DeKalb County Retired Teachers’ Association
11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Oak Crest, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive. Representatives from AMBA will discuss the benefits available to members of IRTA. Invite a fellow retired teacher to the buffet-style lunch in the dining room. Call Dick Stipher at 815-895-6752 to RSVP.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. Paul’s UCC, 324 W. McKinley St. Side dishes include boiled potatoes, cooked carrots, beet relish, rolls and desserts and pies. Eat at the church in Fellowship Hall, or take carryout from the View Street entrance. Advance tickets are not required. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children and $10 for veterans. For information, call 815-286-3391.
4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Newark Fire House. Hosted by the Fern Dell Historic Association. The menu includes boiled Icelandic cod, red potatoes, a vegetable, coleslaw, dinner roll and dessert. The 1-piece dinner is $11, the 2-piece dinner is $13. Tickets are advance sales only. Tickets available at Heartland Bank, Newark, or by calling Wendy at 815-695-9429.
Meet Jane Addams
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Charles B. Phillips Library, 6 N. Jackson St. In portraying Jane Addams, Annette Baldwin exhibits the humanitarian’s warmth, strength of character, and her ability to effect social change in America.
35th annual Norway Craft Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Norway Improvement League Building on Route 71. The show features many crafts and art items, plus homemade treats. Snacks will be available all day. Sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call 815-695-1472.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. The sale will be held in the meeting room during regular library hours. All items will be sold for $4 a bag (bags provided). All VHS tapes and audio cassettes will be given away on the last day of the sale.
Christmas Tea Ticket Sales
Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Tickets cost $10 each and will be on sale at the Check-Out Desk beginning Nov. 4. Tickets are expected to sell out on the first day of sales.
Independent Storytime for 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
10:30 to 11:10 a.m. or 1 to 1:40 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 13, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. For independent 3- to 5-year-olds, without an adult. Parents must remain in the Kids’ Library during storytime. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
Me & My Grown-Up Storytime
6:30 to 7:10 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 13, or 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 24 through Nov. 14, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. For 3- and 4-year-olds with their grown-up. Features simple stories, rhymes, movement activities, songs and art experiences. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
Independent Storytime for 4’s and 5’s
1 to 1:40 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 14, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. For independent 4- and 5-year-olds, without an adult. Features simple stories, music, movement activities and a simple craft. Parents must remain in the Kids’ Library during storytime. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month – next, Nov. 9 – through May at Plano Bible Church, 1111 W. South St. Find support and encouragement from other moms. Child care and breakfast provided. This year, the group will work through the book, “No More Perfect Moms,” by Jill Savage, founder of the Hearts at Home ministry. www.planobiblechurch.org.
10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 16, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. For babies to age 3 accompanied by an adult. This lap sit storytime features action rhymes, finger plays, songs, movement activities, a simple story and parent-child reading time. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month – next, Nov. 9 – at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Adults and high school students are invited to share their work with other writers.
New Life for Old Bags
10:30 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month – next, Nov. 11 – at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Volunteers turn discarded plastic shopping bags into plastic yarn to be crocheted into sleeping mats for the homeless. Donations of plastic bags can be left at the library. Volunteers are also needed to crochet the mats. For information, call 708-846-1704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Day Dinner
5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Plano American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St. Menu includes roast pork loin, stuffed chicken breast, seasoned mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dinner rolls, dessert and coffee. Guest speaker is Petty Officer 1st Class Ken B. Ridgeway. Cost is $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 age 8 and younger. All veterans and active military personnel eat for free. Call 630-552-8313 for reservations.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at VFW Post 1486, 713 S. Main St. Tickets cost $10 for a turkey dinner, including dressing, potatoes and gravy, corn, roll and dessert. Desserts provided by the VFW Auxiliary. Carry-outs available. Open to the public.
Donut Dash 5K/10K
8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road. Registration from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Cost is $35 the day of the race. Bring your dog and have fun running or walking with them. A Donut Dash Pancake Breakfast also will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; purchase tickets from Boy Scout Troop 45. Cost: $6 adults, $4 ages 3 to 12, free for active military with ID and children younger than 3. Day of the event cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Information: 815-786-8044
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Fox Valley Older Adults Services, 1406 Suydam Road. Come out and dance, or just listen to jazz, Latin or swing music as Talk of the Town Swing Band performs. Admission is $10 per person; cash bar available.
Afterschool Hang Outs
4 p.m. the first Monday of each month – next, Nov. 6 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Do homework together, eat some snacks, and just hang out. For grades 9 through 12.
Cornerstone Church Food Pantry
12:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month – next, Nov. 7 – 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, Nov. 7 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For third through fifth graders.
Adult Craft Night
7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, Nov. 7 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This month the group will make watercolor paper leaf and branch mobiles. 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.
Help for Seniors and People with Disabilities
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month – Nov. 8 – at Fox Valley Older Adults Services, 1406 Suydam Road. Jill Hartley of Mendota Area Senior Services will help anyone older than 60 or younger than 60 with a disability to obtain access to services, apply to programs or gather information. No appointments are necessary. For information, call 815-539-9673, 815-539-7700 or 800-535-5970
5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, Nov. 9 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Children ages 5 and older can build with a team or alone. Lego donations are welcome, but leave your personal collection at home.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Serena High School cafeteria, 2283 N. 3812nd Road. Sponsored by Serena United Methodist Church. Tickets cost $9 and are available at the door. Preschoolers eat free.
124th Annual Turkey Dinner
4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Shabbona United Church of Christ, 104 E. Navaho St. The buffet-style dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children age 4 and younger. Carry-outs cost $12 and can be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. A bazaar featuring baked goods and crafts will be held.
UFO (Unfinished Objects) Crafting Group
10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. For adults. For information, call 815-496-2031 or visit rwrlibrary.org.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. For information, call 815-496-2031 or visit rwrlibrary.org.
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, hushpuppies and a complete salad bar for $9. Carry-outs are available by calling 815-496-2380. The Nov. 10 special is meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and creamed peas and includes the salad bar.
Christmas Rummage Sale
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 130 W. LaSalle St. There will be a large assortment of trees, lights, ornaments and decorations for Christmas.
Community Gospel Concert
6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 235 S. Green St. The Dysart Family will perform.
Films for Tots
10:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, Nov. 7 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Thursday Night Book Club
7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, Nov. 9 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Book and Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Veterans Appreciation Program
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Chapel on the Green, 107 W. Center St. Those sharing their experiences include: Jerry Sperry, John Patterson, Henry Cryder, David Ralston, William (Bill) Bijou and Scott Carter. For more information, call Carol at 630-608-7909.