Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 30, 2017

Sixth Annual Transformation Through Rhythm Concert to Benefit Hospice

DeKALB, Ill. – The community is invited to the sixth annual benefit concert, Transformation Through Rhythm, on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 2 pm in the DeKalb High School Auditorium. The concert will feature the DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, the Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble, the Harambee African Percussion Ensemble and the DeKalb High School Steel Band. There is no charge for admission and donations are appreciated.

“New this year, we have started a ‘bead market’ and have a committee working diligently to create beautiful jewelry with African beads,” said Jen Conley, MTBC, LPC, music therapist at KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine. “All of the proceeds from the sales of this handmade jewelry will go to Knysna Hospice.”

The annual Transformation Through Rhythm concert brings diverse performers and audience members together to celebrate community, service, and music. The concert offers an opportunity to support both the Music Therapy program at KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, which is largely supported through grants and donations, and its sister hospice, Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice in Knysna, South Africa. Proceeds from last year’s concert helped bring food relief to needy hospice patients and their families in Knysna who live in harsh conditions and extreme poverty, where the economic climate is making it increasingly difficult to secure food donations. The concert raised 11,417 South African ZAR, enough for 53 food parcels.

In the spring of 2004, KishHealth System Hospice joined the Twinning Initiative of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA). Hospice programs in the U.S. are encouraged to raise funds to assist their partners financially. Help is particularly important with the continued HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills more than 6,300 people daily in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sponsors of this event are Northwestern Medicine; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb High School, the Harambee Ensemble, and radio sponsor WNIU. For more information about Transformation Through Rhythm, call KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, at 815.756.3000.


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 30, 2017

Club 55 Senior Health Fair Announcement

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 24, 2017

Trauma Informed Care Presentations

The DeKalb County Juvenile Justice Council is proud to present our FREE training on Trauma Informed Approaches on Thursday, April 6th at the Farm Bureau Building.  We will be presenting two ½ day sessions, one from 8am-12pm and the other from 12:30pm – 4:30pm.

The National Council for Behavioral Health states that 60% of adults in the U.S. have experienced an adverse life event, 26% of children will experience a traumatic event before the age of 4, and 60% of youth younger than 17 have been exposed to crime, violence or abuse.

Let’s change our culture.  Our goal is to see everyone trained in trauma informed approaches.  We have recruited Raul Almazar, of the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and former Deputy Director of Illinois Division of Mental Health to provide this valuable information.

This free training is open to counselors, social service providers, medical professionals, faith-based leaders and community members.  Please RSVP to or 815-217-0194 by April 1st.


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 23, 2017


DEKALB, IL, March 22, 2017 – Stage Coach Players 2017 Auditions are this Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Everyone is welcome, and no theater experience is necessary.

Stage Coach Players is one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatre troupes in Northern Illinois whose mission is to foster an appreciation of the theater and create opportunities for all those interested in theater to participate.

The 2017 season’s productions include:

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon, June 1 – 11, 2017
“Little Women: The Broadway Musical,” July 6 to July 16, 2017
“ California Suite” by Neil Simon, Aug. 10 to 20, 2017
“$38,000 For A Friendly Face” by Kristin Shepherd, Sept. 14 to 24, 2017
“Young Frankenstein” by Mel Brooks, Oct. 19 to 29, 2017

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schultz,  which runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2017, will have auditions in the fall.

For more information, visit


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 22, 2017

Experts to share tips for unique small business ventures

Successful entrepreneurs and tourism experts will headline a day-long conference at Northern Illinois University on rebuilding and strengthening local economies.

Illinois Tourism Director Cory Jobe, Humboldt Park furniture shop owners Lynne and Ty McDaniel, and Ottawa agri-business partners Scott Struchen, Peter Limberger and Kevin Pearse are among those presenting new ideas on economic development at the April 3 event at NIU’s Holmes Student Center.

In addition to the successful business owners, the conference will feature perspectives from community organizers and financial experts on how to create a climate for small business growth.

Appointed to the state’s top tourism post in January 2015, Jobe is responsible for leading the state’s tourism industry marketing and development efforts. He will address current and future supports for small business start-ups in Illinois.

Lynne and Type McDaniel own an art deco furniture shop in Humboldt Park. In addition to telling their own story, the McDaniels will describe the successful neighborhood business association they founded called West of Western.

Scott Struchen and his partners will describe how they developed an ecology of connected businesses in Ottawa – a hops farm, brewery and restaurant – that are making the small town a popular tourist destination.

In addition to the presentations on successful small business ventures, the conference will feature a panel of experts discussing how institutions need to change to foster a new, collaborative business model. Leodis Scott of DePaul University will address higher education’s role in leadership development; Sarosh Saher of the Village of Lake Zurich will discuss municipal policies that can support sustainable businesses; and NIU’s Norm Walzer will present ideas for innovative sources of financing.

The conference is part of NIU’s Great Downtowns, Growing Cities program, developed in conjunction with the PASCAL Observatory, partner of UNESCO’s Learning Cities initiative.
It is sponsored by NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies and the School for Public and Global Affairs.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center’s Skyroom. A $75 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking and materials. NIU students may attend for free; students from other institutions may attend at a reduced price of $40. Additional information and registration forms are available online at

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 21, 2017

Creative Videos Recognized by International Association

When entering a competition, it is expected only the best are submitted.  To receive three awards that are then recognized as the best of the best is something to be proud of.  That is what OC Creative experienced when receiving news of their one Platinum and two Gold AVA Digital Awards for work completed last year. Of the 2,500 entries this year, entered from 18 countries, only 14% percent of those received a Platinum, and just around 20% the Gold Award.

OC is able to add these 2017 AVAs to their first AVA Platinum award received in early 2016.  There is no trophy case in their office, and you won’t hear them bragging about these awards anytime soon, but Creative Director and President, Brian Oster says, “It is encouraging and humbling to be recognized from others outside your circle of influence.  These awards came from an international association and they were based solely on merit and quality!  This is a great confidence boost for our creative team and reminder to continue pushing our limits.”

OC Creative received a PLATINUM in the category of ‘Motion Graphics Product’ for their Fellowes video: Why Purify the Air? – AeroMax Professional; a GOLD in the category of ‘Nonprofit’ for their video mythbusting work on: Sycamore Library’s Top 5 Myths; and a second GOLD in the Product Marketing category for book trailer: Top Fuel for Life.  Watch the videos on OC’s website at

The AVAs are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an international organization of several thousand marketing, communication, and advertising professionals.  The awards themselves are a “competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design, and production of digital communication.”  Learn more at


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 17, 2017

KishHealth Physician Group Welcomes Kimberly Ann Bauer, MD

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DeKALB, Ill. – KishHealth Physician Group, part of Northwestern Medicine, welcomes dermatologist Kimberly Ann Bauer, MD. Dr. Bauer is welcoming new patients at the Physician Group office located at 1850 Gateway Drive, Sycamore.

“I am excited to be joining the KishHealth Physician Group to provide high quality medical dermatology care to patients in the greater DeKalb area. My practice focuses mainly on medical dermatology with specific clinical interests in skin cancer screenings and treatment, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and acne.”

Dr. Bauer received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her graduate medical education at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Internal Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. She also completed graduate work in Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Bauer is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Chicago Dermatological Society and the American Medical Association. She has been practicing in the Chicago suburbs since 2012 and specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology.

To make an appointment with Dr. Bauer in Sycamore, please call 815.758.8671. To learn more about KishHealth Physician Group providers, locations, and specialties please visit or


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 15, 2017

Huskie Fans –

First let me start by thanking those of you who made the trek to Cleveland!  What an incredible week it was.

  • A win against Ohio in the quarterfinals by 1 when we were down by 22
  • a 28 point win in the semi-finals against Western Michigan
  • leading us to a chance to play in the championship against Toledo on Saturday, an 11 point heartbreaking loss.

It’s always hard to lose in the championship when you’ve fought so hard to get there, but I couldn’t be prouder of this group and their fight.

Because of the accomplishments of this group throughout the season, we were selected to participate in the WNIT post season tournament.  Another huge milestone for the program.

We will take on South Dakota State in Brookings, SD on Thursday March 16th at 7:00 pm — Bill Baker will have the call on WLBK.

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Because of all the excitement surrounding the program this season and the buzz of post season play, we are going to move the final Coffee with Carlsen scheduled for next week to April 23rd, which will also be our end of the season reception with the team and their families.  With so much to celebrate, we would love for you all to join us that afternoon at Faranda’s at 4:00.  There will be more details to follow, but we will NOT have Coffee with Carlsen on Tuesday March 21st.

Thank you all so much for your support throughout the season.  We hope to continue to play some more basketball for the next couple weeks!

Go Huskies!



Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 15, 2017

Northern Rehab Physical Therapists Attend 3 Day Course

DEKALB – Todd Vanatta and Liza Piper, Physical Therapists at Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, recently attended a course in Milwaukee, WI on FMT Foundations. This 3 day course focused on learning current literature and evidence for screening for emergent issues, urgent and otherwise throughout the spinal region. In the course they worked on advanced palpation skills and clinical reasoning and decision making, and developing reliable diagnostic methods. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and determine the appropriateness for physical therapy and screen for risks that would need further evaluation from your physician.

Todd and Liza work at Northern Rehab’s Genoa location. They approach each case on an individual basis, assessing the person as a whole to find all of the contributing factors to restore full, efficient function. They will use a combination of advanced manual therapy techniques, re-education to the effected muscles, and exercise. Todd and Liza treat all orthopedic cases and are accepting new patients. To make an appointment, or for any questions, please contact Northern Rehab at 815.784.6417.

A privately owned local business and voted Best Physical Therapists five years in a row, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists has built a solid reputation and strong relationships within the communities it serves. Northern Rehab strives to treat patients in a professional, yet fun and friendly atmosphere providing quality, skilled hands-on physical and massage therapy with an emphasis on one-on-one physical therapy care provided by the therapist. For more information about Northern Rehab or to schedule an appointment with Todd or Liza, please visit or call 815.784.6417. Additionally, you may find Northern Rehab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus.

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | March 10, 2017

Community News-Massage Therapist Hannah Bergman Joins Northern Rehab

DEKALB– Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists is pleased to welcome Massage Therapist Hannah Bergman to their practice.  Hannah graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Kishwaukee College in August of 2016. She is also a Certified Athletic Trainer having graduated from Northern Illinois University in May of 2011. She specializes in a variety of massage techniques including various depths and intensities of Swedish massage focusing on the needs and requests of each client. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients from athletes and weekend-warriors to get them back to their full potential to elderly clients and everyone in between.

Hannah will be providing massage therapy in our Genoa clinic on Wednesdays and our DeKalb Resource Parkway clinic on Thursdays. Available appointment times are between 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please contact Northern Rehab at 815.756.8524 to schedule your appointment today!Hannah 2017-Head Shot.jpg

A privately owned local business and voted Best Physical Therapists five years in a row, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists has built a solid reputation and strong relationships within the communities it serves. Northern Rehab strives to treat patients in a professional, yet fun and friendly atmosphere providing quality, skilled hands-on physical and massage therapy with an emphasis on one-on-one physical therapy care provided by the therapist. For more information about Northern Rehab or to schedule an appointment with Hannah, please visit or call 815.756.2369. Additionally, you may find Northern Rehab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus.


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