Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of April 16-22, 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. Training Days for volunteers: Sat., April 17, 9 a.m. or Sun., April 27, 2 p.m. 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.

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., 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. 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.

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

Donate Items for Rockford Art Museum Sale “Elegant Clutter” – Truck at Rockford Art Museum parking lot, 711 N. Main St. Donation drop off dates: April 16, 4-7 p.m. and April 23, 4-7 p.m. Friday preview sale: May 2, 5-8 p.m., $5. Saturday sale, May 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $2.

Registration for Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Third session. 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 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. -noon. 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. May 2-June 20 at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine, Janesville, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 608-758-8455.

Starved Rock Lodge offers Wine & Shopping Tours on Fridays in April – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Every Friday at 1 p.m. in April. Trolley will travel to wine tasting room at Cattails and later to August Hill Winery. Shop downtown Utica or just relax at August Hill. Tickets: $17/person; reservations recommended. Info: 815-220-7386 or

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 Adult Golf Specialty Clinics – Outdoor – Aldeen Practice Centre, clinics scheduled for Friday evenings or Saturday mornings held from April 11-June 21. Attend all, some, or one; each clinic will focus on a specific type or shot or skill. Fees: $22 per clinic ($25 non-resident). Register at least one week prior to each clinic, either online at (click Lessons) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

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 Aviators Open Tryouts – Aviators Stadium, Loves Park. Date: April 21. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; stretching begins at 10 a.m. Each athlete will be required to paty a $40 registration fee. Info: 815-885-2255.

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 “Living With Joy” – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: April 22, 1:30-4 p.m. Obtain insights on what may be blocking you from a happier day-to-day experience. Daily Joy practices using tips, exercises and affirmations. Fee: Regular $35, member $25. Register by April 20. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for Creating the Creative Business Class – Talcott Free Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton. Dates: April 22-May 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $125. Info/Register: 815-980-9515 or

Registration for “Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance & Empowerment” – DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb. Date: April 22, 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-484-1300.

Registration for “Cooking with Fresh Vegetables” – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. Date: April 23, 10:30 a.m. Fee: $5. Advance registration needed by April 18. Info: 815-544-3710.

Registration for Seth B. Atwood Award Presentation & Reception – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: April 24. 5:30 p.m. social, appetizers, cash bar, music. 6 p.m. program and award presentation. Come early and enjoy the spring blossoms along the garden paths. Cost: $20/person. Reservations required by April 22. Call 815-877-6100.

Registration for 42nd Annual Charisma Fund-raising Fashion Show – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: April 25, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Features boutique shopping, a women’s fashion show with luncheon at noon, followed by a teen fashion show with dinner at 6:30 p.m. New: “Trend Classes” from fashion, cosmetic and designer experts from 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Boutique shopping is free and open to public. Tickets for fashion show and luncheon/dinner at $20-$50 for fashion shows. E-mail or 815-332-8215.

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. “Date: April 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 EDEEN Lunch & Learn Series: Social Media – Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 211 N. Main St. Dates: April 16 and 23. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 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

Registration for Live Gallery Reading with Mark Dorsett – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: April 19, 7-9 p.m. Messages from loved ones in spirit in a group setting. Cost: $20/person advance or $25 at the event. Info: 815-871-4239 or

Order Tickets for Films in “Ebertfest” – 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.

Mark the Date for 9th Annual Carol McFeggan Homicide Victim Memorial Service – Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Date: April 23, 6 p.m. Lighting of candles by survivors, release of balloons at river’s edge, bagpipes by Aaron Kerr.

Registration for “American Classic 2014 Tour Preview” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: April 24, 1:30 p.m. Free. Please register at 815-732-3252.

Registration for Floral Infused Dinner – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Date: April 25, 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy four courses of selections inspired by or prepared with flowers. Kick-off to Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend. Info: 815-220-7386 or

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.

Starved Rock Lodge offers a variety of Spring Tours – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center spring season offerings. Take a Hike and a Lunch Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. This tour includes a 4.5-mile guided hike, a packed lunch and souvenir backpack for $17/person. Waterfall & Canyon Tours are Saturdays and Mondays, include lunch at Elements, the Lodge’s main dining room, trolley tour and guided hikes into three canyons with springtime waterfalls for $32/person. Historic Trolley Tours are Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at noon and 1:30 p.m. This narrated tour is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 10 and younger. Wine & Shopping Tours are offered every Friday at 1 p.m. and include a trolley tour with stops at three wine tasting rooms for $17/person. Info: 815-220-7386 or

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 Rockford Aviators Job Fair – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. Date: April 26, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Team needs to fill several game day positions for summer.Pick up an application at the Aviators’ office during the week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and return completed application at the event April 26. Or fill one out at the event. Dress professionally and be prepared for an interview.

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.

Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Expo is now open at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center. 4596 U.S. Hwy. 20 east of Freeport. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Expo will be on display until May 11; a smaller Motorcycle Expo will continue until June 1.

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

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 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

Registration for “History of the Viking Ship” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, Date: april 27, 7 p.m. Lorraine Straw will retell the story of Viking – the full-size replica of the ancient Gokstad– that sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893. Includes PowerPoint presentation. Info: 815-732-3252.

Registration for 30th Annual Heritage Run – Downtown Rockford, State and Wyman. Date: April 27, 1 p.m. Includes a 10 Km race and 2-mile run and walk and a kids’ half-mile fun run. Family activities. Registration fee for the 10k and 2-mile races is $30 before the event, $35 day of the race. Youth fees for those 17 and younger for 10k and 2-mile races are $10. A $7 entry fee is charged for youngsters under 12 years participating in the kids’ fun run. Runners may register by mail to Big Brothers Big Sisters,l YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford, IL 61107, or online at Registration forms available at Rockford YMCA, Runners Image and the OSF Center for Health.

Registration for Prairie Preservation Society’s Annual Banquet – Lorado Taft Field Campus, 1414 N. River Road, Oregon. Date: April 27, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program with guests from Nachusa Grasslands. Cost: $25/person. Pre-registration is required by April 21. Info: 815-973-4926 or

Donate Items for PPSOC Silent Auction – Donations accepted until afternoon of April 27, though earlier submission is appreciated. Examples: Books, prints, food items, gift certificates, antiques, ethnic jewelry, seeds, bird houses, honey, etc. If you wish to donate to silent auction or attend the banquet, contact Lin at or call 815-973-4926.

Registration for Supper & Film: Third Star – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: April 28, 6-9 p.m. Friends take a dying man on his last adventure trip. Fee: Regular $15, members, $10. Register by April 24. Info; 815-877-0118.

Registration for RAYS Swim Team Rookie Week – I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford. Dates: April 28-May 1. Informational meeting for parents is April 28. rookies ages 5-10 will swim 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 11-21 will swim 7-7:45 p.m. Y membership is not required, but there is a $10 fee. Registration and payment may be made online at (search “Stingrays”) or at Y front desk. Practice for all summer team members begins May 5 and continues thru July.

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.

Registration for Citizens Police Academy – Rockford Police Department, Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St. Each Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Training for volunteers, April 30 thru June 18.. Info: 815-987-5041.

Registration for “Mindful Eating” – Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. Date: April 30, 9:30 a.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension . Register at Boone County Extension office, 815-544-3710 or or call the Keen Age Center at 815-544-9893.

Registration for “Four Simple Strategies to Double Your Referral Business by Labor Day” – Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road. Date: April 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Info: or 815-987-8100.

Ride the Trolley This Spring – Rockford Park District’s Trolley Car 36 will operate public excursion rides during spring season. Departs from Nicholas Conservatory and travels alongside the Rock River Recreation Path to Riverview Park and the Symbol sculpture , goes back to Conservatory. Public rides scheduled Saturdays only, thru May 17, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Ride tickets can be purchased on board or inside Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. Guests are encouraged to tour the Eclipse Lagoon and Gardens and/or upgrading their ticket to a Trolley to the Tropics package that includes admission to Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, open 10 am.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Info: 815-987-8894 or 815-987-8800.

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.

Registration for Spring Computer Classes – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Basic Computers starts May 1; Microsoft Word 2010 and managing files & folders, May 8; Using the Internet and Email, May 22. Free, open to public, but space is limited, so call 815-732-3252 to register.

Order Tickets for Sing-along “Sound of Music” and “Young Frankenstein” – Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll. “Young Frankenstein”, May 2, 7 p.m. Tickets $10. Sing-Along “Sound of Music”, May 3, 6:30 p.m. and May 4, 2 p. m. Tickets: $15, interactive event, includes fun pack of props. Costume competition. Tickets/Info: 815-244-2035 or

Mark the Date for MELD Wine Tasting – Artale Wine Company, 6876 Spring Creek Road. Date: May 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy some great wines and appetizers. Proceeds benefit MELD Programs for Young Families. Tickets: $15/person at the door.

Registration for “Stepping On” Class – Rock County Council on Aging at St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville. Dates: May 2-June 20, 10 a.m. Cost: $10/class. Register/Info: 608-758-8455.

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 Chakra Rhythms – Rock Valley College, Room 013, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: May 4, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $50. Register online at or in person or by mail . Course code OSS 006 RV2. Info: 815-742-0548.

Registration for Garlic Mustard Pull – Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Raockton. Date: May 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers may work all four hours or for a shorter period of time. Register at 815-964-6666.

Registration for Order Tickets for RHS Healthy Woman 2014 – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 5, 4:30-6 p.m. Three physicians from Rockford Health System will present the keynote address. Begins with health expo featuring free health screenings, followed by dinner and presentations. Cost: $20/person. Register by April 18 at 815-971-1999.

Order Tickets for “A Taste of Spring” – Ludlow Mansion, Monroe, Wis. Date: May 5, 5:30-9 p.m. Five-course Swiss dinner created by Chef Mike Nevil of the New Glarus Chalet Landhaus Restaurant. Hosted by Monroe Arts Center. Tickets: $75/person ($45 tax deductible), tables of 8, $500 ($340 tax deductible). Reserve at 608-325-5700 or

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

Donate Plastic Bottle Caps – Auburn High School students are reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel, about a Holocaust survivor and the Auschwitz concentration camp. Students and staff are collecting 1.5 million plastic bottle caps to remember the children who went without food or water during the Holocaust. Please donate clean plastic bottle caps to Auburn. Info:

Parent Leadership Program – RPS Early Childhood Program received grant money from the Latino Policy Forum to implement a new parent leadersship program for RPS parents who primarily speak Spanish and have children age 5 or younger. It has been implemented at Fairview and Riverdahl. Info: Kimberly Nelson at

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

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.

Comments Sought for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy – Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, 102 E. Route 30, Rock Falls. Draft may be viewed on request at the office. Also available on website The public may comment and suggest edits until April 29.

Registration for “Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: May 1-June 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Donation of $10 requested. Class scholarships, respite care and transportation funding may be available to those who qualify. Info: 608-758-8455 or online at

Registration for Senior Spelling Bee – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: May 3, 10 a.m. Local winners and runners-up will advance to regional semi-finals June 7. Free. Register at 815-732-3252 or by April 25.

Registration for Forum Series Lecture: “Natasha Trethewey” – Rockfofrd University, Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St. Date: May 6, 7 p.m. United States Poet Laureate. Free, but tickets are required. Info: 815-226-4100.

Registration for Food For The Poor and Hope For Haitians 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run – Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. (Route 31), Geneva, Ill. Date: May 10. 7-8:15 a.m. registration/check-in, 8:30 a.m. start time. Pre-registration $25 adults (18+), free for participants 17 and younger. Register online at

Registration for Women’s Retreat for Cancer Survivors – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: Sat., May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p. m.; Sun., May 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy camaraderie, relaxation and activities that enrich and inspire. Cost: $45 includes meals and materials. Registration forms available at Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center, 3921 E. State St., or call Valerie Gibbons at 815-227-4988. Register by April 21.

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.

Purchase MELD Mother’s Day Cards and Note Cards – Featuring scenes from Anderson Japanese Gardens. Purchase cards and note cards at local businesses; see

Registration for Tint Sprint 5K Fun Run/Walk – Cornerstone Christian Academy, 355 N. Cross St., Sycamore. Date: May 17. As you run the course, you will be doused with color powder in 3 different color zones. Games, music, food, fun. Early bird registration rates apply thru April 20. Info: 815-895-8522 or

Chef Search for 25th Celebration of “100 Men Who Cook” – The Literacy Council needs volunteer guest chefs who have participated in the past 24 years of this fund-raiser. Date of event: May 17, at BMO Harris Bank Center. If you were a chef from years gone by, a member of last year’s chef roster or someone new who is interested in joining the chef roster, e-mail or call 815-963-7323, ext. 25.

Registration for “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” Workshops – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Dates: May 22-June 26, 1:30 p.m. Info: 608-758-8455.

Registration for Rockford Half Marathon & 10K Run – Along the Rock River. Date: May 25, 7 a.m. Start/finish location is Main and Chestnut in downtown Rockford. Registration now open at Thru April 20, “Early Bird” registation for half marathon is $55 and registration for the 10K is $35.

Volunteers Needed for Rockford AirFest – Dates: June 5-8. Volunteer information including applications, position descriptions and requirements are available online at under “Volunteers” tab. For a minimum commitment of one 6-hr. shift, volunteers receive one complimentary admission and meal and a special edition volunteer T-shirt.

Registration for Bow Tie March & 5K Run for Men’s Cancer Awareness – Home Depot, 6930 Argus 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

Submit Entries for Mosaic World Film Festival – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 1-2. Film entries must be received by June 14. Info:

Grease Monkey Centers Grand Opening Specials – Now thru June 30. See their ad.

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

Registration for Summer Fun at the Y – Summer Program Guide and Camp Winnebago Registration now available. Camp Winnebago will hold an open house April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info:

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue

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