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Community Calendar: Week of April 17-23, 2013

April 17, 2013

Winter Attractions

Sledding, Snowshoeing and XX Skiing – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Meet at Jarrett Center. All equipment provided or bring your own. Throughout winter. Rentals available during normal hours. Fees: $5/hour for skis and snowshoes. Info: 815-234-8535.

Ongoing Attractions

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. (Now closed for season.) Info: 815-229-9390.

Angelic Organics Learning Center – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year. Info: 815-389-8455.

Atwood Environmental Center – 2685 New Milford School Road, Rockford. Now open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with feeding time for Birds of Prey at 1. Info: 815-874-7576.

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., Grace Lutrheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Harlem Roscoe Fire Station, 10544 Main St., Roscoe; Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave.; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Park Road; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.. Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Road; Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 PPearl St., Belvidere. Info: 815962-4279.

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. Info: 815-398-6000.

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. New: Carbon Playground. Cost: $12 public, $10 members. Permanent exhibits: STEM, Simple Machines, Figure It Out! Info: 815-963-6769.

Elite Defense Systems Self-
Defense Center –
5695 Strath-moor Drive. Daily classes. Now offering special after-school program for students’ character building using martial arts. Anti-Bullying and Safety Course offered every Monday, Feb. 11-March 4, 6:15-7 p.m. Fee: $39. Info: 815-885-4758.

Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Open every Sunday. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. Info: 815-962-7402.

FitMe Wellness – Next to Hilander, Spring Creek & Mulford roads. Info: 815-904-6000.

Forest City Brewers – Monthly meetings first Wed. of each month, 7 p.m. at Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail. “Tasters Guild” meetings at 7 p.m. third Wed. of each month at Der Rathseeller, 1132 Auburn St. Info/membership: www.forestcitybrewers.org or info@forestcitybrewers.org.

Freeport Park District – 1122 S. Burchard, Freeport. Info: 815-235-6114.

Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center – U.S. 20, east of Freeport. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Expo now exhibiting: “Bank On It,” featuring four local banking institutions.

Graham-Ginestra House Museum – 1115 S. Main St. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Info: 815-968-6044.

Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – Rockford School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Every second and fourth Thursday 6:15-7:30 p.m. 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.; Sun., 2-6 p.m. Now open for the season. 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.

IL-WI Stateline Atheist Society — Our friendly group represents humanists, skeptics, agnostics and atheists — activities and meetings for like-minded individuals. Info: http://statelineatheistsociety.com.

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. Now offering Zumba Fitness classes every Mon. and Fri., 9-10 a.m. $5 per class. New: a wide variety of free classes for adukts and children. 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. Now: 2nd Saturday of each month, Family Days at Klehm. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $10/family. 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 – 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. Now taking reservations for summer. Visit www.littlecubsfield.com. and click on “Reserve Little Cubs Field” on the home page.

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.

Natural History Museum — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Meet at Jarrett Prairie Center. All ages; free. Learn all about wetlands, prairies, woodlands. Open every day except holidays. Info: 815-234-8535.

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 Hospice & Grief Center – 4215 Newburg Road. Various support groups for children, teens and adults starting in October. Info: 815-398-0500.

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.

OSF St. Anthony Center for Health Classes – 5510 E. State St. “Anything Goes” on Saturdays has been changed to “Body Combat.” New: ZumbAtomic Children’s Zumba class added on Sundays. Mon. & Wed. Adult Zumba, 8-9 a.m. Other classes available. Info: 815-395-4591.

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. Info: 815-965-8751 or 866-889-9037 or www.rrvbc.org.

ROCK Swim and Fitness – 3800 E. State St. Zumba classes, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. 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 Area H.O.U.S.E. — Home schooling support group open to all families in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. All educational and religious philosophies welcome. ClassesTuesdays,10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. www.rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com.

Rockford Park District — Sign up for Pickleball (Jan. 3- March 29) or Golf Indoors (Jan. 3-March 13) at Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Info: 815-987-1185 for Pickleball or 815-885-1135 for Golf. For adapted equipment and programs for golfers with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.

Rockford Public Library – 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. Tues.- Thurs., Noon.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

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. Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Group meets Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. Must call to pre-register. Cost: $20 per session. Info: 815-639-0300.

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. 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.

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: Mon.-Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri., 3-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m. Info: 815-282-2100.

Wild Westmor Lanes — 2407 N. Central Ave., Rockford. Open bowling daily, $1 draft beers. Info: 815-963-7210.

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. Info: 815-319-4100 or www.wcasrock.org.

Winnebago County Health Department – For flu clinic schedule and prices, go to www.wchd.org or call 815-720-4264.

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 Needed

Registration for Rockford Park District After School Ice Skating Sessions — Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford. Thursdays thru May 30, 3:30-4:50 p.m. Children in grades Pre-K thru 12. Cost: $3/person includes skate rental; family and friends welcome. Info: 815-969-4069.

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 Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m Cardio conditioning, free samples of Shakeology, Results and Recovery, Energy and Endurance offered. Info: 815-200-1116.

Money Smart Week Seeks More Partners – Whitehead Realtors Building, 839 N. Perryville Road. 10 a.m. Meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the month at the same time and place thru April 2013. Info: www.moneysmartweek.org or Sue.Cram@lssi.org.

Registration for SwedishAmerican’s “Girls Night Out” – Swedish American Center for Women, Renaissance Pavilion, 2nd Floor,1340 Charles St. Mammograms for women and their girlfriends combined with beauty treatments, refreshments and trunk shows. Appointments scheduled between 5-7:30 p.m. Call to make an appointment at 815-391-7676.

Registration for RVC Dental Hygiene Clinic for Children – Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center, 4151 Samuelson Road. Dental exams for children ages 5-12. Cost: $38-$53. Info: 815-921-3235.

The Literacy Council Needs Volunteers – Free Workshop Series scheduled throughout the year. Info: 815-963-READ or www.theliteracycouncil.org.

Volleyball Open Gym at Indoor Sports Center – 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. Fridays, 8-11 p.m. Thru May 17. Ages 18 and older. Fee: $5 per visit, $6 non-resident. Open to groups and/or individuals of all skill levels and abilities; four courts available. Info: 815-885-1185.

Volunteers, Donations Needed for School Supply Closet – Trinity United Methodist Church, 910 Second Ave., Sterling. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. Fifty vouchers have been provided to private and public schools in Sterling and Rock Falls. Schools may give vouchers to students who need them.

Cold Weather Clothing Drive — Benefits students in Rockford Public School District. Items needed: boots, socks, long- and short-sleeved undergarments, hats, gloves, jackets. Drop-off locations/times: Hulsebus Chiropractic, 1877 Daimler Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.Fri., 8:30-11 a.m., Sat.; Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-noon, Fri.; Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main St., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Riverside Community Bank, 6855 E. Riverside Blvd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Public Sky Viewing – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Every Saturday, beginning at dark. See the planets and stars through a telescope. For all ages; free. Call to confirm viewing conditions; closed if cloudy. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 216.

Birthday Parties — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Make crafts, play games, hear stories. Several nature themes to choose from. All ages. Two options include the deluxe ($75) and standard ($45) parties. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 217.

Registration for HMR Program Orientation Seminar — OSF St. Anthony Medical Center conference rooms, 5666 E. State St. Non-surgical, medically-supervised weight loss program. Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m. and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. Info: 815-227-2274.

Rock Valley College Dental Clinic seeks patients — RVC’s Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Road. Call 815-921-3235.

SWCD Annual Tree Sale — Evergreens, shade trees, shrubs. Rain barrels and conservation books are also available. Trees will be available for pick-up in late April. Info: 815-965-2392, ext. 3 or www.winnebagoswcd.org.

Registration for Afterschool Fun on the Farm: Winter Pioneers (Wednesday Series) — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Feb. 20-May 8, 4:15-5:45 p.m. Help care for livestock, learn pioneer schools and crafts. Note: Runs the same time as the Yoga on the Farm series for adults. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Registration for Meditation — Wom-anspace Library, 3333 Maria Linden Road. Dates: April 3, 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. For women & men, ages 14 to adult. Regular fee: $48 or $13/class. Members’ fee: $40 or $12/class. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for U of I Extension Spring Sustainable Landscaping Series — Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Dates: Every other Tuesday, March 12-May 7. Cost: $5 per session or all five sessions for $20. Info: 815-986-4357 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Registration for Learn to Skate for Adults — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Sessions begin March 16. Cost: $50/session ($55 non-resident). Info: 815-969-4069 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.

Free Tax Preparation – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Tuesdays and Wednesdays thru early April. AARP volunteers will be at the center to help low- to moderate-income seniors with taxes. Appointments required; call RRC at 815-732-3252.

Beloit International Film Society seeks members – Supporting memberships are: $110 dual/family; $65 individual, $50 seniors age 65+, $25 student. Patron Memberships are $300 for 2 adults, include 10 free tickets, preferred seating when you buy tickets to the Silent Film, and access to Filmmaker Hospitality Lounge. Memberships available at all BIFF events and the website at www.beloitfilmfest.com.

Imagine the Opportunities”: Malcolm Eaton Enterprises Expo now open at Visitors Center – Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 U.S. Hwy. 20 east of Freeport. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Thru May 19. Info: 815-233-1357.

Registration for DeKalb County Blood Drives — Organizations cooperating: Forty and Eight, Heartland Blood Centers, DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission, DeKalb Masonic Lodge 144. Dates: May 9: 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road (DVAC); June 13: Masonic Lodge, Fairview Road & 4th St.; July 25: 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road (DVAC). Hours: 3-6 p.m., all locations. To pre-register, call 815-758-5788. Walk-ins welcome. Bring your blood donor card or driver’s license or photo ID or two other forms of identification.

Registration for North American Youth Sports Spring Basketball Tournament – Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive. Date: April 19-21. Ten brackets of competition. Entry fee: $130. Entry deadline: March 29. Info: 815-352-5915.

Registration for Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship — Applications available at Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s office or call 815-987-5433 or ILBC office, 217-544-0444. Deadline: May 1.

Native Woodland Plant Sale — Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter. For an e-copy of brochure with plant descriptions and order form, go to www.wildonesrrvc.org. Or call 815-289-8602 for a paper or electronic brochure. All inquiries welcome. Orders will be accepted thru April 22.

Registration for Golf SpecialtyClinics — Outdoor — Aldeen Practice Centre. For adult golfers age 18 and older who want to improve their game. Dates: April, May, June. Attend all, some or one. Each will focus on a specific type of shot or skill. Fees are $20 per clinic ($23 non-resident). Register at least one week prior to each clinic, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at either Park Ditrict Customer Service location, or call Customer Service at 815-987-8800.

Registration for “My Little Pony” Program — Lockwood Park and Trailside Equestrian Centre, 5201 Safford Road. Variety of lessons for ages 3-6, all skill levels beginning in April, June, July, August, September. Saddle Up lessons, 5-week sessions for ages 7 and older begin April 29. Wyoming Wednesdays trail ride classes for ages 10 and older are held June-August. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) or at Customer Service locations, or call 815-987-8800.

Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs — Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Register now for evening instructional programs for ages 5-8 beginning in April and June. Session registration fee is $40/person ($50 non-resident). For ages 8-11, The Aces basic instruction program begins April 5. Session fee: $65/person ($75 non-resident). Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) or at Customer Service locations, or call 815-987-8800.

Registration for U of I Ogle County “Sprouts” Junior Master Gardener Program — Ogle County Fairgrounds, Oregon. Dates: Saturdays, May 4, June 1, July 13, Sept. 7, 9:30 -11 a.m. Free. Info: 815-732-2191 or lkvalle@illinois.edu.

Registration for Sustainable Landscape Series — University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. April 22: “Sustainable Landscaping 101.” May 6: “Water Efficient Landscaping.” All run 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5/session or $12 for entire series. Info: 815-732-2191 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

Registration for Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ — Rockford Park District. Group golf lessons for adults age 55 and up. Various weekdays and times beginning May 23, Aug. 7, Aug. 28. Equipment evaluations and recommendations available on request, instructed by PGA members and PGA apprentices. Per session fee is $60 ($70 non-resident), Register at least one week before session start dates. Info: 815-987-8800.

Free Drop-in Softball for Adults Age 50+ – Dahlquist Park, 29th St. and Oak Grove Ave., Rockford. Every Tuesday thru Sept. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Players should bring their own glove and bat, and register on site. No pre-registration needed. Free. Info: 815-987-1603.

Registration for Roller Skating Lessons – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Dates: April 9-30. For ages 5 and up. Parents can skate with child during practice time after each lesson. Fees: $20 resident, $25 non-resident. Register by April 5 at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 or visit the Read Park office, or register online at www.freeportparkdistrict.org.

Reservations for Guest Chef Dinner – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 20, social hour, 5:30 p.m., seating for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and cocktails provided by Death’s Door Spirits. Cost: $85/person (does not include tax and gratuity). Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Reserve by April 9. Info: 815-229-9390

Registration for Martial Art Lessons – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Shaolin Kempo, April 30-June 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 7+. Fees: $50 residents, $55 non-residents. Little Ninjas, April 25-June 13, 5:45-6:15 p.m. Ages 3-6. Fees: $55 residents, $60 non-residents. Tae Kwon Do(beg & Intr), April 25-June 13, 6:15-7 p.m. Ages 7+. Fees: $55 residents, $60 non-residents. Tae Kwon Do (Adults), April 25-June 13, 7-7:30 p.m. Fees: $55 residents, $60 non-residents. Register by April 12 at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 or visit the Read Park office, or register online at www.freeportparkdistrict.org.

Registration for U of I’s Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. “Spruce Problems (Pest and Cultural Issues)” April 11, 6:30 p.m. “Pollinators and Insecticides,” April 23 & 25. “All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders,” May 7 & 9. “Don’t Doubt the Drought,” May 21 & 23. Cost: $5/session or $16, entire series. Advance registration needed. Info: 815-732-2191 or lkvalle@illinois.edu

Registration for Four Sustainability Workshops — Building Construction Management and Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) — Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Efficient Motor Controls, and High Efficiency Lighting, April 12; Paths to Sustainable Change, and Developing & Maintaining a Skilled Energy Efficiency Workforce, May 2 Deadline to register: April 5. Info: www.igencc.org/temt or 815-921-3172.

Midwest Dental Support will offer free oral cancer screenings at its offices in Belvidere, Freeport, Rockford, and Rockford East during the week of April 15-18. Normal office hours; no appointment necessary.

Registration for Rock River Center Day Trip to Circa 21 — Date: April 19. Meet at Oregon Church of God parking lot, 860 W. Oregon Trail Road at 9:30 a.m. See the play A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement. Our favorite church ladies are back in an all-new show! Cost: $59.50 for Rock River Center members, $64.50 non-members. Includes transportation, show tickets, lunch, all taxes and gratuities. Reservations and prepayment required by April 5 in person at Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon.

Registration for Spring Night Hike — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: April 19. Meet at Jarrett Center from 7-9 p.m. For ages 6 and up. Register by April 16. Free. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.

Registration for I.B.O. Illinois State Championship/World Qualifier & Outdoor Fun 3D Shoot — Blackhawk Field Archers, 10086 Forest Preserve Road., Rockton. Dates: April 20-21. Registration times: Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Kitchen open for breakfast & lunch at all shoots. Info: 815-629-2335 or 708-567-7431.

Registration for The First Tee Youth Golf Program – Alpine Hills Golf & Practice Center, Spring Break Golf Camp. Dates: April 15-18, classes for ages 4-6 and ages 7-18. Also, classes at Park Hills Golf Course, lesson and league combination. Dates: April 22, 29, 4:30-7 p.m. Marengo Ridge Golf Club, lessons begin April 25. Info: 815-965-5057.

Registration for Family Golf at Ingersoll Learning Links — Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road, Rockford. Dates: April-October, Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Also, Wednesdays, June 19-Aug. 14, 4-7 p.m. and Fridays, June 21-Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 815-987-8834 to confirm hours. Clubs in all sizes, and golf balls available to use free of charge. Admission fees are $1 foe ages 17 and younger; $3 for ages 18 and older ($1 if accompanied by youth ages 17 and younger). Park District golf permit holders play free. Info: www.rockfordgolfs.com or 815-987-8800.

Registration for Sansho-en, Japanese Gardens Lecture Series – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 18, 7 p.m. Presenter: Benjamin Carroll of Chicago Botanic Garden. Cost: free to Anderson Japanese Gardens members; $5 fornon-members. Register at 815-3165-3307 or e-mail sjohnson@andersongardens.org.

Registration for “Rewards or Punishment — Understanding Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports” – Family Matters PTIC at Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary Room, 900 N. 2nd St., Rochelle. Date: April 18, 6-9 p.m. Dinner provided. 3 CPDUs available. Register at 866-436-7842.

Registration for Vegetarian Diets Program — University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: April 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Includes cooking demonstration; sample recipes. Fee: $5/person. Pre-registration is preferred. Info: 815-732-2191.

Registration for Rock Run Soccer Club College Scholarship — Two $500 college scholarships will be awarded, one to a male player, one to a female player, to current or former Rock Run Soccer players each year. Applicants must have or will be graduating high school in the 2012-2013 school year, will attend college in fall 2013 and currently playing or has been a member of Rock Run Soccer Club. Application deadline: April 19. Info: www.rockrun.org.

Reservations for Habitat for Humanity’s 11th Annual Prime Rib Dinner & Dessert Auction — Crossroads Community Church, 205 N. Jefferson St., Polo. Date: April 19, 6 p.m. Cost: $30/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Info: 815-561-3006 or 815-946-2809.

Registration for “How to Prepare for Your Local Job Fair” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: April 19, 1-3 p.m. For upcoming job fairs at Highland Community College and Kishwaukee College. Registration is required. Info: 815-732-3252 or 800-541-5479.

Registration for “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” — Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Date: April 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 815-484-1300.

Order a Voucher for RVC Barnes & Noble Fund-raiser – Barnes & Noble, CherryVale Mall. Date: April 20, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College in honor of Earth Day. Hoo Haven will have a live animal demonstration, and Don Miller from Severson Dells will speak about conservation. By presenting a voucher to cashier at time of your purchase, you will donate a portion of net sale to RVC library. Vouchers can be printed in advance at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Library/library-friends.cfm or may be picked up at store on day of event.

Mark the Date for Program on “Love Is A Verb” — JustGoods, 201 Seventh St. Date: April 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Former Rockford attorney Don Moore will read excerpts from his book Love Is A Verb and tell how he overcame stress in his life, after a fateful day when he nearly died, and how it changed his life forever. Free and open to public.

NFL Flag Football and Cheer Registration & Open House — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Date: April 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents of children ages 5-14 can learn more about two of Rockford Park District’s youth sports programs, NFL Flag Football and NFL Cheer. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for “Starting Your Organic Garden” — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 20, 9 a.m..-4 p.m. Learn techniques for organic soil preparation and planting. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org/event.

Registration for “Ins” and “Outs” of Composting– Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 21, 1-3:30 p.m. Learn what makes a successful compost pile and decide which methods will work best for you. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org/event

Registration for Spring Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Classes –Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Six Sigma/Lean Training. Dates: April 22-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Green Belt Certification, additional advanced tools. Dates: May 6-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Instruction conducted by Master Black Belt. Info: 815-921-2071 or 815-921-2066. Register by April 12 to reserve your spot.

Registration for Spring Sustainable Landscape Series: Water Efficient Landscaping — University of Illinois Extension at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Date: April 23, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $5 per session or five sessions for $20. Info: 815-986-4357.

Order Tickets for Caritas Luncheon/Fund-raiser “Garden of Dreams” — Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: April 24. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for silent auction & social time. Luncheon and fashion show at noon.Cost: $35. Raffle tickets will be sold for six for $25 or one for $5. Reserve at 815-389-3259.

Registration for “Straight Talk with the Experts: Veterans’ End of Life Benefits and Resources” — Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St. Date: April 24, 2:30-4 p.m. Presented by Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Pre-registration is required. RSVP by April 19 to Penny White at 815-398-0500 or e-mail at pwhite@northernillinoishospice.org.

Reservations for MembersAlliance Free Seminar for Today’s Home Buyer — MembersAlliance Credit Union, 6951 Olde Creek Road at Perryville. Date: April 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Local experts will present information and answer questions. Reservations preferred by calling 815-484-1160 or by e-mail at erundblade@membersalliance.org.

Registration for “Improving the Social Skills of Children with Disabilities” – Family Matters PTIC at YMCA, 412 First Ave., Sterling. Date: April 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments provided. 3 CPDUs available. Register at 866-436-7842 at least one week prior to event.

Registration for “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” — Alzheimer’s Association, Rock River Branch, 93 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Date: April 24, 6-8 p.m. Materials cost: $5. Register byApril 23. Info: 800-272-3900.

Registration for Leadership Cafe: “Are you positioning your Board for strategic leadership?” — Burpee Center, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St. Date: April 24, noon-1 p.m. Presented by Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Cost: Free for NICNE members, $15 for non-members. Info: 815-394-4384 or e-mail kream@rockford.edu.

Registration for 3D Archery — Byron Oregon Sportsman’s Club, Townline Road. Date: April 24, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $5/archer.Call 815-234-8535, ext. 200 by April 22.

Registration for “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” — Alzheimer’s association, Rock River Branch, 93 S, Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Date: April 24, 6-8 p.m. Registration required. Info: 815-285-1100 or 800-272-3900.

Registration for “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” — OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Date: April 25, 3-5 p.m. Info: 815-484-1300.

Registration for National Contract Association presents National Education Seminar: The Contracting Officer’s Representative Guide to Performance and Quality — NIU Rockford Campus, 8500 E. State St. Date: April 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Check-in: 7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch buffet included. Registration available online at http://resources.ncmahq.org/chapters/rockford

Registration for “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death” — Two dates. April 25: Beloit Memorial Hospital, 1969 W. Hart Rd., Beloit, Wis. April 26: St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine St., Janesville, Wis. Times for both: 8 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25, includes program materials and continental breakfast. Register by April 17. Call toll free 877-363-7421 or e-mail nmorgan@beloitregionalhospice.com

Registration for “Going Mobile” Lunch & Learn Event — Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Date: April 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Presented by AAF Northern Illinois. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Registration available online at www.niadfed.org.

Registration for KNIB’s Great American Cleanup — Regionwide litter collection event. Date: April 27. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers must register by April 19. Patriots’ Gateway Center, 615 S. Fifth St., Rockford, will serve as central location for volunteers’ supplies. Other sites listed at www.knib.org. Info: 815-637-1343.

Reservations for17th Annual Golden Apple Banquet – Radisson Hotel, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: April 27, 5:30 p.m. red carpet arrival. Tickets: $60; call 815-226-4180 by April 18.

Registration for U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Class — Town of Beloit Fire Dept., 2445 S. Afton Road, Beloit, Wis. Date: April 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration required by April 15. Info: 608-931-2349.

Registration for KNIB’s Great American Cleanup — Regionwide litter collection event. Date: April 27. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers must register by April 19. Patriots’ Gateway Center, 615 S. Fifth St., Rockford, will serve as central location for volunteers’ supplies. Other sites listed at www.knib.org. Info: 815-637-1343.

Registration for 2013 Unique Spaces Tour — Junior League of Rockford. Various locations. Dates: April 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 815-399-4518 for info on locations or go to website,: www.jlrockford.org. Tickets: $20 advance or $25 at door.

Registration for Hanami Chakai: Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony — Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.;12:30-1:30 p.m.; 1-3 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Space is limited to 15 participants per ceremony. Info: 815-316-3306 or kweston@anddersongardens.org.

Order Tickets for Spring Fling — Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: April 27, 1-5 p.m. Admission $7/person; simple meaL by caterers, Oregon Powerhouse BBQ. Live entertainment. Tickets for large 50/50 drawing now available at Rock River Center or at the door on day of event. Info: 815-973-1432 or fishingbp@frontier.com.

Registration for Paranormal Evening at the Ethnic Heritage Museum –1129 S. Main St. Date: April 27, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the event. Info: 815-871-4239 or www.hauntedrockford.com.

Registration for Manufacturing Coffee Talk with Mayor Morrissey — Thomason Machine Works, 5459 11th St. Date: April 30, 7-9 a.m. With manufacturing representatives. Register before noon on April 25. Call 815-969-4255 or go to bmiller@rockfordil.com.

Reservations for Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Seminar — Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. First St., Belvidere. Date: April 30, 11;30 a.m. buffet carving station, 12:30 p.m. presentation. Topic: “Proven Guidelines and Thoughts for Successful Individuals & Businesses.” Speaker: Joe Sweeney, author of Networking Is a Contact Sport.. Cost: $25/person; pre-orders only with limited quantity of books. Mail reservations and payment to: Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce, 130 S.tate St., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Registration for Illinois Community College Targeted Energy Management Training Program – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date May 2, 1-4 p.m. Free. Registration deadline: April 12. Info: 815-921-3172.

Sign up for North American Youth Sports Spring Youth Basketball Tournament – Boylan Catholic High School. Dates: April 19-21. 10 brackets. All grades based on grade in which a student is enrolled. Entry fee: $130 guarantees each team a minimumof two games. Awards for each bracket. Entry deadline: March 29. Info: 866-352-5915 or www.northamericanyouthsports.org

Registration for Clean-Up at Aldeen Park — 623 N. Alpine Road. Date: April 21, 1-4 p.m. Meet at picnic shelter and get supplies and directions on where to go. Long pants, sleeves and sturdy shoes are recommended.Registration is requested. Call 815-964-6666 or e-mail kjohnsen@naturalland.org.

Registration for Girl Scouts Anti-Bullying Workshop and Rock Operetta – Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. 4th St., DeKalb. Date: April 26. “Be Part of the Change” Workshop , 6-9 p.m./ at the school. Feat. the film I Am the Music: A Rock Operettaabout cyber bullying, cliques and mean girls. Cost: $7 per girl at the door. No fee for adults, but adults are required to stay for entire event. Info: 630-897-1565, Ext. 7147.

CASA Luggage Drive — Rock Valley College Student Center or College Classroom Building II Faculty Support Office, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Children may need to be removed from their homes and taken to a safe place. Often, their belongings are transported in garbage bags. The Human Service Club at RVC is hosting a luggage drive for these children. Donate your new or gently used luggage, backpack, or duffel bags to help give back dignity and hope to these children. Deadline: April 27.

Registration for Eating Your eed toeeds! An Introduction to Wild Edibles — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to identify wild edible plants. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org/event

Reservations for Lake Lawn Resort’s Big Band Weekend — Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wis. Date: April 27. Vintage tunes played by In The Mood, 19-piece ensemble playing 1940’s music. Cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., music, 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $45/person, includes plated dinner and entrance to big band dance. One-night package for $219 or two-night package, $349, includes golf. Info: 800-338-5253 or www. lakelawnresort.com.

Order Tickets for Fish-Abled Foun-dation’s Bowling Extravaganza – St., Loves Park. Date: April 27, 12:30-2 p.m. Bowling, auctions, 50/50 raffle, all-you-can-eat pasta buffet. Tickets: $20 per person. Info: 815-289-8385 or 815-990-8795.

Registration for 29th OSF Heritage Run — State and Wyman Streets. Date: April 28, 1 p.m. Includes a 10k (6.2 mile) race, a 2-mile walk, and a kids’ half-mile run. Registration and packet pickup will be held Friday, April 26, from 4-6 p.m. in downtown YMCA lobby, and from 10:30 a.m.-noon the day of the race at Stewart Square, 308 W. State St. Registration forms at Rockford YMCA, Runner’s Image and OSF Center for Health. Info: www.rockfordymca.org.

Mark the Date for “Kites in Flight” — Sportscore One, 1288 Elmwood Road. Date: April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m All participants will receive a free kit to assemble, decorate and fly, with help available from Rockford Park District staff and volunteers.

Reservations for Prairie Preservation Society Annual Banquet — Lorado Taft Campus, Oregon. Date: April 28, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program. Speaker John C. Nelson of Illinois Nature Preserves System. Cost: $25/person. Pre-registration required. Deadline: April 22. Info: ppsoc.org or 815-973-4926.

Registration for Tai Chi Chuan — Freeport Park District, Krape Park Community Building. Mondays, April 29-June 24, 7-8:15 p.m. ($40/$45); Tuesdays, April 30-June 18 ($40/$45); Thursdays, April 25-June 13, 9-10:15 a.m. ($40/$45). Register by April 19 at Freeport Park District office, 1122 S. Burchard Ave. or call 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone, or visit www.freeportparkdistrict.org.

Registration for Eating to Lower Your Cholesterol — OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 1st Floor conference rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: April 29, 5-6 p.m. Cost: $20. Registration is preferred by calling 815-227-2761.

Registration for Concealed Carry Class — Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: April 29, 6-10 p.m. With Rep. Joe Sosnowski (69th Dist.) The company SAFE Gun Permits LLC will teach the class, take necessary photos, fingerprint and mail all students’applications. Register now at www.safegunpermits.com/classes. Seats are limited, and pre-registration is required. Info: 855-355-SAFE (7233).

Reservations for “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby Event to Benefit  Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center — Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie Street. Date: May 3, 6-10 p.m. Cocktail hour and dinner catered by Giovanni’s. Have your photo taken by yhe river. Special “Over the Top — Derby Hat Bonnet or Hat Competition.” “Chair”-ity Auction will be comprised of special chairs, each accented with a basket of services and items relative to the theme. Cash bar. Signature Themed Drinks. Bid on a tray of recipes. Featured desserts. Don’t forget to review the racing form! What horses will win the various races throughout the evening? Reservations: $75 per person, $600 for table of 8 or $800 for table of 8 guests including signage honoring your business, family, friends, or in honor or memorial. Deadline: April 24. Call 815-395-5649.

Registration for Northern Illinois Heart Walk — Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: May 4, 9 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to raise $150 or more by collecting donations from friends, family and co-workers. Heart Walk participants can visit three villages at the Heart Walk, including My Heart, My Life and My Community. Sponsors can activate their contribution thru their village home at the Heart Walk or even throughout the year. Info: 815-262-1428.

DeKalb Masons seek Cooks and Sponsors for Second Annual Chili Cook-Off — DeKalb Lodge, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. Date: May 4. Anyone can enter as a cook. $25 entry fee gets you a free T-shirt; top three winners get a trophy. For $100, sponsors get two free T-shirts with their name and have their name put on a banner. Info: 815-501-6386.

Registration for Go Global Conference on International Trade 2013 — Giovanni’s restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 1. Stateline’s premier international trade conference. Cost: $99/person. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Info: 815-969-4267 or 815-987-1740.

Reservations for 19th Annual CASA Program “Lift Up a Child’s Voice. A Child’s Life” Dinner and Auction – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: May 3. Social hour & silent auction, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Speaker Mary Linn Green. Live and Chinese auction follow dinner. Tickets: $60/person. Purchase online at www.winnebagocountycasa.org or call 815-319-6880.

Registration for State Bird Count — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: May 4, 7 a.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. All ages. Free. Register by May 3. Info: 815-234-8535.

Registration for Hands-on PV Workshop — Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon. Date: May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Instruction on photovoltaic electricity by Dave Merrill of SunAir Systems.Cost: $20 for IREA members, $40 for non-members. Extra $5/person charge for a light lunch. Advance registration and payment needed. Send name, email, telehone number, address and check to: Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, IL 61061. Info: 815-732-7332.

Registration for Whimsical Fairy Gardening Class — Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: May 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener. Info/Register: 815-986-4357 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Registration for “Train Your Brain” — Alzheimer’s Association, Rock River Chapter, 93 S. Hennepin Ave. Dates: May 6-June 17, 6-8 p.m. Materials cost: $30/person. Info: 815-285-1100 or 800-272-3900.

Reservations for Council of Rockford Gardeners Spring Luncheon — Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 7. 11 a.m. social hour; noon luncheon; program, 1 p.m. Speaker Phillip Raines. Vendors for spring shopping. Early bird price before May 1, $30; $35, after. Proceeds benefit CRG Scholarship Fund. Reserve at 815-505-0805 or annsomers@comcast.net.

Reservations for Shelter Care Ministries’ Spring Luncheon — Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: May 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes program and Marketplace. Tables of 8 or single reservations available for purchase. More information forthcoming soon. Info: 815-964-5520.

Registration for Earthkeepers Overnight — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: May 9, noon. Meet at Jarrett Center. Ages 6 andup. Fee: $25/child. Pre-register by May 1. Info: 815=234-8535.

Registration for “Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Support Center and The Heights at Evansville. Series of classes held once a week for seven weeks, May 9-June 20, 1:30-4 p.m. OR Aug. 6-Sept. 7, 1:30-4 p.m. at Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit. Cost: $10. Class scholarships, respite care and transportation funding will be available. Info: 608-757-5472or online at www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.

Reservations for Rockford MELD’s “Let It Shine” Event — Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 9, Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner and presentation at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $50. Raffle drawing with great prizes; tickets availale at several locations. Registration/Info: 815-633-6353, ext 10 or kjilly@rockfordmeld.org.

Registration for Homeland Security-certified course on CBRNE Response for Rural Responders — FHN Memorial Hospital, Globe Room, 1045 W. Stephenson St., Freeport. Date: May 10, 8 a,m.-5 p.m. To help rural responders deal with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) incidents. Registration deadline: April 23. Go to: http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/schedule/2013-05-10-awr225-freeport-il-001/ Info: 606-677-6051.

Order Tickets for “Celebrate HOPE!” — Barbara Olson Center of Hope’s fund-raiser at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 10, 5:30 p.m. Dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing & music by Clutch Cargo band. Tickets: $50/person in advance, choice of entrees. Register by May 1. Info: 815-964-9275, ext. 265 or www.b-olsoncenterofhope.org.

Registration for Boy Scouts: Geocaching — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. date: May 11, noon. Meet at Jarrett Center. Ages 10 md up. Fee: $5/scout. Pre-regiaster by May 5. Info: 815-234-8535.

Mark the Date for Vipassana Open House — Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center, 10076 Fish Hatchery Road. Date: May11, 1-4 p.m. Classes are usually filled several months in advance. Call 815-489-0420.

Registration for Be Active Adventure Races — Date: May 11 in Beloit, Wis. Registration for Beloit race is in new indoor adventure center, downtown, same weekend as ArtWalk. Part of Amped Up Adventure Race Series. Proceeds go to help participating communities. Register at www.ampedupadventurerace.com

Registration for Workshop on Emerald Ash Borer Management — North SuburbanLibrary, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park. Date: May 14, 6-7 p.m. Presented by U of I Extension educators. Fee: $5. Register/Info: 815-986-4357 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Order Tickets for Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour in Beloit — Eclipse Center, 1701 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. May 15. Doors open at 5 p.m. for food, beverages, activities, Players and alumni arrive at 6 p.m. for Q & A session, autographs, till 8:30 p.m. Tickets (cash only) on sale April 1 at: Visit Beloit, 500 Pubic Ave.; Culver’s, 2676 Cranston Road; The Rock on the River,101 Maple Ave.; Gateway Bank, 2215 Cranston Road; in Roscoe: Gateway Bank, 5390 Williams Drive; and at the two Janesville Culver’s locations: 2633 Milton Ave. and 2421 W. Court St.

Registration for Rain Barrels Workshop — University of Illinois Extension, 1040 N. Second St. Date: May 21, 6-7 p.m. With horticulture educator Candice Miller. Cost $25 per person. All supplies included. Participants will go home with a completed rain barrel. Register by May 15. Info: 815-986-4357 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Registration for Stateline Scout Fishing Derby — The Race in Rockton, just east of intersection of Chapel and Main. Date: June 8, 7 a.m. check-in, fishing ends at 12:30; 1 p.m., awards. $3 fee includes patch. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a sack lunch. Send to: Fishing, P.O. Box 347, Roscoe, IL 61073. Make checks payable to: BSA Troop 622. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 622-Roscoe.

Registration for SOUL 4-H Camp — Camp Benson, Mt. Carroll. June 10-14. Open to all youth ages 8-14 who register by June 10. After March 1, fee is $250. Minimum deposit of $75 required. Camper T-shirt is included. Scholarship rebates are provided for enrolled 4-H club members in some counties. For applications or info: U of I Extension–Ogle County, 815-732-2191 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ and click on SOUL 4-H Camp.

Registration for “Know the 19 Signs: Early Detection Matters” — Salvation Army, 422 S. Main St., Belvidere. Date: June 13, 9-10 a.m. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association. Free. Register at 815-484-1300.

Order Tickets forChicago Rush Football — BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Dates: June 8 vs. Utah and June 15 vs. San Antonio. Tickets start at $17. Info: 815-968-0595. Group discounts of 15+ available, call 815-847-6399.

Registration for The Biggest Loser RunWalk Rockford 5K/15K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run — Date: June 15. Registration open thru June 12. Info: biggestloser.com.

Mark the Date for Genoa-Kingston Alumni Association Dinner & Meeting — Indian Oaks Country Club, Shabbona. June 22. Former students, former and current employees are invited to attend. Contact Frank Beierlotzer by e-mail at ffb66@juno.com or by mail at 814 Bel Air Lane, DeKalb 60115. Info: 815-399-1551 or nelson1686 @comcast.net.

2013 Academy Expo ITP for Businesses — Rockford Alignment invites businesses and organizations to host a booth to demonstrate career opportunities for teachers and students. Dates: Sept.18-19, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. In collaboration with Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Business Expo. Also: Teacher Site Visits ITP, June 11. Community organizations are invited to host teams of teachers to assist with implementation of the College and Career Academies of Rockford. Info: www.alignmentrockford.com. Go to ITP page.

New Movie CAMP at AMC Showplace 16 mobilizes support for Rockford Foster Program. Based on experience of campers and counselors at Royal Family Kids Camps. Info: www.thecampmovie.com

RAMP is a selection site for free ITAC amplified phones for people who are hard of hearing. ITAC applications: Boone County: 530 S. State St., Belvidere (815-544-8404 voice/tty); DeKalb County: 115 N. First St., DeKalb (815-756-3202 voice/tty); Stephenson County: 2155 W. Galena Ave., Freeport (815-233-1128 voice/tty); Winnebago County: 202 Market St. (815-968-7467 voice/tty).

Misery Loves Company T-Shirts now on Sale – In response to Forbes magazine’s ranking of Rockford. T-shirts are $12 each at: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main St., 815-963-8111; RACVB Community Info Center at Clock Tower, 7801 E. State St., 815-209-2495; Giovanni’s/Big Al’s/Alchemy, 610 N. Bell School Road, 815-398-6411; Wired Cafe, 414 E. State St., 815-316-2524; Williams Laird Fur Company, Edgebrook Center, 1603 N. Alpine Road, 815-397-7778; Giordano’s, 333 Executive Parkway, 815-0398-5700; J.R. Kortman, 107 N Main St., 815-968-0123.Phone orders: call RACVB at 815-963-8111 or 800-521-0849, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

April is Autism Awareness Month! Local businesses will partner with Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School during April to collect donations for ESATS students. If interested in helping, call Mary at 815-965-6745.

Richard L. Fairgrieves Memorial Scholarship – The family of Dr. Richard L. Fairgrieves, donors and the Boone-Winnebago Regional Office of Education has established a memorial scholarship to provide an annual award of $1,000 to a graduating senior from a Boone County and a Winnebago County high school. Students must be interested in furthering their study of science leading to an associate and/or bachelor degree. Student must be a graduating senior with a 3.0 GPA and be of good moral character. Application forms are available at the Regional Office of Education, 300 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, IL 61111 or online at http://wincoil.us/departments/regional-office-of-education/. Deadline is April 19, 2013.

2013 MELD Mother’s Day Cards and Note Cards now available – Featuring David C. Olson photography. Cost: $5 for Mother’s Day Card/All Occasion Card; set of 8 note cards w/envelopes, $10 each. Purchase at: Stone’s Hallmark Stores, 2508 S. Alpine Rd.; Pepper Creek, 7295 Harrison Ave.; David Olson Photography Studio, 7802 E. State St. (Clock Tower); Annie’s Gifts & Home Accents, 1643 N. Alpine Rd.; Crimson Ridge, 735 N. Perryville Rd.; Rock Valley Garden Center, 785 N. Bell School Rd.; Porch, 3065 N. Perryville Rd.; Benson Stone, 1100 11th St.; Village Green, 6101 E. Riverside Blvd. and 2640 N. Main St.; MELD office, 3703 N. Main St.; order online at www.rockfordmeld.org for mailed delivery. Info: 815-633-6353, ext. 10.

Employers Sought for Veterans Job Fair — UAW Hall, 1100 W. Chrysler Drive, Belvidere. Date: April 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.To register or for more information, call Theodore Duckett at IDES at (815) 395-6645.

Senior Special Golf Package at Aldeen Golf Club — For golfers age 50 and older. Senior Special is for weekday play(except holidays) before 10 a.m. for just $43 per person ($33 for residents; $32 for permit holders), and includes one round of golf, a cart, and range balls. Plus, for those who purchaser the golf Senior Special, Noonan’s at Aldeen will offer a “Senior Special Menu” for $5. Info: 915-282-GOLF, ext. 3 to book a tree time, or book online at www.aldeengolfclub.com.

Aldeen Golf Club’s Advantage Program for Businesses — Aldeen Advantage Program provides businesses with an easy, economical way to entertain vendors or clients, thank customers, or reward employees; a discount of up to 75% off normal rates; convenient pre-orinted tickets (good for two players and a cart), and a deductible entertainment expense that may be more advantageous than other corporate membership programs. Businesses purchase one of three different packages, and receive pre-printed coupons to enjoy a great round of golf with a cart and complimentary range balls. Info: www.aldeengolfclub.com or 815-282-GOLF, ext. 4653.

Learn to Skate or Play Hockey — The Learn to Skate and Jr. Ice Hogs /Learn to Play Hockey programs offer people ages 3 thru adult of all abilities the chance to learn the skills to enjoy ice sports recreation for a lifetime. Five-week(hockey) and six-week (figure skating) groupessions are offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels, and meet at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park once a week for 30-60 minutes, with skates provided. The next sessions begin the weeks of April 23 for figure skating, and May 2 for hockey. Info: 815-96904069.

Buffalo Wild Wind Supports Girl Scouts with Eat Wings-Raise Funds Program — Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is partnering with two area Buffalo Wild Windgs for the Eat Wings-Raise Funds Program. The restaurants will donate 10% of all food purchases to GSNI Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until closing. To ensure Girl Scouts receive the funds, customers must present a flier to their server. This flier is available online at www.gity Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants at: 1513 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park, and 6275 E. State St., Rockford. Info: 815-962-5591, ext. 7134.

Visit Atwood Center Saturdays for free activities – Atwood Center is now open every Saturday from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a self-guided hike at 334-acre Seth B. Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. View feeding time for birds of prey at 1 p.m.; see the Birds of Prey live exhibit. Atwood Center staff will be on hand to share their knowledge. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/atwood.

Half-Day Golf Schools for Ages 50+ and for Ladies — Registration is under way for Rockford Park District’s half-day golf schools for players ages 50+ and for ladies. Sessions meet at Aldeen Practice Centre, 1903 Reid Farm Road, Rockton., Tues.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-noon; ages 50+ meet April 30-May 3, and ladies ages ages 18 and up meet May 7-10. Fee per session is $115 ($135 non-resident). Register at least one week before session start dates, either online at http://www.rockfordgolfs.com/lessons.html or by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Park District Customer Service locations (downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park. For a registration brochure with session descriptions, schedules and fees, visit www.rockfordgolfs.com.

Wednesday, April 17

Free Visual Head and Neck Oral Cancer Exams — Midwest Dental Offices thtoughout the state will provide free head and neck oral cancer exams during the week of April 15-18. Info: 715-318-3419 or www.midwest-dental.com.

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Meeting — Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 8:30 a.m.

Rockton River Market Meeting — Rockton Chamber of Commerce Office, 330 E. Main St. 8:30-10 a.m.

Veterans Education & Benefits Fair — Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium. 3301 N. Mulford Road. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about educational benefits, scholarship opportunities, medical benefits, and meet with local representatives of support programs.

Workshop: Marketing Your Business/Adjusting Your Scope of Work — Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Presented by Illinois Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC). Free. Registration needed at at http://ilsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=23777.

RCADD: Tips and Tools for Homes & Schools — The Autism Project, 10 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. 10 a.m. Classroom and home strategies to addtess the academic, social and leisure objectives of a child with autism and/or developmental delays.

Babes and Books — Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m. For children under 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills . Info: 815-965-7606.

Botanica Luncheon: Gardening Large: a City, a Park, a Garden — Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Noon. Speaker Terry Guen, landscape architect and urban designer. Prior to program, take part in 10 a.m. Design Workshop: Pots, Planters, Urns and Troughs. Cost: Workshop, $25; luncheon, $45. Info: www.klehm.org

State of the County Luncheon — Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m. Hosted by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Luncheon presented by BMO Harrsi Bank. Cost: $40 per person. To register, visit www.RockfordChamber.com.

DigiPhoto — Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Bring your camera with memory card, all cables and power cord or charger, and your instruction booklet. Bring a USB drive if you want to save your pictures to put on your own computer. If you have a laptop, bring it. Must have an email address and be proficient on the Internet. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

50th Anniversary Film Series: Yes or No Northern Illinois University, Campus Building, Room 100, DeKalb. 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Info: 815-753-1771.

Microsoft Excel: 3-week class — Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisire: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Yoga on the Farm (Wednesday Series) — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Feb. 20-May 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Beginners welcome; bring a yoga mat. Cost: $100/series. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Afterschool Fun on the Farm: Winter Pioneers (Wednesday Series) — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Feb. 20-May 8, 4:15-5:45 p.m. Help care for livestock, learn pioneer schools and crafts. Note: Runs the same time as the Yoga on the Farm series for adults. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

LOL Club (Library Out Loud) — Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Gaming Tournament — Rockford Public Library, Main Library, YA Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Test your gaming skills in various PS3 and Wii games. Info: 815-965-7606.

Finding Amazing Careers Today: Accounting — Rock Vaslley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N.lford Road. 6-8:30 p.m. Free, open to anyone who wants to learn about a career in accounting.

Beloit Regional Hospice Grief Support Group — Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. 6-7:30 p.m. Thru May 22. Daytime group meets April 18-May 30, 2-3 p.m. Free, but advance registration is requested. Info: 608-363-7421 or 877-363-7421.

Second Annual Rock the Campus — Rockford College, Regents Hall, 5050 E. State St. 6-10 p.m. Bboy workshop led by Bboy Kid jungle of Chicago/Rockford and screening of documentary. Hosted by Hip Hop Congress of Rockford.

Sunset Storytime — Rockford Public Library, East Branch Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-6. Info: 815-965-7606.

DeKalb County American Legion Council — Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa. 7-9 p.m. Post Everlastinf Ceremony to recognize any veteran from DeKalbCounty who passed away in the past year. Public is invited to attend. Meeting will follow the ceremony.

Thursday, April 18

Enjoy the Spring Migration — Jane Addams trail and the Orangeville Wetlands. Meet at the trailhead in Orangeville, just east of the BP gas station. Carpool from Staples at 7:30 a.m. Leader: Somer Bozovsky. Info: 815-821-5178.

Morning and Evening Yoga Flow — Womanspace Library, 3333 Maria Linden Road. Every Thurs., 9:30-10:45 a.m. Regular fee: $13/class; members’ fee: $12/class. Open to both women and men. Dress comfortably; bring a yoga mat. Info: 815-877-0118.

RMAP Technical Committee — Loves Park City Hall, PW/CD Conference Room, 100 Heart Blvd. 10 a.m.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? — Rockford Public Library, East Branch Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-6. Info: 815-965-7606.

Look, Listen, and Learn Storytime — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Preschool Storytime — Rockton Ce ntre Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5 years. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? — Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 2-6. Info: 815-965-7606.

Understanding How the Affordable Care Act Can Benefit You — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-2 p.m. All ages. Overview of major provisions. Registration is NOT required. Info: 85-965-7606.6

U of I Extension Webinar: “Crop Budgeting Resources” — Listen from home or at Boone County office. 1-2 p.m. Register at 815-732-2191 or ephillips@illinois.edu

Learn to Play Hockey — Rockford Park District program begins at Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Six-week group sessions, skates provided. Registration/Info: www.rockfordparkdistrtict.org or 815-969-4069.

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.

Senior Computer Learning: 6-week class — East Branch Library, Friends of RPL Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Must be familiar with use of a mouse and have an existing e-mail account. Must attend all sessions. Bring your laptop if you have one. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Genealogy: Intermediate — Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Local History & Genealogy Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m.Ages 18 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Thursday Bilingual Storytime/Jueves de cuento bilingue (Spanish/English) — Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Open House & Community Resource Fair — Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, 650 N. Main St. 4-7 p.m. Families, community members and educational professionals are invited to tour the facilities and see demonstrations.

Teen’Scape @ Montague — Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 4-7 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, make crafts. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

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.

Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 815-969-4082.

Unplugged Gamers — Rockford Public Library, Main Library, YA Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play board games, Yu-Gi-Oh!, trading card games or classic card games. Info: 815-965-7606.

Northern IL Tea Party Meeting — Greater Rockton Centre, 302 W. Main St. 6:30 p.m. Topic: ”Empty Pockets.” Presenters will highlight recent tax increases and their connection with the United Nations’ “Agenda for the 21st Century”, better known as “global sustainability. Also, updates on the Common Core school curriculum mandated by Gov. Quinn. Info: www.tea.party-nil.com.

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation Meeting — The Rafter;s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m. Topic: Next phase of work at Atten’s Landing.

Webelos pin: Forester — Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road.6-8 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. Cost: $7/webelo. For all webelos. Register by April 17. Info: 815-234-8535.

VFW Fish Fry — VFW Post 9759, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. 5-8 p.m. every Friday. Info: 815-654-2195.

Babes and Books — Rockford Public Library, East Branch Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6-6:45 p.m. For children under 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

45th Anniversary of Fair Housing Act — Booker Washongton Center, 524 Kent St. 6-7 p.m. Learn your rights under fair housing laws. Free and open to the public.

Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. – Byron Public Library, on Ill. Route 2. 6-7:30 p.m. every Thurs. Info: 815-547-5932.

Rewards or Punishment — Understanding Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports” – Family Matters PTIC at Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary Room, 900 N, 2nd St., Rochelle. 6-9 p.m. Dinner provided. 3 CPDUs available. Register at 866-436-7842.

Second Annual Rock the Campus — Rockford College, Regents Hall, 5050 E. State St. 6-11 p.m. Music production workshop workshop led by Soleternity of Rockford, a discussion panel on “Women’s Role in Hip Hop,” an open mic and live musical performances. Hosted by Hip Hop Congress of Rockford.

Sansho-en, Japanese Gardens Lecture Series – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Presenter: Benjamin Carroll of Chicago Botanic Garden. Cost: free to Anderson Japanese Gardens members; $5 for non-members. Info: 815-3165-3307.

Friday, April 19

Application Deadline for Rock Run Soccer Club College Scholarship — Available at Rock Run website www.rockrun.org.

Kickoff Breakfast for Northern Illinois Money Smart Week 2013 — Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail, (East State & Bell School Road). 8 a.m. Theme: “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees.” Highlight of the program will be the awarding of four winners for Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Several money prizes will be awarded. Also, a ribbon-citting ceremony by Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Sustainability Workshop — Building Construction Management and Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) — Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Efficient Motor Controls, 8:30 -10:30 a.m. High Efficiency Lighting, 1-3 p.m. Info: www.igencc.org/temt or 815-921-3172.

Rock River Center Day Trip to Circa 21 — Meet at Oregon Church of God parking lot, 860 W. Oregon Trail Road at 9:30 a.m. See the play A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement. Our favorite church ladies are back in an all-new show! Cost: $59.50 for Rock River Center members, $64.50 non-members. Includes transportation, show tickets, lunch, all taxes and gratuities.

Zumba Fitness Program – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9-10 a.m. Every Mon. and Fri. morning. $5 per session. No pre-registration. Pay as you go. First class FREE. Info: 815-398-8864.

Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Vegetarian Diets Program — University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 11 a.m.-noon. Includes cooking demonstration; sample recipes. Fee: $5/person. Pre-registration is preferred. Info: 815-732-2191.

Youth Basketball Tournament – Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive. April 19-21. Ten different brackets. Awards presented for each bracket.

Public Skating – Carlson Arctic IceArena & 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.

How to Prepare for Your Local Job Fair” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 1-3 p.m. For upcoming job fairs at Highland Community College and Kishwaukee College. Registration is required. Info: 815-732-3252 or 800-541-5479.

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab — Rockton Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-4 p.m. Ages 55 and older. For beginners who already know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Info: 815-965-7606.

Recycled Tie Dye Party – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 13-19. Celebrate Earth Day by recycling an “old” shirt, bag, or any other cloth item. Info: 815-965-7606.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Family Fun Night – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 5:30 p.m. For families who have a child with a developmental disability, with recreation staff from Rockford Park District. To register, call 815-965-5069, ext. 221.

Peace Walk: Prayers to Stop the Violence and Increase the Peace – Centennial United Methodist Church, 1503 Broadway. Begins at 6 p.m. Prayers will be led by Rev. Enrique Gonzales, pastor of Centennial IMC. Walk will end with a 20-minute community prayer service at Centennial. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Info: 847-345-6430.

Third Annual Student Documentary Showcase — Rock Valley College, Performing Arts Room, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the Mass Communication studio will be open for tours after the show. Info: 815-921-3360.

Habitat for Humanity’s 11th Annual Prime Rib Dinner & Dessert Auction — Crossroads Community Church, 205 N. Jefferson St., Polo. 6 p.m. Cost: $30/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Info: 815-561-3006 or 815-946-2809.

Spring Night Hike – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Meet at Jarrett Center from 7-9 p.m. Ages 6 and up. Free. Register by April 16. Info: 815-234-8535.

Saturday, April 20

I.B.O. Illinois State Championship/World Qualifier & Outdoor Fun 3D Shoot — Blackhawk Field Archers, 10086 Forest Preserve Road., Rockton. Dates: April 20-21. Registration times: Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Kitchen open for breakfast & lunch at all shoots. Info: 815-629-2335 or 708-567-7431.

Record Store Day — Culture Shock, 2314 Charles St. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Music connoisseurs can shop for new favorites and classic vinyl. Live in-store performances by Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at 3 p.m. and Venna (featuring Marky from Felix Culpa) at 7 p.m. DJs will begin spinning at 8 a.m. Store giveaways include tote bags, gift cards, record crates and T-shirts. .

RVC Barnes & Noble Fund-raiser – Barnes & Noble, CherryVale Mall. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College in honor of Earth Day. Hoo Haven will have a live animal demonstration, and Don Miller from Severson Dells will speak about conservation. Present a voucher to cashier at time of your purchase, and donate a portion of net sale to RVC library. Vouchers can be printed in advance at www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Library/library-friends.cfm or may be picked up at store on day of event.

Sixth Annual Northern Illinois Money Smart Week — April 20-27 (renamed from Rockford Money Smart Week). Public awareness campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Info: www.facebook/com/MoneySmartWeekNorthernIllinois.

Third Green Lens Environmental Film Festival — Northern Illinois University. Festival at Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Dates: April 20-25. All films must be 30 minutes or less. Entry fee: $55. Info: www.niu.edu/greenlens.

Starting Your Organic Garden” — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 9 a.m..-4 p.m. Learn techniques for organic soil preparation and planting. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org/event

Program Ops and “Love Is A Verb” — JustGoods, 201 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Former Rockford attorney Don Moore will read excerpts from his book Love Is A Verb and tell how he overcame stress in his life, after a fateful day when he nearly died, and how it changed his life forever. Free and open to public.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” — Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St., Winnebago. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info: 815-484-1300.

ShredFest — Super Shredders, 3206 N. Central Ave. (behind Barbara Olson Center of Hope). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Electronics and paper products. Please limit material to 5 boxes of documents. Free. Info: 815-963-2222.

Stamp Scrap Art Tour – Clock Yower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6, entry good for both days. Children younger than 12 admitted free. Stampers, scrapbookers and paper crafters can see popular rubber stamps/scrapbook manufacturers, view entire lines and buy direct from them.

NFL Flag Football and Cheer Registration & Open House — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Parents of children ages 5-14 can learn more about two of Rockford Park District’s youth sports programs, NFL Flag Football and NFL Cheer. Info: 815-987-8800.

Rockford Area Spanish Conversation Meetup – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Saturday. Info: malonett@gmail.com.

Kids Club Earth Day Trash to TREEsure Event — Michael’s, 1017 W. Lane, Machesney Park and 6301 E. State St., Rockford. 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate Earth Day for $2 per child for 30 minutes of crafting fun. All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour from 10 a.m. to noon.

STEM Exploration Lab — Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. ‘State St., Sycamore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. $10/person for non-members, $8/person members. Info: 815-895-9777 or www.mmnh.org

Money Smart Kids Read: The Trouble With Money — Rockford Public Library, Main Library Creative Corner, 215 N. Wyman St. 10-10:45 a.m. Ages 3-6. Info: 815-965-7606.

Little Cubs Field Cleanup Day – 1160 W. Empire St., Freeport. 10 a.m.-noon.Beverages will be provided for helpers.

Saturday Spectacular: What a Wonderful World! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Youth Summit — Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Noon-4 p.m. Theme: “Connecting Rockford… One Piece at a Time.”nfo: 815-967-4038.

Burpee Explorers: Explore Invertebrates–Cnidaria — Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about jellyfish. For 6 years up and with an adult. Pre-registration and payment is required. $18 per child members, $20 per child non-members. Register the child, the adult is free and must attend Call 815-965-3433, ext. 1020 to register.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s Open House with Mayor Frederic Brereton — City Hall, 401 Whitney Blvd., Belvidere. 1-2:30 p.m. Town hall to meet the constituents.

Teen Financial Reality Fair — Your Future in the Virtual World of Mad City — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 13-18. Money Smart Week program. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Astronomy Day — Discovery Center, 711 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Free planetarium shows, star maps, glittery star crafts. Included with Museum admission. Info: 815-963-6769.

Learn to Skate for Adults — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Sessions begin March 16. Cost: $50/session ($55 non-resident). Info: 815-969-4069 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.

Southeast Asia Culture Festival — Northern Illinois University, Anderson Hall Gymnasium, Room 100, DeKalb. 4-6 p.m. Cultural per-formances, performing arts demonstrations, language lessons, refreshments. Info: 815-753-1771.

10 Most Expensive Tax Mistakes That Cost You Money — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Avoid key tax mistakes and possibly find big tax-saving opportunities. Registrayion is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Guest Chef Dinner – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Social hour, 5:30 p.m., seating for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and cocktails provided by Death’s Door Spirits. Cost: $85/person (does not include tax and gratuity). Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Info: 815-229-9390.

Looking Beyond the MaskWest Middle School Auditorium, 1900 N. Rockton Ave. 6 p.m. Presented by People Supporting People HIV/AIDS Alliancein collaboration with T.S.A.a. Unlimited. A play about the masks people wear to hide their issues behimd. Tickets: $10 each. Info: 779-423-1530.

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.

66th Season Opener at Rockford Speedway – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 7:07 p.m. All four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will be in competition, the Late Models, Sportsman, American Short Trackers and RoadRunners plus the RoadRunners Drags. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., time trials begin at 5:55 p.m. Adultb general admission tickets are $12, students ages 12-17 are $8, ages 6-11 ate $5 with children ages 5 and under admitted free.Info: 815-633-1500 or www.rockfordspeedway.com.

Sunday, April 21

I.B.O. Illinois State Championship/World Qualifier & Outdoor Fun 3D Shoot — Blackhawk Field Archers, 10086 Forest Preserve Road., Rockton. Dates: April 20-21. Registration times: Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Kitchen open for breakfast & lunch at all shoots. Info: 815-629-2335 or 708-567-7431.

Stamp Scrap Art Tour – Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6, entry good for both days. Children younger than 12 admitted free. Stampers, scrapbookers and paper crafters can see popular rubber stamps/scrapbook manufacturers, view entire lines and buy direct from them.

P” is for Rockford Writers’ Guild — Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent St. 1-3 p.m. For the adults: Poet and community activist Christopher Sims will perform 20 minutes of his poetry , then lead the audience in a 20-minute Poetry Writing Contest. There will be a “P” themed potluck. For the kids: Lori Marshall will lead the RWG kids in a poetry writing exercise. The kids will write their own poems. Free and open to the public. Info: www.rockfordwritersguild.com.

Ins” and “Outs” of Composting– Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 1-3:30 p.m. Learn what makes a successful compost pile and decide which methods will work best for you. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org/event

Earth Day Clean-Up – Aldeen Park, 623 N. Alpine Road. 1-4 p.m. Check in at the picnic shelter. Clean-up supplies will be supplied by Rockford Park District. Registration for this free event is requestes. Call NLI at 815-964-6666 or e-mail kjohnsen@naturalland.org by April 19. Long pants, sleeves and sturdy shoes are recommended.Bring wadersw if you want to go into the shallow creek. Children may participate with an adult present.

Earth Day Celebration/Show — Severson Dells, 8786 Montague Road. Reception at 1:30 p.m., show at 3 p.m. With singer Lucie Thorne. Free-will donation. Info: 815-335-2915.

Lecture: Prehistory of the Middle Rock River Valley — Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 2 p.m. Speaker: Edward Jakaitis, Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Free to members,; free with paid admission or $5 lecture only. Info: 815-965-3433.

Northern Illinois Lyme Information and Support Group — American Legion Post No. 1207, 1101 S. Alpine Road. 2 p.m. A Lyme-literate doctor will give a lecture on Lyme Disease, followed bu a Q & A session and general discussion. The documentary film Under Our Skin may be shown if there is time. Free and open to the public. `

Ethnic Heritage Museum honors Outstanding Hispanic Woman of the Year — 1129 S. Main St. 2-4 p.m. Honoree: Maria del Castro de Hawley, who helped found La Voz Latina. Admission: $5 adults, $10 families. Info: 815-962-7402.

Interfaith Open Houses of Worship — 2-2:55 p.m., Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, 4301 W. Riverside Blvd. 3:15-4 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. At 4 p.m., Janet Cole, a representative of Northern Illinois Pagan Alliance, will lead a discussion at the “fire circle” behind the UU Church. Individuals or groups are welcome. People are encouraged to carpool or use their own vehicles. Hosted by Rockford Interfaith Council. Info: 815-621-2762 or 815-964-7111.

Lifetree Cafe: “How to Spot a Liar: Secrets From a Former FBI Agent”– Meg’s Daily Grind, 1141 N. Alpine Road. 7 p.m. Filmed interview with FBI counterintelligence officer John Schafer. Free. Info: 815-797-9LTC.

Monday, April 22

Goodwill Industries’ Donate Day — For Earth Day, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois encourages people to donate used goods for recycling to help the environment. Info: www.donate.goodwill.org.

We Choose Health” Walking School Bus Initiative — Lewis Lemon School, 1993 -720-4190.

Spring Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Classes – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Six Sigma/Lean Training. Dates: April 22-26, 8 a.m.-5p.m.GreenBelt Certification, additional advanced tools. Dates: May 6-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Instruction conducted by Master Black Belt. Info: 815-921-2071 or 815-921-2066. Register by April 12 to reserve your spot.

Coffee Chat: Financial Freedom — Lifescape Community Services, 705 Kilburn Ave. 9:30-11 a.m. Sponsored by City of Rockford Human Services Department.

Photo Gallery of Asian-American Culture – Northern Illinois University, Gallery Lounge, DeKalb. April 22-30. Sponsored by NIU’s Asian American Heritage Month.

Seniors Use Your Email, 3-week class — Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Must be familiar with the use of a mouse and have an existing email account. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Asset Protection: How to Plan for Your Disability and Death — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1:30-3 p.m. Ages 26 and older. Learn how to legally hold assets to avoid spend-down if you become disabled, using special trusts and how to avoid probate. Presented by Attorney Oliver W. Nelson. RSVP is required by 4/22 to 815-227-1144 or ownelson@elderlawrockford.com.

Sibling Support Group – UIC Health Sciences Campus, 1601 Parkview Ave. Youth, 4-4:50 p.m. Teen, 5-5:50 p.m. Parents are required to stay and attend the parent support group component. Info: 815-395-5651 or e-mail at BrendaParrish@EasterSealsChicago.org.

Why a Roth IRA, Why Now? — Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-7 p.m. Ages 26-64. Decide if a Roth conversion is right for you. Money Smart Week program co-sponsored by Ameriprise Financial Services. RSVP is requested by date of the program to deborahwebb@ampf.com or 815-637-9366.

Be Energy Smart, Save $$ Workshop — Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St. 2-3:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Free, but pre-regostration is requested. To sign up, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

The First Tee Youth Golf Program – Alpine Hills Golf & Practice Center, Spring Break Golf Camp. Dates: April 15-18, classes for ages 4-6 and ages 7-18. Also, classes at Park Hills Golf Course, lesson and league combination. Dates: April 22, 29, 4:30-7 p.m. Marengo Ridge Golf Club, lessons begin April 25. Rockford Public Schools is also partnering with The First Tee to offer a golf skills camp April 15-18, 10 a.m.-noon (ages 7 and up) and 1-2 p.m. (ages 4-6). Cost: $40 first session, $20 for second session. Info: 815-965-5057.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Meeting — Administration Building, Board Room, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m

Sustainable Landscape Series — University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. April 22: “Sustainable Landscaping 101.” May 6: “Water Efficient Landscaping.” All run 5-6 p.m. Cost: $5/session or $12 for entire series. Info: 815-732-2191 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Little Cubs Field Opening Day – 1160 W. Empire St., Freeport. 6 p.m. Freeport Firefighters play RJ Drucker in a 6-8-year-old boys’ Pee Wee game. Will be broadcast live on theInternet on Highland College Radio from rooftop of Athletic Memories.

Organizing Your Financial Records & How Long to Keep Them — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 26-64. RSVP is require by 4/20 to daverumple@aol.com or 815-708-7315.

BRH Grief Support Group — Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit. Group for people age 59 or younger who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays thru April 29. Free, but advance registration requested. Info: 608-363-7521 or 877-363-7421.

Good Agricultural Practices Webinar — University of Illinois Extension, Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties. 6-8 p.m. $10 per participant. Must pre-register by April 1. Info: 815-933-8337.

Rockford City Council Meeting — Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Rockford City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.

Free Pool — Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.

Tuesday, April 23

The Needs Seminar: What Are Your Plans for Long-Term Care? — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Ages 26 and older. A discussion of programs for long-term care, including Medicare, family care, use of your assets and long-term care insurance. RSVP by 4/22 to deborah.webb@ampf.com or 815-637-9366.

Senior Skype 1 & 2 — Rockton Centre Branch library, 3112 N., Rockton Ave. Tues. & Wed., 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Make video caslls over the Internet for free. Must bring your own laptop with a video camera to this class. You will download Skype, set up an account and make calls between classmates. Must have an existing email address and be proficient on the Internet. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Medicare and Medicaid: Review the Differences in These Government Programs – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Ages 26 and older. 2:30-4 p.m. Presented by Attorney Oliver W, Nelson and Deborah Webb. RSVP is required by the day of the program to Mr. Nelson at 815-227-1144 or e-mail at ownelson@elderlawrockford.com.

Learn to Skate — Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Figure skating. Private lessons available. Register now at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or at Customer Service locations, or call 815-969-4069.

eReader Help — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 5-7:30 p.m. All ages. Bring your eReader and all your cords to this drop-in class. If you have a laptop, bring it with you. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Debt Free Workshop — Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 26 and older. An encore presentation for Money Smart Week of the Debt Free Divas workshop. Everyone is welcome. Info: 815-965-7606.

Spring Sustainable Landscape Series: Water Efficient Landscaping — University of Illinois Extension at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 6-7 p.m. Cost: $5 per session or five sessions for $20. Info: 815-986-4357.

Family Story Hour — Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

How Will We Pay for College? — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 16 and older. Information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

4th Tuesday Book Club: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai UndercityMeets at Chocolat by Daniel, 211 E. State St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. A book club for ages 18 and up. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford School District 205 Board of Education — Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 7 p.m.

Fair Lending Concerns in Your Home Loan Search – Home Start, 205 N. Church St. 7-8 p.m.Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Learn your rights under fair housing laws. Free and open to the public.

Pub Trivia — Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-633-2552.

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