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Town Crier events for July 9-23

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 6:06 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

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 10

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 12

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 15

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Book Babies and Book Buddies

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Book Babies is for children from birth to 2 years old. The first half of the 30 minute program will be led by an early childhood facilitator who will incorporate music, movements, and stories in her program. This will be followed by play time with developmental toys and a chance to interact with the babies and other caregivers. At the same time, children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers can have a story and craft time of their own with Book Buddies. A Spanish Book Babies program will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Infants through toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, and craft time.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 9

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, July 9

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Pajamas are welcome at this special evening story time.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, July 10

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

Bilingual Story and Craft Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Stories, songs and a craft presented in both Spanish and English so children can learn to appreciate a second language. Translations provided.

Police K-9 Demonstration

Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Meet the DeKalb Police Department's K-9 unit and learn how Tak the police dog helps officers throughout the day.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'

Time: 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Dates: July 10 – 13 and 17 – 20

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

Tickets: Adults $15, children $12

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

Stage Coach Players present the classic musical about a man who rises to the top of the corporate ladder with the help of some questionable business practices in a little book.

Computer Basics

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 10

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to perform essential tasks on a computer with a mouse and keyboard and to navigate the Windows operating system. Sign up at the reference desk or by phone.

Farmers Market

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 11

Place: Duck Soup Coop, 129 E. Hillcrest

Read to Rover

Time: 10:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

Children can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to practice their reading skills by reading out loud to dogs who know how to listen patiently.

Save Our Raptors Live Bird Presentation

Time: 2 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 12

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Meet four winged hunters and learn how they eat and live in the wild. No registration required for this free program.

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.

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.

Hymn Sing and Ice Cream Social

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 13

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

The community is invited to sing old-fashioned hymns, then enjoy ice cream with all the fixings in celebration of the church's 50th anniversary.

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, Sunday, July 13

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.

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.

Free Community Dinner

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 16 and 30

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

More information: Free transportation available by calling TransVAC, 815-758-6641

Safe Sitter

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 16

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $40

More information: 815-748-8962

Registration is required for this internationally-recognized program that teaches young teens what they need to know to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in their care.

DeKalb High School Class of 1974 Reunion

Time: 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday

Dates: July 18 and 19

Place: Fatty's Pub and Grille Friday, Kishwaukee Country Club Saturday

Cost: $40 for Saturday dinner

More information: 262-821-9239 or joyceapeters@aol.com

Friday night at Fatty's will be a social event; no RSVP required. Reservations for the Saturday dinner at the country club must be made by Friday, July 11.

Historical Games at the Little House

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

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

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

Kids of all ages are invited to visit the 1891 play house on the grounds of the historic mansion and play with reproduction historical toys and games. If the weather is bad, the program will be moved inside the Visitor Center. This program is free, but registration is required.

Country Music Show for School Supplies

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 20

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

More information: 815-762-5589

Live bands will play country, gospel and bluegrass music. Musicians interested in joining the lineup should call. Admission is a donation of school supplies, which will be distributed by the local Salvation Army to children in need in DeKalb County.

Fourth Street Family Fun Fest

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 22

Place: South Fourth Street

Free food and vendors. Last year's event included face painting, water balloon fights, skateboarding, and a firetruck, police car and snow plow to explore.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 9

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 13

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 15

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.

Movie on Main: 'Despicable Me 2'

Time: Dusk

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Downtown Genoa

A free outdoor movie.

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, July 20

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

Cost: $7

Biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef, sausage, bacon, hash browns, orange juice, milk, coffee and French toast.

HINCKLEY

Game Day

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Dates: Mondays in July; next, July 14

Place: Hinckley Public Library

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

For children in grades 1 through 8.

Chair Yoga

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Hinckley Community Building, 120 N. Maple St.

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

Hinckley Fire Department Fundraiser

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Hinckley Fire Department

Cost: $50

Ticket cost includes pork chop dinner and tickets for most raffles. Event includes many raffles, a silent auction, and the Brass Buckle Band after 8 p.m. A few raffle items include half-hogs, quarter-beef, 50-inch TV, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets available at the fire department, Diamond Lube, Onsite Computer Guy, and Jack and Jina's BP. Drive-thru pork chop dinner tickets available for $10 each; dinners can be picked up from 6 to 7 p.m.

KINGSTON

Summer Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Thursdays through July 17; next, July 10

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 12

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.

Kingston Fest

Time: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Kingston Township Park

5K race begins at 8 a.m.; $25 to register in advance through www.itsracetime.com, $30 to register the day of the race. Proceeds support Hand in Hand. The festival includes vendors and games, and the Kingston Kardboard Boat Regatta on the Kishwaukee River begins at 3:30 p.m.

MALTA

Entrepreneur Quick Start Counseling

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Friday, July 18

Place: Kishwaukee College Conference Center, A-1228

More information: 815-825-2086 ext. 3950

This free class for people thinking of starting a business covers legal structures, business plans, financial projections, financing, government regulations, and more. Registration is requested.

SHABBONA

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

'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.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 9

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, July 10

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

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

Discover Sycamore Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, July 13

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Build It! Challenge

Time: 2 – 2:45 p.m.

Dates: Monday, July 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.

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.

Eating Your Way Out of Pain

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: July 16 and 30

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $20

More information: 815-748-8962

Registration required.

Garden Story Time: 'Vegetables From the Garden'

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

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

More information: 815-895-5762

Mad Science

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-2500

Foggy dry ice storms, beach balls that float in the air and burp potions are a few of the experiments in this event that teaches children about chemical reactions, air pressure and states of matter.

Drive-Thru Pork Dinner

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, corner of Motel and Brickville roads

Cost: $10

This dinner, catered by Inboden's, is a fundraiser for Christian Senior Ministries.

Summer Concert Series

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

More information: www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

SHiNDiG! performs classic tunes from the 60s and 70s. Bring your own seating; concessions will be available for purchase.

Meet Me at the Fair

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Pay-It-Forward House, 719 Somonauk St.

Free games and food, plus music, raffles and a silent auction to benefit Pay-It-Forward House.

Zumbathon for Ryan

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Cornerstone Christian Academy

Cost: $10

More information: 815-739-8740

Zumbathon, raffle, DJ music, and concessions highlight this fundraiser for the Griefenkamp family. Ryan Grifenkamp, a local father of two, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He is unable to work during treatments, and the fundraiser is to help his family cover living expenses.

Reiki Sharing Circle

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Third Monday of each month; next, July 21

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

Cost: $10

More information: www.wiseowlwellness.com

Open to all who want to experience the healing and relaxing energy of Reiki.

'Baseball and the Civil War'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 21

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Learn how the national pastime was played during the Civl War, with a focus on Sycamore's local Civil War-era baseball team.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 22

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Story time for children 18 months to 3 years old.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Dates: Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23

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.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, July 10

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 20

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.petestrain.com

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

Summerfest and Antique Tractor and Truck Show

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.watermantractorshow.com

Tethered hot-air balloon rides 6-7 a.m.; French toast breakfast 7-9:30 a.m.; vintage base ball at 9:45 a.m.; antique tractor and machinery display; rides on the miniature train and a barrel train; hay rides; kids show at 11 a.m.; petting zoo; craft show/flea market; live music; cowboy quick draw; pedal pull and drawdown raffle.

Magic Matt

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 23

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Magic and balloon art.

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