- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
Skate With Santa at Carlson Ice Arena Dec. 18
Rockford Park District’s Carlson Ice Arena will host a Skate With Santa public ice skating session from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. The family-friendly fun will include free skating lessons, prize drawings, pictures taken with Santa ($2 per photo), and holiday music by a DJ. Admission, including skate rental, is $5; children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. (Discount coupons not accepted for this event.) Adapted equipment is available for skaters with disabilities.
Sapora Playworld becomes Gingerbread World — Santa’s Workshop from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, where children ages newborn to 12 can play all afternoon exploring the lighted winter wonderland, joining in holiday games and crafts, decorating cookies, and have pictures taken with Santa ($2 per photo). Dress in your best elf costume and be entered to win a grand prize. The three-story indoor playground is inside Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Admission is $5 for children ages 3-12, $2 for ages 1-2. (Discount coupons not accepted for this event.)
Special Skate ’N Play offer — attend both the skating and Playworld special events Dec. 18 for $7 per person.
Visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or call Carlson Ice Arena at (815) 969-4069 or Sapora Playworld at (815) 969-4082. For details about accessibility for people with disabilities, call (815) 987-8800.
From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue