River District announces upcoming events

‘Business Basics’ forum June 21

River District Association, the City of Rockford, and EDGE will host an entrepreneur forum about “Business Basics” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21. The event is free and open to the public.

A panel of experts from the legal, accounting, insurance and banking fields will offer free advice to attendees. The educational forum is good for anyone considering opening a business and any new business owner. Get some free advice “before the meter starts running.”

The event will be at EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave., inside the auditorium. Panelists include Aaron Brooks (Holmstrom & Kennedy), Ed Geeser (US Bank), Tom Etier (Keystone Insurance), Sandy Trotter (Accurate Accounting and Payroll).

For information, call EDGE at (815) 316-6367.

Neighborhood clean-up June 29

The River District Association, Centre Events, and City of Gardens “Team Up to Clean Up,” Friday, June 29. Anyone can participate in this neighborhood trash pickup. Downtown businesses are urged to let their employees take a long lunch break and help pick up trash for a while. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Anyone who would like to volunteer should RSVP to the River District office, (815) 964-6221. The official start time is noon, but volunteers can check in any time between noon and 2 p.m. if they can’t start right at noon. They will be grouped into teams to cover various sections of downtown. Check-in location is in the 100 block of the South Main Street pedestrian mall. Rain date is July 6.

Farmers’ market open through October

St. James Church annex parking lot, corner of North First Street and Prairie Street, will be home to a farmer’s market through October. The event is free, but items will be for sale.

The market features seasonal produce, flowering plants and vegetable plants. The market is open every Tuesday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For information about selling produce, arts and crafts, fresh baked goods or plants, call Jake at (815) 262-9761. Vendor fees are $50 for the season Tuesday or Saturday, or $100 for both Tuesday and Saturday. Booth space is about two parking spaces. The first Tuesday of each month will be open to vendors who don’t participate on a weekly basis for one or both days. To set up they will be asked to give a free-will offering to St. James Catholic Church (a one-time offer).

Heart of Rockford nominations accepted

The 21st Annual Heart of Rockford Awards & Dinner is set for 5-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Rockford Woman’s Club & Rockford Theatre, 323 Park Ave. Cost for the dinner and program is $40 per person for River District members or groups of eight or more, or $45 each for non-members. Tickets can be ordered by phone, (815) 964-6221; e-mail, Kim@RiverDistrict.com; or in the office at 127 N. Wyman St., second floor. Cash, check, money order, VISA or MasterCard accepted. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 4.

The Heart of Rockford Awards program recognizes outstanding personal and financial investment in the heart of the city. For the past 20 years, there have been 172 recipients of the awards that represents tens of millions of dollars of investment in Rockford’s central city.

Nominations are being accepted. Request a nomination form and submit nominations to River District Association, 127 N. Wyman St., second floor, Rockford, IL 61101 (e-mail: kim@riverdistrict.com). Nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, July 16.

Award categories are New Business, Commercial Renovation or New Construction, Residential Renovation or New Construction, Historic Preservation, Festival or Special Event, Commitment by an Individual, Commitment by a Business. Projects and events must have been completed or occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006. Commitment nominations can showcase the person or business over a period of years.

Nominees must be in or near the River District neighborhood. Recipients of the awards are selected by a jury consisting of past award winners and professionals in related fields.

from the June 20-27, 2007, issue

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