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.
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.
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. Traveling exhibit: “Treasure! The Journey Has Just Begun” thru Sept. 2. Woodward Exhibit Hall, admission 42 members, $4 public plus general Museum admission.Admission: $ 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.
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.
Coronado PAC – 314 N. Main St. 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.
Elite Defense Systems Self-Defense Center – 5695 Strathmoor Drive. Daily classes. Now offering special after-school program for students’ character building using martial arts. Info: 815-885-4758.
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. “Salute to Julian Swain” runs thru August. 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 Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. Info/membership: www.forestcitybrewers.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.
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.
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.
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.
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 or 815-987-8800.
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.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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 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 Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ – Rockford Park District. Group golf lessons for adults age 55 and up. Various weekdays and times beginning Aug. 7 and 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 or 815-987-8800.
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.
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.
Sign Up for Free Monthly Nature Hikes – Rockford Park District invites you to join the Atwood Adult Hiking Club one Tuesday a month for a one-hour hike at 9 a.m. at a different location each month. For schedule, go to www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or call 815-874-7576.
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
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.
Registration for Yoga and Tai Chi – Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. For ages 16 and older of all abilities. 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.
Registration for Teen Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: July 10-Aug. 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free, but registration and parent/guardian permission are required. Info: 608-363-7421.
Mark the Date for Stephenson County Fair – July 9-14 at Stephenson County Fairgrounds. Most events free, some for tickets. 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 Windsor Lake Fishing League – Regional Activity Center, 7212 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. 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 or www.paddleandtrail.com.
Registration for Rockton Chamber of Commerce Summer Breeze 5K Run & Walk – Date: Aug. 17, 8 a.m. at Settlers Park, Rockton. Register at rocktonchamber.com.
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.
Misery Loves Company – 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.
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-printed 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.
Forest City Queen Riverboat Private Rentals – For group, wedding, shower, company, special occasion, or family reunion cruise outings. Stops at Nicholas Conservatory & gardens or Martin Park can also be included. Variety of catering options, or bring your own food. Wheelchair accessible. Rates: $250 for first hour, $125 each additional hour. Info: 815-987-1685 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/fcqtrolley.
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) group sessions 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 week of May 2 for hockey. Info: 815-969-4069.
Order Tickets for Screw City Beer Festival – Screw Drive at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 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!
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.
Rockford Park District Summer Fun – Wild Wednesdays, June 12-Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m. Free with Nicholas Conservatory admission. Sinnissippi Safaris, Fridays, June 14-Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-noon.Free outdoor programs.
Family Golf at Ingersoll Learning Links – Ingersll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. thru October. Wednesdays, late June-early August, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, late June-early August, 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 815-987-8800.
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.
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.
Summer Food Service Program – Now available at 30 area sites that provide summer activities for youth in Winnebago and Boone County. Free/reduced-price lunches for children under age 18.
Free Pint of Culver’s Custard for RRVBC Blood Donors – June 3- Aug. 31, area blood donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of frozen custard from Culver’s (while supplies last) as part of Culver’s “Give a Pint, Get a Pint.” Anyone who donates blood at a local blood center or mobile blood drive location will be eligible.
Standfield Beach in Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., is now open for the season. Admission $2; $1 for children under 48 inches and veterans. Noon-7 p.m. daily. Closed during school days. Info: 815-978-5560.
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 thru 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.
Free Drop-in Softball for Adults Age 50+ – Rockford Park District invites men and women age 50 and up to play co-rec softball this season. Games are played every Tues. thru Sept. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Dahlquist Park, 29th St. and Oak Grove Ave. Players should bring their own glove and bat, and register on site at the park. Age is as of Dec. 31, 2013. Spectators are welcome, and should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No pre-registration is needed. Info: 815-987-1603.
Hockey Camp and Clinic Openings – Space is still available for Jr. Ice Hogs Fundamentals Camps (Aug. 5-9) at Riverview Ice House; Elite Summer Camp (Aug. 5-9) at Riverview Ice House; Jr. IceHogs Skills and Drills Clinics (Aug. 8-29 and Sept. 5-Oct. 10) at Carlson Ice Arena, Loves Park. Register at least one week before each start date, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) , by mail, fax (using credit card) or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health Exercise Classes – 5510 E. State St. Variety of classes beginning in June. For details, call 815-396-4591.
Registration for ACT and TAP programs for students pursuing a career in education – Learning Resource Center, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St. ACT Course dates: ; Aug. 12-16. TAP Course dates: Aug. 19-23. Info: 815-226-4087 or JGrey@Rockford.edu.
Registration for “Stepping On” Workshops – Beloit Township Fire Department, 2445 S. Afton Road, Beloit. Dates: Tuesdays, July 30-Sept. 10., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost: $10. Balance and strength exercises; reduce the risk of falling. Transportation may be available. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5472.
Registration for Facing New Challenges – Alzheimer’s association, Rock River Office, 93 Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Date: Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. Learn new communication approaches.. Cost: $5/person. Info: 800-272-3900.
Registration for Adult Grief Support Groups – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. For those 59 and younger who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner, Mondays, Aug. 12-Sept. 30, 6 p.m. For any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one, Tuesdays, July 9-Aug. 20, 3-4:30 p.m. For adults experiencing the death of any loved one, Tuesdays, July 16-Aug. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. at Orfordville Lutheran Church, 210 N. Main St., Orfordville. Info: 608-363-7421.
Registration for 3rd Annual Life Is a Highway Memorial Ride Benefit for Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism – American Legion, 900 W. Chrysler Drive, Belvidere. Date: Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Includes poker run, food, live music, silent auction, door prizes. Info: 815-965-6745.
Registration for Bunking With the Birds at Atwood Park – Atwood Center, Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. Dates: Aug. 2-3. Sleep in the treehouse overnight from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 thru 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. Fees per person: youth, $30 ($35 non-resident); accompanying adults $15 ($20 non-resident), including campfire meals. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian age 18 or older. Register by July 26, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) , by mail, fax (using credit card) or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/atwood.
Registration for Greater Rockford Senior Golf Classic – Ingersoll Golf Course. Dates: Aug. 26 and 27. Open to amateur golfers age 60 and older who are tresidents of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Ogle or Rock counties, or are Rockford Park District golf permit holders. Men’s and women’s divisions. for 18- and 36-hole events. Fees vary according to event and player residency. Entry deadline: Aug. 5. Register either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Park District Customer service locations, or call 815-987-8800.
Registration for Tutor Training Workshop – The Literacy Council, 982 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mon. and Wed. evenings, Aug. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21. Teach nonnative speakers to read, write and speak English as well as assist adults with reading comprehension and vocabulary. Must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, complete 16-hr. New Tutor Workshop and commit to tutoring for 2 hours a week for at least a year. Info: 815-963-7323.
Registration for Junior Police Academy – Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. Dates: Aug. 5-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages13-17. Info: http://www.rockfordil.gov/police.
Registration for “Green Generalist” Workshop – Blackhawk Technical College. Date: Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. In conjunction with Purdue University Cost: $149. Three other “green” workshops developed by Purdue University are scheduled for Aug. 12, Oct.12 and Oct. 26. Info: http://www.blackhawk.edu/ExplorePrograms/BusinessesandCommunityDevelopment.aspx, click “Workshops and Seminars” link.
Registration for “Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Date: Aug. 6, 1:30-4 p.m. Presented by Rock County Council on Aging in partnership with Alzheimer’s Support Center and The Heights at Evansville Manor. Cost: $10. Class scholarships, respite care and transportation funding will be available. Info: 608-757-5472 or www.co. rock.wi.us/aging.
Registration for RRVBC Blood Drive –- Date: Aug. 6. Anyone who registers to donate blood at any RRVBC location or mobile blood drive will receive an admission coupon to Cherry Valley Days Festival while supplies last. Festival runs Aug. 23-25 at Baumann Park, Cherry Valley. Info: http://www.valleydays.com/ or wwww.rrvbc.org.
Order Tickets for WWE Smackdown TV – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $95, $50, $35, $25, $15, at BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, call 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com/wwe.
Registration for Leadership Seminar: How to outperform & outlast the competition: Embracing change & thriving – Rockton Fire Station Community Room. Date: Aug. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15. Presented by P.R.I.D.E. Associates. Info: 815-624-7625.
Registration for Women’s Self-Defense Class – River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main SDt., Leaf River. Date: Aug. 6 and 13, 7-9 p.m. Offered by Gallowglass Academy. For ages 14 and up. Parent or legal guardian should accompany women under age 18. Discount for two women signing up together. Info: 815-973-1064 or www.GallowglassAcademy.org.
Registration for Community Foundation Grantseekers Meeting – Mendelssohn Hall Banquet Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 7, 9-11 a.m. Info about the Community Foundation’s grant programs and a demonstration of their upgraded online grant application. Learn grant writing tips. RSVP at 815-962-2110, ext. 17 or email LSchweitzer@cfnil.org
Registration for Openfields Local Foods Dinner: Feast in the Field – Toni’s of Winnrbago kitchen garden, 508 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Date: Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Cost: $50/person, includes one non-alcoholic beverage. Additional beverage or beer or wine flight for extra fee. Info: 815-986-4357.
Registration for Rock Run Soccer Club’s 6th Annual Golf Play Day Fund-raiser – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: Aug. 9,. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Scramble format. Cost: $125, includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Business sponsorships available. Info: www.rockrun.org
Registration for Perseid Meteor Shower – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River road. Date: Aug. 11, 9 p.m.-midnight. Meet at Weiskopf Observatory. Free. Pre-register by Aug. 9 at 815-234-8535.
Registration for “Green and Bear It” MELD Annual Golf Play Day – Prairie View Golf Club, Byron. Date: Aug. 15. Includes green fees, cart fees, scramble format, course contest prizes, door prizes, 50/50 Raffle, auction of sportson. packages, refreshments. Register by Aug. 9. $90 for one golfer, $170 for twosome, $320 for foursome. After Aug. 9, fee is $100 per person. Reserve at 815-633-6353, ext. 10 or www.rockfordmeld.org.
Registration for Bonsai Exhibit & Class – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Aug. 10. Exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Class, 3 p.m. Free to members, $5 public. Info: 815-965-8146.
Mark the Date for Sam’s Club Children’s Health Month Health Screenings – Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. Date: Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. To find a club near you, visit www.SamsClub.com/clublocator.
Buy a Duck for Great Duck Race – Alzheimer’s Association’s Great Duck Race on the Rock River. Date: Aug. 10. Starts at Heritage Crossing Riverfront Plaza in Dixon. First place wins $1,000; second place wins $250; third place wins $100. Last place “Lazy Duck” earns $50. Ticket prices: pair of ducks for $5; family of 12 for $25; flock of 50 for $100. Available at Alzheimer’s Association’s Rock River Area Office, 93 S. Hennepin Ave.; Heartland Realty, 1254 N. Galena Ave.; Dixon Ford Lincoln Volkswagen Mazda, 489 Ill. Rte. 2; Napa Auto Parts, 713 N. Galena Ave. Or call 800-272-3900.
Registration for HARD CHARGE Obstacle Run – Richmond Hunting Club, Richmond, Ill. Date: Aug. 10. Chicago/Milwaukee area. Televised 4-mile obstacle course and party at the club. Registration open to everyone. Volunteers may sign up at HardCharge.com/get-involved/volunteer.
Registration for Kids Spot 3rd Annual Cheer Dodgeball Tournament – Eisenhower Middle School, 3525 Spring Creek Road. Date: Aug. 11, 10 a.m. Ages 15-99. Entry fee: $165 per team of 6-10 players; includes a T-shirt for each team member. Info: 815-623-5437.
Registration for Boundary Waters Trip – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Dates: Aug.12-16 . Trip to Minnesota wilderness. Meet at Jarrett Center at 9 a.m. All equipment provided including food, tents, and canoes. Cost: $400/person. Pre-register by July 26. Minors must have an adult supervisor. Info: 815-234-8535.
Registration for “We Are Rockford. Now What?” Luncheon – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Speaker George Ranney, pres. & CEO of Metropolis Strategies. Tickets: $40/person or $400 for table of 10. Register at 815-987-8100 or rockfordchamber.com.
Master Naturalist Training Information Meeting – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Aug. 14, 6 p.m. Register for classes to be held in Boone Couinty, Wednesdays, Aug. 28-Nov. 6, 5-9 p.m. Master Naturalist participants agree to serve 60 hours of volunteer service within the first two years of their initial classroom experience. They can then continue their certification with 30 volunteer hours annually. Info: 815-544-3710 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Registration for “Raw Food for Smart, Busy People” – Raw Energy with Brenda Richter, Belvidere/Rockford. (RSVP for exact address) Date: Aug. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. With Cherie and Dan Ladermann, directors of Living Light International and authors of Raw Food For Dummies. Cost: $30. RSVP: 815-543-1207 or email@example.com.
Sign Tots Up for Summer Sports Camp – Space is still available for last session of Rockford Park District’s summer Youth Sports Tots Camp for children ages 3-5. Campers will be introduced to a new sport each themed practice session. Session meets twice a week, Mondays/Wednesdays, Aug.19-28, 6-6:45 p.m. at Brown Park in northwest Rockford. Fee: $30/session ($35 non-resident). For complete program description: www.rockfordparkdistrictorg/guides, and Park District facilities and Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Calling All Amateur Photographers – Monroe Arts Center wants photos of favorite sites, people, pets, landscaopes or wildlife in the 24th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit. Photos will be on exhibit in MAC’s Wesley Hall from Sept. 6-Oct. 18. Opening reception and awards Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m. Entry fee: $20 per photographer; deadline to enter is Aug. 16. Enter either Junior or Adult Classific ation. Info: 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249 or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.
Registration for “Securing Supports for a Successful Schoool Year” – Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School, 650 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m. Presented by Family Matters PTIC. Free. Register by Aug. 8 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or www.fmptic.org/events/trainings. Limited childcare by registration only; call 815-965-5069, ext. 1221.
Mark the Date for 12th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair – Ogle County Fairgrounds, 2 miles west of Oregon, Ill., just off Rte. 64 on Limekiln Road. Aug. 17 and 18. Exhibits include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal; organic produce; workshops on local foods, how to produce, prepare and preserve your own food; energy use and efficiency and more. Info: 815-732-7332.
Registration for Cheesemaking – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledoniia. Date: Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Info: 815-389-8455.
Registration for Mixed Doubles Golf Classic – Sinnissippi Golf Course, 1201 N. Second St. Date: Sept. 17. Amateur golfers ages 16 and older who are residents of Winnebago or Boone counties, or are Park District permit holders, are eligible; teams must be comprised of one female and one male golfer. Entry fees vary according to player residency.Register by 5 p.m., Aug. 2, either by mail, fax (with credit card), or in person at Customer Service locations. Info: www.rockfordgolfs.com or 815-987-8800.
Registration for Summer Breeze 5K Run & Walk – Date: Aug. 17. Sponsored by Rockton Chamber of Commerce. Info: 815-624-7625.
Registration for Story Time & Fun with Two Toads Environmental Experience – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Volunteers read stories in the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden. With related activities. Bring a picnic lunch for the family. Cost: Included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146.
Registration for 21st Annual All Traditional Shoot Equipment Shoot – Blackhawk Field Archers, 10086 Forest Preserve Road, Rockton. Dates: Aug. 17-18. Long Bow, Recurve, Self Bow. No aids allowed. Saturday night dinner. Traditional shoot hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. See website for shoot details and pricing for dinners. Free weekend primitive camping or $10 electric hook-ups limited. Info: www.blackhawkfieldarchers.com.
Order Tickets for “Clash of the Titans” – Rockford Aviators Baseball Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. Date: Aug. 17. See The Minnesota Nightmare as he competes in a MEGA-10-Man Tag Team match. Also: WLW ladies title match and classic 20-mam battle royal. Chance to meet and greet with wrestlers at 5:30 p.m. if you purchase front row and ringside tickets. Tickets start at $6 and range up to $30. Info: 815-885-2255.
Registration for Bus Trip to Wrigley Field – Freeport Park District. Date: Aug.17. See Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Bus departs from McKinley Ave. parking lot in Read Park at 8 a.m. Fee: $70 resident, $75 non -resident. Register by July 12 at Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard, or charge by phone at 815-235-6114, ext. 0.
Mark the Date for Free Adult Pickleball Session – Andrews Park, 850 N. Central Ave., Rockford. Date: Aug. 17, noon-2 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Drop-in session; learn about this paddle balll game
Registration for Canoe the Rock – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Aug. 17, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $20/canoe. Minimum of one adult per canoe. All equipment is provided. Pre-register by Aug.16 at 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Registration for “The Sky’s the Limit” Dinner and Auction – Country Club of Beloit, 2327 Riverside Blvd., Beloit, Wis. Date: Aug. 17, 6-11 p.m. Hosted by Stateline Family YMCA. Live & silent auction, dinner, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, entertainment by Dave Potter Trio. Tickets: $50 each or $100 per couple; $400 for table of 8. Info: 815-623-5858.
Registration for Six Sigma/Green Belt Certification Classes – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Six Sigma/Lean Training includes DMAIC Methodology for Process Improvement. Dates: Aug. 19-23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Green Belt Certification includes additional advanced tools, Sept. 11-13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Testing for Certification takes place on the final day. Reserve by Aug. 15. Info: 815- 921-2067 or 815-921-2066.
Registration for RHS Ambassadors Golf Play Day – Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St. Date: Aug. 19. Begins at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch; shotgun start at noon; light dinner reception and prizes at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person. Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and after-golf reception. Register by call 815-971-4141.
Registration for “The Truth About Carbs” – University of Ill. Extension Ogle County. 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Aug. 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Instructor: Marilyn Csernus, U of Ill. Extension nutrition & wellness educator. Free. Healthy recipes will be provided as well as a cooking demonstration. Info: 815-732-2191 or 815-732-3252. Walk-ins also accepted.
Registration for Wildflower and Bird Hike – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Aug. 20, 5 p.m. All ages; free; bring hiking clothes. Pre-register by Aug. 19 at 815-234-8535.
Registration for”The American Civil War: Winnebago County and the Forest City” – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 21. Speaker Terry Dyer. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, building tour (optional) at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per session includes lunch. Reserve at 815-969-1999.
Registration for CASA “Bridges Out of Poverty” Workshop – Presented by Winnebago County CASA, held in Aurora, Kane County. Date: Sept. 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $40 public, $25 current CASA members.. Info: 815-319-6880.
Vendors Needed for Home Based Job and Product Fair – CherryVale Mall. Date: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m Location will be assigned for your table and chairs, product and business information. For registration form, call Kathy Rapp at 815-298-8919.
Registration for “An Evening in the Tropics” Gala– Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Aug. 24. Cocktail reception & silent auction, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Tickets: $100/person. Info: 1-888-404-4248.
Registration for Putnam Museum Trip – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Aug. 25. Meet at Jarrett Center at 10 a.m. for trip to Davenport, Iowa. Cost: $20/person or $30/couple. Fee does not include museum admission. Pre-register by Aug. 15 at 815-234-8535.
Registration for Master Naturalist Training – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Dates: Aug. 28-Nov. 6, 4-9 p.m. Info: 815-544-3710.
Order Basket & Cards for Rosh Hashanah – Rockford Chapter of Hadassah is taking orders for Rosh Hashanah baskets. The start of the Jewish year begins at sundown, Sept. 4. Each basket includes a round challah (Jewish bread), honey cake, a bottle of wine or grape juice, bottle of honey and apples. Also, Rosh Hashanah cards will be sold for $1 each at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drivre, Rockford. Baskets are $25 each; order from Tom Sievers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-742-4537. This year, baskets can be delivered for a $5 fee. Deadline to order: Aug. 10.
Registration for Kickball for a Home Tournament – Sportscore One, 1288 Elmwood Road. Date: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefit for Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Adult and youth leagues for all ages. Deadline: Aug. 21. Info: http://rockford.kintera.org/kickball.
Registration for Wings & Wheels Fly-in & Classic Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show – Ogle County Airport, east of Mt. Morris on Route 64. Date: Sept. 8. Breakfast served, 7 a.m.-noon. Show registration, 7-10:30 a.m. Awards 12:15 p.m. Breakfast: adults, $8; kids, $4. Show registration, $12; display class only, $5. Spectators free. Info: Airport, 815-973-3234 or Classic Cars, 815-440-5982.
Registration for RAMP’s “DeKalb County Changing Attitudes Breaking Barriers Luncheon” – The Regale Center, 124 S. California St., Sycamore. Date: Sept. 12, 11:45 a.m. Speaker: Stevie Hopkins. To sponsor or order tickets ($250 for table of 8 or $35/person), call 815-968-7467.
Registration for Whitetails Unlimited Rockford Area Banquet – Lino’s, 5611 E. State St. Date: Sept. 19. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Chicken parmigiana dinner. Auction and prizes such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor related equipment. Proceeds of fund-raiser go toward local youth conservation projects. Tickets: $40 each, $20 for spouse or $20 for children age 15 and younger. Order deadline is Sept. 12; tickets will not be sold at the door. Info”: 815-274-5471.
Registration for “Ride Like an Egyptian” – Date: Sept. 14. Recreational bike ride offers cyclists 25/50/75 and 100-mile loops through east-central DeKalb Country and west-central Kane County, with the ride beginning and ending at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St., DeKalb. All ages. Riders can begin anytime between 7-10 a.m. and ride at their own pace. Rest stop at St. Mary’s Novak in Maple Park. Fees: $22 adults, $5 youth age 16 and under until Sept. 1. After Sept. 1, registration fees increase to $30 for adults and $10 for youth age 156 and under. Register online at www.egyptiantheatre.org.
Order Tickets for Comedian Dennis Miller – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 4. Tickets $77, $57 and $45. On sale at BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmasteroutlets, or call 815-968-5222.
Same-day Screening Digital Mammograms – SwedishAmerican Center for Women, Renauissance Pavilion, 2nd Floor, 1340 Charles St. Every Tuesday and Thursday in July, 3:15-4:30 p.m. No appointment needed; physician referral not necessaary. Most insurance is accepted including Medicare.
Rockton Township Historical Society Quilt Show – Open each Saturday until Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Some are for sale. Info: 815-624-8200.
Donations Needed for 4th Annual “Calvary Cares”– Beginning Aug. 7, Calvary Christian Church, 5455 Charles St., Rockford, will be accepting donations of gently-used clean clothing, furniture, utensils and appliances in good working order. All items collected will be given away free to members of the community on Saturday, Aug. 17. Donations may be dropped off at the church building between 9-11 a.m. or 4-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Please call ahead if you are bringing large items . In some cases, pick up of donations may be arranged by calling the church office at 815-398-4040. Doors open at 8 a.m., Sat., Aug. 17 for the Giveaway.
Book Club Looking for New Readers – Oregon Public Library and Rock River Center host a monthly get-together for specific book talks and conversation. Club meets at 12:30 p.m., second Wednesday of each month in the Rock River Center Conference Room. Adults of any age are invited to visit at any time. Info: Rock River Center, 815-732-3252 or Oregon Public Library, 815-732-2724.
Mastercraft Exteriors Collecting School Supplies for Homeless Children – Drop box locations: Mastercraft Exteriors, 330 E. Main St., Suite 600, Rockton; Schnucks, 4860 Hononegah Road, Roscoe; Advance Medical Rehab, 1820 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Info: 815-877-ROOFS-02.
Cash Incentive for 4th Annual YMCA Stone Bridge Trail Marathon & 5K Races – Belvidere Family YMCA. Race sponsored by SwedishAmerican Foundation. Date: Oct. 12, 7 a.m. $200 cash award to any runner who sets a new marathon course record. Registration fee for marathon is $80 thru Oct. 4, increases to $90 on Oct. 6. Registration fee for each 5K run is $25 thru Oct.5, then increases to $30. Info: www.ymcastonebridgemarathon.org or 815-623-5858.
Order Tickets for Comedian Gabriel Iglesias – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44, on sale Aug. 2 at BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, coronadopac.org, Ticketmaster.com.
Wednesday, July 31
Food Service Sanitation Manager Refresher Course – University of Illinois Extension Office, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. , 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fee: $40, includes lunch, learning activities & reference materials. Does not include renewal fee. You must bring a photo ID and Verification of your FSSMC ID number. Info: 815-732-2191.
Ogle County Fair – Ogle County Fairgrounds, 2 miles west of Oregon, Ill., just off Rte. 64 on Limekiln Road. Dates: July 31-Aug. 4. Daily admission: $8 for persons age 4 and up; includes carnival rides. Season passes available at Ogle County Fair Office at $25 each. VIP passes available for $50.
Classic Cinemas: Escape From Planet Earth – Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Ave., Freeport. 10 a.m. Admission: $1/person. Group rate: $5/person for 15 or more. Info: 815-233-0413.
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. Children under 2. Build baby’s literacy skills. Info: 815-965-7606.
RAVE Board Meeting – BMO Harris Bank Center, Board Room, 300 Elm St. 11:30 a.m.
Beginning MS Word (3-part class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Third week. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
MS Word 2010 (3-part class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Word-processing program. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Rockton River Market – Old Settler’s Park, East Hawick St., Rockton. 3-8 p.m.
Youth Studio Arts at Freeport Park District – Krape Park Community Building. In conjunction with Freeport Art Museum. 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. Info: 815-235-6114, ext. 0 .
Pinto Cruise for Wounded Warrior Program – Bullet Stop Gun Shop, 2100 Harlem Road, Loves Park. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jim Madison, along with others, will cruise his old Ford Pinto across America to raise awareness for Wounded Warrior program. Raffle for a Henry Goldenberg 22. Tickets: $10 each or 3 for $20. Drawing will be held Sunday night. Info: www.pintostampede.com.
YA Movie Night – RPL Sullivan Center, Board Room,118 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.
LOL Club (Library Out Loud) – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnrbago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.
Beginning Computer for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.
Stateline Mass Transit District Board Meeting – Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 6 p.m.
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.
Feat. Beer: Sidekick Extra Pale Ale & Stone Sublimely Self-righteous Ale – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St. 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday Pizza Cruise – Forest City Queen departs from Nicholas Conservatory dock. 6:30-8:30 p.m. (July 31 cruise sold out). Includes Ski Broncs water ski team performance. Advance reservations required at least three days prior. Make reservations and purchase tickets at Trolley Station in Riverview Park, by phone at 815-987-1685.
Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team – Shorewood Park, Loves Park. 7 p.m. Free. Concessions available.
Rock Bottom Comedy – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. 2 for $5. Info: 815-965-0931.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. Gateway Grizzlies – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $25 Dental Dimensions Diamond Deck ($20 kids age 12 and younger).
“Wild Wednesday” – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Roadrunner Super Summer
Series, Bandits, Misfits, Winged Women on Wheels and Super Cup cars, Spectacular Drags and Wild and Crazy Figure 8 race.Dollar Beer Night. Adult admission $9; kids 5 and under will be admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m., races at 7:07 p.m. Info: 815-633-1500 .
Thursday, Aug. 1
Immunization Clinic for Children – Ogle County Health Department, 903 C S. 7th St., Rochelle. 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. For residents of Ogle County. Cost: $23 per vaccine. Ill. Public Aid clients and persons in financial need should speak to Health Dept. personnel regarding payment. Bring a medical card. Appointments are required. Health Dept. must receive immunization records prior to appointment. Info: 815-562-6976.
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: 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.
“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” – Mt. Morris Library, 105 S. McKendriie, Mt. Morris. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Materials cost: $5/person. Register by July 31 at 800-272-3900.
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.
GED Fair – Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main St. 1-7 p.m. Rock Valley College will be conducting an assessment session.
Family Caregiver Information Session – Rock County Council on Agiong, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. 2 p.m. Free. Pre-registration is encouraged. Transportation and respite services available to those who qualify. Info: 608-758-8455.
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.
Summer Teen’Scape @ Montague Branch – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St.. 1-4 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.
RAMP’s 4th Annual Bad Pants 9 Hole Golf Scramble – Timber Pointe Golf Course, 5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove. Registration at 2 p.m., shotgun start at 3 p.m. with dinner provided by Famous Dave’s and a silent auctiion too! Collared shirts are required, and bad pants are recommended. Sponsorship levels available. Info: http://rampcil.org/wp-content/uploads/Bad-Pants-Brochure-2013.pdf.
Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish/English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.
Workshop: 12 Mistakes Retirees Make with Their Finances – The Speakeasy Restaurant, 19 N. High St., Janesville, Wis. Event at 5:15 p.m. with dinner. No cost, no obligation, no products sold. Reserve by calling 608-758-2222 and bring up to 3 adult guests. Seating is limited.
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.
YA World Traveler Club – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Explore the world thru games, literature, activities. Info: 815-965-7606.
Summer MoPic Screening – Rock Valley College, Performing Arts Room, lower level, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6 p.m. Eight short films made by RVC students.
Get Smart with Your Smart Phone – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, East Branch Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6-6:45 p.m. Ages 0-2. Develop baby’s literacy skills. Info: 815-965-7606.
Ron Paul Curriculum Homeschool Support Group – Sophia’s Restaurant, 5467 Bridge St., Roscoe. 6:30 p.m.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. Gateway Grizzlies – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $25 Dental Dimensions Diamond Deck ($20 kids age 12 and younger).
Friday, Aug. 2
Garage Sale to Benefit Carpenter’s Place – Maywood EFC Church, 3621 Samuelson Road, Rockford. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Donated items may be left at the church for sale, or the Men’s Fellowship will pick up. Call 815-601-3327 to schedule. Food & beverages will be available during the sale. Two-day sale.
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.
First Fridays Used Book Sale – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Patron Lounge, 215 N. Wyman St. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Books, CDs, other media. Popcorn available for sale. Everyone welcome!
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.
Whoosh – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. General admission $8 adults, $8 children ages 2-17, free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.
Senior Drop-in Computer Lab – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-4 p.m. Ages 55 and older. For beginnetrs who already know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
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: Harlan Jefferson .
Conversational Spanish – East Branch Library, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.
VFW Fish Fry – VFW Post 9759, 5018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. 5-8 p.m. every Friday. Info: 815-654-2195.
Friday Fish Fry Dinner Cruise – Forest City Queen departs from Riverview Park’s Riverview Ice House dock., 324 N. Madison St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Includes Ski Broncs water ski team performance. Advance reservations required at least three days prior. Make reservations and purchase tickets at Trolley Station in Riverview Park, by phone at 815-987-1685, or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/boatandtrolley. Thru Sept. 6.
Friday Night Flix: Enchanted – Davis Park, North Lawn, 300 S. Wyman St. Movie begins at sunset. Rain site: BMO Harris Bank Center. Free.
Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team – Shorewood Park, Loves Park. 7 p.m. Free. Concessions available.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. Gateway Grizzlies – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 7:05 p.m. Tickets: $10 infield box, $7 outfield box, $25 Dental Dimensions Diamond Deck ($20 kids age 12 and younger).
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Shan the Psychic Medium Reading – Mandalay Lounge, 200 N. Church St. Price: $15 = 15 minutes + $1 per minute after (7 p.m.-midnight). Art: Katie Ganrude. Music: Original Mechanical Mouse & Naked Little Monkey. Show at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Garage Sale to Benefit Carpenter’s Place – Maywood EFC Church, 3621 Samuelson Road, Rockford. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Food & beverages will be available during the sale. Two-day sale.
Rock River Off-Season Robotics Competition – Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 8:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies, 8:45 a.m. Competition, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3rd Annual Hot Slam Pickleball Tournament – Louisa Street pickleball courts, Loves Park. Hosted by Northern Illinois Pickleball Association. Info: www.northernillinoispickleball.com.
Dog Days of Summer Community Blood Drive – Wolf Automotive, 1800 N. State St., Belvidere. With Q98.5. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop in for a hot dog; first 20 people to donate will also get a pass to Opening Day at Boone County Fair.
Opening: Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Recycling Center – Moved back to former location at 13125 N. Second St., Roscoe. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and every Sat. after. Access from frontage road, 1/2 mile north of intersection of McCurry Road and IL 251.
Epilepsy Foundation’s Mud Volleyball Tournament – Kelley-Meyers Park, Roscoe. Info: www.epilepsyheartland.org or call 815-964-2689.
Catfish Tournament – McNeil’s Damascus Landing, Lena, Ill. 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Car Show & Youth Car Wash – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Open to all makes and models. Prizes, food, fun. Info: 815-742-1174.
Rockford Area Spanish Conversation Meetup – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Saturday. Info: email@example.com.
3rd Annual Life Is a Highway Memorial Ride Benefit for Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism – American Legion, 900 W. Chrysler Drive, Belvidere. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Includes poker run, food, live music, silent auction, door prizes. Info: 815-965-6745.
Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour – Sam’s Club, 7151 Walton St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet barbecue expert Troy Black, author of The Big Book of BBQ as he shares tips on authentic pulled pork, ribs and brisket. Taste premium quality samples from Sam’s Club.
Saturday Spectacular: Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
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.
6th Annual Mosaic World Film Festival – Rockford Thratre, Rockford Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for first session, 3-5 p.m. Short break, then doors open again at 6:30 for second session, 7-9 p.m. Awards will be presented after evening screenings. Admission: $5. Info: 815-742-7410 or www.mosaicfilmfest.com.
4-H Market Animal & Quality Meats Sale – Ogle County Fairgrounds, west of Oregon, just off IL Rt. 64, on Limekiln Road. Auction starts at 3 p.m. in Swine Barn. Sale brochures are available in Ogle County Extension Office and online at http://web.extension.illinois.ediu/bdo. Info: 815-732-2191.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Info: 815-969-4069.
Fairy Festival – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Road. 4:30-8 p.m. Crafts: Make a fairy crown or wand. Performance by Rockford Dance Company. Bring a picnic and blanket if you wish. Refreshments available. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of event. Info: 815-877-0118.
6th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 5 p.m. Gourmet five-course seasonal meal. made with locally sourced ingredients. Optional bus ticket and cocktail reception starts in Chicago with a pre-event reception at Balena. Cost: $25. VIP ticket for 5-course meal: $150. Basic ticket: 5-course meal and BYO beverages:$100. Info: www.learngrowconnect.org/farmdinner or visit the Facebook Event Page.
Bunking With the Birds at Atwood Park – Atwood Center, Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. Dates: Aug. 2-3. Sleep in the treehouse overnight from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 thru 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. Fees per person: youth, $30 ($35 non-resident); accompanying adults $15 ($20 non-resident), including campfire meals. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian age 18 or older. Register by July 26, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD) , by mail, fax (using credit card) or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/atwood.
Saturday Sunset Dinner Cruise – Forest City Queen departs from Riverview Park’s Riverview Ice House dock., 324 N. Madison St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Choice of menu items. Advance reservations required at least three days prior. Make reservations and purchase tickets at Trolley Station in Riverview Park, by phone at 815-987-1685, or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/boatandtrolley. Thru Sept. 6.
“NASCAR Night” – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. World famous Figure 8 Trailer race, a rolling demo derby thru Figure 8 course till the last trailer trails. NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, American Short Trackers and Roadrunners along with Roadrunner Challenge “Escape from I-90 Race.” Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., time trials begin at 5:55 p.m. Reserved tickets arwe 418 for adults and $9 for kids 11 and younger. Premium seating is available at $24 for adults and $12 for kids 11 and younger. Adult general admission tickets are $15, general admission for kids 11 and younger, $5. Info: 815-633-1500 or www.rockfordspeedway.com.
Sunday, Aug. 4
5th Annual Hands of Faith Fund-raiser Corn Boil – The Rock Bar & Grill, 101 Maple St., Beloit, Wis. Noon-4 p.m. Food, pontoon rides, music , silent auction, raffle.Help for homeless families. Info: 608-363-0683.
Monday, Aug. 5
“Green Generalist” Workshop – Blackhawk Technical College. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. In conjunction with Purdue University Cost: $149. Three other “green” workshops developed by Purdue University are scheduled for Aug. 12, Oct.12 and Oct. 26. Info: http://www.blackhawk.edu/ExplorePrograms/BusinessesandCommunityDevelopment.aspx, click “Workshops and Seminars” link.
Junior Police Academy – Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. Aug. 5-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages13-17. Info: http://www.rockfordil.gov/police.
Indoor Youth Volleyball Camp – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Openings for 4-day All Skills Camp. Camp fee: $95 ($105 non-resident). Info: 815-987-8800.
Using Your Kindle Fire! – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave.. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn the basics of your device. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
1/2 off Apps – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 3-6 p.m.
LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.
MS Excel 2010 for the Workplace (5-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. Mon.-Fri., July 22-26, 4-8 p.m. (4-6 on July 26). Ages 13 and older. 18-hour course teaches the skills for worksheets, format tables and insert charts. Voluntary test at end of the week. Successful completion of 80% will earn a certificate of knowledge. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Monday Night Main Event – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5-p.m.-close. Live raw viewing. Classic matches, classic PPVs. Info: 815-964-0931.
Crime Victims Assistance Seminar – E.J. Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium, 200 S. Wyman St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Presented by State Sen. Steve Stadelman. Learn about services available to crime victims and reimbursement for lost wages and expenses. Free and open to the public.
Rockford City Council Meeting – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.
eReader Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your eReader and all your cords. If you have a laptop, bring it, too. Registration is not requiored. Info: 815-965-7606.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Cherry Valley Days Button Giveaway – Rock River Valley Blood Center. Anyone who registers to donate blood at any RRVBC location or mobile blood drive will receive an admission coupon to Cherry Valley Days Festival while supplies last. Festival runs Aug. 23-25 at Baumann Park, Cherry Valley. Info: http://www.valleydays.com/ or wwww.rrvbc.org.
Camp for Grieving Children and Teens – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. Dates: Aug. 6-8. Rockford Park District and Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center offer a unique free summer camp, Healing Strides, for children ages 7-14. Therapeutic benefit of working with horses, horseback riding, professional grief support and fun camp activities. Free for Rockford Public Schools students. Info: 815-398-0500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Literacy Council Needs VolunteerTutors – Workshop series held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at The Literacy Council, 929 N. Main St. Info: 815-963-READ or visit www.theliteracycouncil.org.
Who Picked This Book? Club: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Bookworm Bakery & Cafe, 6685 E. State St. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 20 and over. Info: 815-965-7606.
“Stepping On” Workshops – Beloit Township Fire Department, 2445 S. Afton Road., Beloit. Tuesdays, July 30-Sept. 10, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost: $10. Balance and strength exercises; reduce the risk of falling. Register/Info: 608-757-5472.
Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N.Wyman St.11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. 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. 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
“Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. 1:30-4 p.m. Presented by Rock County Council on Aging in partnership with Alzheimer’s Support Center and The Heights at Evansville Manor. Cost: $10. Class scholarships, respite care and transportation funding will be available. Info: 608-757-5472 or www.co. rock.wi.us/aging.
Saving Your Past for the Future – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn how to scan, save ans edit precious photos. Bring at least 10 pictures you would like to digitize. Bring your laptop, an external hard drive and your cords. Continue this project Aug. 7. Must be familiar with computers and the Internet. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
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.
Information Meeting on RVC’s Accelerated Business Transfer Program – Rock Valley College Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Road. 5-6 p.m. Info: 815-921-4146.
National Night Out at Booker – Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St. 5-9 p.m. Enjoy activities, get to know your neighbors. Members of Rockford Police Department, Fire department, Rockford Park District, Neighborhood Network amd volunteers will participate.
Family Story Hour – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Take a Hike! – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-12. Follow the trail thru the library. Info: 815-965-7606.
Rockford Board of Education Meeting – Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 3rd Floor Board Room. 7 p.m.
Leadership Seminar: How to outperform & outlast the competition: Embracing change & thriving – Rockton Fire Station Community Room. 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15. Presented by P.R.I.D.E. Associates. Info: 815-624-7625.
Four Seasons Sponsors Boone County National Night Out Celebration – Begins with a parade at 5:30 p.m., starting at corner of Pearl Street and Sunset Drive, and concluding at Pool Park on Park Avenue, Belvidere. Info: 815-547-5343.
Women’s Self-Defense Class – River Valley Complex, 605 S. Main SDt., Leaf River. Date: Aug. 6 and 13, 7-9 p.m. Offered by Gallowglass Academy. For ages 14 and up. Parent or legal guardian should accompany women under age 18. Discount for two women signing up together. Info: 815-973-1064.
WWE Smackdown TV – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $95, $50, $35, $25, $15, at BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, call 800-745-3000.
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From the July 31-Aug. 6, 2013, issue