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Town Crier Events for July 16-30

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 16

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 17

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 19

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 22

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 16

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.

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 16

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 16

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 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Pajamas are welcome at this special evening story time.

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

Senior Health Fair

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road

More than 80 vendors will offer information about products and services for seniors. Free health screenings include blood pressure, spinal, hearing, memory, and vision. There will also be chair massages, refreshments, and door prizes. There will be a shuttle for those who need assistance getting to the building from the parking lot.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, July 17

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

Bilingual Story and Craft Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

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.

Girls Night Out

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: Downtown DeKalb

More information: 815-756-6306 or www.facebook.com/downtowndekalb

On the third Thursday of each month, merchants will hold sidewalk sales.

Classes for Spanish Speakers

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, July 17

Place: 330 Grove St., at the corner of Grove and Fourth streets

More information: 815-970-3265

Spanish speakers are invited to learn English at free English as a Second Language classes. This group of volunteers also teaches free classes to help native Spanish speakers obtain their GED or Illinois drivers license.

Computer Class: Files and Folders

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 17

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to save and find files on a computer and on a flash drive. Sign up at the reference desk or by phone.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'

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

Dates: July 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.

DIY Doggie Treats

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Friday, July 18

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Learn to make no-bake homemade treats for your dog in this free class for adults. Treats include sweet potatoes, peanut butter, oats, honey, and other natural ingredients.

STARTALK Chinese Immersion Summer Language Program Closing Performance

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 18

Place: DeKalb High School auditorium

More information: dist428startalkchineseimmersion.weebly.com

DeKalb High School Class of 1974 Reunion

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: Friday, July 18

Place: Fatty's Pub and Grille

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

Friday Family Movie in the Park

Time: Dusk

Date: Friday, July 18

Place: Hopkins Park

More information: 815-758-6663 or www.dekalbparkdistrict.com

A free family movie on a giant inflatable screen near the band shell. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Call or visit the website for movie title.

Prince and Princess Party

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: dkpl.org/events

Songs, stories, activities and a snack for princes and princesses ages 4 to 8. Registration required.

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.

Geektopia: 'The Hunger Games'

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Adults and children 10 and older who have a passion for science fiction, fantasy or horror stories and movies are invited to this group that examines a different aspect of geek culture every month. This month, discuss dystopian fiction and watch "The Hunger Games."

Benefit for Mary Ann Rose

Time: 6 – 11 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: In advance, adults $6, children 4-13 $3; at the door, adults $7, children 4-13 $5. Children 3 and younger, free.

More information: 815-291-6734 or 815-501-4370

Spaghetti dinner and silent auction.

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.

Kyler's Magic Show

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 20

Place: DeKalb Public Library

All ages are welcome to this free magic show. After the show, Kyler will answer questions about being a magician, and magic kits will be raffled off to children who attend. No registration required.

Fourth Street Family Fun Fest

Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 22

Place: South Fourth Street

More information: www.dekalb.org

Food, vendors, touch-a-truck, arts and crafts, and games.

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 22

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 24

Place: Castle Bank, 100 Greenwood Acres Drive

Kishwaukee Fest Parade

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, July 25

Place: Downtown DeKalb

All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast

Time: 7 - 10:30 a.m.

Date: Fourth Saturday of each month; next, July 26

Place: Trinity Lutheran Church

Cost: Adults $7, children $4

Thrive Neighborhood Market

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 26

Place: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road, parking lot

The Thrive group of St. Paul's and DeKalb County Community Gardens partner for a "pay-what-you-can" farmers market of local, organic produce. Local gardeners with extra produce to share are invited to participate as well.

Card Divining

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 26

Cost: $60 until July 5; $85 July 6 and later

More information: 815-739-4329, abcliving@gmail.com, or www.abcliving.net

Learn about divining using oracle, divination, and tarot cards. Jeanne Essex and Joan Protano will present the workshop together. Location will be provided upon registration.

NIU Women's Football Clinic

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 30

Place: Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center, Northern Illinois University

Cost: $60

More information: 815-753-1923

Women are invited to meet members of the Huskie football team and coaching staff, enjoy drinks and appetizers, learn from classroom sessions led by NIU coaches, tour the NIU football facilities, and perform drills on the field at Huskie Stadium, coached by NIU players.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 16

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.

History Brown Bag

Time: Noon

Date: Wednesday, July 16

Place: Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum, 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559 or kvhs@atcyber.net

Genoa-Kingston High School student Hunter Swanson will present his 1835 Miller-Ellwood log cabin project that earned him a rating at the Northern Illinois Regional History Fair. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments provided.

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.

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays, next, July 20

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 22

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

Open Air Market

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Fourth Saturday of each month through September; next, July 26

Place: Downtown Genoa

More information: genoamainstreet.org

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Sunday of every month; next, July 27

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

HINCKLEY

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.

Game Day

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Dates: Mondays in July; next, July 21

Place: Hinckley Public Library

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

For children in grades 1 through 8.

Incredible Bats

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 28

Place: Hinckley Public Library

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

A presentation on bats native to Illinois, plus live bats. No registration required.

KINGSTON

Summer Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Thursday, July 17

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

More information: 815-751-3165

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

Kingston Fest

Time: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Kingston Township Park

More information: www.villageofkingston.org

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.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 16

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, July 17

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

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, 26555 Brickville Road

Cost: $10

This dinner, catered by Inboden's, is a fundraiser for Christian Senior Ministries and features pork loin, new potatoes, corn, a baked apple, and a roll.

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.

Craft and Vendor Sale

Time: 9 a.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Sycamore Moose Lodge, 317 State St.

Cost: $10 for small vendor table; $20 for large vendor table. No charge to shop.

More information: 815-895-7567 or 847-361-2544

Vendors can begin setting up July 18.

Summer Yin Yoga

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 19

Place: Sycamore Yoga, Route 64 at Airport Road

Cost: $30

More information: 815-388-1921

Gentle yoga of supported poses to release tension. Easy, for all levels. Reservations required.

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.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, July 20

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 20

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Cost: $5

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

Historian Steve Bigolin will lead a 90-minute walking tour of downtown and will talk about the area's notable architecture and local history. Tour leaves from the Sycamore Farmers Market at the corner of Somonauk and Elm streets.

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.

'A Soundtrack for Wartime: Songs of the Civil War'

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 23

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

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

In this presentation, hear examples of Civil War songs and learn why they appealed to Americans during and after the war, whether they were intended to rally troops, pass the time, capture the drama of military campaigns or remind soldiers of loved ones at home.

Summer Concert Series

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 24

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

More information: www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com

Tropixplosion performs music with a Carribbean feel. Bring your own seating; concessions will be available for purchase.

Summer on State: 'The LEGO Movie'

Time: Dusk

Date: Friday, July 25

Place: City parking lot at Somonauk and Elm streets

A free outdoor movie.

Turning Back Time Cruise Night

Time: 3 – 11 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 26

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Live music from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.

Late Night at the Museum

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 26

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

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

Cost: Members $10, nonmembers $15

See live animal presentation, participate in and watch science experiments, listen to spooky stories in a darkened gallery and make crafts. Participants can choose which activities they participate in. Register by July 22.

Turning Back Time Car Show

Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 27

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Trophies will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

HOPE Circle

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Monday of each month; next, July 28

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

Cost: $15

More information: www.wiseowlwellness.com

Clear limiting beliefs and rewire your thoughts and feelings to live your ideal life.

Eating Your Way Out of Pain

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Wednesday, July 30

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $20

More information: 815-748-8962

Registration required.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Dates: Wednesday, July 16, 23

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

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

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, July 17

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.

Movie Thursdays

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: July 17 and 24

Place: Waterman United Methodist Church

More information: 815-264-3991

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.

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.

Magic Matt

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 23

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Magic and balloon art.

Vacation Bible School: Weird Animals

Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Dates: July 29 – Aug. 1

Place: Waterman Presbyterian Church and Waterman United Methodist Church

More information: 815-264-3991

For children age 4 through those entering sixth grade in the fall.

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