Navy League Aurora Council 247
5:15 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road. Dinner includes a choice of three entrées (fish, chicken or beef), soup or salad, dinner rolls, vegetables, dessert and nonalcoholic drink. Cost is $20. A lower cost salad entrée can be purchased for $12. The speaker will be Jack Altschuler. He will present “Money, Politics & Democracy: You Aren’t Getting What You Want.”
10 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 12 and 19, at the Charles B. Phillips Library, 6 N. Jackson St. Dance, sing, listen to stories, and create a different themed craft. Registration required.
1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Charles B. Phillips Library, 6 N. Jackson St. “Victoria & Abdul” is based on a true story of the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Refreshments and popcorn will be provided.
33rd Annual Kumla Supper
Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Newark Fire Station. There will be four seating times, 4, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are presale only. Cost is $13 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 and younger. Carry-outs available for 50 cents more. Purchase tickets at Heartland Bank in Newark or by mail at Fern Dell, P.O. Box 254, Newark, IL 60541. Include a check and preferred eating time. A silent auction will be held. Information: Van at 815-695-5656 or ferndell.org
New Life for Old Bags
10:30 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month – next, Feb. 10 – 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.
5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at St. Mary Catholic School gym, 817 N. Center St. Hosted by St. Mary Council of Catholic Women. Doors open at 4 p.m. and games begin at 5 p.m. For information, call Chris at 630-552-9274 (afternoons).
6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Laura Barr from the University of Illinois Extension will give an overview of the disease, with tips on how to manage and make lifestyle choices to maintain health. A free workbook, “Living Well With Diabetes,” will be distributed. No registration needed.
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.
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.
Drop-in Search and Résumé Help
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month – next, Feb. 15 – at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. The Illinois workNet Center will provide one-on-one assistance for job search and resumes. No registration required.
Reading Rocks – Rock Painting
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. All ages are encouraged to show the library love by painting a library-, reading- or book-themed rock in collaboration with “Plano Area Rocks.” The first person who finds and posts one of the rocks on the Plano Area Rocks Facebook page will win a rock painting starter kit. Paint and brushes provided. Bring your own rocks. Call 630-552-2025 to register. Children younger than 8 must be with an adult.
SHS Music Department
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Sandwich High School, 515 Lions Road. Brands such as Simmons, Beautyrest and more will be available at up to 50 percent off retail. Choose from firm, pillow-top, orthopedic and memory foam sets. All sizes available. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Layaway and delivery available. Learn more at bit.ly/beds4sandwich. Contact any music department student for a $50 coupon.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month – next, Feb. 10 – at the base of the East water tower, 750 Duvick Ave. Any item with a battery or cord, except smoke detectors, will be accepted. Most items can be recycled at no cost, except computer monitors cost $10, TVs smaller than 19 inches cost $20 and TVs larger than 19 inches cost $30. Information: 815-748-2408 or email@example.com
Salem Lutheran Church’s
“Come to the Cabaret”
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road. Musical entertainment for listening and dancing will be provided by Party of 3 and John Pescitelli. The $15 admission will include entertainment, appetizers, door prizes and more. There also will be a cash bar, a silent auction and raffles. Proceeds benefit the ministries of Salem Lutheran. For information or to reserve tickets, call the church at 815-786-9308. Tickets also will be available at the door.
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Sandwich Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road. Music will be provided by Talk of the Town swing band under the direction of Rob Nordli. The band is composed of local musicians who enjoy playing the music of the Big Band era. A cash bar will be available.
Valentine’s Day Make & Take
2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Come to the library for some Valentine’s Day themed crafts. All ages welcome.
Drop-in Tai Chi
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 12 and 26, and March 12 and 26, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. The library has partnered with Catalyst Physiotherapy for this drop-in beginner class. Cost is $10 per session. Registration is required; class limit of 15 participants. Register for each session separately. Cash or checks made out to Catalyst Physiotherapy accepted. Payment required before each planned date.
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. For information, call 815-786-6752 and leave a message or visit the Facebook page.
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.
4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month – next, Feb. 13 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For ages 5 and older.
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.
Reader’s Haven Book Club
7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month – next, Feb. 13 – and 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month – next, Feb. 21 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Light refreshments provided.
Help for Seniors and People with Disabilities
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month – Feb. 14 – at Fox Valley Older Adults Services, 1406 Suydam Road. Mary McCarver 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
Alzheimer’s Support Group
1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month – next, Feb. 15 – at Fox Valley Older Adult Services, 1406 Suydam Road. For information, call 815-786-9404.
Bookends Book Club
5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month – next, Feb. 15 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For grades 9 through 12.
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 and third Friday of each month – next, Feb. 16 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This story time is for children ages 6 to 13 months. Call or stop in to register.
UFO (Unfinished Objects)
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.
5 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Sheridan United Methodist Church, 219 S. Bushnell. Creamed chicken over biscuits, dessert and beverage will be served. All are welcome. Carry-outs are available. Donations appreciated. For in-town delivery, call 815-496-2021.
6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sheridan American Legion Post 729, 300 W. Si Johnson Ave.
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, hush puppies and a complete salad bar for $9. Carry-outs are available by calling 815-496-2380.
The Feb. 16 special is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and vegetable and includes the salad bar.
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.
History Book Club
6 p.m. the second Monday of each month – next, Feb. 12 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month – next, Feb. 13 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Sign-up required.
Mystery Book Club
6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month – next, Feb. 15 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.