Bring the kids to Magic Matt’s Family Fun Show this Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at the Cortland Community Park from 3:00-6:00 PM. Magician and Balloon Artist Matthew Scherer, has entertained audiences in the Chicago area and Midwest for over twenty-five years. Mr. Scherer’s performances have been featured at the Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic Festival, the Illinois State Fair and other special events throughout the region.
This free magic show is for kids of all ages and is open to the public. Concessions sponsored by Cortland Lions Club will be available for purchase. The Cortland Community Park, Lions Den is located at 70 S Llanos St, in Cortland, IL, 60112.
Please join in for an exciting and momentous occasion, as the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is marking it’s 25th Anniversary this year. The gala celebration event will begin with a cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres reception, followed by an elegant dinner, concluding with a very exciting program in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center on NIU’s campus.
Join in as they review milestones and accomplishments over the past 25 years and recognize the continuous members at this DCEDC 25th Anniversary and State of the County. DCEDC is proud to announce the keynote speaker, Hal Sirkin, senior partner in the Chicago Office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and an expert in the subject of globalization operations and “reshoring”- the emerging trend of manufacturing returning to the US from foreign countries.
A State of the County address will be shared. Exhibitors will be present. The event takes place this Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 5pm-9pm. The Duke Ellington Ballroom is in the Holmes Student Center at the corner of Lucinda and Normal in DeKalb.
This Saturday, September 29th, is the last night of the season at Sycamore Speedway. The weather looks like it will be perfect for enjoying this local gem. Come on out and see their final Demolition Derby, Spectator and Compact races. They will be racing the Figure 8, One on One Drags, Powder Puff, Compact and Full Car Demo races. Just to add some flair they have added a Full Size Truck Demo at the last minute to the schedule for the last night of the season. You don’t want to miss this one!
Gates open at 6pm, Time Trials are at 7pm and the races start at 8pm. Tickets to Sycamore Speedway are free for ages under 6, $5.00 for ages 6-13 and $12.00 for ages 14 & up. Food and beverages are available for purchase. The Speedway takes cash only so be prepared for that. Sycamore Speedway is located at 50 West 086 Old State Rd., in Sycamore (Rt. 64 just West of Sycamore). Visit the Sycamore Speedway’s website now.
Meet the folks from the Midwest Museum of Natural History at Vulcan Materials Quarry in Sycamore this Saturday, September 29th from 9:30am to 11am for a fun family adventure! You’ll learn about fossils and mining and then head into the field to find your own fossils – keep whatever you find!
Space is limited and the program fills quickly; call 815-895-9777 to register. Payment must be taken at registration. Non-members: $20/person or $55 for a family of 3-4; Members: $18/person or $50 for a family of 3-4 Ages 6 and up (children must have an adult present). Sponsored by the Midwest Museum of Natural History.
The Daryl Stuermer Duo will be at the Sandwich Opera House this Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8 p.m.. Virtuoso lead guitarist Daryl Stuermer of the super-group Genesis and Phil Collins has been touring the world to sold-out crowds since 1978, creating the signature guitar sound of the Phil Collins mega hits “In the Air Tonight” and “Easy Lover.”
As co-writer of the Phil Collins 1989 Grammy Award Winning, Billboard No. 4 single “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” Stuermer continues to write music for his eight solo albums of original music and cover his favorite Genesis vocals and instrumentals along the way.
The inspiration for the duo came from Daryl’s Godin LGXT “electracoustic” guitar; an incredibly versatile instrument that can shift from an electric to acoustic sound with the flip of a switch. Along with his classically trained Russian keyboardist Kostia, Daryl performs his own instrumental compositions as well as some of his favorite Genesis songs.
The Duo configuration is an opportunity that allows for an intimate up-close encounter with two virtuoso performers. When appropriate Daryl will have an informal “Q & A” with the audience. To visit their website, click here. Tickets for this show are $25 each. Call the Sandwich Opera House box office to reserve your seats today 815-786-2555.
Ridulph.jpg View full sizeThe Associated PressA gravestone marks the site where 7-year-old Maria Ridulph is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore, Ill. Jack McCullough, 72, of Seattle, was found guilty in the 1957 kidnapping and death of Ridulph.
During closing arguments Friday, prosecutor Victor Escarcida accused Jack McCullough killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph (RIHD’-uhlf) after enticing her with talk of piggyback rides and dolls. But defense attorney Tom McCulloch… The 72-year-old former Washington state police officer has pleaded not guilty. The case was reopened just a few years ago after … After a five-month search, Ridulph’s badly decomposed body was found in the spring of 1958 in a forest 120 miles away. In his opening statement his week, … Read more →
The DeKalb County Association of Human Resource Management (DCAHRM-RAHRA) is hosting a training titled ’Safety on the Job’ this Tuesday, September, 11th from 8am to 10:30am at Kishwuakee College Room A-225.
The Safety on the Job presentation will provide a briefing on OSHA’s most violated standards and what are the new changes with OSHA, DOT and EPA. Participants will become familiar with a list of training requirements for new employees and the must-know information to keep their employees safe and their company in compliance.
The 1 hour & 45 minute presentation with 15 minute question and answer period will address: 1. What are the new changes with OSHA, DOT and EPA 2. OSHA Inspection Policy 3. Training Requirements 4. Job Hazard Analysis 5. Behavior Safety 6. Beyond Punishment.
The speaker, Jeff Clark, owner of 2 B Safe, Inc. is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer in the areas of General Industry and Construction Industry. With over 20 years’ experience as a safety and health instructor, Jeff has worked in various industries. He has developed, written, and delivered numerous customized safety and health programs. Each training program meets OSHA requirements and standards. Cost for the training is $12.00.
Distinctive buildings, an ever-evolving array of exhibits and commercial displays, harness races, carnival rides, food stands, and a variety of other attractions constitute the material presence of the DeKalb County Fair better known as the Sandwich Fair. Fairgoers at Sandwich enjoy an old-fashioned agricultural fair, spread over more than 170 shaded acres with many historic buildings and modern conveniences, two large midways with the latest in carnival rides and fun, excellent home-cooked food prepared by civic and church groups, and the midwest’s largest display of agricultural and home arts exhibits to delight fairgoers of all ages!
Always on Labor Day week, the 125th Annual Sandwich Fair runs this Wednesday, September 5th to Sunday, September 9th, 2012 and is located at 1401 Suydam Road, in Sandwich. The Grandstand events start Wednesday with Tony Petersen’s Hell Drivers at 6:30pm. Complete with precision driving of brand new automobiles, high speed reverse spins, deliberate crashes, and tricky two wheel driving, Tony Petersen and his team of Hell Drivers deliver the best in thrill show entertainment. Thursday evening brings the NTPA Sanctioned Truck Pulls to the Grandstand.
Friday evening at 8pm, Country music’s Justin Moore will take the Grandstand stage. Justin’s fame has grown significantly since he was named Billboard’s “Top New Country Artist of 2009” and was recognized by The New York Times as having one of the best albums. He has sold over 2.2 million digital downloads to date and his sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME hit the #1 spot the week it was released.
Saturday come watch the Tractor Pulls at both 12:30pm and 6:30pm and Sunday is the Demolition Derby, and Monster Truck Demonstration at both 1 and 3pm in the Grandstand. When you visit the fair, take time to visit the recently completed Fair Museum. The museum is housed in the 1892 former Secretary’s Office (just west of Otto’s train track and south of the landmark windmill) one of the oldest buildings on the fairgrounds.
Make note of the 125th Fair Celebration events as well. The 125th committee has planned something special for every day of the 125th fair to help us remember the bygone days of the fair that we recall or have heard about for many years, like an ice cream social, vintage baseball and a hot air balloon launch.
Kids are more likely to eat vegetables that they participate in growing, so health conscious parents who want to entice kids to eat vegetables can start by teaching their kids to garden. Not all of us know much beyond our experiments of dropping some seeds in a spot and hoping rain & sun produce a plant. The Sycamore History Museum is offering “Gardening Basics for Children” this Saturday, August 18th from 10-11am to help out. This workshop is designed to give parents and kids the framework to start and motivate gardening to eat. Kids and parents will work with experienced gardeners to learn gardening basics, getting hands and knees dirty, while having a good time.
August is harvest time. Working hard all summer, pays off in August as participants get to eat food from the Museum’s garden on Saturday. A chef from Hy-Vee and Master Gardeners will show children how to make pizza, pesto, and other treats from garden fresh ingredients. The program will end with a feast for all. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension. This event is free to attend. The Sycamore History Museum is located at 1730 North Main Street in Sycamore. Call 815-895-5762 or visit www.sycamorehistory.org for more information.
Family Fun Days
Celebrate another one of America’s Favorite Past-times eating ice cream during the Sycamore History Museum’s old fashion ice cream social this Saturday, August 11th from 1 – 4pm. Visitors can enjoy tours of the museum with our Junior Docents. The Museum is located at 1730 N. Main Street in Sycamore. Visit their website here: sycamorehistory.org.
50 Men Who Cook
50 Men Who Cook is an annual fundraiser presented by KishHealth System to benefit the children of DeKalb County (thru the Family Service Agency and CASA DeKalb County). It will be held this Saturday, August 11th, beginning at 6pm. Prominent men from DeKalb County will once again be cooking their favorite dishes for you to enjoy including appetizers, salads, side dishes, entrees and desserts. The evening will include dinner (sampling of all dishes), cash bar, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 each. 50 Men Who Cook will be held at the NIU Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb. Visit their website to learn more
Blacksmith Demonstration at Glidden Homestead
Tour the site where Joseph Glidden invented and first manufactured the most widely used type of barbed wire, “The Winner” in 1874. View demonstrations of the blacksmith craft in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop. Both the 1861 home and brick barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, from noon – 4pm. Admission: adults $4; children under 14, free. The Glidden Homestead is located at 921 West Lincoln Hwy, in DeKalb. More information here.
NIU STEM Cafe: Star Gazing
Join NIU STEM Outreach and astronomy experts, who will discuss telescopes and the annual Perseid meteor shower, which peaks August 12. These fast, bright meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the night sky. They will be meeting at the Acquaviva Winery at 47W614 Route 38, in Maple Park at 7:30pm Sunday, August 12th. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. At 8:00pm speakers will discuss astronomy and the Perseids; 9:15pm guests can view the meteor shower and use NIU’s telescopes to view the night sky. Free to attend. www.niu.edu/stem
New acting director has athletics, event management, facility experience
Northern Illinois University announced that Holmes Student Center Associate Director Norm Jenkins will direct the day-to-day operations of the NIU Convocation Center as acting director.
“It is an honor to have been chosen acting director of the Convocation Center. This month marks the ten-year anniversary since the Center opened its doors to the NIU community, the City of DeKalb and the region we serve,” said Jenkins. “The team I join is worthy of high praise for the job it has done in establishing the Convocation Center as a first class operation, one of which NIU can be proud.”
Jenkins is to begin serving in his new role Wednesday, August 1. John Gordon, the Convocation Center’s previous director, recently resigned. Read more →
The Country Store & Catering of Sycamore is now serving lunches and dinners cooked hot off the grill all day! Their Outdoor Grill is hot and ready everyday of the year for the freshest meals in the area. Stop in anytime to get a fresh home cooked meal. Family owned and operated, formerly known as The Country Store and Catering of Maple Park, they are now located in beautiful Sycamore, Illinois, just 2 blocks from the courthouse and downtown shopping areas.
Grace Mott is an NIU alumni with a BS in Family Social Services graduating with high honors. She began her working career as a Juvenile Probation Officer, then was in charge of the teenage runaways through the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau. She owned and operated a campground in southern DeKalb County from 1990 to 2000. Since then, she does both sales and fulfillment for DeKalb County Online's parent company, eWorldLinx.
Gracie has served as Board President of the DeKalb County YSB; on the Board of Directors of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum and for the DeKalb County Building and Development Association.