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Town Crier Events for July 31 – Aug. 14

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:54 p.m. CST

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, July 31

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, Aug. 1

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, Aug. 2

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Democrats vs. Republicans Softball Game

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 2

Place: Suppeland Park

More information: 815-756-7522 or dawn@kishwaukeeunitedway.com

The DeKalb County Democrats and the DeKalb County Republicans will play a charity softball game to benefit the Kishwaukee United Way. The game is free; there will be a 50/50 raffle.

Lunch & Listen

Time: Noon – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Aug. 6

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Cortland Summer Fest

Time: 6 p.m. – midnight Friday; noon – midnight Saturday

Dates: Aug. 9 and 10

Place: Cortland Community Park

More information: www.cortlandil.org

Friday includes food and live music by Menagerie and Needles. Saturday includes children's games and activities, a cruise night, food, fireworks, a silent auction and a raffle.

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Times: 10 and 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 31

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Stories and songs for infants, toddlers and caregivers. There will be a craft right after story time.

Victim Advocacy Services On the Move

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday through Aug. 14; next, July 31

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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 31

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. July 31 menu is stuffed peppers. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

E-Book Help Lab

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 31

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services department

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

The e-book librarian will help patrons download e-books to mobile devices. The library also has Kindles and Nooks to lend to patrons.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, July 31

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

July 31 menu is a seasoned chicken quarter, loaded baked potato, broccoli, fruit, bread 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.

Buck-a-Bag Book Sale

Time: During library hours

Dates: Aug. 1 – 4

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Fill up a plastic grocery bag (provided) with books and pay $1.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

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 and their caregivers. Translations provided. Children can learn to appreciate tales told in another language.

Farmers Market

Time: Noon – 6 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through Sept. 26; next, Aug. 1

Place: Van Buer Plaza, North Second and Locust streets

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, Aug. 1

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.

Carmen Armstrong Art Exhibit

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Dates: Fridays in August

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

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

"People in Possible Places," an exhibition of 52 figurative paintings. The artist will be at the gallery for a reception during viewing hours Friday, Aug. 23.

Sound Healing Meditation

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 2

Place: Dana's Day Spa, 203 E. Locust St.

Cost: $25

More information: 815-739-0446

Call to RSVP.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 2

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

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

Photography, lino-cuts, woodcuts and monotypes created by student artists at Kishwaukee College. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 17.

Used Oil Collection

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 3

Place: DeKalb County Health Department

More information: 815-748-2408

Used farm machinery oil, motor oil, transmission and hydraulic fluids, antifreeze and oil filters can be recycled. Oil brought in 30- or 55-gallon drums will be pumped out and the resident can keep the drum; all other containers will be destroyed. DeKalb County residents only.

Art at Ellwood Ice Cream Social

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 4

Place: Ellwood House, 509 N. First St.

More information: 815-756-4609

Forty artists will exhibit and sell their work on the Ellwood House grounds. There will be folk rock early in the day, and the DeKalb Municipal Band will play at 2:30 p.m. There will be children's art activities like kite-making and painting to the sound of the music. The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present information and exhibits in the Visitor Center. Tours of the mansion will be offered until 3:30 p.m. for $5.

Open Mic Night

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Every Monday; next, Aug. 5

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547

Sets are about 12 minutes.

National Night Out Against Crime

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Place: Target parking lot

Sponsored by Target with DeKalb Fire Department, DeKalb Police Department, Sycamore Fire Department, Sycamore Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. Self-defense demonstrations, police K-9 demonstrations, meet-and-greets with local law enforcement, free snacks, free games, community booths and more.

Think Outside the (Lunch) Box

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Place: Kish Hospital's Roberts Conference Center

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

A dietitian demonstrates creative, simple and nutritious lunches in this free program. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

The evening begins with a lesson in basic swing dance steps, then there will be social dancing. Leather-soled shoes recommended. Partners are not required.

DeKalb Municipal Band

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Place: Hopkins Park band shell

DeKalb Montessori House of Learning Open House

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 7

Place: St. Mary Church, 302 Fisk Ave.

More information: 847-812-3653

Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday

Dates: Aug. 8 – 10

Place: DeKalb Area Women's Center parking lot, 415 N. 11th St.

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

Rummage sales will take place along the Lincoln Highway through five states. Sellers can rent a space at the women's center sale for $5. Rain location will be inside the women's center, 1021 State St.

Safe Sitter Basic

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 8

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $40

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

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

'Company'

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

Dates: Aug. 8 – 11 and 15 – 18

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

Tickets: Adults $15, children $12

More information: 815-758-1940 or www.stagecoachers.com

A musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.

'When Glidden Owned the Chronicle'

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 11

Place: J.F. Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway

Admission: Adults $4, members and children younger than 14, free

Joseph Glidden established the J.F. Glidden Publishing Company in 1885 and built the first Daily Chronicle building in 1889. Barry Schrader will present a program on turn-of-the-century printing and will demonstrate the use of a benchtop side-lever letterpress, printing with handset metal type and engravings. The homestead will be open from noon to 4 p.m. for tours and blacksmith demonstrations.

Look Good ... Feel Better

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 12

Place: The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital

More information: 815-748-2958 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

This free program teaches beauty techniques for skin, makeup, hair and wigs to women and girls actively undergoing cancer treatment, to combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. All participants receive a free kit of cosmetics. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

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

Learn about Kishwaukee Community Hospital's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and why it is important for the community. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

ESMOND

A Night of Music and Stories

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 3

Place: Na-Da Farm, 2423 S. Woodlawn Road

Cost: $7

More information: nadafarmlife.org

Writer Kyle White will tell stories and read essays, and Greg and Kim Wheaton will perform story-filled songs on acoustic guitar. A dinner of locally-raised beef bratwurst with iced tea and chips will be available for an additional $5.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 31

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.

'All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten' the Musical

Time: 1 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Dates: Aug. 1 – 3

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School

Tickets: $7 general admission, $5 student admission

A musical production by Genoa Children's Theatre. The show is a compilation of stories about the things that give life meaning.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, Aug. 3

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.

Hogs for Dogs Motorcycle Benefit Run

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 4

Place: DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter, 16173 Baseline Road

Cost: $15 per bike, $25 with passenger

More information: 815-784-5924

Raffles, ride pins, T-shirts, cash prize for the best poker hand and food at Ski's All-American Pub in Sycamore after the ride. Last bike in at 4 p.m.; music from 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter.

Pink Heals Tour

Time: 1 – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 5

Place: Pete's Castle, 104 Main St.

More information: www.pinkfiretrucks.org

The Pink Heals Tour raises cancer awareness and honors and supports those who have fought or are fighting cancer. See and photograph the pink fire truck; cancer survivors can sign the truck. Pink tie-dye your own T-shirt and enter a coloring contest, with the winning design appearing on a T-shirt. The winner will also receive a month of free ice cream. Local fire departments will sell custom T-shirts starting at $15, and Pete's Castle will donate 25 percent of the day's sales to local charities.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Aug. 6

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

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Dates: Wednesdays in July; next, July 31

Place: Hinckley Public Library

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

KIRKLAND

Pickin' in the Park

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 14

Place: Franklin Township Park

Live music, food and raffles.

MAPLE PARK

Library Anniversary Celebration

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

Place: Maple Park Public Library, 302 Willow St.

More information: 815-827-3362 or https://sites.google.com/site/mapleparklibrary/

The library is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an old-fashioned birthday party. Cake, hot dogs and lemonade will be served. There will be children's crafts, a magician and a balloon artist.

Star Gazing

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 11

Place: Acquaviva Winery, 47W614 Route 38

More information: 815-753-4751 or www.niu.edu/stem

Astronomy experts will talk about telescopes and the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in mid-August.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 31

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

Beekeeping Brown Bag

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

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

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

Beekeeper Carolyn Hudon will talk about removing a hive of bees from the museum grounds and taking it to a new home at Hudon's Honey.

Storyteller Phyllis Horst

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Midwest Women Riders Bike Night

Time: 4 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

Place: Cabana Charley's, 1470 S. Peace Road

Raffles, food specials and vendors. Live country rock music by Shooter will begin at 8 p.m.

Concert in the Park: The Neverly Brothers

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 1

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

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

Classic rock 'n' roll from Elvis through the Beatles.

Scorpions Baseball Try-outs

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Aug. 3 and 4

Place: Sycamore Community Park

More information: 815-508-7012 or www.leaguelineup.com/scorpions_baseball

Tryouts for summer 14U to 16U baseball teams are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Tryouts for 12U and 13U teams are from 2 to 5 p.m. both days.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through Sept. 29; next, Aug. 4

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, Aug. 4.

Phyllis Horst in Concert

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 5

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

Phyllis Horst tells stories and sings songs to audiences of all ages.

Homeschool Beginner Workshop

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 5

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-519-5212

Home Educators Applying Righteous Teaching (HEART) will offer basic information on curriculum options, support groups and legal requirements, plus a Q-and-A and tips from experienced home educators.

Performing Arts Academy Open House

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Place: The Performing Arts Academy, 504 N. Main St.

More information: 815-901-7653 or www.sycamoreballet.com

Tour the studio, visit staff and register for fall classes.

Ingredients for Healthy Living: Snacks That Count

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesday or 10 – 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Dates: Aug. 7 and 8

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $10

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

Snacks can be an important part of your daily diet. Healthy culinary instructor Jo Cessna will talk about stocking the fridge and pantry with good selections, including gluten-free and fat-free options. Recipes and tastings included. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

Concert in the Park: Crazy Talk

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 8

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

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

Country hits.

Squid Dissection

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 8

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

Cost: Members $13, non-members $15, accompanying parents or siblings $5 with first paid admission

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

Learn about squid, inside and out. For ages 8 and older; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Harry Potter Vacation Bible School

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 9

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

Cost: $5

More information: 815-895-2706

Bible school with a Harry Potter theme. Children can choose from several Hogwarts classes, play Quidditch and visit the shops of Hogsmeade. Dinner and snack included. For children 5 and older. Registration is required and closes Aug. 6.

Pay-It-Forward House Volunteer Orientation

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 10

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

Learn about volunteer opportunities available at the hospitality house.

Meet the Flock

Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 10

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

Cost: $8

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

Meet live parrots and learn about the work being done at Ollie's Parrot Perch, a parrot rescue and adoption group. Registration is required. Cost includes museum admission.

Career Works: Jump Start Your Job Search

Time: 2 p.m.

Dates: Second Monday of each month; next, Aug. 12

Place: Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St.

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

Tuesday on the Town

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Free, family-friendly activities.

Cymbal in Concert

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 14

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

This group of women weave humorous songs with songs that bring tears in an effort to build bridges, deepen compassion and advocate for those beaten down. Repertoire includes folk, Native American, Appalachian, spirituals and more.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Aug. 1

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

A community wellness professional monitors blood pressure weekly. Receive blood pressure information and a tracking card. No registration necessary.

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