Parking restrictions under scrutiny
In answer to a recent review of DeKalb’s parking restrictions that found out-of- date, conflicting or erroneous rules, city officials are inviting the public to a Parking Restrictions Open House.
The open house will focus on the 1st and 2nd Wards, and will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the City Council Chambers, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.
The Neighborhood Services Committee, which consists of representatives from all city departments, is seeking residential input for the proposed changes. A brief presentation will describe the process used to review parking restrictions for the two wards. After the presentation, city staff will provide copies of maps and proposed parking restrictions for review. Comment forms will be available for residents’ thoughts.
Have a sweet time at Winter Chocolate Walk
Bring your sweet tooth to Sycamore’s Winter Chocolate Walk from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 1. Enjoy the best of the city’s downtown shops while sampling a vast array of chocolate desserts. Enjoy a gourmet chocolate bar, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate martinis, homemade chocolate marshmallows, chocolate meringue cookies and more.
The Chocolate Walk, sponsored by First National Bank, will begin at Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore. There, participants will receive a Chocolate Walk guide listing the participating businesses. For shoppers’ convenience, the guide will be posted online at sycamorechamber.com. With a guide, shoppers may begin at any participating business listed below. When a Chocolate Walk card is full, put it into the bag at your final location. The winner will be drawn from the names of those entered that made the most stops on the walk. Prizes are gift baskets.
Participating businesses are Blumen Gardens, Christian Connection, D&D Jewelers, Forthright Financial Planning, Grand Dental, Kramer’s Kitchen and Bath, Luxe Salon, Made Just For You, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Paulsen Appliance and Electronics, Stomp, Sweet Earth, Sycamore Antiques, Sycamore State Theatre, The Confectionary and Taxco.
For more information, call (815) 895-3456.
Museum to hold its first trivia contest
Get ready to beat the competition in a battle of the brains when the Midwest Museum of Natural History hosts its first trivia night Dec. 3 at the Chapel in the Pines, 15165 Quigley Road., Sycamore. The evening is designed to be a good night of fun with friends and family.
Refreshments and snacks will be sold; or players can bring their own. The winners will get prizes. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the competition will be held 7-9 p.m. Admission is $80 for a table of eight. Call (815) 895-9777 to register.
Pet photos with Santa kick off holiday events
Several organizations are joining the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce in packing a weekend full of free family-friendly holiday events, Dec. 3-4.
The weekend is organized by several local organizations including Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce, Sandwich Park District, Sandwich Association of Merchants, Sandwich School Music Association, Sandwich Historical Society, Indian Valley Theatre, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the City of Sandwich.
The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Paws with Claus at the Sandwich Fire Department. The family dog can get his picture taken with Santa for $5. Proceeds will go to Fox Valley Older Adult Services. Mayor Rick Olson and Santa will light the tree at Veterans Park in downtown Sandwich at 4:30 p.m.
The Christmas Walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Sandwich. Trolley tours of holiday home decorations, a live reindeer, music, carolers from Indian Valley Theatre, s’mores, visit with Santa, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, hot cider, story time, crafts and more are planned. Many downtown shops will be open late and offering activities and/or refreshments. Questions? Call the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce at (815) 786-9075.
The Sandwich Old Mill Museum will be open to the public. The museum, at the corner of Lafayette and Railroad streets, is curated by the Sandwich Historical Society.
A living Nativity will be staged at 5:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2465 W. Sandwich Road. For more information, call the church, (815) 786-6406.
At 7 p.m., “Christmas Chaos” will be presented by the Indian Valley Theatre at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich. For tickets, go to www.indianvalleytheatre.com. In the play, the Royal Shakespeare Company hasn’t arrived as promised to perform their stirring rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” so an intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians must put together their own production in a few hours. With an out-of-control director, ridiculous scenery and tons of flubs and confusion, this fast-paced comedy proves that sometimes everything that can go wrong – will.
The celebration continues Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. with a Festival of Trees at Timber Creek Inn & Suites, 3300 Drew St., Sandwich, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the Holiday Lane Craft Show, also at Timber Creek.
At 2 p.m., there will be an encore presentation of “Christmas Chaos” by the Indian Valley Theatre at the Sandwich Opera House. Tickets may be purchased at www.indianvalleytheatre.com. At 4:30 p.m., a living Nativity will again be presented at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
For more information about any of the activities, call the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce at (815) 786-9075.