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Town Crier events for July 30-Aug. 13

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 6:32 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 30

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 31

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

Thursday Story and Craft

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 31

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Program at the Park

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Place: Lions Park

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

Cortland Summer Fest

Time: 6 p.m. – midnight Friday; noon – 11:30 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Aug. 8 and 9

Place: Cortland Park

Cost: $5 for beer garden admission; ID required. 20 and younger, free

Beer garden, food vendors and live music both days. Fireworks Friday night at dusk. Games for kids and a book sale by the Cortland Community Library from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Car show 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Silent auction and 50/50 drawing Saturday. Music lineup includes Camouflage Sun at 7 p.m. Friday, 29 Needles at 10:30 p.m. Friday, The Relics at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Menagerie at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and Back Country Roads at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

DeKALB

Tea and Talk

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 30

Place: First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third St.

Featured speakers will talk about mission work in Tanzania.

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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 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 Dinner

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 30

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

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

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, July 31

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

Classes for Spanish Speakers

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, July 31

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.

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Bake

Time: 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 1

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

Cost: $5

Donations above the $5 minimum donation are appreciated. All donations support Feed'em Soup. Dinner is served dine-in buffet style or fill-your-own to-go container (container provided). Menu includes sun-dried tomato and garlic tilapia, garlic-lemon tilapia, honey-bourbon salmon, jamalaya, roast chicken, Italian-style potatoes, sauteed fresh vegetables, and Feed'em Soup's soup and salad bar with fresh bread.

Movie Night at Huskie Stadium

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 1

Place: Huskie Stadium, Northern Illinois University

The community is invited onto the field where the NIU Huskies play to watch a family movie on the stadium scoreboard. Gates open at 6 p.m., NIU coaching staff will speak at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. All seating will be on the turf; no chairs. No food or beverages except bottled water. No balls can be brought into the stadium.

Breast-feeding Success

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15

More information: 815-748-8962

Registration required.

Big Latch-On

Time: 9:45 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2

Place: McCormick Park shelter, 1700 S. Seventh St.

More information: biglatchondekalb@gmail.com

An event to promote breast-feeding. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m.; register to win prizes.

Art, Music, and Ice Cream at the Ellwood House

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3

Place: Ellwood House, 509 N. First St.

More information: 815-756-4609

Thirty-three artists from around the Midwest will exhibit and sell their work on the mansion’s front lawn. Music will be performed by the DeKalb Municipal Band and folk rock duo Patchouli. Tours of the mansion will be offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present garden vignettes, share information and answer gardening questions.

Story Time at The House

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Every Monday; next, Aug. 4

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-275-4884

Activities, games, and stories for children, plus a special kids' menu.

Preventing Falls

Time: Noon

Date: Monday, Aug. 4

Place: KishHealth System Physical Therapy Center

More information: 815-748-8900

Registration required.

Look Good ... Feel Better

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 4

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

More information: 815-784-2958

Skin, hair, and makeup techniques to help women combating the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment.

Open Mic Night

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Every Monday; next, Aug. 4

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-275-4884

Sign up begins at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m.

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, Aug. 5

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.

National Night Out Against Crime

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Place: Target parking lot, 2555 Sycamore Road

Meet local police officers and firefighters and learn about safety. Features a safety smoke house, simulated 911 call center for kids, music, games, food, and live K-9 police dog demonstrations.

Feed'em Soup Drive-Thru Dinner

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 5

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 andouille sausage and chicken jambalaya, bread, and spring greens salad. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Place: O'Leary's Irish Restaurant and 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 provided; food and drinks available to purchase from O'Leary's.

DeKalb Municipal Band Concert

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Place: Hopkins Park Band Shell

Hiroshima Memorial Gathering

Time: 12:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6

Place: College Avenue bridge on the campus of Northern Illinois University

The DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice will hold a brief gathering with poetry and prose to remember the more than 200,000 people killed in Hiroshima, Japan, in the U.S. atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

New Baby Care

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $15

Intro to Yoga

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

Cost: $15

More information: mm@wholept.com

Sethtastic Scavenger Hunt

Time: 5 p.m. Friday – 3 p.m. Sunday

Dates: Aug. 8 – 10

Place: DeKalb and surrounding communities

Cost: $10

More information: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580998842017915

Registration begins online at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and clues will be given through the Facebook page. Activities are performed by teams of three to four members. The event is geared toward suicide awareness and to honor Seth Bartosik. Participants will decide whether the funds raised will go toward paying expenses for a youth to participate in hockey or for a culinary education scholarship.

Farmers Market

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10

Place: Duck Soup Coop, 129 E. Hillcrest

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 8

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-0313

An exhibit of prints and photographs by Kishwaukee College art students.

Mini Quilt Show

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Dates: Fridays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29

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

More information: www.dcqg.org

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 8, in which quilters will be on hand to answer questions or discuss displays.

Back to School Celebration

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 9

Place: Welsh Park

More information: trevedamichelle@yahoo.com

Families can get ready for the start of the school year. Students will receive free backpacks of school supplies, families will receive free bags of food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. There will be free haircuts, blood pressure checks, and information about local resources for families. Families who need to register their children in District 428 can do so. There will also be a bounce house, fire truck for children to explore, face painting, games, refreshments and a DJ.

Arts at the Barn

Time: Noon – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 10

Place: Glidden Homestead

More information: gliddenhomestead.org

Local crafters and artists will sell their wares on the homestead lawn. Craft fair admission is free; regular admission applies to tours of the home and blacksmith shop.

Community Yoga

Time: 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Date: Second Sunday of each month; next, Aug. 10

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.

Kafers in Concert

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 10

Place: Northern Illinois University Music Building Recital Hall, 400 Lucinda Ave.

More information: 815-753-1546

A free recital of classical music by Harold and Cecilia Kafer.

Jazz Jam

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Second and fourth Wednesdays; next, Aug. 13

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-275-4884

Sign up begins at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join the jam.

Heartsaver AED/CPR

Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Place: KishHealth System Emergency Medical Services

Cost: $45

More information: 815-748-5951

Registration required.

Safe Sitter

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Place: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center

Cost: $40

More information: 815-748-8962

Registration required. A babysitting course to teach youth how to provide a safe environment for children in their care.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, July 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.

Hogs for Dogs Motorcycle Run

Time: Check-in at 10:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3

Place: DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter, 16173 Baseline Road

Cost: $15 per bike; $25 with rider

More information: 815-784-5924 or www.dekalbcountyanimalshelter.org/latest-fun-draiser.html

A scenic 120-mile ride through northern Illinois with refreshment stops along the way raises funds for the DeKalb County Animal Welfare Shelter. After the ride, there will be a celebration at Ski's All-American Pub in Sycamore from 4-8 p.m., featuring food, live music, and raffle prizes.

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays, next, Aug. 3

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Aug. 5

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

Car Show Planning Meeting

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

Place: Resource Bank Community Room, 310 S. Route 23

More information: 815-784-6048

Anyone with an interest in volunteering at Genoa's first car show is invited to attend. Those who would like to volunteer but can't attend should contact organizers by phone.

KINGSTON

Chicken Supper

Time: 5 and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2

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, Aug. 9

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

Community Garage Sales

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dates: Aug. 1 and 2

Place: Kirkland

More information: 847-754-8112

Pickin' in the Park

Time: 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Place: Franklin Township Park

Listen to live bluegrass music by local musicians at this free outdoor event. Hamburgers with chips and soda will be available for $5; proceeds benefit the Joe Maguan-Gene Sparrow Scholarship Fund.

MAPLE PARK

Star Gazing at the Orchard

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Kuipers Family Farm

More information: 815-753-4751, jdymond@niu.edu or niu.edu/stem/STEM_Cafes/index.shtml

Experts with Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach will lead a free evening of stargazing during the Perseid meteor shower. People can use NIU's telescopes or bring their own.

SYCAMORE

Story Time at the Museum

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 30

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

More information: www.mmnh.org

Museum admission is free on Wednesdays, and staff start the morning with an interactive story time for young visitors.

Home Schooling Workshop

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 4

Place: Sycamore Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-519-5212

For parents who plan to start home schooling in the fall; those who have considered home schooling; or those who have tried home schooling in the past but had trouble getting it off the ground. HEART (Home Educators Applying Righteous Teaching), a local home school group, will provide basic information about curriculum options, support groups, legal requirements and more. There will also be time to ask questions of experienced home educators.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, July 30

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, July 31

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

End-of-Summer Concert

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 1

Place: Sycamore Public Library

A beach party outside the library will feature music by Dave Rudolf to close out the summer reading program.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, Aug. 3

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

Guided Somonauk Street Walking Tour

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3

Place: Begins and ends at the corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

Cost: $5

Local historian Steve Bigolin leads a 90-minute walking tour through the historic district on Somonauk Street, highlighting the local history and architecture of the neighborhood.

Meditation Monday

Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

Date: First Monday of each month; next, Aug. 4

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.

'Collecting Civil War Artifacts'

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

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

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

Local collector and retired teacher Tom Oestreicher will talk about his passion for collecting Civil War-era memorabilia.

Summer Concert Series

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

Place: Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Community Park

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

Kids' musician Jeanie B! will perform toe-tapping roots rhythms with often funny and sometimes educational lyrics beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., Istvan and His Imaginary Band will entertain children with an interactive show of kids' songs with rock 'n' roll, country, and punk-pop influences.

'Healthy Eating for the School Year'

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 7

Place: Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St.

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 26

Free tips for families on staying healthy once the hustle of the school year starts.

Bunco

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, Aug. 7

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

Cost: $10

Family Fun Day

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 9

Place: Sycamore Community Park

Cost: Adults $30, children $10

More information: www.kishorchestra.org

The event features live music, a bounce house, a climbing wall, face painting, a magician, tennis, volleyball, bags, horseshoes, a gourmet picnic dinner, a silent auction, and a raffle. There will also be discounted admission to the swimming pool and golf course. The picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited.

Blood Drive

Time: 1 – 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Sycamore Vets Club, 121 S. California St.

More information: redcrossblood.org or 800-RED-CROSS

Tuesday on the Town: Family Fitness

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Downtown Sycamore

Family fitness and recreation is the theme for the August Tuesday on the Town, featuring free, fun activities for the whole family.

Forensic Genealogy

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St.

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 26

This lecture will give the casual genealogy researcher four scientific methods: photo analysis, spreadsheets, basic handwriting analysis, and using DNA project groups and triangulation to further kinship results.

Rat Dissection

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

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

Cost: Members $15, nonmembers $20

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

For ages 8 and older; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. There will also be a snake feeding after the dissection.

Back on the Farm Gardening

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

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

More information: 815-895-5762

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners share information on gardening.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Place: Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St.

Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals for a free "Toy Story" movie screening and more fun activities.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, July 31

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, Aug. 3

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.petestrain.com

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

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