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Town Crier events for May 28-June 11

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:25 a.m. CDT

BIG ROCK

Big Rock Historical Society Classic Car Show

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, June 1

Place: Plowman's Park

More information: 630-556-3573 or bbaie1@att.net

Vehicle registration is from 8-10:45 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Trophy presentations begin at 3 p.m.

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, May 29

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

First Grade & Up Story and Craft

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, May 29

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Story Time with Miss Terri

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, June 3

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, May 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Stories, songs, and a craft for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, May 28

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.

Bedtime Stories

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Pajamas are welcome at this special evening story time.

Ellwood-Nehring House Grand Opening

Time: 5:15 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 29

Place: Ellwood-Nehring House, 417 N. First St.

More information: 815-756-4609 or www.ellwoodhouse.org

Volunteer tour guides will be on hand to share the history of the historic home of Perry and May Ellwood before they inherited the Isaac Ellwood mansion.

Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 29

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn the basics of creating a slide show in PowerPoint. For tweens, teens, and adults. Register by phone or at the reference desk.

'Spectacular: Group Art Exhibition'

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Dates: Friday, May 30

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

Nature Trail Cleanup Day

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Place: The nature trail at Greenwood Acres Drive

Volunteers should wear old shoes and work gloves.

The Writer's Yarn

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Meet local authors and discover their books at this local author event.

Saturday Burger Fry

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Varies by item

More information: 815-758-4141

Menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries, potato skins, onion rings and mushrooms. Carryouts available.

Public Star Party

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 31

Place: Afton Forest Preserve, 13600 Crego Road, east of Route 23 and south of Perry Road

More information: www.dekalbcounty.org/forestpreserve

Members of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers will be on hand with their telescopes so people can view the stars while members explain what they are seeing. Dress warmly, bring insect repellent if desired, and bring a flashlight covered in red cellophane to preserve night vision. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes. The event will be canceled if it rains.

Buck-a-Bag Used Book Sale

Time: During library hours

Dates: June 1 – 8

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Fill a plastic grocery bag (provided) with used books and pay only $1.

Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, June 1

Place: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St.

Cost: $6

More information: www.eaa241.org

Menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs cooked to order, coffee and juice. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

String Recital

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, June 1

Place: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road

A free recital by violinist Mathias Tacke, featuring Victor Ryzhov, Ann Montzka and Thomas Cappaert.

Living With Cancer: Chair Yoga

Time: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Date: Monday, June 2

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

Glidden Homestead Tours

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays; noon – 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays of each month through November

Date: Next, Tuesday, June 3

Place: Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $4, children 13 and younger free

More information: 815-756-7904 or www.gliddenhomestead.org

Tour the historic homestead where DeKalb city father Joseph Glidden lived when he invented one of the world's most widely-used barbed wire designs. Visit a working blacksmith shop on site.

'Birds and Elephants'

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 3

Place: Barb City Manor activity room, 680 Haish Blvd.

More information: 815-756-8444

Photographer Roger Kyler will give a slide presentation featuring photos from his travels to exotic parts of the world.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 3

Place: O'Leary's Irish Pub & Grill second floor, 260 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner required. A lesson in basic swing steps will be given, then there will be social dancing. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Blood Drive

Time: 1– 5 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 4

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 4

Place: KishHealth System Emergency Medical Services

Cost: $45

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, June 5

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

New Baby Care

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 5

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

'12 Angry Jurors'

Time: 7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: June 5 – 7 and 12 – 15

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

Tickets: Adults $12, children $10

More information: www.stagecoachers.com

An adaptation of the classic courtroom drama "12 Angry Men."

'Dancing Through the Decades'

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

Dates: June 6 - 8

Place: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: Adults $22, children 12 and younger, $17. Premium seats $5 more. Children 3 and younger free, but a ticket is required

More information: www.egyptiantheatre.org

Beth Fowler Dance students take a choreographed tour of popular music from the 1950s through today.

Breast-feeding Success

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $15 per couple

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

Young Eagles Over DeKalb

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St.

More information: 773-718-4278 or tjhunter724@comcast.net

Children between the ages of 8 and 17 can take a free flight with a local pilot.

New Orleans Jazz Weekend

Dates: June 7 and 8

More information: www.justmakeithappen-dekalb.com

A New Orleans Jazz Party will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Faranda's, 302 Grove St. Tickets are $20. The party includes live, Dixieland and traditional jazz in a cabaret setting with a cash bar and a small dance floor. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A New Orleans Jazz Worship service will take place at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. Jazz begins 15 minutes before each service.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, June 8

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.

Girls Only ... Your Changing Body

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 10

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

Cost: $10 per family

More information: www.kishprograms.org

This class for girls and an adult female relative is intended to ease anxiety about a girl's entry into adolescence by preparing her for what to expect.

DeKalb Municipal Band Concert

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 10

Place: Hopkins Park Band Shell

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, May 28

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.

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays, next, June 1

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, June 3

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

Safe Sitter

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 4

Place: KishHealth System Physician Group

Cost: $40

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

Park District Public Hearing

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Dates: Tuesday, June 10 and 17

Place: Genoa Park District, 400 E. Second St.

More information: 815-784-5612

The Genoa Park District will host public input meetings regarding improvements and changes to Chamberlain Park, including moving or rebuilding the skate park, converting the existing skate park back into a tennis court, and adding features such as a sand volleyball court, shuffleball court, concrete Baggos, a horseshoe court and pickleball. The public input will be used in a grant application the district is making to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

HINCKLEY

Pound Pavement for Our Parks

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Pioneer Park

Cost: 5k $20, short course $15

More information: 815-739-1336 or parksandrec@hinckleyil.com

Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. The short course for kids of all ages is one mile, and begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds fund park improvements.

Spring Into Fun

Time: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, June 8

Place: Pioneer Park

There will be a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m., and a lunch by South Moon Barbecue from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The day will also include a car, truck, and tractor show, a raffle, kite demonstrations and more.

KINGSTON

Swiss Steak Supper

Time: 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

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.

MALTA

Malta Days

Time: 5 – 11 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Dates: June 6 – 8

Place: Lions Park, 409 N. Fourth St.

More information: www.villageofmalta.net

Friday events: Live music by The Relics (5 – 7 p.m.) and The Party Doctors (7 – 11 p.m.), carnival, food and vendor booths, beer garden.

Saturday events: Face painting, free petting zoo and train rides at the grade school (noon – 6 p.m.), pancake breakfast at the fire station (6:30 – 11 a.m.), car show at the grade school (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.), food and vendor booths, carnival (noon – 10 p.m.), boxed lunch auction and Cowboy Randy Erwin (noon), The Spoon Man (1:30 p.m.), mustache contest (2:30 p.m.), live music by the Lizzie Neal Band (3 – 7 p.m.) and Brian Lavender Band (7:30 – 11:30 p.m.)

Sunday events: Church service (9 a.m.), parade (11 a.m.), carnival, food and vendor booths (noon – 6 p.m.), Cold-Blooded Creatures (noon), nonprofit auction (1 – 3 p.m.), Silver Creek Band (3 – 6 p.m.)

Tractor Trot

Time: 9 a.m.; race-day registration 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Lions Park, 409 N. Fourth St.

Cost: $25 through June 3; $30 on race day

More information: www.tractortrot.com

Proceeds support Girls On The Run. Post-race party includes awards, refreshments, and raffles. Walkers are welcome; no wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs and strollers. No dogs.

SHABBONA

DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 11

Place: Indian Oaks Country Club, 603 Preserve Road

More information: 815-895-6752

The program includes DCRTA/IRTA and pension updates, plus information about insurances and discounts for retired teachers. RSVP by June 6.

SYCAMORE

Blood Drive

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Place: Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

Blood Drive

Time: 3:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Place: Sycamore High School

Genealogy Interest Group: Norwegian and European Ancestry

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Solveig Quinney of the Norwegian American Genealogy Center in Wisconsin will give a presentation on researching Norwegian and European ancestry.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, May 28

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, May 29

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

Fit & Flexible: For Young People Over 60

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 29

Place: Sycamore Golf Club, 940 E. State St.

More information: 815-758-4718

This free presentation by a physical therapist will cover fitness, exercises for flexibility, and more.

Northern Illinois Art Show

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

Dates: May 31 and June 1

Place: DeKalb County Courthouse lawn

More information: www.kval.us

More than 70 artists will exhibit and sell their works in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, ceramics, fabrics, wood, and metal.

Author Kelly Daniels

Time: Noon

Date: Saturday, May 31

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Author Kelly Daniels will discuss his new book, "Cloudbreak, California."

Discover Sycamore Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, June 1

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Meditation Monday

Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

Date: First Monday of each month; next, June 2

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.

Brown Bag Lunch: Illinois During the Civil War Online Exhibit

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, June 5

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

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

Drew VandeCreek, director of digitial initiatives at Northern Illinois University, will talk about online history exhibits.

Ladies Night Out

Time: 4 - 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 5

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Downtown businesses will have a variety of pink-themed specials, sales, giveaways, special events and promotions to raise money to support programs fighting breast cancer. Sponsored by D&D Jewelers.

Edible Landscaping

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 5

Place: Sycamore Public Library

In this free presentation, learn tips to integrate food plants into ornamental and decorative landscaping.

Classical Blast

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 5

Place: Good Tymes shelter, Sycamore Community Park

More information: 815-895-3202 or www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

Classical Blast is a band of classically-trained musicians who love to rock, and combine classical and rock sounds for a unique musical experience.

Bunco

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, June 5

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

Cost: $10

Spoon Man Musical Comedy

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Sycamore Public Library

A free, family show with music and audience interaction.

Wine Not? Upcycling Project

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Learn how to turn old wine bottles into practical planters.

Birds of Prey

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Place: Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St.

Cost: Members $8, non-members $10

More information: 815-895-9777 or mmnh.org

Hawks and owls visit the museum for this live raptor presentation. Reservations recommended.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 10 and 24

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Stories and songs for children 18 months to 3 years and an adult caregiver.

Robot Ethics

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 10

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Dr. David Gunkel, author of "The Machine Question," will speak on some of the ethical questions surrounding advanced technology.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, May 29

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.

Waterman and Western Railroad

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through Labor Day; next, June 1

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.petestrain.com

Ride through the park on a 1/4-scale miniature train.

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