Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Aug. 13-19, 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. Meditation in the Garden, weekly on Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Info: 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 thru Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. 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.

The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free knitting lessons on the last Wednesday of each month, 4-5 p.m.

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

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 Public 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 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

Deadline for Back-to-School Physicals at Crusader Community Health Locations is Aug. 25. Physicals are required for pre-K, kindergarten, 6th and 9th graders and students new to the school district.

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: 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

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 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. 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 “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. 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.

Registration for Healthy Living series – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. Dates: Aug. 18: Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs. Place: Ida Publlic Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. Info: 815-544-3710 or e-mail or

Back to School” Supply Drive – Donations may be dropped off at any First National Bank & Trust Company location, Aug. 1-23, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Visit to find a location near you.

Registration for MembersAlliance Credit Union Free Seminars on Medicare & Health Care – MembersAlliance Credit Union, 2550 S. Alpine Road. “The New Health Care Reform Act–What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know,” Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m. Limited seating. RSVP to 815-226-2260 or

Mark the Date for Living Well with Diabetes Support Group Meeting – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Info: 815-732-2191.

Registration for Golf Lessons for Ages 50+ – Aldeen Practice Centre, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Dates: Begins 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 “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 Back-to-School Health Clinic – Winnebago County Health Department., 555 N. Court St. 2-7 p.m. Physicals for pre-K, kindergarten, 6th and 9th graders, and students new to district. Immunizations for pre-K-12th graders. School and sport physicals are $30. Children entering school at any grade level need to show proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine. Students entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade for first time must show proof of two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. Immunizations are $16 each. Bring child’s immunization card to appointment. Free dental exams available for kindergarten, 2nd and 6th graders. Dental cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments and dental sealants available. Make appointments at 815-720-4370 or

Registration for “Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Date: Aug. 14-Sept. 18, 1-3:30 p.m. Classes held once a week for 7 weeks. Cost: $10. Info: 608-758-8455 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.

Nominations Due for La Voz Latina‘s Awards – Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Employee Years of Service, Latino of Distinction and Community Member of Distinction – Deadline Aug. 15. Nomination forms may be found online or call 815-965-5784. Banquet will be held Sept. 26. Silent auction items may be donated by calling 815-965-5784. Tickets are $60/individual, $750 for corporate tables of 8; purchase online at

Registration for Inaugural Regional Development Summit: “Energizing Tomorrow’s Economy” – Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, 102 E. Route 30, Suite 3, Rock Falls. Date: Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For any public or nonprofit official, administrator or professional staffer impacted by or interested in transportation funding, tourism, economic health, incentive programs and energy efficiency grants. Cost: $10/ person, open to public. Includes breakfast, lunch and chance to receive end-of-the-day giveaways. Networking time allotted. Register at 815-625-3854 or visit

Registration for WW II Veterans at Day of Honor and Unveiling of Original Scale-Model of National World War II Memorial – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 16, 1 p.m.
Benefit for Crusader Community Health & Vietnam Veterans of America. Please register no later than Aug. 9 to be included in souvenir program book. To: Pillars of Honor, Inc., 770 Lee St., Suite 103, Des Plaines, IL 60016 or call 847-954-0520 for more information.

Mark the Date for “A Car’s Day Out” – Rockford Speedway, 9500 Forest Hills Road. Date: Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Open to any car, truck, motorcycle or street tuner. $20 entry fee. Info: 815-633-1500.

Registration for 5K Glow Run – Rockton Summer Breeeze at Old Settler’s Park, Rockton. Date: Aug. 16. Register at 7 p.m. Run at 8:30 p.m. Info: Registrations now open. Visit Maximum Performance or Midwest Track N’ Trail for details.

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.

Mark the Date for Back-to-School Bash – Riverside Park at Jones Pavilion, Beloit, Wis. Date: Aug. 16, noon-3 p.m. School supplies giveaway hosted by Love INC. Volunteers needed to help organize the supplies at Beloit Life Center, 2170 Murphy Road, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. and Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, and Aug. 13, 5-8 p.m.

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 Domestic Infant & International Adoption Information Meeting – OSF St. Anthony’s Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Date: Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m. Presented by Children’s Home + Aid. 1-3 p.m. Reserve at 815-962-1043 or 888-248-4335. Walk-ins also welcome.

Registration for Murder Mystery Bus Tour – Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot, 211 N. Main St. Date: Aug. 17, 3-8 p.m. Haunted Rockford will visit the locations for the 1948 unsolved murders of Stan Skridla and Mary Jane Reed. With psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker. Buffet dinner at the Roadhouse (one of the locations the couple visited on the fateful night). Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Arrive at least 15 min. early to board the bus. Cost: $50/. Info:

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 Healthy Heart Screenings – SwedishAmerican Cardiac Rehab, 209 Ninth St., Suite 101, Rockford. Available the first and third Tuesday of every month. Includes a cholesterol screening; body mass index (BMI); cardiac risk screening; blood pressure; glucose checks. Fee: $25 payable in cash or check at time of appointment. By appointment at 815-490-5863.

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 .

Registration for Chamber 101 with Speed Networking – Benson Stone Company, Inc., 1100 11th St. Date: Aug. 19, 4-5:15 p.m. Offers new members and new employees of existing member companies a chance to introduce themselves and their businesses to other charter members. Register at

Registration for Online courses from UW-Rock – Understanding the Cloud, Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013, Write Effective Web Content, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2014, Happy & Healthy Pregnancy, more. Begins Aug. 20, most run for 6 weeks at a cost of $99. Info: or call 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Registration for Savvvy Caregiver Program – Alzheimer’s Association, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Aug. 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 22. Hours: 6-8 p.m. Maximum class size is 12. In cooperation with Ill. Dept. of Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. For family caregivers whose loved ones are in the early to middle stages of the disease. Info: 800-272-3900.

Registration for Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Date: Aug. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Info: 815-227-2695.

Registration for “The New Health Care Reform Act – What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know – Rockton Firehouse, Community Room, 201 N. Blackhawk Blvd. Date: Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m. Presented by MembersAlliance Credit Union. Credit union members and non-members are welcome. Due to limited seating, RSVP to MembersAlliance at 815-226-2260.

Registration for Lecture: “The Beauty of Kimono” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Speaker David Mungenast, a student of Kimiko Gunji. Cost: Free to members, $5 non-members. Reservations requested at 815-316-3307.

Mark the Date for “God Belongs In My City” Prayer Walk – Meeting points at Fairgrounds Valley & Blackhawk Courts. Walking routes will lead to ending point at Davis Park. Date: Aug. 23, 9 a.m. Follows with spoken word, worship music and ending with hip-hop music. No meals or water provided; bring what you need.

Registration for Late Summer Field Day: Hops Production – Bier Blume Hops Farm, Lena, Ill. Date: Aug. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. Free, but registration is requested. Info: or 815-235-4125.

Order Tickets for Rock River Center Annual BBQ – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m. BBQ pork sandwich dinner, raffles and auctions. Tickets: $5 at the center or at the door. Info:

Order Tickets for Dixon Riverfront Venetian Night – Dixon, Ill. Date: Aug. 23, begins at 5 p.m. Lighted boat parade at sundown followed by Fireworks Show. Music, art, mask workshop, food and wine, gelato, silent auction, premier viewing champagne reception. Tickets: $30, available at Dixon Main Street.

Mark the Date for Oregon Powerhouse BBQ – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m. BBQ’d pork, live and silent auctions. Cost: $5. Pay at the door or stop at Rock River Center for tickets. Info: www.

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.

Mark the Date for “Hats for Heroes” Benefit for Circle of Change Veterans Dog Program – Wes Lake Golf Course,West Lake Driuve, Winnebago. Date: Aug. 23. Begins at 9 a.m. with 18-hole golf; includes cart, lunch and drink. Entry fee $70 per golfer. Features live auction and fund-raising raffle and prizes. Signed hats will go on silent auction and regular auction. Program helps veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and other serious anxiety disorders. Over the course of 13 weeks, veterans in conjuinction with professional dog trainers work to rehabilitate dogs that have had a difficult time learning in traditional obedience classes. Info: 815-721-4270 or

Order Tickets for Summer BBQ Event – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m. Barbeque pork sandwich dinner. Tickets: $5 each. Purchase at the door or earlier at the Center. Info:

Order Tickets for Beloit Regional Hospice Breakfast Fund-raiser – Skip’s Friendly Village,5321 Jefferson St., Afton. Date: Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes raffles, silent auction, sports package, women’s package, 50/50 cash raffles, 300 scratch tickets bundle. Cost: $10 for steak, eggs, cheesy potatoes and toast or $6 without steak. Info: Skip’s at 608-362-9732 or BRH at 608-363-7421.

Registration for Lighten UP! Class – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Aug. 25-Oct. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice b ooklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

Mark the Date for Wildlife Rescue Workshop – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Date: Aug. 31, noon-1:30 p.m. in Canyonside Cabin Lodge. Presented by Hoo Haven. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Free. Also: “Bird is the Word” Nature Education Program, 1-3 p.m. at Fox Ridge, just steps from the Lodge’s doors. Free. Info: 815-220-7386 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

Registration for Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars – Free 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Davis Park. Date: Sept. 1, immediately following Labor Day parade. For boys & girls, grades 3-8. Free tourney T-shirt for all players. Register by Aug. 27. Go to Parent must sign consent form at event or in advance. Proof of grade level may be required on game day. Info: 815-987-7557.

Dine out at Lucha Cantina in September and Help End Childhood Hunger – Lucha Cantina, Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1641 N. Alpine Road. Support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Lucha’s guests will be given the chance to make a $5 donation in exchange for a coupon redeemable in Oct. or Nov. for $5 off check total and a free order of chips & guacamole. Info:

Registration for Education Outlook Luncheon – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m. Speaker Dr. Ehren Jarrett. Register 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 Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults – Creekside Place, Evansville. Dates: Sept. 5-Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. Register at 608-758-8455 or

Registration for Master Gardener Training – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Suite 10, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 5-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $175. Pre-registration is required. Info: 815-732-2191 or or

Registration for Paddle Expedition on Lower Sugar River – Meet at Yale
Bridge Road boat landing. Unload and shuttle vehicles to end point at Two Rivers Forest Preserve boat landing on Shirland Road. Date: Sept. 6, 1 p.m. (approx. 2 hours). For intermediate to advanced paddlers; not for beginnners. All paddlers will be required to wear PFDs. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver exempting LSRWA of liability. Free, but please contact Meredith Tripp to register at

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

The Arc of Winnebago County has solidified its Fall/Winter Program Schedule. To register for classes or for more information, call The Arc at 815-965-3455.

Participants and Volunteers Needed for Run Walk Wheel for RAMP – Formerly known as RAMP’s Rockford Wheel-A-Thon. Rockford Orthopedic and RunRight Clinic offer a Half Marathon, 5K Run and 3K Walk/Wheel plus a Kids’ Fun Run. Date: Aug. 30. 6:30-7 a.m. Walk-up Registration, 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon Start. 8 a.m. 5K Start. 9 a.m. Kids Fun Run. 9:15 a.m. 3K Walk & Wheel. 9:30 a.m. 5K Awards. 10:30 a.m. Half Marathon Awards. Register online at Paper registration and payment is due and postmarked by Aug. 25; online registration due by Aug. 29. Dave of race registration available on-site for a higher fee. All 5K and1/2 Marathon runners will get a free race jersey and all Walk/Wheel participants will get a free T-shirt when raising or paying a registration fee of $25.

Applications Accepted for Richard J. McGrath Endowment Fund – Heritage Credit Union. Applications accepted until Aug. 31. One application per organization is allowed a year; can be downloaded at or picked up at any Heritage Credit Union branch location. Mail to: Richard J. McGrath Endowment Fund c/o Heritage Credit Union, 1212 Huxley St., Madison, WI 53704. Application review process will be completed by Oct. 15; awards will be distributed no later than Nov. 30.

Registration for19th Annual Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IATC) Bike Ride – Cyclists will travel through a five-county area of northwestern Illinois. Dates: Sept. 1-3. Riders can participate for one or two days and choose from routes that run approx. 40 or 80 miles. Vehicle road support and safely scouted, marked routes are planned. Participation is flexible, desired riding speed is 12-15 mph. Register at 309-557-2230.

Registration for Lighten UP! Class – Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 N. Janesville, Wis. Dates: Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice b ooklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

Registration for Trip to Madison Quilt Expo – Leave from Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Sept. 4. Leave at 8 a.m. , return approx. 5:30 p.m. Cost: $40 for RRC members, $45, non-members; includes transportation, snacks on the bus, admission to quilt exhibits, stage presentatiions and vendor mall. Pre-paid registration is required by cash, check or credit. Info: 815-732-3252 or 800-541-5479 or

Nominees sought for “Spirit of Caring” Award – Crusader Community Health. To submit a nomination, identify the individual or organization you are nominating and how they have helped others.; describe impact as a leader; how the community has benefitted and/or length and depth of service commitment (not more than two pages). Include your name, address and telephone number, along with name and address of nominee. Deadline: Sept. 5. Mail to “Spirit of Caring,” Crusader Community Health, 1200 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102 or Fax (815) 490-1823 or email

Mark the Date for Greek Fest 2014 – Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St. (corner of 5th & Market). Dates: Sept. 5, 6, 7. Authentic Greek food. Akrites Dance Troupe will perform. Greek band Rythmos will play. Purchase beer at the Taverna, pastries at the bakery, find gifts at the Agora; church will be open for tours. Enter the raffle. Tickets: $20 each or 6 tickets for $10. Free admission.

Mark the Date for 5th Annual Rock River Sweep – Settlers Park, Rockton. Date: Sept. 6. Meet at 9 a.m., get sector assignments, work until noon. Bring back the trash and celebrate. Use the picnic shelter below the bank. Please wear your Sweep shirt from last year. Family groups, individuals of all ages needed, canoes, kayaks, boats. RSVP: Loren Floto, 815-624-7622.

Registration for 2014 Fatman Olympics – Roland Olson Forest Preerve, 9669 Atwood Road, Roscoe. Date: Sept. 6, noon. Provided: Meats, refreshments, T-shirt (while supplies last to those who do not RSVP in advance). Cost: $25 adults BYOB, kids under 12, $10 (to participate).Fun “sporting” events. To pre-register, send a check with your shirt size to: Buster Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Brad Lindsay, 2209 Winding Creek Drive, Belvidere, IL 61008. Info: 815-751-7663 or 815-382-6854.

Registration for 14th Annual Grandparents Day Dinner & Awards Banquet – Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 7, 2 p.m. Tickets: $30. Nominations are being accepted for Grandmother, Grandfather and Grandparents of the year contest. Mail letters to Lacledes Heart Ministries, P.O. Box 14082, Rockford, IL 61102 or email to Deadline for contest is midnight, Aug. 25. Info: 815-243-3073.

Mark the Date for Free Monthly Nature Hike – Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. Date: Sept. 7, 9 a.m. Meet at south side entrance lot. If weather is questionable, call 815-874-7576.

Registration for MELD on the Rock – Prairie Street Brew House, 200 Prairie St. Date: Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m. Casual dining with music by Men of Our Times. Dinner, music, chance to win a Rock donated by Mincemoyer Jewelry and a 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets: $15/person (advance: online at or purchase at Mincemoyer Jewelry, Stillman Banks, Fifth Third Banks and MELD office. Ticket price at door is $20/person. Tables of 8 for $120 (in advance ) or $160 at the door. Info: 815-633-6353, ext. 10

Registration for Sewing/Construction and Pattern Drafting Classes – Rock Valley College, Classroom Bldg. II, Room 222, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Dates: Sept. 11-Oct.16, 6-9 p.m. Instructor Eric W. Stiles Sr. Cost: $320 for 6 sessions , Thurs. only. Maximum enrollment: 12. Students must bring their own sewing machine, 3-subject spiral notebook, #2 pencils. Class materials (additional $35-$45). Class supply list at: Register early at

Mark the Date for Cruise Night – Roscoe Center, 5482-5544 Elevator Road. Date: Sept. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Patriotic theme with music. Korean veterans will present colors and play Taps. Everyone who registers qualified vehicles receives a free patriotic baseball cap and raffle ticket for prizes. Info: 773-528-7776.

Space Still Available for Vendors for Lifescape’s Senior Expo – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Sept. 11-12. Info: or 815-490-1111.

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.

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

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

Order Tickets for Whitetails Unlimited Banquet – Lino’s, 5611 E. State St. Date: Sept. 18, Chicken parmigiana dinner, auction and prizes; firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, etc. Social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7. Tickets: $45 each, $20 couples or $15 for children 15 and younger. Deadline: Sept. 13; tickets will not be sold at the door. Info: 815-289-4834 or WTU at 800-274-5471 or

Registration for”Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Harvard-Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley, Harvard. Date: Sept. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Mark the Date for Program by an Academic Opposed to Common Core State Standards – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. Date: Sept. 19, 6:30-9 p.m. Dr. Duke Pesta is a UW-Oshkosh professor of English who testified before a Wisconsin legislature committee about this program. Free-will offering.

Mark the Date for Recovery Rally on the Rock –Rockford Trolley Sation, 324 N. Madison St. Date: Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Recovery speakers, music, raffles, food. Celebration of Recovery’s 25th anniversary .

Registration for”Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – DeKalb Park District, Sports & Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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:

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).

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.

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.

STOMP Out Bullying and Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention – Bergner’s supports the “STOMP Out Bullying” back-to-school campaign running Aug. 1-Oct. 31. This is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for children and teens. Customers can purchase blue shirts at the department store and online to support the effort.

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 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 Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue

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