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.
Apple River Fort State Historic Site – 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Ill. Open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Historic re-enactors portray life during the Black Hawk War. Info: 815-858-2028 or www.appleriverfort.org.
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.
Camp Grant – 1004 Samuelson Road. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Restaurant on premises. Info: 815-395-0679.
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. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 $1 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 www.golfrockford.org.
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.
Magic Waters Waterpark – 7820 N. CherryVale Mall Dr., Cherry Valley. Dates: June 7-Aug. 24. Mondays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 815-987-8852.
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 – 5454 11th St. 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 City Market – Water Street north of East State St. 3-8 p.m. Open every Friday until Oct. 17. Features 65+ vendors. Info: www.rockfordcitymarket.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. Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground free programs start June 16, run thru Aug. 8. Registration is required at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or on site the first day of the program; participants need to complete a registration for each location they choose to attend. Info: 815-987-8800.
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. 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.
Wheel of Fortune’s Summer Skating at SkateCo – 3209 N. Main St. Every Friday, June 13 th ru Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-noon (except July 4). Cost: $.3.50 includes hot dog, drink and regular skate rental. Sponsored by Wheel of Fortune, Rockford Park District and SkateCo. Info: 815-703-2920 or 815-877-4020.
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.
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.
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 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.
Wilderness Wednesdays – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Every Wednesday, June-Aug., the Activities Department offers a new nature topic at 3 p.m. at Fox Ridge, the outdoor education venue. Free program for all ages. Info: 815-220-7386.
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. Forms for this are at Fairway Ford, 555 Meadows Drive, Freeport.
Summer Tours at Starved Rock Lodge – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Take a Hike and a Lunch, Saturdays & Sundays; Land & Water Cruises, Mon., Wed., Sat. include lunch at Elements. Historic Trolley Tours, Saturdays & Sundays. Canal Boat & Trolley Tours, Fridays, include a trolley tour with lunch and canal boat ride. Music of the River Tours, Tues. include an evening boat ridce and dinner. Info: 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.
Registration for Restoration “Behind the Scenes” Tours – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Wed. evenings, 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 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, 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.
Order Tickets for Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity Fund-raiser at Magic Waters – Date: July 13, 6:30-9 p.m. Support the Whitley family, who will purchase the home on Arnold Avenue in Rockford. Tickets: $9, available at www.RocktheGood.com. If Magic Waters cancels due to weather, tickets become good for any open day of the 2014 season.
Registration for Mindfulness Group – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: July 21, Aug. 18, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Fee: $10. Info: 815-877-0118.
“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 www.rrvbc.org.
Registration for Advanced Balance – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mon. and Wed., 9 -10 a.m. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.
Registration for Balance – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mon. and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.
Registration for Meditation – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: 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 The First Tee of Greater Rockford Summer Golf and Life Skills Lessons – Alpine Hills Golf & Practice Center, 4402 Larson Ave. Two TARGET sessions for ages 5-6. S`econd session is Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16. Both programs are from 3:30-4:30 p.m.; children can enroll in either or both. Cost: $30/session. Golf and Life Skills Experience classes are for ages 7-18. The PLAYer level session is Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 & July 2 and 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Cost for each Life Skills Experience session is $100. Both classes now offer a 50% discount to new participants due to a grant received. Info: www.thefirstteegreaterrockford.org.
Lanark Farmers Market Seeks Vendors – The Market runs thru Oct. 28 in Lanark’s City Park. Vendors can get a space under the Pavilion for $4/week or outside the Pavilion for $3/week. Info: 815-275-4395 or facebook.com/lanarkplantexchange.
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 Restoration “Behind the Scenes” Tours – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road. Date: July 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Prairie Center. Cost: $5/person. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Register by Monday before at 3 p.m. Info: 815-234-8535.
Registration for Young Explorers Summer Series – Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. In partnership with U of I Extension. Begins Tuesdays, week of June 10 thru July 22, 9-11 a.m. Families may register for individual classes at $5/child or for entire series (6 classes at a reduced rate of $25/child. For ages 6-12. Space is limited. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to stay and participate. Program materials, a snack and juice, and entrance to Klehm included in class fee. Financial assistance may be available. Info: 815-986-4357 or web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
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: http://courses.blackhawk.edu/coursesections.aspx?subj=503&crse=125.
Registration for Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Group meets June 12-July 29. No fee to attend, but advance registration is requested. Info: 608-363-7421.
Mark the Date for Wheel of Fortune’s Summer Skating Program – Skateco, 3209 N. Main St. Begins June 13, every Friday thru Aug. 15 (closed Friday, July 4), 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $3.50 includes hot dog, drink and regular skate rental. Info: 815-703-2920 or 815-877-4020.
Registration for Summer Manufacturing Camp – Rockford Public Schools in partnership with Rock Valley College. Camp runs thru Aug. 14. Classes to prepare for two NIMS Certificate Tests. Info: 815-509-4807.
Registration for Haskell Year-Round Academy – Registration is July 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. First day of school is July 23. Info: http://www3.rps20.com/News/Pages/Health-Screenings-What-you-need-to-go-back-to-school.aspx.
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, lun ch and snack. Y-Care benefits are accepted if parents qualify. Camp limited to first 40 to enroll. Info: 815-398-8864.l
Crafters and Vendors Wanted – Halsted Road Baptist Church, 3326 Halsted Road, is looking for crafters and vendors for summer sales on July 19, and Aug. 16. Info: 815-997-0199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Laurent House Tours – Depart by shuttle bus from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Minimum group size is four people. Dates: July 5, 6. Aug. 2, 3, 30, 31. Sept. 6, 7, 27, 28. Oct. 4, 5, 25, 26. Admission: $15/person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.
Information on “I Think Green” Program – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. For kids in grades 3-5. Lessons draw from Jr. Master Gardener curriculum and U of I Extension curriculum, Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies and Adventures of Herman the Worm. Info: 815-544-3710 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
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: email@example.com or 815-243-0403.
Registration for HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 5-6 p.m. or Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, noon-1 p.m. New non-surgical, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Info: 815-227-274.
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 a.m . Start and finish on North Madison St. in front of Trolley Station. Info/Register: www.rockfordmeld.org.
Order Tickets for Boone County Localvore Dinner – Wind Ridge Herb Farm, 466 Quail Trap Road, Caledonia. Date: July 11, 7 p.m. Fund-raiser for “Shop Local, Shop Boone County” program. Silent auction of locally-produced foods and artist items will benefit Boone County Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission and Belvidere/Boone County Localvore movement.
Registration for Northern Illinois Farmland Conference “Farming Yesterday and Farming Today” – Rehn Farming Museum, 3822 Stone Quarry Road, Belvidere. Date: July 12. For professionals, farmers and residents. Info: https://sites.google.com/site/nillinoisfarmlandconference/
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.
Open Girl Scout Camp Sessions – Taste of Camp: July 6-9; grades 3-5; $185 per girl; Canoes, Kayaks and Rafts: July 13-18; grades 8-10; $360 per girl; Canoe Trek: July 20-25; grades 9-12; $395 per girl; Family Fun Overnight: July 25-26; $30 per person. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.girlscoutsni.org.
Registration for Youth Enrichment Programs at the Conservatory – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Botany Lab (ages 5-12) thru Sept. 13; Diggers Food Garden Camp (ages 7-12) in July, Junior Master Gardeners (ages 5-12) July 17-Aug. 7, Kids Yoga (ages 6-10) in June, July, August; Enchanted Storytelling Camp (ages 6-12) in June, July, August. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), in the Park District’s Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide (www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/guides), at Customer Service and facilities, or call 815-987-8800.
Registration for “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” – Lena Living Center, 1010 S. Logan, Lena. Date: July 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
Registration for The Four Seasons Gardening: “Starting a Youth Garden” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. Dates: July 8, 1:30 p.m. and July 10, 56:30 p.m. Presented via computer. Cost per session: $5. Also: “Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus,” July 22, 1:30 p.m. and July 24, 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-544-3710 or email@example.com.
Mark the Date for Bookwoman: My Beloved World – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: July 9, 9:30-11 a.m. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Free-will offering. Walk-ins welcome.
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 www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.
Mark the Date for Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center Agronomy Day – 14509 University Road, one-half-mile east of Shabbona, U.S. Route 3. Date: July 10, 9 a.m.-noon. Join U of I Extension specialists and researachers as they address issues pertinent to the 2014 growing season. Free, includes noon meal. Open to all who wish to attend; no registration fee. Info: 815-274-1343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Preparation for Childbirth – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Foundation Room, 5666 E. State St. Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $35 if baby is to be delivered at OSF Saint Anthony; $60 if baby is to be delivered elsewhere. Info: 815-227-2695.
Order Tickets for “A Night in the Garden’’ 2014 – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Date: July 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fund-raiser for Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry. Tickets $50 (suggested donation), may be purchased at the door or online at https://gardennight2014.eventbrite.com.
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: July 11- Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Info: 608-758-8455.
Mark the Date for Summer Clothing Drive –All area Schnucks and Belvidere Township Offices. Date: July 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing and other recyclable soft goods will be collected for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. Approximately 120 volunteers are needed. To volunteer, contact Martha Byrnes via e-mail at Martha@knib.org or call 815-637-1343.
Registration for “Feel Good Fest” – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by GreenFire Market. Includes Yoga, Reflexology, Acupressure, Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Raindrop Therapy, Self-Defense, Emotional Freedom, Native American Culture, Nutrition, Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Disease, Sustainability and Chakra Bracelet Making. Lunch is included. Tickets: $35/person. Call 815-877-0118 or visit www.womanspace-rockford.org.
Registration for Wildflower Weekend – Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton. Dates: July 12-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Activities include wagon rides around the preserve, guided walking tours, bird watching, creek biology and Two Toads Environmental Experiences. New: wildflower drawing for children and painting classes for adults with Laura Sjoquist, geocaching, a display by Northern Illinois Raptors, storytelling by Jim May, presentations by a land surveyor, backpack exploring for kids, etc. Guests are invited to bring a picnic. Reservations are required for child and adult art classes, Jim May’s storytelling, and Rob Nurre’s surveyor presentations. Register at NLI, 815-964-6666 or email Kim at email@example.com. Info: www.NaturalLand.org.
Registration for Feel Good Fest – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Road. Date: July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Four demonstration sessions of your choice: yoga, reflexology, nutrition, self-defense, art and more. Fee: $35, members and non-members. Register by July 9. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for Whitewater Festival – Marge Cline Whitewater Park, on Fox River, Yorkville. For canoeists, kayakers, families. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with first water event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Public can buy ribs from registered contestants in the Ribs on the River event beginning at noon. Info: 847-830-4877.
Registration for “Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease” – Savant Capital, 7202 Argus Drive, Rockford. Date: July 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
Registration for Sibling Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: July 12, 10-11:30 a.m. For children ages 3-10, to help prepare them for arrival of a new baby. Cost: $5/family. Must be by cash or check. Info: 815-227-2695.
Casting Call for “The Taste” TV Show – Centered Chef Food Studios, 177 N. Ada St. #101, Chicago. Date: July 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cooking-themed reality competition series. Casting contact: Vanessa Bond, 818-569-4052, ext. 6922.
Order Tickets for 12th Annual Gardens United Walk – Sponsored by Assault & Abuse Services of Stephenson County. Date: July 12 and 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets available at: Deininger Floral, Country Girl Floral, State Bank, Anne’s Garden Center, Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Center, and at any of the gardens on days of the walk. $10 per person. Info: 815-232-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Standing room only and track seating for $20 each, general grandstand seating, $10 advance, $12 after July 5. Info: www.stephensoncountyfair.org.
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 Bariatric Information Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: July 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-227-2274 or www.lapband.com.
Registration for UW-Rock County Summer College for Kids – Students 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.
Registration for Vacation Bible School – St. Paul Lutheran Church, 600 N. Horsman St. Dates: July 14-18, 3-5:30 p.m.Theme: “Gangway to Galilee.” Pre-school thru 6th grade. Info: 815-335-2082.
Registration for Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: July 14, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25/couple or $12/50/individual. Free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.
Registration for Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perrryville Road. Begins July 15. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice time. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks; skates provided. Info: 815-969=4069, (TTY, 888-871-6171) or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Registration for Write Away: Using Life Experiences – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. With facilitator Dorothy Bock. For beginners thru published writers. Fee: $15 regular, $10 member. Register by July 13. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: July 16, 7-9 p.m. Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant. Free. Info: 815-227-2695.
Registration for Creative Energy Medicine Approach: How Love Heals All Things – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Lilnden Drive. Date: July 17, 1-3 p.m. With Robin White Turtle Lysne, Ph.D. Cost: $45 regular, $35 member. Register by July 15. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for “Understanding Early Memory Loss” – Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. Date: July 17, 9-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
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. 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 & Riverside, Loves Park; online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/gbdrop.
Registration for “The Truth About Carbs” – Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. Date: July 18, 1-2 p.m. Fee: $5/person. Registration at U of I Extension, Boone County, 815-544-3710 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. Keen Age Center will accept registrations in person or at 815-544-9893.
Order Tickets for Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days – Edgebrook Center, Schnucks at E. State St. and Schnucks at N. Alpine & Harlem Road. Dates: July 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and July 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $5 advance, $6 on-site (day of), include choice of Johnsonville Brat, 1/4-lb. All-Beef Johnsonville Hot Dog, Meatless Barbeque, Vegetarian Brat, chips and pop or water. For entertainment schedule, go to www.alpinekiwanis-il.org. For large orders (50 or more), call 815-979-5249.
Order Tickets for Perry Pitney Memorial Music Festival – Rescue Mission Thrift Store, 20th St. & Harrison Ave. Date: July 19, 4-8 p.m. With The Eldridge Family, Luke Pitney, and Beyond the Ashes. Concessions available, but bring your own lawn chair. Tickets: $20/person, at Rockford Rescue Mission, Restoration Cafe and Thrift Store. Info: 815-316-4162.
Black Hawk Wine is Back – In celebration of the 5th Aniversary of the Oregon Trail Days Festival and the start of restoration of the Black Hawk Statue, the festival committee is bringing back sales of the Black Hawk Wine. It will be available for purchase at the Eagles Nest and White Pines for a limited time period. The wine was created and bottled by Hailey’s Winery and Vineyard in Byron, Ill.
Tipi Crafts for Kids –Oregon Trail Days Festival invites children ages 4-12 to participate in the annual Mini Tipi Decorating Contest. Tipis may be picked up at the Oregon Public Library starting June 4, and there is no cost to participate, just your cost in decorating supplies. Decorated tipis may be dropped off at the Oregon Public Library no later than July 15.
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: www.drivechipandputt.com.
Mark the Date for Heritage Garden Walk – Boone County Conservation District, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere. Date: July 20, 5-8 p.m. Five Heritage Gardens, two authentic cabins from the 1830s, a schoolhouse and a wigwam. Gardener interpreters in period clothing will be available to answer questions. Free recipes and heirloom vegetable seeds will be available. Enjoy herbal treats and cold lemonade. Info: 815-547-7935.
Registration for Healthy Living 3-part series – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. Dates: July 21: Gardening Activities for Kids. Aug. 4: Healthy Snacks for Kids. Aug. 18: Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs. All parts of the series will take place at Ida Publlic Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. All programs will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. Info: 815-544-3710 or e-mail email@example.com.
Registration for Mediterranean Diet Awareness – University of Ilinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: July 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Early registration is encouraged to ensure enough materials are available.. Info: 815-544-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Registration for RPS Golf Scramble – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: July 25. Benefits athletics and physical education programs. Flights will be offered in morning, afternoon, and lunch, dinner and the raffle and live auctions will take place on-site. To sign up or help sponsor the event, go to http://www.3rps205.com/departments/Pages/Athletics.aspx or email email@example.com for more information.
Mark the Date for Morris Kennedy School/Nashold Reunion – July 19, 2014. Contact Barb (Smith) Simler at 815-871-5270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark the Date for 5th Annual Oregon Trail Days Festival – Lowden State Park, Oregon. Dates: July 19-20. Native American music, cowboy entertainment, tipi camping, Pioneer Gathering, Mountain Man Encampment, One Woman Quilt Show, art show, Breakfast at Lorado Taft Field Campus. Also: Sunday Brunch on the campus, July 20, 8-10:30 a.m.Cost: $18, includes entry to festival and buffet lunch. Blackhawk Performance Group will have several American Indian dancers. Cowboy arena will feature a 150-ft. Western Town, cowboys & girls, horses, yodeling, cowboy songs and more. Pioneer area will have many demonstrators in various trades. Children’s area will add a hand-paddled train ride, face painting and performances by Dan Barth. Cost of festival: $7/person. Children 6 and younger are free.
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.
Order Tickets for Oregon Trail Days 50/50 Plus 10 Raffle – More great prizes have been added. Tickets will be sold up until 4 p.m., Sunday, July 20. Cost: $5 each or 5 for $20. Winner will receive a cash prize equal to 50% of gross ticket sales or one of the Plus 10 prizes. Winner need not be present to win. Tickets at Merlin’s, Shell, Eagles Nest, Union Savings Bank, Sharky’s, Ten Pennies, Snyder’s, Basler’s Ace Hardware, Shortcut Barber Shop and Breakers. Also available during the festival.
Order Tickets for “Party on the Rock” Fund-raiser – Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St. Date: July 24, 5-10 p.m. Benefit for Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial. To honor local emergency responders whose lives were taken and to memorialize our nation’s tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. Entertainment by Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts and Gaelic Fury Irish Pub Band featuring REACT Helicopter pilot Danny McDade. Food by Backyard Grill & Bar; silent auction; Big 3 Raffle, specialty drink & beer tasting; fireworks display. Cost: $20/person. Tickets at all three Backyard Grills; Veterans Memorial Hall; or call 815-978-3860.
Mark the Date for Lecture: “Surrounding Yourself with Nature: Strategies for the Home Landscape” – Northern Illinois University-Rockford, 8500 E. State St. Date: July 26, 9 a.m. Free to Wild Ones members; $5 donation from others.Tours of natural yards are free, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 26 and 1-5 p.m. on July 27. A free milkweed plant will be given to each family that participates in the tour of natural yards, while supplies last.
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.
Registration for Youth Tackle Football – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Starts July 28. Registration for children thru July 15; walk-in. Fee: $150 includes uniform/equipment. Practices held Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Don Schmid Youth Sports Complex. Info: 815-398-8864.
Registration for 9th Annual RMTD Golf Fund-raiser – Timber Pointe Golf Course, 5750 Woodstock Road, Poplar Grove. Date: Aug. 1. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Activities include 19 holes of golf, after-golf buffet, chance to to win $10,000 . Foursomes are being acceoted. Fee: $100. Deadline: July 28. Info: Call or email Lisa Brown at 815-961-2226 or email@example.com.
Registration for 30th Annual State Street Mile – Downtown Rockford. Date: Aug. 2. Sponsored by SwedishAmerican Health System. This year: Enter $1,000 High School Challenge. Five individual races incl. a Masters Competition for men and women 40 years +; Ben Newson Jr. run for boys and girls K-12; an Open Run; Kids’ Fun Run. Register at www.signmeup.com/98439 or download a form at www.rockfordboysandgirlsclub.org. Info: 815-985-8096 or 815-543-1567.
Registration for “Know the 10 Signs” – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: Aug. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Free-will offering. Register by Aug. 4 with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300 or Womanspace, 815-877-0118.
Registration for The Health Crisis & Nutrition – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: Aug.6, noon-1 p.m. With Dr. Shanti Hulsebus. Fee: $15 regular, $10 member. Register by Aug. 4. Info: 815-877-0118.
Registration for “Taking Care of You” Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 N., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Aug. 7-Sept. 18, 1 p.m. Info: 608-758-8455.
Registration for Antique Cars for Cruise Night – Freeport Public Library parking lot, 100 E. Douglas St. Date: Aug. 9. Car should be an original or restored original from 1886-1969 with original factory running gear and accessories. No “street rods.” To sign up, call Dick Farnsworth , 815-238-6124 or Bob Logothetti, 815-990-1082. Cruising takes place from 7-10 p.m. and begins with an Antique Car Parade of two laps at 7 p.m.
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 Writer’s Practice: Tapping Inspiration & Dreams – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Date: Aug 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $15 regular, $10 member. Register by Aug. 10. Info: 815-877-0118.
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 http://agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu/ 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 “Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle Stage Caregivers” – OakCrest Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres, DeKalb. Date: Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.
Registration for Jefferson High School Class of 1974 Dinner & 40th Reunion – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. Date: Aug. 16. Cocktails & sign-in, 6-7 p.m. Dinner & fellowship, 7-10 p.m. Cost: $37.50 each or $75/couple. Info: http://www.jefferson1974.org.
Registration for “An Evening in the Tropics” Gala – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 6. Fundraiser for Food For The Poor. Date: Aug. 24, 6 p.m. Cocktail reception & silent auction. 7 p.m. dinner. Info: 1-888-404-4248 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/rockford.
Application for Stateline Farm Beginnings Program – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Program opens in October; application period begins June 6. Info: www.learngrowconnect.org or 262-374-4903.
Order Ticket s for Bill Cosby – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets at box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or call 815-968-0595.
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 www.swedishamerican.org.
Discovery Center Museum participates in Blue Star Museums. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty military personnel and up to five family members will be provided with free admission to Discovery Center. The initiative is part of a partnership with Blue Star Museums and in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Through the year, Discovery Center offers $1 off admission to active military and their families.
Registration for “Putting Wellness to Work” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 3, Belvidere. Date: Your choice. Lessons on practical skills to help workers live healthy lives. Call Judy Hodge, Program Coordinator, at 815-544-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule lessons.
Registration for Summer Camp at Rockford Park District – Various camps for different ages and interests. Info at Customer Services locations in downtown Rockford and Carlson Ice Arena, Loves Park;. Registration forms and camp descriptions, schedules and fees are in Park District’s Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/guides, at Park District offices and facilities, or call 815-987-8800.
Registration for Tennis Lessons and Programs – Rockford Park District. For children, youth and adults. Register now at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by fax or credit card, mail or at Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals – Rock County Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist with delivery of meals in the Janesville area. A few hours per week will provide noon-time meals plus safety checks and social contact for homebound older adults. Deliveries are made around noon, Mon.-Fri. Average volunteer schedule is one day per week for approx. 2 hours. Call Nutrition Program Supervisor at 608-757-5474.
Montessori Students help build school in Kenya – Students at Maria Montessori School and Thurgood Marshall School are working with international charity partner Free the Children to build a school in Kenya. So far, they have raised nearly $13,000 to dig a well in South Sudan, plus continued service work. They plan to raise $10,000 to build a girls’ school in Kenya with a fund-raising program, “Brick by Brick.” They’re 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark the Date for First Day of School – Aug. 25. Parents can start scheduling immunizations and health screenings for students. Students must have required physical exams and immunizations before Aug. 25. these may be obtained at the doctor’s office or clinic of yur choice, including your child’s primary care physician, the Winebago County Health Dept. (815-720-4000), or the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (815-971-5800, ext. 5). Winnebago Health Dept. will host its 5th Annual Back-to-School Health Clinic Augs. 13, 2-7 p.m. at the Health Dept., 555 N. Court St. For all students – prekindergarten thru 12th grades. Objections: A child’s parent or legal guardian who objects to health or dental examinations or immunizations must submit a letter to the school’s nurse to request an exemption to the law. Info: 815-966-5254.
Love & Loyalty M.C. School Supply Drive – June 1-Aug. 1. Need bookbags, pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, folders, ink pens, scissors, markers, glue & glue sticks. Giveaway to be held Aug. 17. Silent auction runs from July 27-Aug. 3. Info or donations: 919-698-0189 or 815-516-6189.
Vendors, Sponsors Needed for Ladies Day Out – Lena Elementary School. Date: Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Many local businesses and vendors. If interested in becoming a vendor or a sponsor, contact Chelsea White at 815-275-3997, Kristina Weaver at 815-541-2355, via e-mail at LadiesDayOut05@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page.
Registration for ENF 2015 Eagle Bus Tours – Bald eagle bus tours leave from Stoney Creek Inn at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 28. Visit four historic wintering communities of eagles. For 4 hours, participants will live with the eagles, seeing bald eagles flying overhead, fishing and perching. Cameras, binoculars and warm clothing recommended. Cost: $70 adults, $50 children under 17. For groups of 6 or more, rate is $60 adults, $40 children under 17. Anyone joining ENF at the time they register may receive a $5 discount. Another tour is offered Jan. 10-11. Participants have opportunity to see a total of 1,000-2,000 bald eagles. Cot: $350/person, $300 /person dbl. occ., $275/person with 3 persons to a room, or $250/person with 4 persons to a room. Rates cover bus, tour guide, room for Sat. night, Sun. breakfast and insurance. Reservations must be made by Dec. 15, 2014. For brochure or more info, call 815-594-2306 or write to: ENF, 300 E. Hickory St., Apple River, IL 61001 or go to eaglenature.com.
Friends of Beckman Mill announce Photography Contest – All photos must have been taken at Beckman Mill between Aug. 31, 2013 and Aug. 1, 2014. Six categories: Nature, People, Historic Structures, Milling, Coopering Operations and Youth. Visit Beckman’s Facebook page for an entry form, or pick one up at the museum. Entry fee is $5 per photo, except Youth, which is $3 per photo. Number of entries limited to 10 per person. Deadline: Sunday, Aug. 10, 4 p.m. All entries must be submitted unmounted as print images, at least 7” in one dimension with a maximum overall image size of 8.5” x 11.” Back must be identified with name, address, phone number, email address and category entered. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and appropriate entry fee. No electronic submissions. Info: 608-751-1551 or visit the Facebook page.
From the July 2-8, 2014, issue