Curran’s Apple Orchard – 6385 Kilburn Ave. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until first weekend in December. Info: 815-963-7848.
Edwards Apple Orchard – 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from Labor Day to end of October, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in November, closing the weekend of Thanksgiving. Info: 815-765-2234.
Edwards Apple Orchard West – 8218 Cemetery Road, Winnebago. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from Aug. 23-Oct. 28, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov.25. Closes the weekend of Thanksgiving. Info: 815-963-2261.
The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Ill. Rt. 173, Caledonia. Opens Sept. 13. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in Sept. and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in Oct. Admission to grounds, petting zoo and barn is free Mon.-Fri.; $3 per person and free for children 2 and younger, and adults 65 and older, Sat. and Sun. Extra fee for rides & attractions. Info: 815-765-2587.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318 Spring Creek Road. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. 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 thru Nov. 10. Now featured in Italian Gallery: “Memorable Stories from World War II.” Runs thru Nov. 10. 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.
Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – Rockford School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Every second and fourth Thursday 6:15-7:30 p.m. Info: 815-398-9628.
Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone? – Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 Macintosh Lane. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free amplified phone program. Must be Illinois resident and have standard phone service. Application/info: 815-332-6800.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 2821 Bell School Road, Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, line dancing and support group. Info: 815-395-5649 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.
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 – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
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: www.paddleandtrail.com.
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 Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ – Rockford Park District. Group golf lessons for adults age 55 and up. Various weekdays and times beginning 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.
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.
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.
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.Phone orders: call RACVB at 815-963-8111 or 800-521-0849, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
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. Date: Sept. 7. 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 Lake Lawn Labor Day Weekend Package – Delavan, Wis. Packages for four begin at $599 for a 3-night stay or $289 for a one-night stay on Sunday in a Lakewood or Luxury Lodge Double Queen guest room. Includes family activity passes, live entertainment and Sunday lawn party featuring a pig roast. Only available for stays booked from Aug. 30 thru Sept. 1. Package pricing based on two adults and two children. Info: 800-338-5253 or www.lakelawnresort.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. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/atwood.
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.
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.
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. 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 “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 Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois ExtensionOgle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Oct. 1,1 p.m. and Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. Topic: “What’s Trending Now in Landscape Design”. Both sessions to be presented via teleconference at Extension office. Cost per session: $5 or $16 for all four sessions. Advance registration is preferred. Info: 815-732-2191.
Registration for Raw Energy Classes – Various classes offered by Brenda Richter. Sept. 15: “Breakfast & Brunch.” Sept. 22: “Asian Fusion.” Sept. 29: Falling for Apples. Nov. 3: “Hungry Man Raw Cuisine.” Nov. 10: “Holiday Favorites.” Info: 815-543-1207.
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 .
Registration for Yes! You CAN: Preserving Safely – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Aug. 29, 6-7 p.m. Learn basics of food preservation; latest home food safety guidelines; latest scientific methods for preserving food safely; test your dial pressure canner gauge. Fee: $5. Pre-register by Aug. 28. Info: 815-732-2191,
Registration for Martial Arts – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Shaolin Kempo, Little Ninjas, Tae Kwon Do (beg & intro), Tae Kwon Do (Adults). Various dates and prices, Aug. 22-Oct. 22. Register at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone or visit the Read Park office at 1122 S. Burchard. Also online at www.freeportparkdistrict.org. Info: 815-235-61143, ext. 109.
Registration for RunRight 5K to Benefit RAMP – Rockford Orthopedic Associates, 5875 E. Riverside Blvd. is sponsor. Date: Aug. 31, begins at 8 a.m. Race entry fees: $30-$35, depending on when a participant registers. Those who register by Aug. 24 are guaranteed a free race shirt when they pick up their packets from 4-7 p.m., Aug. 30. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to top male runner, top female, top Masters male and top Masters female. Top racers in each division will also receive an award. After the 5K race ends, a free children’s fun run will be held for ages 12 and younger. Info: www.runright5k.eventbrite.com.
Registration for Ogle County 4-H Shooting Sports Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Enter fall registration by Sept. 1. Open to all youth ages 8-18. Beginner Archery starts Aug. 15, ends Oct. 10. Advanced Archery starts Aug. 15, ends Oct. 17. Air Rifle sessions start Aug. 20, end Oct. 8. Info: 815-732-2191.
Registration for Blackhawk Field Archers Shoot & Pig Roast – 10086 Forest Preserve Road, Rockton. Dates: Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2. Has 61 targets, awards, novelties, bow raffle or dollar equivalent to be given. Pig roast Saturday night with all the trimmings. See website for details: www.blackhawkfieldarchers.com.
Registration forTai Chi Chuan – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Classes start Mon., Tues. and Thurs., Sept. 3, run thru Oct., various dates. All sessions held at Krape Park Community Buildiing. Cost: $40 resident, $45 non-residents. Register at the office or call 815-235-6114, ext. 0.
Registration for Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois ExtensionOgle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 3 and 17, 1 p.m. each day. Sept. 3: “Winter Wise Your Landscape: Knowledge to Prevent Costly Mistakes.” Sept. 17: “Pollinator Plants.” Cost: $5 per session Advance registration needed. Info: 815-544-3710.
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.
Registration for Yoga and Tai Chi at Nicholas Conservatory – 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. For ages 16 and older. Dates: Yoga: Sept.5-26 Thursdays. Fees: $32 ($40 non-resident); Oct. 3-31 Thursdays. Fees: $40 ($50 non-resident). Tai Chi: Sept. 4-25 Wednesdays. Fees: $32 ($40 non-resident).Oct. 2-30 Wednesdays. Fees: $40 ($50 non-resident). All classes run from noon-1 p.m. Register at least one week in advance for each session chosen, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for Midway Hits the Fairway – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Dat: Sept. 6. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Driving range open. Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m. Scramble. Hors d’oeuvres and awards to follow. Men’s and Women’s divisions to win prizes. Costs: $95, golf, cart, lunch, on course games, hors d’oeuvres; foursome, $380; hole tee/sign purchase, $100 each. Make checks payable to Midway Village Museum, and mail reservation to MVM Hits the Fairway, 6700 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL 61107.
Registration for Healthy Eating Class for Older Adults – Rock County Council on Aging at Creekside Place, 102 Maple, Evansville. Runs Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 1-3:30 p.m. Free, but pre-registration is required. Register at 608-757-5472.
Mark the Date for Wine Tasting to Benefit Rockford Coronado Concert Association – Artale Wine Co., 6876 Spring Creek Road. Date: Sept. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.Includes 30 wine varieties and hors d’oeuvres and dessert bites from Josef-Barbados Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Cost: $15 cash/ person at the door.Reservations not required. $10 of each cover fee will be donated to RCCA. Info: 815-877-9463.
Order Tickets for Galena Food and Wine Festival – Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive. Date: Sept. 6, 7-10 p.m. Features Galena-area restaurants plus 150 wine varieties. Tickets: $50/person available at www.galenafoodandwinefestival.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Galena Arts and Recreation Center. Includes live music, raffle and silent auction.
Registration for Cheesemaking – Angelic Orgnics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $70. Info: 815-389-8455.
Registration for Fourth Annual Rock River Sweep – Gazebo at Settlers Park off Blackhawk Boulevard. Date: Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. Bring plastic shopping bags to collect cans. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Need people on foot and in boats, kayaks and canoes. Info: Loren at 815-624-7622.
Registration for Fifth Annual Oregon Area Rock River Sweep – Date: Sept. 7, 8 a.m.-noon. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at intersection of North 2nd St. and Franklin St. (Kiwanis Park) behind Conover Square. Cleanup begins at 8 a.m. Limited number of gloves, trash bags, bug spray and T-shirts. Water and snacks available. Wear long sleeves, long pants and old shoes; bring a reusable water bottle. Boaters, river landowners, Scout groups and other service organizations needed to help pick up trash, sort waste and recyclables. Motor boat, canoe and kayak owners are invited to participate. Info; Steve Rypkema, Ogle County Solid Waste Management Dept. at 815-732-4020.
Registration for Kickball For a Home Tournament – Sportscore I, 1288 Elmwood Road, Rockford. Date: Sept. 7. Registration at 9 a.m.; kickoff at 10 a.m. Registration deadline for teams is Aug. 31. Fee: $20 per player. Artale Wine Company is donating a Beer Tasting Event to the team that raises the most money. Limit of 12 to 18 players for Beer Tasting
Event. Benefit for adoption of children currently in foster care. Info: 562-208–0472.
Registration for Junior Master Gardener Program – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Sept. 7, 9:30-11 a.m. For children in grades K-6. Info: 815-732-2191.
Registration for “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle Stage Caregivers” – DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Free. Register at 815-484-1300.
Registration for 3D Archery – Byron Forest Preserve District. Meet at Byron/Oregon Sportsman’s Club on Town Line Road. Date: Sept. 7, 10 a.m..-noon. Fee: $5/archer. Bring your equipment or use ours. Aes 10 and older. Call to pre-register by Sept. 6. Info: 815-234-8535.
Registration for Handmade Pasta – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $50. Info: 815-389-8455.
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, visit ShopCherryValeMall.com.
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 Charity Poker Run (Benefit for Noah’s Ark) – Date: Sept. 7. Sign up 10 a.m.-noon at 1010 Sandy Hollow Road. Event ends at 7 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Must go to all 5 stops to qualify to win at the 5th stop, SM&SF Club Park, 7625 Kishwaukee Road. Last stop: food, party, raffle prizes, card draw. Additional meals available for $5/person. 50/50 drawing also available. Info: 815-962-2767.
Mark the Date for Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society Meeting – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. Date: Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m. Program on basic digital image restoration. One audience member will win a free digital image restoration by Larry Pepper. Bring your old family photos to enter the drawing. Free. Info: 815-708-6633.
Registration for Greenwood Cemetery Tour – Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn St. Date: Sept. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Use Brown Street entrance (off Main Street). Stories of the famous (and infamous) characters of the past, plus psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker. Cost: $15 advance or $20 day of the event. Info: 815-871-4239.
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.
Byron Forest Preserve District calls Sunday morning drivers – Headed to new properties for a drive-thru. Transportation is provided. Date: Sept. 8. Meet at Jarrett Center at 10 a.m. Free. We may stop for a short talk on each site. Pre-register by Sept. 6 at 815-234-8535.
Mark the Date for RAMI Rockin Roll Garage Sale – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Musicians, music stores, sound and lighting companies, recording studios and collectors of music memorabilia will offer their wares. Admission: $3/person, children younger than 12, free. Still time to register as a vendor at 815-378-8732.
Registration for Cheesemaking 2: Hard Cheeses – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m. Learn how to make two firm-textured cheeses. Prerequisite: Cheesemaking class. Cost: $80. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.
Registration for 13th Annual Grandparents Day Dinner & Awards Banquet – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Nominations now being accepted. Tickets: $30 each. Deadline for contest is Aug. 30. Mail nominations to From Lacledes Heart Ministries, P.O. Box 14082, Rockford, IL 61102 Info: 815-243-3073.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs” – Alzheimer’s Association program at Rochelle Public Library, 619 Fourth St., Rochelle. Date: Sept. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Materials cost: $5/person. Info: 800-272-3900.
Registration for Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. Date: Sept. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. 12-week program with last session Nov. 25. Free; materials will be furnished. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.
Registration for On-Farm Composting Workshop & Field Day – DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prariie Drive, Sycamore. Date: Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Advance registration, $15/person by Sept. 3. Cost $20 in person at workshop. Walk-ins welcome, but lunch will not be guaranteed. Brochure and registration form at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/localfoods.html.
Volunteer Training Offered at Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center – 4215 Newburg Road. Date: Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Explores the hospice philosophy and volunteer options; those who wish to work directly with patients and their families will continue training Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 29. $25 material fee. Info: 815-398-0500 or www.northernillinoishospice.org.
Registration for CROP Hunger Walk Recruitment Rally – JustGoods Meeting Room, 201 Seventh St. Date: Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m. free supper, program at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to David Jones, 815-540-3703.
Registration for Webelos: Naturalist – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. Earn your pin and learn about birds, trees, flowers. Meet at Jarrett Center. Cost: $7/scout. For all Webelos. Bring comfortable cllothes. Pre-register by Sept. 9 at 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Mark the Date for “Life Lessons Learned from Sports” – Founders Memorial Library, NIU campus, DeKalb. Date: Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Fred Mitchell, sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. Free parking after 7 p.m. in Visotors Parking Lot. Info: 815-753-8091.
Information on Rock Valley Ski Association Ski Trips – Thunder Bay Grille,7652 Potawatomi Trail, Rockford. Date: Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Skiers, snowboarders and those intereted in travel are invited to attend. Free appetizers and door prizes. Trips are economical and include airfare, accommodations and some meals. Costs range from $320 to $1869, and reservations are available first come, first sreved. Info: 815-282-6219 or www.skirockford.org.
Registration for Ballroom Dance Lessons – Freeport Park District, 1122 S.Burchard, Freeport. Dates: Sept. 10-24. Basic steps for couples or partners who want a refresher course. Register by Sept. 4 at the Park District office, call 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone, or online at www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
Registration for Tri-Chamber Women’s Luncheon – Country Club of Beloit, 2327 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. Date: Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Guest speaker Kelly Epperson. Reservations/Info: Linda Thomas at Capital Wealth Management, 815-624-1122 or Rockton Chamber, 815-624-7625.
Registration for “Blueprint for Healthy Living: Heart” – Cherry Valley Public Library District, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Dates: Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. or Sept. 13, 1 p.m. Learn about risk factors, blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Nutritional factors such as sodium, sugar substitutes and the DASH diet will be covered. Register at 815-332-5161.
Registration for Basic Computer Class – Rock River Center, Community Technology Center, 810 S. 10th. St., Oregon. Dates: Sept. 12, 19, 26, 9:30-11 a.m. You may register for one, two or all three sessions by calling 815-732-3252. Classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so call early to be guaranteed a spot.
Mark the Date for Senior Expo 2013 – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Sept. 12 and 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Thurs., caregiving expert Gary Barg will lead a panel discussion on issues affecting caregivers. Fri., documentaries featuring local WWII veterans will be presented in the stage area. Midway Village will present letters to and from solders and families. Helen “Sis” Waddell, a member of the Rockford Peaches, will be available for autographs and pictures on Friday. Products, programs, services and activities for older adults.
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 Seminar for Fundraisers and Professional Advisors – NIU, Rockford, 8500 E. State St. Date: Sept. 13, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Keynote address by Dr. Lilya Wagner. Topic: “Philanthroculture–Understanding and Applying Cultural Differences in Fundraising” . Two concurent break-out sessions will be held, “Best Gifts of 2013” and Charitable Lead Trusts.” Cost: $50 for Association of Fundraising Professionals and Northern Illinois Planned Giving Council members and guests; $75 for non-members. Register by Sept. 9 at www.afprockford.org or call 815-921-4503.
Registration for Trip to Rotary Gardens and the Flower Factory – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 13. Meet at Jarett Center for trip to Wisconsin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All ages. Fee: $10/person. Register by Sept. 11 at 8154-234-8535.
Registration for Adult Art Classes: Pastels – Freeport Park District & Freeport Art Museum at Krape Park Building. Date: Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. Cost per session: $20 residents, $25 non-residents. Register by Sept. 6 at Park District office, 1122 S. Burchard or call 815-234-6114, ext. 0.
Registration for Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. Twinkling lights, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members. Info: 815-965-8146.
Registration for Whole Tree Architecture Building Workshop – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: Sept. 14-15. Learn state-of-the-art skills in sustainable construction that you can apply to building projects using trimmings from your backyard trees. Taught by green architect Roald Gundersen of Whole Tree Architecture and Structures. Participants may camp ovenight on Saturday for no charge. For a limited time only, register one person at full price ($200) and get the second person for half off. Call Kellie at 815-389-8455.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs” – Alzheimer’s Association program at Rock River Office,m 93 Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Date: Sept. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Materials cost: $5/person. Info: 800-272-3900.
Mark the Date for Recovery Rally on the Rock – Rock River at Madison Street Trolly Station. Date: Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by TASC. Celebrates recovery from alcohol and drug addiction while raising awareness of local resources to prevent and treat substance use and mental health conditions. Free. Info: 815-965-1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Registration for NAACP Rockford Branch Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 14, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner. Keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, 2nd District. Tickets: $50/person. Info: 815-978-4393.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs” – Alzheimer’s Association program at Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore. Date: Sept. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Free. Info: 815-484-1300.
Registration for AARP 55+ Safe Driving Course – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Dates: Sept. 16 & 17, noon-4 p.m. Two-day course. Registration and prepayment is required. Cost for AARP members, $12, or $14 non-members. Register by Sept. 11. Info: 815-732-3252.
Registration for Snake and Turtle Show – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: Sept. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. All ages. Free. Pre-register by Sept. 16 at 815-234-8535.
Registration for Serve It Safely Seminar – Boone County Extension Office, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Sept. 19, 5-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for first person from an organization; $5 for each additional person. Register by Sept. 16 at 815-544-3710 or online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
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 or www.whitetailsunlimited.com.
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.
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. Info: www.rockfordgolfs.com or 815-987-8800.
Registration for “The American Civil War: Winnebago County and the Forest City” – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Sept. 18. Speaker Terry Dyer. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. $10 per session includes lunch. Building tour (optional) at 12:30 p.m. Info: 815-969-1999.
Registration for Inaugural Rockford Area Networking Lunch – Ciao Bella, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Date: Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. Hosted by the Small Business Advocacy Council. RSVP to Jake Zine at email@example.com. Info: www.sbacil.org.
Registration for Citizens Police Academy – Rockford Police Department, 420 W. State St. Dates: Sept. 18-Nov. 8, Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. To apply, contact Carla Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-987-5041.
Violence Prevention Collaborative seeking Nominations for Annual Partners for Peace Awards – Winnebago County Health Department. Two categories: individual and organization or group. Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sept. 19 at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. To obtain a nomination form or for more info, call 815-720-4261. Deadline: Aug. 25.
Registration for La Voz Latina Annual Recognition Banquet – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 19. 5 p.m. social hour; 6 p.m. dinner; awards and entertainment to follow. Silent auction and raffle. Tickets: $60/person or corporate table of 8 for $750. If paying by check, please make reservation online and mail to: La Voz Latina, 412 Market St., Rockford, IL 61107. Info: Caritina at 815-965-5784.
Mark the Date for 10th Ward Meeting with Palmwood Neighborhood Association – First Covenant Church, 316 Wood Road. Date: Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Co-hosted by Ald. Frank Beach. Speaker Dr. Ehren Jarrett, superintendent of Rockford School District 205.
Mark the Date for SPAY Illinois’ Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. Date: Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. By appointment only. Cash and Visa, MasterCard and Discover debit or credit cards accepted; no personal checks. Open to everyone. No residency or income restrictions apply. Various rates for dog and cat vaccines and testing. Affordable spay/neuter can be set up. Call 877-475-7729 for appointments.
Registration for Michaels Craft Classes Online – Michaels, 1017 W. Lane, Machesney Road. Kids Event classes start Sept. 7. Classes Open House Event Sept. 21 with instructor meet and greet. 50% off all classes and a $10 Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Class. Info: www.Michaels.com.
Registration for Flag Football League – Freeport Park District, Krape Field. Saturdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 16, noon-3 p.m. Fees: $275/team. Register at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone (Discover, Visa or MasterCard) or visit the Reak Park office, 1122 S. Burchard Drive. Or go to www.freeportparkdistrict.org. Register by Sept. 6.
Registration for 2013 Golf Hall of Fame Play Day and Induction Ceremony – Play Day at AldeenGolf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford. Date: Sept. 23, 9 a.m. Cost: $100 (includes dinner) RSVP by Sept. 13. Induction Ceremony dinner at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Cost: $50. Social hour & silent auctrin, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. Keynote speaker Brittany Lincicome, 7 p.m. Induction Ceremony, 7:30 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 13. Corporate tables of 10 available. Info: 815-987-1602.
Registration for Rosie’s Birthday Club Fund-raiser – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $50 each or $375 for a corporate table; includes meal, beverage and dessert. Live cake decorating and cake auction. Info: 815-543-7770.
Registration for Miss Oktoberfest Pageant – German Society of Rockford, 2500 Latham St. Several scholarships will be awarded. Contestant should be an unmarried student at an area high school, with a minimum age of 16 by Sept. 19. Should be either of German descent or be interested in German culture. Must attend and appear on stage at Oktoberfest 2013 for final judging and award ceremony on Sept. 27. Applilcations are due by Sept. 19. Info: www.germansocietyofrockford.org.
Order Tickets for Enuff Z’Nuff, Creedence Again and DJ Mancow Muller – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Benefit concert sponsored by Tapa La Luna. Tickets: $20, $30 or $40. Special Meet & Greet passes for $15 to meet each of the artists during the evening. Tickets at box office, by phone at 815-758-1225 .
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, Info: 815-968-5222.
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.
Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs – Rockford Park District’s Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Programs for ages 5-8 begin Sundays, Sept. 8 and Nov. 3. Cost per session: $40/person ($50 non-resident). Programs for ages 8-11 begin Fridays, Sept. 6, Oct. 11, Nov. 15. Aces program, ages 12-14, same dates. Cost per session for ages 8-14 is $65/person ($75 non-resident. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My PRD), by mail, fax, or at Park District Customer Service locations Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for Adult Indoor Volleyball – Rockford Park District’s Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Registration is under way for Tuesday Women’s 6’s and Men’s 6’s, Wednesday Men’s 4’s, and Sunday Co-Ed 6’s teams. Fall evening leagues begin week of Sept. 8, run thru December. Registration for leagues ends one week before each league start date if capacity hasn’t been reached sooner. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My PRD), by mail, fax, or at Park District Customer Service locations. Program guide Info: 815-987-8800.
Free Monthly Nature Hikes, September-December – Rockford Park District invites beginning and experienced hikers to join Atwood Adult Hiking Club one Tuesday a month for a 1-hour hike beginning at 9 a.m. and takes place in a different location each time. Led by Park District’s Environmental Recreation & Education staff. Participants under age 18 should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Dates: Sept. 10 at Anna Page Park, Rockford; Oct. 8, Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park; Nov. 12, Aldeen Park, Rockford; Dec. 3, Klehem Arboretum, Rockford. Program Guide available online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/guides and at Park District offices and facilities. Call 815-874-7576 to confirm, or if weather is questionable.
Registration for Painting Class– “Fall Begins” – Freeport Park District, Read Park Pavilion. Date: Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m. All supplies provided except a roll of Viva paper towels. Cost per session: $25 residents, $30 non-residents. Register by Sept. 25 at Park District office, 1122 S. Burchard or call 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone. Info: 815-443-2530.
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: 815-623-5858.
Registration for Doves and Diamonds: Celebrate Hospice – Eclipse Center, Riverside Drive and Henry Avenue, Beloit, Wis. Date: Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Fund-raiser to bridge the gap between cost of caring for patients and reimbursement by public and private insurance. Tickets: $50. Info: 608-363-7421.
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, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at (815) 968-5222.
1/2 Price and More Adoptions at WCAS – Winnebago County Animal Services has 140+ cats and dogs. Now offering half off regular adoption fee and a free pre-paid nationwide microchip registration through the AVID microchip company. Special adption fee is good for any cat or dog 6 months or older Aug. 5 thru Aug. 30. Reduced adoption fee is good at the shelter, 4517 N. Main St.; Machesney Park Petsmart and both Terri’s Aqualand stores in Loves Park and Roscoe. Info: 815-319-4100.
Crusader Community Health extends Pediatric Hours for School Physicals – Broadway-Uram clinic, Broadway & 7th Street, Rockford. Starting Aug. 7, Kids Care Now clinic will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon.-Fri. School physicals can also be scheduled with Crusader pediatric providers on a same day/next day basis at any of the four Crusader locations. To schedule an appointment, call 815-490-1600.
Registration for Men’s Fall 12” & 16” Softball League – Taylor Park Ball Fields. Games will be played in September and October. Register at Freeport Park District at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone or visit the Read Park office at 1122 S. Burchard Drive. Info: www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
New Program offers help for Caregivers – Share the Care is a model for establishing a caregiving team based on an already-existing circle of friends, family, neighbors and other community connectiions such as churches or clubs. It provides a road map of how to create and facilitate this team to provide the kind of help and support a caregiver needs. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-758-8455 or email@example.com.
Vendors Wanted for RAMI Rockin Roll Garage Sale – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: Sept. 8. Vendors can set up 9-11 a.m. day of sale. Doors open to public , 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $3. Musicians, sound & lighting companies, recording studios, music stores, booking agents, venue operators. Reservation deadline for tables is Aug. 30. Info: 815-546-3021 or 815-378-8732.
Registratiaon for Flag Football League – Krape Foe;d. Freeport Park District. Saturdays, Sept. 21 thru Nov. 16. Register by Sept. 6. Fees: $275 per team. Call 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone or go to Read Park office, 1122 S. Burchard Drive. Info: 815-234-6114, ext. 109 or www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
Volunteers Needed at Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – New address: 3921 E. State St. , Suite D, Rockford. Areas needing volunteers: Reception, Nutrition, Handy Helpers, Administrative Assistants, Fundraising. New Volunteer Orientation will be held Aug. 28, 10-11 a.m. Info: 815-977-4123.
Diva Sale looking for donations to benefit local people facing cancer – Benefits Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center. Sale will take place Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Radisson Hotel & Convention Center. Drop off donations atr Diva Storage Facility, 7549 Walton St. on Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. until Oct. 28. Also at Healing Pathways new location, 3921 E. State St., Suite D on Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 19-Oct. 25. Info: 815-977-4123.
Registration for Fall Co-Rec Volleyball League – Runs Sept. 4-Dec. 11, 6-10 p.m. Divisions and leagues to be determined by number of teams and prior league stats. Competitive/Power League will have a referee. Fees: $150/team. Register with Freeport Park District, at 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone or go to Read Park office, 1122 S. Burchard Drive. Info: 815-234-6114, ext. 109 or www.freeportparkdistrict.org. Deadline: Aug. 23.
September is “Love Your Library” Month – Rockford Public Library offers amnesty days and sponsors a card drive for the entire month. Overdue items can be returned to the Circulation desk of any RPL location, and fines will be waived regardless of how long they are overdue. Customers who have lost iems will have to pay replacement costs. To request amnesty, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-987-6667. To obtain a library card, just bring a current photo ID and proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) to the Circulation desk of any RPL location and complete an application. Children ages 5-14 years will need a parent/guardian with them to apply for a library card. If you’ve lost your card, stop by the Library for a new one, and your fee will be waived.
Rockford Publilc Library Labor Day Weekend schedule – Friday, Aug. 30: All locations closed for staff training; Saturday, Aug. 31: Main Library & East Branch open; all other locations closed; Monday, Sept. 1: All locations closed; Tuesday, Sept. 3: Montague & Rock River Branch libraries closed; all other locations open.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
RMTD Board of Trustees – RMTD Conference Room, 520 Mulberry St. 7:45 a.m.
Trip to Starved Rock – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. Cost: $10/person or $15/couple. All ages. Bring comfortable clothes. Pre-register by Aug. 26. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
River City Chapter, Business Network International Visitors Day – US Bank, 1107 E. State St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Specializes in business referrals among members. Speakers: Jayk Nelson of Gene Nelson & Sons, and Mark Wilson of Kar Kraft Inc. Brown bag meeting; feel free to bring a lunch. Anyone interested is welcome. For reservations, call 815-494-8411.
RAVE Board Meeting – BMO Harris Bank Center, Boad Room, 300 Elm St. 11:30 a.m.
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.
Tiger Cub Club Openings – Rockford Park District program for youth golfers ages 5-7. Meets once a week for 4 weeks at Ingersoll Learning Links or Elliott Golf Course. Next sessions begin Aug. 28. Register at least one week in advance. Cost: $50 ($60 non-resident). Info: www.rockfordgolfs.com/lessons (click My RPD), by mail, fax, or at Park District Customer Service locations.
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.
Grant Writing Workshop for Farmers & Market Gardeners – Winnebago Public Library, 210 N. Elida St., Winnebago. 4-7 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension. $10 fee. Register at 815-986-4357.
Openfields Local Foods Dinner – Abreo , 515 E. State St 6 p.m. Cost: $65/person. Presented by University of Illinois Extension. Reserve at 815-858-2273.
Craft Beer Tasting – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St. 6-8 p.m.
Common Core Summit – McHenry County College, Luecht Conference Center, 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake. Register at 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. event. With Congressman Randy Hultgren and educators, administrators, thought-leaders and concerned parents to discuss Common Core and increased federal involvement in education. Free. Note: NITP events about Common Core are scheduled for Sept. 5 and 19 at Rockton Fire Department, 201 N. Blackhawk Blvd., both at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Pizza Cruise – Forest City Queen departs from Nicholas Conservatory dock. 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.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. River City Rascals – 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).
Thursday, Aug. 29
Early Registration Deadline: 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. 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.
Coffee Talk with Rep. Joe Sosnowski – Sophia’s Restaurant, 5467 Bridge St., Roscoe. 9-10 a.m.. Recap of the spring legislative session in Springfield. No appointment necessary. Coffee is free. Info: 815-547-3436.
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.
Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: 815-969-4082.
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.
High Five Tour 2013 – Sport Clips Haircuts, 1554 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 4 p.m. Wounded Warriors Family Support group is rallying communities across the country to say “thank you” to our country’s military families for their sacrifices. People can show their support by visiting a stop on the tour and signing the Mustang GT500 “Super Snake” with a message of gratitude. Info: www.HighFiveTour.com or www.wwfs.org.
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.
Rockford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners – RHA Administration Office, 223 S. Winnebago St. 5 p.m.
INCrowd Networking Group – New Milford Commons, 6935 11th St., New Milford. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Promotes networking and business in the stateline area. Open to all. Info: www.facebook.com/groups/149116061804131.
Recruitment Rally for CROP Hunger Walk – JustGoods Meeting Room, 201 Seventh St. 5:30 p.m. Free supper (but RSVP). Program begins at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Info: 815-540-3703.
Yes! You CAN: Preserving Safely – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6-7 p.m. Learn basics of food preservation; latest home food safety guidelines; latest scientific methods for preserving food safely; test your dial pressure canner gauge. Fee: $5. Pre-register by Aug. 28. Info: 815-732-2191,
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.
Group Hope Depression & Bipolar Disorder Meeting – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Baseball: Rockford Aviators vs. River City Rascals – 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).
Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Skinner Amusements in main parking lot, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Begins Friday at 5 p.m. featuring an All Ages/All Rides Wristband for just $15 until 8:30 p.m. Food vendors on grounds.
Salsa Night – The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 8-11 p.m. $5. Info: 815-787-9547.
Friday, Aug. 30
Zumba Fitness Program – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9-10 a.m. Every Mon. and Fri. morning. $5 per session. No pre-registration. Pay as you go. First class Free. Info: 815-398-8864.
Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Extra Friday session, 8-10 p.m. Info: 815-969-4069.
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: TRaSh ‘80s.
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.
Welcome to Our Town Star Zenith Lighted Boat Parade – Harry’s Place, Riverside Park, 1160 Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. Joel Paterson with guest Jim Liban.
Friday Night Flix: The Odd Life of Timothy Green – Davis Park, North Lawn, 320 S. Wyman St. Movie begins at 7 p.m. Rain site: BMO Harris Bank Center. Free.
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Sycamore Theatre to Donate Proceeds of “Monsters University” to RAMP – Sycamore State Theatre, 420 W. State St. Mon.-Thurs. 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Thru Sept. 12.
Saturday, Aug. 31
RunRight 5K to Benefit RAMP – Rockford Orthopedic Associates, 5875 E. Riverside Blvd. is sponsor. Begins at 8 a.m. Race entry fees: $30-$35, depending on when a participant registers. Those who register by Aug. 24 are guaranteed a free race shirt when they pick up their packets from 4-7 p.m., Aug. 30. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to top male runner, top female, top Masters male and top Masters female. Top racers in each division will also receive an award. After the 5K race ends, a free children’s fun run will be held for ages 12 and younger. Info: www.runright5k.eventbrite.com.
Blackhawk Field Archers Shoot & Pig Roast – 10086 Forest Preserve Road, Rockton. Dates: Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2. Has 61 targets, awards, novelties, bow raffle or dollar equivalent to be given. Pig roast Saturday night with all the trimmings. See website for details: www.blackhawkfieldarchers.com.
Rockford Area Spanish Conversation Meetup – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 10 a.m.-noon. Every Saturday. Info: email@example.com.
3rd Annual Quilt Show – Rockton Township Historical Society, 529 Green St., Rockton. Every Saturday until Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Displays include crazy quilts, some from 1940s and a yo-yo quilt. Watch for painted porch quilrs throughout the village; some are for sale. Donation suggested.
Sycamore Theatre to Donate Proceeds of “Monsters University” to RAMP – Sycamore State Theatre, 420 W. State St. Mon.-Thurs. 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m. Thru Sept. 12.
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.
Hip Hop Congress Presents – RPL Sullivan Center, Main Theater, 118 N. Main St. 2-5 p.m. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Republican Family Picnic – Hononegah Forest Preserve (Indian Rest shelter), off Hononegah Road between Rockton and Roscoe. 4-7 p.m. Any tickets previously issued for Rockford location will be accepted at the Forest Preserve event. Hosted by Winnebago County Republican Central Committee. Food, music, games, entertainment. Cardenas Brothers Trio with Naomi and Olivia Dvorak. Tickets: $5/person, $15/family.
Pecatonica High School Class of 1993 20th Anniversary Reunion – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. 5:30-10 p.m. Cost: $40/person, includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Info: 309-212-4365.
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, Thru Sept. 6.
Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Skinner Amusements in main parking lot, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Saturday hours begin at 1 p.m. featuring an All Ages/All Rides Wristband for just $15 until 4:30 p.m. Food vendors on grounds.
Sunday, Sept. 1
Ogle County 4-H Shooting Sports Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Enter fall registration by Sept. 1. Open to all youth ages 8-18. Beginner Archery starts Aug. 15, ends Oct. 10. Advanced Archery starts Aug. 15, ends Oct. 17. Air Rifle sessions start Aug. 20, end Oct. 8. Info: 815-732-2191.
Living History Event: 1830s Tools of the Trade – Apple River Fort Historic Site, 311 E.Myrtle St., U.S. Route 20, Elizabeth, Ill. Recreation of fort attacked by Black Hawk and his Sauk and Fox warriors in 1832. See demonstrations of musket ball making, paper marbling, steel-nib pen & ink writing, hearth cooking, wool spinning and rag doll making. See old-time tools. Free admission. Info: www.appleriverfort.org.
Rock Valley Mustang Club Annual Car Show – Loves Park Autro Parts & Motorsports, 9902 N. Second St., Machesney Park. 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Cars, motorcycles, silent auction to raise funds for Rock House Kids. Info: 815-547-5408.
Fall Illinois Budgerigar Society Bird Fair – Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 West Lane Road, Loves Park. 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Admission $3. Hand-raised birds for sale: Large parrots, parrolets, green cheeks African Greys, finches, linogated, English and American parakeets, finches, canaries, button quail. Cages, bird toys, bird food/treats, and avian supplements.
Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Skinner Amusements in main parking lot, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Sunday hours begin at 1 p.m. special offer of 10 tickets fo just $15 until 6p.m. All rides Sunday are just one ticket until 6 p.m. Food vendors on grounds.
Sycamore Theatre to Donate Proceeds of “Monsters University” to RAMP – Sycamore State Theatre, 420 W. State St. Mon.-Thurs.2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Thru Sept. 12.
Monday, Sept. 2
Raw Energy Classes – Various classes offered by Brenda Richter. Aug. 25: “All American Comfort Foods.”Cost: $47. Info: 815-543-1207.
1/2 off Apps – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 3-6 p.m.
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.
Tuesday, Sept. 3
Rockford City Council Meeting – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.
H.O.U.S.E. Homeschool Group Fall Registration – Info at http://www.rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com. Classes begin Sept. 10. All families are welcome.
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.
Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois ExtensionOgle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 3 and 17, 1 p.m. each day. Sept. 3: “Winter Wise Your Landscape: Knowledge to Prevent Costly Mistakes.” Sept. 17: “Pollinator Plants.” Cost: $5 per session Advance registration needed. Info: 815-544-3710 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.
Tai Chi Chuan – Freeport Park District, 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Classes start Mon., Tues. and Thurs., Sept. 3, run thru Oct., various dates. All sessions held at Krape Park Community Buildiing. Cost: $40 resident, $45 non-residents. Register at the office or call 815-235-6114, ext. 0 to charge by phone, or go to www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
“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.
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 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.
Beginning MS Word 2010 (3-part class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer room, 215 N. Wyman St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Word-processing program. Learn how to create documents. Must have proficient mouse skills. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Girls, Let’s E-Read – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 9-12. Info: 815-965-7606.
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Potluck & Program – Oakdale Nature Preserve, 3 miles south of Freeport off Baileyville Road. 7:15 p.m. Speaker: Margaret Schneeman, water resource economist. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Beverages provided. Free and open to the public.
From the Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013, issue