Ongoing Attractions: Feb. 25-March 3

Ongoing Attractions

Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, Boundaries, 3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 6:30 p.m. Third Wednesday of each month.
Angelic Organics Learning Center – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year. 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. 815-858-2028 or 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 p.m.. 815-874-7576.
Blackhawk Technical College – Tax Preparation Help. Tuesdays in February and March, except March 10th. 608-743-4577.
The Bridge Center of Rockford – 4861 American Road. Games & classes for beginners through experts. 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. 815-965-3433.
City Council Meetings – 1st and 3rd Mondays, Rockford City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers, 425 East State St., Rockford.
Coalition of Latino Leaders — Meets third Monday of each month, noon-1 p.m. E-mail coalitionoflatinoleaders@gmail.com.
CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. 815-398-6000.
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. 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. 815-963-6769.
Divorce Care Support Group – Rock Church, 6732 Harrison Ave. Meets for 13 weeks on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 815-229-7600.
Elite Defense Systems Self-Defense Center – 5695 Strathmoor Drive. Daily classes. New: Krav Maga classes. 815-885-4758.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $8 adults, $5 student, $10 family. 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. 815-962-5585.
FitMe Wellness – Next to Hilander, Spring Creek & Mulford roads. 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: forestcitybrewers.org or info@forestcitybrewers.org.
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead — 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstrution with events. Closed for the season. Info: 815-756-7904 or 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. 815-395-5655.
Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – Rockford School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Every second and fourth Thursday 6:15-7:30 p.m. 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 and nfo: 815-332-6800.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 2821 Bell School Road, Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, line dancing and support group. 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.
IL-WI Stateline Atheist Society – Humanists, skeptics, agnostics and atheists – activities and meetings for like-minded individuals. 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 golfrockford.org.
Junior StreetHogs Arena – Booker Washington Community Center, 524 Kent St. Outreach street hockey program for youth. 815-969-4072.
Ken-Rock Community Center – 3218 11th St. Various activities throughout the year. Variety of free classes for adults and children. 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. 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. 815-965-8146.
Lewis Lemon Community Center – 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free. 815-987-8800.
Magic Waters Waterpark – 7820 N. CherryVale Mall Dr., Cherry Valley. Closed for the season. 815-987-8852.
Memorial Hall – 211 N. Main St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Fri., or by appointment. 815-969-1999.
Midway Village – 6799 Guilford Road. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. 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. 815-895-9777.
Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times: 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. 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: 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.
Singles Organization Across Rockford (S.O.A.R.) – Second and fourth Saturday of each month. (and fifth if there is one) Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Avenue, Loves Park, 7-10 p.m. First time is Free. $2 with snack; $4 without snack. Drinks provided. Info: 815-275-7179 Sami or 815-298-4769 Brenda.
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.
Tango Class – Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. 7-8:30 p.m. Classes first and third Friday of every month. Cost: $15 for single class, $25 for two. RSVP: 815-721-0994 or jacsain_cyr@prodigy.net.
Tax Help – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th Street, Rockford. Appointments open to seniors 55 and older Thursdays between 9-noon. Free. Info: 815-398-8864.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 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. 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 westrockwakepark.com.
Wild Westmor Lanes – 2407 N. Central Ave., Rockford. Open bowling daily, $1 draft beers. 815-963-7210.
Winnebago County Health Department – For flu clinic schedule and prices, go to www.wchd.org or call 815-720-4264.
WNIJ Winter Book Series – Northern Public Radio/WNIU-WNIJ, 801 N. First St. DeKalb. Mondays in February, 6:50 and 8:50 a.m. Free admission.
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 Needed
Computer Tutor — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Sign up for one-on-one instruction with one of our instructors. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
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 www.golfrockford.org (click My RPD) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at either Park District Customer Service location. Info: 815-987-8800.
Registration for AAF Awards – American Advertising Awards Northern Illinois awards presentation, Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Info/registration: niafed.org.
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 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 hodg@illinois.edu 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: amy.orvis@rps205.com or jonathan.wu@freethechildren.com.
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.
Registration for Eagle Nation Foundation Apple River Wildlife and Historical Bus Tour – Tour dates: March 16-19. Registration must be completed by Feb. 15. Info: 815-594-2306.
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: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playworld 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, tonya@unitedwayrrv.org or visit www.wevolunteer.org.
Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Awareness Workshops — 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.
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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
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 www.golfrockford.org (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.
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 vita@goodwillni.org.
Goodwill Free Income Tax Service – Goodwill locations throughout Northern Illinois will offer free income tax preperation assistance for families making less than $50,000 and individuals less than $25,000 through April 15. 615 N. Longwood St. Rockford, Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 5-8 p.m. East High School, 2929 Charles St. Rockford, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 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 – Opening 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: gmccarty@illinois.edu 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: 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 http://web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec.
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 www.cfnil.org. Info: Laura Schweitzer, Grants & Scholarships associate, 815-962-2110, ext. 17 or lschweitzer@cfnil.org.
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 www.klehm.org or call 815-965-8146.
Registration for PTIC Training: “Let’s Get Smart” – UIC Specialized Care for Children, 4302 N. Main St. Friday, Feb. 20, 12-2 p.m. Free event. Register by Feb. 13. Info/registration: 866-436-7842 x107 or www.fmptic.org/events/trainings.
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 sandberg@ansci.wisc.edu. Questions: 262-741-4968. Online registration and payment by credit card at http://kenosha.uwex.edu/2014/12/02/equinep;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 course. Info: gmccarty@illinois.edu or 815-235-4125.

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