Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of May 21-27, 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.

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. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 7-17, under 7, free. Family rate, $12. 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

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 Jr. Flag Football Mini-Camp – Brown Park, 2010 N. Main St. Date: May 27-June 5, 6-6:45 p.m. Fee: $35/participant. Info: 815-987-8800 or (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Park District Customer Service locations.

Registration for Vegetable Gardening Program: Five-part Series – University of Illinois Extension at Belvidere High School, 1500 East Ave., Belvidere. June 9, 5-6:30 p.m. 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 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 – Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 U.S. Hwy. 20 east of Freeport. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Motorcycle Expo will continue until June 1.

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 “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.

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 leadership 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, 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.

Registration for Summer Bird Census Hikes – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Dates: 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.

Mark the Date for Beekeeping Workshops – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Dates: Sundays, 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.

Registration for Mindfulness Group – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: 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: 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 22, 27, 29, 6-9 p.m. Central Campus. Cost: $249. Info: 608-757-7728 or

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.

Registration for Community Blood Drive – St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 511 W. Rockton Road. Date: May 22, 1:30-6:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call Cindy at 815-623-2236 or church office at 815-624-6051 or online at www.rrvbc. Walk-ins also welcome.

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.

Registration for Mayors’ Memorial Day Breakfast – Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore. Date: May 26, 6:45-7:30 a.m. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Christopher J. Clay, U.S. Army. Cost: $10/person prepaid or $15 at the door. Info: Lt. Col. Clay will also speak at Joiner Cemetery at 8:15 a.m., in the DeKalb Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m. keynote military speaker in Malta at 10 a.m., Genoa Memorial Day Parade, 11:30 a.m. and keynote military speaker at noon, and attend Genoa Veterans Home buffet at 12:45 p.m.

Registration for “Large Predators Return” – Atwood Education Center, 2685 New Milford Center Road. Date: May 27, 6-7 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension Educator Peggy Doty. Cost: $5. Register at or call 815-986-4357.

Hot Dog Wednesdays” and Ice Cold Slushies – Beginning May 28 thru Aug. 27, Rock River Valley Blood Center will offer these treats at donor centers in Rockford and Belvidere. RRVBC will provide hot dogs on Wednesdays, ice cold slushies every day thru the summer. Info: 877-RRVBC-99 or

Registration for Meditation – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: May 28, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dress comfortably; bring a yoga mat or rug, a blanket, and if you have them, an eye pillow and earplugs. Fee: $60 regular, $40 member. Can’t attend every session? $15 per class. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Date: May 28, 5-6 p.m. Fee: $5/person. Register/Info: 815-986-4357 or

Registration for Illinois Bar Foundation Winnebago County Fellows Reception – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Date: May 28, 5-7 p.m. Winnebago County attorneys Joseph Dailing, Bobbie Holzwarth and Nancy Hyzer will be honored. Tickets: $40/person. Info: 312-726-6072.

Registration for Marketing and Merchandising for Farmers Market Vendors – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, Conference Room, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: May 28, 6-8:30 p.m. How to make market booths more appealing from Andy Larson. Also hear from experienced local farmers’ market vendors. Fee: $5, payable in advance, onlilne, or at the door. Info: 815-544-3710 or

Order Tickets for RAMP 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 Kantorei Benefit Golf Outing – Swanhills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Road, Belvidere. Date: May 30. 1 p.m. registration check-in. 2 p.m. shotgun start. 6:30 p.m. (approx.) dinner. Cost: $60/person gets you 18 holes of golf incl. cart, gifts, eligibility to win prizes, dinner. Info:

Mark the Date for 38th Annual Glitzy Garage Sale – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: May 30, 31, June 1. Mega-sale with 17 departments; over 3,000 clothing items for men, women, children, infants. Three tents plus garage. On “Bargain Sunday” from 9-11 a.m., clothing is just $4 per gorcery-size bag; everything else is half price. After 11 a.m., pay $4 for anything that fits in a grocery-size bag, and everything else is half price. Rain or shine; restroom is available.

Mark the Date for “Making Neighborhoods Safe and Beautiful” – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date:May 31, 8 a.m.-noon. Keynote speaker Dr. J. Otis Smith. Info:

Registration for Free First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar – Rockford Area Association of Realtors, 6776 E. State St. Date: May 31. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. You could qualify for up to $7,500 in down payment assistance. Reserve at 815-399-5577.

Mark the Date for “Trolley Good Time” – Trolley Station, Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St. Dates: May 31 and June 1, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Family fun activities. Rides on the Forest City Queen and Trolley Car 36. Rides/cruises will run on the hour at 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. both days.

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.

Registration for Stateline Boys & Girls Clubs 39th Annual Golf Play Day – Country Club of Beloit, Beloit, Wis. Date: June 2. Three options: Two 18-hole flights at 7:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.; 9-hole flight at 9 a.m. Best-ball, shotgun start format. Chances to win prizes or cash incl. a chance to win $10,000 in the putting contest. Cost: $75 per golfer for 9 holes or $125 for 18 holes. Includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner, refreshments on the course, and use of a cart. Deadline to register: May 23. Info: 608-365-8874 or

Registration for Beginning Dance Classes – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Dates: starts June 3, 9-9:45 a.m. No experience necessary. Free. Info: 815-732-3252.

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.

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits” Workshop – NIU Rockford campus, 8500 E. State St. Date: June 6. Illinois Growth Advisors hosts workshop from Gazelles International. Info:

Order Tickets for 21st Annual Garden Fair – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Dates: June 6, noon-6 p.m.; June 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Advance tickets $5, admission $8 at the door. Free to Klehm members when they show membership card. Info: 815-965-8146 or

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 RPS 2.05 Mile Run – Rockford City Market site, State & Water Sts. Date: June 7, 7 p.m. Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Registration fee is $40 for first 200 people; $50 for additional participants. Includes an event T-shirt and a ticket for food and drink at Rockford Brewing Co. inside Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Register at or download registration form at Registration fee for RPS employees is $30; contact Emily Tropp at for discount details. Parcel pick-up is from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 6 at Prairie Street Brewhouse or from 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7 at Rockford City Market site.

Order Tickets for Bill Maher – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: June 7, 8 p.m. Stand-up comedian. Tickets: 815-968-0595 or

Registration for Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction Event – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: June 8. Registration and social hour, 12:30 p.m. Luncheon program at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker Olivia Dvorak, singer/songwriter. Girls selected to receive GSNI Scholarships will be honored. Tickets: $25 per youth (under 18); $35 per registered Girl Scout adult; $40 general public; $320 per table of 8. RSVP by May 23. For tickets: 847-741-5521, ext. 7132 or

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: Summer 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:

Registration for “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” – North Suburban Library, 5562 Clayton Close, Roscoe. Date: June 11, 1:20-2:30 p.m. Free. Info: Alzheimer’s Association, 815-484-1300.

Order Tickets for Lifescape Community Services’ “ShowBiz” – 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 Also at nine Alpine Bank locations.

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 “Conversations About Dementia” – McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St., McHenry. Date: June 12, 7-8 p.m. Register at Alzheimer’s Association, 815-484-1300.

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:

Registration for “Make a Living Wreath with Succulents” – Womanspace, Anjali Pavilion, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: June 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Create a 15” living wreath with a variety of succulent plants. Can be enjoyed thru the summer season, maintained inside during winter, and be used again the following summer. Fee: $60 regular, $50 member; includes $30 for all materials. Register by June 10. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for Ken-Rock Community Center Summer Rocks – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: June 16-Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Cost: $75 per week per child. One field trip per week, plus indoor and outdoor games and activities. Children are provided a breakfast, lunch and snack. Y-Care benefits are accepted if parents qualify. Camp limited to first 40 to enroll. Info: 815-398-8864.l

Registration for 8th Annual FastPitch Competition – UIC College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: June 18. Keynote speaker author & professional entrepreneur Joe Abraham. Training sessions scheduled for June 10 and 12, 5:30-8 p.m. at EIGERlab.Top prize $5,000.Deadline to submit business pitches: June 4. Registration/Info:

Registration for flowers Arranging with Liz & Cherie – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: June 18, noon-1 p.m. Fee: $15 regular, $10 member. Register by June 16. Info: 815-877-0118.

Registration for Summer Solstice Campout – Angelic Organics Farm, 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia. Dates: June 21-22. Womanspace and Angelic Organics join for a unique solstice retreat on the farm. Cost: $65/person. Rgister by June 18. Info: 815-877-0118.

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.

Registration for Old Settlers’ Days 5K Run/Walk – Hononegah High School, 307 Salem St., Rockton, south parking lot. Date: June 21. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. All participants receive a T-shirt, pancake breakfast, drawstring bag & entry to festival. Cost: $25 adults, $15 kids. Register by June 9 for T-shirt. Packet pick-up and race check June 21, 7-7:45 a.m. Info/register:

Rockford Area Music Industry seeks vendors for Rockin’ Roll Garage Sale – Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Road. Date: June 22. Vendors set-up time will start at 9 a.m. Doors open to public, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Musicians, sound & lighting companies, recording studios, music stores and collectors of music memorabilia can reserve a table online at or download reservation and agreement form and mail with check to RAMI, P.O. Box 4128, Rockford, IL 61110. Deadline to reserve a table is June 1. Info: 815-378-8732.

Registration for Four Seasons Gardening Program – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 3, Belvidere. Date: June 24 starts. Cost for session: $5. Advance registration required. Info: 815-544-3710.

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 MELD Classic July 4 Run & Walk – Alan Hutchcroft Memorial 8K Run, 2-Mile Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk. 8K starts at 7 a.m. 2 Mile starts at 7:05 a.m. Walk starts at 8 Start and finish on North Madison St. in front of Trolley Station. Info/Register:

Mark the Date for Rockton Days at Great America – Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St.. Dates: July 5-13. Tiickets only $32. Info: 815-624-7600.

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 “Stepping On” Classes – July 9-Aug. 20, 9:30-11;30 a.m.: Creekside Place, 102 Maple, Evansville; Sept. 10-Oct. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Info: 608-758-8455 or

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.

Order Tickets for Jerrod Niemann Show at Stephenson County Fair – Date: July 12, 7:45 p.m. Tickets on Sale June 9 at fair office. Stnding room only and track seating for $20 each, general grandstand seating, $10 advance, $12 after July 5. Info:

Registration for ProAm Jam – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: July 13, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 or $55. Feat. Mark Bryan and Dean Felber from Hootie & the Blowfish, plus others.Get tickets at box office or call 815-968-5222 or go to Ticketmastercom.

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

Order Tickets for Great Golf Ball Drop – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: July 18, 6:13 p.m. Benefits Rockford Park District youth programs. Tickets for early prize drawing on May 24 are on sale now! Cost: $5 each. Purchase at the following locations by July 14: Aldeen, Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow and Sinnissippi golf courses; Customer Service locations at Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, and Carlson Ice Arena, Perryville & Riv erside, Loves Park; online at

Oregon Trail Days Seeks Vendors for Festival – Dates: July 19 and 20. Vendor registration at 815-238-8672 or e-mail 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.

Registration for Agronomy Day – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 721 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Aug. 14, begins at 7 a.m. Field tours depart from U of I’s Urbana-Champaign campus off St. Mary’s Road on S. Wright St. Extended, making stops at research plots and repeating every half-hour until noon. Lunch is available for a nominal charge. Info/Register at or call 217-300-3702.

GPS Faith Community Farmers’ Market – 10714 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Open every Thurs., 3:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 23. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, oils, honey, eggs, coffee, food items, crafts.

Registration for “An Evening in the Tropics” Gala – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 6. Fundraiser for Food For The Poor. 6 p.m. Cocktail reception & silent auction. 7 p.m. dinner. Info: 1-888-404-4248 or visit

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,

School Physicals –SwedishAmeriacan Medical Group is offering sports exams, camp exams and basic school physicals for only $30 at 10 clinics throughout the area thru Sept. 1. Info: 815-966-2066 or

From the May 21-27, 2014, issue

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