Ongoing & Upcoming Attractions: Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015

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.

Coalition of Latino Leaders – Meets third Monday of each month, noon-1 p.m. E-mail

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. Note Holiday Hours: Open till 3 p.m., Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 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 Rockford Brewing Co., Rock River & Prairie Street. “Tasters Guild” meetings at 7 p.m. third Wed. of each month at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. Info/membership: or

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

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.

Midwest Museum of Natural History – 425 W. State St., Sycamore. Wed., free to the public. Fri., live animal demonstrations at 3 p.m. Info: 815-895-9777.

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. 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.

Veterans Drop-In Center – 413 N. Court St., Rockford. Offers dinner to veterans Mon.-Fri., provided and served by many local organizations.

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:

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 Classes at The Arc – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. First Quarter 2015 Program Schedule is out. Info: 815-965-3455.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-969-4082.

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

Golf Indoors at ISC – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Jan. 6-March 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Special flight range balls, $5 per bucket ($6 non-resident). Info: 815-987-8890 or

Registration for Indoor Adult Golf Clinics – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Jan. 12-March 9, 12:30-1:20 p.m. or 1:30-2:20 p.m. Fees: $20 per clinic ($23 non-resident). Register at least 3 days prior to each clinic date, either online at (click My RPD) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at either Park District Customer Service location. Info: 815-987-8800.

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.

Registration for Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 20, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Free, but advance registration is requested. Info: 608-363-7421 or toll free 877-363-7421; ask for Nicole Morgan, Grief Program Counselor.

Registration for Conversations About Dementia – Senior Resource Center, 1237 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. Date: Feb. 3, 2-3:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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: 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

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 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 State 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 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

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.

Drop in for Pickleball at ISC – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. For players ages 18 and older. Dates: Jan. 6-April 1, 2015. Mon., Thurs., Fri., 10 a.m.-noon and Tues., Wed., 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration for “Scaling Up Vegetable Production” – University of Illinois Extension at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. Dates: Jan. 14-March 18, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $100 series or $15 per session. Register at 815-235-4125. Labs will be required for those enrolled for credit. Info: or 815-235-4125.

Registration for Winter Writing Workshop – Severson Dells, 8786 Montague Road. Dates: Feb. 21, March 14, April 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Taught by Greg Keilback. Free. Register at 815-335-2915.

Registration for 2015 Illinois Crop Management Conferences – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Mt. Vernon; Jan. 28 and 29, Springfield; Feb. 4 and 5, Champaign; Feb. 11 and 12, Malta. Registration is required and includes lunch on both days. Advance registration is $130; at the door is $150 (checks only). Online and mail-in registration forms and complete info on topics available at

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is now accepting scholarship applications with Feb. 1 and March 1 deadlines. More than 80 different scholarships for students. Most CFNIL scholarships have an online application accessible thru new website Info: Laura Schweitzer, Grants & Scholarships associate, 815-962-2110, ext. 17 or

Registration for Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Awareness Workshops – UW-Extension , Boone County. At the following locations: Collinsville, Jan. 29 – 618-344-4230; Wheaton, Feb. 3 – 630-584-6166; DeKalb, Feb. 4 – 8l15-758-8194; Mt. Vernon, Feb. 11 – 618-548-1446. Target audience includes certified arborists, tree care professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, forestry and natural resource professionals, conservationists and others. CEUs will be available.

Registration for 21st Annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo – Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. Date: Feb. 14. Depart from Klehm Arboretum at 7:30 a.m.; arrive back at Klehm approx. 3:30 p.m. (in time for Valentine’s Day dinner). Educational seminars, garden-related shopping, horticultural experts. Cost: $40 each. Register online at or call 815-965-8146.

Order Tickets for Chocoholic Frolic – Benefit forThe Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties – Forest Hills Lodge, Route 173, Rockford. Date: Feb. 19. 5:30 p.m., wine and cheese social hour in heated tent. Doors to Chocolate Extravaganza open at 6:30 p.m. Art Auction, People’s Choice Awards, 50/50 raffle. Attendees can purchase full-size versions of the treats sampled. Tickets: $25 each, available online at; all Schnucks locations after Jan. 5 (individual tickets only); phone, 815-965-3455 or at The Arc office, 1222 E. State St. Must be purchased ahead of time. No tickets sold at the door.

Registration for Horse Workshop – UW-Cooperative Extension Service, Bristol, Wis. Date: Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Equine Educational program to focus on planning, maintaining, and managing the facilities for housing and keeping horses. Lunch is included with fees. Cost: $25/person or $45/two people and $15/youth on or before Feb. 14. Registration fees increase after earlyl bird deadline. Info: 608-263-4303 or Questions: 262-741-4968. Online registration and payment by credit card at;rogram/

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: or 815-235-4125.

Apply for YWCA’S Women of Achievement Scholarship – New scholarship to be presented at Leader Luncheon XXXV, March 2, 2015. Chicago Rockford Airport Authority will sponsor a $1,500 Women of Achievement Scholarship. Applicants must be: Women, 23 years or older; reside in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, or Jo Daviess counties; enrolled or accepted into an academic degree or professional certification program at an accredited post-secondary educational college, university, or vocational program. Deadline to apply: Feb. 6, 2015. Info:

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 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 .

Registration for Illinois Crop Management Conferences – Presented by University of Illinois Extension. Jan. 28-29, Springfield. Feb. 4-5, Champaign. Feb. 11-12, Malta. Certified crop advisors can earn up to 13 hours of continuing education credits. Registration is required and includes lunch on both days. Advanced registration is $130; registration at the door is $150 (checks only). Info: 309-734-5161.

Mark the Date for Chicagoland Fishing, Travel Outdoor Expo – Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Ill. Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Admission: $12 adults, $3 children, under 5, free. Hours: Thurs.and Fri., noon-8 p.m. ; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 1-800-227-2067 or

Order Tickets for Pin It Rockford – Kids – Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St. (off Madison St.) Date: Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pinterest boards for kids. All supplies included. Crafts aimed at Valentine’s Day. Snacks, music and crafting. Tickets: $10/person, children under 5, free. Info:

Registration for Traditional Japanese Snow Viewing Tea Ceremony – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Date: Jan. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 12;30-1:30 p.m.; 2-3 p.m. Cost: $20 for Garden members, $25, non-members. Space is limited to 15 participants per ceremony. Reservations are required. Info: 815-316-3306 or

Mark the Date for Benefit for Jenn Loven – SM & SF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road. Date: Jan. 31. Jenn is fighting breast cancer. Spaghetti dinner, 4-6 p.m., $10. Pablo & the Rhythmix band starts playing at 7 p.m. Raffles, 50/50, silent auctions. 2 Chicago Bears tickets. New TV, 4 Cubs tickets.

Registration for 20th Annual Cardiology Millennium Conference & Heart Care: Ask the Experts – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Feb. 2, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for professionals in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Ask the Experts at 5:30 p.m. Free public event. Cost of Millennium Conference: $125, includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Info: HealthConnect at 815-968-2500 or

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County will begin taking shelter reservations for use of shelterhouses for 2015. Fee to reserve is $50 for small shelterhouses, $75 for large ones without electricity, and $85 for large shelterhouses with electricity. Non-resident rates are $75, $100 and $115. First-come, first-served basis. Info: www/ or 815-877-6100 or e-mail:

Registration for “Super Sempervivums” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m. Free, but advance registration is required. Info: 815-544-3710 or

Registration for “Wander at the Wetland” – Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton. Date: Feb. 3, 4-7:30 p.m. Outdoor winter event for all ages. Free, but registration requested at 815-964-6666 or email: by Feb. 2. Guests are invited to bring their own snowshoes.

Mark the Date for Winnebago Buy Local’s 2015 Kick-Off – Giovanni’s Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m. Keynote speaker, Saya Hillman. RSVP not necessary but very helpful.

Registration for Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference – Holy Cross Catholic Church, 223 E. Front Ave., Stockton. Date: Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., lunch provided. Register by Jan. 30. Cost for workshop is $20 if paid by this date, or $30/person after deadline. Info: 815-858-2273 or

Registration for Invasive Pest Awareness Workshop – University of Illinois Extension. Location: DeKalb. Date; Feb. 4. Info/Registration: 815-758-8194.

Registration for First Detector Training – DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. Date: Feb. 4. Workshops cover new topics on current and emerging invasive plants, pathogens and insects. For certified arborists, tree care professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, forestry & natural resource professionals, conservationists and others. Registration fee: $40 covers instruction, lunch and training materials. Pre-registration required by Feb. 2. Info: 815-758-8194 or

Registration for FAFSA Completion Night – Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Date: Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. Financial aid staff will be on hand to answer questions. Participants should come with the 2015-2016 FAFSA worksheet completed as much as possible. Forms may be obtained from the RVD Financial Aid Office, high school guidance counselor offices, area libraries, or online at Free. RSVP at 815-921-4150.

Registration for 19th Annual Stateline Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Date: Feb. 5, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Presented by University of Illinois Extension. Registration fee: $45/person, $35 for additional employees of same farm. Two general sessions, choice of three breakouts and lunch. Info: or call 815-986-4357.

Mark the Date for Quilters Lecture – Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State St. Dates: Feb. 5. Speaker Mickey Dupre. 1 p.m.: Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff. 7 p.m. Colorrific Quilts. Feb. 6: Half-day workshop on English Paper Piecing. Feb. 7: Full-day workshop to teach 3 new hexie patterns. Info:

Registration for Tour of Nicholas Conservatory – Date: Feb. 6. Hosted by Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. Carpool from Staples lot in Freeport at 10 a.m. Expected return at 2:30 p.m. See the annual orchid exhibit, water features, sculptures. Admission: $8 adult, $6 seniors (age 65+). Info: Chris Kruger, 815-238-9259 to sign up for this trip and confirm your lunch choices by Jan. 29.

Mark the Date for CASA Wine Tasting Fund-raiser – Artale’s Wine Company, 6876 Spring Creek Road. Date: Feb. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Support CASA, sample over 30 wines, and enjoy appetizers from Josef’s Restaurant.

Order Tickets for Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting – Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. Date: Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. First 100 guests receive a commemorative wine glass. Win an original painting, “Summer Meadow.” Raffle tickets, $5 each. tickets: $25 members, $30 non-members in advance. $35 at the door.Available online at and click on Special Events.

Registration for “Grow Springfield Community Gardening and Urban Farming Forum” – Illinois Dept. of Agriculture, Springfield. Date: Feb. 7, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.For those who already manage or garden at community gardens or urban farms, who want to share best practices. Sponsored by U of I Extension. Registration fee: $20, includes lunch and materials. For those whom cost is prohibitive, may attend at no charge. Registration due by Feb. 5 at or call 217-782-4617.

Registration for Rockford University Visit Day – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Date: Feb. 7, Check-in at 8:45 a.m. For prospective students and their families. Application fee will be waived if students fill out their application form during Visit Day. Reservations requested. Info: or 815-226-4050 or 800-892-2984.

Mark the Date for “Life of a Fur Trader” – Byron Museum of History, 110 Union St., Byron. Date: Feb. 7, 1 p.m. Re-enactor Gerald Wykes will portray a French fur trader and tell about the days of voyageurs in the Illinois country. Light refreshments. Info: 815-234-5031.

Order Tickets for 7th Annual Fur Ball – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. Benefit for PAWS Humane Society. Tickets: $55/person or $110/couple. Order from or 815-299-7297.

Order Tickets for Eighth Annual Hearts for Huntington’s Disease Dinner Dance – Hilton-Chicago Northbrook. Date: Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Tickets: $75 each, includes dinner, 3 complimentary drink tickets, and dancing ($23 is tax deductible). Funds raised will support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Info: or 847-975-2403.

Registration for “Spoon River Anthology” Dramatization – Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Date: Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of this work from novelist/poet Edgar Lee Masters. Call 815-332-5161 to register for this free program.

Mark the Date for Chocolate Sundae Sunday – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Date: Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m. Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and enjoy the tunes of the Auburn jazz ensemble. All activities included with museum admission. Cost: $1.50 members, $2.50 public, museum admission is extra.

Mark the Date for Folwell Lecture: “The Arab Spring: Did It All Go Wrong?” – Rogalski Center Ballroom, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. Date: Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Speaker Dr. Amaney Jamal. Sponsored by World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities. Free and open to the public.

Registration for Growing Food Indoors With Hydroponics – Belvidere High School, Ag Classroom, 1500 East St., Belvidere. Date: Feb. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. Participants should park by the greenhouse behind the Performing Arts Center, and enter thru door 30. Open to public, but pre-registration is required. Cost: $5 for presentation only, $15 for participants interested in creating a system at the workshop. All materials are included except for aquarium air pump and grow light. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 9. Register at 815-544-3710 or online at

Registration for “A Night on 52nd Street” – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall Commons, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Date: Feb. 13, 6-9:30 p.m. Swing dance lessons, practice time, dinner with UW-Rock County Jazz Singers providing entertainment. Cost: $35, includes dance lessons, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Cash bar available. Portion of proceeds will go to support UW-Rock County Jazz Singers. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360 or

Registration for “Twisted Love: Stories of Doomed Romance” – Hope and Anchor English Pub, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the event. Dinner is not included, but you can go early and order from the menu. Info: or call Kathi Kresol at 815-871-4239.

Registration for LOLTOS Social: David Rhodes at the Coronado – Coronado Theatre, 315 N. Main St. Date: Feb 14, 9:30 a.m. Cost: $10 single or $15 couple. Checks to Jean Steckling, 3950 Blackhawk Road, Rockford, IL 61109.

Registration for Out Montague Road: A Sense of Place, by Robert Lindvall – Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road. Date: Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. A look at the prehistory, establishment, growth (educational, social, political and religious) and development. Free. Info: 815-335-2915.

Registration for Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe/Hike – Hononegah Forest Preserve, 80 Hononegah Road, Rockton. Date: Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m. Bring your own cross-country skis or rent snowshoes on site from Rocktown Adventures for $10. Park and gather at Towering Pines shelter house. Explore the designated route with a group led by Rick Barton, or make your way round the loop on your own. Preserve will close and gates will be locked at 8:30 p.m. Call 815-877-6100 to register (24 pairs of adult snowshoes and 6 pairs of youth snowshoes available by reservation). If weather is questionable, call 815-494-6977 to confirm that eavent is still happening. Free, open to public.

Registration for After School Thursday Ice Skating – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Thursdays thru May 28.Fee for students and adult/chaperones is $3/person including skate rental; family and friends also welcome. Register at or call 815-969-4069.

Registration for Internet Safety Classes at The Arc – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Dates: Feb. 14-March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost per session: $20. Info: 815-955-3455.

Order Tickets for “A Night to Remember” – Cliffbreakers Restaurant & Convention Center, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Date: Feb. 14. Black tie, red carpet at 6 p.m. Gala at 7 p.m. Fund-raiser for St. Paul Church of God in Christ. Assiged seating: $60. VIP Tier, $100. Feat. Michelle Williams, international recording artist and actress. Info: Eunice Beeks-Green, 815-621-7187, Dyanna Walker, 815-494-6464.

Registration for A Photographer’s View of Yellowstone National Park – Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road. Date: Feb. 15, 2 p.m.: With David Donohue; photos of a 2013 trip. Free. Info: 815-335-2915.

Order Tickets for Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Foodist & TV personality. Tickets/Info: 815-965-0895 or

Registration for The Beauty of Our County – Severson Dells, 8786 Montague Road. Date: Feb. 17 , 1-2 p.m. With biologist/educator Greg Keilback. Free to members, $3 per family non-members. Info: 815-335-2915.

Registration for Master Gardener Training – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Dates: Feb. 17-May 5, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Taught by University of Illinois Extension. Fee: $175/person; deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Pre-registration is required. Includes a master gardener manual. Info: 815-986-4357 or

Mark the Dates for 44th Annual Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Feb. 20-22. Adults: $7, weekend pass, $10, children under 12, free.

Mark the Dates for BIFF’s 10th Anniversary – Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Feb. 20-March 1. Starts with BIFF Block Party. All festival information available online at

Registration for Eagle-Watching Field Trip – Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will lead a field trip Sat., Feb. 21, to Lock and Dam 13 on the Mississippi River to observe populations of wintering bald eagles and other migrating waterfowl. Dress warmly and meet at Staples lot in Freeport at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars and camera. Participants will find a place for lunch about noon. Expected return time is 2 p.m. Call Laura Dufford at 815-541-8958 . Sign-up is not necessary but helpful in planning the carpool or cancellation due to weather.

Order Tickets for Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirates & Princess Adventure – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Date: Feb. 21, 1, 4, 7 p.m. Tickets: $22-$67. Info: 815-968-5222.

Order Tickets for 2015 Champions Ball – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. Date: Feb. 21. Social hour, 5 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m., inductions of student athletes into RPS Hall of Fame, 6:45 p.m., Champions Ball, 8 p.m. Tickets on sale thru Rockford Sports Coalition at

Registration for Hydroponics Workshop: Growing Food Indoors – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Date: Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Cost: $5 (lecture only) or $15 to make a take-home system. All materials included except for aquarium air pump and grow light. Pre-registration required. Info: or call U of I Extension at 815-986-4357.

Registration for Webinar: Job Benefits – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. Date: Feb. 24, 4 p.m. Register at

Registration for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Feb 24-Apr 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Preregistration is required. Info: 608-758-8455 or

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

Registration for Soil Fertility Seminar – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Date: Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration: $50/person, includes lunch. Deadline: Feb. 25. Register at or call 815-732-2191.

Registration for Beginning Beekeeping Classes – Apple Creek Apiaries, 8384 N. Broadway, Apple River. Dates: March 2 – Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m. each day. Taught by master beekeeper Terrence N. Ingram. Includes hands-on experience. Cost: $140 with advance enrollment a necessity as a maximum of 15 students will be accepted. Includes a 1-year subscription to Small Beekeepers Journal. Enrollment fees go to: Terrence N. Ingram, 8384 N. Breoadway, Apple River, IL 61001. Info: 815-594-2592.

Registration for 35th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. Date: March 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Speaker Linda Grist Cunningham. Tickets: $55 public, $50 members. Order from Deadline: Feb. 13.

Memberships at Nicholas Conservatory – Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Members enjoy unlimited general admission visits to the Conservatory during the year, plus member-only events and exhibit premieres, 10% off gift store purchases, complimentary one-time-use guest passes, discounts on special events, annual membership appreciation event, exclusive e-communications and more. Variety of membership levels available: $25-$100; business and nonprofit organization memberships are also available. Info: 815-987-1670 or

Goodwill Industries helps customers save money with “Scratch Off Sundays.” Shop Goodwill each Sunday and receive a “Scratch Off Sunday” card to reveal instant savings of 10-30%. Good at any of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois’ 11 retail locations, thru May 31, 2015.

Registration for “Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun” – NIU-Rockford campus, 8500 E. State St. Date: March 7, 8 a.m.-3;15 p.m. Cost: $40/person, includes lunch, keynote presentation, and attendee’s choice of three additional education classes. To register, visit or call 815-986-4357.

Registration for Family Skunk Cabbage Walk – Severson Dells, 8786 Montague Road. Date: March 17, 6 p.m. Suggested ages 7 and up. Free. Info: 815-335-2915.

Registration for North American Youth Sports Basketball Tournament – Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive. Dates: March 27, 29. Offers 12 different age brackets. Entry fee: $160, guarantees each team a minimum of three games. Awards will be presented in each bracket. Entry deadline: March 6. Info: NAYS hotline, 1-866-352-5915 or tournament director Mike Winters, 815-978-5657 or

Registration for 4-H Camp is open! June 28-July 2 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll. Sign up to get your child in on all the fun. Camp check-in time is 6-6:30 p.m., Sun., June 28; check-out is 6-6:30 p.m., Thurs., July 2. Open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. cost: $235 thru March 1; after that, the price increses to $250; all camp fees must be paid in full by June 19. To download a camper application, visit To register, visit and click on 2015 4-H Camp line or call one of these offices: Ogle, 815-732-2191; Stephenson, 815-235-4125; Winnebago, 815-986-4357.

Rock Valley College Pitching Instruction – Fusion Sports Complex, 7135 Clinton Road, Loves Park. By pitching coach Zac Wolf. Info: 815-481-1757 or

Freeport Downtown Development Foundation is looking for volunteers who are interested in leading a downtown event this year. Info: or 815-232-9000.

Junior League of Rockford, Inc., seeks homes in the Rockford area to feature in its Unique Spaces home tour, Sat., April 25, and Sun., April 26. Proceeds from this event help support the Junior League of Rockford, Inc.’s vital programs. Info: Ashley Rogers at or Anna Benson,

Rockford Township Supervisor Mickey Goral announces the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) 2015 scholarship program for graduating high school seniors. This program, sponsored by the state association, TOI, is for deserving Illinois students who have demonstrated a willingness to accept leadership responsibilities and serve their communities. TOI will award seven $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors who will attend Illinois colleges or universities this fall. Applications as well as eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting Rockford Township, 815-962-8855. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

Kindergarten/Pre-K enrollment runs thru Feb. 6. Incoming kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2015. Montessori pre-kindergarten students must turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2015. Parents/guardians applying for Montessori pre-k lottery must complete an application and attend a mandatory orientation at Maria Montessori School before the lottery. Info: 815-967-8070.

From the Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015, issue

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