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.
Sunday, April 16
Community Easter Celebration – Freedom, “A Church Without Walls”, will be holding its Easter celebration at University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Event will feature children’s activities for all ages, Easter eggs, cotton candy, super heroes, the Easter Bunny, a magic show, and a special message from Pastor Herbert L. Johnson, Jr. Fun begins at 11:15 a.m. For more information email Pastorhjjr@gmail.com or call 779-770-0350.
Movies on Main: Collateral Beauty – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, April 18
Rockford Certified Open Mic and Poetry Slam – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, April 19
“Oaks and Us” Talk by William Bryant Logan, Arborist and Author – We admire oaks for their strength, their size and their age, but we should also admire them for their flexibility and persistence, and for the fact that they have been our teachers and intimate companions for the last 12,000 years. OAK AND US looks at the changing character of that intimate and important relationship. In a time when the average person thinks of trees as garden ornaments, as material for floorboards or as obstacles to be removed, it is important to remember that without the trees of the forest – and without oak, in particular – we would not be here. Up until only about 150 years ago, oak was a key part of the wealth of tribes and nations. It gave us food, and taught us everything from road building to sailing. OAK AND US is a quick sketch of this millennial relationship. William Bryant Logan is the founder and president of Urban Arborists, a leading tree care firm in New York City. He is on the faculty of the New York Botanical Garden. His three books of nonfiction – Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Oak: The Frame of Civilization and Air: The Restless Shaper of the World – are all published by W.W. Norton. Dirt was made into an award-winning documentary that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Festival and is still shown around the world. He was presented the Senior Scholar Award by New York State Arborists and the True Professional of Arboriculture award by the International Society of Arboriculture. Hosted by the John and Pauline Cook Horticultural Lecture Series. Members: Free; Non-Members: Included with Daily Admission. 7 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.
Friday, April 28
There’s No Place Like Home – ‘A Night In Oz’, CASA’s 23rd Annual Dinner and Auction. Each year this event is held to raise awareness of children in our County who have suffered appalling physical or emotional abuse by their parents/caregivers and who are in need of a loving and safe home. Join in for a night to remember, as we celebrate the 30 years CASA has served the children of Winnebago County. Wear your red shoes, and as we continue on our journey, Dorothy said it best, “There’s No Place Like Home”. Our CASA Program continues to advocate for our children to find a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. Visit winnebagocountycasa.org/news-events/theres-no-place-like-home/ for ticket sales. Prices are $75.00/person. Additional Information available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-319-6880.
Thursday, May 4
National Day of Prayer – As the 2017 National Day of Prayer on May 4 approaches, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities will be working to rally millions of Christian’s to pray during this critical time in our nation. We would appreciate your willingness to promote this day of prayer for our country and city. First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 North Mulford Rd., will host this year’s event from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The prayer schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. worship; 9 a.m. & 8 p.m. Praying for the Church; 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Praying for Education; 11 a.m. Praying for Businesses; 12 & 7 p.m. Praying for Government; 1 & 4 p.m. Praying for Family; 2 & 5 p.m. Praying for All Media; 6 p.m. Praying for Israel.
Saturday, May 6-Sunday, May 7
Sinnissippi Quilt Show – The Sinnissippi Quilt Show will be held at Sportscore II, 8800 Riverside Rd. Fabulous quilts, vendors, raffle quilt, celebration of our National Parks and Cheap Trick contest. Visit www.sinnissippiquilters.org for details and discount coupon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday, May 7
Rock For the Center – Barbara Olson Center of Hope hosts its main fundraiser of the year, Rock for the Center Family Festival, noon-6 p.m., at the Tebala Event Center on Newburg Road. This family-friendly event features three bands (Minimal, The Missing Links, and Mr. Big Stuff), a local youth talent show with cash prizes (for children under 18), children’s games, raffles, food and craft vendors. The Center of Hope offers programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Tom Wartowski, author of You are like an Acorn, will be signing his book, available for a donation to the Center. The Youth Talent Show portion is open to youth ages 6-18 and can compete in one of three age groups for a cash prize, chosen by audience applause. Competition is free to enter, but all acts must register in advance. Registration information is available at www.b-olsoncenterofhope.org or at the Center of Hope, 3206 N. Central Ave. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child 12 & under. Advance purchases (before May 5) earn double the kids’ game tickets). See website for tickets and information, or call Mary at 815-964-9275, ext. 265.
Friday, May 12
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.