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 www.appleriverfort.org.
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; 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: www.forestcitybrewers.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center – 4596 US Hwy. 20, east of Freeport. Holiday Gift Expo, open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. See the 12 ft. Christmas tree and assortment of unique holiday gift ideas.
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead – 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstrution with events. Closed for the season. Info: 815-756-7904 or www.gliddenhomestead.org.
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 healingpathwayscrc.org.
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: http://statelineatheistsociety.com.
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 www.golfrockford.org.
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 www.knib.org.
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: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org 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 www.rrvbc.org.
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: www.SkiRockford.org.
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. www.rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com.
Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
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. Closed for the season. 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 email@example.com.
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: www.paddleandtrail.com.
Winnebago County Health Department – For flu clinic schedule and prices, go to www.wchd.org 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: wwwllaurenthouse.com.
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 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: awana.org 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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate 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: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.
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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
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: http://www.ed2go.com/uwrockce/ or call 608-758-6565, ext. 360.
Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule lessons.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Stateline Farm Beginnings – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: October-March – 10 business planning sessions. Info: www.learngrowconnect.org or 262-374-4903.
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.
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).
Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Dec. 16, 1:30–3 p.m. At North Pointe Health & Wellness Community Education Room, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. Dates: Dec. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 2:30-4 p.m. Info: 608-363-7421 or www.beloitregionalhospice.com.
Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford, Inc. 840 Mattis Ave., Rockford, announces a new service involving ongoing worship. Nightly religious assembly with Christian fellowship, chapel, reflection, Bible study, prayer services, scripture reading, and faith-based audio and video presentations. Public is welcome. Rides home may be available upon prior arrangements. Info: 815-904-0904.
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 Tammy.English@cancer.org for more information and date of meeting on Jan. 15 from 6-7 p.m. at Thunder Bay in Rockford. Volunteers needed.
Registration for UW-Rock County ACT Exam Prep – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: 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: http://rock.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/college-prep or call 608-758-6565. ext. 360. Students should sign up to take the ACT test at http://www.actstudent.org/.
Registration for Breakfast with Santa at the Conservatory – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Date: Dec.13, 8-9:30 a.m. Holiday games, crafts, tattoos, photos with Santa. Admission $8 adults ($10 non-resident); children ages 4 and younger admitted for half-price. Early registration is encouraged; at least one week in advance. Online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by fax with credit card, mail, or in person at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.
Mark the Date for FEMA Open House – Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 315 N. Main St. Date: Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and see the new proposed flood maps that depict flood risk across the community. Learn how the maps will be used and the steps you can take to protect against extensive flood damage.
Registration for Birthday Parties at Sapora Playworld – Inside Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside & Perryville. For kids ages 5-12. Party prices start at $110 for up to eight children, $12 per additional child. For all parties, a $25 deposit is due at time of reservation. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playworld or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-969-4082.
“Letters About Literature” Competition for Students – Sec. of State & State Lilbrarian Jesse White urges students in grades 4-12 to enter this national reading and writing competition sponsored by Illinois Center for the Book. Level I: grades 4-6; Level II: grades 7-8; Level III: grades 9-12. One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award. Teachers of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school library. Deadline to enter: Dec. 15 for Level III; Jan. 15, 2015 for Leveis I and II. Info: 217-558-2065 or email@example.com or http://illinoiscenterforthe book.org.
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 eaglenature.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wevolunteer.org.
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, Nov., 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 http://rock.uwc.edu/community/continuing-ed/enrichment.
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: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ 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.
Local Dental Office Accepts Donations for Food Drive – Dr. Sadaf Safavinejad and team at Machesney Park Family Dental, 1411 W. Lane Road, Suite B, in front of Lowe’s, next to Starbucks, will accept donations now through Ded. 31. Any canned food will be given to Helping Hands Pantry. Info: 8150981-9086.
Donations Needed for Holiday Meal Box Program – Northern Illinois Food Bank and its network of community food pantries are collecting donations to distribute Holiday Meal Boxes between now and Dec. 31. Donate to www.SolveHungerToday.org.
U of I Extension seeks applicants for 2015 Master Gardener Training Program – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Dates: Feb. 17-May 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fee: $175 per person. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2015. Registration fees include your master gardener manual. Pre-registration for both classroom and online training is required. Info: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or call 815-986-4357 to receive an emailed or mailed copy.
Goodwill seeks Volunteers for Free Tax Preparation Program – Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois seeks volunteers for its GoodTAXES program in Rockford region and DeKalb. Free income tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income area residents from January to April. Info: 815-987-6231 or email email@example.com.
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 http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
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, Winnebgo, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties. Info: 815-316-6126.
Registration for 2014 AGMasters Conference – iHotel & Conference Center, Champaign, Ill. Date: Dec. 15-16. Hosted by the University of Illinois Extension. Following the general session, attendees can choose 8 out of 16 specialized sessions. Fee: $250. Register by Dec. 5 at http://www.cropsciconferences.com/AGMasters/
Registration for Informational Session on Upcoming Trip to Spain – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Road. Date: Dec. 17, begins 5:30 p.m. with traditional Spanish tapas and beverages, plus info presentation at 6 p.m. Trip takes place March 26-April 3, 2015. Visit cultural centers of Madrid, Leon, Bilbao, Pamplona and Barcelona. Email Pat Bonavia at Patbonavia@comcast.net or call Womanspace at 815-877-0118 for more information or to reserve a spot.
Registration 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 http://www.plungeillinois.com.
Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce now accepting applications for two programs. Applicants must reside in the City of Rockford be 16-24 yeares 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 www.youthbuildrockford.org.
Salvage Too, Rockford’s ReUse Center, is openig Thursdays and Fridays from11 a.m.-5 p.m. Complete sets of windows and many doors. Door and window prices begin at $10. Most casements are $30 & $35. Also, much reclaimed lumber and building materials from deconstruction projects. Info: 815-963-6236.
Time to Think About Getting a Christmas Tree – Sand Ridge Prairie are selling trees weekends of Dec. 15, 16, 22, 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with weekday sales thru Dec. 23 from 2-4 p.m. Sold by Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County; funds used to restore and maintain the site as a natural area.
Taking Applications for CSA Talent Scholarship – NIU Community School of the Arts, Music Building, Room 132, DeKalb. Due by Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m. Audition date is Jan. 10, 2015. Complete rules and application form at http://www.niu.edu/extprograms/arts/
Scholarships.shtml#talent or call 815-753-1450 for information.
Registration for “Operation: Home for the Holidays” – VFW of Belvidere, 1310 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. Date: Dec. 20, 6 p.m.-midnight. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Open dancing, photo booth, door prizes. Tickets: $25/person, $45/couple. Contact Alyssa at operation4H@hotmail.com to purchase your ticket.
Drop in for Pickleball at ISC – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. For players ages 18 and older. Dates: Dec. 2-17, 2014 and Jan. 6-April 1, 2015. Mon., Thurs., Fri., 10 a.m.-noon and Tues., Wed., 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Mark the Date for “Holiday Hurrah” Write Away – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Date: Dec. 21, 1-3 p.m. Rockford Writers Guild event. Bring a holiday or winter-themed poem (50 lines or less) to share. Includes potluck. Please bring a small salad or dessert to share. Live music and cash writing contest, fun writing activities, and a performance from Junior Guild. Free and open to anyone interested in writing.
Registration for Adult Dodgeball Winter League – Rockford Park District leagues for players age 18 and older and out of high school; register by team only. Winter season runs Fridays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 2015 from 8-10 p.m. at Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park. Team registration fee is $180 for teams of six players minimum. Register with payment by Dec. 22, either online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD by mail, fax with credit card, or at Park District Customer Service locations. Or call 815-987-1640.
Mark the Date for “A Night at Burpee Museum” – Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. Date: Dec. 27, 7 p.m.-midnight. People may come and go as they please. Join Gary Soper of the Dark Sky Society and his telescope, watch a movie, get up close to some live creepy crawlies, and more. Cost: $10/person. Info: 815-965-3433 or www.burpee.org.
Order Tickets for Harlem Globetrotters “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: Dec. 27, 1 p.m. It’s been five years since their last face-off. Tickets start at $22, now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, the BMO Harris Bank Center box office or by phone at 815-968-5222.
Mark the Date for “New Year Around the World” – Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. Date: Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On each hour, participants can welcome the New Year as it occurs around the globe. Free with admission. Info: 815-965-3433 or www.burpee.org.
Rock Valley Ski Association Announces Registration Deadlines for Winter 2014-15 Trips – Granite Peak (www.skigranitepeak.com) Jan. 2-4. Cost: $125. Trip is open to everyone. Deadline: Dec. 5. Indianhead Mountain (www.indianheadmtn.com) Jan. 16-18. Cost: $345. Deadline: Nov. 14. Red Mountain (www.redmountainresort.com) Jan. 25-Feb. 1. Cost: $1619. Resort is in Canada; passport is required. Deadline: Trip is closed; contact us for info about waiting list options. Telluride (tellurideskiresort.com) March 1-8. Note: Only 7 spaces remaining! Deadline: Dec. 17. More info: skirockford.org.
Order Tickets for MELD Sports Celebrity Event: “Tailgate with Tony” – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Feb. 26, 2015, 5:30-9 p.m. Guest: Former NFL Coach and sports analystTony Dungy. VIP Meet & Greet Tony Reception with Appetizers and short presentation by Tony – 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cost: $100 a person or VIP table of 10 – $950. VIP includes dinner and program. Dinner and program with Tony speaking, $75 per person or table of 10, $700. does not include VIP Reception. Info: 815-963-6353 ext. 10 or www.rockfordmeld.org.
Roscoe Troop 620 Boy Scout Tree Stand at New Location – Corner of Hwy. 251 and Hononegah Road on Rockrose Court, Roscoe. Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fresh-cut trees, wreaths, roping, crosses, candy canes, mail box swags thru Dec. 21.
Registration for “Scaling Up Vegetable Production” – Highland Community College, Freeport. Dates: Jan. 14-March 18, 6-8 p.m. Taught by University of Illinois Extension. Cost: $100 for entire series of 10 sessions, or $15 per session. Farm visits and hands-on learning may be an extra part of the couorse. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-235-4125.
Registration for Blackhawk Technical College Preview Day – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 s. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. Date: Jan. 24, 9-11 a.m. Info: 608-757-7769.
Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce Training Programs are seeking applicants for 2015 cycle. Earn while you learn. Info: 815-963-6236.
New Programs at Carlson Ice Arena – Visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate or call 815-969-4069 for information on new winter skating programs, including Synchronized Skating and Cheer on Ice, and for families learning to skate together, “So You Want to Learn to Skate?”
Order Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Pres. “Built to Amaze! Nuts & Boltz Edition” – Tickets now on sale for circus returning May 8-10, 2015. All non-premium tickets are $15 each. Purchase at BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or online at www.Ringling.com .
Volunteers sought for English language project in Chile – Rotary District 6420 will be sending a Vocational Training Team of up to six people to Combarbala, Chile, in June to help English language teachers. Applicants should have a minimum of five years experience teaching English language learners or with ESL programs and who are fluent in Spanish. Info: rotary6420.org or call 815-238-0318 or email email@example.com. Deadline: Dec. 20. Team leader interviews will take place Jan. 3 in Sterling; team member interviews on Jan. 10.
ComEd Helps Seniors with Past Due Electric Bills –Apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program, from Dec. 1-24, or while funds last. ComEd will pay up to $1,500 toward an eligible customer’s past due balance. Must be over age 60 with a past due balance, have not received a Residential Special Hardship benefit within the last two years, have no unpaid tampering charges, and not on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). No income limit to apply. Customers can apply at office of Community Action, 555 N. Court St., Suite 301, 8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. , Mon.-Fri., Dec. 1-23 and 8:30-11 a..m. on Dec. 24. Documents needed include a driver’s license or State ID for proof of age, Social Security card, and a recent ComEd bill showing past due balance.
Beloit International Film Festival Holiday Ticket Discount Begins! From now until Christmas, BIFF is offering Gold Passes for only $160, vs. the regular $225. Gold Passes holders will have access to any number of films they desire, exclusive events and the filmmaker hospitality lounge. Ticket 4-packs: $25 ($30 after Dec. 5) or 6-packs: $35 ($45 after Dec. 25). Info: beloitfilmfest.com.
Mark the Dates for Holiday Hoopla – Discovery Center Museum will be open Dec. 26-30. Extra activities take place 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Holiday Hoopla activities are included with admission to the museum. Planetarium shows are $1 for general public and 50 cents for Discovery Center members. Build It! Make It! exhibit will also be open thru Jan. 4; cost $2 public, free for members.
Comfort Keepers is extending its Food Drive at LeHan’s Pharmacy, 1407 S. 4th St., DeKalb, thru Jan. 5. Info: 815-899-4700.
Mark the Date for 2nd Annual Rumble in the Rock – Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. All-day basketball showcase competition with four Rockford Public Schools Dist. 205 high schools in addition to RVC and Milwaukee Area Technical College Women’s and Men’s teams. Info: RockValleyCollege.edu/Rumble.
From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue