July 29, 2021

5 things to do in DeKalb County: Juneteenth block party, Pride march, Music at the Mansion and more

1. DeKalb Pride March and film screening: Starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

The Egyptian Theatre, Safe Passage, DeKalb Public Library, Queer-Oriented Rural Resource Network, Prism NIU and NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality will host a free event for the community during Pride Month.

The event will feature a short Pride march, viewing of the film “Love, Simon” and post-movie discussion.

Queer artists are invited to help celebrate by showcasing their artwork in the lobby of the Egyptian. Art work can be dropped off at the theater between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Attendees are invited to wear their favorite Pride attire, bring a decorated Pride sign for the march, and to come show support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

To learn more about the event and how to participate in a Pride social media contest, visit www.safepassagedv.org/events or call 815-756-7930.

2. Juneteenth Celebration and Block Party Saturday, June 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at the corner of Hillcrest Drive and Blackhawk Road in DeKalb, where the former Campus Cinemas building stood.

The free event will include music, food, a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic, voter registration and social services information, along with other activities.

“While this significant milestone is typically noted by Black/African Americans, this gathering will be welcoming and inviting to everyone,” the event page read.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was created, Union soldiers came to Galveston, Texas to bring the news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were now free.

For more information, to register as a vendor for the event or to give monetary donations for the event, visit newhopeofdekalb.org/juneteenth. Hosted by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, the NIU Center for Black Studies and B.L.L.A.C.K. Inc. NFP.

3. DeKalb Festival Chorus’ first in-person performance “Songs in the Park” since the COVID-19 pandemic began: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Hopkins Park Band Shell in DeKalb.

The free event will allow members to reunite, rehearse and reconnect after a 15-month hiatus, as well as join the community together in song.

Residents are invited to rehearse and sing along with the DeKalb Festival Chorus. Sheet music will be provided at the event. By emailing dekalbfestivalchorus@gmail.com, people can receive the sheet music via email to familiarize themselves with the music in advance.

4. Music at the Mansion concert series returns Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Ellwood House in DeKalb, 509 N. First St in DeKalb.

Music at the Mansion will return this summer for a six-date concert series on the lawn of the Ellwood House.

Each concert will provide the audience a different music genre of entertainment. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The first show will be June 23, Salute to the Great Entertainers featuring the Rat Pack Tribute Show, with an opening act at 6:30 p.m.

New this year will be activities around the Ellwood House such as craft shows, classic car shows, and other events to be announced. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and other items to enjoy this outdoor event. A variety of beverages will be available to purchase from Fatty’s Pub & Grille in DeKalb.

Businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals are invited to sponsor a concert. Each sponsor will be listed on promotional literature. For sponsorship information, email Michael Embrey at FunMEevents@aol.com. Sponsorships are tax-deductible via the Ellwood House Association.

5. The Movie Music of Elvis Presley virtual event at DeKalb Public Library at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom on Thursday, June 17.

Enjoy the movie music of Elvis Presley with presenter John LeGear.

Please register for this event at dkpl.org. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone number to call into the Zoom meeting, and a password to the meeting. Join the Zoom meeting 5 minutes prior to the program, especially if you haven’t used Zoom before. For more information, please contact Cassandra at cassandrap@dkpl.org or (815) 756-9568 ext. 2150.

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