Book Sale, Vintage Shopping, Concerts and Tastings – Shaw Local

1. Find your new favorite book at the Friends of the DeKalb Library Spring Book Sale – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.

Find a wide selection of hardcover and paperback books, including children’s and teen books, fiction, history, science, art, film, cookbooks, gardening , biographies, mysteries, science fiction and more. There will also be DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs for sale. On Sunday, bags of books will cost $5.

All proceeds will be used for library books, materials and programs.

Donations of gently used books, DVDs and CDs are accepted year-round at the loan desk.

2. Buy vintage and take a road trip during the Vintage Shop Hop – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6

Take a self-guided road trip to over 400 participating vintage shops, antique malls, ladies’ shops, consignment stores, and barn sales in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

For a list of participating shops and more information, visit the Vintage Shop Hop Facebook page.

3. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a Gaelic Storm concert – 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb

Gaelic Storm will perform at DeKalb as part of their “We Missed You” tour. Country music folks love the storytelling, bluegrass heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and rockers simply savor the passion with which they play their instruments.

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at the Egyptian Theater website,

4. Unwind and relax with a live music performance performed by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Springs Pops Concert – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at Northern Illinois University, 300 Lucinda Ave. at DeKalb

The concert will feature local musicians and songwriters, including the NIU Steelband, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra members Kevin Davis and Kirk Lundbeck, and local composers Robert Chappell and Ian Cook. On the program for the evening, “88 degrees in the shade”, “Branches of snow” and “Ivory Coast”, composed by Robert Chappell; The “Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2″ and “Dream”, composed by Liam Teague, all performed by the Northern Illinois University Steelband. Other pieces include “Weiner Blut Waltz” by Johann Strauss; “Prayer of Saint Grégoire” by Alan Hovhannes, with solo trumpeter Kevin Davis; “Aurora”, composed by Ian Cook; Nino Rota’s “Concerto for trombone in C” with soloist Kirk Lundbeck; and “Superman March” by John Williams.

For more information on our guest soloists and composers, or the Spring Pops Concert, visit

5. Try beer, cider, food and whiskey at Fatty’s annual Bourbon, Beer & Cider Tasting – 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Fatty’s Pub & Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb

There will be over 40 beers and ciders to choose from. Representatives of the brewery will be on site. There will be a whiskey and bourbon tasting featuring Single Barrel, with special whiskeys to sample.

Tickets are $20 and include a buffet of appetizers, a tasting glass to keep, and 15 craft beer sample tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at

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