DeKALB – The 44th annual Country Music Show Toy Drive will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
DeKALB – Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb, will present a three-day holiday celebration in DeKalb. Festive decorations and music will welcome visitors to the historic mansion of barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood. This year’s theme is “Holiday Splendor.” A visit to the elegantly furnished home is an ideal way to kick off the holiday season as Christmas sights, aromas and music provide a total sensory experience for visitors of all ages.
DeKALB – TAILS Humane Society will host a designer clothing resale event Dec. 5 through 7 at Grace Place, 401 Normal Road, across the street from the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center.
SYCAMORE – Rev. Marvin Metzger and a team of more than 100 volunteers served a pre-Thanksgiving turkey dinner to hundreds of their neighbors on Sunday.
DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum is hosting the NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial through Saturday, Feb. 15. The opening reception for the exhibition will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.
DeKALB – Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is collecting donations for Safe Passage and Sycamore United Methodist Church Coat Ministry. Safe Passage needs toiletries, hair products, diapers, bottles and sippy cups, large bath towels, and other items. Coats and winter accessories are needed for the coat ministry.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s Fall 2013 Dance Concert is all about love.
SYCAMORE – The Merchants of Downtown Sycamore will hold the Jingle the Bells Jubilee from Nov. 22 through 24. Activities and specials throughout the downtown area will help to ring in the holiday mood.
GENOA – On Nov. 23, community members can roll up a sleeve and donate blood to honor Beau Norris, a 1-year-old who relies on the generosity of blood donors to sustain his life.
The Filipino-American Association of Northern Illinois University is holding a fundraiser to assist with the American Red Cross’s disaster-relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan.
Black Friday comes early for local shoppers, as NB&T sponsors the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Moonlight Madness on Friday, Nov. 22, and the DeKalb chamber’s annual Hollydays, Nov. 22-24.
DeKALB – The DeKalb County Salvation Army is preparing for its annual “Let’s Talk Turkey” event on Friday, Nov. 22.
DeKALB – Special game jerseys worn by the Northern Illinois University Huskies during their Mid-American Conference midweek match-up versus Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, are being auctioned to benefit Active Heroes, a charity that supports veterans, active military and their families.