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

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

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. 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. 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 healingpathwayscrc.org.

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. rragsna.org.

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 nar-anon.org.

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.

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 hodg@illinois.edu 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 klehm.org 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 z.wolf@rockvalleycollege.edu.

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 rckfriends@yahoo.com.

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 RUsherwood@hhuvns.org 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 rockonpr611696@gmail.com or by phone at 815-904-9641.

Thursday, September 22

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease – The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever.  Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you. Event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Dorion Gray Wealth Management,   2602 IL RT 176, Crystal Lake.

Rockford Revival Fest 2016 – Evangelist Troy Bedgood will be hosting Rockford Revival Fest at 6 p.m. at Marinelli Field, 115 15th Avenue. The reason for Rockford Revival Fest 2016 is to experience revival in Rockford here and now. The desire of Evangelist Troy Bedgood is to see the Rockford community come together as one and embrace God’s will for this region. Join us for this powerful three-day event that is sure to be a destiny changer.

Friday, September 23

Visual MAGnetism 11 opening reception – For the 11 year, members of the Momentum Art Guild of Northwest Illinois will exhibit their artwork at the Stephenson County/Freeport Visitor Center located at 4596 US Hwy 20 East, Freeport. The event will open with a reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Artwork will be available for viewing until November 6, Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Attendance is free. Pieces of artwork on display will be for sale. A “Can You Find It” game will be featured at the reception. Attendees who participate will look for an image, shape, color scheme, pattern, or mood that is not perfectly obvious but which can be found in one of the pieces of artwork on display. The winner will receive a prize. The Momentum Art Guild was formed in 2004 and its members work in media that spans realistic and abstract work, ceramics, photography, and fiber art. The Guild holds monthly meetings on the third Monday evening of the month at Parkview, 1234 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport, IL. Information about exhibits and meeting schedule can be found on its website at momentumartguild.org. For more information on the Visual MAGnetism 11 event, contact the Stephenson County/Freeport Visitor’s Center at (815) 233-1357.

Rockford Revival Fest 2016 – Evangelist Troy Bedgood will be hosting Rockford Revival Fest at 6 p.m. at Marinelli Field, 115 15th Avenue. The reason for Rockford Revival Fest 2016 is to experience revival in Rockford here and now. The desire of Evangelist Troy Bedgood is to see the Rockford community come together as one and embrace God’s will for this region. Join us for this powerful three-day event that is sure to be a destiny changer.

Saturday, September 24

Willow Glen Farm Open House – Willow Glen Farm will once again open their barn doors to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come out and meet our herd of 40+ alpacas.  Feel how soft their fiber is. Maybe you’ll even get to hear them hum! We will have alpaca items for sale – from rugs to socks to teddy bears. And natural and naturally dyed yarn. No admission fee and we’re just a few minutes from Edwards Apple Orchard at 21000 Leroy Center Rd.

7th Annual Fall Harvest Festival – Designed to celebrate the fruits of their labor, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery has set noon-6 p.m. for their Annual Harvest Festival. The event will take place at the vineyard, 4746 North Ford Road, Galena, with a full day of family friendly activities. The Fever River String Band will provide live music all afternoon as the perfect backdrop to wine tastings and vineyard tours, horse-drawn wagon rides and much more. Selected area artists in many diverse genres will also be showing and selling their wares. Unique food options are being made available by Holliberri Icelandics (lamb) and the Galena Elks Club. Highlighting the day is the festival’s grape stomp which draws a multitude of contestants of all ages and some very creative grape stomping techniques. Professional bag piper Bill Spivey of Apple River, Illinois, will also be providing a very distinctive accompaniment to the contest fun. Pre-registration for the grape stomp begins at 1 p.m., with the stomp scheduled for 2 p.m. Participation fee is $5 for adults; children stomp for free. Open invitations are always extended to previous winners of the stomp for defending their title. Prizes will be awarded. Admission to the general event is free. Vineyard tours are $7.50. The event also features wine tastings all day and a keepsake glass for an added fee. For more information, visit galenacellars.com.

Tour de Freeport – The first Tour de Freeport Family Bicycle Ride, presented by PHK Bicycles in cooperation with Freeport Downtown Development Foundation and Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Bureau, will be held beginning at Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead, 250 E. Stephenson Street, downtown Freeport at 9 a.m. The Tour de Freeport is a 10-mile bicycle ride appropriate for adults and children which follows a route through the City of Freeport.  Along the way, there will be seven interactive art installations to enjoy.  There is no cost to participate in the ride. The Tour begins at Tutty’s Crossing Trailhead in downtown Freeport on the Jane Addams Trail.  Registration for the tour begins at 9 a.m. There will be face painting, free bike decorations for the kids, a display by Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation, and the first two interactive art installations. The tour begins at 10 am. Riders may ride at their own pace over the 10-mile route. With stops, it is anticipated the ride will take approximately two hours. More information about the Tour de Freeport is available by contacting the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Bureau at 815-233-1357.

Rockford Revival Fest 2016 – Evangelist Troy Bedgood will be hosting Rockford Revival Fest at 6 p.m. at Marinelli Field, 115 15th Avenue. The reason for Rockford Revival Fest 2016 is to experience revival in Rockford here and now. The desire of Evangelist Troy Bedgood is to see the Rockford community come together as one and embrace God’s will for this region. Join us for this powerful three-day event that is sure to be a destiny changer.

Orthodontic Experts grand opening – Orthodontics Experts, 5051 E. State St., will be holding the grand opening for their new Rockford office from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To celebrate the grand opening, Orthodontic Experts will commence the ceremony with ribbon-cutting and provide food, refreshments, giveaways and tours of the new facility. Included in the festivities will be radio station 97ZOK conducting a live on-site remote featuring one of its top on-air personalities. For more information visit orthodonticexperts.com.

Sunday, September 25

Willow Glen Farm Open House – Willow Glen Farm will once again open their barn doors to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Come out and meet our herd of 40+ alpacas.  Feel how soft their fiber is. Maybe you’ll even get to hear them hum! We will have alpaca items for sale – from rugs to socks to teddy bears. And natural and naturally dyed yarn. No admission fee and we’re just a few minutes from Edwards Apple Orchard at 21000 Leroy Center Rd.

Thursday, September 29

Ethnic Heritage Museum Fundraiser – The Ethnic Heritage Museum will be hosting its “Celebrate Our Heritage” Fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. at Tebala Shrine Center.  Tickets are $50 for Adults, $25 for Students and $15 for Children, or $400 for a reserved table of 8.  We will be celebrating a path from the past with music, dancing and a spotlight on the growth of Rockford with the African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish pioneers who were the first to ford the Rock River.

Saturday, October 1

Bring a Buddy Day: Kids Anti Bullying Seminar – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Team Haanpaa Martial Arts, 25 Airport Rd. This is a free event with opportunity to get information about ongoing classes. For more information, contact Darby Haanpaa at 815-451-9376.

Thursday, October 6

Sinnissippi Quilters Show – Sinnissippi Quilters’ October Speaker is Kim Schaefer. Kim is well known for her colorful applique quilts. She will have a lecture and trunk show. 1 p.m. – Quilt As Desired & Trunk Show, 7 p.m. – From A Small Town Girl to Designer & Show. Show takes place at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2010 E. State Street. Cost is $10, but free to members.

Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at The District, 205 W. State Street, Rockford. Dinner will be a choice of:  Classic Cheese Burger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Italian Beef Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Garden Salad, or Cobb Salad.  Price is $12 and includes tax and tip.  Beverages are not included.  Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Reservation deadline is September 22, 2016.  Program will be Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Hostesses are Danita Heaney and Theresa Holifield.  Please send reservations to:  Danita Heaney, c/o Hinshaw & Culbertson, 100 Park Avenue, Rockford, IL 61101.

Saturday, October 8

Northwestern Illinois Stand Down and Welcome Home – The sixth annual Northwestern Illinois Stand Down and Welcome Home for area veterans and their families will be held October 8 from 12-3 p.m. at Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Drive, in Freeport. The opening ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. outside the Read Park pavilion. NJROTC members from Freeport area high schools will present the colors. Guest speaker will be Commander Barry Boettcher, NJROTC Senior Science Instructor at Freeport High School. Special presentations will be provided by Pets for Vets, Kare-9 Military Ministry and Guitars for Vets. Other activities include a “Kids Zone” and an inflatable coupon grabber where participants can reach for coupons from area businesses and organizations. All veterans and their families are invited to this free event. Veterans in Stephenson County who need a ride should call the Allied Veterans’ Van Service at 815-233-5284 by October 3.

Sunday, October 16

Chicago Baseball Day – David Junction United Methodist Church (Pastor Keith Kelsey-Powell), 201 E. Chicago Ave. in Davis Junction, will be hosting a family day at Davis Community Park, 101 Lincoln Avenue, Davis Junction. We’re looking for a mixture of all ages who would like to participate in an afternoon of Old Chicago Baseball (Softball). NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY… just a day of fun. Watch for more details, menu, etc.

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