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Town Crier events for July 2-16

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:21 a.m. CDT

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JAK Ranch Time to Ride Open House

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, July 6

Place: JAK Ranch, 5814 Rich Road

More information: 815-751-7881, jakranch5@yahoo.com, 815-739-7520 or www.jakranch5.com

A free equine round-robin event. Stations include horse anatomy, equipment, and diet, plus riding demonstrations. There is also time to get "up close and personal" with the ranch's horses.

JAK Ranch Beginning Rider Clinic

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: July 7 – 9

Place: JAK Ranch, 5814 Rich Road

Cost: $150 for all three days

More information: 847-602-1433

Children can develop their balanced riding skills and learn about equine anatomy, physiology and locomotion as they work with partners to complete horse-based tasks in a safe environment with professional instructors.

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 2

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, July 3

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: 1 p.m.

Date: Every Saturday; next, July 5

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, July 7

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, July 2

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.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, July 3

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

DeKalb Municipal Band Concert

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 4

Place: Hopkins Park Band Shell

The patriotic-themed band concert will conclude with a fireworks display.

Greater DeKalb Kennel Club AKC All-Breed Dog Show

Time: 8 a.m.

Dates: July 5 and 6

Place: Northern Illinois University Convocation Center

Cost: Free admission; parking $5

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, July 8

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.

DeKalb Municipal Band Concert: 'Music of the Galaxy'

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 8

Place: Hopkins Park band shell

Selections at this concert will have a space or star theme. After the concert, NIU STEM Outreach will have telescopes set up behind the band shell for guided stargazing.

The World of Butterflies

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

Place: Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St.

Cost: $5

More information: 815-756-4609 or tews@ellwoodhouse.org

Children 6 to 12 can discover the world of butterflies in this one-hour program by the Midwest Museum of Natural History. Learn about butterflies and their habitats, explore the Ellwood House gardens, and create a craft to take home. Parents or guardians can stay for an additional $5. Registration required.

Farmers Market

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 11

Place: Duck Soup Coop, 129 E. Hillcrest

Psoriasis Education: 'Refusing to Hide'

Time: 7 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 11

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

More information: 815-758-1351, www.psoriasis.com or www.facebook.com/psoriasisSPEAK

This free presentation by Louise LDuc, psoriasis patient advocate from North Chicago, is open to the public. RSVP by July 8.

Biking With Beanzie

Time: 6:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, July 13

Place: DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road

Cost: $10 – $35

More information: www.kishkiwanis.org, www.facebook.com/beanzieride or bikingwithbeanzie@yahoo.com

Family ride options are three, five, and eight miles; riders should leave the school by 11:45 a.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. Distance ride options are 25, 46, 62, 80, and 101 miles; riders for the 80 and 101-mile routes should leave the school by 8 a.m., other distance riders should leave by 10 a.m. All rides end at 3:30 p.m. There will be SAG wagon support.

New Pastor Reception

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 13

Place: Trinity Lutheran Church

The public is invited to a reception after the installation of the church's new pastor, the Rev. Steve Squires.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, July 13

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.

Drum and Bugle Corps Tour of Champions

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 13

Place: Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium

Tickets: $20 – $75

More information: 815-756-1263 or funmeevents@aol.com

Seven of the world's top drum and bugle corps will perform. There will be a food tent before the show; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Feed'em Soup Drive-Thru Dinner

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 15

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

Tickets: $8

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

Pick up dinner on your way home to benefit Feed'em Soup. Menu includes barbecued pulled pork, Cajun potato salad, and spring greens salad. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 15

Place: O'Leary's Irish Restaurant & Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

No partner needed, casual dress. The evening begins with a lesson in basic swing steps, then social dancing. Water is provided, food and beverages are available from the host restaurant.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 2

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, July 6

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 8

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

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, July 18

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

Cost: $5

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

HINCKLEY

Game Day

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Dates: Mondays in July; next, July 7

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220 or www.hinckley.lib.il.us

For children in grades 1 through 8.

Police K-9

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 7

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220 or www.hinckley.lib.il.us

Kane and Officer Toby will demonstrate the duties of a police dog. No registration required.

KINGSTON

Summer Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Thursdays through July 17; next, July 3

Place: Kingston Sharing Library, 126 S. Main St.

More information: 815-751-3165

Stories, crafts and activities for children in preschool through fifth grade.

Roast Beef Supper

Time: 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 12

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, July 13

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

Fourth of July Celebration

Time: 5 – 10 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. – midnight Saturday

Dates: July 3 – 5

Thursday events: food vendors, flea market, carnival; karaoke 6-10 p.m.; Ms. 4th of July contest 7 p.m.

Friday events: pancake breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m.; parade 11 a.m.; pork chop barbecue noon; Dale Rhode and the Crossroads noon; food vendors, flea market, carnival at noon; Hiawatha Schools open house 1-5 p.m., science show 1 p.m.; animal show 2 p.m.; water fights 2 p.m.; bags tournament 3 p.m.; Tony Sheehan acoustic variety 3 p.m.; pedal pulls 4 p.m.; Steve McClanahan acoustic pop 6 p.m.; Wind Gypsys 6 p.m.

Saturday events: Methodist Church breakfast 7-10 a.m.; car and truck show 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; tractor show 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; food vendors, flea market, carnival at noon; storyteller/ventriloquist 1 p.m.; bags tournament 2 p.m.; dance performances 3 and 4 p.m.; magic show 5 p.m.; Hiawatha Pep and Jazz Band 6 p.m.; Drift Away 6 p.m.; Back Country Roads 8 p.m.; fireworks 9:30 p.m.

SHABBONA

Pokanoka's Trail Run/Walk

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Friday, July 4

Place: Shabbona Lake State Park

Cost: Runners $30, walkers $10

More information: www.pokanokasrun.com

Proceeds support Safe Passage, DeKalb County's agency for domestic violence and sexual assault. The runners' trail is eight miles; the walkers' trail is 1.8 miles. Both are off-road trails through the state park. Rain or shine. Awards to the top male and female finishers over 18 and under 18.

Fourth of July Barbecue

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 4

Place: Train depot at the water tower

Cost: $11

The Shabbona Lions Club will hold a pork chop barbecue. Each meal includes two chops. Drive-thru service is available.

Fireworks Over the Lake

Time: Dusk

Date: Friday, July 4

Place: Shabbona Lake State Park

Cost: $10 per car

More information: committee@shabbonafireworks.com or www.shabbonafireworks.com

Agronomy Day

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road

More information: 815-274-1343 or rahiggin@illinois.edu

More than 45 agricultural research projects will be discussed and presented, including information on this year's corn, soybeans, oats, and cover crops.

Baie Family Reunion

Time: Noon

Date: Sunday, July 13

Place: Resource Bank, 601 E. Comanche

Bring a dish to pass, table service, beverages and family photos to share.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 2

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, July 3

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

'Civil War Casualties and Prisons'

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, July 3

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

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

A free brown-bag lunch presentation on casualties and prisons of the Civil War.

Bunco

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, July 3

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

Cost: $10

Yoga for Stress Reduction

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 3

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

Summer Concert Series

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 3

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

More information: www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

Roger Legel, Kris Henderson and Dave Enway perform classic tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Bring your own seating; concessions will be available for purchase.

Discover Sycamore Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, July 6

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Somonauk Street

Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 6

Place: Leave from the Sycamore Farmers Market at Somonauk and Elm

Cost: $5

More information: 815-895-5762

Historian Steve Bigolin will lead this walking history tour. The walk lasts about one and a half hours; wear comfortable shoes.

Build It! Challenge

Time: 2 – 2:45 p.m.

Dates: Monday, July 7 and 14

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

Kids in grades four through 12 use a variety of materials to create monumental structures. Registration is required.

Meditation Monday

Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

Date: First Monday of each month; next, July 7

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.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 8 and 22

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Story time for children 18 months to 3 years old.

Tuesday on the Town: 'A Night on the Farm'

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 8

Place: Downtown Sycamore

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Sycamore High School FFA members will lead children's activities and exhibit live animals and farm equipment at this free family event.

Summer on State: 'Monsters University'

Time: Dusk

Date: Tuesday, July 8

Place: City parking lot at Somonauk and Elm streets

A free outdoor movie.

'Answers From the Master Gardeners Help Desk'

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

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

More information: 815-758-8194

Two DeKalb County Master Gardeners will talk about weeds, pests, and disease, and will answer questions from gardeners in attendance at this free program. Gardeners may bring samples from their garden for advice.

Garden Story Time: 'Incredible Insects'

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

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

More information: 815-895-5762

Sensory Science

Time: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

Children ages 4 to 6 experiment with color and sight. Registration required.

History Scavenger Hunt

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Cost: $5 per family

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

Find a Sycamore History Museum volunteer on the courthouse lawn to begin the scavenger hunt for historic and architectural details around downtown Sycamore.

Summer Concert Series

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

More information: www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

The Neverly Brothers perform rockabilly and rhythm-n-blues. Bring your own seating; concessions will be available for purchase.

Drive-Thru Barbecue Dinner

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 11

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

Tickets: $12, available at the church and the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce

More information: 815-895-2706

Meals include a pork chop or quarter chicken, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce and a roll, catered by the Country Store and Catering.

Master Gardeners Garden Walk and Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, July 12

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

Tickets: Garden Walk tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event; plant sale admission is free

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

Fossil Workshop

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 15

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

Cost: Members $6, nonmembers $10

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

Learn about fossils, make a fossil, and take some fossils home. For ages 8 and older; register by July 11.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, July 3

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, July 6

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.petestrain.com

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

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Dates: Wednesday, July 9

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

A story, snack and craft for children ages 3-6.

Lots of LEGOs

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Hands-on stations for learners of all ages to explore and experiment.

Handwriting Analysis

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

A handwriting analyst will look at your writing and amaze you with facts and insights he shouldn't know; he will also share some tips and tricks of handwriting analysis.

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