11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3, Earlville High School, 415 W. Union St. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-733-2767.
Safe Driving Program
2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Leland High School, 370 N. Main St. The event is open to the public. Attendees will be given the opportunity to go through a driving simulator to show the effects of impaired driving. Open to the public.
Dickson-Murst Spring at the Farm
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 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, play yard, hayrides, food and FFA plant sale. The event will take place rain or shine. For information, visit theconservationfoundation.org.
“Once Upon a Mattress”
7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Newark Community High School, 413 Chicago Road. High school spring musical. General admission tickets cost $5 and are available at the door.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St.
All items will be sold for $4 a bag (bags provided). All VHS tapes and audio cassettes will be free.
6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Plano American Legion, 510 E. Dearborn St. Agenda items include legislative updates, safety, education, May Motorcycle Awareness Rally in Springfield on May 6, washing windshields on May 5, and group rides. Anyone is welcome to attend. For information, go to the Open Roads ABATE Facebook page or call Cliff on 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. No appointment necessary. For information, call 815-786-3962 or visit www.kishprograms.org.
Music & Movement
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. or 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Children will use simple musical instruments, play with a parachute, and more. For ages 0-5 only, with a grown-up. Older siblings may wait in the Kids’ Library during the program. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
American Legion Auxiliary
6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month – next, May 2 – at the American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St. For information, call Yvonne at 630-332-4122.
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.
Let’s Have a Tea Party!
1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Manners, tea history and stories will be shared. There also will also be crafts. Participants invited to dress up. Presented by Teas by Jo and Ceil. For independent students in grades 1-5. Parents and younger siblings may wait in the Kids’ Library during the program. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
6:30 to 8:25 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. “Murder on the Orient Express,” rated PG-13, will be shown. Refreshments served.
8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Cornerstone Church, 17347 Pratt Road. Free, gently used clothes (children and adult), shoes, accessories and miscellaneous household items will be available. For more information, call 815-786-6300 or visit cornerstoneofsandwich.com.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Federated Church of Sandwich, 403 N. Main St. Benefits Open Door of Sandwich.
Musical Taste of Fox Valley
7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. Sponsored by Rebecca Johnson Music Company. Performances by Kathleen Dooley, Barbara and the Boys, Jody Upp, The Moonlight Pickers, Brian Beer on the Chapman Stick, Vicarious, Jake Mack and Redhorse. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7.50 at the door. Information: www.sandwichoperahouse.org
Stone Mill Museum Hours
1 to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Stone Mill Museum, 315 E. Railroad St. The museum is filled with is filled with local memorabilia, settings of rooms with antique furniture, farm tools and items that were manufactured locally. Members of the Sandwich Historical Society act as hosts, guiding visitors to areas of special interest. No admission, however donations are appreciated.
Music Teachers’ Consortium Student Recital
3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Sandwich Opera House, 144 E. Railroad St. Music Teachers’ Consortium members are Melissa Konow, Lois Johnston, Carol Larson, Jessica Ortega, Wendy Peterson, Sara Stutzman and Norma Tucker. Tickets cost $2 for adults and $1 for students.
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.
12:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month – next, May 1 – 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 1 – 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 1 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This month the group will make menu dry erase boards. 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, May 3 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This book club is geared toward children in grades 6 through 8.
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.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2465 W. Sandwich Road. Donations can be dropped off May 1-3 at church during office hours. Call to be sure church is open. Donations need to be in clean, good repair. No TVs, computers or other electronics.
Listen Local Fridays
7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. Mary and the Troublemakers will perform music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and a little of everything else. General admission seating. Tickets cost $5 at the door or online with fee. Information: sandwichoperahouse.org.
1 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month – next, May 7 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Films vary in subject matter. Requests accepted. No registration required.
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.
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.
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 May 4 special is beef or chicken tacos with red beans and rice 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.
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 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, May 1 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. Lasalle St.
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. Lasalle St. Free with prizes. No bingo on the last Wednesday of the month.
Movin’ On Cancer
5 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, May 3 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. Lasalle St.
3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. Lasalle St. For knitting and crocheting. Beginners class on the first Friday of the month.
11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10104 Walker Road. Hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade will be provided; bring your own kite. Free. For information, visit immanuelyorkville.org or call at 630-553-5368.