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Town Crier events for Dec. 18-Jan. 1

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 5:41 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Dec. 18

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. 18

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. 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Stories and songs for infants, toddlers and their parents. There will be a craft and a visit from Santa after story time.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 - 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

A retired teacher will provide homework help to children in DeKalb School District 428 grades 3 through 5. Registration required.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Dec. 18

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.

E-Book Help Lab

Time: 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Free, drop-in help in downloading e-books to digital devices. The library also has e-readers available for checkout.

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 clnical 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.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Children up to age 5 and their caregivers can learn to appreciate stories and songs in two languages with this story time in both Spanish and English. A craft will be made after story time.

Complimentary Gift Wrapping

Time: 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday, noon - 2 p.m. Friday

Date: Dec. 19 and 20

Place: DeKalb Public Library fireplace

Get small or medium gifts wrapped for free; donations to the library are accepted.

Intro to Microsoft Publisher

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to make a greeting card or holiday letter. Register at the reference desk, by phone or at dkpl.org.

Lou Reed Retrospective

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

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

An evening of discussion on Lou Reed's life, history and musical accomplishments.

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.

Farewell to Karel

Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 19

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Local bluegrass band Truman's Ridge will have a special show and jam session to bid farewell to bass player Karel Waska, who is leaving the band to return home to the Czech Republic.

Peace Vigil Food Drive

Time: 5 - 6 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 20

Place: Memorial Park, North First Street and West Lincoln Highway

The DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice will collect food for the New Hope Baptist Church food pantry during its weekly peace vigil.

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.

Hollydays

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Saturday, Dec. 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.

'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A free screening of this PG movie.

Santa Visit

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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.

Sports Art Spectacular

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: The Ballroom Gallery, 134 1/2 Lincoln Highway, second floor

Artwork by some of Chicago's top sports artists, including Cory J. Cravatta, Dan St. Clair, and Michael Figueroa.

Winter Solstice Soul Solace Workshop

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

Place: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St.

Cost: $35

More information: 815-739-4329 or abcliving@gmail.com

A healing and releasing guided meditation and tools to connect to your soul. Registration required.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, Dec. 22

Place: DeKalb Masonic Lodge 144, East Fairview and South Fourth streets

Cost: Adults $6, children 5 to 12 $4, children 4 and younger free

Pancakes, pork sausage, eggs cooked to order, toast, coffee, orange juice and milk. Biscuits and gravy are available for $4 for a full order or $2 for a half order.

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. 18

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

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

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.

New Year's Eve Celebration

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31

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

Cost: $25

Cash bar. Dinner - choice of prime rib or chicken - is served at 7 p.m. Dancing throughout the evening, with a champagne toast at midnight.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 24

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

HINCKLEY

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21

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

KINGSTON

Blood Drive

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 23

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

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Dec. 18

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. 18

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

'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.

'Home Alone'

Time: 11 a.m.

Dates: Dec. 27 – 29

Place: Sycamore Theater

A free screening of the Christmas comedy starring Macaulay Culkin.

Blood Drive

Time: Noon - 4 p.m.

Date: Monday, Dec. 30

Place: DeKalb County Government Center, 110 E. Sycamore St.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Dec. 19

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: 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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