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Town Crier Events for Dec. 11-25

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 9:03 p.m. CDT

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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, Dec. 11

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, Dec. 11

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. 17

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, Dec. 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Infants, toddlers and their caregivers engage in stories, songs and a craft.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 - 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11

Place; DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

A retired teacher will help DeKalb Dist. 428 students in grades 3-5 with their homework. Registration required.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Dec. 11

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.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Children up to age 5 and caregivers can have fun and learn to appreciate a second language with stories, songs and puppet play in Spanish and English.

Holiday Open House

Time: 5 - 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, 111 S. Second St.

Explore the association's gallery and enjoy light refreshments.

Computer Basics

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Practice cutting, copying and pasting, finding images on Google and resizing images. Sign up at the reference desk or by phone.

'A Christmas Carol'

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

Dates: Dec. 12 - 15

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

Tickets: Adults $12, children younger than 12, $9

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

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 13

Place; Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

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

More information: www.kishorchestra.org

Hollydays

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Saturdays, Dec. 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.

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.

Local History Book Signing

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

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

Copies of "Acres of Change: A History of DeKalb County, IL 1963-2013" will be signed by chapter authors. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Book Signing Event

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Barnes & Noble, 2439 Sycamore Road

Geneva authors Laura Heine and Karen Tomko will sign copies of their children's book, "Rodney the Repo Reindeer."

Free Community Dinner

Time: Noon

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Evangelical Free Church, 150 Bethany Road

More information: 815-756-8729

Call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by Dec. 13 to make reservations. Transportation is available.

'The Polar Express'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A free screening of this animated Christmas film. Rated G.

DeKalb High School Madrigal Dinners

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 14, 20 and 21

Place: Dec. 14 at DeKalb High School; Dec. 20 and 21 at Altgeld Hall, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: DHS show, adults $20, children $10. NIU show, adults $30, children $12

More information: 815-754-2120

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17

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.

Dietitian's Dish

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

More information: 815-748-2958

A clinical dietitian presents food demonstrations for healthy living.

Blood Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Kishwaukee Concert Band: 'Holiday Sounds'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

The Kishwaukee Concert Band presents holiday music and an audience sing-along.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Dec. 18

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. Dec. 18 menu is roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, fruited gelatin, dinner roll and dessert. Anyone interested in donating baked goods for a dessert buffet can call 815-758-3932 or email ljordal@vacdk.com.

Infant Safety and CPR

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15 per couple

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

Learn about childproofing, poison prevention, SIDS, CPR, choking rescue and more. Not a certification class. Registration required.

Fish Fry Buffet

Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 20

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $10 plus tax, children $6 plus tax

Buffet includes cod, walleye, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, soup, baked potato, french fries, coleslaw and salad bar. No carryouts.

Free Community Dinner

Time: 4 - 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: Flippin Eggs, 831 S. Fourth St.

A dinner for those in need. There will be dinner, dessert, and gifts for everyone. Donations of gifts and gift cards are needed in advance of the dinner.

Living After Loss

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 23

Place: KishHealth System Hospice

More information: 815-756-3000

Support for parents who have lost a child, no matter the child's age.

Free Community Dinner

Time: 4 - 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 25

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

The menu for the holiday meal is ham, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, soup, salad, dessert and treats. There will be holiday music and decorations. Those who are able to pay for their meal via a donation are encouraged to do so, but donations are not required.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Dec. 11

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.

'Jane Austen and Her Women'

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: Resource Bank Community Room

Leslie Goddard returns with her one-woman show, this time as Jane Austen, whose history is told through her famous heroines. Sponsored by the Genoa Public Library.

Pack the Bus Food Drive

Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School, Piggly Wiggly and downtown Genoa

Look for the yellow school buses and drop off donations of nonperishable foods and personal hygiene products for the Genoa-Kingston Food Pantry. Gift card donations are also sought to buy perishable items like meat.

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, Dec. 15

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

Cost: $9

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 17

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

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, Dec. 20

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

Cost: $5

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

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Sunday of every month; next, Dec. 22

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

HINCKLEY

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: Hinckley Fire Department, 911 N. Sycamore St.

KINGSTON

Breakfast

Time: 7 - 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

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

Cost: Adults $7, children younger than 4 $3

Eggs cooked to order, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, English muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Carryouts available. Santa will visit with children from 8 to 11 a.m., and there will be a special holiday menu and treats for children.

Blood Drive

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 23

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

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.

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.

MAPLE PARK

Cookie Sale and Breakfast with Santa Claus

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: St. Mary's Novak Center

More information: 815-827-3302

Cookies will be sold for $6 per pound; advance orders can be placed until Dec. 12. Santa will be available for photos and light refreshments with children.

SHABBONA

Ice Fishing Seminar

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 14

Place: Pokanoka's Restaurant, Shabbona Lake State Park

More information: shabbonalake.com

Ice fishing tournament competitor Jim Kopjo will speak on ice fishing. The seminar will be streamed live online.

Waterman and Shabbona Elementary Winter Music Programs

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: Waterman Tuesday, Dec. 17; Shabbona Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: Indian Creek High School

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will perform a variety of holiday songs.

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Dec. 11

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, Dec. 11

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

Relay for Life Luminaria Vigil

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12

Place: Kishwaukee Bible Church, 201 W. State St.

Luminaria will be sold for $10 each from 6:30 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., participants will walk to the courthouse lawn for the vigil, remembering those fighting cancer and those who lost their fight.

Cookies with Santa

Time: 3:30 - 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - noon Saturday

Dates: Dec. 13 and 14

Place: Sycamore Golf Club Clubhouse, 940 E. State St.

Free cookies and cocoa with Santa, plus a craft station. Parents should bring their own camera to take a photo of their children with Santa. The event is free, but donations of nonperishable food items for the Sycamore Food Pantry or new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are encouraged.

Sycamore High School Madrigal Dinners

Time: 6 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 13 and 14

Place: St. Mary Memorial Hall, 210 Waterman St.

Tickets: $27

More information: 815-899-8160 ext. 2173

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.

Snake Feeding

Time: 1 – 1:15 p.m.

Date: Sundays in December; next, Dec. 15

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

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through April; next, Dec. 17

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

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

Masterpiece Book and Film Club

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17

Place: Sycamore Public Library

A discussion of the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern, and the movie it inspired, "It's a Wonderful Life."

'Elf'

Time: 11 a.m. daily

Dates: Dec. 20 – 24 and 26

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free screening of this Will Ferrell holiday comedy.

Gospel and Bluegrass Concert

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, Dec. 21

Place: Sycamore Baptist Church, 302 Somonauk St.

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.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Dec. 12

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.

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Fourth Saturday of even-numbered months; next, Dec. 28

Place: City lot on Route 30

Items accepted for recycling include anything with a battery or that plugs into a wall; batteries; refrigerators; monitors; scrap metal; cardboard and plastic.

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