25th annual Community
Interfaith Crop Walk
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Big Rock Community Park, Rhodes Avenue and Sixth Street in Big Rock. Sign-in is at 1:15 and the walk will step off at 2 p.m. Churches in Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Hinckley and Big Rock will participate. Locally, the walk helps the Hinckley Food Pantry and Our Sharing Pantry in Sandwich. Information: www.crophungerwalk.org
7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Millbrook United Methodist Church, 8360 Fox River Drive. The church will serve an all-you-can-eat meal of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and hash browns. Coffee and juice are included. A donation of $8 is requested.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Millington United Methodist Church, 200 Orleans St. A hot lunch will be served both days. Donations of clean items in good condition will be accepted between 2 and 6 p.m. Oct. 7-10 at the church. No computers or TVs will be accepted. For information, call 815-695-5384 or 815-695-5724.
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5:15 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner Tuesday, Oct. 15, 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 Chris Baker, a tattoo artist with a studio in Oswego. He will present “The Ministry of Second Chances Through Tattoo Removal.”
4:45 to 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Explore letter sounds and handwriting in a fun, interactive and multisensory way. Targeted to ages 3-6, with an adult. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
Free ESL Classes
6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Led by local volunteer Betty Ross, this informal group meets to develop and increase English language speaking and reading skills. Newcomers welcome any time.
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.
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. Bring your own supplies.
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. or 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Plano Community Library, 15 W. North St. Squish and smush your way with messy play. Kids can enjoy as many of the activities as they’d like, and stay for as little as 10 minutes or the full 45 minutes. For ages 0-5, with a grown-up. Older siblings may wait in the Kids’ Library. Call 630-552-2025 to register.
6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month – next, Oct. 10 – 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, Oct. 12 – 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 needed to crochet the mats. For information, call 708-846-1704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrap Metal Collection
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, in the city parking lot across from Sandwich City Hall, 144 E. Railroad St. Sandwich Lions Club will accept any type of metal including iron, aluminum, copper and brass. Pickup service can be arranged by calling Bob at 815-719-0079.
Community Shred Day
1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Heartland Bank, 200 E. Church St. Local residents and businesses are invited to bring personal documents for secure, free, on-site shredding. Event may end earlier than scheduled if shred truck fills to capacity. For information, visit www.hbtbank.com/shred-days.
5 p.m. the first Monday of each month – next, Oct. 7 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Students are invited to play math games appropriate for all grade levels. Parents are encouraged to stay and play, too. For ages 6 and older.
Preschool Story Time
10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Event is geared toward children ages 2 1/2 to 5.
3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Work on homework with friends. Free snacks and drinks.
After School Martial Arts Program
3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Sandwich Park District. Ages K-12 can learn self defense, get in shape and build respect. Classes taught by BH Martial Arts School. Cost is $40 a month and includes uniform. Register at https://sandwichparkdistrict.org.
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.
Reader’s Haven Book Club
7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, next, Oct. 8, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St.
Help for Seniors and People
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month – next, Oct. 9 – at Fox Valley Older Adults Services, 1406 Suydam Road. Beverly Dunfrund 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.
Big Kids Story Time
4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. For children in grades K-2.
6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, next, Oct. 9, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Group is open to all skill levels. There is no instruction. Three chessboards will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
Family Lego Night
5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, Oct. 10 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. No registration required.
10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month – next, Oct. 11 – at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Story and play time for toddlers.
Sunday at Sandwich Antiques
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 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. Visit www.sundayatsandwichantiques.com.
Takin’ It to the Streets 2019
4 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at First Apostolic Church, 221 N. Eddy St. Public prayer will be offered for mayor and city council, police, fire and first responder departments, schools, churches and local businesses. Come join this unique event in the street. For information, call the church at 815-786-2941. If it rains, the event will be in the church.
Card Making Craft
6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Participants will make five Thanksgiving-themed cards. Class taught by paper-crafter Jennifer Boring. For ages 16-plus. Class costs $5.
Live Bat Adventure
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main St. Experience the beauty of bats at this live program presented by the Flying Fox Conservation Fund. Learn about where bats live, what they eat and the vital contribution they make to the ecosystem.
Senior Informational Seminar
10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Robert Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave. Hosted by state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, this free event will offer information on senior services and community programs.
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. Carryouts are available by calling 815-496-2380. The Oct. 11 special is creamed chicken over biscuits and includes the salad bar.
5 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Sheridan United Methodist Church, 219 S. Bushnell. Pot roast with potatoes and carrots, dessert and beverage will be served. Carryouts are available. Donations appreciated. For in-town delivery, call 815-496-2021.
6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 235 S. Green St. Phil and Pam Morgan will perform. A freewill offering will be taken for the performers. Free dessert and coffee after the concert.
Preschool Story Hour and Craft
10:30 a.m. Mondays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Registration required; call 815-498-2440.
Adult Cookies & Coloring
2 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Features cookies and soft music.
4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Coding, craft, makerspace and STEM for ages 10-17. Sign-up required.
Good Night Story Hour
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Registration required; call 815-498-2440.
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. For ages 0-3 months. Registration required; call 815-498-2440.
12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. No bingo on the last Wednesday of the month.
‘No Word for Art’
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. Art is a part of everyday life in the African culture. Suzanne Zobel will discuss African art as it is expressed through their language and world view.
Thursday Night Book Club
6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month – next, Oct. 10 – at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
Knitting & Crocheting Circle
3 to 5 p.m. Fridays at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St.
10th Anniversary Celebration
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Somonauk Public Library, 700 E. LaSalle St. The library will celebrate its anniversary with a local authors fair, live music, magic, balloon making, raffles, prizes, cake and ice cream, and special events for children. A special appearance by Woody from “Toy Story” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.