Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of July 23-29, 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. 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

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. 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. 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: 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 $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

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.

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: 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

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 City Market – Water Street north of East State St. 3-8 p.m. Open every Friday until Oct. 17. Features 65+ vendors. Info:

Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground free programs start June 16, run thru Aug. 8. Registration is required at 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:

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 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.

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:

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, 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

Registration for Restoration “Behind the Scenes” Tours – Byron Forest Preserve District, Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Wed. evenings, 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: 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, Aug. 10, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $2/person. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $2/person. No advance registration is required. Info: 815-234-8535.

Mark the Dates for Falconry Programs – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. July 23, 27 & 29, resident falconer Rich Escutia will present programs on the art & science of falconry at Starved Rock Lodge’s Fox Ridge. Programs begin at 3 p.m. July 28 & 29, Rich will host “Falconry on the Fly” on the Lodge’s veranda from noon-2 p.m. Guests can visit with Rich and his hunting birds. All programs are free, but donations are encouraged. Info: 815-220-7386 or

Registration for Learn to Skate and Jr. IceHogs/Learn to Play Hockey – Rockford Park District. Begins week of July 15 for figure skating and hockey, and week of Aug. 21 for hockey. Info: 815-969-4069 or (click Register Now), in Park District’s
Winter./Spring 2014 Program Guide or at customer service facilities.

Registration for Mindfulness Group – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Dates: 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

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.

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

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

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. Every Friday thru Aug. 15, 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:

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

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: 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:

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

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 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 July, August. Info: (click My RPD), in the Park District’s Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide (, at Customer Service and facilities, or call 815-987-8800.

Registration for “Stepping On” Classes – 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 Jr. IceHogs Fundamentals Camp – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Dates: Aug. 11-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For ages 7-10 and 11-15 with full hockey gear. Lunch is provided Mon.-Thurs. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for Elite Summer Camp – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Dates: Aug. 11-15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For ages 11-17 with at least one year’s travel hockey experience. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for Jr. Ice Hogs Skills and Drills Clinics – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Dates: Aug. 21-Sept. 18, 7:30-8:20 p.m. Info: 815-987-8800.

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

Registration for Advanced Balance – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health , 5510 E. State St. Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number. Day pass $5; monthly pass $25 (corporate rate & seniors 65 7 older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee $25. Registration is required. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Balance – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health , 5510 E. State St. Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number. Day pass $5; monthly pass $25 (corporate rate & seniors 65 7 older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee $25. Registration is required. Info: 815-395-4591.

Fund-raising Effort for Egyptian Theatre – DeKalb. A very generous anonymous donor has pledged up to $25,000 to the theater if they can match that amount by Aug. 15. Donors can double their donations this summer. Your donation is tax deductible. Eligible donations can be made online at, over the phone at 815-758-1215, or by mailing a check to Egyptian Theatre, P.O. Blox 385, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Registration for Healthy Living 3-part series – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. Dates: 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

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 or email for more information.

Mark the Date for Dentistry From the Heart Event – Rockton Dental Care, 213 W. Main St., Rockton. Date: July 25. Dr. Kenneth O’Brien will provide free dental care for those without dental insurance. They will try to see first 100 patients on first-come, first-served basis. Info: 815-624-2626.

Mark the Date for 4th Annual Statewide Fund-raiser to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois –Texas Roadhouse, 7240 Walton St., Rockford. Date: July 25,11 a.m.-2 p.m. Local law enforcement officers will collect monetary donations. Free lunch includes a pulled pork sandwich, a side dish, fresh baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Registration for Conveyer Storytelling Night – Conveyer Home for Story, 317 W. Jefferson St. Date: July 25, 8-10 p.m. Theme: Summer vacations. Contact at Facebook, or e-mail to to request to be a storyteller. Stories should be 10 minutes or less. 10 people needed. Check in at 7:15 p.m., stories begin at 8 p.m.

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 Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tenshin – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: July 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $45 per participant. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Registration for Paranormal Investigation of Historic Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Date: July 26, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets: $30/person advance, $35 at event. Info: 815-871-4239 or

Registration for Japanese Tea Ceremony and Sweet Making – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: July 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $45 per participant. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Registration for Fifth Annual Dylan Mastroianni Memorial Golf Outing – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: July 26. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Includes 18 holes of golf, cart and dinner. Door prizes and silent auction. Register at

Volunteers Sought for Stream Monitoring Training – Lower Sugar River Watershed Association is recruiting volunteer Citizen Scientists to collect information on streams in our watershed area. After a short training session, you will be added to a team with a designated location. Date: July 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Juda Park on High School Road. Lunch will be provided. Sign up at Info:

Registration for Peak Harvest Farm Dinner – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Date: July 26, 5 p.m. Five-course meal made from fresh, sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. Cost: $150, basic tickets, includes wine or beer and signature cocktail. VIP tickets $500; allows you to enjoy the meal with John Peterson, subject of the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Also partake of pre-reception at 2 p.m. at Balena and round-trip bus transportation from Chicago for $200. Info:

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

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.

Mark the Date for Roots to Rooftop: Community Garden Tour – Urbana, Ill. Hosted by University of Illinois Extension. Date: July 27, 1-4 p.m. All participating garden sites, along with addresses and maps, can be found at (go to Find Events) or at

Registration for Direct Marketing Meat & Poultry in Illinois – University of Illinois Extension-Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: July 28, 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5, payable in advance or at the door. Pre-registration is strongly preferred to ensure adequate space and materials. Info: 815-732-2191 or

Registration for PYSK Talks Series – Rockford University, 5100 E. State St. Date: July 30, noon-1 p.m. Topic: “Success for Me; Success for My Compnay; Success for My Community!” by Teresa Beach-Shelow. Register at

Mark the Date for Ogle County Fair – Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon. Dates: July 30-Aug. 3. Daily admission, $8 individuals 4 years old and up, July 30-Aug. 3, includes carnival rides. Season passes available at Ogle County Fair Office at $25 each. VIP passes. $50. Info: 815-732-6962.

Registration for “Cooking with Fresh Garden Vegetables” – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: July 31, 1 p.m. Includes 13 kitchen-tested recipes and four fact sheets on uncommon vegetables, plus practical cooking tips. Fee: $5. Advance registration required by July 29. Info: 815-732-2191 or

Mark the Date for Children’s Home + Aid’s 75th Anniversary Open House – 910 Second Ave. Date: July 31, 1-5 p.m. Meet the staff. Want to help? Bring a donation of diapers, wipes or school supplies to assist programs.

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

Registration for Roscoe Blood Drive – First National Bank Trust Company, 5360 Bridge St., Roscoe. Date: Aug. 1, noon-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 815-624-5980 or RRVBC toll-free at 877-RRVBC-99 or visit the website

Mark the Date for Durand Friday Night Frenzy & Market: Dog Contest – McCorkle Funeral Home, Durand. Date: Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m. Dog Contest begins at 6 p.m. Please arrive early. All dogs must be on a leash and under the owner’s control. Bring your own pooper scooper/bags. Grilled hot dogs will be served until they run out. Vendors & live music.

Mark the Date for 7th Annual Mosaic Film Festival – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Dates: Aug. 1-3. Aug. 1, “Warren” at 7 p.m. Two extra film sessions Sat. and three Sun. Feature films. Info:

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 or download a form at Info: 815-985-8096 or 815-543-1567.

Mark the Date for Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour – Sam’s Club, 7151 Walton St., Rockford. Date: Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 700 teams will compete for $500,000 prize money across 31 competitions nationwide.

Order Tickets forThe Farm to Fork Benefit – Metoyer-Brown Farm, W 12085 Czech Ave., Richard, Wis. (near Coloma). Date: Aug. 2. Benefit for Friends of the Central Sands. Cost: $85/person or $150/couple. Organic food, music by Prairie Sands Band, wine pairings and local micro-brewed beer. Discounts for group of 10. Must purchase in advance. Info: 630-567-0104.

Registration for “Tour De North End” Bike Festival – Rockford’s North End businesses. Date: Aug. 2. Preregister online at Cost: $10 from now until event day (or register at The Olympic Tavern on event day, $12). Sign your safety waiver, receive an official TDNE Passport, and head off to the 13 participating locations to get your passport stamped. No preplanned route. Collect as many stamps as you can. After collecting passport stamps, riders should return to The Olympic Tavern by 5 p.m. and redeem their stamps for entry forms. Families and kids encouraged to ride, but per state law, children under 21 may not win prizes.

Registration for 30th Annual State Street Mile – Downtown Rockford. Date: Aug. 2. Includes a High School Challenge. Features five individual races for various ages. Register at or download a form at or call 815-543-1567.

Mark the Date for 4-H Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction – Ogle County Fair, Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon. Date: Aug. 2. Starts at 3 p.m. in Swine Barn. Info: 815-732-2191.

Registration for Healthy Snacks for Kids – Ida Public Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. Presented by University of Illinois Extension, Boone County. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register at 815-544-3710 or

RSVP to Legacy Prints Open House, win free T-shirt – 607 S. Division Ave., Polo. Date: Aug. 5, 3-6 p.m. Everyone who RSVPs to and attends the open house will get a free T-shirt. Also eligible for free business cards in drawings. Ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m.

Registration for PYSK Talks Series – Rockford Uniesity, 5100 E. State St., Room 122. Date: Aug. 6, noon-1 p.m. Topic: “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” by Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Supt., RPS 205. Info:

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 Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ – Aldeen Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Dates: Begins Aug. 6 and Aug. 27, covers all areas of the game. Instructed by PGA members and PGA apprentices. Wed. and Fri. mornings or afternoons; per-session fee is $65 ($75 non-resident). Register at least one week before session start dates, either online at (click My RPD), or by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Rockford Park District Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

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

Registration for Information on Master Naturalist Program – University of Illinois Extension, Stephenson County, Freeport. Date: Aug. 7, 3-4 p.m. Presented by Jackie de Batista. Free, but pre-registration is required. Info: 815-986-4357 or .

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 “Keeping it Positive – Meeting Behavior Needs in the IEP” – UIC Specialized Care for Children, 4302 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 8, noon-2 p.m. Presented by Family Matters PTIC and UIC Specialized Care for Children. 2 CPDUs available for educators. Register by Aug. 1 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or If accommodations are needed, please call two weeks prior to training date.

Registration for Rock Run Soccer Club’s Seventh Annual Golf Play
Day Fund-raiser –
Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Date: Aug. 8. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Scramble format. Cost: $125 per golfer, includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Business sponsorships are available. Registration forms, sponsorship and other info at

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 Paranormal Evening at the Camp Grant Museum – 1004 Samuelson Road. Date: Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. Stories from Yolanda (owner of Camp Grant Museum and Command Post Restaurant) and the Wisconsin Illinois Paranormal Investigation Team. Kathi Kresol willl supply the history of the Camp, and psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will be there. Incudes a “round table” discussion. Tickets: $20/person advance, $25 at the event. Info: 815-871-4230 or

Mark the Date for Book Launch by Zombie Logic Press – Rockford Art Deli, 402 E. State St. Date: Aug. 9, 7 p.m. New poetry book “Iced Cream” written and illustrated by Jesus Correa.

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 “Branding Your Nail Salon and Marketing a Safe Salon” – Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Speaker Dr. Katharin vonGavel, founder of North American School of Podology. Penny Olson of Bluebird Creatives, Poplar Grove, will present the “Branding Your Nail Salon” portion of the program. Info:

Registration for Seed Saving & Seed Exchange Workshop – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: Aug. 11, 4-5:30 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Register at 815-544-3710 or

Registration for “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Fox Valley Older Adult Care, 1406 Suydam, Sandwich, Ill. Date: Aug. 12, 12;15-1;30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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 Tasty Summer Bites Program – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Aug. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Pre-registration is requested. Info: 815- 544-3710 or

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.

Registration for Youth Development Soccer Program – Lions ‘82 S.C. at Hawes Park, Roscoe. Dates: Begins Aug. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 16. Cost: $50, includes licensed, experienced coaches, training shirt, weekly training sessions and opportunity to play in area leagues. Info: and

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.

Order Tickets for The Local Burpee Summer Festival – A foodie competition along the Rock River. Date: Aug. 16, 7-11 p.m. Local food, music, breweries & wineries. Tickets available from July 1-Aug. 8 at Burpee Museum of Natural History or

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:

Mark the Date for Polish Fest – St. Stanislaus Church, 201 Buckbee St. Date: Aug. 17. Holy Mass, 10 a.m. Dinner served in school hall, 11:30-3:30 p.m. Bake sale, bingo, white elephant sale, cash raffle, 50/50 raffle, performance by school children, music and Polish folk dancers. Festival runs till 8 p.m. Polish specialty foods available all day.

Registration for RHS Ambassadors Golf Play Day – Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St. Date: Aug. 18. Begins11 a.m. registration and lunch; shotgun start at noon; dinner reception and prizes, 5:30 p.m. Fun contests and ball launcher. Register at or call 815-971-4141.

Registration for Youth Sports Tots Camp – Brown Park, northwest Rockford. Dates: Aug. 18-27, Mon. and Wed. 6-6:45 p.m. For ages 3-5. Includes football skills and drills, basketball, Quick-Start Tennis, T-Ball; agility & coordination training. Fee: $35 per session ($40 non-resident). Register one week prior to session start date if capacity has not been reached sooner. Register online at (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

Registration for Free Computer Training – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: Mon.-Thurs., 6-8 pm. beginning Aug. 19. Reserve your spot at 815-398-8864 .

Mark the Date for IREA Solar Competition – Ogle County Fairgrounds., in conjunction with Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair, Aug. 23-24. School competition. IREA is looking for up to 10 teams of five members each to develop a plan to install a solar PV system of at least one kilowatt on either a school property or another public building in their community. Plan should include a commitment for installing a solar system on a public building, a fund-raising project to help defray the cost of the system and gaining necessary community permits. Teams will need to attend this year’s energy fair to hear the two major speakers and attend other workshops or presentations. Plans must be submitted by April 2, 2015 for judging. First prize will be $500; second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200. Info: or

Order Tickets for Program by Anne Frank’s Stepsister, Eva Schloss – UIC College of Medicine Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: Aug. 31, 4-5:30 p.m. Personal memories of the Holocaust by someone who lived it. Hosted by Rabbi Chesky Rothman, Chabad Community Center. Tickets: General seating, $15 adults, $5 students. VIP packages with preferred seating, personal photo with Eva, an autographed book, and post-event buffet dinner, $100/person or $180/couple. Tickets at

Mark the Date for “Pasta 4 Pups” – Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St. Date: Sept. 5. Benefit for Fresh Start Animal Rescue, new animal shelter in Belvidere. Info: 815-621-1544 or

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

Mark the Date for 4-H Benefit Car Show, Airplane Fly-in and AYCE Breakfast – Ogle County Airport, east edge of Mt. Morris. Date: Sept. 14. Feat. 100 years of Dodge, 50 years of GTO & 50 years of Mustang. Others welcome. Breakfast: 7 a.m.-noon, $8 adults, $4 kids. Show registration by donation, 7-10:30 a.m. Show 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: Al Koper, 815-440-5982 or

Registration for “Great Dream Machine Sweepstakes” – Benefit for The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Date: Sept. 17. Enter for your chance to win cash by visiting or call 815-965-3455. Entries must be received by Sept. 14. Early bird drawings will be held regularly starting July 21. Make a donation and help families raise children who have intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Registration for “Colors and Flavors of Latin America” – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 26. 5 p.m. social hour; 6 p.m. dinner; awards and entertainment to follow. Info:

Application for Stateline Farm Beginnings Program – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Program opens in October; application period begins June 6. Info: 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,, all Ticketmaster outlets or call 815-968-0595.

Order Tickets for “Celebration of Mental Health” – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Oct. 8, 5:300-8 p.m. Supreme Pasta Buffet dinner, cash bar, Stars of Light theatre troupe and stand-up comic David Granirer. Tickets: $45/person; table of 8, $360. Info: 815-395-2144.

Saturday Family Fun at Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road. Take a scenic hay ride, or pony ring for kids, trail rides and more. Tickets for pony ring and hay rides are $2/person; trail rides are $22/person ($24 non-resident), and Children’s Farm Animal Barn visits are free. Advance reservations recommended for trail rides; online reservations can be made at (click My RPD).

Registration for Summer Manufacturing Camp – Rockford Public School District partners with Rock Valley College to train students for two National Institute of Metalworking Skills Certificate tests. Camp runs thru Aug. 14. Info: 815-509-4807 or

School Physicals – SwedishAmerican 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

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 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, at Park District offices and facilities, or call 815-987-8800.

Summer Manufacturing Camp – RPS partners with Rock Valley College to prepare students for two NIMS Certificate tests. Camp runs thru Aug. 14. Students who pass the certification exams will be eligible to interview for a job as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator. After the summer program, students can continue their education at RVC in either an associate degree track for a two-year degree in Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, or a certificate degree track to earn additional NIMS certifications. Info: 815-509-4807 or

Registration for Tennis Lessons and Programs – Rockford Park District. For children, youth and adults. Register now at (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: or

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.

Order Ticket s for Comedian Nick Swardson “Taste It” Tour – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Box office opens July 18. Tickets: $39.50, reserved. Info: 815-758-1215 or

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 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. Cost: $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

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 23-29, 2014, issue

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