Hinckley Fireworks Fest
3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Hinckley-Big Rock High School, 700 E. Lincoln Highway. Free activities include a bike parade, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and bingo. There will be food trucks and vendor booths. A car show will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Whiskey Romance will perform at 7 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at dusk. Free admission. Information: www.hinckleyfestivalassociation.org
Steak Fry and Fourth of July
Tuesday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 4, in Leland. The annual Steak Fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Leland Lions Club Pavilion will kick off the celebration. Tickets cost $20; call 815-495-2742 or 815-495-9233. July 4 events include the PTO 5K run, parade, bike decorating, outdoor vendor show, bags, food vendors, a Dixieland band, karaoke, games for all ages and fireworks. This year’s theme is “Living the Dream, in Leland.” For information, visit www.LTCAEVENTS.com.
Fourth of July Library Activities
Tuesday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 4, in Newark. July 3 activities include an ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Newark Lutheran Church followed by a beer garden and street dance with music from Whiskey Romance from 8 to 11 p.m. July 4 events include the parade at 10 a.m. starting from Newark High School; pork chop/chicken dinner at the firehouse; food, crafts and book sale at the library; antique tractor show; games and silent auction; and Fern Dell Museum open for visitors. Information: http://newark-il.us
Open Roads ABATE
6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Plano American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St. Meeting agenda items include legislature updates, safety, education, group rides and family picnic. Anyone is welcome to attend. For information, go to the Open Roads ABATE Facebook page or call Cliff at 630-552-3828.
6:30 to 8:25 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. “The Post,” rated PG-13 will be shown.
Sandwich Freedom Days
Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, in Sandwich. Saturday events include 10 a.m. parade starting at west gate of the Sandwich Fairgrounds and Blaze in the City events for the fire department. Sunday events include Freedom Run 5K, 1-mile and Tot Trot, Cub Scouts 345 Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the fire station and fireworks at dusk at the fairgrounds. The main gate opens at 6 p.m. Donation of $5 per car load is suggested. Food will be available inside the grounds. Information: sandwichparkdistrict.org.
Blaze in the City
Saturday, June 30, in downtown Sandwich. Following the parade at 10 a.m., the fire department will host 5B’s pork chop and chicken dine-in and drive-thru from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult meals cost $12 and kids’ hot dog meals cost $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling SFD at 815-786-9241 or at the event. Car and bike show registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon, with the show from noon to 3 p.m. Kids’ water fights from noon to 1 p.m. Other features include homemade goods and craft booths, a petting zoo, an inflatable bounce house, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and a cash raffle.
Freedom Run 5K, 1-mile
and Tot Trot
Sunday, July 1, at James Knights Park, 1001 Latham St. Sponsored by the Sandwich Park District, the Tot Trot begins at 7:45 a.m., the Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The Tot Trot is free for ages 5 and younger. The fee for the Fun Run/Walk is $22 and the 5K fee is $28. Competitors can wear their best patriotic costume; prizes will be awarded. Register at Knights Park or online at www.sandwichparkdistrict.org.
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 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.
1 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month – next, July 2 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Films vary in subject matter. Requests accepted. No registration required.
Cornerstone Church Food Pantry
12:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month –ánext, July 3 – 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
4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, July 3 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For students in grades 3 through 5.
Adult Craft Night
7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, July 3 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This month the group will make book ends. 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.
Books & Beyond
4 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, July 5 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For students in grades 6 through 8.
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Milestone Park, 1375 N. Castle St. Free event will feature concessions, music and the aerial displays of professional kite flyers. Bring your own kite to join the fun.
6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. The Chosen Ones and The Lesters will perform. Program sponsored by Emmanuel Church. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the Sandwich Opera House or by calling 630-546-2925 or 815-217-9857.
Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger enter free. Free parking, multiple vendors, ATM available. No pets allowed. Schedule: Aug. 12 and Oct. 14. For more information, visit www.sundayatsandwichantiques.com.
Reader’s Haven Book Club
7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month – next, July 10 – and 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month – next, July 18 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Light refreshments provided.
Help for Seniors and People
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month – July 11 – 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
Geocache Treasure Hunt
Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Work together as a group and navigate specific GPS coordinates to find five hidden caches around town. For ages 16 and older.
5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, July 12 – 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.
10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month – next, July 13 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Story and play time for toddlers.
4 p.m. the third Monday of each month – next, July 16 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For ages 7 and older.
Family Movie Afternoon
5:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Refreshments provided. All ages welcome. Upcoming dates: Aug. 13
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Explore the stars and constellations at this after-hours program with astronomy professor Michael Wilson. For all ages.
Reader’s Haven Book Club
1 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month – next, July 18 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Light refreshments provided.
Fourth of July Celebration
Wednesday July 4 in Shabbona. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Shabbona Fire Station. The Pokanoka’s Trail Run/Walk will step off at 8 a.m. in Shabbona Lake State Park. www.pokanokasrun.com. The Shabbona Hometown Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Activities include vendor and craft booths, carnival rides, a petting zoo and food. An ice cream eating contest will be at 2 p.m. Visit www.shecevents.com. The parade will start at noon from Indian Creek High School. The Lions Club Drive-Thru Pork Chop Dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Lions Park. Fireworks will be displayed over the lake at dusk at Shabbona Lake State Park.
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 July 6 special is open-faced roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetable and includes the salad bar.
Sock Knitting Group
9:30 a.m. to noon the third Tuesday of the month – next, July 17 – at the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. For information, call 815-496-2031 or visit rwrlibrary.org.
1 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month – next, July 17 – at the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. For information, call 815-496-2031 or visit rwrlibrary.org.
Films for Tots
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, July 3 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Movin’ On Cancer Support Group
5 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, July 5 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
History Book Club
6 p.m. the second Monday of each month – next, July 9 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month – next, July 10 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Sign-up required.
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays – next, July 11 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Free with prizes. No bingo on the last Wednesday of the month.
Thursday Night Book Club
7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, July 12 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
10 to 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of each month – next, July 16 – 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.