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. Opens for season May 1. Opening day celebration scheduled for May 3; activities included with price of admission. 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 RALMmail@aol.com.
Beckman Mill Park – 11600 S. County Road H, off Highway 81. Training Days for volunteers: 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: 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 – 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.
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 www.knib.org.
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: 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 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: 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 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.
Summerfield Zoo – 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. Opening the weekend of April 26-27. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Info: 815-547-4852.
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: 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.
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 www.starvedrocklodge.com.
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 www.starvedrocklodge.com.
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 www.golfrockford.org (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 www.rockfordairfest.com 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. May 5, Warm Season Crops; June 9, Vegetable Pest and Disease Management. Cost: $5/session . Info: 815-544-3710 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
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: 815-732-2191.
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 Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Fourth session. Presented via teleconference. “Bargain Gardening,” May 6 and 8. Cost per session, $5. 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.
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 wwww.golfrockford.org (click Lessons) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for Half-Day Golf Schools for Ages 50+ and for Ladies – Aldeen Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Tues-Fri., 9 a.m. -noon. ages 50+ meeet April 29-May 2 and Ladies ages 18 and up meet May 6-9. Info: 815-968-7529 or 815-987-8800..
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: OliverP@rps205.com.
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 www.starvedrocklodge.com.
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 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.
Enter Free Poetry Contest – Send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3561, Ashland, OR 9720. Or enter online at www.poetryfest.tv. A winner’s lst will be sent to all entrants. Deadline to enter: May 16, 2014.
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, www.littlecubsfield.com. 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 “Rockford’s Best Dish” – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: May 1, 6-9 p.m. Lifescape Community Services presents many local chefs who come together to show off their specialtiies. Music by Dianna and Carl Cole. Tickets: $25, available at Alpine Bank in Highcrest Center, N. Alpine Road; Lifescape Community Services, 705 Kilburn Ave.; or 815-963-1609 or online at lifescapeservices.org.
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 www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
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.
Mark the Date for Barnes & Noble Book Fair Fund-raiser – Barnes & Noble CherryVale Mall. Date: May 2. Rockford Christian students are raising money for a trip to China. Purchases throuout the day (Using Bookfair #11311966) will be tallied at the register, and 15% given to the RCS Student Ambassador Trip to China f und. Special events with Chinese themes from 4-8 p.m, with an author signing by Barbara Gerry, Rockford Sock Monkey Tales, Tai Chi participation by a PEAK instructor, Kung Fu demonstration, face painting, cupcake decorating, Chinese writing, Tour of China food samples. Also purchase online at BN.com/bookfairs with the #11311966 from May 2-7.
Registration for Northern Illinois Heart Walk – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: May 3. Opening ceremonies at 8 a.m.; walk/5k starts at 9 a.m. Heart Walk participants can visit three villages at the Heart Walk and get health screenings, visit the tribute wall, share their story as a survivor, take the pledge to lead healthier, more active lives, enjoy nutritious refreshments. Info: rockfordilheartwalk.org or 925-705-5287.
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.
Mark the Date for Tri-County Gun Club 13th Annual Open House –3441 S.. Brookville Road, Polo (between Polo and Milledgeville off Milledgeville Road. Dates: May 3-4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to the public. All ranges will be open and staffed by an instructor or range officer.
Order Tickets for “Raise the Woof” Comedy Night – Moose Lodge, 601 E. South St., Freeport. Benefit for Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Date: May 3, doors open 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Grill menu & full bar, silent auction, free chair massages, free Tarot/psychic readings. Tickets: $20 each advance, $25 at the door. Tickets available at The Moose Lodge, Paws & Claws Clinic, Friends Forever Humane Society, Freeport and online at www.crittercamp.org.
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 RockValleyCollege.edu or in person or by mail . Course code OSS 006 RV2. Info: 815-742-0548.
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.
Stephenson County Beef Association offers product samples – In honor of National Beef Month, the Association will offer product samples to donors at Rock River Valley Blood Center’s Freeport Donor Center the week of May 5-10. The center is at 461 E. South St., Freeport. Donors will receive a prepackaged beef stick after donating. Beef is considered a great source of iron and protein and may increase red blood cell and iron levels in some people.
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 www.monroeartscenter.com.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 NelsonKi@rps205.com.
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 www.blackhawkhills.com. 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 www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.
Registration for Nutrition Workshop: Food Fright or Food Fitness? – 1st Step Chiropractic, 4519 Highcrest Road. Date: May 6, 5:30 p.m. Bone health, digestive issues, and specific allergy conditions affect our nutritional choices. Free. Reserve at 815-398-4500 or www.myrockfordchiropractor.com.
Registration for Forum Series Lecture: “Natasha Trethewey” – Rockford 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 Chiropractic: Not Just for Adults – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: May 7, noon-1 p.m. Cost: $15 regular, $10 members. Register by May 5. Info: 815-877-0118.
Mark the Date for Kick-Off Party for Bow Tie March & 5K Run – Lucha Cantina, 1641 N. Alpine Road. Date: May 7, 5-7 p.m. Register for this year’s Bow Tie event, enjoy great food, enter to win prizes, meet committee members, get more event info. Info: 815-977-4123.
Registration for Youth Tackle Football – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Date: May 7, 6-8 p.m. Flyweight and Lightweight divisions for children 6-10 years old. New players must provide a copy of their birth certificate. Fee: $150, includes uniform/equipment. Info: 815-398-8864.
Registration for Workshop: Mobile Air Conditioning Certification – Blackhawk Technical College, Center for Transportation Studies, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: May 8, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $69. Info: 608-757-7728 or www.blackhawk.edu/bcd.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. Date: May 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300..
Registration for Rockford University Leadership Luncheon – Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: May 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Hosted by Rockford Chamber of Commerce, presented by PNC. Speaker Dr. Robert Head. Tickets: $45 individual, $450 corporate table of 10. Reserve at 815-987-8100 or www.rockfordchamber.com.
–Order Tickets for Madrigal Dinner – University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Date: May 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Theme: “Shakespeare, Lovers and Fools.” UW-Rock County students, staff and faculty will present music, humorous theatre, fencing, dancing and a few magical potions. Tickets: $35; call Office of Continuing Education at 608-758-6565, ext. 360 or http:// rock.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/enrichment; click on registration link by May 7.
Mark the Date for NALC “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive – Saturday, May 10, letter carriers will pick up donations of imperishable food (canned goods, cereal boxes, etc.) left by the doors of residents. This is the 20th year of gathering food for the less fortunate. You can help!
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 www.HopeForHaitians.org.
Registration for Free Skin Cancer Screening – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5510 E. State St. Date: May 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Space is limited. Appointments are required; call 815-227-2624.
Mark the Date for Purina Check-R-Board Days in Conjunction with Northern Illinois Horse Rescues Fundraiser – Cherry Valley Feed & Supplies, 1595 S. Bell School Road, Cherry Valley. Date: May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Food by Spanky’s Gyros, chance to win a TV, feed giveaways, door prizes and more. Silent auction, used truck sale and “wish list” drop-off booth for everyday supplies. All proceeds go to benefit area rescues.
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 April18.
Order Tickets for Comedian Lewis Black – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: May 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $45 or $55. Info: 815-968-0595 or www.coronadopac.org.
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 www.rockfordmeld.org.
Registration for Healthy Eating Class: Simple Salads – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $20 regular, $15 member. Register by May 10. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for HBO: Alzheimer’s Project – Senior Services, 110 W. Woodstock, Crystal Lake. Date: May 13, 4-7 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
Registration for EarthMatters – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: May 14, noon-1:15 p.m. Free-will offering. Info: 815-877-0118.
Mark the Date for African Drumming Experiences – Womanspace, Anjali Pavilion or William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: May 14, June 18, July 23, Aug. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Free-will offering. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for “Finding Support in the Educational Rights Guide” – Belvidere Park District, 1006 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. Date: May 15, 6:30-9 p.m. Presented by Family Matters PTIC. Free: Register by May 8 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or www.fmptic.org/events/trainings. Child care offered. Must call Patti to register for childcare at 815-965-5069, ext. 1221.
Registration for Trip to Romeoville for Lunch & Show – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: May 15. Bus departs the center at 9 a.m., returns approx. 5:30 p.m. Lunch at White Fence Farm Restaurant, then see Patty Waszak, dynamic vocalist, musiciam, comedienne and songwriter. Cost: $60/members, $65/non-members. RSVP by April 28. Info: 815-732-3252 or toll free at 1-800-541-5479.
Registration for “EAB Management Workshop” – University of Illinois Ogle County Extension, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5:30-7 p.m. How to fight the emerald ash borer. Free, open to public. Registration requested by May 14 at 815-732-2191 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/
Order Tickets for “Budding Artists” Inauagural Art Fundraiser – Burpee Museum of Narural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: May 16, 6-9 po.m. Hosted by Kiwanis Club of Rockford. Features 3 pieces of original artwork by talented young artists from each of the participating schools. A variety of art media will be represented from painting and drawing to 3D sculpture. All art pieces will be sold in a live auction from 7-8:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, live music, cash bar. Tickets: $50 each. Info: www.KiwanisClubofRockford.com. Or purchase tickets at Rockford area Alpine Bank locations or Rockford Area Arts Council, or mail a check (payable to: Kiwanis Charities of Rockford) with names of your guests to Kiwanis Club of Rockford, P.O. Box 1573, Rockford, IL 61110-0073 by May 9.
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 www.cornerstonechristianacademy.com.
Chef Search for 25th Celebration of “100 Men Who Cook & Brew” – 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 Vickie@theliteracycouncil.org or call 815-963-7323, ext. 25. Tickets now available with choice of 6;30 admission ticket at $75 each or table of 10 at $650. A 7:30 p.m. ticket is $55 each or table of 10 for$500. Reservations available online at www.theliteracycouncil.org or call 815-963-7323.
Mark the Date for “A Heart for Cayden” – Jax Pub, 4160 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Date: May 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefit for 2-year-old boy with a rare congenita heart disease. If you would like to donate a raffle item or sign up for the bag tournament, please contact Korissa Steger at 815-742-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Mindfulness Group – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Fee: $10. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for Explorers – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Mondays, 6:30-9 p.m. Members only, $60. Register by May 14. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance for General Industry – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Dates: May 20, 22, 27, 29, ;6-9 p.m. Central Campus. Cost: $249. Info: 608-757-7728 or www.blackhawk.edu/bcd.
Registration for Rockford Chamber Workshop: How to Supervise People and Lead a Team – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: May 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Presented by Glenn Shephard. Info: www.rockfordchamber.com.
Order Tickets for Governor’s Prayer Breakfast – Date: May 21, 7:30 a.m. in Springfield. Guest speaker Jennifer O’Neill. Members of the public are invited. Tickets: $20/person. Purchase online at IllinoisGovernorsPrayerBreakfast.com or send check made out to Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and mail to Pat Sanchez, One University Plaza, PAC 563, Springfield, IL 62703. Phone: 217-206-7642; e-mail: email@example.com. Deadline: May 14.
Registration for Rockford Area Illini Club’s Spring Dinner – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. Date: May 21. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:15, program at 6:45 p.m. Former Chief Illiniwek Steve Raquel from University of Illinois is guest speaker. The Bill Branom Illini Spirit Award will be presented. Cost: $30/person for buffet dinner, also cash bar. Need not be a member to attend. Reserve by May 14 at 815-621-5424.
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. Cost: $15. Info: 608-758-8455.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs”– Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. Date: May 22, 9:30-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
Nominations for “Honoring Heroes” at AirFest – Open to any veteran or fallen military member who served in the Vietnam War and has not previously been recognized in an Honoring Heroes program. Forms are available online at www.rockfordairfest.com; must be submitted by 5 p.m., May 23.
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 www.rockfordhalfmarathon.com. Thru April 20, “Early Bird” registation for half marathon is $55 and registration for the 10K is $35.
Order Tickets for RAMP’s Wine & Beer Tasting with Silent Auction and No Limits Raffle – Prairie Street, 200 Prairie St. Date: May 29., 5-8 p.m. Admission: $18/person advance or $20 /person at the door. Purchase tickets online at http://www.stayclassy.org/rampraffle, at any Butitta Brothers Automotive location, RAMP locations and Al Grace Appliance. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Need not be present to win, but drawing will be at RAMP’s Wine & Beer Tasting at the Brewhouse.
Registration for 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot – Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill. Date: May 31. Open to 4-H members only. Youth must have been 14-18 years of age on Jan. 1, 2014. Youth must complete all registration documents and return them to the local Extension office by May 16. All registration materials are available online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/shootingsports and from the local Extension/4-H office.
Volunteers Needed for Rockford AirFest – Dates: June 5-8. Volunteer information including applications, position descriptions and requirements are available online at rockfordairfest.com 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: www.healingpathwayscrc.org.
Registration for Youth Sand Volleyball Summer League – United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation. Tuesdays, June 10-July 22. For 12-18-year-olds. Co-ed teams welcome. Cash prizes. Scholarships. Contact USYF at 815-599-56909 or www.USYF.org.
Registration for Emergency Medical Technician Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Summrt school class, June 10-July 29. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Fall class, Tues. and Thurs., 8:30-11 a.m. Blackhawk will also continue to offer 5-credit EMT basic course Mon. and Wed. mornings at Central Campus and evenings at the Monroe Campus during fall semester. Registration: http://courses.blackhawk.edu/coursesections.aspx?subj=503&crse=125.
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 www.lifescapservices.org.
Enter The Arc’s Drawing for the Great Dream Machine – Benefit for The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. Drawing will be held June 19. Enter at www. greatdreammachine.com or call 815-965-3455 to make a donation.
Transforming Rockford with Urban Agriculture – Roots and Wings Youth Leaders are offering 10-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of fresh, local produce. In addition to 10 free shares given to area seniors, shares are also available to the public.Cost of Full Vegetable Share Price is $180-$300. Half Vegetable Share Price is $90-$150. Pickup location & time: At the Farm stand, 330 15th Ave., Rockford, 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-243-0403.
Registration for “Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults” – Rock County Council on Aging program at Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: July11- Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Info: 608-758-8455.
Registration for UW-Rock County Summer College for Kids – Studens going into grades 2-8 can participate in University of Wisconsin-Rock County’s College for Kids at 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, from July 14-18. Courses for children going into grades 2-4 and grades 5-8. Cost: $100 each. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 360 or http://rock.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/kids.
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: http://mosaicfilmfest.com/submit-your-film/.
Mark the Date for Morris Kennedy School/Nashold Reunion – July 19, 2014. Contact Barb (Smith) Simler at 815-871-5270 or email@example.com.
Registration for Oregon Trail Days 5K Rugged River Run – Lowden State Park. Date: July 20. Replaces 8K Run-a-Muck. Cost: $35, includes the entry fees to the run and Oregon Trail Days Festival, T-shirt and breakfast at Lorado Taft Field Campus. Participants can bring friends and family to the event for $18, which includes breakfast and entry to festival. Event day registration is $40. Race starts at Festival parking lot with check-in at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. Info: www.oregontraildays.org and www.signmeup.com/calendar or 815-732-2388 or 815-238 -8672.
Registration for 13th Annual Pecatonica River Clean-Up – Looking for sponsors and volunteers with boats and hauling equipment. Date: July 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation at 815-599-5690 or www.usyf.org.
Women’s Open Gym – Washington Park Community Center, 3617 Delaware St. Sundays, 2-5 p.m. thru May 18. Day pass, $2. Adult membership fee, $30 resident, $45 non-resident. 2013-14 adult membership valid thru Aug. 14. Open Gym may continue past May 18 or development of women’s league depending on participants’ interest. Info: 815-987-1612 or 815-987-8800.
From the April 30-May 6, 2014, issue