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Town Crier events for Jan. 8 – 22

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 10:06 a.m. CST

(Continued from Page 5)

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Jan. 8

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, Jan. 8

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Third-Grade and Up Writer's Group

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Date: Mondays; next, Jan. 13

Place: Cortland Community Library

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Jan. 14

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Jan. 8

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.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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

Blood Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9

Place: Fifth Third Bank, 2707 Sycamore Road

More information: 815-748-5000 or www.heartlandbc.org

Park District Community Forum

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9

Place: Hopkins Park Terrace Room

More information: www.dekalbparkdistrict.com

The park district will hold a community forum to gather public input on characteristics it should seek in its next executive director. There is an online survey to fill out and bring to the forum; those unable to attend can give their input online.

Computer Basics

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to perform essential tasks using a mouse and keyboard while navigating the Windows operating system. Laptop computers will be provided for use in class. Sign up at the reference desk or by phone.

Vision Board Workshop

Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 11

Place: To be announced

Cost: $32

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

A vision board is a tool to manifest your goals. It can be used to clarify goals and tap into your deepest desires. Registration required.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, Jan. 12

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.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, Jan. 12

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.

Northern Illinois Wedding Expo

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 12

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, NIU

More information: www.niu.edu/hsc/special_events/bridalexpo.shtml

The expo will feature more than 55 exhibitors, a groom's room, and a fashion show at 2 p.m. Admission is free and includes taste-testing. Parking is available in the NIU visitors lot on Carroll Avenue or in the Campus Life Building lot on Normal Road.

'Jungle Book' Auditions

Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 – 9 p.m. Monday

Dates: Jan. 12 and 13

Place: First United Methodist Church, Fourth and Oak streets

More information: cctonstage.com

Children 7 to 17 are invited to audition for a production of the Disney version of "Jungle Book."

Performances will be March 28-30.

Tales for Twos

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Jan. 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A special story time for 2-year-old children. Older and younger children are also welcome to attend.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Jan. 15

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. Jan. 15 menu is vegetable lasagna with fruit, salad, French bread and dessert. Jan. 29 menu is meatloaf with mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit and a dinner roll.

STEM Cafe: Saving the Brain: Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15

Place: Eduardo's, 214 E. Lincoln Highway

Dr. Doug Wallace of Northern Illinois University will share research regarding new therapies and early interventions for Alzheimer's patients. STEM Cafes are informal gatherings where people can speak one-on-one with science, technology, engineering and math professionals about the latest research. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Amy Rhodes & Friends

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

This faculty music recital will be webcast live at www.niu.edu/music.

Computer Basics: Files and Folders

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

The class will include time to practice saving and finding your files on a computer and on a flash drive. It also includes time to practice making a computer file folder and moving files around. Sign up by phone or at the reference desk.

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Buffet

Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Jan. 17

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $10, children 6 and younger $6

Buffet includes cod, walleye, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, soup, baked potato, french fries, coleslaw and salad bar. Dine-in only.

Blood Drive

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: CVS, 1022 W. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-748-0648 or www.heartlandbc.org

Blood Drive

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road

Graduate Piano Recital

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

Le Vent du Nord

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: DeKalb High School auditorium

Tickets: Adults $10, students $5

More information: 815-756-1263

Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord will perform.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Civic Reflection

Time: March from 4 – 5 p.m.; civic reflection from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Marchers will meet outside Stevenson North residence hall on the Northern Illinois University campus and march around campus, then enjoy refreshments in the Holmes Student Center Glass Gallery and write their dreams on the Dream Wall. At 6 p.m., people will gather in the student center's Heritage Room to talk about issues of equality and diversity faced historically and today.

Bridge of Hope

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 20 – Feb. 24

Place: KishHealth System Hospice

More information: 815-756-3000

A six-week bereavement support for adults who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Get educated about the grief journey, and receive understanding and compassion from others traveling the same path. Registration requested.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21

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.

Diversity and Equity Centers' Service in Action

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Holmes Student Center Glass Gallery

Learn about the different diversity and equity centers on the Northern Illinois University campus.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Holmes Student Center

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion: 'A Quiet Revolution'

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A scholar-led reading and discussion program designed to foster opportunities for informed conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslim peoples. Orayb Najjar, journalism professor at Northern Illinois University, will lead the discussion of "A Quiet Revolution" by Leila Ahmed. Copies of the book are available at the library. This discussion is for mature teens and adults.

Graduate Trombone Recital

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Jan. 8

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.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Jan. 14

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

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, Jan. 17

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

Cost: $5

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

Winterfest

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: Russell Woods Forest Preserve

More information: 815-784-2000 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

Horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., reading of "The Mitten" at 2 p.m., candle-dipping from 10 a.m. until noon. Interpretive family hikes at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Make-and-take crafts and winter activities all day. Dress for the weather.

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, Jan. 19

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

Cost: $9

HAMPSHIRE

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9

Place: First United Methodist Church, 207 Grove St.

More information: 847-683-2598 or www.heartlandbc.org

KINGSTON

Community Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Second Saturday of each month; next, Jan. 11

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

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

More information: 815-784-3921

Eggs cooked to order, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, English muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Carry-outs and gift certificates available.

KIRKLAND

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Kirkland Fire Department, 3891 Route 72

More information: 815-519-0578 or www.heartlandbc.org

LEE

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16

Place: St. James Catholic Church, 221 W. Kirke Gate

More information: 815-824-2684 or www.heartlandbc.org

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Jan. 8

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.

Knee Pain Workshop

Time: Noon and 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8

Place: Mitchel Lounge, inside the Jane Fargo Hotel

More information: 815-895-3354

Sycamore Integrated Health will give a presentation on options available to relieve chronic knee pain. Lunch or dinner included; reservations required.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Jan. 8

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

H.O.P.E.: Heart Opening Prosperity Empowerments

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 9

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Life coach Joan Protano will teach you to realize the goals for your life.

Pajama Story Time

Time: 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursdays in January; next, Jan. 9

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Children 3 to 6 are invited to wear pajamas to this bedtime story time.

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 11

Place: Hy-Vee, 2700 DeKalb Ave.

More information: 815-758-8995 or www.heartlandbc.org

Career Works: Application Dos and Don'ts

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Monday, Jan. 13

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Learn about the art of filling out job applications.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Dates: Tuesdays in January; next, Jan. 14

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Stories and music for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old.

Pay-It-Forward House Volunteer Orientation

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15

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

More information: 815-762-4882 or info@payitforwardhouse.org

Learn about volunteer opportunities at the hospital hospitality house.

Gospel and Bluegrass Concert

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, Jan. 18

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.

'Let's Live Long and Live Well'

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Place: DeKalb County Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

More information: 815-758-8194 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

Learn how daily habits and food choices affect important health factors. There will be a healthy-cooking demonstration with samples and recipes. Registration preferred.

'Julie & Julia' Book and Movie Night

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Watch the 2009 movie "Julie & Julia," then talk about the book by Julie Powell that inspired the movie.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, Jan. 8

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Stories for children 3 to 5.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Jan. 9

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.

Blogging Basics with Cat Frega

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

More information: 815-264-3339

Learn the basics of blogging. Registration is required for this free program.

Healthy Eating Series: Jump-Start Your Metabolism

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Jan. 20

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

More information: 815-264-3339

Lisa Brandt, registered dietitian from Hy-Vee, will present this free program. Registration is required.

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