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Week of Dec. 17-23, 2014

Holiday Attraction

Williams Tree Farm – 4661 Yale Bridge Road, Rockton. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Cabin Cafe: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., weekends. Horses: noon-4:30 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends. Info: 800-423-NOEL.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Meeting – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9 a.m.

Holiday Spirit Day – Victory Golf range, 7003 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Indoor driving range open year round. The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties will receive 50% of all sales and purchases from this event.

Diabetes Support Group – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. 9 a.m. Info: 815-544-3710.

Woman to Woman” for Women with Breast Cancer – OSF Saint Anthony Women’s Center Library, 5666 E. State St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info: 815-227-2629.

Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11;15 a.m.-noon. For children under 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Chicken Buffet – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 11:30 a.m.-1-:30 p.m. Info: 815=397-6672.

Human Resources Committee, Board of Trustees, Community College District 511 – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 11:30 a.m.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Ste. .200, Beloit, Wis. 12:30-2 p.m. Info: 608-363-7421.

Get Smart with your Smart Phone – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn the basics of the Internet. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Center Branch – Rockton Center Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

FEMA Open House – Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 315 N. Main St. 4-7 p.m. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and see the new proposed flood maps that depict flood risk across the community. Learn how the maps will be used and the steps you can take to protect against extensive flood damage.

Dress Like a Chef! – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Informational Session on Upcoming Trip to Spain – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Road. Begins 5:30 p.m. Presentation at 6 p.m. Trip will take place March 26-April 3, 2015. Info/Reserve: Patbonavia@comcast.net or call 815-877-0118.

Seniors, Use Your Email (3-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Final day of class. For people who are familiar with use of a mouse and have an email account. Each session builds on the other; you must all attend all. Info: 815-965-7606.

Cocktails & Canvas – Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. Creative activity. With Softplace Lifestyles, they provide step-by-step instructions that are simple to follow, art supplies included. $35. Advance registration requested. Info: 815-229-0800.

BIFF Film: “Jake Squared” – Hendricks Center, Beloit College, corner of Pleasant St. & Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Man decides to make a movie about himself, and things go awry.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Dress Like a Chef! – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rock Valley Anglers – Boundaries, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Fee for non-members, $10.

Madrigal Dinner: “Night, Night, Knights” – East High School, 2929 Charles St. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 19 and 20. Music, drama and dinner to celebrate the holiday season. Tickets: $25 or two for $40. Reservations: Brian.Doering@rps205.com.

Forest City Brewers – Der Rathskeller, 1132 Au burn St. 7 p.m.

Wisconsin from the Air: The Music, the Making and the Movie” – UW-Rock County, Allen Hall, room 106, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 7 p.m. Noon. Free and open to the public.

About Dementia, Tips to Help with Family Conversations” – McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St. 7-8 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, Dec. 18

RMAP Technical Committee – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.

Dance Instruction Demo – NorthPointe Wellness Center, Willowbrook & Rockton Roads, Roscoe. New dance instructor offers demos at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. teaching a dance you can use at holiday gatherings. New classes will start in January for a variety of dance steps. Sign up for free demo class at 815-525-4908.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Dress Like a Chef! – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Luncheon – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Theme: “The Role of Higher Education in Regional Transformation.” Cost: $45/person or $450/table of 10. Register online at www.rockfordchamber.com.

Three Weeks to Cooking!: Program for Seniors – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-1 p.m. Ages 5-0 and up. Info: 815-965-7606.

Toastmasters Rockford BlueBlazers – 4747 Harrison Ave. Noon. Info: 815-877-8412.

Senior DigiPhoto (2-day class) – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Bring your camera or phone with memory card, all cables and power cord or charger, and your instruction booklet. If you have a laptop, bring it. Must be proficient with Internet and have an email address. Info: 815-965-7606.

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – North Pointe Health & Wellness Community Education Room, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. 2:30-4 p.m. Beloit Regional Hospice presents.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish/English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room , 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Dress Like a Chef! – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beyer Holiday Bingo – Beyer Elementary School, Rockford. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Students and their families will make a craft, participate in a lilteracy activity, play bingo to win prizes, and enjoy cookies with Santa. Dinner will be provided.

Etsy How-To’s – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Must be Internet savvy and have an email account. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Group Hope Support Group – University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford, 1600 Parkview Ave. 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Writers Group – Freeport Public Library, History Room, 100 E. Douglas St. 6:30 p.m.

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m. Discuss work at Atten’s Landing, summer events, paddling clinics, and Wes Block river access ideas.

PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8:30 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Friday, Dec. 19

State’s Attorney Visits Marshall – Thurgood Marshall School, 4664 N. Rockton Ave. 8:30 a.m. State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato will visit the students and talk about cyber-bullyilng and synthetic drug use.

Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

McIntosh Class Holiday Party – McIntosh Elementary School, 525 N. Pierpont Ave. 1:30 p.m. Jefferson High School students are donating several presents to the students, plus the party.

Visit with Santa – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Suite 101, Rochelle. 3-4 p.m. Unity Hospice staff, friends and community members are invited to attend. No gifts will be distributed. Free. Info: 815-561-8866.

Bless Your Heart” Holiday Craft Open House – Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. 5-9 p.m. Handcrafted wood and gift items.

Fish Fry – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $6-9.50; various menu items. Info: 815-397-6672.

The 2014 Farm Bill: Making the ARC/PLC Decision – Ogle County Farm Building, 421 W. Pines Road, Suite 10, Oregon. 6-8 p.m. Free but RSVP to 815-732-2191 to guarantee space and materials.

Madrigal Dinner: “Night, Night, Knights” – East High School, 2929 Charles St. 7 p.m. Music, drama and dinner to celebrate the holiday season. Tickets: $25 or two for $40. Reservations: Brian.Doering@rps205.com.

PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9-11:30 p.m. $7. Info: 815-229-0800.

Saturday, Dec. 20

PAWS 12-Hr. Adoption Event – Petco, Forest Plaza, 6305 E. State St. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cats and dogs. Refreshments, and a pet gift with each adoption. Info: 815-299-PAWS (7297) or pawshs.org.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – North Pointe Health & Wellness Community Education Room, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. 10-11:30 a.m. Info: 608-363-7421 or www.beloitregionalhospice.com.

Saturday Spectacular: Celebrate the Holidays with Songs from Dave Rudolf! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

TNT Wings – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. Noon-3 p.m.

Represent.Us IL-16-17District Committee Meeting – Kate’s Pie Shop, inside Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Noon-1:30 p.m.

Laurent House Tours – Regular tours depart fromMidway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Visit www.laurenthouse.com/visit for more details.

Bless Your Heart” Holiday Craft Open House – Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. 3-9 p.m. Handcrafted wood and gift items.

Operation: Home for the Holidays” – VFW of Belvidere, 1310 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. 6 p.m.-midnight. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Open dancing, photo booth, door prizes. Tickets: $25/person, $45/couple. Contact Alyssa at operation4H@hotmail.com to purchase your ticket.

Visit with Santa – Kids Spot, 9461 N. Second St., Roscoe. 6:15-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 per child. Have your child’s picture taken with Santa.

Sunday, Dec. 21

All You Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast – DeKalb Masonic Lodge No. 144, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. (Route 23) Every Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. Biscuits & gravy (full order $4, half-order 2 extra). Adults $6, children ages 5-12, $4, ages 4 and younger, free.

Auxiliary Breakfast – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 pm. Admission is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.

Holiday Hurrah” Write Away – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 1-3 p.m. Rockford Writers Guild event. Bring a holiday or winter-themed poem (50 lines or less) to share. Includes potluck. Please bring a small salad or dessert to share. Live music and cash writing contest, fun writing activities, and a performance from Junior Guild. Free and open to anyone interested in writing.

Adopt Don’t Shop” Demonstration – Petland, Furry Babies. Corner of N. CherryVale Blvd. and S. Perryville Road. 1-4 p.m. Group protest against puppy mill sales. Encouraging shelter adoptions of dogs and cats.

Sunday Dance Party w/Jack Farina Big Band – Birch Room, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. 2-5 p.m. $7.

Snowflakes on Ice Holiday Ice Skating Exhibition – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. 4 p.m. Free. Rockford Skating Club asks audience members to bring a canned good for the Salvation Army.

Monday, Dec. 22

PPSOC Christmas Tree Sales – Sand Ridge, Ogle County, 10 am.-4 p.m. Cut your own tree.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. `

Rockford Board of Education Special Meeting – Administration Building, 3rd Floor Board Room, 501 Seventh St. 5-7:30 p.m.

Burger Night – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011S. Alpine Road. 5-7:30 p.m.

VFW Meeting – American Red Cross, 727 N. Church St. 6 p.m. Working on projects with plastic yarn for veterans in assisted living, hospitals, and nursing homes, and homeless.

Rockford City Council Meeting – City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.

Adult Yoga – UW-Rock County Offie of Continuing Education, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $75. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Grief Recovery Group – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Rochelle. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Group will meet weekly. Info: 815-561-8866.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

PPSOC Christmas Tree Sales – Sand Ridge, Ogle County, 10 am.-4 p.m. Cut your own tree.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 10:30 a.m.

Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks, skates provided. Info: 815-969-4069 (TTY, 888-871-1617) or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. 1:30–3 p.m.

LOL (Library Oud Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

Manicures & Martinis – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-10 p.m. Every Tuesday. $5 martinis & $20 manicures from Asha Salon.

Rockton Village Board Meeting – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St., Rockton 7 p.m.

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

Comics of Steel Comedy Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. Doors open 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $5 cover. Info: 815-965-0931.

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From the Dec. 17-23, 2014, issue