DeKalb County News Briefs

Chronicle Media Staff

What are these? You can learn the answer to this and other questions during the DeKalb County Farm Stroll Sept. 17. Local farmers will welcome visitors from noon-5 p.m. who come to see what happens on a farm. For information, go to the Northern Illinois Farm Stroll Facebook Page or the DeKalb County Farm Stroll Facebook.


Take an educational stroll down on the farm

Wondering where your food comes from? Or perhaps just looking for a fun and educational down-on-the-farm experience? University of Illinois Extension is planning a number of Farm Strolls throughout the state. The DeKalb County Farm Stroll will be held noon-5 p.m. Sept. 17, and will features farms with vegetables, flowers, honey, dairy cows, goats, rabbits and local wine.

A farm stroll is a free, self-guided driving tour of multiple farms holding open houses. Diverse family farms will open their gates to show the public how they produce their crops.

Follow DeKalb County Farm Stroll on the Northern Illinois Farm Stroll Facebook Page or the DeKalb County Farm Stroll Facebook event page for up-to-date information, maps, and more.


Original Harlem Globetrotter topic of society’s meeting

DeKalb County Historical Genealogical Society will host Sherman Jenkins, author of “Ted Strong Jr. The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro League All-Star,” who will speak at the society’s Sept. 13 meeting.

Jenkins will talk about Strong’s fascinating life, career and rise to prominence in baseball and basketball. While selected to play in seven Negro League All Star Games, he is best known for contributing to the success of Black America’s superb baseball team – the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1930, he joined the Harlem Globetrotters and the rest is history.

The free presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Oak Crest – DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb.


Boy Scout event promotes STEM

Elementary, middle school and high school youth interested in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – education are invited to attend a special Boy Scout event.

Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America is organizing STEM-O-Rama, to be held Sept. 30 at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, featuring hundreds of demonstrations and exhibits designed to show science in a fun, outdoor and engaging environment.

The event will feature interactive displays, games and crafts. Participants will be able to fly drones/quad copters, climb a climbing wall, play in a GaGa pit, and participate in shooting and outdoor sports.

Registration is $10 per student or adult or $40 per family. All registered youth will be entered to win one of five drones/quad-copters. For more information and to register for STEM-O-Rama, visit

STEM-O-Rama will also have a 5K Soar and Stride race as part of the event. The race starts at 7 a.m. Sept. 30 and is open to all runners. Anyone who registers for the race also gets a pass to enter the STEM-O-Rama activities on the same day. Race registration is available online at




Two new businesses welcomed by chamber

The Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed two new businesses: The Petite Palette and Catalyst Physiotherapy Performance & Wellness.

The Petite Palette, 347 W. Church St., Sandwich, teaches fundamentals of drawing and painting and a variety of home décor projects. The studio offers after-school art classes as well as canvas and board painting nights for groups looking for a new social activity. To find out about classes offered by owners Michelle and Phillip Shepard, visit or call (815) 764-7012.

Catalyst Physiotherapy Performance & Wellness was founded by Jason Robinson and Sarah Greenhagen. The practice is a comprehensive health care experience that evaluates and treats movement and function in a one-on-one setting with physical, nutritional, lifestyle and cognitive solutions to promote health and wellness throughout all stages of life. For information about Catalyst Physiotherapy Performance & Wellness, call (815) 786-9291 or visit




Personal documents can be shredded Sept. 16

Residents can discard documents with personal information when the Illinois Community Credit Union and Family Service Agency host a Community Shred Day on Sept. 16. This free event will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the Family Service Agency parking lot, 14 Health Service Drive, DeKalb. Shredding sensitive personal information helps to minimize the threat of identity theft.

Participants are encouraged to bring a maximum of two boxes of clean paper of any color and any size – blueprints, newspapers, magazines, brochures, window envelopes, photographs and file folders. It is not necessary to remove staples, paper clips, rubber bands or small binders.

For information, email Lisa Hendrickson of the credit union at


New pizza restaurant has grand opening

Paresh Patel invites the public to the Sept. 17 grand opening of Marco’s Pizza, a business he opened last month at 456 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. At the event, Patel will serve free slices of pizza from 1-4 p.m. and a DJ will play music.

Marco’s is one of four occupants of the new retail building that opened on Fifth Street and Lincoln Highway. The other businesses include Subway, which is open, and a liquor store with an opening date to be determined.

Marco’s is open 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

–DeKalb County News Briefs–