Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 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. Closed for the season end of Oct.; opens in May. 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. 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 Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or

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. 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 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 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 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. 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 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).

Amenti Haunted House Looking for Volunteers – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Haunted House will be open 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 Nov. 2-12 to help with the load out of the haunted house. Info: 815-758-1215.

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. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.

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

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.

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. Office: 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

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.

Registration for Halloween Safety Seminar – Elite Defense System, EDS School, 5695 Strathmoor Dr., Unit 2, Rockford. Date: Oct. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. Focus on Halloween, Stranger Danger and Anti-Bullying, using lessons and games. Ages 4-12. Free, but registration is required at 815-885-4758.

Mark the Date for Lecture: “Corporations Are Not People” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Date: Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m. Author Jeff Clements will share what he has learned in writing about the corruption-fighting efforts of people across the country. Info:

Mark the Date for Beloit Regional Hospice Annual Memorial Service – Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis. Date: Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Non-denominational service followed by time of fellowship.Info: 608-363-7421.

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.

Mark the Date for Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down – UAW Hall, 112 N. 2nd St. Date: Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Assistance will be provided to homeless veterans and veterans needing assistance in health, counseling, employment and vocational rehabilitation counseling, assistance with VA and Social Security, etc. Registered veterans will receive a toiletry kit. Coffee and a hot meal will be served at noon. All veterans and their immediate families are invited to attend this free event.

Order Tickets for “Fight the Fear Festival” – Stateline Pro Wrestling/Fight College at Fusion Sports Center, 7135 Clinton Rd., Loves Park.Date: Oct. 31. Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. Bell
time, 7:30 p.m. Feat. NWA champ Rob Conway. Fun and games for all (mini-carnival & bounce house) start at 5 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 kids, advance ticket $5 off. Info: 779-777-5334 or 815/319-5221.

Registration for Healthcare Provider 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. Info: 815-732-7332.

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

Registration for Paranormal Road Trip: Galena Bound – Board bus at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 1, 3-11 p.m. Participants will visit the historic city with Karhi Kresol and psychics Sara Bowker and Paul Smith, who will giive their insights. Special guest Steve Repp, Galena historian. Stop for dinner either on your own or with the Haunted Rockford Team. Price for dinner is not included in tour price. Cost: $60. Seats are limited; must be paid in advance at or call Kathi at 815-871-4239.

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 “Past Lives and Dreams” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Date: Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m. Free interactive workshop. Learn to sing HU, a love song to God, 1-1:30 p.m. Get practical guidance from your dreams, explore past lives. Free book included.

Order Tickets for Zion Development Fall Fundraiser – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. Date: Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m. Live jazz, raffle and cash bar. Complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door. Available at Katie’s Cup or call 815-964-8280, ext. 10 or Reserve by Oct. 28.

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 Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour – Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Welcome Center, DeKalb. Date: Nov. 2, 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. With Steve Gigolin and Jeff Marshall. Drive-by narrations include assorted historic buildings and former locations of homes and businesses.Tickets: $15 general public, $12 for Homestead members. Register/Info: 815-756-7904.

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.

Registration for Turning 65: Get the Facts about Medicare – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Learn about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, types of benefits, how to navigate these systems and what is new. Includes a Q & A session. Informational materials provided. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Registration for Fall Watershed Forum Series – Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, Wis. Date: Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m. Register at

Registration for “Conducting a Successful Electromagnetic Compatibility Program – Rock Valley College College Engineering and Technology Division and Business and Professional Institute., 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: Nov. 6, all day. Cost: $175, includes lunch. Register at 815-921-2061 or

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.

Mark the Date for “We Were Soldiers Once” Movie Screening & Book Signing – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 6, 5 p.m. Joseph L. Galloway, who co-authored with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore the national best seller book, which was made into the critically-acclaimed movie. Refreshments will be available for purchase along with Mr. Galloway’s book. Info: 815-969-1999.1

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.

Mark the Date for Christmas at the Farm – Meyer’s Tails Up Farm, 5390 Irene Road, Belvidere. Dates: Nov. 7, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vintage, farmhouse finds, candles & soaps, florals, handmade goods, cottage chic, seasonal decor, hot drinks.

Registration for Night Hike – Severson Dells hosts at Talcott Free Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton. Date: Nov. 7, 5:45-9:30 p.m. For families and children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Registration required. $4 fee per person due at registration. Dress warm; flashlights optional. Meet at Talcott Library at 5:45 p.m. for bus ride. Bus will return approx. 9:30 p.m. Info: 815-624-7511.

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:

Volunteer Veterans Needed for 24-Hour Vigil for DeKalb County VietNow – DeKalb County Courthouse. Dates: Nov. 7, 6 p.m. to Nov. 8, 6 p.m. Any interested veterans may call 815-895-6927 or

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. Info:

Registration for What-Khan Game Convention – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Drive, Loves Park. Dates: Nov. 7-9. Special guest Matt Forbeck. Historical, science fiction and fantasy-based games of all kinds. Dealers area will feature merchandise all three days. Admission is $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday, $8 for Sunday. If you register for the entire weekend by Nov. 1, pay only $20. Children younger than 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tournaments may require a separate registration. Onsite discounts available for active duty and retired Armed Forces members and firefighters with ID. 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 Nursing Open House – Saint Anthony College of Nursing, Guilford Square Campus, 698 Featherstone Road, Rockford. Date: Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Current nurses and prospectiveWashington Park Botanical Garden nursing students are encouraged to attend. Info:

Registration for Employability Conference – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: Nov. 8, 10- a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers: Alonzo Kelly and Michael Miller. Info: 608-757-7702.

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 Annual HerbFest – Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, Ill. Date: Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Open to anyone wishing to learn more about growing or using herbs. Cost: $40 for Illinois Herb Association members, $45 non-members. Pre-registration is due by Nov. 3. Includes lunch. Info: 309-557-2107 or

Registration for Foodies & Farmers – YWCA Nicholas Conference Center, 4990 E. State St., Rockford. Date: Nov. 8, 4-7 p.m. Cost: $45/person, includes keynote presentation, 4-course, locally grown & produced meal, non-alcoholic drinks. Register at or call 815-986-4357.

Applebee’s Offers Free Meals to Servicemembers on Veterans Day – Nov. 11, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill will offer free meals to current and former servicemembers. Also, they will help provide everyday household items like washers, dryers, medical equipment to veterans or active duty military and their families in need. Messages of appreciation (and needs of military and their families) can be sent to www.

Free Dental Care for Veterans on Nov. 11 – Dental Group of Rockford, 3065 . Perryville Road, Suite 125, Rockford, will offer either one free cleaning, filling or extraction per patient to veterans on Nov. 11, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Patients accepted on first come, first served basis. Call 815-637-2273.

Great Clips Offers Free Haircut for Veterans – Free haircut for veterans Nov. 11-Dec. 31 at these locations: Great Clips Pavilion at Riverside, 5845 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford; Colonial Village: 1466 S. Alpine Road (next to Heartland Church); Rockford Crossing: 277 Deane Drive (next to Best Buy). Customers can come into any Great Clips salon on Nov. 11, and with purchase of a service, get a free haircut card to give to a veteran . Limit one card per customer.

Registration for UW-Rock County 3-week Winterim Courses – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Jan. 5-23. Registration opens Nov. 11. Earn 3 to 6 college credits. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 200 or

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 UW-Rock’s Online, Non-Credit Courses – UW-Rock County Office of Continuing Education, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Courses begin Nov. 12. Most run 6 weeks and cost $99. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Registration for “Clearing the Air about Radon” – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Nov. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $5/person. Each household will receive a free radon test kit. Info: 815-732-2191.

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 College Ag Day – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Date: Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Students can meet with representatiaves of colleges and universities. Info: 815-732-2191.

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.

Registration for Transition and Future Planning Seminar – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Date: Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m. For parents and guardians of adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Childcare is not provided. Free. Register at 815-965-3455.

Registration for Nursing Certificate Program – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: Nov. 14, 3-5 p.m. RSVP to Pam Johnson at or 815-395-5624.

Registration for “Be Smart About Your Heart: Control Your ABC’s of Diabetes” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone Coiunty, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. Fee: $5/person. Info: or 815-544-3710.

Order Tickets for Ties & Tennies – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 14. Cocktails, silent auction, interactive activities at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, program premiere DJ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $100/person or $750 for table of 8. To purchase, visit or call Lisa Alexander at 815-987-1632.

Registration for Book Writing Workshop with Kelly Epperson – Taylor Company, 750 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton. Date: Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Tips from a local author. Cost: $85/person with all revenue going to The Literacy Council. Register at 815-963-7323, Ext. 11 or

Order Tickets for Special Paranormal Investigation – Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 15, 8-11 p.m. Haunted Rockford joins TnT Paranormal Investigators as they investigate two mansions in one evening. Bring your own equipment or use one of theirs. Cost: $30/person; pay in advance at or call 815-871-4239.

Order Tickets for Guest Chef Dinner – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: Nov. 15. With Chef Patrick Alberto (Octane Interlounge). Cocktail hour, 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Each of the courses will be paired with a different cocktail. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Cost: $85/person for non-members; $80/person, members (gratuity not included). Reserve by Nov. 7. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Mark the Date for Rockford, IL Arts & Crafts Holiday Spectacular – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Nov. 15-16. Many fine handcrafted items. Cost: $4 adults, children under 12, free. 2-day pass, $6.

Golden Corral Offers Free Meal and Beverage for Veterans – Golden Corral, 995 S. Perryville Road, will offer active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage while raising donations for Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Date: Nov. 17, 5-9 p.m. Includes National Guard and Reserves; ID is not required.

Mark the Date for Open House Meetings for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – Call Tammy at American Cancer Society, 815-229-1287, option 3, or email for more information and dates of meetings on Nov. 20 and Jan. 15 from 6-7 p.m. at Thunder Bay in Rockford. Volunteers needed.

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 Rockton Lions Blood Drive – Peppermint Swirl Craft Show at Hononegah High School, 307 Salem St., Rockton. Date: Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Also collecting eyeglasses and raising funds for Wimpy’s Fund. Register in advance to donate blood at 815-243-4496 or call RRVBC at 815-975-8751.

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

All Remaining ENF Plants Half Price – Eagle Nature Foundation announces that all the plants remaining at their office, 300 E. Hickory St., Apple River, IL., will be at half price for the rest of the season. Approx. 400 plants of over 70 varieties. During daylight hours, people can come in, look over the plants, pick out what they want and place the money for half the marked price in the money box on front porch.

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).

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

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.

Free Bus Rides for Veterans on Oct. 31 – Rockford Mass Transit will offer free rides to veterans with valid service ID between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31. This is in conjunction with 2014 Top of Illinois Stand Down for Veterans sponsored in part by Rep. Litesa Wallace’s office, Oct. 31. Stand Down will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at UAW Hall, 112 N. 2nd St., Rockford. UAW Hall is accessible by #11 E. State St., #12 Charles St. and outbound #14 – 7th St. route. All routes are free to veterans with appropriate service ID that day.

Winnebago County Animal Services offers Half-off Dog Adoptions – 4517 N. Main St. For all dogs that have been at the shelter for 30 days or longer, Oct. 14-31. Includes a free wellness exam, spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations, flea and tick preventative, worming, and bag of food. All adult dogs 6 months and older are heartworm tested. Info: 815-319-4100.

$5 Fall Feline Frenzy Adoption Event – Winnebago County Animal Services, 4517 N. Main St., is holding a cat adoption event thru Friday, Oct. 31. Adopt an adult cat 1 year or older for $5 and receive these free services: spay or neuter, microchip, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies shot, 1-year Winnebago County rabies tag, bag of food and more. Qualified adopters may adopt one cat at the reduced adoption fee and a second one at the regular adoption fee. Also good at the Animal Services off-site adoption location inside Machesney Park Petsmart on West Lane Road. Info: 815-319-4100 or

Holy Trinity’s Coat Closet Open Again – Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, collects and distributes coats to anyone in the community who needs them. Opens Nov. 1. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 847-544-2635.

RVC Athletics Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations – Criteria for induction varies based on category of nominee but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Rock Valley College, athletic successes, number of years at RVC, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving RVC. Nominees must be five years removed from RVC. Nominations are due by Nov. 15. To nominate, go to

Registration Open for Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunges to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois – Plunges will take place Feb. 20-March 22, 2015 across Illinois.Rockford Plunge will be noon, Saturday, March 7, at Olson Lake, Rock Cut Stat Park. Contact: Debbie Kelly, 815-288-2039. Individuals and teams can register for the Plunge on the special Olympics Illinois website at

From the Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014, issue

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