Community Calendar


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

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

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.

Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodward Exhibit Hall, admission 42 members, $4 public plus general Museum admission.Admission: $ 4-12, 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.

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.

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups.  815-977-4123 or

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.

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

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: or 815-987-8800.

Open Doors – Court Street United Methodist Church Chapel, 215 N. Court St. 12:30-1 p.m. Every Wed. Enter north end. Info: 815-962-6061.

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 6:30 p.m. games start at 7. 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

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. First Quarter 2015 Program Schedule is out. 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 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 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

Freeport Downtown Development Foundation –  Looking for volunteers who are interested in leading a downtown event this year. Info: or 815-232-9000.

Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343


7 day City-Wide Revival – Revivalist Pastor Brown will be leading a 7 day City-Wide Revival on the 7 messages on the second coming of Jesus Christ at Miles Memorial C.M.E. Church, 1035 Michigan Ave. The revival will take place 7 p.m. nightly from August 21-August 27. Come one, Come all “FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND”

Friday, August 26

Swirl & Sip – Wine Tasting to Benefit Children’s Safe Harbor. Please join us for an evening of wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres at Bee’s Knees General Store, 118 N. 1st St., with entertainment provided by local band Paper Airplanes. In Grape Company will provide the wine selections with 20 percent of the evenings purchases donated back to Children’s Safe Harbor. The cost for entrance is $20 per person and may be purchased ahead of time by calling 815-218-4576 or on the night of the event. All proceeds support the programs and services of Children’s Safe Harbor. Event will go from 6-9 p.m. and feature a 50/50 raffle.

Saturday, August 27

Caregiver Stress:  Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment – Providing care for someone with memory loss can be a labor of love, but it can also be exhausting and stressful.  This program will introduce participants to the causes, signs and symptoms of stress, and will provide participants with stress-reduction strategies. Event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. at Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 S. Alpine Rd., Ste. 307.

Sunday, August 28

Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival – Taking place in Midtown District. All diverse cultures in Rockford participate in a parade of colors and ends with a festival with international food, performances and more.

Monday, August 29

Business Plan Workshop – The sbc, Small Business Collaborative, will be providing a Business Plan Workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second floor of The Wagner House, on Spring Street, in downtown Freeport. Anyone interested in starting their own business is welcome to attend. Brian Borger sbc Director, will share information on how to create a business plan that will give your business idea the greatest opportunity for success. All participants need to bring is a pen, passion for their business idea, and questions. The Workshop is also a great opportunity for applicants interested in entering The Journal Standard’s Fish Tank contest to gather information for their application. Winning applicants of the contest will receive valuable prizes that will help them move a “quick step” closer to realizing their dream of business ownership. The sbc is a partnership between Northwest Illinois Development Alliance, the City of Freeport, Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Freeport Downtown Development Foundation in order to develop and grow small business in the area. For more information on this workshop contact Brian Borger sbc Director at or call 815-233-6301. For more information on the Fish Tank Contest check out

Saturday, September 10

14th Annual Durand Biker Bash & Chili Shoot-Out – This year will be our 14th annual Durand Biker Bash & Chili Shoot Out that will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research. We will have the event on the square in downtown Durand. There will be a Chili Shoot out, a bike show, music, shopping vendors and food vendors. Admission is free. Chili tasting is free. Bike Show is free. Music/entertainment is also free. This event is to raise much needed funds for research, but also to raise much needed awareness to the disorder and began as a small gathering when a local bar owner wanted to help a young lady that was impacted by Juvenile Diabetes. The first event began with approximately 50 bikes in attendance has grown over the years, thanks to our local community members. Please join us to help fight this childhood disease.

Harvesting Seeds is for All Ages – Program is part of Natural Land Institute’s Fall Prairie Harvest Day at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 West Rockton Road, in Rockton. Fall Prairie Harvest Day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. This FREE community service opportunity is great for all ages of individuals, families, scout groups, 4H clubs, home-school groups, church and corporate groups. Seeds that are collected will be sorted, dried, stored over winter, and used for seeding prairies in the spring at Nygren Wetland Preserve. This a fun learning opportunity for anyone interested in native wildflowers and grasses. Participants will learn how to identify the plants, how to pull seeds from them and why they are important for a healthy wildlife habitat. Participants can start at any time between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Recommended participation time is two or more hours. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and pants are recommended. Water and light snacks will be provided. Registration is requested by Friday, September 9, 2016. For more information and to register Call 815/964-6666 or email:

Operation Healthy U – The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford will host Operation Healthy U, a health and wellness event for all ages, co-sponsored by Crusader Community Health. The event will be held from 9:30-noon at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue. The free event will feature a variety of interactive and information health and wellness booths. For more information, contact Cynthia Hall at or 815.395.5920.

9/11 Heroes Commemoration Celebration – A Commemoration Celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. at The Castle at 501 Prospect in Beloit. The program will spotlight and honor the service of the Police, Fire, Medical and Military members here in our community. The Youth Unite will host a family-centered event with historic and educational emphasis commemorating and honoring individuals for their service. The program will include patriotic music and sing-alongs with multi-media presentations and a live orchestra accompaniment. All service personnel and families admitted free. More info at

Eighth Annual Byron Area Rock River Sweep – The Eighth Annual Byron Area Rock River Sweep will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the park on River Road across from the Byron Forest Preserve entrance. Volunteers are needed on foot or in boats to clean up our local section the Rock River. This year we are targeting the section from Byron down to the confluence of the Leaf River. Boaters, paddlers, river land owners, scout groups, service organizations and individuals are needed to help pick up trash as well as sort the recyclable items from the trash. Students can earn community service hours by helping out. This year, the Byron Forest Preserve will be providing a limited number of canoes for use in the effort. Free shuttle service will be provided from the landing at the Leaf River confluence back to Byron. All participants are asked to check in at the park on River Road, where they will be assigned to a section of the river to focus on. Those with motorized boats can then proceed to the boat landings to cover their section. Those on foot will walk or drive to areas accessible from shore. Trash and recyclables will be returned to the park on River Road, to be sorted and brought to the recycling facility on German Church Road. Gloves, trash bags, bug spray, snacks and water will be available. Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, and old shoes, and to bring a reusable water bottle to the event to reduce waste.

Monday, September 12

Team NAMI USA Golf Scramble – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Illinois will be holding an Olympics themed golf scramble to raise money for their outreach fund. These funds assist us in giving free education, support, and advocacy to those that are impacted by mental illness. These funds also aid us in our mission of stamping out the stigma placed on those that are struggling. You may assist us by simply golfing at $135.00 a person or by sponsoring a golf hole: Bronze – $50, Silver – $100, and Gold – $150. Any sponsors will be acknowledged as a sign of appreciation on the golf course, our website, and in our newsletter. Scramble will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Rd. Those interested should contact NAMI at 815-963-2470 or; or visit their website at

Thursday, September 15

MELD On the Rock – Rockford MELD is hosting their 3rd Annual MELD On the Rock from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Prairie Street Brew House, 200 Prairie St. Event will be held rain or shine. Meld On the Rock is a fun evening for casual dining and enjoying some great music by 3 Good Men. Evening includes: Dinner, 50/50 Cash Raffle, A chance to win a “ROCK and Setting” donated by Mincemoyer Jewelry, an optional Specialty Beer Tasting and Vote for your favorite Beer with chance to win a prize. Ticket price is $20 a person or Table of 8 for $150 in advance or $25 a person at the door. Purchase tickets at: Mincemoyer Jewelry, 6585 Lexus Dr.; First Northern Credit Union, 104 N. Show Place Dr.; 5th 3rd Bank locations, 3936 W Riverside Blvd. and 3154 McFarland Rd.; or make reservations online at           All proceeds from MELD On the Rock will benefit MELD programs for young families in our community. For more information call MELD at 815-963-6353 x10.

Friday, September 16

Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Fall Conference – Winnebago County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will present its annual seminar, “Starting the Conversation: Understanding Diversity to Build Trust, an interactive workshop on cultural competency, led by LaDonna Wattley, LCSW. Wattley will provide tools needed to examine biases and confront cultural myths. Barriers to building rapport will be addressed. Attendees will be given tips on how to work with those from different backgrounds. For more information and to register, visit PDC’s and 4.25 CEU’s available. Event will take place at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person which includes lunch.

Saturday, September 17

Autumn on the Prairie – The Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands Preserve presents its annual Autumn On the Prairie festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The day’s activities include 40 steward guided tours of prairie and savannas, bison, educational exhibits, butterfly hikes, self–guided prairie plant exploration hikes and rides through the prairie. Additional activities include local artists at work, a children’s tent, and a live raptor display. This event is free and open to the public. Oliver’s will be on site with food and beverages for purchase. This event is held rain or shine. The preserve is located 3 miles northwest of Franklin Grove, at 2075 S Lowden Road. Directional signs will be posted. Franklin Grove is two hours west of Chicago. To learn more visit or

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.

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

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.

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.

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