Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Oct. 15-21, 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. Hosts lectures the third Thursday of each month thru October, and the second Tuesday of November. 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. New: Krav Maga 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.

Frank Lloyd Wright Museum – Laurent House Foundation announces that the tour season has been extended and will remain open year round. Info:

YMCA of Rock River Valley – I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., 815-489-1252. Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. 815-489-3352.

Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.

Registration Needed

Registration for Awana Children’s Program – Prince of Peace Church, 2336 Freeport Road, Rockton. All children welcome; pre-school thru 6th grade. Regular program hours: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. One-time registration fee per year is $25, which includes a lesson book and carrying bag. Sponsors to help with registration costs are welcome. Info: or 815-624-2115.

Registration for After School Thursday Ice Skating Sessions – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Dates: Thurs., thru May 28, 2015, 3:30-4:50 p.m. For children in grades Pre-K-12. Fee for students and adult/chaperones is $3/person including skate rental. Register at or 815-969-4069.

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: Oct. 25, 26. Admission: $15/person. Best suited for children over age 8. Season has been extended thru the year. 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

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 Balance Classes – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Advanced Balance Classes – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Dance Fitness – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 11-11:40 a.m. Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate rate and senior citizens 65 and older); /430 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perrryville Road. 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 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 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 Shooting and Stick Handling Clinic – Jr. IceHogs Off-Ice Training Facility, Rockford. Dates: 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: 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 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 Cheer on Ice – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Dates: Sessions begin Nov. 4. Fee is $45 ($50 non-resident). Synchronized Skating: Next sessions begin 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 Nov. 8 at Carlson Ice Arena. Info: 815-969-4069 or (click My RPD).

Donate Blood with the American Red Cross in support of organ transplant and other patients. October is Liver Awareness Month. To make an appointment, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 , visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Registration for Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. 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. 13, 20, 27 and Tues., Oct. 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 “Flow Motion” – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates: Mon., Oct. 12, 19, 26, 7:30-8:15 a.m.; Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; and Fri., Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:15-7 p.m. Helps enhance relaxation and reduce stress. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate and senior citizens 65 ad older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for “Golden Motion” – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates Mon., Oct. 12, 19, 26, 8:20-8:50 a.m.; Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; and Fri., Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. For people 50 and older; designed to increase endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate and senior citizens 65 ad older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for “Loosen Up” – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates: Mon., Oct. 12, 19, 26, 10:30-11:10 a.m.; Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; and Fri., Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Designed to release muscle tension through stretching and flexibility movements. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate and senior citizens 65 ad older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Piloxing – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates: Tues., Oct. 13, 20, 27, 6-6:45 p.m. and Thurs. Oct. 15, 22, 29, 6-7 p.m. Blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Also features dance moves that promote muscle-toning and fat-burning. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate and senior citizens 65 ad older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Power Pilates Express – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Dates: Mon., Oct. 12, 19, 26, 12;15-12:45 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 5-5:25 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29. Cost: Purchase a day pass to attend any or all classes offered that day or pay for a month to attend an unlimited number of classes and use the fitness center facility. Day pass: $5; Monthly pass: $25 (corporate and senior citizens 65 ad older); $30 (automatic withdrawal with credit card); $35 (cash or check per month). Joiner/Evaluation fee: $25. Info: 815-395-4591.

Mark the Date for Ken-Rock Youth BasketballProgram – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80 includes shirt and end-of-season award for K-4th grade. Pre-K children will pay $50 which includes shirt, basketball and end-of-season award for 6-week instructional class. All games will be held on Saturdays. Info: 815-398-8864.

Order Tickets for “Life in Motion” feat. Cashore Marionettes – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Date: Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Joseph Cashore’s complex stringed puppets have performed around the world. More than a puppet show, this performance showcases Cashore’s masterworks in a powerful, entertaining, surprising evening that will be best appreciated by adults, teens and children over age 8. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 children under 18, free to UW-Rock County students. Can be purchased at the door before the show or in advance at Hyatt Smith Hall on campus or by phone at 608-758-6565, ext. 100.

Registration for Lecture: “Ikebana: History and Style” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Ms. Kazuko Bressler will speak about the Japanese art of flower arranging. Cost: Free to Anderson Garden members, $5 for non-members. Reserve at 815-316-3307.

Amenti Haunted House Looking for Volunteers – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Haunted House will be open Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26, Oct. 30-31, and Nov. 1. Amenti features 20 different scenes on 6 different levels throughout the theatre. Volunteers are needed Oct. 4-16 to help load-in and build the haunted house. Also Oct. 17-Nov. 1 during nights the house is open to help as actors, security, ticket taking, costumes and makeup. Also Nov. 2-12 to help with the load out of the haunted house. Info: 815-758-1215.

Mark the Date for Wellness & Resource Fair – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Workshops, screenings, demonstrations. Info: U of I Extension, 815-732-2191 or Rock River Center, 815-732-7332.

How to Stand Out in Search for a Great Job in Advertising, Marketing and Communication” – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Date: Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker Martha Carrigan, president and CEO of Big Shoes Midwest. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Registration is available online at

Registration for “Murdered in Their Beds!” Presentation by Troy Taylor – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. A chillilng look at a series of ax murders that occurred in the Midwest during the early 1900s. Taylor follows the trail of a mysterious, sinister killer across several states. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Info: 815-871-4239 or

Mark the Date for Household Hazardous Waste Event – Ogle County Farm Bureau parking lot, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Also collecting lead acid batteries. Serenity Hospice and Home and the Village of Progress will collect useable clothing, textiles, shoes and belts for resale or recycling. Latex paints not accepted. For residential generated wastes only.

Registration for Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Doggy Day Spa, 300 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Date: Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Various packages available for dogs and cats. By appointment only. Call 877-475-7729 or go to

Registration for Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle Stage Caregivers – Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., McHenry. Date: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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.

Mark the Date for Household Hazardous Waste Event – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A separate area will accept textiles and other items for reuse or recycling. Info: 815-732-4020.

Registration for Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Doggy Day Spa, 300 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Date: Oct. 18, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Clinic is by appointment; call 877-475-7729. Dog well pack includes 1-year rabies shot, 6 in 1 distemper combo, bordetella, and heartworm test for only $65 (plus county tag). Cat well pack is $45, includes 1-year rabies shot, FVRCP distemper combo, and FeLv vaccine. Also low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats. Info:

Registration for RPS 205 Basketball Coaches Clinic – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. Use the new field house entrance on the east side. Date: Oct. 18. Runs from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Open to basketball coaches at all levels; coaches outside RPS 205 are also welcome. $25 entry fee includes the clinic, lunch and gift. Register at or 815-966-8960.

Registration for Insect Outing & Collection Event – Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area at the W. Smith Road parking lot. Date: Oct. 18,3 p.m. start time; collecting stations will remain open into the night for moths and other night-flying insects . Participants bring items for after-dark activities, including headlamp or flashlight, and dress for the field and cool temperatures. Bring snacks and beverages; be prepared for mosquitoes if temps remain warm. Info:

Registration for REFIND: 24th Annual Dinner Gala – Downtown Freeport, 28 W. Main St. Date: Oct. 18. Benefit for Freeport Art Museum. 6 p.m. social hour, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. art auction. Tickets: $95 each, must be purchased in advance. Exhibit features artists Jesus Correa, John Deill, Jeremy Klonicki and Carmen Turner. Live art auction. Info: 815-235-9755 or

Volunteers Needed for Groove Walk-ing Dead – 18 bands at 15 venues. Date: Oct. 18, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Volunteers will be given a free ticket to the event. Info: 815-978-7827. Tickets can be purchased at all participating venues, all Alpine Bank locations, Guzzardo Performance Music Center. Buy tickets online at

Registration for “Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Date: Oct. 20-Dec. 1, 2-3:30 p.m. $10 donation requested. Class scholarships, respite care and transportation funding may be available to those who qualify. Info: 815-758-8455 or

Registration for NIU Community School of the Arts CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition – NIU Music Building, DeKalb. Date of event: Feb. 18, 2015. Application deadline: Oct. 20. Auditions are scheduled for Nov. 10. Applicants must live within a 75-mile radius of DeKalb. Concerto Competition guidelines and application forms are available from NIU Community School of the Arts office, Room 132, Music Building, by calling 815-753-1450 or online at

Registration for Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s – DeKalb Park District, Sports & Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb. Date: Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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 CPR Refresher Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G., Janesville, Wis. Date: Oct. 21 or Dec. 16, 6-10 p.m. Cost: $18.59. Info: 608-757-7769.

Registration for Webinar: Staying on Good Terms with Credit – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Oct. 21, 4 p.m. Offered via computer; may “attend” from any computer with Internet access. Free. Register at

Mark the Date for “An Article V Convention: A Viable Path Towards Amending the Constitution?” – Rockford Public Libraryk, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. Date: Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. Panel discussion. Could the Citizens United decision be reversed by amending the Constitution? Free and open to the public.

Registration for PYSK: Twenty People You Should Know – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St.. Date: Oct. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $45/person, include hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Register at or mail, 308 W. State St., Suite 190, Rockford, IL 61101.Info: 815-316-4302.

Order Tickets for Pink Party feat. 97ZOK Bra Auction – Prosser’s Chop House, 11189 Forest Hills Road, Machesney Park. Date:. Oct. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shopping, wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. 8:30 p.m. Live auction. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets: $10 advance at Red Ember Medical Weightloss, 7206 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park.; Edible Arrangements, 6840 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford; Transformations Plastic Surgery, 1639 N. Alpine Rd., Suite 400, Rockford; 97ZOK Studio, 3901 Brendenwood Rd., Rockford; Rock Valley Credit Union, 1201 Clifford Ave., Loves Park; 11280 Forest Hills Rd., Machesney Park. Info:

Registration for Men’s Basketball – Rolling Green School, 3615 W. Gate Parkway. Team entries are due by Oct. 24 for the 12-game season. Games from 6-10 p.m. Entry fee: $610 per team . first 10 teams to enter will be accepted. Register at; by mail, phone (with credit card) or at Park District Customer Service locations. Or call 815-987-1640.

Order Tickets for “Taste the Hops” Fund-raiser – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Oct. 24, 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $40/person purchase online at or in person at the RVC Athletics office in the Physical Education Center building, 3301 N. Mulford Road.

Vendors Wanted for GPS Faith Community Fall Craft Fair & Bake Sale – 10714 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park. Date: Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Handcrafted items, art, decor and homemade baked goods. Openings for 20+ vendors. Contact

Mark the Date for In Print Book Fair – Mendelssohn, 405 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 25 authors, poetry readings, Kids’ Zone, book signings, In Print radio live, author/artist Q & A, iPad mini giveaway.

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 3-7 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.

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 delivers 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.

Mark the Date for Short Story Workshop – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m. Bring a short story. We will work as a group on the short stories. Young writers are encouraged to dress in costume and will have a separate meeting with Youth Director Lori Marshall. Free and open to all. Info:

Mark the Date for “An Article V Convention: A Viable Path Towards Amending the Constitution?” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Date: Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford. Free and open to the public.

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 Stateline Farm Beginnings – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: October-March – 10 business planning sessions. Info: or 262-374-4903.

Mark the Date for Wacoal “Fit for the Cure” Event – Bon-Ton/Bergner’s, 7200 Harrison Ave. Date: Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

Order Tickets for Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Psychic medium, star of Long Island Medium, will give interactive readings to audience members and share personal stories about her life and her uniue gifts. Tickets start at $37.95. Info: 815-968-5222.

Order Tickets for Masonic Family Banquet, Star Lodge #36, Princess Zorah Chapter #20 – Lino’s Restaurant, 5611 E. State St. Date: Oct. 25, begins 4:30 p.m. Speaker Bishop John F. Senter. Theme: “Unification: Brothers and Sisters dwelling together in unity.” Tickets $35. Contact Dr. Sterling E. Blackmon at 815-978-4393 or

Mark the Date for Rockford Record Crawl – Culture Shock, 2239 Charles St.; Toad Hall Books & Records, 2106 Broadway; Kate’s Pie Shop & Record Store, inside Rockford Public Library East Branch, 6685 E. State St.; CD Source, 221 E. State St. Date: Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Each store offers its own unique shopping experience.

Mark the Date for “All You Can East Pasta Buffet” – Rafters Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena, Ill. Date: Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $11.99 adults, $7.99 children 4-10 years, free for children 3 years and younger. Proceeds go to Lena Church Cooperative. Info: 815-275-3997 or

Mark the Date for “What’s Cookin’”Pre-registration – Barnacopia, Highway 64, Mt. Morris. Date: Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. Cooking teams and sponsors from Ogle County can come and sign up. Main event will be May 2, 20`5. Info:

Order Tickets for National Acrobats of Peoples Republic of China – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Tickets: 815-968-5222.

Mark the Date for Halloween on the Prairie – Byron Forest Preserve and Byron Park District will host this event at Jarrett Prairie Preserve, 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Date: Oct. 26, noon-4 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a fee for some games. Family hayrides, face painting, kids’ crafts, costume contest, spooky games, hay bale maze, snake wrangler. Live Owl Shows inside Keller Education Center; free customer appreciation lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. Also, Halloween treats. Info: 815-234-8535 or

Registration for “Ebola: A Community Education Presentation” – U of I College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Dr. Gary Rifkin, professsor of Medicine & Interim Chair of the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences. Moderated by Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, dean of U of I College of Medicine. Free, but call 815-395-5920 or e-mail to reserve your space.

Registration for Lecture: “Is it a Cold or the Flu?” – U of I College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Debbie Gortowski, pediatric nurse practitioner. Free, but reservations are required as space is limited. RSVP to or call 815-395-5920.

Registration for Campus Previews – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Oct. 28 & 29, 6-8 p.m. High school students and adult students can attend either session, but high school juniors will be focus of Oct. 28 event. High school seniors will be focus of Oct. 29 event. Register for either event at 608-758-6565, ext. 230, e-mail<> or visit

Registration for Joint Replacement Surgery: Ask the Experts – SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1st floor conference center, 1401 E. State St. Date: Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. Dr. Oscar Anton and Dr. Victor Antonacci, speakers. Includes Q &A session. Attendees should arrive after 5 p.m. to browse healthcare exhibits and be seated for opening remarks. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reserve a space at HealthConnect at 815-968-2500.

Order Tickets for LOLTOS Spirited Ghost Tours – Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Dates: Oct. 30 & 31, 7-9 p.m. Experience first-hand accounts of unexplained noises, scents and sightings. Tickets: $10/person. Reservations required. Info: 815-968-0595.

Registration for Healthcare Provide r CPR Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: $43.88, includes the course textbook. Info: 608-757-7769.

Registration for Organic Gardening Day – Urbana Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Urbana. Date: Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Experts from around the country will present educational sessions about organic gardening. Also, retail area selling a broad range of gardening products. Cost: $60, which includes an organic lulnch buffet. Online registration is available until Oct. 27. Info: 217-244-1693 or e-mail

Registration for IREA Renewable Energy Classes – Hands-on PV Class, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon. Date: Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Send name, contact information and check ($20 IREA members, $40 non-IREA members, which includes membership) to: IREA, c/o Sonia Vogl, Treasurer, 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, IL 61061. Overview of PV (solar electricity) will be Tues., Oct. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rock Valley and Sat., Oct. 25, 9-11:30 a.m. at Illinois Valley. To register, contact the colleges. These are continuing education classes. Info: 815-732-7332.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp Explorers – Camp McCormick, 9995 N. Girl Scout Rd., Stillman Valley. Date: Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes archery, crate stacking, crafts, a scavenger hunt. Cost: $15 per youth; $5 per adult and includes all acivities and a cookout lunch on the grounds. Register by Oct. 15. Info: Felecia at 630-897-1565, Ext. 7161 or

Registration for ”Putting Small Acres to Good Use” Workshops – Nov. 1, Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon; Dec. 6, NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center, Rockford. Details and registration available online at or call 217-782-4617 or

Order Tickets for Boone County Conservation District 50th Anniversary Celebration – Apollo Theatre, 104 N. State St., Belvidere. Date: Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Includes a one-man play Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change starring Jim Pfitzer. Tickets: $30 per person for dinner and play. Info: 815-547-7935.

Mark the Date for Hoo Haven Open House – 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand. Date: Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m. Public is invited to learn about wildlife conservation efforts and show support for this much-needed community service. See birds and animals in the rehabilitation program. See rescue equipment including a hovercraft, visit the Aquatic Animal Recovery Center, learn about on-site solar and wind enerty. A donation “wish list” is posted on the website

Mark the Date for Blackhawk Firemen’s Association Annual Pancake Day – Legacy Academy of Excellence, 4029 Prairie Road, Rockford. Date: Nov. 2, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. cost: $5 adults, $3, children age 6-12, age 5 and younger, free.

Mark the Date for REI Health Fair & Expo – Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newbureg Road. Date: Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by Reiki Energy International. Info for a more health-conscious community. Free symposiums and lectures will be held in a separate meeting room throughout the day. Food available, 60-65 vendors. Free admission. Info:

Registration for Infant and International Adoption Information Meeting – First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave., Belvidere. Date: Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m. Hosted by Children’s Home + Aid. Free, but seating is limited; reservations preferred. Info: 815-962-1043 or 888-248-4335.

Registration for Be Smart About Your Heart: Control Your ABC’s of Diabetes – University of Illinios Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Nov. 3, 6-7 p.m. Fee: $5 per person. Info: 815-732-2191.

Registration for Rockford Area Arts Council Community Arts Access Grants and Grantseekers Workshop – Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. Date: Nov. 3, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Community Arts Access Grants, maximum, $2,500. Open admission: Action grants, maximum $350. Grants are available for printing at Info: 815-964-6765.

Mark the Date for 6th Annual TP Tower – Hilton Garden Inn, 7675 Walton St. Date: Nov. 6, 7-9 a.m. Breakfast, prizes, and networking. Breakfast provided by Hilton Garden Inn. When you bring a donation of wrapped toilet paper or diapers, you will be entered into drawings for prizes. Benefits Carpenter’s Place, Rockford Rescue Mission and Care Source.

Order Tickets for “Puttin’ On the Glitz” – Giovanni’s. 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 7. Social hour, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon & fashion show, noon. Runs till 2 p.m. Tickets: $35 each or tables of 10, $350. RSVP by Nov. 4. Info: 815-961-2496.

Registration for MarriageRestored Weekend – Naperville, Ill. Dates: Nov. 7-9. Weekend program for couples with troubled marriages. A non-refundable $75 registration fee is required. Reserve with Dave & Erin Rogers, 317-506-5541, email: or Gary & Juanita Thayer, 877-844-2262, email:

Registration for LIVE It Up – NIU Holmes Student Center, DeKalb. Dates: Nov. 7-8. Leadership Conference open to all youth, ages 13-18. Registration Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Student Center. Next day at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building. Speaker Holly Spangler. Various projects planned including games, fun contests and packing food for local food pantries. Cost: $95, includes meals, overnight accommodations, transportation, T-shirt and all activities. Financial assistance is also available. Register by Oct. 22. Info:

Registration for Harvest 5K Family Fun Run/Walk – Seward Park District, 2970 Tracey St., Seward. Date: Nov. 8. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Fee: $10, Seward Park District residents, $12 non-residents; children ages 6 and under, free. Day of registration fee is $15. Cost includes race registration, time chip, T-shirt, free goodies from sponsors, light snacks and drink. Register at Registration forms will be available at the Seward School Center, also on Seward Park District Facebook page:

Mark the Date for “Man Up, Tailgates Down” – Sanctuary Spa, 175 Hawick St., Rockton. Date: Nov. 8, noon-3 p.m. Sample spa services. Any $5 donation to the American Cancer Society enters you into a drawing to win an NFL jersey.

Registration for Doves and Diamonds: Celebrate Hospice – Eclipse Center, Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. Date: Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Little Vito and the Torpedoes, jazz and classical music. Hors d’oeuvres buffet and silent auction. Reservations: $50. To reserve or info: 608-363-7421. Checks can be mailed to Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, WI 53511.

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.

Registration for Webinar: Steps Toward Investing – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 11, 4 p.m. Offered via computer; may “attend” from any computer with Internet access. Free. Register at

Registration for “About Dementia, Tips to Help with Family Conversations” – McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St. Date: Nov. 12, 7-8 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Registration for “Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment” – Lena Living Center, 1010 S. Logan, Lena, Ill. Date: Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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.

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).

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 available for 2-hour Forest City Queen dinner cruises. Info: 815-987-8894 or 815-987-8800.

Vendors Wanted – GPS Faith Community, 10714 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, needs vendors for the Fall Craft Fair & Bake Sale. Date: Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Handcrafted items, art, decor, homemade baked goods. Contact

Nominating Petition forms now available – Community College District No. 511, Rock Valley College. Forms at office of the Vice President of Administrative Services, 3301 N. Mulford, Support Services Building, any business day between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A candidate’s petition must be filed in that office no earlier than 8:30 a.m., Mon., Dec. 15 and no later than 5 p.m., Mon., Dec. 22, 2014. Three seats on the community college board will be filled at the April 7 election.

Ogle County 4-H Clubs Invite New Members – Ogle County has 16 community-based clubs looking for new members. Info: or 815-732-2191.

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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