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Town Crier events for Aug. 6-20

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 10:31 a.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Crochet Class

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6

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, Aug. 7

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: Every Thursday; next, Aug. 7

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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.

Program at the Park

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Lions Park

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

DeKALB

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.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Aug. 6

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.

Summer Chill Out Ice Cream Social

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6

Place: DeKalb Area Retirement Center-Oak Crest

Barbershop singers will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through September; next, Aug. 7

Place: Van Buer Plaza, Locust Street in downtown DeKalb

Classes for Spanish Speakers

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays; next, Aug. 7

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.

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.

DeKalb County Barn Tour

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 9

Place: Begin at the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, 111 S. Second St., Suite 204

Cost: $20 per car

This self-guided tour highlights six historic barns. Owners will discuss their barn's history and uses. Some sites will have family activities.

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.

Story Time at The House

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Every Monday; next, Aug. 11

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-275-4884

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

Open Mic Night

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Every Monday; next, Aug. 11

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. 12

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

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Place: Hopkins Park Band Shell

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.

'A Matter of Balance'

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Thursdays, from Aug. 14 through Oct. 2

Place: DeKalb Senior Center, 330 Grove St.

More information: 815-758-3932

This free, award-winning workshop is designed to prevent falls and increase activity levels. Registration requested.

Guided Meditation

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

Cost: $15

More information: mm@wholept.com

50 Men Who Cook

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 16

Place: Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, North Annie Glidden Road, on the NIU campus

Tickets: $40 each at the door; in advance, $60 for two

More information: 50menwhocookdekalb.org

Prominent DeKalb County men will cook their own specialty dishes for those in attendance to sample. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Advance tickets are available online or at CASA DeKalb County, 407 W. State St. in Sycamore; NB&T, 230 W. State St. in Sycamore; or Crum-Halsted Insurance, 2350 Bethany Road in Sycamore.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Informational Session

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 19

Place: Family Service Agency, 14 Health Services Drive

More information: 815-758-8616

Learn from BBBS representatives and current Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers about the mentoring program.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 19

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Place: Hopkins Park

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Aug. 6

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.

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.

Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Dates: Sundays, next, Aug. 10

Place: 622 Park Ave.

More information: 815-784-5559

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Aug. 12

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

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, Aug. 15

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

Cost: $5

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

Cruisin' to Genoa Car Show

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 16

Place: Downtown Genoa

Cost: $10 to register a vehicle

More information: 815-784-6048 or www.genoamainstreet.org

On-site registration begins at 2 p.m. There will be a hula-hoop contest at 4:30 p.m., and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. After the car show, there will be a free outdoor screening of "American Graffiti" at 8 p.m. at the corner of Main and Genoa streets.

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, Aug. 17

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

Barbecue Pork and Corn Boil Supper

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Place: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 324 W. McKinley St.

Cost: Adults $10, children $5

More information: 630-699-8751 or 815-286-3606

Pork roast is cooked outdoors with a secret sauce, and the sweet corn for the corn boil is picked the morning of the supper. Sides include German and American potato salads, applesauce, rolls and dessert. Carry outs are available. Tickets are not required.

Paleo Diet and At-Home Fitness

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 16

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

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

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock High School

Tickets: In advance, adults $10, children 2-12 $6; at the gate, adults $13, children 2-12 $7

The public is invited to watch the big top go up between 9:30 and 10 a.m., and then take a free tour of the circus operation. Shows are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Jack and Jina's BP, the Hinckley Public Library, South Moon BBQ, Hinckley Fresh Market, and by phone at 866-244-8676.

KINGSTON

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

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.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20

Place: Kirkland Fire Department, 3891 Route 72

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.

SHABBONA

Wingshooting Clinic for Youth and Women

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 16 for children 10-15; Sunday, Aug. 17 for girls and women 10-adult

Place: Shabbona Lake State Park

Cost: $10

More information: 815-758-2773

Each day of this clinic for beginning shotgun shooters begins with a classroom session on safe firearm handling, then there is live-fire wingshooting at clay targets. Autoloading 28-gauge shotguns and lunch are provided. Reservations are required; to reserve space, call and ask for Richard Carlson. Space is limited to 24 students each day.

SYCAMORE

Story Time at the Museum

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Aug. 6

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.

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Aug. 6

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, Aug. 7

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

'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

FUE

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Aug. 8

Place: Christian Connection, 337 W. State St.

More information: 815-899-3262

Indie-rock band FUE will perform a free acoustic set.

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.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through September; next, Aug. 10

Place: Corner of Somonauk and Elm streets

More information: www.discoversycamore.com

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.

'Harvest Time'

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13

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

More information: 815-895-5762

Registered dietitian Lisa Brandt will present a free program on ways to use seasonal summer garden vegetables.

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.

Civil War Family Fun Day

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14

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

Cost: $5 per family

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

Hands-on activities and crafts for visitors of all ages to learn about the Civil War.

Amazing Amphibians

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 16

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

Cost: Members, free, nonmembers, $3 plus museum admission

More information: www.mmnh.org

Get to know a few of the museum's live amphibians while learning about what makes amphibians unique.

Guided Main Street Walking Tour

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 17

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 Main Street, highlighting the local history and architecture of the neighborhood.

Sundays in the Gardens

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 17

Place: Blumen Gardens

More information: 815-895-3737 or www.blumengardens.com

Every third Sunday through October, Blumen Gardens will host an artist market at which 10 or more local artisans will sell their creations. There will be food and gardening classes or workshops available as well.

Tale Weavers

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 18

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

Silly folk tales and sing-alongs with storyteller Bruce Wallace, then crafts and more stories.

Self Defense

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, Aug. 18

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

More information: 815-895-500 ext. 26 or www.sycamorelibrary.org

Black belt, licensed clinical social worker, and certified safety instructor Lee Scott will lead a course for adults in self defense that includes avoiding conflict, resolving conflict without getting physical, physical self-defense, and what happens after a violent encounter.

Reiki Sharing Circle

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Third Monday of each month; next, Aug. 18

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.

Fingerprinting Workshop

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20

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

More information: 815-895-2500 ext. 26 or www.sycamorelibrary.org

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, Aug. 6

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. 10

Place: Lions Park

More information: www.petestrain.com

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

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