The hot fiddle of Dennis Stroughmatt

Hinckley Community Building 100 N. Maple Street, Hinckley,, Illinois

This fiddler from the Wabash River region of Southeastern Illinois will entertain with stories of Southern Illinois fiddler “Pappy Wade Ray,” and country and western swing music from old-time radio’s Barn Dances. The free program is sponsored by the Hinckley Historical Society, the Hinckley Public Library, and Illinois Humanities. Wade Ray, was one of the […]

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Cup in Hand Kickball Tournament

Sycamore Park District Community Center 480 Airport Rd, Sycamore, IL

Ages 18+ Have you ever played Kickball while holding a refreshing drink? Well now is your chance! Players ages 21 and over will get one domestic drink per person per game which is included in the registration fee. Extra drinks can be bought from our cart during the event as well. CO-ED double-elimination tournament. Minimum […]

Tai Chi for Health & Wellness

Sycamore Park District Community Center 480 Airport Rd, Sycamore, IL

Ages 18+ Celebrate International Tai Chi Day with Sycamore Park District by practicing Tai Chi for Health and Wellness with Bev Schramer. Tai Chi is an effective slow-moving exercise to improve physical and mental health. It can be done seated or standing. It exercises the entire body, and at the same time, strengthens the mind. […]

Teen STEM Café: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Swen Parson Hall- NIU 230 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL

Chat with experts, meet fellow teens who are interested in science and technology – and enjoy free pizza! This program will be held at Swen Parsons Hall at 230 Normal Road. If weather is favorable, we’ll explore the ecosystem of NIU’s Lagoon. This free presentation is intended for ages 12 and up. Registration is required. […]

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Myanmar Story Time & Craft

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

The Northern Illinois University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies is presenting a special storytime and craft about Myanmar! Khaing Wai Wai Zaw, a Fulbright FLTA Scholar, will tell a traditional Burmese folktale, and depending on what the children want, will teach children either the traditional Burmese Golden Kite Game (ရွှေစွန်ညို) or a traditional Burmese dance! […]

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Brown Bag / Local Lore- Arts in Action Exhibit

Ellwood House 420 Linden Place, DeKalb, IL

Arts in Action is a project developed by the DeKalb County History Center and Ellwood House Museum to investigate the history of race relations in DeKalb County through historical research and collaboration with contemporary artists. Nine visual artists and five poets were selected for the initial project. Their work will be presented through the themes […]

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Cinco de Gatos! Cat Yoga

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Celebrate Cinco de Gatos with a special edition of cat yoga! Meet adorable cats and kittens from TAILS while enjoying a yoga lesson. If you can, please bring a bag of kitten food or some kitten formula to donate. Please register for this workshop, as space is limited. There will be room for 5 walk-ins. […]

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Four Old Broads!

Stage Coach Players 126 S. Fifth St., DeKalb, IL

Join Stage Coach Players with a season-opening hilarious comedy, Four Old Broads! Come laugh with SCP and follow retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton, prim and proper Eaddy Mae Clayton, The newest resident, soap opera-obsessed Maude Jenkins, and classy newby Imogene Fletcher as they navigate a Senior Citizen Pageant, a retired Elvis impersonator, and a serious […]

SPIES OF THE WORLD: A GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE

Egyptian Theatre 135 North 2nd Street, DeKalb, IL

They did it with Think Floyd USA, now they’re doing it with the Grateful Dead! The Egyptian Theatre is proud to present Spies of the World: Grateful Dead Experience, a brand new Grateful Dead tribute band that features some of the best musicians from across the United States. With over 150 years of combined professional […]

Community Clean-Up Days- the Great Garlic Mustard Hunt

Prairie Park 401 Clifford Drive, DeKalb, IL

Calling all green thumbs! Let's pull together to tackle some of our most invasive species this spring. Invasive species are no joke and the DeKalb Park District is asking volunteers to help eradicate one of DeKalb's most invasive species- garlic mustard. Garlic mustard is abundant and threatens native plant life. Volunteers are asked to meet […]

Paint Countrytime Hydrangeas

Petite Palette Studios 32 East Railroad St, Sandwich, IL

Join The Petite Palette for an afternoon of painting! Staff will guide you through painting your own Countrytime Hydrangeas! Early Registration Discount Ends Sunday, May 1st.

Architectural Walking Tour

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join historian Steve Bigolin on an architectural walking tour of North 1st Street to North 4th Street and Locust Street to Fisk Avenue. Learn more about the rich history of the neighborhood around the library! There is no cost for this program. Registration is required. This program is dependent on the weather. Participants will meet […]

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Mother’s Day Special

Buena Vista Golf Course 131 Buena Vista Dr, DeKalb, IL

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than out on the golf course? On mom’s special day, all moms golf for FREE! This deal does not include a golf cart rental. Please book your tee time at golfdekalb.com

Paint Heirloom Wooden Sign

Petite Palette Studios 32 East Railroad St, Sandwich, IL

Join Petite Palette Studios for an afternoon of painting! They design each Heirloom Wooden Sign with family in mind. These one-of-a-kind wooden signs have been handcrafted by Petite Palette's team and are ready for you to customize in class perfectly for your home. All moms will get $5 off their signs this day!

Free Movie for Nurses Appreciation Week

Egyptian Theatre 135 North 2nd Street, DeKalb, IL

The Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb is excited to announce a showing of How to Train Your Dragon in honor of Nurses Appreciation Week. All healthcare workers and first responders are invited to attend this showing free of charge to thank them for their hard work and sacrifice. All other attendees are suggested to make […]

Early Blues Show with Cherry & Jerry

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

“There’s a certain excitement about early blues music, as if the composers just wanted to see what effect they could create with a sharped note here or a flat note there,” says musician Jerry Rabushka. Things we’re used to — the repetitive chords and the twelve-bar phrase — were new; so new that some publishers […]

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Band Together for Opportunity House Athletics

St. Mary’s Memorial Hall 322 Waterman Street, Sycamore, IL

This popular event supports Special Olympics sports offered through Opportunity House, Inc.  – a program that provides competitive team sports to over 70 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities.  Team uniforms, equipment, travel expenses, and other vital areas are all assisted by funds raised at Band Together.  Sports offered include basketball, soccer, bocce, golf, […]

After-hours Concert: Cherry & Jerry Ragtime Blues

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Cherry & Jerry will perform music of the ragtime era, approximately 1900-1920, in this after-hours concert. It’s history, and it’s fun! Along with ragtime, they’ll bring you some songs from the dawn of jazz & blues. You’ll hear music by famous composers such as W.C. Handy and Scott Joplin as well as some lesser-known but […]

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Dancing Through the Decades

Sycamore Park District Community Center 480 Airport Rd, Sycamore, IL

It’s time to boogie! Get your dancing shoes on! Dancing through the Decades is coming to Sycamore Park District, connecting the generations with music, dance, and fun! Dress to impress, come outfitted in your perfect period-correct outfit. Can you do the twist? How about the electric slide? Can you percolate or tootsie roll? Do we […]

After-hours Folk Music Concert

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Andy and Judy Daigle play the guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and other instruments. They will perform original songs in many different styles, such as traditional Folk, roots music, country swing, or bluegrass. We invite the audience to participate by singing along, clapping, or stomping to the original tunes. As contemporary folk singer/songwriters, Andy and Judy […]

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Talent Show!

Sandwich Opera House 140 E Railroad St, Sandwich, IL

Join the Sandwich Opera House for a talent show! Bring your talents or come support those presenting! Tickets range from $18-20.

“Lives Well Lived” movie screening, nonprofit fair, and film discussion

Egyptian Theatre 135 North 2nd Street, DeKalb, IL

Lives Well Lived is a documentary celebrating the incredible wit, wisdom, and life experiences of 40 older adults living full and meaningful lives in their later years. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive during great personal and historic challenges. The purpose of the film is to create a bridge for […]

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NIU STEM Café: Biomedical Technology: Engineering Better Health

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

From wearable devices to robotic surgeries, biomedical engineering is advancing quickly and has the potential to improve human health. Join NIU Assistant Professor Mohammad Moghimi to learn about current research and novel technologies in biomedical engineering. He’ll discuss new technologies his lab is developing, including wearable sensors that monitor the progression of cardiovascular disease. He’ll […]

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An evening with Michelle Zauner

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Join DeKalb Public Library for an evening with musician and author Michelle Zauner as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart. Jessica Hopper joins her in conversation. Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie-pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She […]

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Local Showcase & Job Fair

DeKalb Sports and Recreation Center 1765 S 4th St, DeKalb, IL

Connect with over 50 local businesses and organizations at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce's Local Showcase & Job Fair! Take home giveaways and information, try activities, enter raffles, learn about local job openings, and much more. Meet the businesses that create your community! Visit dekalb.org or call 815-756-6306 for more information. The Local Showcase & […]

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Malta Plant Sale

Malta Village Hall 302 S. 2nd street, Malta, IL

Join Malta Garden Club with their fundraising plant sale. Tomatoes, herbs, peppers, and flowers! Proceeds benefit Malta Garden Club, Malta Community Garden, Malta Seedling Committee.

Path of Destruction Demolition Event

Sycamore Speedway 50W086 IL-64, Maple Park, IL

Power wheel Demo, Bone Stock Heats, Powder Puff (4cyl/6cyl) Demo, MiniVan/SM Truck/SM SUV Truck Demo, Intermission, Soccer Ball Match, Bone Stock Consi, Wire Compact (4cyl & 6cyl) Demo Intermissions, 1-on-1 Drags, and Bone Stock Feature Demo. General admission: $15 for Adults (Ages 12 & Older), $5 for Children (Ages 5-11), and FREE for Children Under […]

Artist + Maker Market

Blumen Gardens 403 Edward St, Sycamore, IL

Join Blumen Gardens for their Artist + Maker Market! Shop multiple local artists and makers set up throughout our Gardens

Badminton Basics

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

Are you a backyard badminton enthusiast? Are you interested in learning badminton skills? In this class, Badminton World Federation certified coaches will teach you some of the fundamental skills of badminton such as how to hold a racket and how to hit different types of shots. Participants will also learn how to play some fun […]

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Hopkins Pool Opening Day!

Hopkins Park 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL

Hopkins Pool is a family-friendly aquatics facility that features two water slides, a zero-depth kiddie pool with an interactive play structure, a diving well with high and low dive, a lap swim exclusive area, and a concession stands area. Ask us about private and semi-private party packages. We strive to make it an enjoyable experience […]

Pressed Flower Candles

DeKalb Public Library 309 Oak St, DeKalb, IL

With the flowers in bloom, please come to the library to create a beautiful (and incredibly easy) pressed flower candle! Registration is required for this event as space is limited. This workshop is intended for teens and adults. If you have any questions or need help with registration, please contact Grace at graces@dkpl.org or call […]

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The Warehouse on Park Kick-off party!

Warehouse on Park 662 Park Ave, Genoa, IL

Finally, our outdoor concert series for 2022 begins! What better way to start our season-long party than with the Collective! The Collective is one of Chicagoland's favorite Alt Rock Party Dance Cover Bands! Not to be outshined we have the area's newest sensation All The Smoke BBQ here! Of course, we will have our great […]

Loaded Bloody’s !

Warehouse on Park 662 Park Ave, Genoa, IL

Our Amazing Bloody Mary's are back for this Memorial weekend! The Loaded Bloody's with our special bloody Mary mix coupled with Sweet dreams desserts & catering spin on the embellished Sunday-Funday will surely be nothing less than amazing! While enjoying the loaded bloody kickback and enjoy the amazing vocals of Amber Lea Berg. Amber will […]

DeKalb Farmers’ Market Opening Day

Van Buer Plaza 148-198 N 2nd St, DeKalb, IL

Celebrate the start of summer at the DeKalb Farmers' Market opening day of the season! The DeKalb Farmers’ Market is in the heart of downtown DeKalb and features vendors that provide the community with locally grown produce, bread, baked goods, olive oil, honey, coffee, flowers, food trucks, and live music. Enjoy and support over 25 […]

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Friday Night Racing

Sycamore Speedway 50W086 IL-64, Maple Park, IL

Head to Sycamore Speedway for a Friday night full of dirt track races! Details for each race can be found on their website Pit Passes: $30 (ages 14 and older) and Fast Passes: $15 (ages 5 and older) General Admissions Ticket Prices: adults – $12, kids (5-11) – $5, and kids (under 5) – FREE

CASA Color Run

Sycamore Middle School 150 Maplewood Dr, Sycamore, IL

CASA is hosting its inaugural 5K Color Run event on June 4, 2022! Bring your family and friends to this fun, family-friendly event. Walk, jog or sprint - anything is fine so long as you have fun! There will be a DJ and post-race celebration with music, snacks, and water. All proceeds from the event […]

Community Clean-Up Days- Dame’s Rocket Debacle

Prairie Park 401 Clifford Drive, DeKalb, IL

Calling all green thumbs! Let's pull together to tackle some of DeKalb's most invasive species this spring. Although a very pretty, flowering plant, dame’s rocket is a prolific seeder and chokes out native plants in our area. Volunteers are asked to meet near the Disc Golf Course and bring your own gloves, bag, basket, or […]

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Last dance Live at The Warehouse on Park!

Warehouse on Park 662 Park Ave, Genoa, IL

This night is going to be special not only do we have Last Dance - A Tom Petty tribute band playing Jammin' big time but we also have Slow Smoke BBQ here! We will have our usual great selection of craft & domestics and of course a special signature cocktail for this awesome night of […]

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Saturday Night Racing

Sycamore Speedway 50W086 IL-64, Maple Park, IL

Head to Sycamore Speedway for a Saturday night full of dirt track races! Details for each race can be found on the website Pit Passes: $30 (ages 14 and older) and Fast Passes: $15 (ages 5 and older) General Admissions Ticket Prices: adults – $12, kids (5-11) – $5, and kids (under 5) – FREE

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Movies in the Park- DeKalb Park District

Hopkins Park Band Shell 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL

Movies start at sunset FREE! The movie is shown near the Hopkins Park Bandshell Come on out to Hopkins Park on the 2nd Friday of each month this summer for an outdoor movie experience! Family-friendly movies are shown on a big inflatable movie screen. The show starts when nature turns off the lights June 10: Minions […]

Malta Tractor Trot 5K

409 N 4th Street, Malta 409 N 4th Street, Malta, IL

To promote fitness and healthy lifestyles for everyone we encourage your participation. Whether you are running your first 5k, striving for your personal best, looking for family time, or enjoying a little competition, this event is for you. The race will be chip timed & with a rolling start. Immediately following the regular race, we […]

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center Opening Day

Glidden Historical Center 921 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL

Glidden Homestead and Historical Center will open for the programing season and visitor tours of the site on Sunday, June 12. The public is invited from noon to 4 p.m. to Opening Day, Open Barn to see the new aspects of the 2022 season, tour Joseph Glidden’s Home and Homestead where barbed wire was invented, […]

NIU STEM Café: Inflation Nation: Causes, Consequences and Mitigation

Fatty's Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy,, DeKalb, IL

Inflation numbers are well above the Federal Reserve target, at the highest rate in 39 years. What caused this inflation, and what can consumers and investors do to mitigate its negative effects? Find out from NIU Professor of Finance Lei Zhou. He’ll discuss what factors contributed to the recent run-up of inflation and what government […]

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Hinckley Historical Society brings Jazz to the park

Hinckley Community Building 100 N. Maple Street, Hinckley,, Illinois

The Hinckley Historical Society will celebrate music at its annual meeting on the Hinckley Community Building lawn. Jazz in Progress, a popular local group, has been invited to entertain the community near the bandstand where bands entertained since the early 1900s. They will feature a variety of jazz and vocal numbers by members of the […]

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