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Cosley Zoo Uncorked
Looking for a wild night out? We have just the thing! Enjoy a distinctive wine tasting experience, complete with the animals and atmosphere of Cosley Zoo. Sample up to 50 different wines, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and win fabulous prizes! The first 350 registered receive a Cosley Zoo collectible wine glass for sampling. Wine will be available to order at a discount from Famous Liquors Wine Super Center with 10% of all sales benefitting Cosley Zoo. You must be 21 years or older to attend.
Forest Park is a municipal park with the Chautauqua Auditorium, Vietnam Memorial, Family Aquatic Center, picnic areas, pavilions, baseball & softball diamonds, fishing lagoon (Crystal Lake), skateboard park, soccer fields, a youth athletic center, and more. There is an entrance to the General Dacey trail at the back of the park and the Memorial Sunken Gardens have been revitalized. The park is also home to the Festival of Lights.
Kid'Cation Scavenger Hunt at the Tower
Take part in the Kid'Cation Confluence Tower Scavenger Hunt July 31 and earn fun prizes! All children who tour the Tower can participate. Tour guides will provide a special Scavenger Hunt activity sheet and give clues throughout the tour. At the end of the tour, children will receive a special gift. For this event, the Tower is offering reduced tour rates of $1 per child and $2 for adults.
Saturday Night Star Gazing
Bring your family out to Katz Park for a FREE overnight event on Saturday, August 8th. Enjoy learning about the night sky with astronomers from NIU's Observatory who will have telescopes for viewing planets and constellations. Bring some snacks, blankets, and sleeping bags to enjoy watching the night sky change before your eyes. The experts on hand will be available to answer your questions, and education activities will be provided throughout the night by NIU STEM Outreach and Dekalb Park District Staff.
Josh Turner Live in Concert at Walker's Bluff
Walker's Bluff is delighted to announce that we will be "Turning the lights down low" on Saturday, August 8th when Josh Turner takes stage at Legend's Amphitheater. Joshua Turner is an American contemporary country music singer and actor. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album's title track, "Long Black Train", was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man (2006) accounted for his first two number one hits: "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me," while 2007's Everything Is Fine included a No. 2 in "Firecracker." Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the No. 1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another number one in "All Over Me". It was followed by Punching Bag (2012), whose lead-off single "Time Is Love" was the biggest hit of 2012 according to Billboard Year-End.
Green Fair on the Fox
Batavia MainStreet is partnering with the Batavia Environmental Commission and the Batavia Park District to present Green Fair on the Fox. Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! This year Green Fair on the Fox is bringing back The Alternative Transportation Show and Bike Expo, Exhibition Space at City Hall and Fox Valley’s Largest Zumba class.
Cocktails In the Park
Celebrate your community with an evening in the park. Enjoy live music, drinks, appetizers, cigar and whiskey or dessert and champagne tasting decks, and more all to support Downtown Batavia. Win a tent full of prizes, or an adventure in our of our other favorite downtown communities. Because Downtown is Everyone's Neighborhood!
DeKalb County Farm Stroll
The Illinois Extension office for Boon, DeKalb and Ogle Counties is hosting a DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Sunday, July 19th from 11 am - 5 pm. Wondering where to find local food & farm products in DeKalb County? Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities on the DeKalb County Farm Stroll! A free self-guided tour of more than a dozen diversified family farms. Some of the farms participating are: Jonamac Orchard, Waterman Winery & Vineyards, Heatherhope Farm, You Pick Berries and Honey Hill Orchard. Each location will have different events going on, but the stroll will allow participants to meet local farmers, get farm tours and demonstrations, sampling of fresh local products, and more. There is no starting location for the stroll, guests are welcome to visit as many or as few as they would like and in whatever order they would like. The address included for this event is just one of the farms on the stroll. Please visit the stroll's Facebook page for a complete list of farms and for more information on the event.
Dwight Yoakam at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Country legend Dwight Yoakam will be performing in Alton along with The Glendale Riders on July 10th 2015. Yoakam has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated 15 times. With every online order for Dwight Yoakam show tickets, fans will receive one standard physical copy of his new album “Second Hand Heart." Ticket purchasers will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem their album within 10-14 business days after their order.
Calling all girls who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Join STEM Divas for a very special, one day summer camp on Tuesday, July 21st from 9 am - 4:30 pm. STEM Divas is an initiative geared towards creating a community of confident female leaders and learners age seven and up who embrace femininity while using hands-on activities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. During this day-long camp, divas will learn how to solder, take a tour of NIU’s engineering building, use a variety of tools to complete their very own woodworking project, and more! The cost for this camp is $70 per diva, including lunch and materials. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
River Night & Ribs
A night fun for the whole family! Live performance from Red Woody runs from 6:30 pm - 10 pm and family activities and the River Night Market run through 9 pm. Features a beer tent, food vendors, Ribs Cook-Off and other free family area activities.
Alton Muny Band: Haskell Park
Locals seldom miss a beat during the weekly summer concerts performed by the Alton Municipal Band at Haskell & Riverfront Park. Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is a family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public. Every Sunday the Alton Muny Band will perform at the Haskell Park starting at 7:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Calling all kids who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Campers will spend a week in the lab doing hands-on experiments, investigate the science behind making cool art, learn the science behind all their favorite sports or learn all about robots and programming as they construct various LEGO robots. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
STEM Engineering Amuseument
Calling all kids who want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this is your chance to experience Northern Illinois University's beautiful campus and to learn more about these important subjects. Campers will learn the ups and downs of how their favorite amusement park attractions really work, design their own thrill rides, learn how engineers optimize traffic flow and even get to concoct their own carnival confections. One entire day will also be spent doing experiments at Six Flags—Great America. Campers get to experience dorm life and exciting evening science activities throughout the week. There is not a residency requirement, all students that fit the camp age specifications are welcome to register. Have a little fun while you learn this summer. Parents, while your child is exploring STEM, you can explore DeKalb County and all it has to offer.
Alton Muny Band: Riverfront Park
Don't miss a beat during the weekly summer concerts performed by the Alton Municipal Band at Haskell & Riverfront Park. Enjoy concert band music, which includes marches, concert pieces, popular tunes, and novelty numbers. This is a family friendly and the concerts are free and open to the public. Every Thursday evening the Alton Muny Band will perform at the Riverfront Park starting at 8:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Peter Cetera at the Paramount Theatre
With his unmistakable tenor voice, legendary songwriting skills and bass guitar chops to boot, Chicago frontman and solo star Peter Cetera defines an entire era of American rock music. Penning and singing lead vocals on Chicago’s first No. 1 single “If You Leave Me Now,” Peter propelled the group into the worldwide spotlight. His power ballads like “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and ”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” drove Chicago to become one of the best-selling American rock bands of all time.
The Dirt on Dirt: Why do Madagascar's Lemurs Eat Soil?
Enjoy an afternoon learning about lemurs while the kids participate in free monkey-themed crafts! Brandon Semel, a MA in Anthropology candidate, will be discussing Madacascar's lemurs! "Madagascar is a land full of unique plants and animals, including leaping lemurs, colorful chameleons, and bulging baobab trees. This lecture presentation will last approximately 1 hour (from 12-1pm). Free monkey crafts will be available for children during the presentation. The presentation is free with museum admission.
Drum Corps "Tour of Champions"
Northern Illinois University and Huskie Stadium will once again play host to the Drum Corps "Tour of Champions”. This show will feature 7 of the World's Top 12 Drum & Bugle Corps. For more information please contact Michael Embrey, m.embrey@FunMEevents.com or (815-756-1263).
Join us for Itasca Fest featuring tasty festival food, live entertainment, bingo and more. You'll find fun and games for all ages including a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, carnival rides, an antique flea market, a classic car show, children's entertainment, and nightly musical performances.
Fly-In or Drive-In and join A&M Airsports and the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce as they host PreOsh Wingfest at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. There will be live music, food, trikes, gliders and airplanes on display and activities for the whole family. The fun begins at 11am.
Happy Together Tour 2015 at the Paramount Theatre
The Happy Together Tour is back at it, bringing your radio to life on the Paramount stage… and this year’s line-up will totally rock your world. It’s stacked with The Grassroots and their “Midnight Confessions.” Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders. Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams. The Cowsills taking you down “The Path of Love.” The Association and their slew of chart toppers. And, of course, Flo & Eddie singing that classic Turtles hit the tour is literally named after: “Happy Together.” Get ready to celebrate the golden age of rock-n-roll with your favorite hits, and the artists who play them, live on the Paramount stage.
Enjoy vintage games for kids, special tours and exhibits and free parking all day as the park celebrates the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This year's event will feature a free evening performance by Chicago Sinfonietta in honor of Cantigny Park's 60th anniversary!
17th Annual Biking with Beanzie
Biking with Beanzie is a recreational ride presented by Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club of DeKalb and sponsored by Kishwaukee Community Hospital.The ride route consists of primarily flat rural roads with some rolling terrain with estimated ride options of 23, 43, 63, 80, or 101 miles. All roads are well-paved, lightly traveled and posted with signs containing ride information and bits of Beanzie humor. This year also includes 3-mile, 5-mile, & 8-mile community bicycle pathway route options.
GrapeVine Bluegrass Festival
One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass - that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago - has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes Firebox, Tuscan Hills Winery will have two days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies - we can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close! This is a rain or shine event. Bring your lawn chairs! There will be a variety of great food and beverages including water, soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine available for purchase on the festival grounds. Parking is free and within 25 to 100 yards away from the venue & of course handicapped parking is available. All ages are welcome. Be sure to check out the web address for more information on tickets and pricing: http://www.grapevinebluegrass.com.