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Town Crier Events for Oct. 2-16

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 10:52 a.m. CDT

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BURLINGTON

Oktoberfest

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: St. John Lutheran Church, 13N535 French Road

Cost: $8

More information: 847-683-2338

A German-style menu of pork chops, bratwurst and authentic German side dishes.

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Oct. 2

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Oct. 8

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Cortland Community Festival & Parade

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 13

More information: www.cortland.org

Parade steps off on West Cortland Center Road at 1 p.m.; festival in Cortland Community Park immediately after the parade. Festival includes food, a 50/50 drawing, a zipline, a clown, crafters and a DJ.

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Infants, toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories and songs. A craft is led right after story time.

University Women's Club Fall Reception

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

Place: 901 Woodlawn Drive

More information: cstorey@niu.edu

Members and prospective members of the University Women's Club are invited to visit with NIU's new first lady, Dana Stover. The Women's Club promotes fellowship and community support through interest groups and social and philanthropic activities. Anyone affiliated with NIU – employees and their spouses or significant others – may join. Prospective members can attend the fall reception to learn more.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Retired teacher Marti Brown will provide free homework help to students in District 428 grades 3-5. Registration required; there is a limit of five students for each session.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Oct. 2

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free. Choose from spaghetti with marinara sauce, meatloaf with mashed potatoes or chicken fajitas with rice and beans, all served with soup and salad.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Oct. 2

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.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

This story time for children up to age 5 and their caregivers includes stories, songs and puppet play in Spanish and English, so children learn to appreciate a second language. Translations are provided.

'Behind the Lions'

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

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

The public is invited to a program about the evolution of art after the Impressionist movement, presented by volunteers of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Blood Drive

Time: 1 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

Place: Holmes Student Center, corner of Lucinda Avenue and Normal Road

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, Oct. 3

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547 or thehousecafe.net

Monthly blues jam. Come to listen or to play. All-ages show.

Local Flavors Dinner

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

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

Tickets: $25; free for children 12 and younger

More information: 815-793-0950 or dkenney53@hotmail.com

Meat and vegetarian options in a meal made of ingredients grown within 30 miles of DeKalb. There will also be live music, and a tasting and a raffle of local wines. Proceeds will be split between DeKalb County Community Gardens and Welcome Cafe & Community Kitchen.

'The West'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

Every Friday in October, the library will present another installment of Ken Burns' documentary "The West." The presentations begin with episode five, as it takes place in the same time period as "True Grit," the library's Big Read book selection. Free copies of "True Grit" will be distributed at this event.

Barb City Bus Tour

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: Begins and ends at DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 260 or dkpl.org

The tour is led by local historian Steve Bigolin and emphasizes the people, places and things connected to Jacob Haish, the benefactor who made the DeKalb Public Library possible. Bus is handicapped accessible. Seating is limited, so registration is required for this free event.

'Wyatt Earp'

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: DeKalb Public Library lower level meeting room

A free showing of this Western as part of the library's Big Read. Free copies of the Big Read book, "True Grit," will be distributed. The film is rated PG-13.

Kishwaukee Symphony Fall Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

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

More information: 815-756-3728 or kishorchestra.org

Glidden Homestead Tours

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through October; next, Oct. 6

Place: Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $4; children younger than 14, free

More information: gliddenhomestead.org

Tours of the home of Joseph F. Glidden, who invented The Winner style of barbed wire there in 1874. There are also demonstrations in a working on-site blacksmith shop.

Pet Blessing

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6

Place: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road

Families can bring their pets to be blessed. Pets should be leashed, caged or crated as appropriate. Pets that do not travel well may be represented with photographs.

Hoedown Picnic with Melodrama

Time: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6

Place: DeKalb Public Library picnic grove

The library presents Western-themed games and activities and will distribute free copies of the Big Read book, "True Grit." Stage Coach Players will present a melodrama, "Never Fear, Strongheart is Here," and the Lincoln Inn will serve picnic food at this free event.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

An opening reception for an exhibit of abstract and composite digital photographs by Jim Dester.

What is ADHD?

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 7

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

Understand ADHD's causes, typical behaviors, diagnosis and treatment options. Registration required.

Poker Night

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 7

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: 815-748-2958 or kishhealthprograms.org

An evening of fun and cards for men and women who have been impacted by cancer. For patients and caregivers, all experience levels. Registration required.

Domestic Violence Vigil

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 7

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

Program, candlelight vigil and reception in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Open Mic Night

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Every Monday; next, Oct. 7

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547

Blood Drive

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8

Place: NIU Health Services, 1425 W. Lincoln Highway

Managing Burnout

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

A licensed professional counselor talks about the difference between stress and burnout. Learn to prevent, cope with, and reverse burnout.

DeKalb Area Toastmasters Open House

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8

Place: Pizza Pros, 1205 W. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-1281

Toastmasters is a supportive and creative networking group that can help its members improve leadership and communication skills and improve their ability to think on their feet.

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9

Place: KishHealth System, 2727 Sycamore Road

Cost: $45

More information: 815-756-1521, ext. 153618 or kishhealthprograms.org

Certification course in CPR, using an automated external defibrillator and how to provide choking relief for adults, children and infants. Signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke are also covered. Registration required.

Alumni Reading and Reception

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 10

Place: Cole Hall Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University

NIU alum Todd Davis, a noted poet, and Kenneth Womack, an acclaimed author, will give readings and sign copies of their work.

'Catfish'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 10

Place: Montgomery Hall auditorium, Northern Illinois University

After the screening of the film, NIU professor Tim Ryan and North Central College professor Dee Anna Phares will lead a discussion of the movie.

Breast-feeding Class and Maternity Suites Tour

Time: Class from 9 a.m. – noon; tour from 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple for breast-feeding class

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

Learn the benefits of breast-feeding, getting started, preventing common problems and how to pump and store breast milk. Registration required for both the class and the tour; register together or separately. No charge for the tour.

Art and Craft Fest

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12

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

More information: 815-756-8461 or jlauner@oakcrestdekalb.org

Proceeds from this arts and crafts fair support the Oak Crest Good Samaritan Fund.

Salad Bar Luncheon

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Monday, Oct. 14

Place: St. Mary's Ministry Center, Pine and North Fourth streets

Tickets: $10

Homemade meatballs, ham, dinner rolls and an assortment of homemade salds and desserts. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds support local and national nonprofit organizations through the Catholic Daughters of America Court 996.

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15

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

More information: gpsrecruit.niu.edu

A casual, informational event for NIU students or members of the public considering graduate school.

Infant Safety and CPR

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

Learn about childproofing, poison prevention, SIDS, CPR and choking rescue for infants younger than 1. Registration required.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

Lesson begins at 7 p.m., then social dancing. No partner required; leather-soled shoes recommended.

'Understanding Our Asymmetric Universe'

Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 15

Place: Founders Memorial Library, lower level staff lounge

Speaker Dr. David Hedin is a Board of Trustees Professor in physics at NIU and is involved in experimental particle physics.

'Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Right for Your Pain?'

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

Learn about the chronic pain conditions that could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. Registration is required for this free program.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Oct. 2

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: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, Oct. 5

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.

Oktoberfest

Time: 3 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

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

German festival includes live music by The Relics, Hitman and Shuvlhed.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Oct. 8

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

Blood Drive

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9

Place: 33930 North State Road

More information: 815-784-2522

Control Your Cholesterol

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9

Place: KishHealth System Famiy & Specialty Care

More information: 815-748-8962 or kishhealthprograms.org

Whether your levels are high or normal, receive a variety of tools to develop healthy habits. If you have your cholesterol results, bring them. Registration required.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Times: 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays in October; next, Oct. 2

Place: Hinckley Public Library, 100 N. Maple St.

More information: 815-286-3220 or hinckley.lib.il.us

Story time for children ages 2 to 5. Register at the library.

Hinckley-Big Rock Boosters Royal Jaunt

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock High School

Cost: Adults (3.1 miles) $20 before Sept. 25, $25 after; kids 14 and younger (1 mile) $10 before Sept. 25, $15 after

More information: 815-501-5832 or jg.howerter@midiacombb.net

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds raised through this competitive 5k run/walk support H-BR sports and academic programs.

Royal Warrior Run

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12

Place: Pioneer Park

Cost: $25

More information: 815-739-1336 or parksandrec@hinckleyil.com

The half-mile course will include obstacles such as hay bales, tire steps, objects to climb over or under, a pumpkin patch and a mud pit. Younger children do one lap while older children do two laps. Open to all children in grades 3 through 8; Hinckley residency is not required. Print a registration form from www.hinckleyil.com.

SHABBONA

Drive-Thru Dinner

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

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

Cost: $10

More information: 815-824-2359

Dinner options are two pork chops, half-chicken, or pork chop-chicken combo, all catered by 5B's. Call for tickets.

Indian Creek Children's Clothing, Equipment and Toy Resale

Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: Shabbona Elementary School gym, 301 W. Cherokee St.

More information: shabbonaEPC@gmail.com

Gently-used items for sale include fall/winter clothing in sizes from infant through junior size 5, children's formal attire, baby equipment and furniture, outdoor equipment, bikes and riding toys, educational items, games and toys, videos and DVDs, books, bedding and more. The sale will break at noon and reopen at 12:30 p.m. with all items marked down to half-price. No strollers allowed.

SYCAMORE

Story Time

Times: 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7 p.m. Thursday

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Oct. 2

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500 or sycamorelibrary.org

For independent children 3 to 6 years old. Caregivers must remain in the library, but need not remain in the room with the children.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Oct. 2

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

House Walk Brown Bag Lunch

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Oct. 3

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

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

The homes included on the Oct. 26 Sycamore History Museum historic homes tour will be discussed.

Pet Blessing

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Date: Friday, Oct. 4

Place: St. Mary's Catholic School, northwest corner of Waterman and California streets

Families are invited to bring pets for the annual blessing on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Pets should be leashed or crated as appropriate, and owners should bring waste bags to pick up after their pets as needed.

Kids Work Day

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: City lot at Elm and Somonauk streets

All school-age children in Sycamore are invited to clean up the streets of the city in preparation for the Pumpkin Festival. Adult volunteers to walk with groups of children are also needed. Each child will receive a T-shirt and a coupon for a kids' meal from a local eatery.

Walk with the Angels 5K

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5

Place: Oddfellows-Rebekah Lodge, 131 Sabin St.

Cost: Adults $25, children 8-15 $12, children 7 and younger, free

More information: 815-501-1229 or jstilez@comcast.net

Doors open at 9 a.m. This walk is to promote breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection; proceeds benefit the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. There will be refreshments at the halfway point, and a gathering at the lodge after the walk with food and raffles.

Etched in Stone Elmwood Cemetery Walk

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6

Place: Elmwood Cemetery, Charles Street entrance

Cost: $5 suggested donation

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

Snake Feeding

Time: 1 – 1:15 p.m.

Date: Sundays through Oct. 20; next, Oct. 6

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

Cost: Free with museum admission

More information: mmnh.org

Learn about the museum's resident live snakes while watching staff feed them.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April; next, Oct. 8

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

Music and stories for children aged 18 months to 3 years old.

Reiki Sharing Circle

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Third Tuesday of each month; next, Oct. 15

Place: Wise Owl Wellness Center, 1101 DeKalb Ave., Suite 4

Cost: $10

More information: 815-901-4815 or wiseowlwellness47@gmail.com

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Oct. 3

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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