger can compete for cash prizes in different age groups. Performers must register in advance.

Summer on State

Time: Dusk

Date: Friday, July 26

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

A free showing of "Wreck-It Ralph" on an outdoor screen. Concessions will be available to purchase by donation; outside food and drinks are welcome. Bring your own seating.

Turning Back Time Cruise Night

Time: 3 – 11 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 27

Place: Downtown Sycamore

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Music from the 1950s and '60s provided by a disc jockey and by band Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones for a street dance. Live music from 7 to 10 p.m. The event also includes a Classic Car parade, beer garden and food vendors.

Fizz Ehrler Memorial Car Show

Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 28

Place: Downtown Sycamore

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Registration from 8 a.m. until noon, with awards presented at 3:30 p.m.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, July 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.

Summerfest

Time: 7 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 20

Place: Waterman Lions Park

More information: www.watermanlionstractorshowandsummerfest.com

• French toast breakfast 7 – 9:30 a.m. Food concessions open at 11 a.m. Beer garden open at 3 p.m.

• Tractor and truck registration 7-9 a.m. Truck and Tractor Parade of Power, announced by Orion Samuelson, 11:30 a.m. Trophies presented at 4 p.m.

• Vintage base ball game at 10 a.m.

• Garden and mini tractor pull, children's activities, petting zoo, hay rides and rides on the Waterman & Western Railroad miniature train from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cowboy quick-draw from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft show and flea market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Live music from 12:15-1:45 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 5:45-11:30 p.m.

• Orion Samuelson book signing 12:30-2 p.m.

• Kids pedal pull 2-3 p.m., register at 1:30 p.m.

• Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

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