Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Sept. 17-23, 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.

Becca’s Closet – Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave. Serves as a boutique that collects and distributes formalwear free of charge to young women from Rockford and surrounding communities who would not otherwise be able to attend formal events. Open 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays thru Oct. 6. Items can be donated at various locations and times. Info: 815-962-4279 or

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. Closed for the season. 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.

Native American Awareness Committee – Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Meets 4th Tues. every month. Now planning for 20th Annual “Honor the Mounds” in 2015. Looking forward to making new friends and getting new members. Info: Mac “Spotted Horse” at 779-423-1260.

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.

Represent.Us Rockford – Meetings at Kate’s Pie Shop inside East Branch of Rockford Public Library, 6685 E. State St. the second Saturday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m.

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.

Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church – 318 N. Church St. Sunday worship: 10 a.m. Info: 815-963-8481.

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.

West Rock Wake Park – Levings Lake, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave. Various prices for different riders. Reservations strongly recommended. Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Info: 815-596-9025 or

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:

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 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: Sept. 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 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 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 Youth Development Soccer Program – Lions ‘82 S.C. at Hawes Park, Roscoe. Dates: 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.

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 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 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.

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 $30 coupon redeemable in Oct. or Nov. for $5 off check total and a free order of chips & guacamole. Info: or

Mark the Dates for Lifescape Community Services New Transportation Program – Beginning in Sept., Lifescape will offer community transportation to selected stores every week. Every Wednesday, the bus will run from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 17: Walmart, E. Riverside Blvd. Sept. 24: Schnucks Supermarket, Charles St. Info: 815-963-1609.

Registration for Master Gardener Training – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 5-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register at 815-544-3710.

Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. For ages 5-8, next 5-week evening sessions begin Nov. 23. Fee for each session is $40 per person ($50 non-resident). For ages 8-11, next sessions begin Sept. 19 and Nov. 21. Fee per session is $65 per person ($75 non-resident). Info: 815-987-8800.

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.

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

Registration for Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Sept. 8 and 22, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25 per couple or $12.50 for an individual Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

Registration for HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: Sept. 22, 29, 5-6 p.m. New non-surgical, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Info: 815-227-2274.

Registration for Fall Watershed Forum Series #2 – Lower Sugar River Watershed Association. Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, Wis. Date: Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m. Info:

Registration for Shooting and Stick Handling Clinic – Jr. IceHogs Off-Ice Training Facility, Rockford. Dates: Sept.8-29, Oct. 6-27 and Nov. 3-24, 6-6:45 p.m. For players ages 6 and older. Fee: $30 ($35 non-resident). Info: 815-969-4069 or 815-987-8800.

Registration for Puck Stoppers – Jr. IceHogs Off-Ice Training Facility, Rockford. Dates: Sept. 8-29, Oct. 6-27 and Nov. 3-24, 6-6:45 p.m. Ages 6 and older. Fee: $40 ($50 non-resident. Info: 815-969-4069 or 815-987-8800.

Registration for Lighten UP! Class – Central Lutheran Church, 100 W. Rolliln, Edgerton, Wis. Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 31,10-11:30 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.

Registration for Living Well Workshops – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 N., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Sept. 16-Oct. 21, 5:30-8 p.m. For adults with chronic health conditions and their caregivers. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $15. Info: 608-758-8455.

Registration for Park District Indoor Swim Lessons – Rolling Green School, 3615 West Gate Pkwy. Dates: Begins Sept. 17and 18 for 8-week evening sessions for ages 5-17. Cost: $75 per session ($85 non-resident). Particfipants will receive one free 2015 one-day admission to Magic Waters and five free one-use admissions for 2015 public swim sessions at Alpine or Sand Park pools. Fee asistance may be avaiilable. Register at least one week prior to start of session. Info: 815-987-8800 or (click My RPD).

Registration for RAMP’s 2nd Annual DeKalb County Changing Attitudes Breaking Barriers Luncheon – Faranda’s, 302 Grove St., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 18, 11:45 a.m. Speaker Brian R. King. Tickets: $35 each. Info: RAMP at 815-756-3202 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 Violence Prevention Collaborative’s 15th Annual Peace Awards Luncheon & Forum – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 18, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Also: Forum: “A Conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi”, 9:30– 11:15 a.m. Registration at 9 a.m. Cost for Luncheon and/or Forum: $35. Reserve at 815-720-4261. Luncheon choice: Marinated breast of chicken or Vegetarian entree. Please indicate meal choice when making your reservation.

Registration for Chamber Expo Icebreaker Luncheon: Understanding Body Language for Increasing Sales – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: Sept. 18, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker Jim Zalud. Cost: $25. Register at

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.

Registration for Walmart Roscoe/Rockton Community Blood Drive – Walmart, 4781 E. Rockton Road, Rockton. Date: Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call Walmart Pharmacy at 815-389-4940 or RRVBC toll free at 1-877-RRVBC-99 or visit

Registration for SPAY ILLINOIS Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. Date: Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Various vaccines offered, by appointment only; call 877-475-7729 to schedule. Cash and Visa, MasterCard and Discover debit or credit cards accepted. No personal checks. Open to everyone. No residency or income restrictions apply. Info: 877-475-7729.

Mark the Date for “Fighting Common Core: Round 2” – 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. Enter the word “Common” in Event Brite for Rockford events to reserve your place. Seating is limited. Questions, email or call Jean at 815-797-2595.

Mark the Date for Free Dental Care for those without dental insurance – Dental Group of Rockford, 3065 N. Perryville Road, Suite 125. Date: Sept. 20, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Either one free cleaning, filling or extraction per patient. First come, first served. Info: 815-637-2273.

LOLTOS Social – Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Date Sept. 20. Gather in lobby at 9:30 a.m. Entertainment in auditorium at 10 a.m. Organist Dennis Scott will accompany a silent film. Open to the public; free.

Mark the Date for “Autumn on the Prairie” – Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, 3 miles northwest of Franklin Grove, on Lowden Road. Date: Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include more than 25 steward-guided tours of prairie and savannas, educational exhibits, butterfly hikes, self-guided prairie plant exploration hikes and rides in a horse-drawn or tractor-pulled wagon. Live music, local artists, activity tent, live raptor display. Free and open to the public.

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

Mark the Date for Blood and Marrow Drive for Sickle Cell Patient – Hope Fellowship Church, 1135 E. State St. Date: Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For 10-yr-old Malik. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call Malik’s mother, La’Keshia at 712-202-8592 or email at

Order Tickets for Winnebago County Republicans Constitution Day Program – Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford. Date: Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m. breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by program. Speaker Prof. Robert Evans. Also Kevin Kjellstrom and Matt Miller. Tickets: $25, includes choice of selected breakfast and beverage. Tickets can be purchased by mail (payable to WCRCC at 515 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103) or on Events page of the website Reservations are strongly recommended.

Mark the Date for Free Nature Program Night Hike – Atwood Nature Center, Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. Date: Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m. Drop-in program; no registration required. Groups of five or more are asked to phone ahead to notify staff. Info: 815-987-8800.

Order Tickets for Comedy for a Cause Fund-raiser – Jane Fargo Hotel, downtown Sycamore. Date: Sept. 20. Benefits KishHealth Cancer Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Limited number of “Laugh & Stay” hotel packages for $99. Call The Fargo at 815-895-6789.

Mark the Date for Rockford Writers Guild Program – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St Date: Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. Speaker Scott Williams of Burpee will talk about connecting forging new discoveries in science history to new discoveries in writing. Cash writing contests. Poetry Contest winners share winning poems at the mic.

Registration for “Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. Dates: Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. and Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be presented via computer. Cost per session: $5. Advance registration is needed. Info: 815-544-3710 or

Registration for Cheer on Ice – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Dates: Sessions begin Sept. 23 and Nov. 4. Fee is $45 ($50 non-resident). Synchronized Skating: Next sessions begin Sept. 27 and Nov. 8. Fee is $45 ($50 non-resident). New Family Skating Program: So You Want to Learn to Skate? – classes designed for all ages (3 and older).Sessions begin Sept. 27 and Nov. 8 at Carlson Ice Arena. Info: 815-969-4069 or (click My RPD).

Registration for RVC & Rockford University Career & Internship Fair – Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Job seekers who pre-register will have their resumes forwarded to employers before the fair. To pre-register, go to

Registration for Life Skills Classes: Anger Management – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Ages 5-16. Four-week session. Wed., Sept. 24-Oct. 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Cost: $20. Info: 815-965-3455.

Order Tickets for 8th Annual RDA Fall Cook’s Tour of Downtown – Date: Sept. 24. Eight downtown establishments: Abreo, Bamboo Asian Noodles and Tapas Bar, Chocolate by Daniel, Deli Italia, Irish Rose, Social Urban Bar & Restaurant, and Vintage@501. Tickets: $35 each; purchase at restaurants on tour or on River District website at

Mark the Date for Lecture by Author Dr. Amina Gautier – Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Dr. Gautier is winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her short story collect At-Risk. Q & A session to follow. Free, open to all.

Registration for Northern Illinois Reading Council’s Fall Literacy Conference – Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. Date: Sept. 25, 4-8 p.m. speaker Dr. Maria Walther. Break-out sessions for conference participants. CPDUs are available for educators. Boxed lunch available for $7 from 4-5:30 p.m., for those who preorder. Registration cost: $15, current NIRC members; if joining now, pay member price. $30 for non-NIRC members. $5 for undergraduate students (non-NIRC members). Free for a school administrator who registers with a teacher, free for literacy grant recipients. Make checks payable to NIRC, postmarked by Sept. 15. Mail to Tracy Jaconette, 1922 Clinton St., Rockford, IL 61103, Attn: Fall Conference. After Sept. 15, you may pay at the door.

Registration for Rosie’s Birthday Club Fund-raiser – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 25, 5-8 p.m. Tickets: $50 or a table of 8 for $375. Includes meal, beverage and dessert. Live cake decordating and a cake auction. Reserve at or call 815-543-7770.

Registration for LEAN 8-week Weight Loss Program – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Begins Sept. 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $120. No eligibility requirements; classes are open to those looking to lose weight or be healthier. Info: 815-227-2274.

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.

Mark the Date for Free Coin Appraisal – First National Bank and Trust, 300 E. Main St., Rockton. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get appraisals, sell coins.

Registration for “Colors and Flavors of Latin America” Annual Recognition Banquet – 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. Tickets: $60 per person or $750 for corporate table of 8. RSVP by Sept. 12. Info: 815-965-5784 or

Order Tickets for 10th Annual Rock River Valley Pantry Fund-raiser – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Sept. 26. Greetings and cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Between courses, special items will be auctioned, unique handcrafted “Empty Bowls” and fine art created by select local artists. Tickets: $75/person and $700 for a table of 10. Reserve at 815-965-2466.

Reistration for SAVANT Fall Prairie Harvest Day – Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton. Date: Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Seed collecting of native prairie grasses and wildflowers. Individuals, families, scout troops, service clubs, employee teams, all groups welcome. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves/pants, bring your own gloves. Free, but registration is requested. Info: 815-964-6666 or email

Mark the Date for “Buy A Mom A Mammogram Program” – Fifth Third Bank, 3936 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford; 3154 McFarland Rd., Rockford; 1111 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford. Date: Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 312-345-1322.

Registration for Easter Seals “Walk With Me” – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. Date: Sept. 27. Registration 7:30 a.m. Walk/5k starts at 9 a.m. Support Easter Seals programs. Teams are forming now. Go: or call Cindy at 815-961-7840.

Registration for IOCC 5K Walk/Run – St. Andrew’s parish, Chicago. Date: Sept. 27. Funds raised will go to help those in areas of need. Register online at

Registration for Light The Night Walk – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Martin Park, 5600 Park Ridge Road, Loves Park. Date: Sept. 27. Rachel Elliot, survivor, will be recognized at 5:45 p.m. Walk begins at sundown. This is a 2-mile, non-competitive walk. To register for local walk, call 312-651-7354 or visit

Registration for Science Super Saturday Workshop – Community Building Complex, 111 W. First St., Belvidere. Date: Sept. 27, Registration, 8:40-9 a.m. Fee: $15 per 4-Her or $20 per non-4-Her. For youth 8-13 years old, 5 hands-on youth workshops. Pre-registration of all classes is required by Sept. 22. Online registration at or call Ogle County Extension office at 815-732-2191.

Registration for Sibling Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: Sept. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Help children adjust to the arrival of a new baby. Cost: $5 per family. Register at 815-227-2695.

Mark the Date for Autumn Pioneer Festival – Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere. Dates: Sept. 27-28. Travel back to the 1800s for a look at lifestyles and crafts of the day. Purchase fresh vegetables or visit the ethnic gardens, the voyagers’ encampment and two historic log cabins. Admission free, but donations are accepted. Suggested: $5 per family.

Registration for “Learning About Alzheimer’s Disease: The Fun Way” – DeKalb Park District, Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb. Date: Sept 30, 10-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Mark the Date for NIU Recruitment Fair for Graduate Programs – NIU Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb. Date: Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Area graduate and professional schools are invited to participate to recruit students. Info: 815-753-8346 or

Registration for “Living Well with Diabetes” – Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. Date: Oct. 1, 9 a.m. Facilitated by Marilyn Csernus, MS, RD, CDE, dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Free. Info: 815-544-9893, in person, or at U of I Extension at or 815-544-3710.

Registration for 5th Annual YWCA Wine, Women & Purses – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Date: Oct. 2, 5:30-9 p.m. Funds raised will help provide programming. Info: 815-968-9681.

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 Oktoberfest – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Oct. 3, 4. German Society of Rockford. German food, music and fun. German souvenirs, crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities. Live music by various bands. Dance troup performs. VIP party pack , $40. Tickets, $14 for 2 days, at all area Schnucks, or call Toni Beck at 815-222-9937 or Marika Mertz at 815-985-8838.

Registration for ACT Strategies – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Oct. 4, 18, 20, 21, 22, various times. Prep classes to help high school students improve ACT exam scores. Cost: $145. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Mark the Date for Solar Tour – Hosted by Illinois Renewable Energy Association. Date: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Names and addresses of hosts will be provided on the week of the tour. Info: 815-732-7332..

Registration for Illinois Paranormal Conference – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. With Steve Litteral from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford. Featured speaker: Rosemary Ellen Guilley, expert on the paranormal, plus others. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Reserve at or call Kathi at 815-871-4239.

Registration for Post-Conference Event: Public Paranormal Investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage with Dale Kaczmarek – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St. Date: Oct. 4, 8-11 p.m. Renowned Ghost Investigator Dale Kaczmarek and his Ghost Research Society team investigate the claims of ghostly activity in this historic location. You may bring your own equipment or use theirs. Cost: $30 per person. Special combination price for those who attend the Illinois Paranormal Conference and this Post-Conference event. Reserve at or call 815-871-4239.

Mark the Date for 40th Cider n‘ Cinnamon Arts & Crafts Fair – Edgebrook Shopping Center,1639 N. Alpine Road. Dates: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nearly 70 local vendors, live music, all Edgebrook merchants and eateries will be open for business.

Mark the Date for Boone County Farm Stroll – University of Illinois Extension, Boone Couty. Date: Oct. 5, noon-5 p.m. Choosewhich farms you want to see and hit the road. Free, but individual farms may charge admission or activity fees. Bring cash to purchase food or other items at the farms. Dress appropriately for a farm visit in layered, all-weather clothing & sturdy shoes that can get dirty. Visit or call 815-544-3710.

Mark the Date for Boone County Farm Stroll – University of Illinois Extension. Date: Oct. 5, noon-5 p.m. More than a dozen family farms producing food, fiber and fun will be open to the public. Farm tours, demonstrations and local food sampling and sales. Prepared food will be available for purchase at several locations. Pick up your map at th Extension office in Belvidere, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3, next to Shopko, the day of event or before. Info: Facebook (Boone County Farm Stroll), or or 815-544-3710.

Registration for “Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road, Room A147. Date: Oct. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Associaqtion at 815-484-1300.

Registration for Free Breast Cancer Awareness Program – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topic: “Planting the Seeds of Hope”. Attendees can arrive at 5:30 p.m. to register and browse healthcare exhibits. Dr. Bill Gorski will give an update on the Regional Cancer Center. guest speaker: Dr. Lee Gravatt Wilke, professor of surgery and director of UW Breast Center. Everyone who attends wilol receive a free gift and a gift certificaqte for $10 off a therapeutic massage. To register, visit or call HealthConnect at 815-968-2500.

Registration for Crock Pot Meals and Savory Soups Program – University of Illinois Extension, Boone Coiunty, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: Oct. 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Fee: $5 per person. Register at or call 815-544-3710.

Registration for Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 6 and 20, 7-9 p.m. Choose either date. Cost: $25 per couple or $12.50 individual. Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

Registration for Pediatric Services Pre-Operation Safari Tour – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Mon., Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Tues., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Tours at 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Helps children know what to expect before surgery. Free. Registerat 815-227-2055.

Registration for HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 5-6 p.m. New, non-surgicel, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Register at 815-227-2274.

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

Call for Nominations for Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit and Expo 2014 Awards – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Oct. 9-10. Nominations are due Sept. 29; can be accessed online at

Registration for 2014 Robotics Camp – Klehm Arboretum, Clarcor Pavilion, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Open to youth ages 9-12. Cost: $5 per participant, which includes supplies to build robots. Deadline: Oct. 9. Register at or 815-986-4357.

Registration for Fall for the Forest Preserves: Free Family Fun Day – Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve. Date: Oct. 11, noon-3 p.m. Includes door prizes, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s crafts, hikes, fall treats and scavenger hunt. Free 9-hole golf will be offered from noon-3 p.m.Reserve your tee time up to one week in advance. Atwood: 815-623-2411; Ledges, 815-389-0979; Macktown, 815-624-7410.

Mark the Date for LSSI’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program Volunteer Fair – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St. Date: Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP connects volunteers 55 years and older with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. Info: 815-397-7103.

Order Tickets for Ron White: Nutcracker Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Info: or BMO Harris Bank Center box office.

Ostende Dance Club looking for Couples who Love to Dance – Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club invites couples to join the 2014-15 dance season. Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from Oct.-May. Season kicks off Oct. 11 at Cliffbreakers in Rockford. Dinner will be a seasonal offering; dance to music of Dick Elliott Orchestra. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.

Nominations wanted for Northern Illinois Red Ribbon Program “Making a Difference Awards” – In conjunction with Red Ribbon Drug Prevention and Wellness Fun Fair. Date: Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nominations can be sent to Red Ribbon, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford, IL 61103 with a brief explanationof how the nominee is making a positive impact on our youith along with their mission statement. Deadline: Oct. 3.

Registration for Webinar: “Staying on Good Terms with Credit” – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Suite 10, Oregon. Date: Oct. 21, 4 p.m. Webinar about choosing the best credit cards and loans, how to avoid common debt mistakes. Free. Register at

Registration for Life Skills Classes: Health/Wellness – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Four-week session. Dates: Tues. or Wed., Oct. 28-Nov. 19. When registering, indicate which day you would like to attend. Cost: $20. Info: 815-965-3455.

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).

Ride the Track Tralley at Rockford City Market – Rockford Park District’s Trolley Car #36 operates during downtown City Market on Water St., Fridays, May 30-Oct. 2014 from 3-8 p.m. after Labor Day, rides will operate from 3-7 p.m. Trolley will pick up and drop off passengers at the Market Street entrance to City Market and at the Trolley Station next to Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Fee: $2/passenger, children ages 4 and younger, free. Tickets available for purchase on board the Trolley; first-come, first-served, cash and credit accepted.

Pints for Prostates” at Olympic Tavern – The Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St., is marking Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by promoting prostate cancer awareness and raising funds for the national “Pints for Prostates” campaign thru September. During the month, patrons can buy any Bell’s beer on tap, and the Olympic will donate 50 cents to Pints for Prostates cancer charity. Bell’s Brewery will match the donation. The Olympic will also host a Screw City Beer Fest pre-party Sept. 5 and give away the last two SCBF VIP tickets in existence. Guests can enter the drawing by purchasing a $5 Pints for Prostates wristband on the day of the event. Special firkin tapping, rare beers on draught, and brewery representatives will be on hand.

Volunteer Opportunities at Carpenter’s Place – Donation pick-up at Starbucks: Volunteer is responsible for picking up donations of pastries at approx. 8 a.m. every Monday at Starbucks on Bell School Road and Starbucks at Forest Plaza on East State St. Volunteer then delives the donation to Carpenter’s Place. Volunteers are also responsible for returning the bins to Starbucks for the next donation. One volunteer is adequate, so a “team” could be organized to rotate the pickup. Office Assistance: 2-hour (or more) shifts. Accept and process donations of clothing, household, personal care, and food items on weekdays – mornings and afternoons available. Skills needed: organization, relational skills for donor interaction, willingness to serve. Filing and data entry skills a bonus. Info: 815-964 -4105.

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 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

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.

Registration for Veterans 5K Run & Walk – Sinnissippi Bike Path, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford. Date: Nov. 8. Begins at 9 am. Check-in and registration 7:30-8:30 a.m. Packet pickup Nov. 6 at I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, Riverview Lobby, from 4-7 p.m. $25 registration fee includes the run, an event T-shirt, food & beverages following the run. Prizes awarded for top 3 finishers in each age category and top 3 overall. $10 registration fee for children age 13 and younger. Discount for RRR. Online registration at or call 815-289-8386 for more info.

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

United Way is recruiting Volunteer Readers and Mentors – Sign up for Rock River Valley’s I READ program; help kindergarten students learn to read. Info: 815-986-4806, or visit

Volleyball Open Gym Fridays at ISC – Indoor Sports Center welcomes volleyball players ages 18 and older (and players ages 15-17 with waiver signed by a parent) to open gym sessions held 8:30-11:30 p.m. most Fridays, Sept. 5-Oct. 24 and Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5 and 12 and various Friday dates in 2015. Fee: $5/visit ($6 non-resident) for drop-in program. Info: 815-885-1135.

Sign Up for Jr. NFL Cheer-Camp – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Camp runs Tues. and Thurs., Sept. 16-25, 6-6:45 p.m. Fee: $35/participant ($40 non-resident), includes a camp T-shirt, award and hair bow. Register by Sept. 9 online at (click Register Now), by mail, fax (with credit card) or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800, 815-962-7469 or email

Sign Up for Jr. NFL Flag Football Mini-Camp – Camp runs Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 22-25, 6-6:45 p.m. at Brown Park, 2010 N. Main St., Rockford. Fee: $35/participant ($40 non-resident), includes a T-shirt, award and NFL certificate. Register by Sept. 15 either online at (click Register Now), by mail, fax, (with credit card) or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800, 815-962-7469 or e-mail

Build It! Make It! Exhibit open again – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., hosts this popular exhibit, back again to run thru Jan. 4, 2015. Variety of building toys and materials to choose from. Workshops will be included with admission. Free for members, $10 for the public (includes general admission).

Registration for AARP Smart Driver Course – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Dates: Sept. 25-26, 12-4 p.m. Cost: $15 for AARP members, $20 non-members. Prepaid fee is required and payable to AARP, c/o Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, IL 61061. Your AARP number must be included for the discount. Those completing the course will receive a certificate which may entitle them to premium reduction for three years with most companies.

Registration for Adult Yoga – UW-Rock County Office of Continuing Education, Hyatt Smith Hall, Room 120, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Sept. 29-Dec. 15, 6-7 p.m. Non-competitive class for any fitness level. Bring a yoga mat. Fee: $75. Info: ;608-758-6565, ext. 360 or

Park District Gift Card/Golf Bonus Card offer extended thru Sept. 30 – Golf Rockford Bonus Card is worth $15 to anyone who purchases a $100 gift card thru Sept. 30. The Bonus Card may be used for golf cart rental, range balls, and greens fees at any Rockford Park District golf course until Oct. 31. Gift cards are sold at Park District Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford and at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside & Perryville, Loves Park, and all five Rockford Park District golf courses. Info: 815-968-7529.

Riverboat and Rail-based Trolley Season extended thru Oct. 19 – Rockford Park District’s Forest City Queen riverboat and rail-based Trolley Car 36 have extended their operational season and will continue to offer public excursion rides Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 19, departing at 1, 2, and 3 p.m., weather and river conditions permitting. Select dates and times are still avaiilable for 2-hour Forest City Queen dinner cruises. Trolley rides at Rockford City Market will continue thru Oct. 17. Info: 815-987-8894 or 815-987-8800.

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue

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