Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Nov. 5-11, 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

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead – 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstruction with events. Now closed for season. Info: 815-756-7904 or

Get Rid of Unwanted Panic (GROUP) – University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Room A126. Peer support group for any form of anxiety. Meets the first and third Thursday of each month, 7-8 p.m. Info: 815-395-5655.

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 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.

Youth Exploring Aviation (YEA) – Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, Restoration Hangar, north side of Poplar Grove Airport just off Orth Road, east of IL Hwy. 76. Boy Scout group meets every Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m.

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 session begin Nov. 21. Fee per session is $65 per person ($75 non-resident). Info: 815-987-8800.

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).

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.

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.

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 Marriage Restored 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

Operation Sweaters for Veterans Program – Nov. 4-11, Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is collecting new sweaters and gloves to be delivered to local VA hospitals, VA homes and veterans service organizations. Everyone is invited to support our veterans by donating sweaters and gloves at Grace Funeral & Cremation Services, 1340 S. Alpine Road, Rockford at Colonial Village.

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 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.

SwedishAmerican to Offer Free Life-Saving Lung Scans in November & December – Locations: SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford and SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere. Certain criteria must be met. Limited number of appointments are available. Info: 779-696-7099.

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 service members. 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.

Mark the Date for Foot Problems Lecture – Anam Brain Health Resource Community Center, Anam Glen, 7978 Newburg Road. Date: Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Foot problems are common in people age 50 and olde. Dr. Daniel Syverson will address the early recognition of foot problems and what to do about them. RSVP appreciated. Info: 779-537-5249.

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 Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Conference frooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Info: 815-227-2695.

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 representatives 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.

Mark the Date for Lilghting Ceremony to Raise Awareness About Lung Cancer – SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, 3535 N. Bell School Road. Date: Nov. 13. 5:30 p.m. Social hour and music. 6 p.m. Shine a Light program. 7 p.m. Lighting ceremony in Healing Garden. Info:

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 CPR Certification Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: Nov. 13, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $53.67, includes course textbook. Info: 608-757-7769 or

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.

Mark the Date for Behind the Brew: Beer – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Rockford Brewing Co. Explore different types of beer, its process, and tasty samples. Cost: $10/person. Info: 815-965-3433.

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

Registration for “Horticulture for the Holidays” – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Date: Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants will experience two make-it-take-it workshops. Fee: $25, includes all workshop materials, admission into Klehm Arboretum, morning beverage service. Register at 815-986-4357.

Mark the Date for Summerfield Zoo’s 5th Annual Winter Wonderland – 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. Date: Nov. 15-16, noon-4 p.m. Live reindeer, elves, Mrs. Claus, crafts and more. Enjoy animal encounter presentations, petting zoo, gift shop. Last weekend for 2014 season. Admission $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Info: 815-547-4852.

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.

Registration for Raw Energy Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck – Belvidere. Date: Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free. Just bring a raw vegan dish to pass. Register by Nov. 9 at or call 815-543-1207.

Registration for Rockford Network of Professional Women Meeting – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. Date: Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and program. Register at or call 815-977-7477.

Registration for Blackhawk Technical College One-Stop Admission Event – 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Students who contact BTC to reserve a position will be able to compelte the financial aid process, COMPASS testing and speak with advisers. Free lunch included. Space is limited. Info: 608-757-7719 or

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 “Harvesting gthe Past, the Illinois Ancient Artifacts Project” – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m. Edward Jakaitis explains how the Illinois State Archaeological Survey plans to record artifacts from locations in each county in Illinois. Cost: $5 non-members, free to members. Info: 815-965-3433.

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.

Registration for Workforce Connection Job Seekers Workshops – North Suburban Library, 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. Date: Nov. 20, all day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Job seekers are invited to attend one or more of all four seminars. Info: 815-921-2200 or

Registration for Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Indoor Sportscore Complex, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Date: Nov. 22, begins 8 a.m. Info:

Registration for UW-Rock County ACT Exam Prep – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-noon; Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-noon; Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Students should plan to attend all sessions. Fee: $145, includes the required textbook. An online ACT prep course is also available for $195. Info: or call 608-758-6565. ext. 360. Students should sign up to take the ACT test at

Mark the Date for Renaissance Gifted Academy Testing – All students in public & private schools are welcome to participate in eligibility testing Nov. 22 for students in grades 2-9. Information sessions: Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. at Marshall School, 4664 N. Rockton Ave.; Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Washington Academy, 1421 West St.; Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m. at Washington Academy, 14211 West St. Preregister for the test at

Free Diabetes Screening Day – Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St., Freeport. Date: Nov. 14, 8-10 a.m. Hosted by FHN and State Rep. Brian Stewart. People wishing to be tested are advised to fast for two hours prior to their screening, as a finger-stick blood glucose test will be issued.

Registration for National Center for Rural Health Professions Reception – University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, Partner’s Pavilion, 1601 Parkview Ave. Date: Nov. 20,12:30-2 p.m. Light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Program at 1 p.m. honoring Pat Schou as Rural Health Hero. RSVP to Mark Meurer at by Nov. 14.

Mark the Date for America Recycles Day Open House – Rockford Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Road. Date: Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Aluminum, plastic, glass, textiles, metals and electronic items are accepted from 3-6 p.m. every Tues. and 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. Info: 815-637-1343.

Mark the Date for Bariatric Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Date: Nov. 19, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

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

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.

Mark the Date for Court Street United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Dinner – 215 N. Court St. Date: Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to all; everyone welcome, especially the homeless or those who are alone for the holiday. Includes music and fellowship. Info: 815-962-6061.

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.

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. 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

U of I Extension seeks Applicants for 2015 Master Gardener Training Program – Choose from weekly classroom sessions or an online training course. Dates: Feb. 17-May 5. Classes meet at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.,, Rockford, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration fee for classroom training is $175/person. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2015. Online training is $250/person; deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2014. Registration fees include your master gardener manual. Pre-registration for both classroom and online training is required. Info: 815-986-4357 or

YWCA Accepting Awards and Scholarship Applications – YWCA Rockford is now accepting applications for the 35th Annual Leader Luncheon Women of Achievement Awards and Bright Future Scholarships to be presented March 2, 2015. Eligible individuals are working/attending school in the YWCA Rockford service areas of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties. Info: 815-316-6126.

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

Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce now accepting applications for two programs. Applicants must reside in the City of Rockford be 16-24 years of age. Additional requirements apply to each program (ask for details). Must provide a valid Illinois I.D., Social Security card and birth certificate and other documentation as required. Info: 815-963-6236, ext. 228 or

SwedishAmerican to host “No Shave November” and “Monday Moustache Bash” to raise Prostate Cancer Awareness – All male employees are encouraged to grow facial hair during the month of November. Male staff members are encouraged to participate in a special contest, from Nov. 3-Dec. 1. All employees will have a chance to vote for winners in three categories. Winners will be announced at an event Dec. 8 in the Commons. A $1,000 check will be presented to Healing Pathways.

From the Nov. 5-11, 2014, issue

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