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 email@example.com 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.
Spirited Ghost Tour at the Coronado Theatre – Cost is $10 per person. Tours are 4 & 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday. Call the Coronado Box Office at 815-968-0595 to make your reservation.
Thursday, November 6
WCALAP Monthly Dinner Meeting – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Stone Eagle Tavern, 6445 East State Street. Any person who attends the November meeting that is installed as a member of the Association prior to May 1, 2018 will have his/her dues waived for the remainder of the fiscal year. Dinner will be a choice of: Jimmy’s Italian Beef with french fries – $15, Old Fashion Pot Roast with small mixed salad-$18, Polynesian Teriyaki Salmon with small mixed salad – $21, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo with small mixed salad) – $18 and Apple Blue Cheese Salad – $14. Price includes tax and gratuity. Your check is your reservation confirmation. Guest Speaker will be Chad Carty, Director and Principal of Lydia Learning Academy of Rockford. Hostess is JoAnn Markuson. Please send reservations to: JoAn Markuson, Barrick Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP LLP, 6833 Stalter Drive, Rockford, IL 61108.
Saturday, November 11
Local Color Art Auction – Temple Beth-El of Rockford will be holding a Local Color 50/50 Art Auction fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at Midway Village, 6799 Guilford Rd. This is a fundraiser for Temple Beth-El and support for the local artist community. Artists receive 50% of each sale. Admission is $25 per person. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets call 815-398-5020. The call to artists with application may be downloaded from the Temple Beth-El website at templebethel-rockford.org. All Rockford area fine art artists are encouraged to apply.
Monday, November 13
Phi Beta Kappa lecture with Price Fishback, Ph.D. – Fisher Memorial Chapel at Rockford University at 4 p.m. Dr. Fishback is an economics professor at the Univ. of Arizona. He is also the current executive director of the economic History Association and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an expert on Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Great Depression, housing booms and busts between 1920 and 1040, and the long-term effects of climate and policy on agriculture. Tickets are free but required and may be obtained by calling 815-226-4100.