June 13, 2021

5 things to do in DeKalb County: DeKalb Municipal Band season opener, movies in the park, Shabbona Day

This week’s top 5 include: DeKalb Municipal Band’s first concert of the season, screening of Aladdin and first-ever Shabbona Days

1. Movies in the Park - Friday, June 4, Sycamore Sports Complex soccer fields, 435 Airport Road in sycamore. “Aladdin” (2019) will be screened at roughly 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanked to sit on.

2. The Kishwaukee Valley Art League will hold its annual Northern Illinois Art Show June 5 and 6 on the DeKalb County Courthouse lawn, 133 W. State St. in downtown Sycamore.

The art show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More than 40 artisans will offer fine art and fine craft items for sale to the public. The two-day juried show will feature a variety of art mediums including watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, fabric art, woodworking, photography, ceramics, gourd art, jewelry, garden art and décor. KVAL members will also offer a group exhibit with all media available for sale. Information: www.kval-nfp.org

3. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will present a Garden Open House at Hallgren Park, located at Seventh and Franklin streets in DeKalb. All are welcome to visit Hallgren Park between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, June 5, to view the gardens. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer general gardening questions, and will offer plant divisions of many of the garden’s perennials, free of charge, for those who would like one (quantities are limited). All current state guidelines and U of I Extension regulations in effect will be followed at the event. Call the U of I Extension office at 815-758-8194 with questions.

4. The DeKalb Municipal Band will open the 2021 summer concert season with “A Tribute to Jan Bach” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. Bach was an award-winning composer who wrote for virtually every live medium of vocal and instrumental performance over his career. He taught at Northern Illinois University’s School of Music for 38 years and played French horn with the DeKalb Municipal Band for three decades. Also on the program is vocalist Terri Crain-Goodman. Admission is free; bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket. Follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet apart and wear a mask when this is not possible. Visit the band’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute happenings and to learn of any weather cancellations.

5. Shabbona Day Festival: The inaugural Shabbona Day Festival will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in downtown Shabbona. The fun-filled festival will feature games, live music, raffles, food, local businesses, vendors, historical presentations, a birds of prey exhibit, a nature walk and more.

The event will begin with the farmers and artisan market and town-wide garage sales from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a Civil War reenactment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a bake sale from United Church of Christ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., live music, food trucks and more.

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