1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Tri-County Veterinary Service, 920 Greenbrier Road. Bring your pets and/or children for pictures with your own camera. Tours of the hospital and refreshments available. Free. For information, call 815-246-9545.
Cookie Walk and Bake Sale
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 324 W. McKinley Ave. Homemade cookies, candy and other baked goods will be sold for $8 per pound. There also will be a Grandma’s Attic of gift items and a raffle to benefit Hinckley Area Food Pantry.
Christmas in the Village
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, on Main Street. Visit stores and restaurants and drop off donations of nonperishable items for Leland’s food pantry. Free horse and wagon rides will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. At 4 p.m. Saturday there will be story time, ornament decorating and visits with Santa at the Lions Club pavilion, 165 E. Railroad St.
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Helmar Lutheran Church, 11935 Lisbon Road. The Helmar Worship Choir will perform “Night of Miracles,” by John W. Peterson. All are welcome. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit Helmar’s outreach programs. For information, call 815-695-5489, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit helmarlutheranchurch.com.
Plano Rockin’ Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, in Plano. The annual event started Friday and continues with coffee with the mayor at the train depot from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday and delivery of food boxes on Sunday at Centennial School.
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.
Pizza & Pages
4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, or 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Students in grades 6-8 will read the same book before the meeting, talk about it, and have some pizza. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
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.
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. or 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Explore letter sounds and handwriting in a fun, interactive and multisensory way. For ages 3-6, with an adult. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
American Legion Auxiliary
6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month –ánext, Dec. 5 – at the American Legion Post 395, 510 E. Dearborn St. For information, email Lori Minick at email@example.com.
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.
Cookie and Candy Walk
8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at United Methodist Church of Plano, 219 N. Hale St. Donations are $7 per pound and containers will be provided. For information, call the church office at 630-552-3700 or Arlene at 630-552-7765.
New Life for Old Bags
10:30 a.m. toánoon the second Saturday of each month –ánext, Dec. 8 – 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.
German for Kids
2:15 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. This play group is targeted to ages 3 to kindergarten. Contact Meeli at email@example.com to sign up.
Library Book Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Also featured will be unique Sandwich merchandise, including pottery, bags, book lights and more.
Stranger Things Party
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Teens are invited to the library for a Stranger Things-themed party. There will be a waffle bar, games, prizes and more. Registration is required.
4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pratt and West Sandwich roads.
Christmas Open House
4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stone Mill Museum, 315 E. Railroad St. Hosted by the Sandwich Historical Society, there will be a drawing for four gift basket door prizes. No admission charge.
Merry Movie Mondays
5:30 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Families invited. Refreshments included. No registration required.
Gift Card Making Class
6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Make five unique gift card holders to use for holiday gift-giving. Class instructed by Jennifer Boring. Costs $5 to participate with a cap at 10 participants. Register today.
Cornerstone Church Food Pantry
12:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month –ánext, Dec. 4 – 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.
6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Parents, do you need some time for Christmas shopping or gift wrapping without the kids? Children ages 4 to 14 are invited to a night of games, crafts, movies, food and more. No one older than 18 is allowed, except for library staff and volunteers. Drop off starts at 5:45 p.m. and children must be picked up by no later than 8:30 p.m. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 815-786-8308.
Adult Craft Night
7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month – next, Dec. 4 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. This month the group will make paper ornaments. 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.
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at Sandwich High School, 515 Lions Road. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit SandwichSchoolsMusic.com. For questions, call the school at 815-786-2157, ext. 22107.
Celebrate Christmas Family Style
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fox Valley Community Center, 1406 Suydam Road. Hosted by Emmanuel Church in Sandwich. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner and musical entertainment by The Lesters and The Chosen Ones. For information, call 630-546-2925.
Pancake and Sausage Supper
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Serena High School cafeteria, 2283 N. 3812nd Road. Hosted by the Serena Lions Club, this fundraiser will help support services for the hearing and visually impaired, and other community projects. Donation is $6 per person, preschool age children eat free.
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.
Christmas cookie and craft sale
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. Handcrafted items and trays of Christmas cookies, candies and kringla will be available. For information, call 815-496-2031 or visit rwrlibrary.org.
Food for Fines
Through Dec. 21 at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. The library will accept food donations of nonperishable canned and boxed food donations (no expired labels) at the Patron Services Desk. Receive $1 off for each donation with a limit of 20 items for $20. Donation will be given to local churches and food pantries.
Activities for Tweens ages 10-13
4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Schedule: Coding Club, 4 p.m. Dec. 4; craft, 4 p.m. Dec. 11; Cookie Wars, 4 p.m. Dec. 18; Minute to Win It, 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Registration required for all tween events.
The Wonderful Life
of James Stewart
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Learn more about the life and career of one of America’s favorite actors. No registration required.
3:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month – next, Dec. 6 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. For young adults and older.
Movin’ On Cancer Support Group
5 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month – next, Dec. 6 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. For ages 0-3 months. Registration required.
Breakfast With Santa
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Come enjoy a light breakfast and take a picture with Santa. Registration required.
Christmas on the Farm
1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9, at the Lyon Farm, Route 71. The Kendall County Historical Society will host this event that includes a visit with Santa Claus, make-and-take children’s crafts, cocoa and cookies. Admission is $4; children age 2 and younger attend for free.
Christmas in the Village Display
1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at Chapel on the Green, 107 W. Center St. Department 56 porcelain houses, business buildings and accessories will be displayed in three rooms. Christmas music and refreshments available. Free, but donations accepted. For information, call Howard Manthei at 630-553-6287.