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.-5 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov.25. Closes the weekend of Thanksgiving. Info: 815-963-2261.
The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Ill. Rt. 173, Caledonia. Open 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.
Screamatorium – Arte Verde Garden Center, 15630 IL Route 76, Poplar Grove. Open Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1-2. Parental discretion is strongly advised for ages 16 and younger. Info: 815-965-6772.
Trail of Screams – YMCA Camp Winnebago, 5804 N. Main St. Open Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1-2. Parental discretion is strongly advised for ages 16 and younger. Due to intense nature of Trail of Screams, parental guidance is strongly recommended for ages 13 and younger. Event times for both locations are Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween, 7-11:30 p.m., weekdays and Sundays, 7-10:30 p.m.
Twisted Crypt Haunted House – 5420 E. State St. Open Thurs.-Sun., 7 p.m.-midnight, Sept. 20-Oct. 31. General admission: $15 ($3 off with coupon). Visit the “Duson Family” for a unique, twisted experience. Will you survive? Less scary version available for little kids.
Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Open Oct. 30 and Nov. 1-2. Amenti features 20 different scenes on six different levels within the theatre.”Amenti” is the Egyptian goddess guarding the world of the dead. Terrors await those who dare to enter. Info: 815-758-1215.
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.
Becca’s Closet – Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Collects and distributes formalwear free of charge to young women who would not otherwise be able to attend proms, homecomings, etc. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays thru Oct. 26. Donate items at: Christ Lutheran Church, 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere, 9 a.m.-noon, M-F; Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., M-F; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., M-Th; Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Park Road, Machesney Park, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F; The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat; The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Road, Rockford, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat; Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 Pearl St., Belvidere, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., M-Th. Info: Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, 815-962-4279 or RALMmail@aol.com.
Beckman Mill Park – 11600 S. County Road H, off Highway 81. Info: 608 -751-1551.
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. 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.
Divorce Care Support Group – Rock Church, 6732 Harrison Ave. Meets for 13 weeks on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Info: 815-229-7600.
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. “Memorable Stories from World War II” on display until Nov. 11. African-American Gallery: “150th Anniversary of African-American History.” Runs thru Dec. 22. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. Info: 815-962-7402.
Family Counseling Services Veterans’ Self-Help Group – FCS Agency office, 210 N. Longwood St. 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday. Self-guided, self-help group. A Licensed Clinical Social worker will be on site and on call at no cost. Free coffee and water available. Info: 815-962-5585.
First Steps Support Group for the Newly Bereaved – Hosted by Northern Illinois Hospice. Meets periodically; call for schedule. Info: 815-398-0500.
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 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 older. 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 Locktoberfest 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.
New Beginnings Social Group for Grief & Healing – Christian Life Retirement Center, 2750 N. Mulford Road. For adults of all ages who have participated in grief support groups and feel ready to build a new bridge to their futures. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Info: 815-398-0500.
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.
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.
Registration for Tot Spot Classes – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Corn-a-Plenty: Nov. 12-16 (3-6-year-olds). Nov. 12-15 (2-year-olds, with an adult, no siblings). Info: 815-963-6769.
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: Nov. 12, Aldeen Park, Rockford; Dec. 3, Klehm 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.
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 connections 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.
Mark the Date for “Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center Open House – 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand. Date: Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m. Learn about wildlife conservation efforts, meet the new birds, see some rescue equipment. All ages welcome. Variety of food and items will be available for purchase with 100% of funds going to the care and feeding of wildlife. Info: www.hoohaven.org.
Registration for Adoption Information Meeting – First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus St., Belvidere. Date: Nov. 3, 1-3 p.m. Reserve at 815-962-1043 or 888-248-4355. Walk-ins also welcome.
Registration for TECHx, Entre Computer Solutions Technology Expo – Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State St. Date: Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured speaker is Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. Event restricted to business owners, top-level managers and informational technology managers only. Register/Info: 815-399-5664.
Mark the Date for Diva Sale – 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 at 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 Living Well with Diabetes – Support group at Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., oregon.. Date: Nov. 6, 6 p.m. New group sponsored by Rock River Center and facilitated by U of I Extension. Meetings are free of charge. Register with Rock River Center in person, or call 815-732-3252 or online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call 815-732-2191.
Registration for Season Extension Symposium for Fruit & Vegetable Growers – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Clarcor Pavilion, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Nov. 7, 8 a.m.-noon. University of Illinois Extension, Freeport. Guest speakers: Farm Tek and NRCS. Cost: $25/person. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or 815-986-4357.
Order Tickets for 2013 Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 9. Hosted by Rockford Detachment 083, Marine Corps League. 6 p.m. Doors open. 6:45 p.m. Opening Ceremony & Buffet Dinner; 7:45 p.m., Cake Cutting Ceremony and awards; 8-11 p.m. Music and dancing: band, Tripping Tarzan. Cost: $40/person. Complimentary beer and wine. Info: Don Allen, 815-988-0664.
Registration for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch Academy – Three workshops available, all on Nov. 7.Raymond James & Associates, 4443 Marsh Hawk Drive, Loves Park, Noon-1 p.m. A box lunch will be served. UIC College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford. 3-4 p.m. Snacks will be served. Noonan’s @Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford. 7-8 p.m. Dessert will be served. Reserve at 815-654-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registratioon for “ Beverages: Empty Calories or Not?” – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. Free. Pre-registration is preferred by Nov. 6. Info: 815-544-3710.
Registratioon for “Puttin’ On the Glitz” – Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. Fund-raiser fashion show/luncheon for SwedishAmerican.Tickets: $35, with tables of 10 for $350. Reserve by Nov. 5 at 815-489-4340.
Order Tickets for 3rd Annual Rockford Bacon Fest – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Date: Nov. 8, 6-9 p.m. (VIP early entry, 4:30). Tickets: $50 VIP advance/online only. $25 general admission/$30 at the door. Info: 779-537-5319 or email@example.com or www.RockfordBaconFest.com.
Crafters Needed for “Snowflakes in November” Craft Show & Bake Sale – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Date: Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Spaces are available for handcrafted items only, no vendors. Cost: $25 for 1 table, $40 for 2. Info: 815-398-8864.
Registration for Youth Basketball Skills Camp – West Middle School, 1900 N. Rockton Ave. Dates: Nov. 4-8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grades pre-K thru 4. Camp fee: $40 resident, $45 non-resident. Registration continues thru Oct. 28 if capacity has not been reached sooner. Register at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax, or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park, or call 815-987-8800.
Ogle County 4-H Clubs invite new members – Mt. Morris: Circle M 4-H Club, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren, 847-239-2330; Rochelle: Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H Club, Nov. 18, Hicks Hall in Rochelle Methodist Church, 815-453-2345; Oregon: Ogle 4-H Horse Club, Bits ‘N Reins 4-H Club, Ogle County Fam Bureau Building, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., 815-757-9552.
Registration for Yoga and Tai Chi at Nicholas Conservatory – 1354 N. Second St. Ages 16 and older in four- or five-week sessions. Yoga: Nov.7-21 and Dec. 5-19, noon-1 p.m. (fees $24, ($30 non-resident). Tai Chi: Nov. 6-20 and Dec. 4-18, noon-1 p.m. (fees $24 resident, $30 non-resident). Register at least one week in advance for each session chosen, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax, or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville. New five-day pass for yoga classes: Participants can choose the days they wish to attend; passes are valid for 90 days from date of purchase. Fees: $40 residents, $45 non-residents. Info: 815-987-8858 or 815-987-8800.
Registration for Season Extension Symposium for Fruit & Vegetable Growers – Klehm Arboretum, Clarcor Pavilion, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Nov. 7, 8 a.m.-noon. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Educator Grant McCarty. Preregistration is required. Cost: $25 per person. Register at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or 815-986-4357.
Mark the Date for “Honoring America’s Veterans” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 10 a.m. Flag ceremony by members of Oregon VFW, patriotic readings, guest speakers. If you would like to honor a special veteran by telling their story, please call Linda Duffy at 815-732-3252 by Nov. 6. Free program; everyone welcome.
Mark the Date for “Honoring Those Who Served Our Country” – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: Nov. 8, 11 a.m. Hosted by Cremation Society of Illinois. Guest speaker: Norbie Lara from Warriors Speak, a Wounded Warrior Project.
Registration for Winnebago County Renewable Energy Expo – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Nov. 8,7, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CostA: $20/person. Info: 815-319-4233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.Facebook.com/winnnene-expo.
Registration for Survival Workshops – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Dates: Nov. 9 and 23, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 topic: Native tools. Nov. 23 topic: Native skills. Each limited to 10 participants; adults only. Lunch is provided. Cost: $35/per session. Info: 815-220-7386.
Registration for Organic Gardening Day – Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Urbana, Ill. Date: Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Ogle County. Several speakers and retail area selling a broad range of gardening products. Advance registration fee: $60, includes an organic lunch. Must be received by Nov. 1. Info: 217-244-1693 or email@example.com.
Registration for Kundalini Yoga Workshop for Beginners – Integral Therapy Center, 5428 Williams Drive, Roscoe. Date: Nov. 9, noon-1:30 p.m. Stretching, exercise, chanting and singing. Yoga mats available. Free. Info: 970-485-0249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order Tickets for 2013 Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 9. 6 p.m. doors open, hors d’oeuvrees; 6:45 opening ceremony and buffet dinner; 7:45, awards & cake cutting ceremony; 8-11 p.m. music by Tripping Tarzan band. Complimentary beer and wine all ngiht; door prizes. Tickets: $40 per person, available from any Marine Corps League member or call 815-904-4534 or 815-378-5774.
Registration for Paranormal Investigation of the Alden Schoolhouse with Ghost Head Soup – 16401 IL Route 173, Alden. Date: Nov. 9, 7-10 p.m. Bring your own equipment or use the team’s. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the event. Info; 815-871-4239 or www.hauntedrockford.com.
Registration for RVC Softball Pitching Clinics – Rock Valley College Physical Education, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Dates: Nov. 10 and Dec. 22. Beginning pitchers session, 3-5 p.m. each day; advance pitchers, 5-7 p.m. Deadlines: Nov. 6 and Dec. 19. Cost: $50 for either date, includes a clinic T-shirt. All ages welcome. Register at 815-921-3822 or email@example.com or download a registration form at http://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Athletics/Softball/index.cfm.
Registration for ”Holiday Favorites” Class – Raw Energy with Brenda Richter. Date: Nov. 10. Starts at 9 a.m., lasts approx. 3-1/2 hrs. Cost: $57. Waldorf Salad, Almond Stuffing, Cranberry Orange Relilsh, Pumpkin Pie with Cashew Cream and more. Registration and payment required one week before class date. Classes held in Rockford/Belvidere. Info; 815-543-1207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance & Empowerment – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. Date: Nov. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. and Salvation Army, 422 N. Main St., Belvidere. Date: Nov. 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Register at 815-484-1300.
Registration for Citizen Watchdog Training – Rockford Register Star, 99 E. State St. Date: Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by Better Government Association. Free and open to the public. Register at http://www.bettergov.org/watchdog_training_rockford/
Registration for Rockford Chamber of Commerce Annual Healthcare Industry Luncheon – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker: President/CEO of Rosecrance Health Network Philip Eaton. Tickets: $40/person or $400 for table of 10. Register at 815-987-8100 or visit rockfordchamber.com.
Registration for Special Recreation Family Fun Night – Oakdale Lodge, Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Road, 3 mi. south of Freeport, off Baileyville Road. Date: Nov. 14, 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy fun wih your children with disabilities, ages 2-21 years. Socialization in a relaxed, controlled environment with parents and caregivivers. All individuals, including parents and siblings, must register. Fee: $5 with a max of $15 per family. Must register by Nov. 8 at Freeport Park District Administration office, 1122 S. Locust, or by phone or online at www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
Registration for “Illinois: Next Steps – Where do we go from here?” – Webinar at University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Nov. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Register at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=8798.
Registration for “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle Stage Caregivers” – Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 S. Alpine Road, Suite 307, Rockford. Date: Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register at 815-484-1300.
Order Tickets for “Frost & Friends” – Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State St. Dates: Nov. 15, 5-10 p.m. and Nov.16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibitors and artists will have unique gifts for the holiday season including new exhibitord. Free Frosty totes will be given to the first 150 people each day. The Frosty Cafe will serve wraps, desserts and more. The Frosty Fast Pass is back by popular demand, allowing people to shop one hour early Friday, from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $25. Tickets on sale Oct. 19 online only at www.frostandfriends.com. Let’s Get Frosty Brunch & Show is back! Includes a fashion show. Cost is $25. Tickets on sale online only Oct. 19.
Order Tickets for Kantorei 2nd Annual Fund-raiser “Real Men Sing” – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 15. 6 p.m. hors d’oeuvres, 7:30 dinner. Entertainment by Joel Ross and The Singing Boys of Rockford. Cash bar, silent auction. Tickets: $75/person or $600 for table of 8. Info: 815-963-2544 or www.kantorei.com.
Mark the Date for WNIJ’s “Community Read” Virtual Book Discussion – Book: “Snakewoman of Little Egypt”. Nov. 16, 10 a.m., WNIJ will host a virtual book discussion with author Robert Hellenga, drawing from questions and comments collected thru WNIJ’s e-mail and social media platforms. Participants are urged toTwee questions and comments usimg the hash tag #readwithWNIJ, post them to WNIJ’s Facebook page, or e-mail them to ReadWithWNIJ@gmail.com.
Registration for National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – Forest Hills Country Club, 95732 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Date: Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m..-1 p.m. Tickets: $40 each or $350 for table of 10. Purchase online at www.afprockford.org//npd.html or reserve by email at email@example.com by Nov. 7.
Registration for Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. Date: Nov. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Register at 815-484-1300. Also: Salvation Army, 422 N. Main St., Belvidere. Nov. 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Register at 815-484-1300.
Registration for Rockford Open Tech Challenge – EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave. Date: Nov. 16, 8:30- a.m.-5:30 p.m. Brings together civic-minded web developers, designers, and data scientists with civic organizations to use the power of open data and the web to help solve problems in our city. Three challenges will be issued to participants. Local governments and nonprofits are being asked to submit challenges. $15,000 in prize money will be offered to three different solution provideres in the amount of $5,000 each. Info: http://www.meetup.com/Illinois-Open-Technology/events/144552042/or 815-975-0466.
Order Tickets for Remedies Renewing Lives 8th Annual Ball – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 16, 6-11 p.m. Guest speaker Judge Joseph Bruce. Music by Clutch Cargo, live and silent auctions. Tickets: $90/person or $670 for table of 8. Info: jjohnson@remediesrenewing lives.org or 815-996-1285.
Registration for Raw Food Class: Divine Desserts – Raw Energy with Brenda Richter. Rockford/Belvidere. Date; Nov. 17. Info: 815-543-1207 or www.myrawenergy.com.
Registration for Special Olympics Snow Shoeing – Freeport Park District. Dates: Nov. 18-Jan. 6, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. For ages 8 and older. Practice to learn proper techniques and prepare for district meet in January. Gold medal winners qualify for State Winter Games in February. Have a current SO medical form on file thru Feb. 2014 or submit one at registration. Fee: $50. Registration deadline: Nov. 13. at Freeport Park District Administration office, 1122 S. Locust, or by phone, 815-235-6114 or www.freeportparkdistrict.org.
Registration for Shooting and Stick Handling Clinic – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Dates: Nov. 4-25, 6-6:45 p.m. Players age 6 and older. Fee: $30 resident, $35 non-resident. Register at least one week ahead of clinic at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax or at Customer Service locations or call 815-969-4069.
Registration for Puck Stoppers– Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Dates: Nov. 4-25, 6-6:45 p.m. Players age 6 and older. Fee: $40 resident, $50 non-resident. Register at least one week ahead of clinic at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax or at Customer Service locations or call 815-969-4069.
Registration for Winter Bird Feedilng – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 19, 3-4 p.m. Cost: $5. Advance registration is needed. Info: 815-544-3710 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Registration for “Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s” – Huntley Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley. Date: Nov. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.Free: Register at 815-484-1300.
Registration for Grievers’ Tips for the Holidays Workshop – Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Road. Date: Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Strategies for navigating the holiday season after the death of a loved one. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided. Register by Nov. 18. Info: 815-398-0500.
Registration for “The Power of a Shared Vision” – Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 20. 5 p.m. networking, 6:30 p.m. dinner & program. Keynote speaker: Tom Gendron, chairman & CEO, Woodward, Inc. Hos ted by Rockford Area Economic Development Council. Register at 815-969-4259.
Registration for “Managing Diabetes through the Holidays” – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 21, 6-7 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Advance registration is recommended. Info: 815-544-3710 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Registration for LIVE It Up! Leadership Conference for Teens – NIU Holmes Student Center, DeKalb. Dates: Nov. 22 & 23. Open to all students in 8th grade-18 years old. Registration Fri., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Next day at DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building. Breakout sessions, speaker, packing food for local food pantries. Cost: $95 includes meals, overnight accommodations, transportation, T-shirt, activities. Financial assistance is also available. Register by Nov. 1 at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Starved Rock Lodge invites you to “Take a Hike & a Lunch” – Every Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. Take a Hike is a 4.5-mile guided hike that includes a packed lunch and Starved Rock backpack. Learn about the natural history of Starved Rock State Park and enjoy the beautiful views into several canyons and see the bluff and river trails. Take a Hike is classified as strenuous. Info: 815-220-7386.
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Boy Scout Troop 123 Pumpkin Sale – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road at Alpine. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. till Halloween.
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon.
RAVE Board meeting – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 11:30 a.m.
Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, make crafts. Info: 815-965-7606.
Tutoring Fair – Ellis Elementary School, 222 S. Central Ave. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Families will receive information about Supplemental Educational Services and a vendor fair. Eligible families only. Students must be enrolled in a Title I school within RPS, and also qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auburn Halloween Carnival – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 5-7 p.m. Elementary school-age students. Parents must accompany children; children must wear costumes. Carnival-style games, scary stories, temporary tattoos. Free.
YA Movie Night – Sullivan Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.
East Halloween Bash – East High School, 2929 Charles St. 6 p.m. trick-or-treating, 6:30 p.m. concert. Spooky stories, arts and crafts. Classical music and songs. Everyone is encouraged to wear non-scary, school-appropriate costumes.
Ald. Joseph Chiarelli 14th Ward meeting – Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave. 6-7 p.m. Info; 815-721-2014.
Information on “Diabetes & Foot Care” – SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, 1625 S.. State St., Belvidere. 6 p.m. in outpatient clinic area. Presented by Dr. Michael Corcoran, DPM. Info: 815-601-5268.
Worship Wednesday Gathering – Third Presbyterian Church, 1221 Custer Ave. 6:30 p.m. Informal midweek gathering of praise, inspiration and prayer featuring short videos that touch on current issues. Oct. 30: “Rich” by Rob Bell; learning to appreciate how much we have.
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.
Local History & Writers Series: Following Footsteps in Freeport – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. 7 p.m. Personal memoir of Highland Community College’s Dr. Thompson Brandt.
Lecture: “Healing the Heart of Democracy” – Monroe Arts Center, Concert Hall, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 608-325-5700.
Spirited Ghost Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. 7-9 p.m. Price: $10 per person. Info: 815-847-6317.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Blood Drive – Backyard Grill & Bar, 6473 N. Second St., Loves Park. 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
WSBA Halloween Party – Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. 4-6 p.m. West Side Business Association partners with Northwest Community Center for an afternoon of candy, coupons, logo bags, and fun. Come in costume. Free.
Paranormal Tour of the Manny Mansion (Burpee Natural History Museum) – 737 N. Main St. 7-8 p.m. Kathi Kresol will give the history of the building, and psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will give their impressions of spirits. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Info: 815-871-4239.
Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Charlotte Checkers – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets/Info: 815-986-6465.
Spirited Ghost Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. 7-9 p.m. Price: $10 per person. Info: 815-847-6317.
Friday, Nov. 1
A Tisket, a Tasket: Make a Tote Basket – Cherry Valley Public Library District, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructors will guide you step by step through a beginning basketry project. Reserve your spot by mailing or dropping off a $20 materials fee. (Write checks to Land of Lincoln Basket Weavers.) Info: 815-979-7759.
Bazaar and Bake Sale – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St., Belvidere. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Drop-in Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-96507606.
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.
RockStat meeting – Regional Center for Planning & Design, 315 N. Main St. 1 p.m.
Brovember Beard-A-Thon – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5 p.m. Dave Armstrong gives straight-razor shaves to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer. 9 p.m.-close.
“Ties & Tennies Together” – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Cocktails/silent auction/digital graffiti wall, 5:30 p.m. Dinner/program, live music by Too Deep, 6:30 p.m. Benefit for Rockford Park District. Tickets: $100/person or table of 8 for $750. Info: 815-987-1632.
Special Recreation Talent Show – Belvidere High School, 1500 East Ave. 6:30-9 p.m.
June & Edgar Martin Memorial Lecture – Center for the Sciences Atrium, Beloit College, 700 College St. 7 p.m. Upton Scholar James D. Gwartney will speak about “Institutions, Economic Freedom, and the Wealth of Nations.” Free.
Paranormal Tour of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum – 411 Kent St. 7-10 p.m. Cost: $20 members, advance, $25 non-members, $30 at the door. Info: 815-964-2424.
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Troop 41 Boy Scout Pancake Day Fund-raiser – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Road. 7 a.m.-noon. Tickets:
$5 each or $15 for a family; children under 5, free. Fruit and whipped cream available for extra $1. Info: 815-985-9522.
Lifescape hosts Community Healthcare Event – Washington Park Community Center, 3617 Delaware St. 8 a.m.-noon. Information about the Affordable Care Act and health coverage options. Info: 815-963-1609.
Electronics Recycling Event – Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management, 894 Shop Road, Dixon. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
5th Annual Openfields Local Foods Conference – Atwood Center, 2685 New Milford School Road. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fee: $25/person. Walk-ins are welcome for a fee of $30/person. Info: 815-986-4357.
Bazaar and Bake Sale – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St., Belvidere. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Holiday Gift Sale – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Handcrafted items. Free Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. Donuts, juice, milk.
Great Hang-Ups 25th Anniversary – Great Hang-Ups, 613 S. Rockford Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Clothing consignment store celebrates with an ’80’s-themed event. First 100 customers will receive a special gift to say “thank you.” Catered food, sales, special drawings, prizes, live music, photo booth.
“Surviving the Holidays” – Griefshare Seminar at Journey Church Ministries, 7825 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 815-633-6143.
Kids Club Event: Thanksgiving Handcrafted Turkey – Michaels, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. Make a playful craft turkey. All supplies included. Cost: $2 per child. Register for a session every half-hour from 10 a.m. to noon.
March Against Corruption – City Hall, 425 E. State St. 11 a.m. Hosted by Represent.Us IL-16-17 District Committee.
Book Fair to Benefit Midway Village Museum – Barnes & Noble Bookstore, CherryVale Mall, 7200 harrison Ave., Rockford. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
4th Annual Winter Wonderland – Summerfield Zoo, 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live reindeer, elves, Mrs. Claus, crafts, face painting. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Final zoo weekend for 2013!
MS Word 2010 in a Day – Sullivan Center, Nordlof Center Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Saturday Spectacular: Roars of Snores! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages.
5th Annual 9-Pin Bowling Tournament – Forest Lanes, 7742 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Registration at 12:30 p.m., bowling 1-4 pm. $15 per bowler. Benefit for Barbara Olson Center of Hope. Info: 815-871-2097.
Rock River Center Thanks Supporters – Rock River Center, 710 S. 10th St., Oregon. 1-4 p.m.
Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 1:30 p.m. Topic: “Filling in Your Computer Blind Spots.” Free.
Shelter Care Ministries First Annual Gathering of Friends – 2-4 p.m. Open house tours held at 218 7th St., 2237 7th St., 1208 8th St., and MAYA’s House, 215 N. Court St. 4-5 p.m.
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.
4th Annual Pasta Ball – Forest Hills Lodge, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, to benefit Helping Hands Pantry. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30. Tickets: $35 per person; sponsorships available. Info: 815-980-0208.
1st Brigade Band Concert & Gettysburg Address – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Historical program combines outstanding music with narrative accounts, anecdotes, tales and legends of the Civil War. Also in attendance: President & Mrs. Lincoln (AKA Max and Donna Daniels of Wheaton, Ill.). The President will deliver his Gettysburg Address. Hosted by Logan Camp #26, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Mary Logan Auxiliary No. 20. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children under 18.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Loves Park Fireman’s Association Pancake Breakfast – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd. 7 a.m.-noon. All you can eat for $6, kids 5 and younger, free.
Monroe Township Firefighters’ Association All-You-
Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast – Fire Station, 104 West St., Monroe Center, Ill. 7-11 a.m. Cost: $8 adults, $4 children ages 6-12. Ages 5 and younger, free.
43rd Annual Aquin Flea Market & More – Aquin High School Gym, 1419 S. Galena, Freeport. 8 a..m.-2 p.m. Antiques, collectibles, crafts, coins, stamps.
Build It! Make It! Exhibit: Mold-making – Discovery Center, Woodward Hall, 711 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Preogram by Art Casting of Illinois. General admission: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17), free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.
4th Annual Winter Wonderland – Summerfield Zoo, 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live reindeer, elves, Mrs. Claus, crafts, face painting. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Final zoo weekend for 2013!
Leukemia Cancer Benefit for Christine Schmitendorf – Onyx Bar & Grill, 1001 W. Lane (Rt. 173), Machesney Park. Noon-4 p.m. Food, raffle, silent auction, bake sale & drink specials. Southern Charm band to follow.
Adoption Information Meeting – First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus St., Belvidere. 1-3 p.m. Reservations at 815-962-1043 or 888-248-4335. Walk-ins are welcome too.
“Hoo” Haven Open House – 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand. 1-4 p.m. Support local wildlife conservation efforts, see birds and animals in rehabilitation. Visit the new Aquatic Animal Recovery Center. All ages welcome. Info: 815-229-0800.
47th Annual Swissfest – Turner Hall of Monroe, Grand Hall, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe, Wis. 2 p.m. $10 at the door, $8 in advance.
Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 4 p.m. Tickets/Info: 815-986-6465.
Monday, Nov. 4
Ribbon Cutting for Easter Seals New Therapeutic School and Center for Autism – 615 S. Fifth St. 9:30 a.m. Reception and tours to follow.
eReader Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch Bookworm Bakery & Café, 6685 E. State St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your eReader and all your cords to this drop-in class. Being a laptop if you have one. Info: 815-965-7606.
“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” – North Suburban Library, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Register at 815-484-1300.
LOL Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Braqnch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 6-11.
Windows 8 Workshop – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and up.
Rockford City Council meeting – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.
Name That Tune Pub Trivia – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
TECHX, Entre Computer Solutions Technology Expo – Clock Tower Resort, 7801 E. State St. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured speaker is Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. Event restricted to business owners, top-level managers and informational technology managers only. Register/Info: 815-399-5664.
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.
Family Stories – 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.
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.
Teen’Scape at Rock River Branch – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3128 11th St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, make crafts.
Special Meeting of Rockford Board of Education – District 205 Administration Building, 3rd Floor Board Room, 501 Seventh St. Open session at 4:30 p.m., then closed session after roll call to address discipline of students and other matters.
Grief Support Group – Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Road. 5:30-7 p.m. Every Tues. thru Nov. 19. Info: 815-398-0500.
Family Counseling Services Veterans’ Self-Help Group – FCS Agency office, 210 N. Longwood St. 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday. Self-guided, self-help group. A Licensed Clinical Social worker will be on site and on call at no cost. Free coffee and water available. Info: 815-962-5585.
Family Story Hour – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Beloit Regional Hospice Annual Memorial Service – Bereean Baptist Church, 1992 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Memorial quilt will be on display for the first time. Info: 608-363-7421 or toll free 877-363-7421.
“Introducing Amboy Marsh Sanctuary” – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport. 7 p.m. Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. Deb Carey, executive director of Dixon Park District, will present the program. Free.
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From the Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2013, issue