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!
Friday, March 24
Royal Family Ball for the Royal Family Kids Fundraiser – Royal Family Kids is the Nations leading network of Camps, Clubs and mentoring for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect. The funds raised from this fundraiser go to making a difference in the lives of hurting and abused children in the foster care system by providing a way to help them get to a week long camp that will create positive memories in a loving environment at no cost to them. Event takes place at 6 p.m. at Radisson, 300 South Bell Rd. For tickets visit eventbrite.com, search Royal family ball. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 per table of 8. For more information visit poplargrove.royalfamilykids.org or call Event Coordinator MaryJo Schrader at 815-494-8307.
Saturday, March 25
Rockford MELTFEST – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 4th annual MELTFEST has a little bit of something for everyone. Live music, ice skating with skate rental, trolley rides (weather permitting), vendors, crafts, activities, magic shows, science shows, juggling shows, and more. Come on down and enjoy this free family-friendly event as we celebrate the melting together of the community and the melting away of winter. Happy Spring! See you at the Brewhouse (and surrounding areas). Info at meltfest.com.
Brave Beauties – U of I College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 1-4 p.m. Students in Medicine for the Arts invite you to Brave Beauties, an event supporting breast cancer fighters and survivors on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 1-4 pm at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107. Bring a guest and join us for a day of free makeovers, massages, crafts and food. Please RSVP: BraveBeautiesinRockford@gmail.com. For more information, please contact Matthew Strobel at 815-395-5755.
Nano Day – Discovery Center. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $8. Did you know that singing greeting cards, no-stain fabric, touch screens and mood rings each owe their remarkable abilities to nanotechnology? Delve into the incredibly infinitesimal nano-scale world with hands-on projects and live science demonstrations. Explore cutting-edge applications as you discover ways in which teeny tiny size can make an enormous difference. Included with Museum admission.
Saturday, April 1
Bark & Wine – Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. Help raise money for Rockford’s only no kill animal shelter. Wine tasting and delicious hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, variety of auction items, quarter buckets. 4-10 p.m. (food served 5-9 p.m.) at SM & SF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road. Tickets are $25 each or $45 for two, and are available at Noah’s Ark, 111 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107.
Mississippi River Spring Waterfowl Trip – From 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will be offering a trip to the Mississippi River to view migrating waterfowl on the Mississippi River south of Savanna. The group can expect to see a wide variety of both diving and dabbling ducks seen in all their breeding plumage glory, along with grebes, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes and some early songbirds. Tundra Swans might also be observed. Carpool from the City of Forreston Municipal lot located on Route 26, at 8 a.m. or meet at Spring Lake just south of Savanna at 9 a.m. Contact Anne at 815-938-3263 to confirm your attendance.
Tuesday, April 4
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Program – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society 36th annual banquet/program will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Highland Community College Student Conference Center, Building H at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd, in Freeport. The program will feature Corrine Daniels from Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries in Broadhead Wisconsin, who will share information on attracting butterflies and birds to your backyard through the use of native plants. Cost for the program is $3 for adults with students admitted at no cost. For further details visit nwilaudubon.org or call Tim Smith at 815- 238-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 5
Blooming Pasque Flower Viewing – From 3-4 p.m. the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will be hosting a trip to the Freeport Prairie to admire one of the prairie’s harbingers of spring, the Pasque Flower. Unlike the crocus it resembles, a Pasque Flower, Anemone patens, is a member of the buttercup family. In early spring the plant sends up a flower stalk in advance of leaves so what you see are delicate pale violet blooms nestled in the muted tan tangle of last year’s prairie grasses. Come and see how Pasque Flower blooms actually move to track the sun. The group will meet in the prairie’s parking lot just off of Walnut Rd. on the south side of Freeport at 3 p.m. Contact Mary at 815-938-3204 or visit nwilaudubon.org for additional details.
Thursday, April 6
WCALAP Game Night – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ annual Game Night will be held at 5 p.m., at Hoffman House, 7550 East State St. Dinner buffet starts at 6 and includes: Italian beef sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, pasta salad, potato chips, dessert and coffee for $18. Games start at 7. Your check is your reservation confirmation. Please send reservations to: Shawn Artlip, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, 2215 Perrygreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107.
Saturday, April 8
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet – The Rock River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) will be holding their 23rd annual banquet on at 5 p.m. at Giovanni’s Convention Center, 610 North Bell School Rd. This year’s banquet features dinner, raffles, and a live auction featuring top notch firearms, premium hunts, and exclusive home furnishings. Tickets will not be sold at the door, for reserved seating, please call Jan Tullock at (815) 222-7845 or email email@example.com and to get a preview of banquet items, follow us on FaceBook: RMEF Rock River Chapter.