5 things to do in DeKalb County

1. Attend a Motown and Show Music Show – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Fargo Venue, 641 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

Grammy-nominated Dre Hilton and his team will perform classics from James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and the great artists of Motown. Hilton, a singer, performer, motivational speaker and TV show host, toured with the world-famous Soul of Motown show for eight years and is known for his high energy and charisma on stage.

Tickets are $25 and all attendees must RSVP. For information about the Motown and Soul Music Show and to buy tickets, call the box office at 1-888-777-8790.

2. Cheer for NIU at a Basketball Game – Northern Illinois Men’s Basketball vs. Ball State University 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Northern Illinois University Women’s Basketball vs Akron 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Both games will be held at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Tickets can be bought online through Ticketmaster. General admission tickets cost $5 and reserved lower level tickets cost $8 for women’s games and tickets cost $8 for the upper bowl seating and $10 for lower bowl seating for men’s games.

3. Go to the Movies – Catch a currently released film at the Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St. in Sycamore.

Movies that are showing include Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Matrix Resurrections, The King’s Man, Sing 2, 83 and Encanto. Tickets for all seats cost $7.

For information or to buy tickets, call 815-991-5112 or visit www.sycamorestatetheatre.com.

4. View Holiday Light Displays – Drive around with family and friends to see residential light displays before the end of the holiday season.

DeKalb Park District, Sycamore Park District and the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce each have a list of their decorating contests’ participating houses, including the contest winners, on their Facebook pages.

Also, don’t miss The Caravia Family Light Show, located at 687 N. Goldenrod St. in Cortland. The show will run daily from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. The show’s music can be heard by turning your car radio to 89.3 FM.

5. Curl up with a Book – Both the DeKalb and Sycamore Public Libraries are hosting winter reading programs.

The DeKalb Public Library’s winter reading program for all ages will run through Jan. 12. This winter reading initiative has a program for kids, teens and adults. Stop by the youth, teen or adult reference desk to sign up and receive a reading log and a bookmark. The reading log is a book bingo card. Return your completed card to enter to win a gift basket filled with seasonal goodies.

Sycamore Public Library’s Warm Up Your Winter: Winter Reading Challenge is a fun program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books and activities. As participants read books and engage in the activities, they are eligible to win badges and prizes. The best way to track progress is through the Beanstack app or web site. The challenge runs through Feb. 25.

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