Huskie Spring Showcase, Egg Hunt and More – Shaw Local

1. Huskie Football Spring Showcase Saturday, April 16 at Huskie Stadium, 1425 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb

Huskie fans return to Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium this holiday weekend to celebrate the Spring Showcase, followed by the Victor E. Huskie Egg Hunt and autographs.

Entertainment and parking are free and open to everyone.

The soccer team returns to the field for its final practice of the 2022 spring season at 10 a.m., with almost half of the practice in 11-on-11 situational and scrimmage periods, preceded by warm-ups and exercises.

Fans 13 and under will have the chance to egg hunt with the Huskies on the field. Hunters will participate with different age groups and then have the chance to have the 2022 NIU Football Calendar Poster signed by their favorite players. Other activities include a coloring station, inflatables and NIU games.

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2. Check out a documentary about monarch butterflies at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb

The Egyptian will host the screening of the documentary film “Plants, Pollinators & Prayers” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring a local look at the decline of monarch butterflies on the Midwestern prairie.

The documentary was shot entirely in Sycamore by Northern Illinois University professor and filmmaker Randy Caspersen, with assistance from NIU graduate students. It follows a gardener, educator and pastor as they transform the backyard of a rural church into a sanctuary for pollinating animals, an educational garden for the community and a sacred space for spiritual contemplation.

3. Join a local bike ride and hiking trails through DeKalb with Outdoor Adventures from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

Join this group from Northern Illinois University for the chance to bike around the DeKalb area and experience local bike trails.

The ride will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ralph McKinzie Field on Stadium Drive in DeKalb.

You don’t have a bike but you want to register? Email the group at [email protected] to reserve a bike as quantities are limited. All ages are welcome, although the group does not have children’s bikes for rent.

Registration is $5 per NIU student, $7 per non-student. Registration must be completed by Tuesday noon.

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4. Egg Hunt in the (rescheduled) Teen Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb

This event has been postponed from April 13 due to extreme weather conditions. Ages 11-17 are invited to invite their friends over and spend the evening in the park hunting for hundreds of glow-in-the-dark eggs filled with candy and prizes.

Participants must gather at Hopkins Park by 8 p.m.

Prior registration is required. Rates for a team of four include $18 for residents and $23 for non-residents. Individual fares are $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents.

For more information and to register, go to

5. Share your story at Poetry Open Mic: “Let Your Voice Be Heard” event from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at NIU’s Center for Latino Center, 515 Garden Road in DeKalb.

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies presents Poetry Open Mic: “Let Your Voice Be Heard”.

Sponsored by the Latino Resource Center.

Coaching and performance animation by Four Poets, One Mic.

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Helen L. Cuellar