Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 for ages 13 & older, $7 for ages 3-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits. 815-965-3433.
Cherry Valley Public Library District – 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. (Sept.-May) 815-332-5161. Cherryvalleylib.org
Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. Hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $8 public, free for members. Children 1 and under are also free. 815-963-6769.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. 815-962-7402.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups. 815-977-4123 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
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. Open Tuesday-Friday (May-August) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Monday. 815-397-9112.
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.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – 5454 11th St. Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
Rock Hollow Hunt Club – Bingo and pull-tabs the last Tuesday of every month at Rock Hollow Hunt Club, 1931 IL Route 75 East in Freeport. Buy cards beginning at 6 p.m. games start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Benefits the US Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation.
Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.
Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343
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.
Registration for Classes at The Arc – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Info: 815-965-3455.
Registration for “Putting Wellness to Work” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Unit 3, Belvidere. Date: Your choice. Lessons on practical skills to help workers live healthy lives. Call Judy Hodge, Program Coordinator, at 815-544-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule lessons.
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. Call 815-965-8146 or visit klehm.org for more information.
Take Charge of Your Health, Live Well, Be Well Workshop – Do you have to manage a health condition on a daily basis or care for someone who does? Join us for a FREE Take Charge of Your Health Workshop. First session starts Monday April 3rd at 9:30am at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Rd. Open to the Public. Call Ashlee Dearman Covert from The Northwestern IL Area Agency on Aging for more info: 779-221-3722.
German Dancing Lessons – Hosted by the German Society of Rockford. Dance and also learn about German culture. All ages welcome, always looking for new people. Takes place from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays at Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., 2500 Latham St., on the 2nd floor. Free admission. Come check us out. For more information call 815-494-9872.
Rockford Crochet Club – New group has formed in Rockford for those who love to crochet or would like to learn. Please find us under “Rockford Crochet Club” on Facebook. Group meets once a week at Meg’s Daily Grind on Alpine/Guilford Road from 10:30 a.m.-noon. This group is an opportunity to connect with others who enjoy crocheting. All crocheters, from beginning to advanced, are welcome. We gather at the large round table in the corner of the coffee shop. Just bring whatever project you are working on and join in!
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – Are you 55+ and would you like to volunteer? We have endless opportunities for you to share your experience, talents, and interests to serve our community. Call RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois at 815-397-7103 or drop in at 1111 S. Alpine Suite 400 in Rockford. YOU can make a difference! Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties.
Whole Month of May
Illinois Beer Month – Olympic Tavern, 2327 N. Main St. All throughout the month of May, at least HALF of our 28 drafts will come from breweries in the Land of Lincoln. Weekly special tappings, meet the brewer nights, and maybe a few more surprises are in store for you. Celebrate Illinois beer by DRINKING Illinois beer.
Bauhaus Discussion Group – Critique night coming! From 7-9 p.m. we’re hosting a discussion/critique. Bring your drawing, painting, poetry, story or whatever creative item you have. Fun, fellowship and food….what could be better! So save the date. Hosted by Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot 1019 3rd Ave. Look for the red door between 6th and 7th streets. Free Event
Kids At Heart – Children’s Safe Harbor is hosting our 2nd Annual Benefit Kids At Heart to help support safe child exchange services. Children’s Safe Harbor provides services to families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and stalking free of charge. We are asking that the community come together an be a kid for a night to support kids. All children deserve the opportunity to be a child and that is what our agency hopes to provide. We will have dinner, drinks, DJ, dancing, silent auction, live painting, a photo booth, games and more. Tickets are $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. Please contact Megan at 815-316-7772 or by email at email@example.com for more information about reservations, sponsorship opportunities or donations.
The Olympic Tavern’s 72nd Birthday Party – 2327 N. Main St. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Birdfest 2017 – Birdfest is a festival celebrating wild birds during the time when they migrate through our area. Sand Bluff Bird Observatory will be capturing wild birds, putting a band on their leg and releasing them. There are many kids’ events and exhibits, and you will have a chance to see the birds up close! Event takes place at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, 5209 N. Haas Rd., in Shirland. Price is $4 for adults; $1 for ages 4-12; free for age 3 and younger. For more information call 815-629-2671.
April Showers bring May Flower – It’s spring, so at Horseflower’s we’re thinking spring. So like the old saying April showers bring May flowers! Everything is coming up Flowers featuring art of Jenny Mathews and Nina Hackman. The start of the Kandinsky’s Creative Group dueling artist series. Gallery Open for the show May 12, 6-9 p.m. Free Event at Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot, 1019 3rd Ave. Also goes Saturday from 12-4 p.m.
Oil Pastels with Lenny French – Come have fun learning about Oil Pastels with Lenny. Oil Pastels are a bit like crayons but you can do so much more. Come away with your very own masterpiece while learning techniques. This will be loads of fun! Cost $35 with all supplies provided. Have fun while learning. From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To RSVP. Email : Kandinskys.firstname.lastname@example.org or call : 815-501-2375. Takes place at Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot, 1019 3rd Ave.
Wednesday, May 17
Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well – Living a healthy life workshop at United Lutheran Church in Rockford. Open to seniors who have to manage a condition on a daily basis or their caregivers. Contact Ashlee Dearman Covert from The Northwestern IL Area Agency on Aging to register: 779-221-3722.
Thursday, May 18
Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter Presentation – Evening program is ‘Ornamental Invasive Plants: Their Threat to Natural Areas and Native Communities’ presented by Chris Evans. Program takes place at Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center PEC0110 (lower level), 3301 N. Mulford Rd., at 7 p.m. Chris Evans is currently an Extension Forestry and Research Specialist with the University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and vice president of the southern chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society, chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Illinois Forestry Association, and associate editor of the Natural Areas Journal. He has served as the chair of the Illinois Invasive Plant Species Council, vice president of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, and vice chair of the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Murray State University and an M.S. in Forestry from Iowa State University. This program is free and open to the public. Come early and browse the library, merchandise and refreshment tables. For more information, call (815) 332.3343, or visit our website at www.wildonesrrvc.com.
Friday, May 19
Coloring outside the Wine! – You’ve heard of adult coloring books and wine painting night, right? Well this combines the two together. Bring your favorite adult beverage and color your own masterpiece with oil pastels. Coloring for adults! Cost $40. Email kandinskys.c.g.2015 to reserve your spot! The more the merrier! 7-9 p.m. at Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot, 1019 3rd Ave.
Saturday, May 20
Wild Ones Native Prairie Plant Sale – If you enjoy birds, native pollinators and butterflies, a diversity of native plants in your yard will attract them. Plants offered by Wild Ones offers in our sales are true natives in their pure form not generally found in commercial nurseries. All are native to Winnebago and surrounding counties. Native plants provide pollen and nectar for pollinators and food for hummingbirds. In addition, some are host plants which provide food for insects needed by baby birds. Many birds are sustained in the fall and winter by the seeds remaining on dead and dying native plants. Once established, these native plants require only occasional maintenance—no fertilizers, no pesticides or herbicides, no watering—plus they are beautiful and support wildlife. Wild Ones will be selling prairie plants from 10 a.m. -1 p.m., at 4601 Paulson Rd. Take Paladin Parkway, north from East Riverside Blvd., near the Indoor Sports Center. Paladin Parkway turns into Paulson Road – watch for Wild Ones signs along the way.
Tuesday, May 23
Health & Wellness Seminar – Please join us for a free community seminar, ‘Why Can’t I Have My Cake and Eat it, Too?’ With Nancy Todora, at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. To register or for details on the seminar, please call 815.395.5649, email email@example.com or visit rockford.medicine.uic.edu.
Wednesday, June 21
Free Garden Walk – The Council of Rockford Gardener’s is hosting it’s annual “Free Garden Walk” 12-8 p.m. rain or shine. Each year we showcase 6-8 local gardens for a Free Garden Walk open to the Rockford area communities. Visit some of the most beautiful area gardens. An inspiring self-guide tour featuring great gardening ideas, annuals/perennial plants, sun/shade plants, water features, garden art, statuary, etc. An estimated 1,000 garden enthusiasts attended the event last year. Come be a part of our Rockford gardening story. Maps will be available at http://www.councilofrockfordgardeners.org/ after the first of June. Also, maps will be available at most area garden centers.