Town Crier Events for Nov. 27-Dec. 11

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 9:13 p.m. CDT

 BIG ROCK

Cookie Walk

Time: 6 a.m. – noon

Date: Friday, Dec. 13

Place: English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhoades Ave.

There will be an assortment of homemade Christmas cookies, sweet breads and candies.

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Nov. 27

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

Crochet Class

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 3

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Nov. 27

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

More information: 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 or salad.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

Place: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road

The members of the church offer a free Thanksgiving dinner open to anyone in the community who would like to attend.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

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

All are invited to eat. Donations to help Feed'em Soup's mission are accepted, but not required.

'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Free screening of this PG-13 movie, with popcorn.

Buck-a-Bag Book Sale

Time: Library hours

Dates: Dec. 1 – 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Fill a plastic grocery bag with used books for $1.

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 2

Place: KishHealth System EMS facility

Cost: $45

More information: 815-748-5951

This certified course for lay rescuers teaches when to call 911, how to give CPR, how to use an AED and how to provide choking relief. Price includes book. Registration required.

'Keeping the 'T' in Christmas' Upcycling Craft Workshop

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $10

Learn to turn old T-shirts into yarn, scarves, blankets, outfits and more. Bring your own shirts. Proceeds support the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Care of the Spine

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Back pain can be complex to treat. Join with a spine surgeon and physiatrist to learn about a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment options. Registration required.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner needed. Casual dress; leather-soled shoes recommended. There will be a basic lesson at 7 p.m., then social dancing.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Dec. 4

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.

Blue Christmas Service

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4

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

More information: 815-756-4888 or www.stpaulsdekalb.org

The holiday season, with its focus on good cheer, can be difficult for people feeling sad. The service will include prayers, Scripture and music focused on hope and healing. There will be light refreshments and conversation after the service.

Santa Comes to Town

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

There will be cookies, cocoa and caroling inside the Egyptian from 6-7 p.m. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. and will visit with children inside his house in Van Buer Plaza until 8 p.m.

New Baby Care

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Bathing, diapering, feeding, sleeping and soothing a crying baby are a few of the topics covered in this class for new parents, grandparents and caregivers. Registration required.

Designer Clothing Resale

Time: Noon – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 5 – 7

Place: Grace Place, 401 Normal Road

More information: www.tailshumanesociety.org

A sale of gently-used men's and women's clothing and accessories from such designers as Coach, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Gucci will raise funds to support TAILS Humane Society.

Holiday Shopping Fair

Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 6 and 7

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

More information: 815-758-1351

Shop artist and vendor booths, with gift wrapping, seated-chair back massage and live music. There will be a continental breakfast and chili lunch – both meat and vegetarian – on Saturday. There will also be raffles and door prizes both days.

Christmas Cantata

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 6 and 7

Place: First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St.

More information: 815-756-6301 or www.firstumc.net

The Celebration Chorale presents its Christmas concert. Free-will offerings will be accepted. There will be refreshments after the performance.

Ellwood House Holiday Splendor

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: Dec. 6 – 8

Place: Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St.

Tickets: Adults $10, children 6-17 $5

More information: 815-756-4609 or www.ellwoodhouse.org

More than a dozen rooms in the four-story Ellwood mansion will be decorated for the holiday season. Santa will hear wishes in the Visitor Center, and there will be complimentary refreshments served.

Hollydays

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Place: Downtown DeKalb

Santa will visit with children in his house in Van Buer Plaza. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown departing regularly from the DeKalb Public Library.

Country Music Show and Toy Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

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

More information: 815-762-5589

Live performances of country, bluegrass and gospel music. Performers are welcome to join. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, Dec. 8

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

This is a free yoga class open to the community. No registration required. All ages and abilities welcome. Wear loose-fitting clothing; mats will be provided.

Gurler Holiday Storytelling and Singalong

Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Place: Gurler House, 205 Pine St.

Enjoy the holiday decorations in the historic home, with free punch and cookies, an old-fashioned holiday story, and live music.

Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting

Time: 6:15 – 8 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Place: Hopkins Park Terrace Room

More information: 815-756-3000

A gentle service held worldwide for parents who have lost a child. Parents may bring photos of their children.

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Mental Health

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 9

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Chronic pain can cause emotional distress and affect your mental health. Learn how to recognize and manage this cycle. Registration is required for this free program.

AWAKE Support for Sleep Apnea

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 9

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-277-3979 ext. 215

Support and education for those living with sleep apnea. Registration is required for this free program.

'Ornamentation Celebration' Upcycling Craft Workshop

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $10

Turn old books and photos into new ornaments and learn how to give new life to old decorations. Bring copies of favorite photos. Proceeds support the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival.

Hope at the Holidays

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: KishHealth System Hospice

More information: 815-756-3000

A bereavement program for those facing the first year-end holidays after the death of a loved one.

Patient Panel: Living With an Implanted Device

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

A patient panel discussion, led by a cardiologist, about pacemaker and defibrillator implants. Hear the firsthand accounts of people living with implanted devices. Heart-healthy meal provided. Registration is required for this free program.

Breast-feeding Success

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Winter Farmers Market

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

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

Cost: $1

Locally-grown produce, meats and other foods, homemade baked goods, art and craft vendors, live music and hot food.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Nov. 27

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.

Babysitting Fundraiser

Time: 2 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 30

Place: St. Catherine's Catholic Church

More information: 630-677-2113 or kimsiegwarth@gmail.com

Need some time for holiday shopping, or just some parents' time out? All ages of children are welcome at this fundraiser for St. Catherine's youth group. Donations will help fund the youth group's mission trip next summer. Call or email to RSVP.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 3

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

Christmas Craft Walk

Dates: Dec. 5 – 7

More information: 815-508-4925 or pswanson25@yahoo.com

More than 100 crafters will sell their goods at nine locations in the 39th annual craft walk. Maps are available at downtown businesses and at all craft walk stops.

Clothing Collection

Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: 401 W. Main St.

More information: 815-901-5524

Gently-used clothes will be collected for distribution. Please donate clean clothes sorted by size and gender.

Celebrate the Season

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Downtown Genoa

Santa will arrive in the Jingle Bell Parade. There will be a community tree lighting, carriage and wagon rides, a live Nativity, a petting zoo, face painting, carolers, live music, a storyteller, crafts, raffles, warming fires, food, vendor and charity booths. The skating rink will be open, weather permitting, and Santa will visit with children in his house.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, Dec. 7

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.

HINCKLEY

Cookie Walk

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, View and McKinley streets

More information: 815-286-7228 or 815-286-3391

Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. There will also be a bazaar, bake sale and "Grandma's attic treasures."

KINGSTON

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

Place: Kingston Friendship Center, 120 S. Main St.

More information: 815-784-3921

The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted.

Roast Beef Supper

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

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

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

Cost: Adults $9, children $4

Complete dinner, including dessert. Carry-outs and gift certificates are available.

KIRKLAND

Christmas in Kirkland

Time: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

There will be a holiday breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Kirkland United Methodist Church. Attendees are asked to donate paper products for the Kirkland Food Pantry. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 4 and older. Santa will arrive at Alpine Bank at 9 a.m. and will visit with children until 11 a.m. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from 9-11 a.m. Music students from Hiawatha Schools will perform holiday music at the bank. Prizes for student art and essay contests and the holiday home lighting contest will be awarded at 10 a.m. at the bank.

LEE

Silent Knight Christmas Auction

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: St. James church

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-824-5008, www.silentknightauction.org or b72m@aol.com

There will be a Mexican buffet dinner and silent auction at 5 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

MALTA

Cookie Walk

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Malta United Methodist Church, corner of South Third and Sprague streets

The price for homemade cookies and candy will be $7.50 per pound.

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Nov. 27

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, Nov. 27

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

Blood Drive

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 Bethany Road

The Party Doctors

Time: 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Dates: Nov. 27 – 28

Place: Cabana Charley's

Local band The Party Doctors performs.

Black Friday Jumping Jolidays

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 29

Place: Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cost: $15 per child; discounts available for families with three or more children

More information: 815-895-8522 or jladas@cornerstonechristianacaemy.com

The Cornerstone gym will be filled with five inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses. The cost for each supervised four-hour session includes a pizza slice and juice box. Parents may stay at no extra cost, or can sign their children in and out. For children ages 3-12. Jumpers must wear socks and should wear comfortable clothing; no denim.

'White Christmas'

Time: 11 a.m. daily

Date: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free showing of the classic holiday film starring Bing Crosby.

Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop

Time: 1 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Place: Blumen Gardens

Cost: $45

More information: 815-895-3737

Decorators will guide participants through designing and decorating a personalized evergreen wreath. Cost includes supplies; extra embellishments can be purchased separately. Call to register.

Snake Feeding

Time: 1 – 1:15 p.m.

Date: Sundays in December; next, Dec. 1

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

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April; next, Dec. 3

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

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

Brown Bag Luncheon: DeKalb County Community Gardens

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

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

Dan Kenney of DeKalb County Community Gardens will speak.

Winter Chocolate Walk

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Visit participating merchants for free sweet treats, plus sales and specials. Visit every stop on the tour and become eligible to enter a raffle for a basket of merchandise from local stores.

Fire & Ice Shopping Event

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Blumen Gardens

Roast homemade chocolate marshmallows by the fire and sip champagne while you shop.

Tinctures for Health

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Learn to make an herbal tincture to fight cold and flu season. All supplies provided; attendees leave with a sample.

Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Federated Preschool, 612 W. State St.

More information: 815-764-9473

Cookies are $6 a pound in this major fundraiser for the preschool.

'Polar Express'

Time: 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Date: Dec. 6 – 8

Place: Sycamore Theater

Free screening of this animated family film.

Walk With Santa

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Midwest Museum of Natural History will host children's activities from 4 to 5:30 p.m. while children await Santa's arrival. Stomp Shoes will offer children treats during the same time. Santa will arrive at the Sycamore Theater at 5:45 p.m. and will walk with children at 6 p.m. to the courthouse, where he will light the community tree at 6:30 p.m. and hear children's wishes in his house.

Ronald Klein Retirement Open House

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

Dorwaldt Family Benefit Dinner

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-825-2349 or 815-757-0979

A spaghetti dinner to help offset the medical and related expenses of Greg Dorwaldt of DeKalb, who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Tornado Victims

Time: 6 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, 26555 Brickville Road

Cost: Adults $7, children 3-12 $5

Proceeds will support relief efforts in tornado-stricken areas of Illinois, through Lutheran Church Charities.

Muddy Paws Adoption Event

Time: 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: Mudslingers

Animals from TAILS Humane Society will be available for adoption.

Holiday Open House

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

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

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

Enjoy free museum admission, crafts, hot chocolate and cookie decorating.

90th Anniversary Open House

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: Sycamore Golf Course Clubhouse

'Angel Talk: How to Communicate With Your Guardian Angel'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Discover your guardian angel. This program emphasizes relationships, health, prosperity, financial security and happiness.

Craft Show

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Sycamore Moose Lodge, 317 W. State St.

'Christmas Vacation'

Time: 11 a.m.

Dates: Dec. 14 and 15

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free screening of the Chevy Chase comedy classic.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Dec. 5

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.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Waterman Community Building

Cost: Adults $7, children 4-12 $4.50

More information: 815-751-5751

This breakfast by the Waterman Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 39 includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Proceeds support local charities and projects.

Waterman House Walk

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of the walk

More information: 815-517-8071 or plrogers50@yahoo.com

Waterman Winery will provide a complimentary bottle of holiday spiced wine to ticket buyers 21 and older, while supplies last. There are five homes on the walk; some will offer refreshments. Horse and wagon rides will be offered from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors, and begin and end at the Waterman Presbyterian Church. Advance tickets are available at Simply IRZSTBL, Waterman State Bank, 1803 Candles and Waterman Winery. Day-of tickets will be available at the Clinton Township Community Building.

  BIG ROCK

Cookie Walk

Time: 6 a.m. – noon

Date: Friday, Dec. 13

Place: English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhoades Ave.

There will be an assortment of homemade Christmas cookies, sweet breads and candies.

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Nov. 27

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

Crochet Class

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 3

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Nov. 27

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

More information: 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 or salad.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

Place: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road

The members of the church offer a free Thanksgiving dinner open to anyone in the community who would like to attend.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

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

All are invited to eat. Donations to help Feed'em Soup's mission are accepted, but not required.

'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Free screening of this PG-13 movie, with popcorn.

Buck-a-Bag Book Sale

Time: Library hours

Dates: Dec. 1 – 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Fill a plastic grocery bag with used books for $1.

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 2

Place: KishHealth System EMS facility

Cost: $45

More information: 815-748-5951

This certified course for lay rescuers teaches when to call 911, how to give CPR, how to use an AED and how to provide choking relief. Price includes book. Registration required.

'Keeping the 'T' in Christmas' Upcycling Craft Workshop

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $10

Learn to turn old T-shirts into yarn, scarves, blankets, outfits and more. Bring your own shirts. Proceeds support the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Care of the Spine

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Back pain can be complex to treat. Join with a spine surgeon and physiatrist to learn about a variety of diagnostic tools and treatment options. Registration required.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner needed. Casual dress; leather-soled shoes recommended. There will be a basic lesson at 7 p.m., then social dancing.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Dec. 4

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.

Blue Christmas Service

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4

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

More information: 815-756-4888 or www.stpaulsdekalb.org

The holiday season, with its focus on good cheer, can be difficult for people feeling sad. The service will include prayers, Scripture and music focused on hope and healing. There will be light refreshments and conversation after the service.

Santa Comes to Town

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

There will be cookies, cocoa and caroling inside the Egyptian from 6-7 p.m. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m. and will visit with children inside his house in Van Buer Plaza until 8 p.m.

New Baby Care

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Bathing, diapering, feeding, sleeping and soothing a crying baby are a few of the topics covered in this class for new parents, grandparents and caregivers. Registration required.

Designer Clothing Resale

Time: Noon – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 5 – 7

Place: Grace Place, 401 Normal Road

More information: www.tailshumanesociety.org

A sale of gently-used men's and women's clothing and accessories from such designers as Coach, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Gucci will raise funds to support TAILS Humane Society.

Holiday Shopping Fair

Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 6 and 7

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

More information: 815-758-1351

Shop artist and vendor booths, with gift wrapping, seated-chair back massage and live music. There will be a continental breakfast and chili lunch – both meat and vegetarian – on Saturday. There will also be raffles and door prizes both days.

Christmas Cantata

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Dec. 6 and 7

Place: First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St.

More information: 815-756-6301 or www.firstumc.net

The Celebration Chorale presents its Christmas concert. Free-will offerings will be accepted. There will be refreshments after the performance.

Ellwood House Holiday Splendor

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: Dec. 6 – 8

Place: Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St.

Tickets: Adults $10, children 6-17 $5

More information: 815-756-4609 or www.ellwoodhouse.org

More than a dozen rooms in the four-story Ellwood mansion will be decorated for the holiday season. Santa will hear wishes in the Visitor Center, and there will be complimentary refreshments served.

Hollydays

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21

Place: Downtown DeKalb

Santa will visit with children in his house in Van Buer Plaza. There will also be complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown departing regularly from the DeKalb Public Library.

Country Music Show and Toy Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

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

More information: 815-762-5589

Live performances of country, bluegrass and gospel music. Performers are welcome to join. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, Dec. 8

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

This is a free yoga class open to the community. No registration required. All ages and abilities welcome. Wear loose-fitting clothing; mats will be provided.

Gurler Holiday Storytelling and Singalong

Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Place: Gurler House, 205 Pine St.

Enjoy the holiday decorations in the historic home, with free punch and cookies, an old-fashioned holiday story, and live music.

Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting

Time: 6:15 – 8 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Place: Hopkins Park Terrace Room

More information: 815-756-3000

A gentle service held worldwide for parents who have lost a child. Parents may bring photos of their children.

The Link Between Chronic Pain and Mental Health

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 9

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Chronic pain can cause emotional distress and affect your mental health. Learn how to recognize and manage this cycle. Registration is required for this free program.

AWAKE Support for Sleep Apnea

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 9

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-277-3979 ext. 215

Support and education for those living with sleep apnea. Registration is required for this free program.

'Ornamentation Celebration' Upcycling Craft Workshop

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: Tapa La Luna, 226 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $10

Turn old books and photos into new ornaments and learn how to give new life to old decorations. Bring copies of favorite photos. Proceeds support the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival.

Hope at the Holidays

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: KishHealth System Hospice

More information: 815-756-3000

A bereavement program for those facing the first year-end holidays after the death of a loved one.

Patient Panel: Living With an Implanted Device

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

A patient panel discussion, led by a cardiologist, about pacemaker and defibrillator implants. Hear the firsthand accounts of people living with implanted devices. Heart-healthy meal provided. Registration is required for this free program.

Breast-feeding Success

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishprograms.org

Winter Farmers Market

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

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

Cost: $1

Locally-grown produce, meats and other foods, homemade baked goods, art and craft vendors, live music and hot food.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Nov. 27

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.

Babysitting Fundraiser

Time: 2 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 30

Place: St. Catherine's Catholic Church

More information: 630-677-2113 or kimsiegwarth@gmail.com

Need some time for holiday shopping, or just some parents' time out? All ages of children are welcome at this fundraiser for St. Catherine's youth group. Donations will help fund the youth group's mission trip next summer. Call or email to RSVP.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 3

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

Christmas Craft Walk

Dates: Dec. 5 – 7

More information: 815-508-4925 or pswanson25@yahoo.com

More than 100 crafters will sell their goods at nine locations in the 39th annual craft walk. Maps are available at downtown businesses and at all craft walk stops.

Clothing Collection

Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: 401 W. Main St.

More information: 815-901-5524

Gently-used clothes will be collected for distribution. Please donate clean clothes sorted by size and gender.

Celebrate the Season

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Downtown Genoa

Santa will arrive in the Jingle Bell Parade. There will be a community tree lighting, carriage and wagon rides, a live Nativity, a petting zoo, face painting, carolers, live music, a storyteller, crafts, raffles, warming fires, food, vendor and charity booths. The skating rink will be open, weather permitting, and Santa will visit with children in his house.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, Dec. 7

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.

HINCKLEY

Cookie Walk

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, View and McKinley streets

More information: 815-286-7228 or 815-286-3391

Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. There will also be a bazaar, bake sale and "Grandma's attic treasures."

KINGSTON

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28

Place: Kingston Friendship Center, 120 S. Main St.

More information: 815-784-3921

The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted.

Roast Beef Supper

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

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

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

Cost: Adults $9, children $4

Complete dinner, including dessert. Carry-outs and gift certificates are available.

KIRKLAND

Christmas in Kirkland

Time: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

There will be a holiday breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Kirkland United Methodist Church. Attendees are asked to donate paper products for the Kirkland Food Pantry. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 4 and older. Santa will arrive at Alpine Bank at 9 a.m. and will visit with children until 11 a.m. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from 9-11 a.m. Music students from Hiawatha Schools will perform holiday music at the bank. Prizes for student art and essay contests and the holiday home lighting contest will be awarded at 10 a.m. at the bank.

LEE

Silent Knight Christmas Auction

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: St. James church

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-824-5008, www.silentknightauction.org or b72m@aol.com

There will be a Mexican buffet dinner and silent auction at 5 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

MALTA

Cookie Walk

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Malta United Methodist Church, corner of South Third and Sprague streets

The price for homemade cookies and candy will be $7.50 per pound.

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Nov. 27

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, Nov. 27

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

Blood Drive

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Place: Kishwaukee Family YMCA, 2500 Bethany Road

The Party Doctors

Time: 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Dates: Nov. 27 – 28

Place: Cabana Charley's

Local band The Party Doctors performs.

Black Friday Jumping Jolidays

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 29

Place: Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cost: $15 per child; discounts available for families with three or more children

More information: 815-895-8522 or jladas@cornerstonechristianacaemy.com

The Cornerstone gym will be filled with five inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses. The cost for each supervised four-hour session includes a pizza slice and juice box. Parents may stay at no extra cost, or can sign their children in and out. For children ages 3-12. Jumpers must wear socks and should wear comfortable clothing; no denim.

'White Christmas'

Time: 11 a.m. daily

Date: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free showing of the classic holiday film starring Bing Crosby.

Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop

Time: 1 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Place: Blumen Gardens

Cost: $45

More information: 815-895-3737

Decorators will guide participants through designing and decorating a personalized evergreen wreath. Cost includes supplies; extra embellishments can be purchased separately. Call to register.

Snake Feeding

Time: 1 – 1:15 p.m.

Date: Sundays in December; next, Dec. 1

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

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April; next, Dec. 3

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

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

Brown Bag Luncheon: DeKalb County Community Gardens

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

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

Dan Kenney of DeKalb County Community Gardens will speak.

Winter Chocolate Walk

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Visit participating merchants for free sweet treats, plus sales and specials. Visit every stop on the tour and become eligible to enter a raffle for a basket of merchandise from local stores.

Fire & Ice Shopping Event

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Blumen Gardens

Roast homemade chocolate marshmallows by the fire and sip champagne while you shop.

Tinctures for Health

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 5

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Learn to make an herbal tincture to fight cold and flu season. All supplies provided; attendees leave with a sample.

Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Federated Preschool, 612 W. State St.

More information: 815-764-9473

Cookies are $6 a pound in this major fundraiser for the preschool.

'Polar Express'

Time: 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Date: Dec. 6 – 8

Place: Sycamore Theater

Free screening of this animated family film.

Walk With Santa

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Midwest Museum of Natural History will host children's activities from 4 to 5:30 p.m. while children await Santa's arrival. Stomp Shoes will offer children treats during the same time. Santa will arrive at the Sycamore Theater at 5:45 p.m. and will walk with children at 6 p.m. to the courthouse, where he will light the community tree at 6:30 p.m. and hear children's wishes in his house.

Ronald Klein Retirement Open House

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

Dorwaldt Family Benefit Dinner

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 6

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

Tickets: $10

More information: 815-825-2349 or 815-757-0979

A spaghetti dinner to help offset the medical and related expenses of Greg Dorwaldt of DeKalb, who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Tornado Victims

Time: 6 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, 26555 Brickville Road

Cost: Adults $7, children 3-12 $5

Proceeds will support relief efforts in tornado-stricken areas of Illinois, through Lutheran Church Charities.

Muddy Paws Adoption Event

Time: 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: Mudslingers

Animals from TAILS Humane Society will be available for adoption.

Holiday Open House

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

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

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

Enjoy free museum admission, crafts, hot chocolate and cookie decorating.

90th Anniversary Open House

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7

Place: Sycamore Golf Course Clubhouse

'Angel Talk: How to Communicate With Your Guardian Angel'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Discover your guardian angel. This program emphasizes relationships, health, prosperity, financial security and happiness.

Craft Show

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Sycamore Moose Lodge, 317 W. State St.

'Christmas Vacation'

Time: 11 a.m.

Dates: Dec. 14 and 15

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free screening of the Chevy Chase comedy classic.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Dec. 5

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.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Waterman Community Building

Cost: Adults $7, children 4-12 $4.50

More information: 815-751-5751

This breakfast by the Waterman Lions Club and Boy Scout Troop 39 includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Proceeds support local charities and projects.

Waterman House Walk

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of the walk

More information: 815-517-8071 or plrogers50@yahoo.com

Waterman Winery will provide a complimentary bottle of holiday spiced wine to ticket buyers 21 and older, while supplies last. There are five homes on the walk; some will offer refreshments. Horse and wagon rides will be offered from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors, and begin and end at the Waterman Presbyterian Church. Advance tickets are available at Simply IRZSTBL, Waterman State Bank, 1803 Candles and Waterman Winery. Day-of tickets will be available at the Clinton Township Community Building.

 

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