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Town Crier Events for April 16-30

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:21 a.m. CDT

CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, April 16

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

Crochet Class

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

Third-Grade and Up Writer's Group

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Date: Mondays; next, April 21

Place: Cortland Community Library

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

Evening Story and Craft

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 22

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

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

DeKALB

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

Stories, songs, and a craft for infants, toddlers and caregivers.

Bright Futures: Recycling Rocks

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

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

Kids of all ages are invited to create an instrument using found objects and perform together as a band.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 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.

Ford Drive 4UR School Test Drive Fundraiser

Time: 12:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: DeKalb High School parking lot

DeKalb Music Boosters will receive $20 for every Ford test drive taken at this event, up to $6,000. Any licensed driver 18 or older can participate (one per household).

Children's Waiting Room Fundraiser

Time: 4 - 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: Potbelly's, 1013 W. Lincoln Highway

Our Military Kids Dance Benefit

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: Holmes Student Center, NIU

Cost: $10; NIU students, $5

Dance performance includes ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dances. Proceeds benefit Our Military Kids, which provides grants to allow children of deployed service members to participate in extracurricular activities.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, April 16

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.

Bedtime Story Time

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 16

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year: A Panel Discussion

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 17

Place: Creative Therapeutics, 400 E. Hillcrest Drive

A panel of experts from a range of health care fields talk about what they do and local resources for parents and moms-to-be, and answer audience questions. This informal event is free and open to all.

Computer Basics

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 17

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Easter Egg Hunt

Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Date: Friday, April 18

Place: Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh and Franklin streets

More information: 815-756-7374

All children 12 and younger and their families are invited to participate in Trinity LUtheran Church's egg hunt. There will be songs, games and stories before the hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must bring their own bag or basket. Refreshments will be served after the hunt.

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry Buffet

Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 18

Place: Knights of Columbus, 1336 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: Adults $10 plus tax, children $6 plus tax

Buffet includes walleye, cod, shrimp, macaroni and cheese, soup, baked potato, french fries, coleslaw and salad bar. No carryouts.

Unlimited Pasta Bar

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: April 18 and 19

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

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

A variety of pasta shapes and Italian sauces will be offered, plus garlic bread and salad.

Xs and Os With the Pros

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 18

Place: Yordon Center, NIU

Cost: $125

More information: 815-753-7225 or huskieathleticfund@niu.edu

NFL players Ryan Diem, Garrett Wolfe, Jason Schepler, Brad Cieslak, and Dan Graham will speak, as will NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. Participants can also take part in breakout sessions in which Huskie coaches will show film breakdowns of different positions.

'Charlie's Angels Nite'

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 19

Place: Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St.

Cost: $5

Wooden Box Theater presents an assortment of music, dance, fashion, theater and crafts.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Date: Every Sunday; next, April 20

Place: DeKalb Masonic Lodge 144, East Fairview and South Fourth streets

Cost: Adults $6, children 5 to 12 $4, children 4 and younger free

Pancakes, pork sausage, eggs cooked to order, toast, coffee, orange juice and milk. Biscuits and gravy are available for $4 for a full order or $2 for a half order.

Blood Drive

Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 21

Place: Barsema Hall, 740 Garden Road

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 21

Place: DeKalb County Highway building, 1826 Barber Greene Road

More information: www.dekalbcounty.org/lepc.html

Open Poetry Slam

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

STEM Cafe: Chasing the Storm

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Place: O'Leary's, 260 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-753-4751 or jdymond@niu.edu

Storm chaser and meteorologist Walker Ashley will lead an informal discussion on climate change and strategies for survival in severe weather.

Dietitian's Dish

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

A registered dietitian will present free samples and healthy recipes.

Free Know Your Numbers Screening

Time: 7 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: KishHealth System Professional Building

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 - 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: Stevenson North Complex, NIU

An Inside Look at Sudden Cardiac Death

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Tea Party: Fashions from the Past

Time: Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 25

Place: KishHealth System Cancer Center

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Antiques Appraisal Show

Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 25

Place: Heritage Woods, 2626 N. Annie Glidden Road

More information: 815-787-6500 or marketing@hw-dekalb-slf.com

A professional appraiser will give informal, "Antiques Roadshow"-style appraisals of antiques people bring in. Space is limited; registration required.

All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast

Time: 7 - 10:30 a.m.

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

Place: Trinity Lutheran Church

Cost: Adults $7, children $4

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St.

Divas Dish

Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: Barsema Alumni & Visitor Center

Tickets: $30 or two for $50

More information: 815-756-7904 or www.gliddenhomestead.org

Nearly 40 chefs will share favorite family recipes at this tasting event to support the Glidden Homestead.

Burger & A Brew Comedy Tour

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: O'Leary's Restaurant and Pub, 260 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

More information: 815-758-1225 or www.dekalbcountytickets.org

Tickets include a gourmet burger and fries with one beer, glass or wine or soft drink served at 7 p.m. and a ticket to the comedy show at 8 p.m. Cost of ticket includes tax and tips.

Neighbors' House 5K

Time: 8 a.m.

Date: Sunday, April 27

Place: Hopkins Park

Cost: $25 before April 14; $30 late registration

More information: www.neighborshouse.org or nh@neighborshouse.org

The 3.1-mile course begins and ends in Hopkins Park, using the nature trail. Awards for top finishers; all participants are eligible for a post-race raffle.

Blood Drive

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 28

Place: Holmes Student Center

Victors Awards Show

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 28

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: $20

More information: 815-753-1923 or egyptiantheatre.org

NIU Athletics' annual, ESPY-style awards show will feature live performances, music, and awards presentations.

Living After Loss

Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 28

Place: KishHealth System Hospice

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Blood Drive

Time: 3 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 29

Place: Anytime Fitness, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road

All donors will receive a free two-week pass to the gym or free month of tanning not gym members; members who donate will receive a free fitness consultation.

Blood Drive

Time: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 29

Place: University Plaza, 900 Crane Drive

Blood Drive

Time: 2:30 - 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 30

Place: DeKalb Area Retirement Center - Oak Crest, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive

Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears

Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 30

Place: Kishwaukee Hospital

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Registration required.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, April 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.

Line Dancing

Time: 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Date: Third Friday of every month; next, April 18

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

Cost: $5

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

All-You-Can-Eat VFW Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Third Sunday of each month; next, April 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.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, April 22

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

Drive-Thru Dinner

Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: St. Catherine of Genoa, 340 S. Stott St.

Cost: $10

Pork chop or chicken breast, potato salad, baked beans, applesauce, roll and butter. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Knights of Columbus before April 20.

Bunco for Breast Cancer

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

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

Tickets: $30

More information: 815-751-2970 or 815-761-0515

Cash bar at 6 p.m., bunco begins at 7 p.m. Only 156 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at Speciality Gifts, 133 W. Main St. in Genoa.

Blood Drive

Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Date: Sunday, April 27

Place: St. Catherine of Genoa, 340 S. Stott St.

Hymn Sing

Time: 6 p.m.

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

Place: Emmaus Baptist Church, 701 Pearson St.

HINCKLEY

Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Dates: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; next, April 16

Place: Hinckley Public Library, 100 N. Maple St.

For children ages 15 months through 5 years, with a caregiver.

LEGO Group

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Every Friday; next, April 18

Place: Hinckley Public Library, 100 N. Maple St.

Open to all ages; please do not bring LEGOs from home.

Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: Route 30 and South Sycamore Street

More information: 815-739-1336

Volunteers will plant trees and flowers, remove weeds and clean up the park for spring. It's not all work; there will be fun Earth Day activities, too.

Kindergarten Round Up

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School, 600 W. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-286-3400

All 2014-2015 kindergarten students and their parents are invited to stop by this open house to meet teachers and see the classrooms. Families who have registered their children or plan to register their children in kindergarten this fall and are not able to attend are asked to call the school.

Historical Society Dinner and Auction

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: Hinckley-Big Rock High School

Tickets: $20

More information: 815-286-9075

Silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m, live auction begins after dinner. The theme of the event is Prairie Pioneer Days: 1964-2014. The dinner is open to the public and is the primary source of income for the historical society. Don Austin will provide musical entertainment. Catering by Dairy Joy. Tickets are available at the historical society museum, Resource Bank, Hinckley Public Library, South Moon Barbecue, and from historical society members.

KIRKLAND

Maundy Thursday Drama

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 17

Place: First Lutheran Church of Kirkland, 501 W. South St.

More information: 815-522-3886

The church will present a re-enactment of the Last Supper. The evening includes absolution and confession and holy communion.

Blood Drive

Time: 3 - 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: Kirkland Fire Department, 3891 Route 72

MALTA

Cancer Benefit for Christine Baie

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 17

Place: Mustang Bar & Grill, 102 S. Third St.

Tickets: $10 at the door

More information: 815-501-4535 or 630-688-5939

Christine Baie is a childhood survivor of Hodgkin's disease who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Proceeds will help cover her medical bills, transportation to and from treatment appointments in Chicago, and living expenses during treatment. From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be karaoke by Shooteroke. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Jim and Justin of Modern Day Romeos will perform. There will be a live auction and raffles throughout the evening. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle can be purchased in advance by phone or at the event. Donations to the Christine Baie Benefit Fund can also be made at any Resource Bank or online at youcaring.com.

SHABBONA

Pork Chop Dinner Drive-Thru

Time: 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 25

Place: Shabbona United Church of Christ, 104 E. Navaho

More information: 815-824-2359

Catered by Fay's. Call ahead to reserve tickets. Choice of two-chop, half-chicken, or one chop and quarter-chicken dinners, all for $11. Proceeds help youth attend camp.

SYCAMORE

Bingo

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

Date: Every Wednesday; next, April 16

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

Free Coffee, Pastries and Conversation

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, April 17

Place: The Grand Victorian, 1440 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-1900

Pay-It-Forward House Volunteer Orientation

Time: 7 – 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 17

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

More information: 815-762-4882 or www.payitforwardhouse.org

Those interested in learning about volunteer opportunities can get a tour of the house and learn about the ways volunteers can help.

Breakfast with the Bunny and Egg Hunt

Time: Breakfast, 7:30 – 9:15 a.m.; egg hunt, 10 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 19

Place: Breakfast, St. Mary Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St.; egg hunt, Good Tymes Shelter, Sycamore Park

Cost: Advance tickets for breakfast are $4 for Sycamore Park District residents, $6 for nonresidents. Tickets at the door are $5 and $7, respectively

Jim Gill Family Concert

Time: 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 19

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Sycamore Bluegrass Jam

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Date: Third Saturday of each month September through May; next, April 19

Place: Sycamore Baptist Church, 302 Somonauk St.

More information: 815-895-6837

Come to listen or to play at this open jam. Those who attend are asked to bring a finger food to share. The concert is free; free-will donations are accepted.

Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 19

Place: Sycamore High School

Free admission, hourly raffle drawings, two bounce houses, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Easter Breakfast

Time: 7 – 10 a.m.

Date: Sunday, April 20

Place: St. John Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road

More information: 815-895-4477 or office@stjohnsycamore.org

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, fruit cups, toast, coffee cake, orange juice, milk and coffee. Easter services will be at 6, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Time: After the 10 a.m. service

Date: Sunday, April 20

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

More information: 815-895-2706

Eggs will be hidden on the front lawn for children 5 and older and in the enclosed preschool playground for children younger than 5.

Reiki Sharing Circle

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Date: Third Monday of each month; next, April 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.

4-C Annual Meeting

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

Cost: $15

More information: 815-758-8149 or 800-848-8727 ext. 221

Hands-On Pantry Cooking

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. or 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: Hy-Vee Club Room

Cost: $10

More information: www.kishprograms.org

Genealogy Interest Group

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: Sycamore Public Library

More information: 815-895-9424

County Meeting on Elder Abuse

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 23

Place: DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Representatives of DeKalb County Elder Care Services will present a free program on elder abuse.

Museum Docent Training

Time: 7 - 8 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

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

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

Those interested in volunteering with the museum or who want to know more about volunteer opportunities are invited to this training session. You do not need a knowledge of local history to volunteer.

Blood Drive

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.

Date: Friday, April 25

Place: Home Bound Health Care, 1625 Bethany Road

Spring Fishing Derby

Time: 8 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: Sycamore Lake

Cost: $4 for Sycamore Park District residents, $5 for nonresidents

More information: 815-895-3202

'General Dutton's America' Grand Opening

Time: 1 - 3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

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

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

The grand opening of the history museum's new exhibit, which looks at the history of Sycamore and the nation through the experience of a Civil War-era resident.

Babies Gone WILD!

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, April 26

Place: Regale Center, 124 S. California St.

Tickets: $20

More information: www.oakenacres.org

Meet Deshka the bald eagle and the Oaken Acres wild animal ambassadors in this fundraiser for Oaken Acres Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Event includes dinner by Taxco, a cash bar, and an auction.

Mother-Son Date Night

Time: 3 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, April 27

Place: 4 Seasons Sports

Cost: Moms $20 for Sycamore Park District residents, $30 for nonresidents; each son $7.50 for in district, $12.50 for out of district

Cost includes pizza, soda, shoe rental and two games of bowling. Registration due by April 20.

Blood Drive

Time: 2 - 6 p.m.

Date: Monday, April 28

Place: Kishwaukee Family YMCA

HOPE Circle

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Fourth Monday of each month; next, April 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.

WATERMAN

Bookworms Story Time

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesdays; next, April 16

Place: Clinton Township Public Library

Stories for children 3 to 5.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Thursdays; next, April 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.

Waterman Elementary Fine Arts Festival

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 24

Place: Indian Creek Middle School

More information: 815-263-3351

Viewing of student art begins at 6:30 p.m., music and movement performance begins at 7 p.m. All K-5 students are participating. Open to the public.

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