Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012
Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Ages 12 and older. Open at 7 p.m., Oct. 19-21, 26-28, 30-31. $13. Info: 815-758-1215.
Curran’s Apple Orchard – 6385 Kilburn Ave. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until first weekend in December. Info: 815-963-7848.
Edwards Apple Orchard – 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from Labor Day to end of October, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in November, closing the weekend of Thanksgiving. Info: 815-765-2234.
Edwards Apple Orchard West – 8218 Cemetery Road, Winnebago. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from Labor Day to end of October, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in November, closing the weekend of Thanksgiving. Info: 815-963-2261.
Fear Asylum Haunted House – Belvidere Park District (William Grady Pool), 916 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. Ages 13 and older. 7-11 p.m., Fri. Sat. and Halloween; and 7-10 p.m., Sun. Thurs., Sept. 28, Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 24-31. $10/$15. Info: 815-965-6772.
Fright Factory – 1405 Riverside St., Janesville, Wis. Ages 13 and older. 7-10:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat.; 7-9:30 p.mk., Thurs., Oct. 25 and Sun., Oct. 28; Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 25-28. $13 or $18 Fright Pass (go to front of line). Info: 608-754-5879.
Hopper’s Haunted House – 11576 Route 2, Rockford. 7p.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat; and 7-10 p.m., Sun.-Thurs., Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-21, 24-31. $10. Info: 815-871-7334.
The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Illinois Rt. 173, Caledonia. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in Sept. and 9 am-.7 p.m. in Oct. Admission to grounds, petting zoo and barn is free Mon.-Fri.; $3 per person and free for children 2 and younger and adults 65 and older, Sat. and Sun. Additional fee for rides & attractions. Info: 815-765-2587.
Screamatorium Haunted House – Screamatorium Haunted House, Arte Verde Garden Center, 15630 Ill. Route 76, Poplar Grove. Ages 13 and older. 7-11 p.m., Fri., Sat. and Halloween; 7-10 p.m., Sun.-Thurs., Sept. 28, Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 24-31. $10/$15. Info: 815-965-6772.
Adventure Club – Jarrett Center, Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Ages 3-6. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318 Spring Creek Road. Open May 1-Oct. 31. Info: 815-229-9390.
Angelic Organics Learning Center – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year. Info: 815-389-8455.
Becca’s Closet – Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Accepting donations of gently-used formal wear. Donations accepted Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon at Christ Lutheran Church, 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park; Harlem Roscoe Fire Station, 10544 Main St., Roscoe, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, Mon.-Thurs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Park Road, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. & Sat., l8 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Road, Rockford, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. & Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 815-962-4279.
Beckman Mill Park – 11600 S. County Road H, off Highway 81. Tours 1-4 p.m. Corn grinding demonstrations, see the blacksmith shop, creamery & visitor center. Info: 608-751-1551.
Boy Scouts of America – Camping opportunities at Crystal Lake Scout Reservation. Info: 715-490-2241.
The Bridge Center of Rockford – 4861 American Road. Games & classes for beginners through experts. Info: 815-873-9334.
Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $9 children 4-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits. Info: 815-965-3433.
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.
Edgar Cayce (ARE) Group – Meets every other Tuesday. Address: Call for info: 815-234-2394.
Camp Grant – 1004 Samuelson Road. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Restaurant on premises. Info: 815-395-0679.
Club Round: A Clubhouse for Round People – 7120 Windsor Lake Pkwy., Suite 202, Loves Park. Various activities throughout the year. Info: 815-639-0312.
CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. CoCo’s Book Drive will be extended thru the summer. Every Wed., guests can receive $3 off admission with donation of a new or gently-used book. Books will be donated to Friends of the Rockford Public Library.
John Deere Historic Site – 8334 Clinton St., Grand Detour, Dixon. Gates open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5 for ages 12 and older. Info: 815-652-4551.
Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7 adults, $7 children, free to members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $3 individual, $5 family. Irish Gallery salutes the Mulligan Guards, thru October. Now thru November: Italian Gallery presents “Wandering through Memory Lane” – historic glimpses of south Rockford. Info: 815-962-7402.
FitMe Wellness – Next to Hilander, Spring Creek & Mulford roads. New program to support our schools. For each new, recurring membership sold before Sept. 30, 2012, FitMe Wellness will donate $10 to the Parent-Teacher Organization of the school of the new member’s choice. For any teacher or school employee who joins, the donation to the PTO of his or her choice will be doubled to $20. Info: 815-904-6000.
Freeport Park District – 1122 S. Burchard, Freeport. Info: 815-235-6114.
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center – U.S. 20, east of Freeport. Expo: ‘Good Old Summertime” thru Labor Day. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Graham-Ginestra House Museum – 1115 S. Main St. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Info: 815-968-6044.
Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – St. Edward Church, 3004 11th St. 6:15-7:45 p.m. Every Friday. Info: 815-398-9628.
Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone? – Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 Macintosh Lane. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free amplified phone program. Must be Illinois resident and have standard phone service. Application/info: 815-332-6800.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 2821 Bell School Road, Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, line dancing and support group. Info: 815-395-5649 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.
Heritage Farm Museum – 8059 N. River Road, Byron. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 217.
Historic Auto Attractions – 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 815-389-7917 or www.historicautoattractions.com.
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off – Rock River Water Reclamation District, 3333 Kishwaukee St. Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Intermediate Writing/Publishing Class – Meets every Mon. Call for information. Info: 224-343-0384.
Introduction to Card-Making/Stamping – Meets every Thurs. Call for information. Info: 224-343-0384.
Jarrett Center – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Junior StreetHogs Arena – Booker Washington Community Center, 524 Kent St. Outreach street hockey program for youth. Info: 815-969-4072.
Ken-Rock Community Center – 3218 11th St. Various activities throughout the year. Info: 815-398-8864.
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.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden – 2715 S. Main St. Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $6 adults, $3 seniors & students, children younger than 3 and Klehm members, free. Donation Day is first Tuesday of each month. Admission free, donations of any amount welcome. Info: 815-965-8146.
Lazy Dog Yoga Studio – 5428 Williams Drive, Roscoe. $10 per drop-in class or 6 classes for $50. Kundalini Yoga every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Info: 970-485-0249.
Lena Community Park District – Splashland Pool, 1-8 p.m. all summer. Splashland Food Court, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mini Golf, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1-8 p.m. Water Polo, Mon. & Wed., 8-9:15 p.m. Info: 815-369-5351.
Lewis Lemon Community Center – 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free. Info: 815-987-8800.
LifeHOUSE The Atrium – Monthly support group for individuals and families dealing with dementia. Meets every second Tuesday of the month at noon. Info: Patti Lizer at 815-876-7536.
Little Cubs Field – 1160 W. Empire St., Freeport. Website accepts reservations for birthday parties, corporate events, reunions, family gatherings. Visit www.littlecubsfield.com.
Logan Museum of Anthropology – 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Info: 608-363-2677.
Memorial Hall – 211 N. Main St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Fri., or by appointment. Info: 815-969-1999.
Midway Village – 6799 Guilford Road. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Info: 815-397-9112.
Midwest Museum of Natural History – 425 W. State St., Sycamore. Admission $6, adults, $5 kids and seniors. Safari Sprouts 4th Wednesday of each month. Info: 815-895-9777.
Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-964-5959 or 888-656-7329.
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens – 1354 N. Second St. Open Tues.-Sat. (closed Mon.): hours vary, check website or call. Admission: $6 resident, $8 non-resident, free for children 4 and younger. Water features, seating areas and sculptures, all in a tropical plant setting. Changing seasonal floral displays, special events, educational programs, workshops, lecture series. Rentals of meeting/event room available. Gift shop. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg or 815-987-8858. Info: 815-987-8858.
Northern Illinois Medical Group – 5301 E. State St. Qigong classes offered at various times, based on demand and class progression. Info: 815-397-8500.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W.– Every Thursday at Byron Public Library, Route 2. 12-step study group – 5:30-6 p.m. Regular group meets 6-7:30 p.m. Info: 815-734-4662.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove. Open weekdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-547-3115.
Ray of Hope: Support After Suicide – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4700 Augustana Drive. Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. For registration: 815-636-4750.
Rock River Valley Blood Center – 419 N. Sixth St. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., 7-11 a.m. Belvidere Donor Center – 1740 S. State St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7-11 a.m. Freeport Donor Center – 461 E. South St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7- 11 a.m. Perryville Donor Center – 3065 N. Perryville Road. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Special offer: Thru Sept. 1, area blood donors will receive a coupon for a free Cherry Berry Chiller from participating McDonald’s. “Hot Dog Wednesdays” and Ice Cold Slushies at donor centers. Anyone who donates blood at a local blood center or mobile blood drive location is eligible. Info: 815-965-8751 or 866-889-9037 or www.rrvbc.org.
ROCK Swim and Fitness – 3800 E. State St. Zumba classes, 6-7 a.m. Wednesdays. Age 14 and older. $5 drop-in fee for non-members. Info: 815-381-0765.
Rock Valley Ski Association – Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail. Meets second Tues. of each month. Info: www.SkiRockford.org.
Rockford Park District: “Trolley to the Tropics” – a special discount for Trolley Car 36 and a tour of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Purchase tour packages at the Trolley Station, 324 N. Madison St. every Thurs. thru August. Cost: $6 (residents), $7 (non-residents), $4 (students age 18 and younger); ages 4 and younger, free. Info: 815-987-1685.
Rockford Public Library Hours – Main Library open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rock River and Montague branches open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rockton Centre Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lewis Lemon Branch open Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. All library locations closed Sundays.
Rockford Public Library Used Book Shop – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Mon.-Wed., noon-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Rockton Farmers’ Market – Rockton United Methodist Church, 102 Chapel St., Rockton. Every Wednesday, thru Oct. 24, 4-7 p.m.
Rockton Township Historical Society Museum – Corner of Blackhawk Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton. Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-624-8200 or 815-629-2210.
Singles Organization Across Rockford (formerly STAR) – Volleyball/Game Nights, 7-10 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park. Second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Cost: $4 or $2 with a snack to share. Info: 815-563-4309, 815-636-9880 or go to www.singlesinrockford.org.
Spectrum of Rockford – Harmony Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, 6625 N. Second St., Loves Park. Various LGBTQA groups. Info: 815-639-0312.
Stephenson County Museum – 1440 S. Carroll Ave., Freeport. Admission: $4 adults, $2 children up to age 12. Info: 815-975-7631.
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.
Stretch & Belly Dance Combo Beginners’ Class – Club Round, 7120 Windsor Lake Parkway. 7:30-9 p.m. Classes every Mon., Wed. & Fri. Registration/info: 815-639-0300.
Summerfield Zoo – 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. Admission: $5 per person. Open weekends and selected Wednesdays. Info: 815-547-4852.
Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours – Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.
Support for Retired Grievers – Zion Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed. Call for dates/info: 815-636-4750.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. New program: Blue Star Museums, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Info: 815-964-2424.
Toddler Time – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Every Mon. and Tues. Free. Info: 815-399-3171.
Trolley and Forest City Queen Rides – Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St. Available thru the summer with Rockford Park District. New this season: Rent a bike, in partnership with Paddle & Trail. Single or tandem bikes: $10/hr., $25/half day, $50/day. Info: 815-987-8824.
Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove. Now exhibiting: 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit. Info: 815-547-3115.
Volcano Falls Adventure Park – 7602 Rock Valley Parkway. Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-8p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. After Labor Day, Mon.-Fri., 3-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun., as listed. Info: 815-282-2100.
Windsor Lake Regional Activity Center – 7212 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. Rockford Park District and Paddle and Trail of Loves Park. Now offering: Mad Anglers Fishing Club, Windsor Lake Fishing League, Paddlesport instruction and rental, RAC memberships through Paddle and Trail, group and corporate outings, boat storage, special women’s and youth programs. Info: 855-752-92688 or www.paddleandtrail.com.
Winnebago County Animal Services – 4517 N. Main St. Golden Whiskers adoption program spotlights cats and dogs 7 years old or more. Any qualified adopter 18 years or older can adopt a senior cat for $20 or dog for $55 – half off regular adoption fee. Info: 815-319-4100 or www.wcasrock.org.
Womanspace – 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Yoga every Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m. $40/four classes or $12/class. Basic Hatha Yoga. Other activities throughout the year. Info: 815-877-0118.
YMCA of Rock River Valley – I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., 815-489-1252. Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. 815-489-3352.
Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.
Registration for Rockford Park District Youth Indoor Volleyball – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Sessions begin Sept. 16 and Oct. 28 for ages 5-8. Fee: $40/person ($50 non-resident). Ages 8-11, sessions begin Sept. 21 and Oct. 26. Ages 11-14, Sept. 21 and Oct. 26. Fee: $65/person ($75 non-resident). Sessions also offered in January and February for ages 8-11. Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for Rockford Park District After School Ice Skating – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford. Dates: Sept. 6-May 30, 2013. Fee: $3/person. Info: 815-969-4069.
Registration for Freeport Park District Programs – Martial Arts at the Freeport Park District: Little Rippers, Aug. 29-Sept. 5, ages 5-15. Info: 815-235-6114, ext. 109.
Registration for Daytime and Evening Adult Grief Support Groups – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Each group meets for seven weeks. Register at 608-363-7421 or 877-363-7421. No fee, but advance registration is required.
Registration for NFL Flag Football – Carlson Ice Arena, Perryville and Riverside, Loves Park. Date: Aug. 31, 6-7 p.m. For players ages 5-8 and 9-11. Registration fee for new players is $85 ($90 non-resident); for returning players from 2012 summer season, fee is $50 ($55 non-resident). Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click Register Now), by fax (with credit card), by mail and at both Park District Customer Service locations.
Registration for Lost Nation Golf Club Event Benefit – Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, Rockford and Rockvale Children’s Home,Rockford at 6931S. Lost Nation Road, Dixon. Date: Aug. 31, 10 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $75 includes dinner; hole sponsorships available at $100 each. Info: 815-652-4212.
Registration for Yoga Classes for adults or After-School Programming for kids – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Begins Sept. 5. Yoga classes will be a flowing, energetic style called Prana Yoga. Youth programs will include an animals series in September and a cooking series in October. Info/Register: 815-389-8455. Classes will coincide with weekly pick-up of fresh vegetables. Info: 815-389-2746 or www.angelicorganics.com.
Registration for BART (Bike for the Arts) – Date: Sept. 8. Choose from one of four scenic rides: 5-mile Family Fun Ride, 22-mile ride, 37-mile ride, or 65-mile ride. Riders receive a T-shirt and enjoy food and entertainment at post-ride party. Register by mail at: BART, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103; in person at Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Dance Company, Mendelssohn PAC, or Kantorei Singing Boys of Rockford; or on day of the event at Riverfront Museum Park. Info: www.BikeForTheArts.com.
Reservations for “Twilight in the Garden” – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Sept. 8, doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7.Cost: $75/person, reserved table of 8, $600. Raffle tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20. Reserve by Aug. 31. Info: 815-965-8146.
Registration for Family Farm Overnight at Angelic Organics Farm – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: 11 a.m., Sept. 1-noon, Sept. 2. Pre-register at 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for North Park Fire Department Community Blood Drive and Be The Match Marrow Registry Drive – North Park Fire Department, 600 Wood Ave., Machesney Park. Date: Sept. 4, 3-7 p.m. Must be between ages of 18-60 and in good health. Info: 815-636-3051.
Registration for Preschool Fresh Food from the Farm: Totally Tomatoes!– Angelic Organics Learning Center,1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-register at 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for “Apples: Nutritious & Delicious!” – U of I Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Sept. 5, 1-2 p.m. Growing apples and how to prevent or manage common problems. Cost: $5/person. Register by Aug. 29. Info: 815-732-2191.
Registration for Fall Bulb Wokshop – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Sept. 5, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5. Info: 815-732-2191.
Registration for “Fun at the Farm: Animals!” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 4-5:30 p.m. Pre-Register. Info: 815-3898-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.
Registration for Prana Flow Yoga – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Pre-Register. Info: 815-3898-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.
Registration for “Doing Business with the Federal Government” NIMCA Symposium – EIGERlab Auditorium, 605 Fulton Ave. Date: Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m. Open to all minority, women and veteran small business owners. Info: 815-962-3335.
Registration for Christmas Stocking Sew-in for Soldiers – Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State St. Date: Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by Sinnissippi Quilters. Bring your sewing machine or hand sewing kit. Fabric is provided. Come to sew a few hours or all day. Potluck at noon and 6 p.m. Goal is 1,500 stockings. Info: 815-742-7013 or 815-757-4660.
Registration for Golf Tournament to Benefit National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – Prairieview Golf Club, Byron, Ill. Date: Sept. 7. Open to public; $85 per golfer, includes 18 holes with cart, lunch at the turn, steak dinner banquet, door prizes, gift certificates, raffle. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Register/Info: http://golf.firehero.org/il/rockford/.
Registration for Midway Village Museum Golf Outing – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: Sept. 7. Registration begins at 11 a.m., lunch until 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start at 12:30. Info: 815-397-9112 or www.midwayvillage.com.
Registration for Classic Car Show – Central Christian Church, 6595 Guilford Road. Date: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration cost: $10 day of show. Music, kids activities, food vendors, soft drinks. Proceeds go to Carpenter’s Place. Info: 815-997-5178 or 815-963-7254.
Order Tickets for “Elmo Makes Music” – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Dates: Sept. 7-9. Tickets: $3 and $13; limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats and $60 Sunny Seats. Opening Night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $20. Facility fee of $1.50 is added. Info: 815-968-5222 or www.sesamestreetlive.com.
Registration for Bird/Plant Hike – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 7, 8-11 a.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. Free. All ages. Register by Sept. 6. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Astronomy Class: The Universe – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 7, 7-8 p.m. All ages. Free. Register by Sept. 6. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for 2012 Fatman Olympics – Kishwaukee Forest Preserve, 5757 Blackhawk Road, Cherry Valley. Date: Sept. 8, noon. Cost: $25 adults, BYOB; kids younger than 12, $10 (to participate). Provided: meats, refreshments, T-shirt while supplies last. Bring a dish to pass. Info: 815-751-7663 or 815-378-2671.
Registration for Second Annual Screw City Beer Festival – Downtown Rockford. Date: Sept. 8, 1-6 p.m. Dozens of American craft breweries. Online ticket sales end Aug. 30. Tickets available at Artale Wine Co., Kryptonite Bar and The Olympic Tavern, or online at http://www.screwcitybeerfest.com.
Registration for Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: Sept. 8. Register to walk or donate: www.OutOfTheDarkness.org.
Registration for Cheesemaking – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Pre-register. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for Junior League of Rockford Dine by Design Kitchen Tour – Dates: April 27-28, 2013. Fundraiser offers a tour of 10 kitchens. Deadline to register: Sept. 10. Info: 815-399-4518 or www.jlrockford.org.
Registration for “Nothing But Net” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – Cornerstone Christian Academy, 355 N. Cross, Sycamore. Date: Sept. 22. Free throw contest, championship game. Cost: $4 registration fee per team payable at time of registration. Early registration available if received by Sept. 8; final registration due by Sept. 18. Info: 815-895-8522 or www.cornerstonechristianacademy.com.
Reservations for Grace UMC Style Show & Luncheon – Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road, Rockford. Date: Sept. 8. Doors open 11:30 a.m., Salad Luncheon served at 12:15 p.m. Models wear clothing from CherryVale Mall’s Dress Barn. Tickets $15. Info: 815-637-4561.
Reservations for “An Evening with Clutch Cargo” – Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Sept. 8, 7-11 p.m. Cost: $45/person. Dance contest with $100 prize, raffle, door prizes. Tickets: www.sienaonbrendenwood/events or 815-399-6167.
Registration for Eighth Annual Thin Mint Sprint – Girl Scouts Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley. Date: Sept. 8. Events: 8K and Tough Cookie Trail Run are $25/person, $30 after Aug. 15. “Do the Double” is $40/person; $50 after Aug. 15. 2-mile Family Fun Walk/Run is $15/person; $20 after Aug. 15. Info: www.girlscoutsni.org.
Registration for Third Annual Rock River Sweep – Meet at Gazebo, Settler’s Park, 301 E. Main St. Rockton. Date: Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-all day. Walkers, boaters, kayakers, canoers welcome. Gloves, bags, water, snacks, insect repellent provided. Info: 815-624-7622 or www.rockriversweep.org.
Registration for Handmade Pasta – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 8, 2-5 p.m. Pre-register. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for Paranormal Investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage & Museum – 411 Kent St. Date: Sept. 8, Session I, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Session II, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. With special guests Ghost Head Soup investigators. Cost: $25 advance, or $30 at event. Info: www.hauntedrockford.com.
Registration for Cheesemaking 2: Hard Cheeses – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m. Pre-register. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for 12th Annual Grandparents Day Dinner and Awards Banquet – Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 9, 2 p.m. Tickets: $25. Mailing address: see above entry. Info: 815-243-3073.
Registration for Fish-Abled Foundation Fund-raiser – SM & SF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road. Date: Sept. 9, 4-8 p.m. Benefit for new nonprofit organization to raise money for vehicle to help the handicapped enjoy outdoor excursions. Admission $10, includes meal, 50/50 raffle, giveaways, silent auction. Fishing equipment also needed. Info: 815-289-8385.
Registration for Financial Peace University – Hope Free Church, 5656 Elevator Road, Roscoe. Date: Begins Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. Taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD. Info: 815-623-5645.
Registration for U of I Small Wind Energy Options – Freedom Field, 3333 Kishwaukee St. Date: Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $5. Pre-registration is required. Info: 815-986-4357.
Registration for Better Health 4 Life Event – Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics, 4921 E. State St. Date: Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. All professional services will be donated to Rockford Area Pregnancy Care Center. Those who make a $20 donation per person ($30 per family) will have all chiropractic and orthopedic spinal and joint conditions evaluated at no charge. Space is limited. Info: 815-398-4004.
Registration for Swing Dance Lessons at Freeport Park District – Krape Park Community Building. Sept. 11-25, 7-8:15 p.m. Register by Sept. 4; call Freeport Park District at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 or stop by the Park District office, 1122 S. Burchard. Resident fees: $22.50 /person, non-resident, $26.
Registration for U of I Extension Openfields Local Foods Dinner Series – Fieldstone Inn, 1121 W. Empire St., Freeport. Date: Sept. 11. Confirmation in process. Call U of I Extension for time and cost. Info: 815-986-4357.
Registration for IGNITE’s Lunch Outside the Box – Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Sept. 12, noon. Cost: $12 members, $15 non-members. Info: 815-316-4335.
Registration for AARP Driver Safety Course – Lifescape Community Services and Senior Expo, Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Sept.13-14. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. both days. For drivers age 50 and older. Cost: $12, AARP members, $14 non-members. Info: 815-963-1609.
Registration for Fund-raising Seminar: “From Donor Desire to Done Deal – Getting Results” – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals- Rockford Chapter. Cost: $50 for AFP and NIPGC members and guests; $75 for non-members. Register online at www.afprockford.org or call 815-490-1621.
Registration for RAMI Golf Play Day to benefit Gary S. Wilmer Memorial Scholarship Fund – Elliot Golf Course. Date: Sept. 14. $65 per golfer or $350 Gold Sponsorship or $250 Silver Sponsorship or Hole Sponsorship for $125. Deadline: Sept. 7, golfers and dinner reservations for non-golfers. Limited to first 144 golfers. Entry forms at www.ramiawards.com. Info: 815-546-3021.
Reserve Booth Space for Lifescape’s Senior Expo – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Sept. 13-14. Theme: “Fit & Fabulous!” Info: 815-490-1111 or www.lifescapeservices.org.
Registration for SPAY Illinois Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – All Paws Beauty Salon, 130 N. First St., Rockford. Date: Sept. 14,11 a.m.-4 p.m. By appointment only. Various prices; no exam fee when pets receive vaccines.Cash or credit; no personal checks. Info: 815-472-2300.
Registration for “River to Ridge Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Fun Run” – Janesville, Wis. Date: Sept.15, start at 7 a.m. at River Park in Janesville. A portion of proceeds go to Rock County Cancer Coalition. Register on race day or info: 608-754-2286, www.rivertoridgehalfmarathon.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Bikers for Local Pantries Poker Run – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. Date: Sept. 15. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. Last bike out at 1 p.m. Not a race–total of 5 stops, ends at Whiskey’s. Cost: $10/biker, $10/passenger. Non-perishable donations at the door if not riding. Benefits Gentle Shepherd Pantry and God’s Glory Pantry. Live music, food, prizes at end of event. Register by Sept. 14 at Whiskey’s.
Registration for Barrick Camp Out – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15, 6 p.m. All ages. Meet at Jarrett Center. Tents provided, or bring your own. Cost: $25 if using our tent, or $15 if using yours; at least one adult per tent. S’mores and drinks provided. Register by Sept. 13. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Critter Hunt – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15. Meet at 10 a.m. at Jarrett Center. Free. Register by Sept. 12. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Walk – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: Sept. 15. Fund-raiser starts at 8:30 a.m. Music, face-painting, activities for kids. Register/ Info: www.curesearchwalk.org/rockford.
Registration for Trip to Boerner Botanical Gardens and Milwaukee Zoo – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. Cost: $50/person, includes admission and brunch. Register by Aug. 31. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – Matthiessen State Park (just south of Starved Rock State Park on Rt. 178). Dates: Sept. 15-16. No outside food or beverages; pets must be on leash. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Bring a photo ID showing proof of age. Musical entertainment provided. Tickets: $20, includes wine glass, wristband and seven tasting tickets. General admission for those not drinking is $5. Tickets/info: www.vintageillinois.com.
Registration for Critter Hunt – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15, 10 a.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. All ages. Free. Register by Sept. 12. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Brownie badge: Bugs – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15, 1-4 p.m. For all Brownies. Register by Sept. 12. Info: 815-2w34-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Barrick Camp Out – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. All ages.Tents provided or bring your own. Cost: $25 if using our tent or $15 if using yours. Must have at least one adult per tent. S’mores and drinks provided. Register by Sept. 13. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for Shelby Palooza – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford. Date: Sept. 16, 1-8 p.m. Fund-raiser for Shelby Martin, age 10, who has a rare liver disease. Live music and magician performance. Food, 50/50/ raffle, cash bar, silent auction. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Info: 815-961-2437.
Registration for Workshop: “Rewards or Punishment–Understanding Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports” – Training for Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services, at Easter Seals Metro-politan Chicago Rockford Region, 650 N. Main St., Rockford. Date: Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m. Includes dinner. 3 CDPUs available for educators. Register by Sept. 13. Info: 866-436-7842, ext. 107. If accommodations are needed, call at least 2 weeks before training date.
Registration for Crusader Community Health’s “Fall into Fitness” 5K Run/Family Fun Walk – Fairgrounds Park Pavilion, Rockford. Date: Sept. 22, 9-11 a.m. $25 registration fee. Family Fun Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Info: www.crusaderhealth.org.
Order Fish for Pond Stocking and Restocking – Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, Pete Reiff and Logan Hollow Fish Farm will provide channel catfish, hybrid sunfish,redear sunfish, grass-eating carp, bass, bluegill, crappie, others. Date: Sept. 22. Deadline for ordering grass carp is Sept. 10; for all other fish, Sept. 17. Info: 815-562-6268.
Registration for Alzheimer’s Asso-ciation’s Rock River Walk to End Alzheimer’s – YMCA Log Lodge, Rockford, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. and Hopkins Park, DeKalb, Sept. 23. 3-mile walk. Walk Booklet/Programming Guide now available with info on Walk. Booklets at local outlets or at Rock River Branch, 93 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, online or call 800-272-3900. New this year: For each $100 a person raises, his/her name will be entered once into a drawing for a new iPad3. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk or call 815-484-1300.
Registration for 12th Annual DeKalb County RAMP Wheel-A-Thon – Downtown DeKalb and NIU campus. Date: Sept. 22, starts at 10 a.m. Lunch and awards to follow.All participants who raise a minimum of $50 will receive a T-shirt. Those who raise additional funds will be entered into a drawing for incentives from area businesses. Info: 815-756-3202 or email@example.com.
Registration for Pig & Pie in the Park Backyard BBQ Cookoff & Apple Baking Contest – Read Park, Free-port. Date: Sept. 22. Cash prizes of $1,200 for 1st-3rd place in each category. Meat check-in at 7 a.m.; judging begins at 3 p.m. Teams are asked to register by Sept. 1. Fund-raiser for Sojourn House. Admission: $5; children 8 and younger, free. Info: www.sojournhouse.com.
Reservations for Illinois Paranormal Conference – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Sept. 22, noon-6:30 p.m. Speakers, investigation teams, other vendors. Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Info: 815-871-4239 or e-mail www.hauntedrockford.com.
Reservations for Paranormal Tour of the Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St., Rockford. Date: Sept. 22, 7:30-9 p.m. Tour of 1850s home displaying immigrant heritage. Cost: $15 advance, $20 at event. Info: www.hauntedrockford.com or 815-871-4239.
Registration for Golf Hall of Fame Play Day & Induction Ceremony – Play Day at Aldeen Golf Club, Ceremony Dinner at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. Date: Sept. 24. Cost of Play Day: $100, includes dinner. Deadline to register: Sept. 14. Info: 815-987-8800.
Reservations for La Voz Latina’s 41st Annual Banquet – Cliffbreaker’s Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Sept. 28, 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets: $60/person or $600 for corporate table of 8. Also accepting items for silent auction. Info: 815-965-5784.
Reservations for Rockford Career College’s 150th Anniversary Banquet – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Social hour (cash bar), 6 p.m. Dinner (choice of Chicken Marsala or Vegetarian Lasagna, with hors d’oeuvres and dessert), 7 p.m. Celebratory program, 8 p.m. Register by Sept. 14. Info: 815-967-7321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Third Annual Stone Bridge Trail Marathon & 5K Races – Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 7 a.m. Race registration closes at 200 runners. Registration for marathon, $80 thru Oct. 5, $90 after. Registration for each 5K run is $25 thru October, $30 after. Info/Register: 815-623-5858 or www.ymcastonebridgemarathon.org.
Registration for “Master the SAT Class” by College Prep Genius – Talcott Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton. Dates: Oct. 19 (4-9:30) and 20 (9-2:30). Tuition: $179, includes DVD review. Early registration is $149 until Sept. 15. Space limited; reserve early. Info: 815-624-0970.
Vendors Needed for Holiday Craft & Gift Fair – Oregon United Methodist Church, Oregon, Ill. Date: Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $20 per table space; 6-foot and 8-foot tables available on limited basis for additional donation. Info: 815-732-2994.
YWCA of Rockford accepting Nominations for Leader Luncheon XXXIII Awards – Available at 4990 E. State St., Rockford, or download forms at www.ywca.org/rockford/leader-luncheon. Deadline: Jan. 11, 2013, 5 p.m. Info: 815-316-6126.
Get Healthy, Rockton! – Rockton Chamber of Commerce, 330 E. Main St. Northern IL Fit Club and John Sole of Sole Fitness invite Rockton to “Get Healthy” during a Team Beach Body workout every Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m Cardio conditioning, free samples of Shakeology, Results and Recovery, Energy and Endurance offered. Info: 815-200-1116.
Reservations for Salvation Army Civic Luncheon with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin – Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Sept. 18, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $35/person. Info: 815-972-1133.
Registration for Computer Classes at Ken-Rock – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Various classes offered Sept. 18-Dec. 20. Info: 815-398-8864 or kenrock.org.
Nominations Sought for La Voz Latina “Community Member of Distinction” – Deadline: Sept. 7. Selected individuals will be honord at Sept. 28 banquet. Nomination forms/Info: www.lavozlatina-rkfd.org or call 815-965-5784.
Registration for Diabetes Education Program – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10. 4-7 p.m. Cost: $40; register by Sept. 12. Class size is limited. Info: 815-732-2191.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
Alzheimer’s Association Program: “The Basics of Memory Loss” – Rock River Branch Office, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $5 includes materials. Register by Aug. 28. Info: 815-272-3900.
Alzheimer’s Association program “Train Your Brain” – Rock River Branch Office, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Aug. 29-Oct. 3, 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $30/person. Participants receive a brain stimulation activities manual and handouts for each session. Register by Aug. 28. Info: 815-272-3900.
Golf Lessons – Rockford Park District, Aldeen Golf Club,1900 Reid Farm Road. Aug. 29-Sept. 12. Seniors age 50 and older, ladies ages 18 and older. Meet Wed. and Fri. mornings. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or by mail, fax (with credit card) at Park District Customer Service locations or at Carlson Ice Arena.
Kids with Cob – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 1-4 p.m. Pre-register. Info: 815-389-8455 or learngrowconnect.org.
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. For children under 2. Build baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.
YouthBuild Rockford Graduation – Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Program of Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc. Open to the public.
Salute to Labor Fund-raiser – Deli Italia, 507 E. State St. 5-9 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance or at the door. Featuring Jim Hughes. Tickets/ Info: 815-440-0354.
DNR Hunter Education Course – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road. 6-9 p.m. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
“All Things Poultry: Breed, Raising, Nutrition, Disease and Marketing” – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6-8 p.m. Cost: $12/person or $20 for two from same homestead; $5 for children under age 18. Info: 815-732-2191.
Town Hall Meeting: “A Listening Progress Report” – Freeport Public Library. 6:30-9 p.m. All sitting county board members and board candidates are invited to sit on the panel.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Stateline FastPitch Competition Phase III – Gateway Technical College’s iMET in Sturtevant, Wis. 5:30 p.m. Info: http://eigerlab.org/events.html.
Hire Me! (4-week class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, second-floor computer room, 215 N. Wyman St. 6-8 p.m. Get help with your resume. Prerequisites: Proficient familiaruty with the mouse and Internet. Info: 815-965-7606.
Comedy Night – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 Main St. 8 p.m. Free. Info: 815-877-8007.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs. Road Warriors – RiverHawks Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 7:05 p.m. $1 Beer Night. Single-game tickets: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $20 Diamond Deck ($15 kids 12 and younger); $2 parking. $2 off for active and retired military; kids ages 3-12, age 2 and younger, free. Info: 815-885-2255.
Thursday, Aug. 30
“Beyond Ash and Maple: Tree Selection and Care” – U of I Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Open to public. Info: 815-732-2191.
FCQ Brewhouse Cruise – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. 6-8 p.m. Boat leaves the dock every 30 minutes. Cost: $2/person; snacks on board. Every Thurs. in August. Info: 815-987-8894 or 815-987-1685.
“Solarbration” (Installation of New Solar Panels) – Oregon High School Library, 210 S. 10th St., Oregon, Ill. 3:30 p.m. Focuses on class activities tied to clean energy; teachers will speak. All are welcome.
Foundations of Yoga – Womanspace Library, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cost: $60 members, $72 non-members. Six-week class. Info: 815-877-0118.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-5:45 p.m. Ages 4-10. Info: 815-965-7606.
Swing Dancing – Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. 8-10:30 p.m. Every Thurs. Info: www.forestcityswing.org.
Bilingual Thursdays Storytime (Spanish/English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St., 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.
Stepping Forward” Cancer Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St. 6:30-8 p.m. Info: 815-227-2223.
SOUNS for Infants – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6-6:45 p.m. Ages younger than 2. Infant literacy-building program. Info: 815-965-7606.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-5:45 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
A Ministry of Restoration Bible Study – Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5:30 p.m. Every Thurs. Prayer every Tues. 6:30 p.m. For prayer or info: 815-966-6322.
Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. – Byron Public Library, on Ill. Route 2. 6-7:30 p.m. every Thurs. Info: 815-547-5932.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-969-4069.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs. Road Warriors – RiverHawks Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 7:05 p.m.$1 Beer Night. Single-game tickets: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $20 Diamond Deck ($15 kids 12 and younger); $2 parking. $2 off for active and retired military; kids ages 3-12, age 2 and younger, free. Info: 815-885-2255.
Friday, Aug. 31
On the Waterfront Festival – Downtown Rockford. Features more than 80 performers on five stages, special events, food, carnival rides and children’s activities (see related article starting on page A1 for details). 5 p.m.-midnight. Wristbands $15 at gate, good for one day; free for ages 8 and younger w/paid adult. Info: onthewaterfront.com or 815-964-4388.
Lost Nation Golf Club Event Benefit – Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, Rockford and Rockvale Children’s Home,Rockford at 6931S. Lost Nation Road, Dixon. 10 a.m. shotgun start. Cost: $75 includes dinner; hole sponsorships available at $100 each. Info: 815-652-4212.
NFL Flag Football – Carlson Ice Arena, Perryville and Riverside, Loves Park. 6-7 p.m. For players ages 5-8 and 9-11. Registration fee for new players is $85 ($90 non-resident); for returning players from 2012 summer season, $50 ($55 non-resident). Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click Register Now), by fax (with credit card), by mail and at both Park District Customer Service locations.
Rockford City Market – Water Street in downtown Rockford. 3-8 p.m. every Friday before Labor Day; 3-7 p.m. every Friday after Labor Day through Oct. 12. Free. Features more than 50 vendors including local growers and vendors who sell natural products, vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and healthy snacks, as well as artisans and beer garden with live music. This week: Live music by One Less Tenor, Zumba demonstrations and activities by Severson Dells.
Grab ‘N Go Lunch Cruise – Trolley Station, Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St. Every Friday Lunch Cruise on the Forest City Queen. 11:15 a.m. 12:15 and 1 p.m. Prices: Adults $8 ($8.50 non-resident); ages 5-17, $7.50 ($8 non-resident); ages 4 and younger, $5. No reservations needed; walk-ups welcome. Specialty cruises or private rentals also available. Info: 815-987-8800.
Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – St. Edward Church, 3004 11th St. 6:15-7:45 p.m. Every Friday. Info: 815-398-9628.
Wellness for the Mind, Body & Spirit Lecture Series: Natural Health – Siena on Brendenwood, 4444 Brendenwood Road. 1:30 p.m. Ryan Hulsebus, D.C. Info: 815-399-6167.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Extra Friday session, 8-10 p.m. Info: 815-969-4069.
DNR Hunter Education Course – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road. 6-10 p.m. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 8 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Saturday, Sept. 1
On the Waterfront Festival – Downtown Rockford. Features more than 80 performers on five stages, special events, food, carnival rides and children’s activities (see related article starting on page A1 for details). 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Wristbands $15 at gate, good for one day; free for ages 8 and younger w/paid adult. Info: onthewaterfront.com or 815-964-4388.
Becca’s Closet Opens – Headquarters is Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Collecting formalwear for homecoming season thru Oct. 20. See organization listing for places and times to drop off clothing. Info: 815-962-4279.
Rockford Area Spanish Conversation Meetup – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Saturday. Info: email@example.com.
Yoga Nidra – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 9-10 a.m. Age 14 and up, females and males. Fee: $13, members $12. Learn deep relaxation. Info: 815-877-0118.
Get Your Goat – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia.1-4 p.m. Pre-register. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Family Skate – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-969-4069.
Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice Office, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 6-7:30 p.m. Info: 608-363-7421.
Public Skating – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Info: 815-963-7465.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Info: 815-969-4069.
50-Lap Figure 8 Race at Rockford Speedway – 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park.Final Dollar Beer Night. Daredevils of the speedway will crisscross 100 times through the “X” trying to grab the $500 payday. All four NASCAR divisions will also be in action for Late Models, Sportsmen, American Short Trackers, and RoadRunners. A fan/driver water balloon toss is also planned. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., qualifying begins at 5:55 with the first race at 7:07 p.m.Tickets: adults, $12; students (ages 12-17) $8; kids (ages 6-11) $5 with children age 5 and younger, free. Info: 815-633-1500 or www.rockfordspeedway.com.
Sunday, Sept. 2
On the Waterfront Festival – Downtown Rockford. Features more than 80 performers on five stages, special events, food, carnival rides and children’s activities (see related article starting on page A1 for details). 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Wristbands $15 at gate, good for one day; free for ages 8 and younger w/paid adult. Info: 815-964-4388 or onthewaterfront.com.
Monday, Sept. 3
Labor Day Parade – Begins at Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue, concludes at Wyman and Cedar streets, south of Davis Park. 10 a.m.
Rally for Improving Births: “National Rally for Change” – Swedish American Hospital, 1401 E. State St. 10 a.m.-noon. To raise community awareness; not a protest. Info: ImprovingBirth.org.
Free Pool – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
Tuesday, Sept. 4
Learn to Skate Lessons – Rockford Park District. Register online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click Register Now), by mail, fax, or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.
GPS Faith Community Center Re-opens – GPS Faith Community, 10714 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Every Tues. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch available for $5. No pre-registration needed; all are welcome. Info: 779-221-8491.
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society – Oakdale Nature Preserve, 3 miles south of Freeport off Baileyville Road. 6 p.m. potluck, 7:15 program. Topic: “Invasive Plant Species.” Free. Info: 815-821-1886.
Northern Illinois Pagan Alliance Meeting – Cleo’s Aroma-Pothecary, 1416 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Free.
Pub Trivia – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-633-2552.
Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.
From the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012, issue
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