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Burpee Museum of Natural History 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m., Sun. $5/$4/free/Wed. free. Info: 815-965-3433.
Discovery Center Museum 711 N. Main St. Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5/$4. Featuring Get the Message: An Interactive Exhibit Focusing on the History of Communication thru Sept. 9. Info: 815-963-6769.
Tinker Swiss Cottage 411 Kent St. Tours 1, 2, 3 p.m., Tues.-Fri. & Sun. $5/$4. Info: 815-964-2424.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S. Main St. Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4, children 16 and younger free. Info: 815-965-8146.
Anderson Japanese Gardens 318 Spring Creek Road. Info: 815-229-9390.
Memorial Hall 211 N. Main St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues., Thurs.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed. Info: 815-969-1999.
Camp Grant 1004 Samuelson Road. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Restaurant on premises. Info: 815-395-0679.
Lewis Lemon Community Center 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free. Info: 815-987-8800.
Ethnic Heritage Museum 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. $3 adults/$1 children 12 & younger. Members free. Featuring musical instruments from Italian history. Info: 815-962-7402.
Pine Tree Pistol Club Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
Sinnissippi Greenhouse Sinnissippi Park. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info: 815-987-8800.
Graham-Ginestra House Museum 1115 S. Main St. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. $3/$1. Info: 815-968-6044.
Midway Village Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. $5/$3. Info: 815-397-9112.
Stone Quarry Recreation Park 6845 N. German Church Road, Byron. Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-8 p.m. Info: 815-234-8900.
Positive Image Church Basic Life Skills Programs w/Reading/Math/Spiritual Counseling/Cooking/Operation Pride/Project X Positive Image Church, 1408 Elm St. Time & date according to sign-up. Free. Info: 815-963-5747.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups OSF St. Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.
Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.
Alcoholics Anonymous Call for locations/times/info: 815-558-4582, 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
Support for Retired Grievers Zion Lutheran Church. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed. Call for dates/info: 815-636-4750.
Overeaters Anonymous Various locations/dates. Call for prices/info: 815-397-8512 or 815-547-5932.
Rockford Public Library Used Book Shop Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Public Skating Riverview Ice House. $2/hour. Call for times/info: 815-963-RINK.
Ken-Rock Community Center 3218 11th St. Various activities throughout the year. Info: 815-398-8864.
Womanspace 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Various activities throughout the year. Info: 815-877-0118.
Heritage Farm Museum 8059 N. River Road, Byron. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 2-6 p.m. Free. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 217.
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum 5151 Orth Road. Free. Open Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-547-3115.
Squirrel Hunting Lessons Byron Forest Preserve, Jarrett Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. By appointment only. Ages 12-21. $25. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 217.
Rock River Valley Blood Center 419 N. Sixth St. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Info: 815-965-8751 or toll-free, 866-889-9037.
Kishwaukee Valley A.B.A.T.E. meeting V.F.W., 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. Info: 815-544-3088.
Open Doors Court Street United Methodist Church Chapel, 215 N. Court St. 12:30-1 p.m. Every Wed. Enter north end. Info: 815-962-6061.
Historic Auto Attractions 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10/adults, $8/seniors, $6/kids 6-15. Info: 815-389-9999.
Angelic Organics Learning Center 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year. Info: 815-389-8455,
Byron Museum of History 106 N. Union St., Byron. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-234-5031.
The Bridge Center of Rockford 4861 American Road. Games & classes for beginners through experts. JumpStart orientation/tutoring most Mon. Intermediate/Novice games Mon., Wed., Fri. Info: 815-873-9334.
Prairie Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market St. James Church, corner of North First & Prairie Street. Free. Tues. & Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thru Oct. 27.
A Ministry of Restoration Bible Study Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago. 5:30 p.m. Every Thurs. Prayer every Tues. 6:30 p.m. For prayer or info: 815-966-6322.
Free Yoga Class Pranayama Yoga Studio, 517 E. State St. New students can attend one class per teacher for free. Current students attend free with friend who is new. Thru Aug. 31. Info: 815-968-9642.
Fresh Produce Stand Illinois Machine Shed Restaurant, 7475 E. State St. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Info: 815-229-3276.
Plant-A-Row Extra Garden Produce Drop-Off U of I Extension, 4311 W. State St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and Rock River Valley Pantry, 1080 Short Elm St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Info: 815-986-4357.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Weekly Preschool Storytime Cherry Valley Public Library. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Every Wed. Info: 815-332-5161.
Support for Retired Grievers Zion Lutheran Church. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed. Call for schedule/info: 815-636-4750.
Guest Bartender for Charity Brio Restaurant, Wine Bar and Patio. Every Wed. night. Info: 815-968-9463.
Tarot By Annie Paragon On State. Every Wed. Call for times/prices/info: 815-963-1660.
Cooking Class Machine Shed, 7475 E. State St. 2 p.m. Every Third Wed. Info: 815-229-3276.
Group Hope depression support The Crash Collision Center, 4141 Morsay Drive. 7-8:30 p.m. Every Wed. Info: 815-636-5001.
Cruisers and Walkers Storytime Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Children younger than 2. Every Wed. 9:30-10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m. Registration required. Info: 815-965-7606, option 5.
Storytime for All Ages Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 Jefferson St. Every Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Farmers Market The Shops of Edgebrook parking lot, 1639 N. Alpine Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Wed. thru Oct. 31. Info: 815-226-0212.
Hot Dog Wednesdays Rock River Valley Blood Center, 419 N. Sixth St. and 3065 N. Perryville Road. Sixth Street hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Perryville hours, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Every Wed., thru Aug. 29. Info: 815-965-8751.
Bingo Baltic Star Lodge, 1524 Ninth St. Doors open 9 a.m., first bingo 11:45 a.m. Every Wed. Info: 815-965-8132.
Mayors Business Luncheon Giovannis, 610 N. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m. Chamber members $35/non-members $55/tables of 10 also available. Registration/info: 815-963-8123.
Discussion: The Vibhuti Pada of the Yoga Sutras Pranayama Yoga Studio, 517 E. State St. 7:30 p.m. $10. Info: 815-968-9642.
Thursday, Aug. 30
Comedy Night Chubby Rain House of Tunes, 4210 Countryside Estates Drive, Poplar Grove. 9-11:30 p.m. Every Thurs. Info: 815-765-1884.
Swing Dancing St. Edward Church, 3004 11th St. 8:30-10:30 p.m. $3. Weekly. Info: 815-914-7441.
Group Hope depression support Camelot Towerninth floor, 1415 E. State St. 6:15-7:45 p.m. Every Thurs. Info: 815-636-5001.
Drop-In Storytimes Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. Every Thurs. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606, option 1.
Drop-In Storytimes Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Every Thurs. 10:15
-11 a.m. Ages 3-12. Info: 815-965-7606, option 1.
Drop-In Storytimes Rockford Public Library, Northeast Branch, 320 N. Alpine Road. Every Thurs., 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606, option 1.
Group Hope depression support Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Fifth St., Oregon. 6:30-8 p.m. Every second and fourth Thurs. Info: 815-636-5001.
Support for Grief After Suicide Zion Lutheran Church. 7 p.m. Free. Every other Thurs. Call for schedule/info: 815-636-4750.
Lunchtime Storytime Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon. Every Thurs. Info: 815-965-7606.
Group Hope depression support Womens Resource Center, 105 Normal Road, DeKalb. 6-8 p.m. Every second and fourth Thurs. Info: 815-636-5001.
Shall We Dance Ballroom Dance Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Every Thurs. Info: 815-625-1721.
Webelo Naturalist Badge Workshop Byron Forest Preserve Jarrett Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. 6-8 p.m. $5. Registration/info: 815-234-8535.
Friday, Aug. 31
Drop-In Storytimes Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Every Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606, option 4.
Group Hope depression support 12432 Harbor Oaks Drive, Machesney Park. 6:30-8 p.m. Every first and third Fri. Info: 815-636-5001.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Perryville Farmers Market Perryville Road & Mill Road, south of East State Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Sat. thru mid-September. Info: 815-229-3000.
Natures Bounty Farmers Market Sunshine Park, Blackhawk Drive & Peru Street, Byron. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays thru Sept. 29. Info: 815-234-5500.
3-D Archery Shoot Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, corner of Sweeney & Gristmill roads, Rochelle. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 adults/$5 youth. Second round same day, half price. Info: 815-562-5932.
Family Farm Overnight Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 11 a.m., Sat.; noon, Sun. $100 first two people in family, $25 each additional. Registration/info: 815-389-8455.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Good God Questions Zion Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave. 9:15 a.m. Every Sun. Free. Info: 815-964-4609.
3-D Archery Shoot Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, corner of Sweeney & Gristmill roads, Rochelle. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 adults/$5 youth. Second round same day, half price. Info: 815-562-5932.
Car Show Byron Forest Preserve Prairie Stage, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: 815-234-8535.
Monday, Sept. 3
Group Hope depression support Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State St. 6:30-8 p.m. Every Mon. Info: 815-636-5001.
Starlight Storytimes Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. Every Mon. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606, option 1.
Mature Mondays: Live Jazz, Soul & Comedy JTs Bourbon Street Grille, 1407 N. Main St. 7 p.m.-midnight. Every Mon. $8. Reservations/info: 815-636-9374.
Pub Quiz Krypto Music Lounge, 308 W. State St. 5-8 p.m. Every Mon. Info: 815-965-0931.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Cribbage Borders, 199 Deane Drive. 6:45 p.m. Free. Every Tues. Info: 815-397-7192.
Goodnews Addiction Program First Assembly of God, 5950 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. Free. Every Tues. Info: 815-877-8000.
Group Hope depression support Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere. 5:45-7:15 p.m. Every second and fourth Tues. Info: 815-636-5001.
NAMI Support Group Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St. 7 p.m. Every Third Tues. Info: 815-332-4744.
Starlight Storytimes Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. and Northeast Branch, 320 N. Alpine Road. Every Tues. 6:30-7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606, option 4.
Group Hope depression support Grace Episcopal Church, 10 S. Cherry St., Freeport. 7-8:30 p.m. Every first and third Tues. Info: 815-235-6171.
Speed Dating Paragon, 205 W. State St. Every first and third Tues. 7:30 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door. Info: 815-621-3786.
from the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007, issue