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.
Lifescape Senior Expo – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. in Loves Park. Special guests will be available to meet and sign autographs at 11:30 am. Dr. Kat Williams will present a keynote speech at 1 pm, followed by a panel discussion with Megan Cavanagh. Together they will discuss the AAGPBL, the 25th anniversary of the film, and other topics. The Lifescape Senior Expo is the first non-sports event to be held in the brand new Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Mega Center, which just celebrated its grand opening in June. The Lifescape Senior Expo is a free event that features the latest products and services for older adults – everything from health and finance, travel, personal improvement, on-site health screenings, entertainment and more. A shred truck, provided by AARP as part of the Fraud Watch initiative, will be available from 12:30-2:30. There is no admission charge for the event. Contact Lifescape Community Services at 815-963-1609 for additional information about Lifescape Senior Expo.
City By Starlight – Haunted Rockford Walking Tour. Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot, 211 N. Main Street. There are two walks for this date; one at 7-8:30 p.m., the second tour will be 9-10:30p.m. Haunted Rockford is very excited to partner with the Rockford Public Library for a paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford. Local historian and author, Kathi Kresol will tell the ghostly tales of Rockford’s historic places. These stories will include ghastly murders, accidents, and ghostly visits. This will be a walking tour so please dress appropriately for the weather. We will meet at the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Hall at the corners of Mulberry and Main Streets. The price for this event will be $15 and must be paid in advance at the website: hauntedrockford.com. To make other arrangements to pay in advance, call Kathi Kresol: (815)871-4239. All proceeds will go to the Rockford Public Library. Visit their website at www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Rock Swap – The Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society are hosting their annual Rock Swap from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. rain or shine. The public is invited to come look at, buy, sell, or swap rocks, minerals, fossils, and jewelry at the Odd Fellows Hall 6219 Forest Hills Rd. Stop by and see some amazing rocks, minerals, and fossils from around the world. You can buy from several regional vendors and local club members, show off and sell rocks of your own, or even swap rocks with other rock-hounds. Everyone is welcome to come and look at everything displayed, ask questions and learn about the collections. If you are interested in joining the Rock River Gem and Mineral society, they will have membership information available at the show. There is no admission fee and it is open to the public. (Sellers pay a $20 donation for a 10’ x 10’ space.)
Kishwaukee Consolidated School Reunion – Kishwaukee Consolidated School which was located at the corner of Condon and Stillman Valley Roads (1915-1969) will hold a reunion for all former students from 1-4 p.m. at Indian Hill Manor & Farm, 6901 Kishwaukee Road, Rockford. Tours of the Manor and farm will be available for those attending. Further information is available on our Facebook page – Kishwaukee Consolidated School Alumni Reunion.
Hot Diggity Dog Festival – Every dog has his day….and this is it!! Pack up the pooch and come on down to Klehm for a fun day dedicated to our lovable four-legged friends. Dog shelters and adoption agencies will be on hand, as well as a whole array of pet related vendors. There will also be agility and trick demonstrations, the police canine unit, and even a dog costume contest. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, kids 12 and under, and Klehm members. Every dog adoption comes with a complimentary family membership to Klehm. Held at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Gospel of John – Kelsey Cratty, member of Unbroken Bones Theatre Group, brings this spoken word performance to Court Street Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., at 2 p.m. The two hour presentation is part of the church’s Worship through the Arts ministry. A free will offering will be taken and there will be child care.
Tuesday, September 19
Know the Signs of Stroke – At 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to a free seminar featuring stroke experts from OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center and Illinois Neurological Institute. Part of the OSF Healthcare community education series, the seminar is open to everyone, but registration is required at www.ini.org/community or 309-624-4091. The event is in the Foundation Room at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 East State Street, Rockford. Attendees are asked to use the main entrance of the hospital and follow the signs. Light refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, September 23
Dodgeball Tournament – Children’s Safe Harbor is hosting its 7th Annual Dodgeball Tournament at the UW Health Sports Factory, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and play beginning at 9 a.m. This is a 32 team maximum round robin style tournament that is just as fun to watch as it is to play. There will be a raffle for spectators and players. The cost is $20 per player, teams should be between 6-12 players (players must be 16 years of age or older). Contact Megan or Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, childrenssafeharbor.net for registration information. Contact Megan at 815-316-7772 for questions or sponsorship information. All proceeds from the benefit help support Children’s Safe Harbor safe child exchange services. Come out and Dodge A Ball For A Kid!
Center Stage Comedy Show – Comedy show to benefit AAU basketball. Event features Reginald Ballard (Martin), Pierre (How to be a Player & BAPs), AJ Johnson “Ezel” (Friday & The Player’s Club), and hosted by BLT (BET’s Comic View). Show will take place at 7 p.m. at Rockford Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave. For tickets go to Center Stage Comedy @ eventbrite.com.
Kid’s Nature Hike – 10 a.m.-noon Northwest Illinois Audubon will be hosting a walk at Oakdale Nature Preserve located at 4433 S. Cranes Grove Road in Freeport. The autumn equinox is September 22 and it is a great way to celebrate the first day of fall by being outside. Participants will take a hike around Oakdale and use nets and jars to collect insects along the way. All organisms will be observed briefly and released immediately for their safety. The hike is free and open to kids of all ages. Parents must be present with the children during the event. Kids should dress appropriately for the weather (long pants recommended) and should wear waterproof shoes or boots that can get wet in case we look for aquatic organisms. Sign-ups are required. Contact leader Juliet at 201-233-0946 to register and/or if weather is questionable. Meet in the parking lot near the Mogle Center by 10:00 am. Hike will start promptly on time. Visit the Kids and Families section on the Northwest Illinois Audubon webpage for more details; nwilaudubon.org/kids-families.asp
Sunday, September 24
Prairie Seed Collecting – From 2-4 pm the Northwest Illinois Audubon will be collecting prairie seeds at the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve. Join us for a fun way to enjoy the prairie during the cool fall days. The Preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Roads. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd. Tools, water, wonderful snacks, and instruction for collecting sees will be provided. No prior experience with seed collecting is necessary. Participants can carpool from the Staples lot in Freeport at 1:30 p.m. The Staples lot is located at, 1722-1724 South West Ave., Freeport. Call 815-938-3204 for more information or if you are interested in participating in the seed collecting.
Saturday, September 30
Hidden Treasures Outdoor Flea Market – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 6329 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. Food vendors also on site. For more information call 779-210-7602.
Sunday, October 1
Candy Cane Bazaar – Bazaar and bake sale. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Anskar Church, 4801 Spring Creek Rd. Door prices, high-quality handmade items. Free admission. New this year: Happy Harvest Room displaying fall decor.
Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 8
Family Fall Fest & Craft Fair – Come join us for our Family Fall Fest at The Landscape Connection, 4472 Mulford Rd. An exciting fun filled weekend of entertainment for the whole family at a fabulous location. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-40 p.m. Sunday. Family Fall Fest offers entertainment for all members of the family. Food, Music, Games, Straw Maze, Bouncies, Hayrides, Face Painting, Mini-Putt & more. Shop Local Craft, Handmade and Vintage Vendors.
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.