Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of May 7-13, 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. 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

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.

John Deere Historic Site – 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour. Opens for the season May 2. See a recreation of the original blacksmith shop and other attractions. This year the site hosts the Grand Detour Gardening Symposium on May 17. Info: 815-652-4551.

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:

Ingersoll Learning Links – Family golf at Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Holes ranging from 60-105 yards with open practice times Sundays, 1-5 p.m. thru late September. Additional open times are Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m. and Fridays, June 20-Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 815-987-8834 to confirm hours. Admission fees $E1 ages 17 and younger, $3 ages 18 and older ($1 if accompanied by youth ages 17 and younger). Park District golf permit holders play free. Info: 815-968-7529 (You Play) or

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.

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.

Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove. Info: 815-547-3115.

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

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.

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. 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 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 (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:

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

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.

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 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, 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. 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.

Registration for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois – Early registration at until June 15. Also, at Internet cafes at these locations: May 8, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. May 8, 5-6:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 627 Taylor St., Pecatonica. May 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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

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

Register for Restoration “Behind the Scenes” Tours – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Wed. evenings, May 7, June 11, July 9, Aug. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Register by the Monday before at 3 p.m. Info: 815-234-8535.

Order Tickets for Leadercast – First Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Road. Date: May 9, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. Change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme: “Beyond You.” Tickets: $65 each or groups of 5 or more, $50 each. Info: 815-877-7046 or

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://; click on registration link by May 7.

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 NTMA Apprenticeship Aptitude Test – Rock Valley College Stenstrom Center, 4151 Samuelson Road. Date: May 10, 8 a.m. Offered by Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association. Fee: $30 due on test date in cash or check poayable to RRVTMA. Contact Don Williams, Apprentice Administrator, phone 815-978-3698, fax 815-516-8431 or

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.

Registration for Mother’s Day Weekend Wildflower Walk – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Date: May 10, 9-11 a.m. Free. Register by noon on May 8. Info: 815-234-8535.

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 Financial Freedom Workshop – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Date: May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Presented by Rockford Branch of NAACP and national representatives. Topics: Credit Building & Repair, Wealth Inequity & Asset Building. Free admission. Reserve at 815-713-6047.

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

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 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 Showing of “Honor Flight” Movie – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: May 14, 2 p.m. Hosted by Rock River Valley Chapter of Veterans Network Committee. All money raised will go toward sending 6 veterans from the Rock River Valley on a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. to view the World War II Memorial and other memorials. Dates: Aug. 21-23. All donations are tax-deductible.

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 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. Date: May 15, 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

Registration for Horticultural Lecture – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: May 15. Jon Carlson, owner of J. Carlson Growers will lead a garden walk and give lecture. Reservations required. Free to Anderson Gardens members, $5 non-members. Info: 815-316-3307 or

Registration for Summer Bird Census Hikes – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Dates: May 16, June 13, June 27, July 11, Aug. 8, 8-11 a.m. Free. Register by noon on Thursday before each hike. Info: 815-234-8535.

Registration for “Yes You CAN: Preserving Safely” – University of Illinois Extension, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. Date: May 16, 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. $5 fee. Info: 815-986-4357 or

Registration for “Uncorked in the Gardens” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: May 16, 5:30 p.m. Guests can stroll thru eight beverage stations sampling an assortment of fine wines, craft beers and artisan spirits. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are provided. all wines are available for purchase Tickets: $20 members, $25 non-members. For guests age 21 and older. Reserve at 815-316-3306 or

Order Tickets for “Budding Artists” Inauagural Art Fundraiser – Burpee Museum of Narural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: May 16, 6-9 p.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: 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.

Application Seminar for Habitat for Humanity Progam – Rockford Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications from potential homebuyers. Date: May 17. To receive details and necessary required documentation for consideration, go to How to Be a Homeowner at or email or call 815-636-4573.

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 & 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 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 or call 815-963-7323.

Mark the Date for Col. Charles Young Honor Presentation – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: May 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations will present a bronze maquette in honor of the nation’s first black colonel in the U.S. armed forces. Keynote speaker: Charles Blatcher III. Info: 815-969-1999.

Mark the Date for Support Our Troops Rally on Armed Forces Day – Downttown Winnebago, Ill. Date: May 17, 6 p.m. Honors 98 military men and women on active duty. Presentation of a 3-star “Blue Star Service Banner.” Guest speaker Robert Babcock. Concludes with retirement of 51 worn-out U.S. flags to Rockford Civil Air Patrol. Restaurants on the block will be open.

Mark the Date for Beekeeping Workshops – Byron1Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Dates: Sundays, May 18, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $2/person. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $2/person. No advance registration is required. Info: 815-234-8535.

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

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

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:

Be the Match Marrow Drive on May 20 – Center Elementary School, 718 E. Illinois St., Freeport. Hours: 2-6 p.m. You must be between ages 18-44, in good general health, and willing to donate to any patient in need. Drive is for Melissa Farschtchi, who needs a marrow cell transplant to cure Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She does not have a matching donor in her family and is searching for a donor.

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 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: Deadline: May 14.

Registration for “Yes You CAN: Preserving Safely” – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. Date: May 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension. Pre-registration required. $5 fee. Info: 815-986-4357 or

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; must be submitted by 5 p.m., May 23.

Reservations for RRTC 30th Anniversary Dinner – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. Date: May 22, social hour, 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Rock River Training Corporation celebrates 30 years. Speaker Rockford University Vice-President John McNamara. Tickets: $45/person; order at or checks can be sent to Rock River Training Corporation, 30 Year Anniversary, 303 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Rockford, IL 61101. Choice of turkey, beef or fish entrees. Reserve no later than May 16.

Registration for “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Thursdays, May 22-June 26, 1:30 p.m. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, etc. $15 fee. Pre-registration is required. Call 608-758-8455 or go to

Fifth Annual Young at Heart Idol seeking contestants – Date of contest: May 24. Contestants are selected based on talent . Each contestant must submit one CD or Youtube vido 2 min. long (no profanity allowed); must be in the form of a solo performance (no duo or group performances allowed); must include your name, address and phonenumber; and must be received by the Parks Chamber by May 15. Audition CDs can be mailed or dropped off to The Parks Chamber Office, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, IL. Info: 815-633-9393.

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.

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, 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 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 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 Van Trip to Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Ill. – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 River Road, Byron. Date: June 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $24 adults, $23 seniors, $21 youth (ages 2-17). See the arboretum’s extensive tree and plant collections., interactive children’s gardens, natural playgrounds, tree houses, gift/book store, hiking trails. Cost includes admission to the arboretum. Lunch is on your own. Info: 815-234-8535.

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:

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

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:

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

Registration for RAMP Bad Pants Golf Open: -9-Hole Scramble – Timber Pointe Golf Course, 5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove> Date: June 12. Registration at 2 p.m., shotgun start at 3 p.m., dinner provided by Famous Dave’s and a silent auction. Collared shirts are required, and bad pants recommended. Individual and team prizes awarded for best bad pants! Info:

Registration for The Biggest Loser RunWalk – Davis Park, 308 s. Wyman St. Date: June 14, start at 7 a.m. Participants ages 4-80. $1 from each registration will be donated to The Rock River Valley Food Pantry. Info:

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. or call 815-965-3455 to make a donation.

Registration for Golf Benefit – Prairie View Golf Course, Byron. Date: June 20, begins at noon. Hosted by Stronghold Retreat and Conference Center. Also, a No-Golf afternoon is planned. Followed by steak dinner and silent auction. Info 815-247-8533 or

Registration for Caregiver Wellness Classes – Comfort Keepers, 4835 Manhattan Drive. In partnership with Lifescape Community Services. Once a week for 6 weeks. Must register by June 20. Info: 815-871-9157.

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: or 815-243-0403.

Registration for Vacation Bible School: Weird Animals – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Dates: July 7-11. For pre-kindergarten thru 6th grade. Cost: $5/person, Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration is encouraged. Info: 815-962-6061.

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

Enter Nationwide Youth Golf Competition – Aldeen Golf Club Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Players ages 7-15 of all skill levels; must be at least 7 years old but not older than 15 years as of April 5, 2015. Local qualifying site is at Aldeen. Registration is required by July 20, 4 p.m. Info:

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:

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

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: and 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

Rainbow Rides Carnival at CherryVale Mall – Through May 11. Weekday hours, Mon.-Fri., 4-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-9 p.m.

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.

Registration for Vacation Bible School: Fine Arts Camp – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Dates: Aug. 11-15. For kindergarten thru 8th grade. Cost: $5/person. Scholarships are available as needed. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 815-962-6061 or stop by the church office.

Help Montessori Students Build School in Kenya – Students at Maria Montessori and Thurgood Marshall School are working with international charity Free the Children to raise funds to build a girls’ school in Kenya. Program is called “Brick by Brick.” They are selling bricks for $20 and hope to sell 500. Checks can be made to Free the Children, with “Brick by Brick” on the memo line. Info: Amy Orvis, or Jonathan Wu,

From the May 7-13, 2014, issue

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