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Town Crier Events for June 26-July 10

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:59 p.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, June 26

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

First Grade & Up Story and Craft

Time: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Thursdays

Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday; next, June 27

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Registration required.

Movie Matinee

Time: 1 p.m.

Date: Every Friday; next, June 28

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Lunch & Listen

Time: Noon – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 2

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

All-Ages Story Time

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 2 and 9

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Times: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 26

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Infants, toddlers and their caregivers can gather for stories, songs and a craft.

Victim Advocacy Services On the Move

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday through Aug. 14; next, June 26

Place: MLK Commons, Northern Illinois University

More information: 815-753-0320

Victim Advocacy Services advocates go outside to educate the community about sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Advocates debunk stereotypes and myths and lead advocacy projects.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, June 26

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

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433. June 26 menu is Chicago dogs. Diners pay what they can; those who cannot pay can eat for free.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, June 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Story time for children from birth to age 5. Stories, songs and puppet play in both English and Spanish; children can learn to appreciate another language. Translations available.

Furry Friends

Times: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 27

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

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

Between 15 and 20 animals will visit the library for an informational presentation and Q-and-A. Children can touch the animals after the Q-and-A.

Farmers Market

Time: Noon – 6 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays through Sept. 26; next, June 27

Place: Van Buer Plaza, North Second and Locust streets

Computer Help Lab

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday; 1 – 3 p.m. Friday

Date: June 27 and 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library youth services

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220 or dkplref@dkpl.org

Free, drop-in help lab to get answers to computer-related questions.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 27

Place: Hopkins Park Bandshell

More information: 815-756-3728

The orchestra presents its annual free, family-oriented outdoor concert.

Computer Basics

Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, June 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library meeting room

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn to perform essential tasks using a mouse and a keyboard while navigating the Windows operating system.

Arrowhead Exhibit

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. or by appointment

Date: Friday, June 28

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

More information: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

Robert Hough's collection of arrowheads from the USA, Mexico and Africa are on display.

'Grease'

Time: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: June 28 – 30

Place: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: $10

Tickets to the popular musical will be available at the door one hour before each performance.

The Wild Finish

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, June 28

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

Chicago-based adult-contemporary/punk band.

Greek Fest

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dates: June 29 and 30

Place: St. Mary Church, corner of Pine and Fourth streets

More information: 815-751-8979

Authentic Greek food, pastries, wine and beer for purchase, Greek music and live Greek dance performances. All food is available for dine-in or carry-out.

Patriotic Cantata

Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Dates: June 29 and 30

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building

The Celebration Chorale presents its annual concert of patriotic music. The concert is free, but free-will offerings are accepted.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Date: Sunday, June 30

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbgallery.com

Opening reception for "Myths and Allegories," on display through July 31.

Wooden Box Theater: Grateful Dead Nite

Time: 4:45 p.m.

Date: Sunday, June 30

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $6

More information: thehousecafe.net

An evening of fashion, poetry, theatrical skits and music inspired by The Grateful Dead.

mewithoutYou

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, July 1

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $15 in advance; $17 at the door

Rock band mewithoutYou performs music from their new album, "Ten Stories," a return to their old musical forms.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 2

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

More information: barbcityswing.com

The evening begins with a basic swing dancing lesson, then social dancing. No partner required. Smooth-soled shoes recommended.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, July 3

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed.

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, July 4

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547 or http://thehousecafe.net

Monthly blues jam. Come to listen or to play. All-ages show.

Concert and Fireworks

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 4

Place: Hopkins Park band shell

The DeKalb Municipal Band presents its annual Salute to the Fourth of July concert of patriotic music. The free concert ends with fireworks choreographed to music.

Rock'N'Brat

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, July 6

Place: DeKalb Harley-Davidson, 969 Peace Road

More information: 815-756-4558

Demo rides, food, refreshments and music by Hitman.

Pork Chop/Chicken Dinner

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Sunday, July 7

Place: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St.

Cost: $12; children's hot dog meal, $5

Dinners include a choice of chicken or pork chop by 5B's, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce and a drink. Seating is available inside or outside. Carryouts available. Proceeds benefit local and regional social service agencies.

Ellwood House Servant and Staff Tour

Times: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 10

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

Cost: $5

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

Learn about servant life in the grand houses of DeKalb in the early 20th century. "Apply" and "interview" for a job on the staff of the Ellwood family's home. Registration due by July 8.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 10

Place: Castle Bank, 100 Greenwood Acres Drive

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, June 26

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.

The History and Carving of Wooden Spoons

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 26

Place: Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society Museum

More information: 815-784-2199 or 815-784-5559

Listeners are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to the free presentation. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Rumble Under the Lights Summer Wrestling League Championship

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 26

Place: Genoa-Kingston High School

Cost: Adults $5, seniors and students with ID $3, children younger than 6 free

Participating schools are Belvidere, Belvidere North, Dundee-Crown, Genoa-Kingston, Hampshire, Jacobs, Marengo and North Boone. Concessions will be available for purchase. In case of rain, matches will be held indoors.

Concert in the Park

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, June 28

Place: Chamberlain Park

Bagshot Row will play music from the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis and others. No alcohol or pets allowed.

Block Party

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, June 29

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson Drive

More information: 815-784-9098

Games, giveaways, free popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

Blood Drive

Time: 8 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, June 30

Place: 340 S. Stott St.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, July 2

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

Electronics Recycling Collection

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: First Saturday of each month; next, July 6

Place: City Hall east lot

Items accepted for recycling include anything with a battery or that plugs into a wall; batteries; refrigerators; monitors; scrap metal; cardboard and plastic.

Control Your Cholesterol

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 9

Place: KishHealth Family & Specialty Care

More information: 815-748-8962 or www.kishhospital.org/programs

Whether your levels are high or normal, lifestyle changes can help you reduce or maintain cholesterol levels. Receive resources and tools to develop healthy habits at this free event. If you have cholesterol results, bring them. Registration is required and closes five days before the program date.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Dates: Wednesdays in June and July; next, June 26

Place: Hinckley Public Library

For children 2-5 years old and a guardian. Registration requested.

Chess at the Library

Time: 6 p.m.

Dates: Thursdays in June; next, June 27

Place: Hinckley Public Library

Play chess or learn to play. All skill levels welcome.

Fun with Duct Tape

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 2

Place: Hinckley Public Library

More information: 815-286-3220

You will be amazed at the crafting possibilities with duct tape. Registration required.

KIRKLAND

Kirkland Lions Club Fourth of July Celebration

Dates: July 3 – 6

Place: Franklin Township Park

More information: www.kirkland4thofjuly.com

• Carnival, food vendors and flea market: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Wristband night for carnival rides 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

• Bingo: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, 2-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

• Live music in the beer tent: 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesday and Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Saturday

• Parade: 11 a.m. Thursday

• Water fights: 2 p.m. Thursday

• Baggo tournaments: 3 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday

• Pedal tractor pull: 4 p.m. Thursday

• Car and tractor shows: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

• Lions Club free hearing screenings: 4-6 p.m. Saturday

• Fireworks and raffle drawing: 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Kirkland Lions Park Stage

Dates: July 3 – 6

Place: Franklin Township Park

More information: www.kirkland4thofjuly.com

• Wednesday: 6-10 p.m. karaoke; 7 p.m. queen contest

• Thursday: 1 p.m. Getting Excited About Science; 2 p.m. Summerfield Zoo; 3 p.m. ventriloquist Sandi Sylver

• Friday: 6-8 p.m. Cover Story Band

• Saturday: 1 p.m. Kirkland Police Department; 2 p.m. Bellydancing by Daryea; 3 p.m. Arthur Murray Dance Studio; 4 p.m. Lewis Dance Progressions; 5 p.m. The Magic of Brian Holt; 6 p.m. Hiawatha Jazz Band

Hiawatha Schools Open House

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, July 4

Place: Hiawatha Elementary School

SHABBONA

Walleye Contest Weekend

Time: 6 a.m. Saturday – 6 p.m. Sunday

Dates: June 29 and 30

Place: Shabbona Lake State Park

More information: 815-824-2581or www.shabbonalake.com

Fourth of July Celebration

Dates: June 29 – 30, July 4

Place: Purdy's Lot, East Navaho Street

More information: www.shecevents.com

• Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 from Shabbona High School

• On Saturday, craft and food vendors are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Rides, games and inflatables are open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Ice cream eating contest at 12:30 p.m. Saturday

• Kids' water fights at 2 p.m. Saturday

• Co-ed volleyball tournament and fire department water fights at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Registration for both events opens at noon.

• All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast by the Shabbona Fire Department from 7-11 a.m. Thursday, July 4. Lions Club pork chop dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, June 26

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

Blood Drive

Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 26

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

Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser for Christian Senior Ministry

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, June 27

Place: St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road

Cost: $10

More information: 815-895-4477 or 815-895-3819

Dinners include roast pork from Inboden's, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, a baked apple and a roll. Proceeds support Christian Senior Ministry, which offers weekly, non-denominational Christian church services at local senior homes.

Science Saturday: Do-It-Yourself

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 29

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

Cost: Members $3; non-members free with museum admission

More information: 815-895-9777

What do lava lamps, invisible ink, slime and duck calls have in common? You can make them in this hands-on workshop for ages 8 and up. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Garden Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Sunday, June 30

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

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

Children 3 to 6 listen to a story, sing a song and make a craft. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Free, but registration is recommended.

Kids Club Car Wash

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, June 30

Place: The Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

Cost: $5

The car wash will be held in the parking lot behind the church. Proceeds will help pay for summer camp opportunities at Pilgrim Park Church Camp.

Farmers Market

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dates: Sundays through Sept. 29; next, June 30

Place: Corner of Elm and Somonauk streets

Walking tours of the historic district are offered at 1 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month for $5. Next, June 16.

Summertime Visit with Angie Carter

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, July 2

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

For children from infancy to age 3, with a caregiver (siblings up to 5 are welcome). A free music class.

Cold-Blooded Creatures

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Friday, July 5

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

Jim Nesci brings half a dozen reptiles for a hands-on presentation.

Career Works: Jump Start Your Job Search

Time: 2 p.m.

Dates: Second Monday of each month; next, July 8

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

Each month, a different speaker presents ideas to help with job searching. There is also time to network with other searchers.

WATERMAN

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, June 27

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.

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