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Town Crier Events for April 30-May 14

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:18 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 30

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, April 30

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Community Garage Sale and Craft Show

Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dates: May 2 and 3

More information: 815-756-4851 or 815-761-7054 or cortlandil.org

Maps will be available at welcome stations around town the day of the sale. There will be coffee and doughnuts served at map stations. There will be food vendors around town. Registration information available online.

Third-Grade and Up Writer's Group

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Date: Mondays; next, May 5

Place: Cortland Community Library

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, May 6

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, April 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

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

Blood Drive

Time: 2:30 - 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 30

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

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 30

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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, April 30

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.

Bedtime Stories

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Pajamas are welcome at this special evening story time.

New Baby Care

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 1

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

Files and Folders

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 1

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Practice saving and finding files on a computer and flash drive.

Counselor LGBT Training

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 2

Place: Gabel Hall Learning Center, NIU

More information: ewoodruff1@niu.edu

Training for counselors and other mental health professionals on the unique challenges faced by LGBT clients.

Mom and Baby Group

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: First Friday of each month; next, May 2

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

A fun, informal group that discusses issues affecting mothers and children. Guest speakers featured monthly.

DeKalb High School Plant Sale

Time: 3 – 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. – noon Saturday

Dates: May 2 – 3

Place: DeKalb High School greenhouse

The DHS horticulture class will sell bedding plants, vegetables and hanging baskets they produced.

Zumba Party

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: First Friday of each month; next, May 2

Place: DeKalb Park District Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. Fourth St.

Cost: $5

More information: www.dekalbparkdistrict.com

No registration required to try out a class in this Latin-dance-inspired, calorie-burning workout.

Breast-feeding Success

Time: 9 a.m. - noon

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required. There will be a free tour of the hospital's maternity suites at 1 p.m.; register separately for the tour.

Communiversity Town Hall

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: City Hall council chambers

The public is invited to talk with representatives of the city of DeKalb and Northern Illinois University about ideas being discussed for partnerships between the city and university.

Basic Gardening and Seed Saving Tips

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: DeKalb Public Library

DeKalb County Community Gardens will present a free workshop on basic gardening tips and how to save seeds for next year's garden.

Free Comic Book Day

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: Graham Crackers Comics, 901R Lucinda Ave.

Everyone who stops by the store will receive three exclusive Free Comic Book Day comics and three more select comics, all for free. A guest artist will do free character sketches, and there will be a raffle for free graphic novels.

Super Siblings

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

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $10 per family

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required. Children can learn what to expect when their family's new baby arrives. There will be a free tour of the maternity suites from 1-2 p.m.; register for the tour separately.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra featuring the NIU Steel Band

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building

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

More information: 815-756-3728 or www.kishorchestra.org

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra's spring concert, "Sostakovich and Steel," will feature guest artists the Northern Illinois University Steel Band. A free, pre-concert lecture by conductor Linc Smelser will be presented in Room 173 at 6:30 p.m.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, May 4

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.

Through My Eyes Art Exhibit Opening

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, May 4

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbgallery.com

Swing Dancing Fourth Anniversary Celebration

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Place: O'Leary's, 260 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

Get a swing dance lesson at 7 p.m. from special guest instructors, then social dancing to the live music of the Barb City Stompers. No partner required. First-time dancers will receive a $2 voucher to a future Barb City Swing Connection dance.

Northern Rehab After Hours Open House

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 8

Place: Northern Rehab, 3266 Resource Parkway

Meet new massage therapist Maddie Hiltz, tour the clinic, sample hors d'oeuvres, enjoy a free chair massage, enter a raffle for a free massage and win door prizes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Informational Session

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 8

Place: Family Service Agency, 14 Health Services Drive

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and get answers to questions or concerns about volunteering with the mentoring program.

Plant Sale

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Dates: May 9 and 10

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

More information: 815-758-0691

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, May 11

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.

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Monday, May 12

Place: KishHealth System Emergency Medical Services

Cost: $45

More information: www.kishprograms.org

What Do the New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean to You?

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, May 12

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Should I Worry About Poor Leg Circulation?

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 14

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: www.kishprograms.org

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 30

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.

Hope for Ethan

Time: 4 p.m. – midnight

Date: Saturday, May 3

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

Tickets: $10

This fundraiser for Ethan Slinkard includes a pig roast dinner, bake sale, beer garden, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and live music by The Back Up Plan and Shuvlhed. Proceeds will help Ethan's family attempt hyperbaric therapy in an effort to relieve his mitochondrial disease.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, May 6

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

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; next, April 30

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, May 2

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

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

KINGSTON

Pork Roast Supper

Time: 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

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.

Community Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Second Saturday of each month; next, May 10

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.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 30

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, May 1

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

Brown Bag Lunch: Early Photography

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, May 1

Place: Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St.

More information: 815-895-5762 or sycamorehistory.org

NIU Professor Emeritus Larry Gregory will speak about the early development of photography and the evolution of pioneering photographic techniques.

Bunco

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, May 1

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

Cost: $10

Collins Dental Art Display

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 2

Place: Collins Dental Group

More information: 815-758-3666 or www.collinsdentalgroup.com

Art by students at DeKalb and Sycamore high schools will be on display in this judged exhibit. The event includes light refreshments and live music.

Community Appreciation Day

Time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 3

Place: Sycamore Integrated Health, 920 W. Prairie Drive, Suite J

More information: 815-895-3354

Free health screenings, games, door prizes, raffles and food. A blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; blood donors will receive a gift card for a free 30-minute massage.

Sycamore High School Plant Sale

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekends, 3:10 – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

Dates: May 3 – 11

Place: Sycamore High School greenhouse, on the south side of the building

More information: 815-899-2160 ext. 2168 or kpoynter@syc427.org

A sale of annuals, perennials, and herbs grown by students in the greenhouse. Proceeds benefit the agriculture program.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Time: 1 - 9 p.m.

Date: Sunday, May 4

Place: Bill Johnson Boulevard, behind Taxco restaurant in downtown Sycamore

Live music, beer garden, food, pinatas, games, petting zoo, pony rides, contests, dance performances, and more. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

Preventing Falls

Time: Noon

Date: Monday, May 5

Place: KishHealth System Physical Therapy Center

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Meditation Monday

Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

Date: First Monday of each month; next, May 5

Place: Wise Owl Wellness Center, 1101 DeKalb Ave., Suite 4

Cost: $10

More information: www.wiseowlwellness.com

Guided meditation and visualization to help you approach the week with calm and focus.

Bargain Gardening

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Place: University of Illinois Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

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

Don't let a limited budget keep you out of the garden. Learn tips and ideas to save time and money.

Ingredients for Healthy Living: Greens and Beans

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $10

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Keep Your Estate From Shrinking and Keep Peace in the Family

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m

Date: Thursday, May 8

Place: DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

More information: 815-748-5383 or barb@dekalbccf.org

Learn to make the most of savings and gain an understanding of estate taxes and probate costs, events that can make an estate plan obsolete, keeping peace in the family, and tax and financial planning. There will be no solicitation at this free program. Registration is required by May 1.

From Garden Gates to Dinner Plates

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, May 9

Place: University of Illinois Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

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

Do you want to sell homemade jams, jellies, and baked goods at an Illinois farmers market? An Illinois law called the Cottage Food Operation Act of 2011 allows certain foods prepared in a private home, without a certified commercial kitchen, to be sold at farmers markets. Learn about the act, health code requirements, and getting your kitchen ready, including safety and sanitation.

Sycamore-DeKalb Alumnae Panhellenic

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 10

Place: 380 Merry Oaks Drive

RSVP: 815-784-2049 or 815-751-9704

The group will elect new officers at this spring luncheon. RSVP by May 7.

Celebrating Mediterranean Diet Awareness

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, May 13

Place: University of Illinois Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

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

Learn about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, see a cooking demonstration, and taste samples.

Ingredients for Healthy Living: Add Flavor Without Salt

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: May 14 and 28

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $20

More information: www.kishprograms.org

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, April 30

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Stories for children 3 to 5.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, May 1

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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