Community Calendar

Week of April 23-29, 2014

Wednesday, April 23

Oregon High School Kicks off Can Drive – Oregon High School, 206 S. 10th St., Oregon. 8-11 a.m. Canned goods, monetary donations or paper products will be accepted. Info: 815-732-6241, ext. 1207.

HBO: Alzheimer’s Project – Center for Learning in Retirement, 3350 N. Bell School Road. . 10 a.m.-noon. Documentary from the point of view of the person with the disease. Info: 815-921-3930.

Cooking with Fresh Vegetables” – University of Illinois Extension Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. 10:30 a.m. Fee: $5. Advance registration needed by April 18. Info: 815-544-3710.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. Children under age 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

RVC Stands Against Racism – RVC’s Learning & Opportunity Center, Stewart Square. March begins at noon. At 12:45-1:15 p.m., conversation begins at the LOC Lounge.

Affordable Health Care Sign-up – Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. 1-3 p.m. Every Wednesday thru March.

Ebertfest” – Roger Ebert’s Film Festival runs April 23-27 at Virginia Theatre, in Champaign-Urbana. Festival schedule is at eberfest.com, complete with reviews, information about other events, and video retrospective. Info: 217-244-0552 or 706-542-4972.

Teen’Scape at Montague Branch – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch Classroom, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, or make crafts. Info: 815-965-7606.

Donate Items for Rockford Art Museum Sale “Elegant Clutter” – Truck at Rockford Art Museum parking lot, 711 N. Main St. Donation drop off April 23, 4-7 p.m. Friday preview sale: May 2, 5-8 p.m., $5. Saturday sale, May 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $2.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

eReader Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Movie Nights – Nordlof Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford Community & Economic Development Dept. Public Input Session – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 5:30-7 np.m.

9th Annual Carol McFeggan Homicide Victim Memorial Service – Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park. 6 p.m. Lighting of candles by survivors, release of balloons at river’s edge, bagpipes by Aaron Kerr.

The Money Tree – Rockford Publilc Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Film: “Race: The Power of an Illusion” – Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St.. 6:30 -9 p.m. Documentary. Part 2 of a 3- part series. Final presentation is April 30, 6:30 p.m. Register at http://www.ywca.org/rockford/race2014.

Think Like a Crook. How to Stay Safe Online” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 7 p.m. Presented by Marsha Ackerman, director, IT Security. Free, but RSVP at 815-395-1212.

Comics of Steel Comedy Nite – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, April 24

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Spring Bird Walk – Northern Jane Addams Trail and the Orangeville Wetlands. Meet at the trailhead at Orangeville, just east of the BP gas station. Carpool at 7:30 a.m. Leader: Somer Bozovsky. Info: 815-275-0719.

Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

RVC Stands Against Racism – Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center, 4151 Samuelson Road. Noon-1 p.m. Open mic to voice your support of Stand Against Racism, or share a favorite quote, or read the YWCA’s pledge. Also music and short videos. Free, open to the public.

Preschool Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-12:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Apps for Android – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Find out which apps are great, which to avoid. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford Community & Economic Development Dept. Public Input Session – Rockford University, Classroom 126, Building 5100, 5050 E. State St. 3 p.m.

RMAP Policy Committee – Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St., Room 303. 1:15 p.m.

American Classic 2014 Tour Preview” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 1:30 p.m. Free. Please register at 815-732-3252.

Pest Control Strategies in the Garden – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Via teleconference. Cost: $5. Advance registration needed by April 21. Info: 815-732-2191.

MS Word 2010 (2-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Proficient familiarity with mouse and keyboard. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

NIU Annual Faculty Awards Ceremony – NIU, Altgeld Hall, Altgeld Auditorium, 595 College Ave., DeKalb. 3 p.m. Info: www.niu.edu/excellence.

Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime: Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish-English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Publilc Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 0-2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Law Day 2014 Celebration – Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1461, 1310 W. Lincoln, Belvidere. 5-7 p.m. Program on the history of our democratic process; free buffet dinner, live music; freematerials. RSVP to 815-544-2014 or s.gonzales803@gmail.com.

Rockford Community & Economic Development Dept. Public Input Session – Northwest Community Center, Community Room, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. 5:30-7 p.m.

Meals for a Healthy Heart” – University of Illinois Ogle County Extension, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Info: 815-732-2191.

Egg Drop Experiment – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 8`15-965-7606.

Seth B. Atwood Award Presentation & Reception – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 5:30 p.m. social, appetizers, cash bar, music. 6 p.m. program and award presentation. Come early and enjoy the spring blossoms along the garden paths. Cost: $20/person. Reservations required by April 22. Call 815-877-6100.

Those Who Excel Awards – Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. 5:30 p.m. social time, 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets: $35/person. Open to public. Info: 815-395-1988.

Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis., is beginning a new grief support group for those 59 years or younger. 6-7:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested at 608-363-7421 or 877-363-7421.

Winnebago County Board meeting –Winnebago County Courthouse, County Board Room, 400 W. State St. 6 p.m.

Documentary Screening: “This Is My Sister” – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 6 -8 p.m. Free to the public; donations accepted.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Under the Pillow Books: Best Women’s Erotica 2013 – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Writers Group – Freeport Publlic Library, History Room, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 6:30 p.m. Moderated by Kim Sigafus McIver. Info: 815-233-3000.

Around the World in 8 IPAs – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 7 p.m. PBR Bargo. 8-10 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-0931.

Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.

Friday, April 25

Civil War Encampments – Galena, Ill. April 25-27. See 1860s blue and grey-uniformed soldiers. Military drill in the morning, a battle in the afternoon, a parade in between. See civilians in period-correct attire in the camp. For $5, watch the proceedings of camp life, observe medical technology of the time, witness the re-enactment of the Siege of Vicksburg, and enjoy a classic Sanitary Fair.

42nd Annual Charisma Fund-raising Fashion Show – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Features boutique shopping, a women’s fashion show with luncheon at noon, followed by a teen fashion show with dinner at 6:30 p.m. New: “Trend Classes” from fashion, cosmetic and designer experts from 9-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Boutique shopping is free and open to public. Tickets for fashion show and luncheon/dinner at $20-$50 for fashion shows. E-mail carriemonk1@comcast.net or 815-332-8215.

Free Device Workshop for Smartphones – Quality Cellular, 2430 Charles St. 9 a.m. Presented by U.S. Cellular. Open to everyone; need not be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.

Preschoolers: Great Goats” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 10-11:30 a.m. Garden projects.some to help the farm, some to take home. Cost: $12. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Lunch and Learn: Get Up and Move – Nordlof Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. Noon-1 p.m. Ages 18 and older. How to fit more activity into your working day. Bring a bag lunch and a covered drink. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Talent Share – Fairgrounds Valley Community Center, 1015 W. Jefferson St. 4-7 p.m. All talents welcome.

Step Show and Stroll Off – Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center, 4151 Samuelson Road. Conclusion of Greek Week. Doors open at 5 p.m. Event at 6 p.m. Admission:: $5 public, free to RVC students with ID.

Floral Infused Dinner – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy four courses of selections inspired by or prepared with flowers. Kick-off to Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend. Info: 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Arbor Dash 5K – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 6:30 p.m. Non-competitive fun run/walk through Klem’s 155 acres; part road race, part trail run. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. Everyone leaves with their own tree. Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members. Register by April 18. April 22-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Packet pick up at Klehm Visitors Center. April 25, 5-6:30 p.m. Race check-in. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Rockford/ArborDash5K.

Comedy Night w/Tim Slagle – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.

Saturday, April 26

Rockford Rage Roller Derby vs. The Aurora’s 88 Problems – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Ill. 6 p.m. $10 adults, $5 kids, free for ages younger than 5.

Comcast Cares Day – Employees, their families and friends will participate in more than 80 volunteer projects spanning Illinois, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. Info: www.comcastinthecommunity.com.

Summer Fun at the Y – Summer Program Guide and Camp Winnebago. Registration now available. Camp Winnebago will hold an open house 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: www.rockriverymca.org.

Rockford Aviators Job Fair – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Team needs to fill several game day positions for summer.Pick up an application at the Aviators’ office during the week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and return completed application at the event. Or fill one out at the event. Dress professionally and be prepared for an interview.

Spring Arts & Crafts Fair – Freeport/ Stephenson County Visitors Center,4596 US Highwaty 20, east of Freeport. Opens 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Runs till May 11. Info: 815-233-1357.

RVC Fund-raiser at Barnes & Noble – CherryVale Mall. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College. By presenting an official voucher for RVC fund-raiser to cashier at time of purchase, you will donate a portion of the net sale to RVC library. Proceeds of customer sales will go toward purchasing novels and children’s books. Vouchers can be printed in advance at rockvalleycollege.edu/libraryfriends or may be picked up at Barnes & Noble on the day of the event.

Ask-a-Lawyer Day – The public can call in questions about legal matters at no cost from 9 a.m.-noon Call ISBA toll free at 800-252-8908 or 800-678-4009. Or e-mail your legal question to askalawyerday@isba.org, or Skype-a-lawyer at isbalaw1. Chicago Bar Association at 312-554-2001 (phone lines open until 2 p.m.)

Earth Oven and Cob Bench Workshop” – Angelic Organics Learning Center at The Dome Gathering Space, 6524 Belvidere Road, Roscoe. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Complete a cob bench and cook in an earth oven. Cost: $80. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Laughter Yoga – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 9:30 a.m. Free.

Immigration Reform Meeting – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 10 a.m. Local faith, business and law enforcement leaders call for a vote in Congress on immigration reform.

Junior League Fundraiser “Unique Home Spaces Tour” – April 26 & 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Self-guided tour of approx. 8 local homes recently renovated or redecorated featuring latest trends in home decor. Tickets: $20 advance or $25 day of event. Info: www.jlrockford.org.

Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road, Malta. 10-11:30 a.m. Register at 815-484-1300.

Kids Event: Mother’s Day Duck Tape Heart Frame – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10-11:30 a.m. $2 per 30-minute session (includes supplies) Ages 3 and up. Info: 815-639-1354.

Hands-on PV Workshop – Illinois Renewable Energy Association, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Instructor Dave Merrill from SunAir Sytems, designer and installer of solar electric systems. Both advanced and beginners are welcome. After lunch, class members will assemble a 1-kilowatt grid -tied PV system. Two teams will rotate between laying out solar panels and making the wiring connections between them and wiring the remaining components. Info: 815-732-7332.

MakerSpace CraftLit – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Work on your craft –- knitting, sewing, quilting, painting, etc. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Saturday Spectacular: Storyteller’s Surprise! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Lilttle Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Free Family Craft Time – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. Noon-3 p.m. Make a Mother’s Day card. Offer available while supplies last. Info: 815-639-1354.

Traditional Japanese Flower Viewing Tea Ceremony (hanami chakai) – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. Times: 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; 2-3 p.m. Cost: $25 per person. Reservations required. Space is limited to 15 participants for each tea ceremony time. Info: 815-316-3306 or kweston@andersongardens.org.

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Family Tree Planting Event – Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, 5360 Mulford Road, Cherry Valley. 1-3 p.m. Dress for the weather, wear long pants and boots, and bring a shovel to help WCFPD staff plant 400 sapling and potted trees.

The Dazzling Mills Family – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 2-3 p.m. All ages. Registration ils not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Info: 815-963-7465.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road.

Bunco for Breast Cancer” – Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa. 6 p.m. cocktail hour (cash bar), 7 p.m. Bunco starts. Only 156 spots available. Tickets: $30/person. Hosted by Genoa Community Women’s Club. Register at Specialty Gifts, 133 W. Main St., Genoa.

Rockford Board of Education Quarterly Strategic Planning Session – Administration Building, 3rd Floor Board Room, 501 Seventh St. 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

All You Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast – DeKalb Masonic Lodge No. 144, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. [Route 23]. Every Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. Biscuits & gravy [full order $4, half-order 2 extra]. Adults $6, children ages 5-12, $4, ages 4 and younger, free.

30th Annual Heritage Run – Downtown Rockford, State and Wyman. 1 p.m. Includes a 10 Km race and 2-mile run and walk and a kids’ half-mile fun run. Family activities. Registration fee for the 10k and 2-mile races is $30 before the event, $35 day of the race. Youth fees for those 17 and younger for 10k and 2-mile races are $10. A $7 entry fee is charged for youngsters under 12 years participating in the kids’ fun run. Runners may register by mail to Big Brothers Big Sisters,l YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford, IL 61107, or online at www.rockriverymca.org. Registration forms available at Rockford YMCA, Runners Image and the OSF Center for Health.

Wagon Wheel Day – Rockton Township Historical Society, 529 Green St., Rockton. 1 p.m. PowerPoint presentation of the famous Ice Palace. With Wagon Wheel historian Gary Glaser. Free. Info: 815-624-8200.

Training Day at The Mill – Beckman Mill Park, 11600 S. County Road H, off Highway 81. 2 p.m. Info: 608 -751-1551.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance – Rockford University, Burpee Center, 5050 E. State St. 3 p.m. Mayor Morrissey and Chairman Scott Christiansen will read proclamations. Student essay winners and teachers of the Holocaust will be honored. Candle lighting ceremony. Free and open to the public.

History of the Viking Ship” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 7 p.m. Lorraine Straw will retell the story of Viking – the full-size replica of the ancient Gokstad– that sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893. Includes PowerPoint presentation. Info: 815-732-3252.

Prairie Preservation Society’s Annual Banquet – Lorado Taft Field Campus, 1414 N. River Road, Oregon. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program with guests from Nachusa Grasslands. Cost: $25/person. Pre-registration is required by April 21. Info: 815-973-4926 or ppsoc.org.

NASCAR Racing – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Mobil 1 Dollar Night. (Select concession and drink items just $1). NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, Roadrunners, the Roadrunner Challenge, Kidney Bean Race return of the “Wild & Crazy” Figure 8 race. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7:07 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, students 12-17 are $8, children 6-11 are $5, kids 5 and younger, free. Info: 815-633-1500 or visit www.rockfordspeedway.com.

Monday, April 28

Standing for Children: Winnebago County CASA – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Presenters Faye Marcus & Sue Gorski. PSrogram with lunch provided is $10, by reservation only. A $5 donation is suggested for program only, with opportunity to purchase lunch and b everage at the coffeebar. Info: 815-986-0628.

Boone County Health Department – 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere. Noon.

Word for the Workplace (5-day class) –- Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 4-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. office skills to create, edit, format and save docuents. Create tables and templates, perform a mail merge and password protect your documents. A voluntary test at the end of the week will be offered. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Meeting –Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.

Public Hearing: Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.

Supper & Film: Third Star – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 6-9 p.m. Friends take a dying man on his last adventure trip. Fee: Regular $15, members, $10. Register by April 24. Info; 815-877-0118.

Rockford City Council meeting – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.

Workshop: Building Inclusive Teams: A How-To Leader’s Guide – Blackhawk Technical College, Central Campus, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 6-9 p.m.Cost: $69. Info: 608-757-7728 or www.blackhawk.edu/bcd.

Pub Trivia – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. Info: 815-633-2552.

Bullying Prevention: Everyone’s Responsibility – What Parents Can Do” – Lutheran Outdoor Miistries Center, Ragnar Moline Dining Hall, 1834 S. Illinois Rt. 2, Oregon. 6:30-9 p.m. Hosted by Family Matters PTIC. Lilght meal served at 6:30 p.m. Child care available at 815-732-2220. Free, but registration required. Register by April 15 at 866-436-7842, ext. 107 or www.fmptic.org/events/trainings or email russsenti@lomc.org or 815-732-2220.

RAYS Swim Team Rookie Week – I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford. Dates: April 28-May 1. Informational meeting for parents is April 28. Rookies ages 5-10 will swim 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 11-21 will swim 7-7:45 p.m. Y membership is not required, but there is a $10 fee. Registration and payment may be made online at www.rockriverymca.org (search “Stingrays”) or at Y front desk. Practice for all summer team members begins May 5 and continues thru July.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. Free, materials provided. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.

Zazen (Seated Meditation) – Positive Vibrations Yoga Studio, Piano Tunes Music Academy, 9461 N. 2nd St., Roscoe. 7:45 p.m. Info: 815-985-7283 or www.rinzaizen.org.

Tuesday, April 29

Housing Awareness for People with Disabilities” – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 1:30 p.m. Info: 815-732-3252.

DigiPhoto – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Bring your camera with memory card, all cables and power cord or charger, and your instruction booklet. If you have a laptop, bring it. Must have an email address and be proficient on the Internet. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rock River Branch – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-5:30 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play oard games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

RVC Earth Days Celebration – Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road 4-5:30 p.m. Dr. Tom Lombardo will give a presentation on solar and wind power, plus open forum discussion on general energy efficiency. Various local vendors and organizations will have information booths. Free and open to public.

Lecture: WWII German-American Internment – UW-Rock County Campus, Allen Hall, Room 106, Janesville, Wis. 4 p. m. Presented by the German Club. Eberhard Fuhr, a German-born American, will talk about the experience of his family as an enemy alien during World War II, including his arrest and detention and internment. Q & A session will follow the lecture.

Teens and Alcohol: Real Talk” – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-7:30 p.m. Town Hall meeting hosted by Rockford Alcohol Free Teens (RAFT). Free, open to the public.

Amazing Anime – Nordlof Center, Small Multipurpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Seminar on Homebuyer Education – North Suburban Library, Roscoe Branch, 5562 Clayton Circle, Roscoe. 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP by April 25 to Nick Nelson, 815-397-3111. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-962-5585.

Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject” – Wesley Willows, 4143 Albright Lane, Rockford. 6:30-8 p.m. Documentary that discusses end-of-life scenarios. Presented by League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford. Free and open to the public.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

4th Tuesday Book Discussion: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom C, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Info: 815-965-7606.

Hip Hop Zumba Party – Stewart Square Lobby, 308 W. State St. 7-8 p.m.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. 12-week program starts now. No cost; materials will be provided. Info: 815-262-6301.

Comics of Steel Comedy Nite – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

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From the April 23-29, 2014, issue