Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318 Spring Creek Road. Open Mon.-Frti., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, Opening Day activities on May 4 honor Children’s Day, a traditional Japanese holiday on May 5. Many activities available for guests. Scavenger Hunt for children every Thursday thru season beginning May 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost: $8 members, $10 non-members. Meditation classes every Wednesday thru season.Registration for Info: 815-229-9390.
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.
BMO Harris Bank Center – 300 Elm St. Carrie Underwood, May 10, 7:30 p.m. 100 Men Who Cook, May 18, 6:30 p.m. Tickets/Info: 815-968-5600.
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.
Edgar Cayce (ARE) Group – Meets every other Tuesday. Address: Call for info: 815-234-2394.
CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. Info: 815-398-6000.
Coronado PAC – 314 N. Main St. Emily Bear CD Release Concert, May 11, 8 p.m. Coming Oct. 29: Hello, Dolly! Tickets/Info: 815-968-0595.
Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 adults, $8 children, free to members and children age 1 and younger. New: Carbon Playground. Cost: $12 public, $10 members. Info: 815-963-6769.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Open every Sunday. Now featured in Italian Gallery: “Memorable Stories from World War II.” Runs thru Nov. 11. 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 email@example.com.
Graham-Ginestra House Museum – 1115 S. Main St. Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Info: 815-968-6044.
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.
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
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off – Rock River Water Reclamation District, 3333 Kishwaukee St. Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Intermediate Writing/Publishing Class – Meets every Mon. Call for information. Info: 224-343-0384.
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.
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.
Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. Saturday activities include: pony ring for kids age 1-7; Children’s Farm Animal Barn with farm animals; horseback trail rides for riders age 8 and okder. Scenic hay ride.Ticket prices vary; advance reservations recommended for trail rides. Activity hours on Sat. thru September are: hayrides, noon-4 p.m.; pony ring and Children’s Farm Animal barn, noon-5 p.m.; trail rides, noon-4 p.m. October activity hours Sat. and Sun. for Loctoberfest weekends are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hours may vary according to weather. Info: 815-987-8809.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-964-5959 or 888-656-7329.
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.
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 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 River Market – Old Settler’s Park, East Hawick Street, Rockton. 3-8 p.m.
Rockton Township Historical Society Museum – Corner of Blackhawk Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton. Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-624-8200 or 815-629-2210.
Singles Organization Across Rockford (formerly STAR) – Volleyball/Game Nights, 7-10 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park. Second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Cost: $4 or $2 with a snack to share. Info: 815-563-4309, 815-636-9880 or go to www.singlesinrockford.org.
Spectrum of Rockford – Harmony Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, 6625 N. Second St., Loves Park. Various LGBTQA groups. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.
Registration for Rockford Park District 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.
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.
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
Rock Valley College Dental Clinic seeks patients – RVC’s Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Road. Call 815-921-3235.
Registration for Learn to Skate for Adults – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Cost: $50/session ($55 non-resident). Info: 815-969-4069 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org. Shelbert’s Swim Academy – Rockford Park District Learn to Swim classes.
Registration for Shelbert’s Swim Academy – Rockford Park District Learn to Swim classes for children ages 6 monhs to 17 years (age as of june 1), and adults ages 18 and older. Two-week sessions begin June 10, June 24, July 15, and July 29, and meet for eight 45-minute classes (30-minute classes for tots age 5 and younger), offered Mon.-Thurs. mornings and afternoons at Sand Park pool, and mornings and afternoons at Alpine pool. A Saturday morning session for youth (only) is offered at Alpine and Sand Park pools, and meets once a week from June 15-Aug. 10 (no class July 6). At Harkins Aquatic Center, free group swimming lessons will be available to anyone present at Open Swim time Mon.-Thurs. June 10-Aug. 8, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Info: 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: 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: call 815-987-8800.
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.
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 for 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
The Literacy Council Needs Volunteer Tutors – Next workshop series will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Literacy Council, 982 N. Main St. Info: 815-963-READ
Registration for Peak Fitness Body Flow – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Dates: Tues., May 21-Sept. 17, 9-10 a.m. This class is run by Peak Sports Club. Info: 815-398-7300.
Registration for Meditation, Meditation Orientation, Tai Chi, Yoga Flow, Yoga in the Gardens – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Varied dates and times, some throughout the season. Info: 815-229-9390.
Registration for Alcohol Enforcement Officer Course – Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., 2nd floor, classroom A & B. Dates: May 28-29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to law enforcement officers and interested community spokespersons. Registration forms at: 815-967-4039.
Registration for Protecting a Brand Lunch & Learn Event – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Date: May 31, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by AAF Northern Illinois. Guest: Chris Hussin, chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Group of Boardman & Clark LLP. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Register online at www.niafed.org.
Registration for Jr. Flag Footbll Mini-Camp – Brown Park, 2010 N. Main St. For youth ages 3-5. Dates: May 28-June 6, 6-6:45 p.m. Fee: $35 per participant ($40 non-resident). Register by May 21 either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.
Hot Dog Wednesdays and Ice Cold Slushies return to RRVBC – Rock River Valley Blood Center donor centers in Rockford and Belvidere. Every Wednesday, May 29 thru Aug. 28. Info: 877-RRVBC or www.rrvbc.org.
Registration for Loves Park VFW Blood Drive – Loves Park VFW Post 9759, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Date: May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To make an appointment to donate blood, call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or go to www.rrvbc.org.
Registration for Rockford Park District Tennis Lessons – Free tennis summer kick-off event at Guilford Tennis Center, 5702 Spring Creek Road, Sat., June 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain site: Forest City Tennis Center) Free skill level evaluations for lesson placement, free introductory lessons, and a free tennis racquet (while supplies last) to youth age 15 and younger who sign up for a summer tennis program. Registration will be taken on site; also at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Mark the Date for DNR Meeting About Deer Culling – Rockford Public Library East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Date: June 3, 4-7 p.m. Public is invited to express their views.
Registration for Vacation Bible School – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St., Belvidere. Dates: June 3-6. Theme: ”Hip Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad.” Info: 815-544-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for “Lead Like Jesus” Encounter – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Date: June 4, noon-1:30 p.m. Seminar hosted by Pastor Michael Thomas of Zion Lutheran Church. Conversation will be led by Richard Kunnert, retired director of Singer Zone Center. Includes lunch if desired. RSVP for box lunch, $10, by May 30 ($5 without meal) to Pastor Thomas at 815-964-4609 or e-mail at pmethomas @zionrockford.com.
Registration for Summer Youth Golf Tournament Series – Seven youth golf tournaments hosted by Rockford Park District and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District.Open to boys and girls ages 8-18 who are residents of Winnebago or Boone counties, or who hold golf permits from the Rockford Park District or Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. Golf course locations and dates are Sandy Hollow, June 17; Atwood, June 20; Ingersoll, June 24; Ledges, June 27; Elliot, July 1; Macktown, July 8; Aldeen, Aug. 5. Registration deadlines and fees vary; register online at www.rockfordgolfs.com (click My RPD), or at Park District Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park, by mail, fax (with credit card) or call 815-987-8800.
Read Park Aquatic Center Opens – Pool passes now available at Administration Office, 1122 S, Burchard, Freeport, or at the pool after May 25. Various fees for different age groups. Info: 815-235-6114 or email@example.com.
Registration for Yoga and Tai Chi – Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. For ages 16 and older of all abilities. Yoga: June 6-27, Thurs., noon-1 p.m. Fees: $32 ($40 non-resident). July 11-25. Thurs.,noon-1 p.m. Fees: $24 ($30 non-resident). Tai Chi: June 5-26, Wed., noon-1 p.m. Fees: $32 ($40 non-resident). July 3-31,Wed., noon-1 p.m. Fees: $40 ($50 non-resident). Register at least one week in advance for each session, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click Register Now), by mail, fax, or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford., or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park.
Mark the Date for Rockford fatherless Day – Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St. Date: June 10, 6-8 p.m. Discussion of various issues that contribute to fatherlessness in our communities. Learn how to rehabilitate the importance of the father/child relationship. Free. Info: www.rockforddads.org.
Registration for Junior Master Gardener Course – Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. Dates: Thurs., June 13-Aug. 8 (no class July 4), 10 a.m.-noon. For ages 5 and older (with parent/guardian). Fee: $60 ($70 non-resident) includes parent/guardian). Registration ends June 6 if capacity is not reached by then. Register online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax, or at Park District Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.
Order Tickets for RAMP Wine Tasting & Silent Auction – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Date: June 6, 5-8 p.m. Admission: $18 per person advance at www.is.gd/rampwine or $20 per person at the door. RAMP’s No Limits Raffle will be held the night of the wine tasting; need not be present to win.
Order Tickets for Klehm’s 20th Annual Garden Fair – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Dates: June 7-9, varied hours. Advance tickets $5, admission $8 at the door. Free for Klehm members. Info: 815-965-8146
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 Bow Tie March & 5K Run for Men’s Cancer Awareness – 6930 Argus Drive, Rockford. Date: June 8. Run begins at 7:30 a.m.; Event Ceremony is at 9 a.m. Includes a 1.5-mile march down Perryville Path, a 5K Run, a Wellness Fair, food and entertainment. Miles Nielsen and Derek Luttrell will perform. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is honorary chair.Participants can register as individuals or as a team. Top fund-raiser will receive a Weber Grill, 2nd place receives a Milwaukee Drill, and top fund-raising teams will also have an opportunity to win prizes. Register/Info: www.healingpathwayscrc.org.
Registration for Youth Tennis Lessons – Freeport Park District, at Read Park Tennis Courts. For ages 4-10 years. Dates: June 10-July 26, Mon. & Wed.,, 5:30-6:30 p.m., register by May 31. July 9-25, Tues. & Thurs., 5:30-6:30 p.m., register by June 28. Fee: $40 residents, $45 non-residents. Call the Freeport Park District at 815-235-6114
Registration for Martial Arts at Freeport Park District – Four Martial Arts classes held at Read Park Pavilion. Shaolin Kempo, June 25-Aug. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. ages 7 and older. Fees: $50 residents, $55 non-residents. Register by June 14. Little Ninjas, June 20-Aug. 22, 5:45-6:15 p.m. Ages 3-6. fees: $55 residents, $60 non-residents. Register by June 7. Tae Kwon Do (beg & Intr), June 20-Aug. 22, 6:15-7 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Fees: $55 residents, $69 non-residents. Register by June 7. Tae Kwon Do (Adults), June 20-Aug. 22, 7-7:30 p.m. Fees: $55 residents, $60 non-residents. Register by June 7. Register at 815-235-6114.
Registration for Youth Soccer Instructions – Freeport Park District. Non-competitive introduction to soccer. Held in the Read Park Multi-Purpose Field. Ages 4-5: June 10-July 3 Mon. & Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ages 6-7: June 10-July 3, Mon. & Wed., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 4-7, June 11-July 9, Tues. & Thurs., 5:30-6:30 p.m. No class July 4. Register by May 31. Fee: $40 residents, $45 non-residents. Call the Freeport park District at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone or visit the Read Park office at 1122 S. Burchard Drive. Also, Info: 815-235-6114, exr. 109.
Mark the Date for Paranormal Meet & Greet at Camp Grant Museum – 1004 Samuelson Road. Date: June 9, 2-4 p.m. Gathering to share paranormal stories. Refresments will be served. Everyone invited. Free. Info: 815-871-4239.
Order Tickets for Chicago 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 Youth Studio Arts at Freeport Park District – Krape Park Community Building. In conjunction with Freeport Art Museum. Date: June 12, 4-5:30 p.m. For ages 6-10 years. Children will make marionettes out of recycled materials and paints. Cost per session: $18 residents, $20 non-residents. Register by May 29 at Park District Office, 1122 S. Burchard or call 815-235-6114.
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.
Archeology Programs for Children – Stephenson County Museum, 1440 S. Carroll Ave., Freeport. Archeology for Kids, June 15-July 13, 8 a.m.-noon. Ages 6-11. Basic techniques and practices of archeologists. Cost: $35 Freeport Park District residents, $45 non-residents. Archeology Basics, June 29, July 27, 8 am.-noon. Ages 12 and up. Basic techniques and practices of archeological digs. Cost: $35 Freeport Park District residents, $45 non-residents. “Dig This” Archeology Camp, June 24-27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 12 and up. “Dig This”Archeology Camp – June 24-27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 12 and up. Cost: $150 if registered by May 30; $175 if registered after May 30. Participants need to bring a sack lunch each day. Sun screen and head cover strongly suggested for all three classes.
Registration for Meyer’s Annual Kids & K-9s Camp – Meyer’s Tails Up Farm, 5390 Irene Road, Belvidere. Dates: June 17-21. Open to kids entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade; limited to 14 campers. Activities include teaching basic training commands, learning simple agility, teaching a dog how to track, study different dog breeds, dock diving demonstrations, art projects. more. Cost: $235, includes lots of extras. Dogs provided by Meyer’s. Info: 815-547-5778
Registration for 28th Ryan Jury memorial Golf Outing – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford. Date: June 19. Cost: $125, includes golf, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner only is $50. The golf format is a four-person scramble. Three divisions–four men, four women or two men/two women. Golfing will begin with 7 a.m. and 12;30 p.m. shotgun starts. Evening dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., includes a sit-down dinner, entertainment by Carl Cole and a silent auction auction. Also, two raffles. Tickets: $1 each. Winner will receive half of what is sold of the 50/50 raffle. Info: 815-966-2066.
Reservations for Rockford Urban Ministries Annual Dinner – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Date: June 22, 6 p.m. Tickets: $25 regular, $40 “angels.” Info: 815-964-7111.
Registration for Rockford Youth Police Academy – Session 1: June 24-28 (Mon.-Fri.), 1-8 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 520 N. Pierpont Ave. for ages 13-17. Session 2: July 8-12 (Mon.-Fri.), 1-8 p.m. at Patriot’s Gateway Center, 615 S. 5th St. for ages 13-17. Junior Police Academy: June 10-14 (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 318 N. Church St. for ages 13-17. Session 2: Aug.5-9 (Mon.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. for ages 13-17. Info: http://www.rockfordil.gov/police.
Sponsors/Donations needed for 9th Annual N & JT “John A. Terranova, Sr.” Charity Mixed Couples Bocce Ball Tournament – St. Ambroglia Society Bocce Courts. Date: June 22. Includes dinner and music by Sound Explosion. Benefits Rockford MELD. Info: www.helpingkidsandfamilies.org.
Reservations for Genoa-Kingston Alumni Association Dinner and Meeting – Indian Oaks Country Club, 603 E. Preserve Road, Shabbona. 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner. Cost: $32/person. To reserve, contact (Rathbun) Nelson at 1686 Tillbury Terrace, Rockford, IL 61108, 815-399-1551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for PTAC Workshop: “Open House & Electronic Bidding Information” – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: June 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hosted bu IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center.Info: 815-921-2091
Registration for Beer Tasting Event to Benefit Shelter Care Ministries – Pig Minds Brewery, 4080 Steel Drive, Machesney Park. Date: June 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Vegan menu and handcrafted ales. Tickets, $15, can be purchased in advance or at the door. Info: 815-708-2650.
Registration for Inaugural Fields of Honor Golf Classic – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: June 30. Franchesco’s Ristorante in partnership with The Folds of Honor Foundation. Shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Benefit for organization that helps spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service. After playing 18 holes of golf, participants will enjoy a steak dinner at Franchesco’s and hear several guest speakers. Live entertainment by Jamie Campbell & The redneck Romeos. Cost: $125 per person, $60 for dinner only (no golf). Registration deadline is June 23. Info: www.foldsofhonor.org.
Mark the Date for Stephenson County Fair – July 9-14 at Stephenson County Fairgrounds. Most events free, some for tickets. Sat., July 13: Kellie Pickler, 8:30 p.m. Reserved track seats, $20, general grandstand seats, $12/$10 if purchased in advance. Carnival: The Miller Spectacular Show. 2 p.m.-close every day. Wristbands are good all day, any day for $25 ($20 in advance). Info: 815-235-2918.
Registration for Summer Reading Skills Programs – Boylan catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive. Programs begin the week of July 15. For younger and older students and adults.Taught by instructorsfrom the Institute of Reading Development, NIU Outreach Services. Info/Register: 888-201-2448, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon.-Fri. or 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun
Registration for Windsor Lake Fishing League – Regional Activity Center, 7212 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. First league runs July 18-Aug. 18; second league runs Aug. 15-Sept. 5. Both run 5:30 p.m. to sunset. All ages and fishing abilities are welcome. Anglers may fish from human-powered watercraft or from the shoreline (no motorized boats allowed). All fish will be released immediately uopn taking a photo with an approved fish-measuring device. Cash and fishing-related product prizes. Cost: $65 per person for 4-week series, which includes boat rental and fishing pass. Register at Paddle and Trail of Loves Park, 7212 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park.
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. Deadline is April 19, 2013.
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.
Registration for Volleyball Open Gym and High School Summer Sand Volleyball League – Rockford Park District. Open Gym is held Fridays, 7-10 p.m., at Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Fee: $5 per visit. Sand Volleyball League is at Sportscore Two, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. For players under age 18. Runs Thursdays, June 6-July 25 (no games July 4). Maximum of eight players per team. Fee: $80; registration ends May 30. Register at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Order Tickets for Screw City Beer Festival – Screw Drive begins June 1, 3 p.m. at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. Kick-off for VIP tickets sales and exclusive tasting celebration. VIP tickets are $60, limited to 200, available ONLY at Kryptonite. Includes 20 drink tickets, an extra exclusive hour at noon; 1 p.m. T-shirt, festival glass and special release. General admission: $25 (advance price) limited to 1,800 available ONLY online at ScrewCityBeerFest.com. Includes 15 drink tickets, 5 oz. taster and program. Hurry–order now! 2012 event sold out!
Registration for Swim Lessons – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard. Levels I-VI, various skill levels. Dates: June 10-21. Info: 815-235-6114, ext. 0
Registration for Bike For the Arts – Date: Sept. 7. BART supports the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Dance Company, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, and Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford. Discounted price for early bird registration: $30 adults, $15 students and youth 14 and younger. All riders who pre-register will receive a BART T-shirt and lunch at the post-ride party. Several area bike shops are also providing special offers to early-bird registrants. Early registrants also have the option of purchasing a custom BART jersey for $55 via the BART website. BART receives $8 from each jersey purchased and orders placed by July 8 will arrive in time for the ride. BART offers four exciting rides–10, 22,37 and 65-mile options. All rides begin and end at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Musical performances, refreshments, rest room facilities and emergency medical help are available at each rest stop. Info/Register: www.BikeForTheArts.com.
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.
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.
Rockford Rescue Mission needs donations of Toilet Paper – With 200+ people staying overnight, the supply is very low. Please bring donations to 715 W. State St.., Mon.-Fri.
Sponsors Wanted for 5K Run – Rockton Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the 5K Run to be held in early August. Call 815-624-7625.
Ride the Track Trolley at Rockford City Market – Rockford Park District’s Trolley Car No. 36 will again operate during the downtown City Market on Fridays, June 7-Aug. 30, 3-8 p.m. Trolley will pick up and drop off passengers at the Trolley Station next to Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., and run continuously. On First Fridays, the Trolley will also stop at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Rides are 30 minutes long, for a flat fee of $2 per passenger; children ages 4 and younger ride free. Cash only. Info: 815-987-8894.
“Let’s Talk Show” Expo – Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 U.S. Highway 20 east of Freeport, is now open. Features unique gift and specialty shops in Stephenson County.
Wednesday, May 29
Alcohol Enforcement Officer Course – Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., 2nd floor, classroom A & B. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to law enforcement officers and interested community spokespersons. Registration forms at: email@example.com
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. For children under 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. (Use Courtyard Entrance on Wyman St.) Info: 815-965-7606.
Leadership Cafe: Is the relationship between your Board and Staff helping or hindering your organization’s success? – Burpee Center, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St. Noon-1 p.m.Hosted by Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Coxt: Free for NICNE members, $15 non-members. Info: 815-394-4384.
RACVB Annual Luncheon – Downtown Sports Complex (former Ingersoll Building), 301 S. Water St. 12-1:30 p.m. Gourmet picnic -style lunch of delicious sandwiches and side dishes. Cost: $40 per person or $400 for a corporate table of 12. Register by May 23. Info: 815-963-8111
Stateline Mass Transit District Meeting – Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 1:30 p.m.
Rockton River Market – Old Settler’s Park, East Hawick St., Rockton. 3-8 p.m.
Lessons with Moon Rocks/West Science Fair – West Middle School, 1900 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Teacher Kevin Dennis attended a NASA-taught class in November, qualifying him to borrow samples of moon rocks and six different meteorites. The public can view them during the school’s science fair.
LOL Club (Library Out Loud) – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.
Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.
YA Movie Night – RPL Sullivan Center, Large Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. All movies rated PG-13 or lower. Info: 815-965-7606.
Parents for Gifted Education (PGE) Meeting for all Parents, Teachers and Administrators – Marshall Middle School Library, 4664 N. Rockton Ave. 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Pete Keefer, executive director of Finances. Topic: School Finances Made Simple. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. Gatreway Grizzlies – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park, Ill. 7:05 p.m. Admission: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $25 Dental Dimensions Diamond Deck ($20 kids 12 and younger).
Rock Bottom Comedy – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. 2 for $5. Info: 815-965-0931.
Thursday, May 30
Walking Tour of Public Art – Two-mile walk, approximately 1 hour along Rock River Recreation Path. 11 a.m. Every Thursday from May to September (weather permitting). Free.
Look, Listen, and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.
Preschool Storytime – Rockton Centre Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5 years. Info: 815-965-7606.
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: 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.
Bilingual Thursdays 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: 815-9654-7606.
Lessons with Moon Rocks/West Science Fair – West Middle School, 1900 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Teacher Kevin Dennis attended a NASA-taught class in November, qualifying him to borrow samples of moon rocks and six different meteorites. The public can view them during the school’s science fair.
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.
Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 815-969-4082.
VFW Fish Fry – VFW Post 9759, 5018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. 5-8 p.m. every Friday. Info: 815-654-2195.
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-6:45 p.m. Ages 0-2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.
Friday, May 31
Rt 75 Garage Sales – 40 miles of sales along Route 75 and in the towns of South Beloit, Rockton, Davis, Rock City, and Dakota, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Local shops and restaurants also open.
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.
Flinn Middle School Awards – 2525 Ohio Parkway. 9-10:35 a.m. in school auditorium.
Loves Park VFW Blood Drive – Loves Park VFW Post 9759, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To make an appointment to donate blood, call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or go to www.rrvbc.org.
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.
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.
Protecting a Brand Lunch & Learn Event – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by AAF Northern Illinois. Speaker: Chris Hussin, chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Group of Boardman & Clark LLP. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Register at www.niadfed.org.
Kantorei Benefit Golf Outing – Swan Hills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Road, Belvidere. 1 p.m. registration check-in; 2 p.m. shotgun start; 6:30 p.m. dinner. Fee: $16 per person entitles you to 18 holes of golf including cart, gifts, eligibility to win prizes, and dinner. Benefits Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford. Info: 815-963-2544.
Rockford City Market – Water Street between State & Jefferson streets. 3-8 p.m. every Friday before Labor Day; every Friday after Labor Day, 3-7 p.m. thru Oct. 11. 60-plus vendors selling natural products, vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine, healthy snacks. Artisans and beer garden with live music. This week: Frank Calvagna and Mike Youngblood.
Volunteer Reception – Rockford Public schools at Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St. 4-5:30 p.m. Hostede by Parent and Community Empowerment Department.
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Saturday, June 1
Rt 75 Garage Sales – 40 miles of sales along Route 75 and in the towns of South Beloit, Rockton, Davis, Rock City, and Dakota, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Local shops and restaurants also open.
Gun & Knife Show – Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5.
Salvation Army Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Laotian Ministry and Promotion of Officers – Fairgrounds Park, Rockford. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event takes place in Pavilion across the street from The Salvation Army Tabernacle Corps at 210 N. Kilburn Ave.
Rockford Public Library Kicks off “Have Book Will Travel” Summer Reading Club – Waterworks Parking Lot C, corner of Jefferson and Wyman streets. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Variety of activities including craft stations, bouncy tent and a rock climbing wall. First 100 kids to sign up will get a free T-shirt.
Rockford Park District Tennis Lessons – Free tennis summer kick-off event at Guilford Tennis Center, 5702 Spring Creek Road, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain site: Forest City Tennis Center) Free skill level evaluations for lesson placement, free introductory lessons, and a free tennis racquet (while supplies last) to youth age 15 and younger who sign up for a summer tennis program. Registration will be taken on site; also at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Rockford Area Spanish Conversation Meetup – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Saturday. Info: email@example.com.
Kids Club National Drawing Day Event – Michaels Arts & Craftys, 6301 E. State St and 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Create a makestic crown for only $2 per child and 30 minutes of crafting fun. First 50 kids to sign up will receive a free sketch pad with drawing tips. All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour from 10 a.m. to noon.
Conclusion of Amazin’ Blazin’ BBQ Sale – Benson Stone Co., 1100 11th St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free grilling demos by factory reps and chefs.
Guilford High School 50th Celebration – 5620 Spring Creek Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. School leaders will honor 50 years of alumni and staff and also recognize Guilford’s first principal., Dr. John Swanson, plus sporting teams.
Public Forum for Racial Justice – Kingdom Authority International Ministries, 518 N. Court St. 1 p.m. Civil rights, voter registration, police brutality, unfair treatment for Afro-American men in the courts, unfair treatment in education and the school system.
Keith Creek Neighborhood Association Party for the Pantry – Churchill Park and Redeemer Lutheran Church. 3 p.m.-dusk. Live entertainment, games and prizes. Refreshments from The Sandwich Factory. Requested donation of 2 non-perishable food items. Proceeds to benefit the Rock River Valley Food Pantry.
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.
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.
“Uncorked in the Garden” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 5:30 p.m. rain or shine. Enjoy 32 wines from around the world. Sample wines and hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar available. Cost: $45 advance, $50 at the door. Info: 815-316-3306 or 815-229-9390.
Atwood at Night – Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. 7-9 p.m. Night hike and s’mores around the campfire. Free.
Car Load Night and Return of Figure 8 Saturday – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. A “car load” of people will be admitted to the Speedway grounds for only $40 (car load pricing valid until 6:30 p.m.) Saturday Night Super Show, including NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, Short Trackers and RoadRunners, along with Smokey Burnout Contest. See the show-stopping Figure 8 race! Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., time trials begin at 5;55 p.m.Adult general admission tickets atre $12, students ages 12-17 are $8, kids ages 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and younger are admitted free. Info: www.rockfordspeedway.com or 815-633-1500.
Sunday, June 2
Gun & Knife Show – Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $5.
Hiking for Hounds – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Community Dog Walk for the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring cash donations to support Kibble Korner, Rockford’s pet food pantry. Dogs must be leashed and well behaved. Half-price admission: $3 adults, $1.50 seniors, kids and students. All dogs and Klehm members, free.
Team Heidi Benefit Fund-raiser – Cherry Valley Fire Station #2, 4919 Blackhawk Road, Rockford. Noon-5 p.m. Benefit for a 12-year-old girl with a rare cancer, kidney damage and two Sarcoma tumors. She is now undergoing chemotherapy. Cost: $5 (under 10 are free). Food, raffles, silent auction, games, live entertainment by Audio Drive band. Donations can also be made to any PNC Bank branch for Team Heidi Benefit.
Ethnic Heritage Museum Honors Local Men: Frank Perrecone – 1129 S. Main St. 2-4 p.m. Italian Gallery. Local men are honored as “Father or Man of the Year.” Admission free, but donations appreciated. Info: 815-962-7402.
Lifetree Cafe: “Kids Without a Country: An Illegal Immigrant’s Story” – Meg’s Daily Grind, 1141 N. Alpine Road. 7 p.m. Features the filmed story of Reyna Grande, whp crossed the border with her family illegally as a 9-year-old. Grande is now a teacher and author. Free. Info: 815-292-4697.
Monday, June 3
RE/MAX Balloon Visit – Rock Cut Elementary School, 7944 Forest Hills Road,Loves Park.Program will be presented twice, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in school gym, giving all students a chance to participate.The 75-ft.-tall balloon envelope will be inflated with cold air, permitting students to walk inside it. Presentation will then conclude outdoors with a demonstation of how the balloon basket and burners operate.
LOL Club (Library Out Loud) – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.
DNR Meeting About Deer Culling – Rockford Public Library East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 4-7 p.m. Public is invited to express their views
Free Pool – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
Tuesday, June 4
Guided Trail Rides on Wagon –Lockwood and Page Parks. Guided trail tours for adults age 18 and up aboard the Lockwood show wagon. Midday excursions with a trail guide. Tuesdays in May and June. $6 per person ($8 non-resident). Advance reservations required. Info: 815-987-8809
Peak Fitness Body Flow – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Dates: Tues., May 21-Sept. 17, 9-10 a.m. This class is run by Peak Sports Club. Info: 815-398-7300.
Who Picked This Book? Club: Mortality – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 20 and older. Writer Christopher Hitchens leaves us with a posthumously published analysis of his dying days. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
The Literacy Council Needs Volunteer Tutors – Next workshop series will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Literacy Council, 982 N. Main St. Info: 815-963-READ or visit www.theliteracycouncil.org.
Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – RPL Sullivan Center, Large Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.
Protecting a Brand Lunch & Learn Event – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by AAF Northern Illinois. Guest: Chris Hussin, chair of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Group of Boardman & Clark LLP. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Register online at www.niafed.org.
“Lead Like Jesus” Encounter – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Noon-1:30 p.m. Seminar hosted by Pastor Michael Thomas of Zion Lutheran Church. Conversation will be led by Richard Kunnert, retired director of Singer Zone Center. Includes lunch if desired. RSVP for box lunch, $10, by May 30 ($5 without meal) to Pastor Thomas at 815-964-4609 or e-mail at pmethomas @zionrockford.com.
Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St.1-3 p.m. Ages 16 and older. Learn the basics of this device. Sign up now! Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Good Grieving Support Group – Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road. 1 p.m. Meets for six weeks.Relevant lessons concerning the grieving process, time for sharing, refreshments. Open to anyone grieving a loss, refreshments. Info: 815-561-8866.
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.
Summer Teen’Scape @ Rock River – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 2-5 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, or make crafty surprises. Info: 815-965-7606.
Summer Spectaculars: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.
Friendly Skies – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m, Ages 2-12. Songs, stories, and create a flying craft. Info: 815-965-7606.
Family Story Hour – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m, All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Rockford Board of Education Meeting – Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 3rd Floor Board Room. 7 p.m.
Pub Trivia – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 8 p.m. Info: 815-633-2552.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. Normal CornBelters – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park, Ill. 7:05 p.m. Admission: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $25 Dental Dimensions Diamond Deck ($20 kids 12 and younger).
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From the May 29-June 4, 2013, issue