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Corn Fest – Families

August 29-August 31, 2014, Downtown DeKalb, IL Corn Fess

Celebrate the 37th year of Corn Fest, one of the last remaining free music festivals in Illinois. Corn Fest is held in downtown DeKalb on Lincoln Hwy. between 1st and 4th St. All shows are free to the public, with a $5 admission fee into the soundstage area. For more information, call (815) 748-CORN. 

Jazz in Progress – Families

September 2, 2014 8:00pm to 9:30pm, Hopkins Park, DeKalb, IL

Jazz In Progress is a local community jazz band under the direction of David Lehman. The band will feature the very best of classic jazz standards as well as more contemporary favorites. 

STEM Café, The Physics of Football – Adults

STEM CafeWednesday, September 17 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm, O'Leary's Restaurant and Pub 260 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115
Newton’s laws describe football players on the field just as well as carts on a track or balls rolling down ramps. Physics professor and armchair quarterback Mike Eads will discuss how an understanding of velocity, momentum, force, impulse, collisions, conservation laws, and even air resistance can lead to some interesting insights on the game. 

School of Music

Performances All Season Long at NIU's School of Music – Various

Starting September 17 and throughout the fall semester, Various locations

Hear faculty members, students, and special guests including Solon Pierce, Avalon String Quartet, Khasma, Yukiko Fujimura, Brittany Hendricks, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Plog, Payton MacDonald, Garth Anderson, Kinan Abu-Afach, and more.

NIU DPT 5K – Families


Saturday, September 20 at 9:30am, NIU Campus 1 Northern View Circle #115 DeKalb, IL 60115 

Join the Northern Illinois University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the second annual NIU DPT 5K race. After a very successful inaugural race in 2013, the NIU DPT Class of 2016 has teamed up with the KishHealth System Cancer Center again to reinforce the mission of saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection by promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

Curated by DeKalb: 50 Years of the Anthropology Museum at NIU – Educators and Families

Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Anthropology Museum, Cole Hall Anthropology Night

The Anthropology Museum is excited to announce the opening of our next exhibition, Curated by DeKalb: 50 Years of the Anthropology Museum at NIU. Please join us for a reception beginning at 4pm featuring refreshments and live music.

This exhibit is a community co-curated exhibition that highlights the depth, richness, and contemporary importance of the Museum and NIU. All of the artifacts on display in Curated by DeKalb were selected by NIU campus or community members, creating a collaborative exhibit that brings together NIU students, faculty, staff, local business owners, and DeKalb residents. Curated by DeKalb is about the people in our community, the cultural objects that inspire them, and the connections that the Anthropology Museum can inspire. Through the eyes of friends and colleagues, visitors will be inspired by the breadth of human achievement and innovation that are represented right in DeKalb’s own Anthropology Museum.

Monica and David

 AHCD Movie Night Monica & David – Adults

 Thursday, October 16 at 6:00pm, Wellness/Literacy, 2305 3100 Sycamore Rd, DeKalb, IL

 Special screening of award winning film Monica & David. Followed by a discussion panel of parents of children  with Down Syndrome.


STEMfest – Families

Saturday, October 18, 10:00am to 5:00pm, NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115 


STEMfest shocks and amazes visitors of all ages with cutting-edge technologies and intriguing science phenomenam just in time for Halloween. Free and open to the public, STEMfest 2014 will include popular activities from past years and lots of new surprises to help K-12 students and their families have fun learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  • Explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits on everything from haunted physics and robots to medical technologies and cow eyeballs.
  • Chat with STEM professionals, NIU faculty and students, and science fiction writers.
  • Win fabulous prizes in the Explain it! Video Competition and Sci-Fi Writing Contest.


Kathy Reichs

 Kathy Reichs – Students and Adults

 Thursday, October 23 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Sandburg Auditorium

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to life through her fictional creation Temperance Brennan, featured in her books and on the hit Fox TV series Bones. Join NIU's Anthropology Museum for the public talk and book signing with Dr. Reichs as the culminating event of its 50th anniversary.

Hands-On Physics at Your School and Frontier Physics Road Show – Students and Educators

School Programs PictureNIU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Outreach can bring 25-100 of the interactive physics displays to your school for a day-long or evening event. Billed as Physics Phun Labs and Frontier Physics Road Show, these investigations are sure to intrigue students from kindergarten through high school.

These popular and dynamic physics demonstration programs can be customized for each audience by choosing themes and concepts that reflect your curriculum. Liquid nitrogen, plasma globes, strong magnets, lasers, diffraction-lensed rainbow glasses, and many other intriguing demonstrations are used to excite students and bring physics concepts to life.

STEM Outreach can also arrange for programs in any of the STEM fields. Faculty or students can visit your classroom or facilitate field trips to NIU's campus. To schedule either the Hands-On Physics or Frontier Physics programs for your school or community, contact Pettee Guerrero 815-753-0533 pguerrero1@niu.edu. Check out the STEM Outreach webpage for an extensive list of on- and off-campus activities.

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