Calendar events in DeKalb County Illinois

Event Category: Holidays

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,

Mother’s Day Brunch at Farandas

Treat your mom to something special this year and come join us for Faranda’s Mothers Day Brunch on May 14th, 2017!

This year the staff at Faranda’s wants to help you make Mom feel extra special! In addition to a spectacular menu of various brunch items which includes all of your breakfast favorites, lunch items, a delicious salad bar and of course our signature ice cream station! Faranda’s will also be offering a free drink and a flower for Mom!

We will be hosting an exciting raffle with the chance to win breakfast at The Lincoln Inn for your family! To enter you need to have your child write a letter to mom starting with “I love my mom because”. These will be displayed during the event and each mother will be given a special copy as a keepsake! Don’t miss out! Enter today! Letters will be accepted via email, by mail or can even be dropped off at Faranda’s. Email, mail or drop off to 302 Grove St. DeKalb, IL. The staff at Faranda’s can’t wait to see you!

Seating’s will take place at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm

Adults are $26.99
Children 12 and under are $12.99
5 and under eat FREE

Give us a call to reserve your spot 815-981-3304. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Kirkland Memorial Day Ceremony

The Village of Kirkland will hold their Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 28th at the Franklin Township Park at 1:00pm. The guest speaker this year will be DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott.

Joiner Memorial Day Service

The Sycamore Boy Scout Troop 40 invite the public to their Joiner Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 28th at 3:00pm. The Joiner Cemetery is located on the north side of West Old State Road about ¼ west of IL State Route 64 and east of Five Points Rd.. Their guest speaker is DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott.

Boy Scout Troop 40 has been cleaning up the cemetery for many years as an annual work day. The first cleanup day on record was on Sunday, November 14, 1999 and Troop 40 with others have been having annual cleanup days since May 30, 2005. Troop 40 invites the public to attend the Memorial Day Service with them. There is much work still yet to be done. Landscaping, restoration of grave stones and new fencing is still needed. To volunteer to help maintain and restore the Joiner Cemetery, please attend the service and let Troop 40 know what you can do to help.

Attached photo is Troop 40 work day 05-13-2017.

For information contact Frank Beierlotzer at e-mail or phone 815-758-5788.

Mayors Memorial Day Breakfast

The 2017 MAYORS MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST will be on Monday, May 29, 2017 from 6:45am to 7:30am at the Elks DeKalb Lodge No. 765, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115.

The guest speaker this year is DeKalb County Sheriff Roger A. Scott who will speak at several locations. The breakfast gives everyone an opportunity to start the day together before they go off to their local communities for the other various ceremonies.

A united prayer at 7:15 a.m. At 7:30am there will be a short program that will be done by 8:00am.

Past and current co-sponsors of the event are the Greater DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Greater Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Genoa Chamber of Commerce, Greater Kirkland Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterman Business Association, Sycamore Kiwanis Club, DeKalb County Marines, DeKalb County Chapter of VietNow, DeKalb City VFW, Genoa American Legion, DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission (DCVAC), DeKalb Lodge #144 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Northern Illinois Veterans Activities Committee (NIVAC), DeKalb County Forty and Eight Voiture 207, Elks DeKalb Lodge No. 765, DeKalb American Veterans (AMVETS) and Masonic Riders Assn. – Widows Sons – Knights Of Trye.

Past and current co-hosts of the event are Mayors and Village Presidents Bernard McMillan, Greg Sparrow, Gene Lawrence, Marvin Bernhardy, Patrick McCormick, Sandy Rempfer, Marcia Staniszewski, Kenneth Hetchler, Jim Edwards, Les Bellah, Jerry Olson, David Rood, Bessie Chronopolus, Ben Suppleland, John Swedberg, Todd Walker, Vince McCabe, Doug Scott, Roger Bosworth, Joseph Diedrich, Tom Thomas, Rick Dettman, Claudia Hicks, Ken Mundy, Frank Van Buer, Robert Seyller, Mike Becker, Clidea Lave, Ross Dueringer, Kris Povlsen, Richard Boris, Russ Stokes, John Rey, Mark Vicary and Rick Olson.

For more information E-mail or Phone 815-758- 5788.

Genoa Memorial Day Parade

American Legion Post 337 Genoa Il. Memorial Day Parade

This year’s Memorial Day parade on May 29 will start at the Genoa Veterans Home 311 S. Washington St.
The parade will start at 11:30am and end at the Genoa Cemetery, corner of Hill St. and Sycamore St. The ceremony starts about 12:00pm.
Our guest speaker will be DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. Sheriff Scott served with the United States Air Force from 1965-1969. After completing his military service he joined the sheriff’s office. For 17 years he served in a variety of positions and ranks. In 1985 he was appointed as Sheriff of DeKalb County. In 1986 he was elected as DeKalb County Sherriff.
This year we will be honoring three WWll veterans.
Glenn Pearson: He was inducted in the United States Army in 1944, Mr. Pearson was a POW and received The Bronze star medal and The Purple heart medal.
Frank Vanson.: He was inducted in the United States Army in 1942. Mr. Vanson Served in five major campaigns. He received 5 Bronze star medals and a Silver Star medal.
Bob Glendenning: He was inducted in United Sates Marine Corp in 1943. Mr. Glendenning Served with honor and dignity in the Pacific Campaign.

Come and honor these veterans that have honorable severed our county
Please join us to Honor the men of the military that have fallen in service to our county.

Sandwich 4th of July

Sandwich, Il. Freedom Days:

Saturday July 1st, 2017

Parade: Start 10:00AM Sharp!

  • Line up starts at 8:30AM at the west gate at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Enter at the far west entrance, 1401 Suydam Road. Please register for the parade by June 28th so we have time to organize the parade.
  • We ask that businesses and political entries pay a $15.00 fee to enter the parade.

Fire Department water fights will be Saturday evening at the fire station on Railroad street.

Sunday July 2nd, 2017

Freedom Run:                             Registration Form

  • 34th Annual event begins at Knights park
  • 1-Mile Starts at 8:00AM
  • 5K Starts at 8:30AM
  • Sign up before June 17th to get an event t-shirt of your size request.
  • For fees and more information check out page 2 of our Summer 2017 guide.

Fireworks Display- Start at DARK!

  • Display is located at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.
  • Concessions will be available to purchase.
  • A donation of $5.00 per family is suggested and always appreciated.
  • The main gate opens at 5:00P for cars and walkers.
  • You may walk in at the Lisbon gate. NO CARS ENTERING.

Kirkland 4th of July Celebration

Kirkland 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Don’t miss Kirkland’s 69th Annual 4th of July Celebration! There will be many activities all weekend long, including live music, a beer tent, bingo, a queen contest, parade, car show, tractor show, bags tournament, a ventriloquist, a magician, FIREWORKS and much more!

For a full schedule of events see below or visit  .

Kirkland Lions Club 69 th Annual 4th of July Celebration “Meet your Friends in Kirkland!”

Friday, June 30, 2017

11:30 a.m. Registration Hiawatha Education Foundation Golf Outing – Prairie View Golf Course –Shotgun Start at 12:00 noon. Registration forms available at Alpine Bank – Kirkland Branch or contact Amy Polzin (815-262- 5069).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Methodist Church Breakfast – Served at the church8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Car Show (Wayne Fruit 815-761- 5044)

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tractor Show (Wayne Fruit 815-761- 5044)

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Music (small stage)

Noon – 3:00 p.m. 102.3 The Coyote, from Rochelle – Live Broadcast

Noon – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Vendors

Noon – Midnight Beer Tent – Music – Pork Chop Sandwiches and Brats, Open bags

games – (large stage) – NO COVER CHARGE- RAIN OR SHINE

1:00 – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Rides

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Rides – Wristband Time ($20.00)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Leader Dog Demonstration (small stage)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Hiawatha Pep & Jazz Band Perform (small stage)

3:30 – 8:30 p.m. Southern Ride – Music (large stage)

4:00 – 9:00 p.m. BINGO

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Magic by Master Ron (small stage)

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Lunch Stand

6:00 p.m. Queen Contest (small stage)

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Jamie’s Karaoke (small stage) – following the Queen Contest

9:30 – Midnight Catfight – Music (large stage)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Garden Tractor Show (Wayne Fruit 815-761- 5044)

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Police Demonstrations (small stage)

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Destination Unknown – Music (large stage)

Noon – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Vendors

Noon – Midnight Beer Tent – Music – Pork Chop Sandwiches and Brats, Open bags

games – (large stage) – NO COVER CHARGE- RAIN OR SHINE

12:30 p.m. Water Fights Registration

1:00 p.m. Water Fights

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Harding Family Martial Arts Demonstration (small stage)

1:00 – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Rides

2:00 p.m. Bags Tournament – RAIN OR SHINE – it will be under a tent

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2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Music by Anthony Sheehan (small stage)

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Couch Coins (small stage)

4:00 – 7:30 p.m. Coyote’oke, put on by 102.3 The Coyote, from Rochelle – Karaoke

Contest, winner to sing at Rochelle’s 2017 Summer Country Jam on

August 5. Contest rules found at (large stage)

4:00 – 9:00 p.m. BINGO

5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Lunch Stand

8:00 – Midnight Audiodrive – Music (large stage)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Noon – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Lunch Stand, Vendors

2:00 p.m. – Midnight Beer Tent – Pork Chop Sandwiches and Brats, Open bags games

Live music (large stage) -NO COVER CHARGE- RAIN OR SHINE

4:00 – 7:45 p.m. Fork in the Road – Music (large stage)

4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Rides

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Music by Steve McClanahan – Acoustic Pop/Rock (small stage)

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. BINGO

6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Rides – Wristband Time ($20.00)

8:00 – Midnight Back Country Roads – Music (large stage)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the park

11:00 a.m. Parade (Andy Blackmer 815-262- 2951)

11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Dale Rhode – Music (large stage)

11:30 a.m. –11:00 p.m. Beer Tent – Open bags games, Live music (large stage) -NO COVER


Noon Pork Chop Dinner

Noon – 10:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Lunch Stand

Noon – 11:00 p.m. Open for the Day – Rides, Vendors

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. All-School Open House – Library/Learning Resource Center in

Hiawatha Grade School. Come connect with old friends.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Getting Excited About Science (small stage)

2:00 p.m. Bags Tournament – RAIN OR SHINE – it will be under a tent

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2:00 – 11:00 p.m. Beer Tent – Pork Chop Sandwiches and Brats

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Summerfield Zoo Exotic Animals (small stage)

3:00 – 9:00 p.m. BINGO

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Babin Brothers – Music (large stage)

4:00 p.m. Pedal Pulls

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Magic of Brian Holt (small stage)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Stan Riley – Music (small stage)

7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Saturday June – Music – with break for the fireworks (large stage)


11:00 p.m. Raffle Drawing (small stage) – time is approximate – after fireworks

See any Lions Club Member for Raffle Tickets. Chairman Cliff Beach (815) 751-3362 Co-Chairman Richard Wince (847) 567-2164. Arts and Crafts, Flea Market Chairman Allan Banks (815) 739-6244. Proceeds benefit the deaf and blind plus many other charitable needs.
To see information online, visit: or Festival is located at Franklin Township Park – 200 Park St., Kirkland, IL 60146 – 1 block south of Rt. 72 between S. Second and S. Third Sts.

Shabbona Hometown 4th of July Festival

Shabbona Hometown 4th of July Festival
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Shabbona’s annual 4th of July Celebration is full of fun events all day on Tuesday, July 4th. Shabbona Fireworks will be on July 4, 2017 at the Shabbona Lake State Park.  A donation of $10 per car is appreciated at the entrance to the Lake.

Tuesday, July 4th

Time Event
7:00 am – 11:00 am Shabbona Fire Department All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast
@ Shabbona Fire Department
8:00 am Pokanoka’s Run & Walk – Organized by Pokanoka’s Cafe
@ Shabbona Lake State Park
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Vendors, Craft and Food Booths Open
@ Purdy’s Lot
Noon Parade Kicks Off
@ Indian Creek High School
Noon Food Booths Open
@ Purdy’s Lot
12:30 pm – 4:45 pm Hometown Festival – Petting Zoo, Rides, Games, Inflatables, & FUN for all ages
@ Purdy’s Lot
$5 Wristbands sold for all kids
1:00 pm UNC/UCC Church Auction
2:00 pm Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by Screamer’s Ice Cream
@ Purdy’s Lot
4:30 pm Lions Club Pork Chop Dinner
@ Lion’s Park
Dusk Fireworks sponsored by the Shabbona Fireworks NFP Committee
@ Shabbona Lake State Park

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