Calendar events in DeKalb County Illinois

Event Category: Community Events

Meals for Moms

Date: 5/8/2017
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:00 PM

322 Waterman St
Sycamore, IL 60178


VAC’s Annual Meals for Moms Luncheon is an opportunity to enjoy lunch with Mom or maybe Dad,siblings, co-workers, friends or even the boss! There is a raffle of fresh potted plants during the luncheon to raise additional funds. Lunch is served, to the backdrop of music, by local “Celebrity” Waitstaff with all proceeds benefiting VAC’s Meals on Wheels Program serving Senior Citizens and people with disabilities. Enjoy a nice lunch while helping to bring meals to the table of those in need.

The Radium Girls with Author Kate Moore

The Infamous History of the Radium Girls with Author Kate Moore

Date: 5/12/2017
Time: 12:00 PM TO 1:00 PM

DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak St
DeKalb, IL 60115


A free talk about fascinating and forgotten history! With a mantra of lip…dip…paint, the dial-painters of Ottawa, Illinois, were reassured that their company’s radium based paint was safe for ingestion. But, when the girls began to fall ill, they had to ban together and fight for not only their legal rights, but their lives. Author Kate Moore’s meticulously researched non-fiction book paints a powerful portrait of the women whose struggles changed the landscape of workers’ and women’s rights. A UK native, Moore conducted research visiting archives and surviving relatives of the Radium Dial Company workers in northern Illinois. This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch. Books will be available for purchase. For additional information, contact Gillian King-Cargile at

Family Camp Out

Family Camp Out

May 12 at 5:30 PM to May 13 at 10 AM
Hosted by Sandwich Park District

Registration date has been extended to May 10th. The 10 day weather forecast looks good for camping! This is a great family campout close to home.

Join Sandwich Park District staff at our beautiful Harvey Creek Conservation Park. Have some family fun and bring your own tent and sleeping gear for a night under the stars. For $10 a person we will provide the dinner, s’mores, beverages and breakfast. This is a kid friendly night that will involve, crafts, games, stories around the fire and a Snipe hunt! We will be enjoying a movie later in the evening once the sun goes down on our 32 foot inflatable screen. Registration Required by May 10, 2017.

Harvey Creek Conservation Area

Harvey Creek Conservation Area is the largest park in the Sandwich Park District. It is located in the southeast corner of Sandwich on Lions Road near Indian Valley Vocational Center and is the largest parcel of land in the parks system consisting of 30 acres of wetlands and prairie grasses. A walking path, in memory of Tim Rediger, skirts the boundaries of the park to provide recreational and educational opportunities.

An open-air shelter provides picnic tables for park guests. The shelter may be used on a first come, first serve basis. Interpretative signs are located nearby to provide information on native grasses, plants and animals located in the wetland conservation area.

A 12 foot bridge spans an inlet to Harvey Creek to complete the circular path of the Tim Rediger Memorial Trail. The park is handicapped accessible for our guests.

Band Together for Opportunity House

Band Together for Opportunity House
Date: 5/12/2017
Time: 6:00 PM TO 10:30 PM

Join us for the annual fundraiser “Band Together for Opportunity House, Inc.” at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Proceeds benefit expenses related to participation in Special Olympics. Presented by KishHealth Systems and featuring live music from Back Country Roads, includes food, drinks, auctions and fun! For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Marc Johnson at 815-991-2990 ext 120 or

Welcome to Opportunity House!

Women Only Introduction to Handguns class

Women Only Introduction to Handguns class
Date: 5/13/2017
Time: 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

Country Inn & Suites
1450 South Peace Rd.
Sycamore, ILL 60178


This half day class is designed for those ladies who are interested in learning about handguns or increasing their knowledge of handguns. It also prepares them for the Concealed Carry course when they decide to pursue their permit. We will cover the basics of safe gun handling, how to load and unload pistols and revolvers plus much more. Additionally, we will introduce you to and allow you to handle and fire a variety of handguns.

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Rocketry and Spaceflight

STEM Rocketry and Spaceflight
Date: 5/13/2017
Time: 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

NIU STEM Classroom
Swen Parson Hall 146
DeKalb, IL 60115

We’re going to finish our spring season of classes with a bang! Students will learn all about rockets and spaceflight as they construct their own working model rocket. Estes model rocket kits will be supplied, and after we’ve finished building our rockets we’ll go to the field by our Engineering building for a pizza powered rocket lunch. We’ll provide the pizza and drinks, and we’ll all get a chance to actually launch our rockets. The rockets are reusable, so students will be able to bring them home and launch them again and again! At noon we will move to the Engineering field for our picnic launch. The fee for this class includes the cost of the rocket kit. This class will only meet once. Suggested Ages: 7 and up Price: $45

Mother’s Day Flower Walk

Mother’s Day Flower Walks

Saturday, May 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the day before Mother’s Day, University of Illinois Extension will be offering guided wildflower walks at the Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) in Russell Woods Forest Preserve.  Russell Woods is located 1 mile west of Genoa on state route 72. The Natural Resource Education Center is at the end of the forest preserve road.

“People will often come into the NREC and ask us to come outside and help them identify one of the many beautiful spring native wildflowers in the forest preserve,” said Peggy Doty, University of Illinois Educator.   “This time of year is crucial for these delicate plants.  The spring woodland flowers grow in the wooded areas but come up early to attain enough light to make food for themselves.  If they wait too long the shade of the trees would block the precious light they need,” continued Doty.  The spring beauties are one of the most delicate flowers found first on the forest floor and research has shown they are critical for many native pollinators. The trillium have recently opened and the Virginia bluebells are carpeting the lowland forest.  Mother’s Day weekend the forest will be still be putting on quite a display,” said Doty.  According to Doty it is also important for people to understand that it is illegal to remove plants from preservation areas so come with a camera if you would like to take something home.

All are welcome on the guided hikes. Two local botany enthusiasts will be available to guide people out onto the trails to see and talk about what is blooming. “Brian Hale and Karen Matz have been leading the hikes for many years and both love to share their enthusiasm regarding wildflowers,” said Doty.  We will do walks starting at 9:30 a.m. and each half hour through the morning and then again at noon and one last walk at 1 p.m. There are trails accessible for all abilities so come out to enjoy spring. Doty added, “If people have company in for the weekend this would be a great short destination and activity for their enjoyment.” There is no charge for the hikes and Extension staff will be in the center to talk about birds at the feeders and the displays so you can come for a walk or just to visit NREC. If you have questions please call the NREC at 815-784-2000.

Source: Peggy Doty, Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship,University of Illinois    Extension, Unit 2.

Source: Peggy Doty, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship,

Sycamore Library Adult Game Group

NEW! Sycamore Library Adult Game Group
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Free
Join us for a fun filled evening of board games! Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month starting at 5:30 pm adults are welcome to come play a variety of family friendly board games. Attendees may choose from the board games provided or bring their own!

This club is geared towards adults but families are welcomed. No registration required.

Free Documentary: Paper Tigers

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board

The DeKalb County Trauma Informed Training Committee is working to make DeKalb County, Illinois a trauma informed community through incorporating knowledge about trauma in all aspects of service delivery and facilitating recovery and empowerment.  By screening “Paper Tigers” and hosting a panel discussion with experts on trauma informed care, lived experience, foster care, and education, the committee hopes to develop a comprehensive approach to trauma-informed care that increases awareness of the harmful effect of trauma in children and adults, develop effective preventative, treatment and recovery support services reflecting the needs of the community population, provide training and tools that help systems identify trauma and intervene early and inform public policy that supports these efforts (SAMSHA).

Free Documentary: Paper Tigers

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