11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Earlville High School, 415 W. Union St. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at American Legion Post 570, 168N. Main St. Relax with friends, talk, play cards, etc.
May Friendship Day
9:15 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. continental breakfast and program Friday, May 5, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 235 E. Lundy Lane. The program will be “Kindling New Fires of Love.” Pennies for the “Fellowship of the Least Coin” will be collected. Women attending should save a penny each time they say a prayer and bring them to the gathering.
Post 570 Business Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at American Legion Post 570, 168N. Main St.
Dickson-Murst Spring at the Farm
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Dickson-Murst Farm, 2550 Dickson Road. Members of the Newark FFA will bring their project animals – horses, chickens, cows, pigs, sheep and goats. The event also includes displays of antique tractors and equipment, play yard, hayrides, food and FFA plant sale. The event will take place rain or shine. For information, visit theconservationfoundation.org.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Through Saturday, April 29, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Sale will be held in the meeting room during regular library hours. On April 29, all items will be sold for $4 a bag (bags provided) and the sale will close at 2 p.m. All VHS tapes and audio cassettes will be given away on the last day of the sale.
6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Plano American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St. Topics to be discussed include Awareness Rally on May 7, 25th Anniversary Party on May 20, Windshield Wash for Motorcycle Awareness on May 27, status of Summer Books, ABATE of Illinois State Party on June 22-25 and the Freedom Run on June 17. For information, call 630-552-3828.
Line Dancing and Lessons
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St. The $5 donation benefits a local charity. Hosted by the Plano American Legion. For information, call 630-552-8313.
Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinics
9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at KishHealth System Physician Group, 12700 Route 34 in Plano, and Valley West Hospital, 1302 N. Main St. in Sandwich. A KishHealth System professional monitors your blood pressure weekly. No appointment necessary. Each participant receives information and a tracking card. For information, call 815-786-3962 or visit www.kishprograms.org.
American Legion Auxiliary Membership Meeting
6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month – next, May 3 – at the American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St. For information, call Yvonne at 630-332-4122.
1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the St. Mary School gym, 817 N. Center St. This event is for seniors age 55 and older.
Knit and Crochet Group
10 a.m. to noon Thursdays at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Informal group works on their own projects, discusses types and colors of yarns and helps each other with new or tricky patterns. Bring your own supplies.
8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Cornerstone Church, 17347 Pratt Road. Free gently used clothes, shoes, toys, accessories and household will be available. For information, call the church at 815-786-6300.
Scrap Metal Collection
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, in the city parking lot across from City Hall. Dispose of unwanted metal items while benefiting the Sandwich Lions Club.
Read Story Club
4 p.m. Mondays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Drop-in after-school story club for kindergarten through second graders.
Indian Valley Community Band
6 to 7:20 p.m. Mondays in the Sandwich Middle School band room, 600 S. Wells St. This community band is made up of anyone who has ever played an instrument. Stop in to see what rehearsal is like. All instruments are needed, especially clarinets, percussion and trombones. For information, search the group on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Story Time
10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For children ages 3 to 5.
Cornerstone Church Food Pantry
12:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month – next, May 2 – at Cornerstone Church, 17347 Pratt Road. Cornerstone provides food for families in Sandwich, Somonauk, Plano and Sheridan. Identification and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, are required.
The Reading Pros
3:30 to 4:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, May 2 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For third through fifth graders.
6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Bring your hooks and needles for a fun evening of knit and crochet. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own materials. Registration is not required.
Adult Craft Night
7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, May 2 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This month the group will create aromatherapy shower blocks. Materials will be provided. For ages 18 and older. Registration is required; call 815-786-8308. There are only 10 open spots due to material provision restraints. Those interested can be added to a wait list.
Coloring and Cocoa
1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Materials provided. Registration not required.
1 p.m. Thursdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Enjoy a classic film at the library. All ages welcome. Popcorn provided.
Bookworms Story Club
3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St.
Magic the Gathering
4 p.m. Thursdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Federated Church, 403 N. Main St. Weigh-in is from 5 to 6 p.m., and the meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. Get support in reaching your weight-loss goals. For more information, call 815-498-4592.
Sing, Bounce, Read!
10:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month – next, May 5 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Children ages 6 to 24 months can sing songs, play fun bouncing games and read stories.
Indian Valley Community Band Spring Concert
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. Entrance into the band’s 31st annual concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door and will go directly to the Sandwich Opera House. Information: 815-786-6752.
Minecraft Gaming Club
3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month – next, May 9 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Join the student run club and learn the rules of online gaming. Suggested for grades 3 and up. Registration required, must have library card with internet permission to participate.
“From Alsace to America”
10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at the Sheridan Historical Society building, 185 N. Robinson St. Dr. Douglas Kirkpatrick will share his research on the Bernard family and discuss his book. The event is open to all family members and anyone interested in genealogy. Information: call Sandy Vahl at 815-712-0279 or Jean McNelis at 815-695-5609.
American Legion Fish Fries
5 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Sheridan American Legion Post 729, 300 W. Si Johnson Ave. The fish fry includes a choice of catfish or cod, fried or poached, with fries, hush puppies and a complete salad bar for $8.50. Carry-outs are available by calling 815-496-2380. The May 5 special is beef or chicken enchiladas with red beans and rice and includes the salad bar.
Free Comic Book Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Robert Rowe Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. For information, call the library at 815-496-2031.
5 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Sheridan United Methodist Church, 219 S. Bushnell. Meatloaf, dessert and beverage will be served. All are welcome. Carry-outs are available. Donations appreciated. For in-town delivery, call 815-496-2021.
2 p.m. the last Saturday of each month – next, April 29 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Information: 815-498-2440
2 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Features cookies and soft music.
3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Register at the Patron Services Desk or by calling 815-498-2440.
Story Time for Children
10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. For ages 2 to 5. Registration required; call 815-498-2440.
Films for Tots
10:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, May 2 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
2 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, May 4 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Information: 815-498-2440
Movin’ On Cancer Support Group
5 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, May 4 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Knitting & Crocheting Circle
3 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Beginning knitting will be featured on the first Friday of the month. Yarn and needles can be purchased for $4.50.
History Book Club
6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month – next, May 8 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month – next, May 9 – at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 235 Green St. Support group for people coping with chronic illness or pain to find encouragement in a small group, nondenominational, Christian environment. Call Jean Lunt at 815-498-1001 for information.