Community Calendar


Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times:  815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.

All Species Fishing Club – Rock Valley Anglers. For upcoming events, visit or email

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.

Beckman Mill – Mill, museum and gift shop open for guided tours every Sat. and Sun. from 1-4 from May-October.  Call 608-751-1551 for more info.  Admission by donation.

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.

Camp Grant Museum – 1004 Samuelson Road. Open Tues-Fri 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Mondays. Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available &  tour with lecture. Restaurant on premises, make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum. 815-395-0679

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.

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. Celebrating 100 Years of Booker Washington Community Center exhibit will be on display every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. until September. Bring your family to view this amazing exhibit and relive its unique history. This exhibit is perfect for students.

Grace Performing Arts Center – The Grace Performing Arts Center (Home of Festival 56), will host a weekly Friday evening board-gaming night, starting on Friday, August 26, from 7-9:30 p.m.(ish). This is a free event and families are welcome (but be aware that the lobby bar will be open for cash beverage—beer, wine, and sodas—and snack service). Featured game for the evening will be Sushi Go! (an easy-to-learn card passing game appropriate for ages 8 and up), but a good selection of designer board games will also available; attendees are welcome to bring their own games as well. The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main Street in Princeton.

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups.  815-977-4123 or

Mandalay Lounge – 200 N. Church St. Open mic night Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Amateur night on Thursdays

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.

Narcotics Anonymous – Call the 24-hour local Helpline for specific locations/times in Rockford and northern Illinois, including Beloit, WI, or to speak with a recovering addict. 815-964-5959.

NAR-ANON Family Group – For Family and Friends of addicts. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at One Spirit Center, 1801 Charles St. For more information call 815-668-6983 or visit

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.

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

Rockford Public Library Hours – Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St.: Sunday CLOSED, Mon.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch, 6685 E. State St. (New Hours): Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday CLOSED; Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St.: Monday CLOSED, Tues.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.‑Sun. CLOSED; Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St.: Monday CLOSED, Tues.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. CLOSED; Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. (New Hours): Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. CLOSED; Main Library Used Book Shop, 215 N. Wyman St.: Monday-Thursday 12–6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED; East Branch Used Book Shop, 6685 E. State St.: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday CLOSED

Spiritualist Chapel in the Woods – 8002 Service Rd., Cherry Valley, IL. Sunday Lyceum at 10:00 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.

Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours – Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.

Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.

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.

Rockford Area Coin Club – Meets on the third Thursday of each month at the North Suburban Women’s Club at 6 p.m. 6320 N. Second St. in Loves Park.

Ostende Dance Club looking for Couples who Love to Dance – Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club invites couples to join the 2016-17 dance season. Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from Oct.-May. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.

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.

Salvage Too, Rockford’s ReUse Center – Opening Thursdays and Fridays from 11 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.

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 for more information.

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

Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343

Rockford Friends & Newcomers – Rockford Friends & Newcomers is a social organization that welcomes both long-time residents and newcomers who want to meet other people through social events for couples and singles. This club is a spin-off of the Rockford Area Civic Newcomers Club which was founded in 1931 by J Steward and George Wise and was the first newcomers club in the nation. Activities & events include: Book Club, Movies & Dinner, Designing Women , Mug Morning, Golf Scrabble, Happy Fun Day, Special Events, Hand & Foot Cards, TGIF, Lunch Bunch, Wilderness Walkers. You are invited to join us for Mug Morn every first Tuesday of the month at: Mary’s Market, 2636 McFarland Road, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information e-mail

Community Grief Support – “Spouse Partner Loss” takes place on Mondays, 9/12/2016 – 10/24/2016, from 3-5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville (3400 E. Racine St, Janesville WI). A series for those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner, exploring the unique issues specific to this type of loss. This group is intended for adults, and prior registration is required. A minimum number must be registered for the group to take place. Attendance at all sessions is highly recommended. Please contact Home Health United-Hospice at 877-356-4514 or to register or for more information. A complete listing of our grief support offerings can be found on our website.

Care ‘n Share self-help cancer support group – Care ‘n Share self-help cancer support group for anyone (age 18+) affected by cancer. Second and fourth Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park (just north of Windsor Rd.). For more information, call Valerie at 815-227-4988.

Rock On Toastmasters – We are a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Rock On Toastmasters is a local chapter of Toastmasters International that meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Wesley Willows Town Center, 4142 Johns Farm Road, in Rockford.  We meet in the Auditorium “B” on upper level. For info please contact Penny Martens at or by phone at 815-904-9641.

Locktoberfest – Locktoberfest at Rockford Park District’s Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford, has something to get your entire family in the spirit of the season! Co-sponsored by Rasmussen College, 13WREX, and 95.3 The BULL, Locktoberfest begins October 1, 2016, and continues every Saturday and Sunday in October through October 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Locktoberfest will also be open when school is out on Columbus Day Monday, October 10, with added special activities on that day only. Check out Lockwood’s new activities, themed weekends, and special areas within the park. Locktoberfest will have a variety of low-fee activities as well as free activities and entertainment for kids and adults to enjoy. Lockwood Park provides a country-type experience just minutes from downtown Rockford. For a list of activities and hours visit

Woodstock Weavers Guild Annual Show 2016 – The members of the Woodstock Weavers Guild will present their 19th Annual Textile and Fiber Arts Show opening Thursday, November 3 and closing Sunday, November 13. The event features beautiful hand woven textiles created by local hand weavers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Items on display include garments, fashion accessories, household linens, rugs, tapestries and much more. Some items will be available for purchase. The show will be held at the Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 No. Johnson, in Woodstock. Gallery hours are Thursdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. More information can be found at:

Troop 123 annual Pumpkin Sale – Boy Scouts of America Rockford Troop 123 is holding its annual pumpkin sale through October 31 as long as pumpkins are still available. Pumpkins will be sold weekdays 4-8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Spring Creek United Church of Christ at the northeast corner of Spring Creek and N. Alpine Roads. Profits from the sale go towards High Adventure trips for over 25 troops as well as other scout needs.

Fall into Books Book Sale – The Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St. in Cherry Valley, will be holding its “Fall into Books” Used Book Sale October 21-30. Come shop at the enormous and well-organized used book sale. There is something for everyone! Fri., Oct. 21, Noon-3 p.m.: Preview Sale ($5 fee for Friends of the Library membership required); Sat., Oct. 22–Fri., Oct. 28: Regular Sale; Sat., Oct. 29: Half Price Sale; Sun., Oct. 30: $2/Bag Sale. It is time to stock up on books, magazines, and movies for the cold winter ahead! Come shop the Friends of the Cherry Valley Library’s used book sale for a great selection that is organized for easy browsing. There is an especially large abundance of kids’ books and cookbooks for this sale, but there is also plenty of everything else too! Except for the special hours for the Preview Sale, the book sale is open during regular library hours: Monday –Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 815-332-5161 or visit the Library’s website at

Friday, October 28

Night Sounds @ Burpee Museum – Halloween Fun for the whole Family! Join us on at the Museum for a trick-or-treating  event like no other. From 6–8 p.m. visit all 4 floors of the Museum for different activities and viewing stations, see for yourself items from the Museum’s collections. Come in costume and bring a flashlight! Rockford Dance Company will be providing entertainment throughout the Museum… be sure to peer into every corner! Costume Parades will take place at both 6:30 & 7:30! Burpee will also be participating again this year in the Teal Pumpkin Project to raise awareness of food allergies and promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Admission: $4 for members; $7 for general public

Saturday, October 29

BOOtique Trick or Treat – Local businesses in Roscoe, Rockton, & Poplar Grove are inviting customers to “trick or treat” for exclusive specials on Saturday, October 29. During this adult oriented event “Trick or Treaters” have a chance to win a $25 gift card from one of the 25 participating businesses! All you have to do is pick up a BOOtique punch card at the first business, visit 13 out of the 25 participating businesses, and turn it in before the night is over. The event will run all day during business hours (each store sets their own hours, so please check our Facebook page or contact the business directly for hours). Free. Check our Facebook page (BOOtiqueTrickorTreat) for the list of participating businesses or call ZaZu Gift Co. (815-623-9298) for more information.

Meyer’s Tails Up Farm Open House Party – Meyer’s Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, invites the public to a FREE Open House Party on from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment, food from local vendors and many kid activities including Jumpy Houses and yard games. A free goodie bag will be given out to the first 200 people. Live music provided by The Lone Canary, a Folk/Americana duo; as well as by Rolling Whiskey, a high energy country band. Dog demonstrations throughout the day – featuring Agility, K-9 Nose Work and Dog Tricks. Don’t forget to bring your dog for the Dog Costume Contest at 1 p.m. Prizes for the winners. Kent and Gwen Meyer are the owners of Meyer’s Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, Meyer’s Canine Colony in Roscoe, and Meyer’s Animal House in DeForest, Wisconsin. For 30 years, the Meyer family has been known for providing luxury lodging, grooming, doggie daycare and obedience classes for dogs and cats in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The 30th Anniversary Open House Party will be held on the 18 acre property of Meyer’s Tails Up Farm on 5390 Irene Road in Belvidere.

Halloween at Happy Wok – Happy Wok at 211 Elm St. downtown will be providing treats and candy for children beginning at 4 p.m. There will also be a kids’ costume contest. For more information visit the store or call 815-961-8846.

Japanese Flower Arranging and Traditional Tea Ceremony – Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) exhibit and public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu). Ikebana demonstrations will be led by students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by members of the Urasenke Chicago Association and students of Sensei Joyce Kubose. Demonstrations will take place in the Visitor Center lower level gallery at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $15 for Garden Members and $20 for Non-Members. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

Sunday, October 30

Japanese Flower Arranging and Traditional Tea Ceremony – Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) exhibit and public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu). Ikebana demonstrations will be led by students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by members of the Urasenke Chicago Association and students of Sensei Joyce Kubose. Demonstrations will take place in the Visitor Center lower level gallery at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $15 for Garden Members and $20 for Non-Members. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit

Monday, October 31

Trunk or Treat – Kishwaukee Baptist Church, 2742 9th St., will be hosting its 7th annual Trunk-N-Treat from 5-8 p.m. There will be candy, cookies, cider, hot cocoa, toys and trinkets. Come enjoy a safe place for the whole family. For more information call 815-399-2922 or visit

Tuesday, November 1

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society monthly membership meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ at 1010 Park Blvd in Freeport.   The meetings are open to the pubic with no entrance free. The November program will feature Mark Keister and Richard Benning who will talk about different types of bird feeders and the best type of seed for the birds you have in your neighborhood.

Wednesday, November 2

Northwest Illinois Audubon to Offer Library Programs – The monthly program “Wildlife Wednesday,” hosted by The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, will take place from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St. The program is geared for children two to seven years old. The theme will be “Turkeys and Turkey Vultures”, and there will be story time followed by an activity.  For information, visit  There is no cost to participate in this program.

Thursday, November 3

The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Lino’s, 5611 East State Street. Dinner will be a choice of: Baked Lasagna $22; Baked Chicken ala Lino with Baked Potato $23; Baked Orange Roughy with Baked Potato $28; Eggplant Parmigiana $23.  Price includes tax, tip and beverages.  Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Program will be Illinois State Senator Steve Stadelman.  Hostess is Karen Alberts.  Please send reservations to:  Karen Alberts, c/o Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, 2215 Perrygreen Way, Rockford, IL  61107.

Kimberla Lawson Roby to Speak at College’s Visiting Writer Series Event – The Rock Valley College Department of Composition and Literature is honored to welcome New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author and RVC Alumna Kimberla Lawson Roby, for the college’s 2016 Visiting Writer Series. Ms. Lawson Roby will lecture from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium (located on RVC’s main campus at 3301 North Mulford Road). The lecture will be immediately followed by a Q & A session and book signing. Ms. Lawson Roby has published 24 novels which include A Sinful Calling; Best Friends Forever; The Ultimate Betrayal; A Christmas Prayer; The Prodigal Son; A House Divided; The Perfect Marriage; The Reverend’s Wife; Secret Obsession; Love, Honor, and Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For; A Deep Dark Secret; The Best Of Everything; One In A Million; Sin No More; Love & Lies; Changing Faces; The Best-Kept Secret; Too Much Of A Good Thing; A Taste Of Reality; It’s A Thin Line; Casting The First Stone; Here And Now; and her debut title, Behind Closed Doors, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.  She has sold more than 2.7 Million copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists. She is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the 2014 AAMBC Award for Female Author of the Year, the recipient of the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for Casting the First Stone, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001, she was inducted into the Rock Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame. This event is free and open to all. For further information on this event please contact Jennifer Roloff Welch at (815) 921-3323.

Saturday, November 5

Be A Hero For Lincoln – The ‘Be A Hero For Lincoln’ fundraising event is to raise medical funds for 3-year-old Lincoln Groza, who has been diagnosed with an extremely rare endocrinological disorder requiring extensive treatments and surgical care. The event will take place at Don Carter Lanes, 4007 E. State Street, from 4-8:30 p.m. Live music will be provied by  The Plaid Case and London Has Fallen. This is a free public event. Event will also feature a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle. For more information visit or contact Marilee Myers at (815)904-4494.

Saint Anthony College of Nursing Open House – Saint Anthony College of Nursing (SACN) will host a Fall Open House from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Guilford Square Campus, located at 698 Featherstone Road. This annual Fall open house is an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the nursing profession and the degrees offered at the College including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice. High school students are encouraged to attend and learn more about the early entry program. There will be tours offered as well as a series of information sessions regarding admission, financial aid and more. A student panel will also answer questions about balancing life and nursing school. Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to register at

Northwest Illinois Audubon to Offer Fall Hike at Oakdale Nature Preserve – The fall hike will be held from 10 to approximately 11:30 a.m. at the Oakdale Nature Preserve located at 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd in Freeport. The group will meet in front of the Mogle Center at the Preserve and hike through the woods to look for birds and other fall creatures before the snow arrives.  Binoculars will be available for kids and family members to use and nets/jars to observe any critters that are found.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather with good hiking footwear.  There is no cost to participate in this event. Con­tact leader Juliet D’Souza at 201-233-0946 to register and/or if weather is questionable.

Sunday, November 6

Day Of The Dead Celebration: Kahlaca Fest – 3-11 p.m. at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Rd. Cost: $10 at door; Children under 5 are free. Join us as we celebrate the Day of the Dead, and raise funds for LULAC of Belvidere. Costume contest, music, food, prizes, art, and plenty of photo ops! Cemetery plots will be available for you to honor your deceased loved ones(Must pre register). Learn about ofrendas, show off your “Catrina” and “Catrin” AKA Sugar Skull Costumes or decorate a plot with your loved ones favorite items and pictures. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. Music includes: Trinadora (Traditional, and Rock A Billy); No Comprendo (Spanish Ska Music); DJ Cachorro (Latin and Top 40 hits). Appetizers provided by Edible Vibes Food Truck.

Saturday, November 12

New Milford UMW Arts & Crafts Sale – New Milford UMW, 7102 Cindy Drive in Rockford, will be holding its Arts & Crafts Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors still needed for event. For more information call 815-229-3495.

Unity of Rockford Wellness Fair and Vendor Show – Unity of Rockford, 4381 Manchester Drive, will be holding its Wellness Fair and Vendor Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Event will feature chair massages, Reflexology, essential oils, healthful vendors and more.

Tuesday, November 15

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society November Stewardship Day – Stewardship day at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve will be held from 1-3 p.m. Tools, gloves, water, snacks and guidance provided. Helpers will be working pri­marily on honeysuckle. No experience needed, as a leader will be available to assist those who are interested in helping but not sure what to do.  Carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 12:15. The preserve is about 2 miles south of Leaf River in the south­west corner of the intersection of Leaf River Rd. and West Grove Rd. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and becomes Leaf River Rd.). If weather is questionable call Mary at 815-938-3204.

Friday, November 18

Effective Communications Strategies – 10-11:30 a.m. at Comfort Keepers, 4835 Manhattan Dr. Call: 815-484-1300 to register  (or sign up at website) No charge for the program Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages thorough attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. – See more at:

Saturday, November 19

Northwest Illinois Audubon to Offer Geology Field Trip – A field trip to the two Biodiversity Preserves owned by Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will be hosted from 1:15–5 p.m. The Elkhorn Creek and Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserves contain fascinating geology. Fault lines, St. Peter Sand­stone, Ordovician-age dolomite and much more will be explained by Highland Community College geology instructor Steve Simpson. Be sure to come with your questions, such as, “Why are all of the seeps on the west side of the stream at Elkhorn Creek?” and “Why does the north branch of Silver Creek have a rocky bottom, even up to the banks?” Field trip begin at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve at 1:15 p.m. and then finish at Elkhorn Creek around 4:30 p.m. Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve is located about 2 miles south of Leaf River in the south­west corner of the intersection of Leaf River Rd. and West Grove Rd. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and becomes Leaf River Rd.).  A carpool from the Staples parking lot, 1722-1724 South West Ave., in Freeport will leave at 12:30 pm.  There is not cost to participate in this event. Call Mary at 815-938-3204 to confirm your attendance.

Sunday, November 20

Thanksgiving Interfaith Program – 27th Annual Mayor’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Program. Speaker will be Lou Ann Johnson, local environmental activist. Begins at 3 p.m. at Fisher Memorial Chapel, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Rockford Interfaith Council presents the 27th Annual Mayor’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Lou Ann Johnson, local environmental activist, will be the speaker for the Thanksgiving Program, on Sunday, November 20, at Fisher Chapel on the campus of Rockford University.  Her theme will be “Flowers into Action:  By the Spirit” about her work for the climate problems.  The program lasts 90 minutes. Special music will be provided by Dorothy Paige Turner with the Council Choralers, Nick Juric and the Rocky Bottom Jug Band, and Dick Rundall singing a Native American song with drumming provided by the children. Faith communities will offer ONE minute prayers, including Hindu, Native American, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Christian, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist, Baha’i, Muslim. Refreshments will be provided after the service. A free will offering will be taken. People are invited to bring canned goods for local food pantries. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Phyllis Peterson, president of Rockford Interfaith, 815-633-0492.

Saturday, December 10

Rock Valley Anglers Banquet – Save the date of for the 2nd annual Christmas\Major Raffle banquet presented by The Rock Valley Anglers. This year it will be held at Forest Ridge Events, 11189 Forest HillsRd.,  in Machesney Park. The banquet committee is in the process of planning the dinner menu and putting together some fantastic raffle prizes. If you attended this event last year than you should already know what to expect. If not than you won’t want to miss out on the biggest event of the year. Like last year the banquet will be open to the public and we encourage you to bring your spouses. Tickets will be available for purchase at Rock Valley Anglers club meetings in Beloit and in Rockford or you can get them through contacting Nate Bergman at 815-871-0847 or Time: Cocktails 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30. Prices: $40 single or $70 for couple. Note: Tickets for the banquet are pre sold and the cut off date is Sunday, December 4.

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