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Town Crier events for Jan. 15-29

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 9:25 a.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Jan. 15

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. 15

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. 20

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. 21

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. 15

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. 15

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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

'Time, Fairies and Destruction'

Time: 12:10 – 12:50 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315, Northern Illinois University

A demonstration and show-and-tell by Cindy Hellyer-Heinz from the NIU School of Art Faculty Exhibition.

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.

Retirement Open House

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16

Place: NB&T Market Square, 2290 Sycamore Road

An open house for the retirement of Char Lupton.

'Time Travel and Ritual Performance at the Nunnery Quadrangle of Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico'

Time: 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315, Northern Illinois University

A slide lecture by Jeff Karl Kowalski of the NIU School of Art.

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.

'Bill W. and Dr. Bob'

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

Dates: Jan. 17 – 19

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

Tickets: $5

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

The story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous. Tickets available at the door.

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.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, Jan. 19

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.

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.

Tales for Twos

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Jan. 21

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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.

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

'The Aesthetics of John Dewey as a Basis for Arts-Based Research'

Time: 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315, Northern Illinois University

A lecture and show-and-tell by Richard Siegesmund of the NIU School of Art.

School and Community Garden Training

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

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

More information: 815-732-2191 for more information, 815-793-0950 to RSVP

Learn about gardening, incorporating the garden into classroom activities, and how gardeners can coordinate with DeKalb County Community Gardens to help feed the hungry in our community. Soup and bread will be provided.

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

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

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

More information: 815-758-0691 or www.heartlandbc.org

'Edible'

Time: 5 – 5:50 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315, Northern Illinois University

Artist slide talk by Karen Brown of the NIU School of Art.

'The March on Washington Celebrating 50 Years'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

Place: NIU Center for Black Studies

Meet the winners of high school and middle school art contests to describe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for equality. Then view and discuss the film "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

Excel I

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Introductory Microsoft Excel teaches you the basic skills in creating workbooks, using basic formulas and other functions. Sign up by phone, online or at the reference desk.

Unlimited Potato Bar and Rummage Sale

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Jan. 24 and 25

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

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

A potato bar, featuring baked potatoes, mashed potatoes and dozens of "fixings" like cheese, chives, chili and more. A rummage sale will be held at the same time. Proceeds benefit Feed'em Soup.

Graduate Percussion Recital

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Jan. 24

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

Graduate Piano Recital

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 25

Place: Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

Due East and NIU Percussion Ensemble

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Jan. 27

Place: NIU Music Building

More information: www.niu.edu/music

'Prostate Cancer: Navigating Your Options'

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

More information: 815-748-2958

Learn the latest treatment options and their pros and cons. Box lunch provided. Registration required.

'Re-Examining the New Art Examiner'

Time: 12:10 – 12:50 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Place: Altgeld Hall Room 315, Northern Illinois University

An informal talk by Barbara Jaffee of the NIU School of Art.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Jan. 15

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, 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

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Jan. 21

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

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Sunday of every month; next, Jan. 26

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

KINGSTON

Trivia Night

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Place: Five Points Pub

Cost: $5 per person

Come alone or bring a team. Proceeds benefit the G-K Education Foundation mini-grants.

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

MALTA

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

Place: Malta Elementary School

Evil Genius Workshop

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Dates: Jan. 27 – 31

Place: Kishwaukee College Room A1102

More information: 815-825-2086, ext. 5100 or rebecca.hodson@kishwaukeecollege.edu

Build your own arsenal for your Evil Genius toolbox. Drop in anytime and sharpen your skills by creating mini-tools and devices. This event goes all week and is open to everyone. All materials will be provided.

SHABBONA

Summer Rec Baseball/Softball Signup

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18

Place: Old School House

More information: indiancreekrecreation.org

SYCAMORE

Story Time

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

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays through April; next, Jan. 15

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.

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.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Jan. 15

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

DeKalb Christian Women's Connection

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Jan. 16

Place: Blumen Gardens, 325 Edward St.

Cost: $10

More information: 815-762-5513

Dawn Sukach of D&D Jewelers will present the special feature. The speaker will be Linda Dutton, who will present "Tall, But Still Growing."

Pajama Story Time

Time: 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursdays in January; next, Jan. 16

Place: Sycamore Public Library

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

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.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Dates: Tuesdays in January; next, Jan. 21

Place: Sycamore Public Library

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

'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.

Making Weight Loss Work

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Put your New Year's resolutions into action and discover ways to stay fit.

Blood Drive

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 25

Place: Walgreens, 1340 DeKalb Ave.

Basketball Skills Training Camp

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Dates: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9

Place: Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cost: $50

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

The Cornerstone boys varsity basketball team will teach boys in first through fifth grade basketball fundamentals. Campers will show off what they learned during the Feb. 11 varsity game. Proceeds benefit the boys varsity team's travel fund and CCA Sports Boosters.

'Making a Meaningful Nursing Home Visit'

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28

Place: DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

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

Learn to identify with nursing home residents and identify the emotions that may prevent quality time on nursing home visits. Practical ideas for making visits more valuable and enjoyable will be shared. Registration required.

'Large Predators Return...Or Are They?'

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Place: DeKalb County Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

A presentation on large mammals such as cougars, wolves, and bears that have been sighted in northern Illinois.

'Sacred Spaces: Turning Your Home into a Sanctuary'

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Join Jill Angelo, author of "Sacred Space," to learn the 12 essential tools to turn your living space into an organized, relaxing reflection of your personal style.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, Jan. 15

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Stories for children 3 to 5.

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.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Jan. 16

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.

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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