Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of April 2-8, 2014

Ongoing Attractions

Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.

All Together in Grief – Peterson Meadows Retirement Community, 6401 Newburg Road. Meets every Friday at 1:30 p.m. Info: Noreen Schmitt, 815-227-0101.

Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318 Spring Creek Road. Closed for the season. Info: 815-229-9390.

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

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

Becca’s Closet – Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Collects and distributes formalwear free of charge to young women who would not otherwise be able to attend proms, homecomings, etc. Info: Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, 815-962-4279 or

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. Info: 815-968-0595.

Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. Admission $8 adults, $5 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: or

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

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 – Humanists, skeptics, agnostics and atheists – activities and meetings for like-minded individuals. Info:

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.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers – 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford, off South Alpine Road, and 13125 N. 2nd St., Roscoe, 1/2 mile north of McCurry Road. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. Info; 815-637-1343 or

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. Variety of free classes for adults 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. nfo: 815-965-8146.

Lewis Lemon Community Center – 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free. Info: 815-987-8800.

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: 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

ROCK Swim and Fitness – 3800 E. State St. Zumba classes, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Age 1 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:

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.

Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or

Rockford Public Library – Main Library open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rock River and Montague branches open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rockton Centre Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lewis Lemon Branch open Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. All library locations closed Sundays.

Rockford Public Library Used Book Shop – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Tues.- Thurs., Noon.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606

Rockton Township Historical Society Museum – Corner of Blackhawk Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton. Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-624-8200 or 815-629-2210.

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.

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:

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

Womanspace – 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Yoga every Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m. $40/four classes or $12/class. Basic Hatha Yoga. Other activities throughout the year. Info: 815-877-0118.

YMCA of Rock River Valley – I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., 815-489-1252. Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. 815-489-3352.

Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.

Registration Needed

Rock River Valley Pantry Evening Hours – Rock River Valley Pantry will offer evening hours on Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Feb. 5-April 30 at 421 S. Rockton Ave. These distribution hours are designed for working people who cannot utilize the pantry during daytime hours.

Applications for Minority Nursing Scholarships – Rockford Health System, in conjunction with the Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, will hand out 12 scholarships in 2014. These will go to African-American and Spanish-speaking Hispanic students enrolled in a nursing program. Each winner will receive $2,000 toward their 2014-2015 educational expenses. Applications are due April 15. Info/Download an application:, click on careers, or call 815-971-2660.

Registration for Student Poetry Slam – Jefferson High School, 4145 Samuelson Road. Date: April 12, 6-8 p.m. Students at other high schools are invited to participate. Register online at

Starved Rock Lodge offers Wine & Shopping Tours on Fridays in April – Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Every Friday at 1 p.m. Guests board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel to the wine tasting room at Cattails, then spend some time shopping. Also stops in downtown Utica for a wine tasting at August Hill Winery. Tour the Illinois River Winery. Tickets: $17/person. Reserve at 815-220-7386 or

Registration for “Take a Hike & a Lunch” – Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Every Sat. and Sun., beginning April 5, at 11 a.m. 4.5-mile guided hike that includes a packed lunch and Starved Rock backpack. Enjoy beautiful views into several canyons and take a hike classified as strenuous. Reserve at 815-220-7386 or

Registration forTiger Cub Club Golf Lessons – Ingersoll Learning Links or Elliot Golf Course. For ages 5-7. Program meets once a week for four weeks. First sessions begin the weeks of April 5 and 10. Fee $55 ($65 non-resident). Register at least one week prior to sessin start date, either online at (click My RPD), by mail, fax or at Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ – Aldeen Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Various weekdays and times in sessions beginning April 8, May 22, Aug. 6 and 27. Next two sessions start April 8-22 (Tues./Thurs. mornings) and May 22-June 19 (Thurs. afternoons). Per-session fee is $65 {$75 non-resident). Register at least one week prior to sessin start date, either online at (click My RPD), by mail, fax or at Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for Money Smart Week Workshop:

Keeping Energy $$ in Your Pocket” – April 5-10 at these locations: Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Apri 5, 11 a.m.-noon; First Community Bank of Galena, 101 Exchange St., April 7, 2;15-3:15 p.m.; Highland Community College West, 310 N. West St., Elizabeth, April 7, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Cherry Valley Public Library District, 755 E. State St., April 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.;North Suburban Library District, 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, April 9, 6-7 p.m.; Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., April 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, but registration encouraged to insure seating and materials. Info: visit or call your local Extension office (Jo Daviess, 815-858-2273, Stephenson, 815-235-4125, Winnebago, 815-986-4357).

Order Tickets for Rockford AirFest 2014 – Chicago Rockford International Airport. Dates: June 7-8. Feat. USAF Thunderbird Demonstrration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Static aircraft displays, family-friendly activities, concessions, RV park and special attractions. Order at or at any participating area Culver’s Restaurant.

Registration for Vegetable Gardening Program: Five-part Series – University of Illinois Extension at Belvidere High School, 1500 East Ave., Belvidere. April 21, Cool Season Crops; May 5, Warm Season Crops; June 9., Vegetable Pest and Disease Management. Cost: $5/session . Info: 815-544-3710 or

Registration for Ogle County 4-H Shooting Sports Program – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Shooting Sports Air Rifle Tues. nights, 6-7:30 p.m. at Ogle County Fairgrounds. All needed equipment except safety eyewear. Archery Thursday night, 6-7:30 p.m. at Ogle County Fairgrounds. All needed equipment except arm guards and finger guards. Registration taken until April 1. Info: 815-732-291.

Free Drop-in Softball for Adults Ages 50+ – Dahlquist Park, 29th St. and Oak Grove Ave., Rockford. Every Tues., April 1-Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Players should bring their own glove and bat; no pre-registration is needed, just come out to play. Info: 815-987-1603.

Registration for “Healthy Eating for Successful Living” – Rock County Council on Aging at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus, Milton, Wis. For older adults. Dates: April 4-May 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Free, but pre-registration is required. Info: 608-757-5472 or

Order Tickets for Parks Kiwanis’ 2nd Annual Pork Chop Sandwich Day – VFW Parking Lot, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Date: April 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $5 advance or $5.50 day of event at drive-thur. Includes 640 Meats Pork Chop sandwich, Ole Salty’s Chips and bottled water. Tickets at 640 Meats, 6410 E. Riverside Blvd.; Ole Salty’s, 1920 E. Riverside Blvd.; Image Signs, 7323 N. Alpine Road, and VFW, 2018 Windsor Road (Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Info: 815-243-6909.

Registration for “Bring Your Dog to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” – Meyer’s Tails Up Farm, 5870 Irene Road, Belvidere. Date: April 5, 8-11a.m. Breakfast, Easter Egg Hunt, photos with Easter Bunny. Cost: $20 for first family member, $12 each additional member. Each dog will get a take-home gift. Children will also receive a free gift. Proceeds to benefit Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter. Reservations are required. Call 815-547-5778.

Order Tickets for Harlem Veteran Project Victory Dinner – Harlem High School Commmons, 1 Huskie Circle, Machesney Park. Date: April 5, 5-8 p.m. Catered by Lino’s Restaurant. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 day of event. Available at the Harlem Administrative building and HarlemHigh School, also from students. Info: 815-871-6053.

Registration for “Restoring a Natural Community: How to Manage Your Natural Space Ecologically” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. How to remove invasives and welcome native species. Cost: $65. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Registration for “Money Smart Gardening” – Ida Public Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. Date: April 7, 4-5 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Boone County Master Gardeneers. Free, but pre-registration is preferred. Info: 815-544-3710 or

Registration for Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: April 7, 7-9 p.m. Does not offer certification. Registration required. Cost: $25/couple or $12.50 individual. Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

Registration for Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: April 8, 1:30 p.m. and April 10, 6:30 p.m. First session, “The Basics of Growing Herbs.” Presented via teleconference. “Pest Control Strategies in the Garden,” April 22 and 24, and “Bargain Gardening,” May 6 and 8. Cost per session, $5 or $12 for the series. Info: 815-732-2191. Registration is required by April 7 for first session.

Registration for Supermarket Smarts: A Guided Store Tour for Your Wallet & Health – Pacemaker Market, 413 Southtowne Drive, Belvidere. Date: April 8, 10 a.m. Limit of 12 participants. Free, but register at 815-544-3710 or

Registration for “The Home and Neighborhood of Your Choice: Fair Housing & Lending in Rockford” – Prairie State Legal Services, 303 N. Main St., Ste. 600, Rockford. Date: April 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fair Housing Month event. Learn how to shop smart for mortgages and spot discriminatory practices. Free, open to the public. Register by April 4 to Jasmina Popaja at 815-668-4412 or

Registration for Professional Skills Development Training: “The Art of High Impact Communication” – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. Date: April 9, 7:30-11 a.m. Presented by Rockford Network of Professional Women. Advanced registration required by April 2. Cost: $40, RPNW members, $50 non-members. Register online using PayPal , on the event schedule, link

Registration for Breakfast Buzz: “Family Ties: Growing and Cultivating a Successful Family Business” – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: April 9, 7:30-9 a.m. Presented by Fran and John Morrissey. Cost: $10 members, includes breakfast, $20 for non-Chamber members. Info: RSVP by April 8.

Registration for Money Smart Gardening – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: April 9, 10-11 a.m. Free, but register at 815-732-2191 or

Mark the Date for Rock Valley Anglers of Illinois Meeting – Hoffman House Banquet Room, 7550 E. State St. Date: April 9, 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Randy Weiland, multi-species guide. Free to members, non-members pay $5. Info:

Registration for Spending Your SNAP Dollars Wisely – The Salvation Army, 422 S. Main St., Belvidere. Date: April 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Those who attend this workshop will receive healthy recipes and monty-saving grocery tips. Register at 815-544-3710 or

Registration for Teleconference Broadcast: “Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss” – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. Date: April 10, 12:15-4 p.m. Cost: $25, includes program materials. Participants may wish to bring their own lunches. Continuing education credits can be obtained online for professional licenses for a fee of $15 until April 24, then increases to $25. Reserve by April 3 at 877-363-7421 or by email at If space permits, registrations will be taken at the door, but all payments are due by April 10.

Registration for “Taste of Home Cooking School” – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: April 10, begins at 5:30 p.m. Have dinner at one of the many restaurants located within walking distance of the theater. Taste of Home cookbooks will be available for purchase in the lobby before and after the show. Reserved seating tickets on sale now. Regular seats, $12; premium seats, $20; VIP seats, $50 and include a free Taste of Home cookbook along with exclusive meet and greet with Chef Eric before the show and exclusive early access to vendors in the lobby. Info: 815-758-1225 or at the theater or

Registration for “The Basics of Growing Herbs” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere, Date: April 10, 6:30 p.m. First in series of Four Seasons Gardening Program. Cost: $5/session or $12 for the series. Info: 815-544-3710 or

Registration for “The Common Core and Students with Disabilities” – Byron Fire Station, 123 N. Franklin St., Byron. Date: April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presented by Family Matters PTIC and Easter Seals. Free. 2.0 CPDUs available for educators. Register by April 3 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or

Registration for “Stepping On” classes for seniors – Offering various classes thru the Rock County Council on Aging. April 11-May 23: “Stepping On” at The Gathering Place, Milton, Wis. 10 a.m. Cost: $10. April 4-May 9: “Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults” at The Gathering Place, Milton, Wis. 10 a.m. Free. May 1-June 12: “Taking Care of You” Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers at Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville. 1 p.m. Cost: $10. Info: 608-758-8455.

Registration for Supermarket Smarts: A Guided Store Tour for Your Wallet & Health – Sullivan’s Foods, 320 Eagle Drive, Rochelle. Date: April 11, 10-11 a.m. Class size is limited to 15 participants. Free, but register at 815-732-2191 or

Registration for “Intentional Solitude in Spring: A Silent Retreat” – Hosted by Common Boundary Wellness Center, 4873 Manhattan Ave., Rockford. Location: Bridgman, Mich. Dates: Fri., April 11, 6 p.m. to Sun., April 13, noon. Contemplation of the seasons. Cost: $295/person. Info: 815-965-1817.

Order Tickets for Rockton Chamber Annual Awards Banquet – American Center, downtown Rockton. Date: April 11, 5:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Jim Zalud. Send nominations for awards to Purchase tickets at

Registration for Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness – NIU, Rockford, 8500 E. State St. Date: April 12. Starts at 8 a.m. Competitive 5-K run with prizes in 17 age divisions. Non-competitive Fitness Walk. Sponsored by Rock River Valley Blood Center. Online registration at

Registration for “Get Your Goat” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn the basics of goat care and needs, plus methods for processing goat milk. Cost: $45. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Mark the Date for Super Saturday Les Mills Release Party – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Date: April 12, 9-11:15 a.m. Enjoy new music and choreography while getting a great 2-hr. workout. 9-10 a.m. Body Pump. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Body Combat. Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Golf Season Kick-off – Aldeen Golf Club Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: April 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Get tips from Rockford Park District PGA professionals, have golf clubs repaired, participate in chipping contests, chat with Riverside Community Bank representatives about banking needs, learn about Park District golf lessons and tournaments, get info about Rockford Area Men’s Golf Association and Aldeen Men’s Golf Association. Free. Info: 815-987-8800 or

Registration for “Journey to Joy” Spring Luncheon with Kelly Epperson – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: April 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Author Kelly Epperson shares the tale of her personal joy journey. Includes meal, raffle of prize packages, $10 mystery gifts and 18th Annual Womanspirit Award. Cost: $50/person or $360 for table of 8. RSVP by April 3. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for “Farm Dreams: Assessing Risks & Resources to Start a Small Farm or Market Garden” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 12, 1-5 p.m. Explore sustainable farming careers, take part in self-assessments, and decide whether to pursue farming. Cost: $60. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Registration for Student Poetry Slam – Jefferson High School, 4145 Samuelson Road. Date: April 12, 6-8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three poets. Register at

Registration for Paranormal Tour of the Barnes Mansion – 813 N. Main St., Rockford. Date: April 12, 7-9 p.m. With psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker. Cost: $15 advance or $20 at the door. Info: 815-871-4239 or

Mark the Date for “The Great War: World War I” – Midway Village Museum, 6700 Guilford Road. Dates: April 12-13, 11 a.m.-5p.m. Special lecture & exhibit opening, April 11. “Propaganda Posters from WWI” Lecture titled “From Neutrality To All-Out War”. Cost: $10. Info: 815-387-9112.

Wild Ones Native Woodland Plant Sale Begins – Plants offered are native to Winnebago and surrounding counties. for an e-copy of the brochure with order form, visit or contact Barbara Flores at 815-289-8602. Woodland orders will be accepted thru April 21.

Registration for Flora Grange Annual Spring Roast Beef Dinner – Flora Grange Hall, 2105 Stone Quarry Road, 3 miles south of bypass 20. Date: April 13. Reservations for two servings: 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $11; children 6-12, $6. Call 815-985-8544, 815-494-6927 or 815-222-6173. Tickets available at the door; carry-outs available.

Registration for Film: “A Matter of Place” – JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 7th St. Date: April 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Presented by Prairie State Legal Services. Discussion about the history of housing discrimination. RSVP by April 11 to

Registration for Live Gallery Reading with Mark Dorsett – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: April 19, 7-9 p.m. Join Spirit Communicator Mark Dorsett as he provides messages from loved ones in spirit to offer healilng and closure in a group setting. Cost: $20/person advance or $25 at the event. Info: 815-871-4239 or

Registration for Rockford Network of Professional Women Meeting – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. Date: April 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch followed by program. Info: or 815-977-7747.

Registration for Rockford Public Schools Those Who Excel Awards – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: April 24. 5:30 p.m. social time, 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets: $35/person. Deadline: April 15. Open to public.

Registration for “Preschoolers: Great Goats” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 25, 10-11:30 a.m. Garden projects.some to help the farm, some to take home. Cost: $12. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Registration for “Earth Oven and Cob Bench Workshop” – Angelic Organics Learning Center at The Dome Gathering Space, 6524 Belvidere Road, Roscoe. Complete a cob bench and cook in an earth oven. Cost: $80. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Registration for “Bullying Prevention: Everyone’s Responsibility – What Parents Can Do” – Lutheran Outdoor Miistries Center, Ragnar Moline Dining Hall, 1834 S. Illinois Rt. 2, Oregon. Date: April 28, 6:30-9 p.m. Hosted by Family Matters PTIC. Lilght meal served at 6:30 p.m. Child care available at 815-732-2220. Free, but registration required. Register by April 15 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or or email or 815-732-2220.

4-H Camp Registration Now Open – Camp Benson, Mt. Caroll, Ill. Dates: June 9-13. Variety of activities offered for five-day, four-night camp. Open to all youth ages 8-14 by June 9. 4-H membership not required, but all participants must comply with the same high behavior standards expected of 4-Hers. Fee: $250; minimum of $75 deposit is required with registration form. A camper T-shirt is included. Scholarship rebates are provided for enrolled 4-H club members in some counties. Info: 815-732-2191.

Registration for Culinary Arts Program – Rockford Publilc Schools in partnership with Hoffman House offers high school students a culinary arts and food preparation vocational education program. Info:

Order Roses for Loves Park Lions Club Rose Day – Help the Blind Activities Fund. Call 815-262-3005 no later than April 21.

Registration for Macktown Living History Workshop – Macktown Living History Center, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton. Date: April 12, noon-2 p.m. Prepare to take part in The Gathering, April 25-27. Free. Info: 815-624-4200.

Registration for Burpee Workshop: “Exploring Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived – The BIG Picture” – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: April 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Hands-on science workshop for ages 6 and up. One adult is required per hcild. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Cost: $20 per chilod or $18 per child member. Info: 815-965-3433.

Mark the Date for Veterans Open House – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: April 14, 4-6 p.m. Get information about your state and federal benefits. Info: 815-633-7840 or

Registration for HBO: Alzheimer’s Project – Center for Learning in Retirement, 3350 N. Bell School Road. Dates: April 16, 23, 30. 10 a.m.-noon. Documentary from the point of view of the person with the disease. Info: 815-921-3930.

Registration for EDEEN Lunch & Learn Series: Social Media – Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 211 N. Main St. Dates: April 16 and 23. Bring your own lunch. Info: 815-975-0466.

Registration for “Eggcellent Adventures at the Farm” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 19, 10 a..m.-noon. Cost: $11. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Registration for “Earth Day Farm Tour” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: April 19, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $22. Info: 815-389-8455 or

Order Tickets for Films in “Eberfest” – Roger Ebert’s Film Festival runs April 23-27 at Virginia Theatre, in Champaign-Urbana. Festival schedule is at, complete with reviews, information about other events, and video retrospective. Info: 217-244-0552 or 706-542-4972.

Registration for Arbor Dash 5K – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: April 25, 6:30 p.m. Non-competitive fun run/walk through Klem’s 155 acres; part road race, part trail run. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Everyone leaves with their own tree. Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members. Register by April 18. April 22-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Packet pick up at Klehm Visitors Center. April 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Race check-in. Register at

Registration for MarriageRestored Weekend – Milwaukee, Wis. Dates: April 25-27. Help for troubled marriages from couples who’ve been there. Contact: David & Erin Rogers, 317-506-5541,; or Gary & Juanita Thayer, 877-844-2262,

Mark the Dates for Civil War Encampments – Galena, Ill. Dates: April 25-27. See 1860s blue and grey-uniformed soldiers. Military drill in the morning, a battle in the afternoon, a parade in between. See civilians in period-correct attire in the camp. For $5, watch the proceedings of camp life, observe medical technology of the time, witness the re-enactment of the Siege of Vicksburg, and enjoy a classic Sanitary Fair.

Registration for Hands-on PV Workshop – Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon. Date: April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Instructor Dave Merrill from SunAir Sytems, designer and installer of solar electric systems. Both advanced and beginners are welcome. After lunch, class members will assemble a 1-kilowatt grid -tied PV system. Two teams will rotate between laying out solar panels and making the wiring connections between them and wiring the remaining components. Cost: $20 for IREA members, $40 non-members which includes membership. Extra $5/person charge for a light lunch. Maximum enrollment: 16. Advanced registration and payment are required. Cancellations will be reimbursed minus a $5 processing fee. To enroll, send name, email, telephone no., address and check to: Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, IL 61061. Info: 815-732-7332.

Mark the Date for RVC Fund-raiser at Barnes & Noble – CherryVale Mall. Date: April 26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College. By presenting an official voucher for RVC fund-raiser to cashier at time of purchase, you will donate a portion of the net sale to RVC library. Proceeds of customer sales will go toward purchasing novels and children’s books. Vouchers can be printed in advance at or may be picked up at Barnes & Noble on the day of the event.

Registration for “Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. Date: April 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Register at 815-484-1300.

Registration for Traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony (hanami chakai) – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 26. Times: 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; 2-3 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Reservations required. Space is limited to 15 participants for each tea ceremony time. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Registration for Tea Serving Procedures – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Led by Professor Gunji. Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $45/person; reservations required. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Order Tickets for “Bunco for Breast Cancer” – Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa. Date: April 26, 6 p.m. cocktail hour (cash bar), 7 p.m. Bunco starts. Only 156 spots available. Tickets: $30/person. Hosted by Genoa Community Women’s Club. Register at Specialty Gifts, 133 W. Main St., Genoa.

Order Tickets for Junior League Fundraiser “Unique Home Spaces Tour” – April 26 & 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Self-guided tour of approx. 8 local homes recently renovated or redecorated featuring latest trends in home decor. Tickets: $20 advance or $25 day of event. Info:

Registration for Seminar on Homebuyer Education – North Suburban Library, Roscoe Branch, 5562 Clayton Circle, Roscoe. Date: April 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP by April 25 to Nick Nelson, 815-397-3111. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Rent Little Cubs Field This Summer – Rentals via website, Use any major credit card. Become a Bleacher Bum for a $100 donation, and a seat plate will be put on a seat in the left field bleachers. Fairway Ford in Freeport offers a free detail of your car for all who buy a seat in March or April 2014 (a $150 value). Forms for this are at Fairway Ford, 555 Meadows Drive, Freeport. Opening day is April 21.

Donate Goods to Repurpose for “Elegant Clutter” – A Crafty Sale of Art, Furniture & Accessories – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Date of sale: May 2 and 3. Donations accepted by Friends of Rockford Art Museum. Call 815-968-2787.

Registration for HBO: Alzheimer’s Project – Senior Services, 110 W. Woodstock, Crystal Lake. Date: May 6, 4-7 p.m. Documentary from the point of view of the person with the disease. Free. Info: 815-484-1300.

Registration for Shelter Care Ministries’ Spring Luncheon – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Date: May 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Program and Marketplace featuring handmade soaps, jams, spring decor and more. Tickets: $35/person or table of 8 for $280. Reserve up until a week before event. Info: 815-964-5520.

Registration for Women’s Retreat for Cancer Survivors – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: Sat., May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., May 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $45 includes meals and materials. Registration forms available at Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center, 3921 E. State St. or call the Retreat Coordinator at 815-227-4988. Register by April 18.

Pet Supply Drive – Eisenhower Middle School, 3525 Spring Creek Road. Collecting pet supplies for local animal rescues. Food and treats, collars, harnesses, blankets, toys, beds, stainless steel bowls, scoopable litter, kennels and crates, laundry detergent, washcloths, towels, garbage bags, hand soap. Info: Christina Halsey at

Soap for Hope – Brookview Elementary School, 1750 Madron Road. Thru April 25, students are asked to donate soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, detergent and dish soap to be distributed to local agencies such as Rockford Rescue Mission and Remedies Renewal. Info: Lisa Peterson Doll at

The Mill Foundation Grants Available – Provides funding to other nonprofits dedicated to helping Rockford-area youth. Deadline extended to May 1. Info:

Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department Recycling Grant applications are due by April 7. Info: 815-732-4020 or

Jefferson Announces Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship – Applicants must be African-American, an Illinois resident, seeking an undergraduate degree, and accepted or enrolled at an Illinois accredited institution of higher learning, including community colleges, private institutions and certified vocational training programs. Applications must be mailed by April 30 to Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship Selection Committee, P.O. Box 12104, Springfield, IL 62791. Applications can be requested from Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s office. Info: 815-987-7433.

Butterfly Exhibit – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Runs thru May 11. See hundreds of native butterflies incluing monarchs and painted ladies. In the Conservatory, visit a special butterfly house. Open Tues., Wed., Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Various activities offered each day. Info: 815-987-8858.

Registration for Bow Tie March & 5K Run for Men’s Cancer Awareness – Home Depot, 6930 Arugus Drive, Rockford. Date: June 7. 1.5-mile march down the Perryville Path, a 5K Run, Wellness Fair, food, entertainment. Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center has “March with Your Doc” invitations available for those touched by cancer who would like to invite a special health care provider to join them at the event. Invitations can be picked up at Healing Pathways office, 3921 E. State St., Suite D. Info:

Order Tickets for Lifescape Community Services’ “Showtime” – Harlem High School Auditorium, 1 Huskie Circle, Machesney Park. Date: June 11 -12. Musical revue. General admission: $12 advance, $15 at the door. Available at Lifescape Community Services, 705 Kilburn Ave., 815-963-1609 or online at

Mark the Date for Morris Kennedy School/Nashold Reunion – July 19, 2014. Contact Barb (Smith) Simler at 815-871-5270 or

From the April 2-8, 2014, issue

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