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.
Monday, June 5-Friday, June 9
Move Mindfully – Luna’s Studio, 5906 Elaine Dr., is holding a Yoga & Zumba creative summer camp for kids. Camp is open to ages 5-10. Pack a lunch, snacks will be provided. Register now at lunastudiorockford.com.
Friday, June 16
Paranormal Evening at Tinker Swiss Cottage with Author Linda Godfrey – 7-9 p.m. at 411 Kent St. Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford bring renowned author, Linda Godfrey to Rockford! Linda will be presenting on some of her most fascinating cases found during her research for her books on “Weird Wisconsin”, “Weird Michigan”, and “American Monsters.” After the presentation, Executive Director of the cottage, Steve Litteral and Haunted Rockford’s Kathi Kresol will share the history and personal experiences of paranormal activity inside this historic location. The evening will also include a tour of this very active location. Price is $30 and must be paid in advance. Seating will be limited! Please register at www.hauntedrockford.com or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239.
Saturday, June 17
Greenwood Cemetery Walk with the Rockford Historical Society – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1101 Auburn St. Each year in mid June the Society selects one of Rockford’s major cemeteries for the Cemetery Walk. Volunteers select individuals interred in the cemetery, research the person’s past, and interpret their findings for those who attend the “walk”. The interpreters are often dressed in costumes of the period associated with their subjects. They often bring related items to enhance their presentations given near the grave sites of their chosen individuals. Historical people highlighted in the past years include: Swedish Civil War volunteers interpreted by Terry Dyer; John H, Berg, Viet Nam wounded veteran and a founder of Viet Now, interpreted by Jerry Van Alstyne; Jennie Lind, interpreted by Gail Zahm; and Herman G. Nelson, Rockford newspaper reporter, interpreted by Amanda Becker. Haunted Rockford’s own Kathi Kresol will be joining the Rockford Historical Society for this year’s Cemetery Walk. Please visit the website at www.rhsil.org for details.
Greenwood Cemetery by Lamplight Tour – 7-8:30 p.m. at 1101 Auburn St. Join Haunted Rockford as we tour Greenwood Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Rockford. Kathi Kresol will share the long forgotten stories of people from Rockford’s past, both famous and infamous. This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes. Water and bug spray will be provided. Price is $20 with advanced reservations and $25 at the event. Please register at www.hauntedrockford.com or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239.
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.