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Town Crier Events for Feb. 12-26

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Feb. 12

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, Feb. 12

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, Feb. 17

Place: Cortland Community Library

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Feb. 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, Feb. 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Infants, toddlers and caregivers are invited for stories, songs and a craft.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

A retired teacher will help DeKalb School District 428 students in grades 3-5 with homework assignments and tutoring. Sign up in advance; limited to five students.

NIU School of Art Faculty Exhibition Closing Reception

Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Place: NIU Art Museum, first floor, Altgeld Hall

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Feb. 12

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

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Get help downloading books to electronic devices. Free, drop-in service.

Help, I Need Dialysis!

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

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

Learn who needs dialysis and why; the options available for dialysis and transplant; and management of chronic kidney disease. Free, registration required.

Computer Files and Folders

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 13

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Practice saving and finding files on a computer and a flash drive, and moving files and folders to different locations.

'Let's Make Music'

Time: 2 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

A local music teacher will help children 2-5 and their caregivers explore music together through beats, listening, instruments, literature and movement. Older and younger siblings also welcome.

Valentine's Day Tea Party

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 14

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Kids ages 6-11 can decorate cupcakes, enjoy cucumber sandwiches, play bingo, sip chamomile tea with honey and make a craft. Limited to 12 children; registration required.

Kish Art to the Community

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment

Dates: Through Feb 28

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

More information: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

A group exhibition of art by current students at Kishwaukee College. The exhibit includes a variety of media, including painting, photography, ceramics and digital art.

'The Wedding Singer'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15

Place: DeKalb Public Library

A free screening of this PG-13 comedy.

Beatles Nite

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15

Place: Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St.

Cost: $5

An evening of poetry, theatrical performances, fashion and music.

Gaelic Storm

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 15

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: $25 – $37

More information: 815-758-1225 or www.egyptiantheatre.org

Foot-stomping fun with this international band and its music infused with Celtic influences.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, Feb. 16

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dates: Monday, Feb. 17 and Tuesday, Feb. 25

Place: Douglas Hall, 1201 N. Stadium Drive

More information: www.heartlandbc.org

Ruth Page School of Dance Intensive Auditions

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 17

Place: Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance

More information: 312-337-6543 or 815-753-1334

Registration begins at 3 p.m. and auditions begin at 3:30 p.m. The intensive offers a program for dancers 10 and older, both pre-professional and professional, that introduces the dancer to the demands of a professional career. The intensive will take place over four weeks in the summer.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 17

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road

More information: 815-756-1113 or www.heartlandbc.org

Boys Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 17

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $10 per family

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

A program for boys ages 9 to 12 and an adult male relative. The natural changes a young boy experiences can be overwhelming; knowing what to expect can lessen anxiety. Registration required.

Girls Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $10 per family

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

A program for girls ages 9 to 12 and an adult female relative. The natural changes a young girl experiences can be overwhelming; knowing what to expect can lessen anxiety. Registration required.

Tales for Twos

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Feb. 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner needed; leather-soled shoes recommended. The evening begins with a basic lesson in swing steps.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Feb. 19

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Place: New Residence Hall Community Center, 1775 Lincoln Ave.

Bookcase Project Fundraising Banquet

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Place: DeKalb High School cafeteria, 501 W. Dresser Road

Tickets: $16

More information: 815-758-8577

Ticket includes dinner, entertainment by the DeKalb High School A Cappella Choir, and a copy of "Learning, Earning and Giving Back" by Jim Davison. Proceeds support the DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project, which provides bookcases and starter libraries to local at-risk preschoolers from low-income families.

This One's for the Girls

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Dates: Feb. 21 and 22

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: www.kishforthegirls.org

Health screenings, snacks, giveaways, prizes, education, pampering and shopping for women. No registration required.

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Buffet

Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Feb. 21

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, cole slaw and salad bar. Dine-in only.

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

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

More information: 815-756-7089 or www.heartlandbc.org

Red Cross Fire Safety

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Place: DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road

More information: 312-729-6295

The first 50 families to pre-register by phone will receive free fire safety equipment like fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. There will be safety and education activities for families and children.

Bunco Night for The Gracie Center

Time: 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Place: Kishwaukee Country Club

Tickets: $25

More information: www.thegraciecenter.org

Tickets include dinner, raffles, and a bunco tournament to support The Gracie Center. Tickets are available online, at the Genoa Pharmacy in Genoa, or from Kerrie Ryan, Brooke Murphy, Deanna Thornton, Kara Atwater, Gina Kelm, Julie Craig or Chuck Rose.

Safe Passage Evening of Chocolate

Time: 7 – 10 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Place: Faranda's Banquet Center, 302 Grove St.

Tickets: $40

More information: 815-756-7930

A light buffet and a variety of chocolate treats and a cash bar. Live music, a silent auction, and 50/50 cash raffle. Proceeds support Safe Passage, which provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Blood Drive

Time: 1 – 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24

Place: Holmes Student Center

Living After Loss

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24

Place: KishHealth System Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road

More information: 815-756-3000

For parents who have lost a child, no matter the child's age. Free, registration required.

Developing Positive Emotional Habits

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

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

A licensed marriage and family therapist teaches techniques to become more resilient, improve your outlook, and build stronger relationships. Free, registration required.

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

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

Learn about breast reconstruction and other reconstructive and plastic surgery options after a mastectomy. Free, registration required.

Dietitian's Dish

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: 815-748-2958 or www.kishprograms.org

A clnical dietitian offers free food demonstrations and ways to incorporate healthy eating into your life. Free, no registration required.

Muslim Journeys: 'The Butterfly Mosque'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Northern Illinois University professor Ismael Montana will lead a discussion of the book by G. Willow Wilson.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Feb. 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.

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, Feb. 16

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

Cost: $9

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Feb. 18

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

College Illinois!

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Place: Genoa Public Library

A presenter from College Illinois! will share information about the state's prepaid tuition program. This program is designed for parents and grandparents looking to begin saving for a student's future education.

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, Feb. 21

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

Cost: $5

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

Blood Drive

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, Feb. 23

Place: St. Catherine of Genoa, 340 S. Stott St.

More information: 815-784-2355 or www.heartlandbc.org

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Sunday of every month; next, Feb. 23

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

Blood Drive

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School, 980 Park Ave.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; next, Feb. 12

Place: Hinckley Public Library, 100 N. Maple St.

For children ages 15 months through 5 years, with a caregiver.

LEGO Group

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Every Friday; next, Feb. 14

Place: Hinckley Public Library, 100 N. Maple St.

Open to all ages; please do not bring LEGOs from home.

KINGSTON

Swiss Steak Supper

Time: 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 1

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

Kirkland Historical Society

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Place: Olson Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St.

Mel and Sheri Moehling will talk about barn quilts.

MALTA

Crop Management Conference

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dates: Feb. 12 and 13

Place: Kishwaukee College

Cost: $130 in advance; $150 at the door (check only)

More information: web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec

SHABBONA

Rootworm Management

Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Place: Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center, 14509 University Road

More information: 815-274-1343

Blood Drive

Time: 2:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Place: Prairie Crossing Supportive Living Center, 407 W. Comanche Ave.

More information: 815-824-8480 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, Feb. 12

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, Feb. 12

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

'The Diary of Anne Frank'

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday

Date: Feb. 13 – 15

Place: Sycamore High School

Tickets: $6

More information: 815-899-8160 ext. 2173 or syc427.org

The classic tale of a Jewish girl and her family hiding from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Gospel and Bluegrass Concert

Time: 5 – 10 p.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month; next, Feb. 15

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.

Raven's Husky Haven and Rescue Open House

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16

Place: 27779 Five Points Road

More information: 815-508-8007 or www.ravenshunskyhavenandrescue.org

Meet the huskies, tour the facility, get a picture taken with a sled dog and learn how to help.

Blood Drive

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Place: Bethany Animal Hospital, 2400 Bethany Road

More information: 815-756-3279 or www.heartlandbc.org

Relay for Life Chili Cook-off

Time: Noon – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Place: Sycamore High School cafeteria

Cost: Taste tickets $1 each, six for $5. Bowl of chili $5.

More information: www.relayforlife.org/dekalbil

Learn about Relay for Life and sample chili with condiments and cornbread. Proceeds benefit the 2014 Relay for Life of DeKalb County.

All-You-Can-Eat Chili Dinner

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

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

Tickets: $6

More information: 815-895-2931

Striking Out Encephalitis

Time: 6 p.m. – midnight

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22

Place: Four Seasons Sports, 1745 DeKalb Ave.

Cost: $15 per person, $25 per couple

More information: 815-895-5125 or 815-508-3584

Single cost includes shoe rental and two games; couple cost includes shoe rental and three shared games. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, appetizers and DJ. On World Encephalitis Day, this benefit supports encephalitis awareness and honors 7-year-old Tristyn Smith of Sycamore, a two-time herpes simplex encephalitis survivor. All proceeds benefit the Encephalitis Society.

Eat to Beat Heart Disease: Benefits of Adding Soy

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $15

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

Registration required.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, Feb. 12

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Stories for children 3 to 5.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Feb. 13

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.

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