DeKalb County Briefs

Chronicle Media staff


The menorah is a familiar symbol of Hanukkah. Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb will open its Hanukkah Shop Dec. 11, in preparation for the holiday, which begins the evening of Dec. 24.

The menorah is a familiar symbol of Hanukkah. Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb will open its Hanukkah Shop Dec. 11, in preparation for the holiday, which begins the evening of Dec. 24.



Online courses help students prep for SAT 

The Kishwaukee College Continuing Education Department is offering online courses to help area high school students prepare for the SAT college entrance exams. The course, offered through partnership with nationally recognized Ed2Go, will begin Dec. 14. The course also will be available in early 2017 with start dates of Jan. 18 and Feb. 15.

The online SAT Test Preparation course will include two parts: Part 1 covers reading, writing, English and science and Part 2 covers math. The SAT — which is the entrance exam that will be administered at Illinois high schools this year — had a change in both the verbal and math questions in March 2016. The online course is designed to prepare students for those changes.

The online course is an option for students who want to get the best preparation for the SAT exam but also are involved in extracurricular activities or hold part-time jobs in addition to their studies. An online course allows students to log in and complete the course work at their own pace and on a day and time that is convenient for their busy schedules. The cost for the entire course is $174; the cost for students opting to register for only one of the available sessions is $109.

For more detailed information on the Kishwaukee College SAT Preparation course, visit or call (815) 825-2086.




DeKalb Toy collection effort  needs donations, volunteers 

Marine Corps Reserve’s annual DeKalb County Toys for Tots is collecting donations at more than 100 toy collection boxes set up at local businesses. Anyone who donates a toy to the DeKalb Sycamore GMC Chevrolet Dealership will be entered into a drawing for a free oil change.

Volunteers are needed for toy inventory and distribution at the DeKalb Salvation Army. Those interested in volunteering should email or call Kathi Hogshead Davis at (779) 777-5896.


72-hour push on for DeKalb food pantry 

A local radio host is drawing attention to the needs of the DeKalb Salvation Army Food Pantry.

WLBK radio host T.D. Ryan is camping out in the Target shopping center parking lot on Sycamore Road to attract donations to the 16th annual Freezin’ for Food campaign from noon Dec. 7 to noon Dec. 10, with a goal of collecting 25,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. People are encouraged to stop by and drop off items. Large donations are expected from several schools and businesses.

The shopping center is on Sycamore Road, between Barber Greene Road and Oakland Drive. The collection area will be set up near the Starbucks store.


DeKalb Temple opens special holiday shop 

To get ready for Hanukkah, Congregation Beth Shalom’s Hanukkah Shop will be open Dec. 11, in preparation for the holiday, which begins the evening of Dec. 24.

Shop hours are during the congregation’s Religious School, from 10 a.m. to noon. Holiday needs, including candles, menorahs, dreidels, gelt, wrapping paper and gift items will be sold. General Judaic items also will be available, as well as CDs of Koleynu, the congregation’s choir. The congregation is at 820 Russell Road, DeKalb.

Congregation members and their guests will hold a Hanukkah party at 5 p.m. Dec. 18. This will be a dairy potluck dinner, at which traditional latkes will be served. Activities for children will take place before the party at 4 p.m.

For questions, visit the congregation’s website at or send email to




Church plans its  annual cookie walk 

Malta United Methodist Church will host its annual Cookie Walk from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 10, in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Guests can choose from a large variety of homemade cookies and candy. The price will be $7.50 per pound. The church is at the corner of south Third and Sprague streets in Malta.




Dissection series in Sycamore focuses on mammals 

The Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore, will wrap up its dissection series with the most advanced dissection of the year at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Participants will get a hands-on look at the unique features of mammalian anatomy. They will find out how mammals are different from the other animals the museum has explored through the year in its dissection series. Each attendee will get their own specimen.

The museum’s dissection series won an Award of Merit in Educational Programming from the Illinois Association of Museums in 2015. This series is designed for ages 8 and older, however budding scientists are invited to join with the active help of an adult. Dissection classes fill up quickly and have limited seating. Reserve a spot by calling (815) 895-9777 or emailing Cost is $12 for members, $18 for nonmembers and $5 for observation.





Mountain music comes to Sandwich church 


The music duet Alathea from Unicoi, Tennessee, will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Federated Church, 403 N. Main St., Sandwich.


Alathea’s musical style can be described as pure mountain folk music. They play a variety of instruments including the dulcimer, mandolin, guitar and several percussion instruments.

Alathea has performed many times in northern Illinois. The group travels around the country and across the world, including NPR’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Musikfest, and Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion, as well as performances in Europe and Asia.


Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. The event is co-sponsored by Cup of Cold Water Ministries and the Federated Church.