Community Calendar

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

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

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. 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. 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 healingpathwayscrc.org.

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. rragsna.org.

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 nar-anon.org.

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.

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 rockfordparkdistrict.org.

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 hodg@illinois.edu 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 klehm.org 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 z.wolf@rockvalleycollege.edu.

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

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

Thursday, May 26

Resume and Cover Letter writing workshops – The Freeport Public Library will host Resume and Cover Letter writing workshops in the Learning Lab. Drop in any time for assistance from 3:30-5 p.m. The workshops will be taught by Suzanne Miller, Highland Community College’s Coordinator of Career Services. This session is open to all members of the public. No registration required. The Freeport Public Library is located at 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.

Friday, May 27

Downtown Charity Ball – Gallery 610 will be hosting its first annual Downtown Charity Ball benefitting RAAC to help them continue their support of artists and to grow the arts in the greater Rockford area. Gallery 610 will have live music and live painting events from several local artists. A portion of the proceeds from all the art sales and auctions will benefit the RAAC. The Charity Ball is free and open to the public but a donation to the RAAC and or Gallery 610 is greatly appreciated. Event will go from 6-9:30 p.m. at Gallery 610, 610 East State Street.

Monday, May 30

Orange Bullets – The Vietnam Veteran’s Honor Society will be holding an Agent Orange Memorial service at 11 a.m. at the L Z Orange Memorial Wall at the L Z Peace Memorial located at Midway Village & Museum Center, 6799 Guilford Road. During the memorial ten more Vietnam veterans from Winnebago County who have died of Agent Orange due to their service in Vietnam will be honored.

Memorial Day Parade – Memorial Day Parade will begin at at 9 a.m. This year’s parade will follow the same route as last year. At 8:30 a.m. all parade units will line up near the intersection of 7th St. and 6th Ave. A parade review stand and bleacher seating will be positioned in front of Veterans Memorial Hall at 211 N. Main St. This review stand will provide the public gathered there information about the parade units as they pass by. This year’s parade honoree is SFC Alan Boyer. Boyer was lost in action following combat while conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Laos in 1968. He was listed MIA until March of this year when his remains were identified through DNA. Once the parade has ended, at or around 10:30 a.m., N. Main St. between Mulberry St. and Jefferson St. will remain closed and the Memorial Program in front of Veterans Memorial Hall will begin. This year’s program will include comments from Winnebago County Board Chairman, Scott Christiansen’ City of Rockford Mayor, Larry Morrissey; a special tribute to SFC Alan Boyer by Darrell Gilgan, VietNow Rockford Charter Chapter; and a Memorial Dove release presented by Hospice Care of America. Following the Memorial Day program at Veterans Memorial Hall the annual Naval Ceremony will take place riverside behind the Rockford Public Library. This ceremony will include the annual riverside sinking of the ship ceremony by the Navy Club Ship #1; an address by Navy Club USA Illinois Squadron Commander, Bruce A. L. Hallam; and a wreath presentation by Navy Club #1 Auxiliary National Commandant, Brenda Jefferson. The ceremony will conclude with a 21 Gun Salute by the Marine Corps League, Rockford Detachment and Benediction.

Tuesday, May 31

Living With Lupus – Jilaine Bolek Berquist, MD, a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, will provide a free community seminar on “Living with Lupus.” The free program will be held at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Bolek Berquist  is a board-certified rheumatologist with MercyRockford Health System practicing in Janesville, Wisconsin. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and has special interest in the areas of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and psoriatic arthritis. To register, call 815.395.5649.

Wednesday, June 1

Hoot and Holler – 10:15–11:15 a.m. at the Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Description:  For children 2-5.  Storytime, only louder! We will have stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for preschool aged children. Stories and activities will focus on Pre-K prep: counting, alphabet recognition, color recognition, playing with others and more. Registration is NOT required. For more information: 815-965-7606.

Babes and Books – 11:15 a.m.–12:15  p.m. at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: For children under two. Babes and Books Storytime focuses on your child’s early literacy skills through songs, rhymes and stories during this interactive storytime. Babies will also improve their social and motor skills during play time each week.  (Use the courtyard entrance on Wyman St., directly to the left of the Main Entrance. Doors will be open 11:05-11:20 a.m.) Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Wacky Wednesday Storytime – 4:30–5 p.m.  at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description:  Ages 5-7. Come on out and have a laugh with some wacky, funny, and downright ridiculous stories. We’ll read some crazy stories, sing some silly songs, and make some wild crafts.   Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. Description:  Ages 5-9.  If you’re ready for a story, take a seat! Clap your hands and stomp your feet!   Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

After School Fun – 3–4 p.m.  at the Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 Jefferson St. Description: Ages 6-12. Join us for an afternoon of fun activities, games and more!  Registration is NOT required. To register, call 815-965-7606.

Kinder Code – 5:30–7 p.m.  at the Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Description: Ages 5-7. You read it right! Learn how to help your child code a game in this parent and child class. You will learn how to create your own game, customize it and add it to your smart phone. Did we mention all in 1 hour? Yeah, that, too! This class meets monthly. At the end your child will be doing this without your help. Please register as 1 parent AND 1 child. Children may not take this without an adult and adults may not take this without a child! Registration is NOT required. To register, call 815-965-7606.

Thursday, June 2

Sinnissippi Quilters’ Lecture Program – Curators from the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin will show vintage quilts and coverlets and share their stories with us. Highlights from the Collection lectures will be held at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2010 E. State Street. Lecture is free for members, $10 for visitors.

Look, Listen, Learn Storytime – 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. Description:  Ages 2-5. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts for preschool aged children. Stories and activities will focus on Pre-K prep, counting, alphabet recognition, color recognition, playing with others and more. (Attendees, please use side entrance.) Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – 6:30–7 p.m. at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description:  All ages.  This evening storytime for children of all ages includes stories, songs and a craft.  You can even come in your pajamas! Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Friday, June 3

Single Seniors Night – Rockford 1st Ward presents Single Seniors Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come Join with your fellow single seniors in a night of music and dancing. Light refreshments will be available. Event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 620 N. Alpine Road. Music by Dave Hill and Company (DJ’s).

Drop-In Storytime – 10:30–11 a.m. at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description:  For all ages. Join us for this weekly storytime filled with stories, songs and crafts for all ages. Registration is NOT required. For more information: 815-965-7606.

Saturday, June 4

Ballpark Ale Fest – Over 80 different craft beers will be available from 40 American craft brewers. A gourmet pub inspired menu with a ballpark twist will be available and live music will be provided by AudioDrive. Event takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Rivets Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., in Loves Park. General admission tickets are $35 a piece and can be purchased online at ballparkalefest.com/tickets. Tickets will also be available at the ballpark gates the day of the event. For details and more information visit ballparkalefest.com.

Prairie tours and work days – The Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC) will be hosting a tour and work day at Sand Ridge. Tours will focus on viewing and learning about beautiful prairie plants. Work days will help participants learn what plants need to be controlled and how to control them. There will also be opportunities to help restore parts of the native landscape. Meet at 2879 S. Daysville Rd., Oregon, at 9 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes. Expect to see lovely flowers and pull a few weeds. Each will take about two hours. Watch for information on further tour/work days.

Stockton Firefighters’ Benefit Golf Outing – Black Hawk Run Golf Course in Stockton, IL is hosting a benefit golf outing to give people an opportunity to help their volunteer fire department as they continue to “Rise from the Ashes” of their own fire.  On Tues. Feb. 25th, fire ignited at The Stockton Fire Department. There was extensive damage to all the contents. Everyone was safe, but many trucks and equipment were damaged, as well as the building. Although these firefighters are ready to go and do their job at all times, there is still a financial bridge to gap to replace their losses. The Stockton Firefighters’ Benefit Golf Outing will begin with shotgun start at 12 p.m. (registration starting @ 10:30 a.m.) $85 Entry Fee Per Golfer includes: 18 hole Green Fees, Cart, Hole contest, Dinner after golf, Great Prizes, “Bases Wild” DJ during golf, and The Zac Matthews band at 7 p.m. Other donation opportunities include a silent auction item, event and hole sponsorships, prize donations, or monetary donations to the fire department are always welcome. Sponsorships are Bronze $100, Silver $200, Gold $500, or $25 Cart sponsorship for individual or business. To sign up for the golf outing, make a contribution or for more information on any events this day, please call (815) 947-3011. Golf is limited to 36 Teams. Deadline to enter is  May 27. Additional information is also available on our Facebook Page: Black Hawk Run Golf Course.

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party – 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Main Library, Lot C, Corner of Jefferson and Park St. Description: All ages. Join us as we kick off the Summer Reading Club program! Enjoy jumping in the bouncy houses, crafts, games and free t-shirts to the first 1000 children that sign up for the club!  The party will be held in Lot C behind the Main Library. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Monday, June 6

Boys Group – 4–6 p.m. at the Lewis Lemon Branch, Library, 1988 Jefferson St. Description: Ages 7-12. Join us for games, activities and book discussions! Registration is NOT required. To register, call 815-965-7606.

Tuesday, June 7

Preschool Storytime – 10 a.m. at the East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State St. Description: Ages 2-5. Give the library some books, and we will read them. We will dance, we will sing, and we will make crafts about the books! Come to Preschool Storytime! Registration is NOT required. For more information: 815-965-7606.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime  – 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description:  Ages 2-5. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts for pre-school aged children.  Stories and activities will focus on Pre-K prep: counting, alphabet recognition, color recognition, playing with others, and more. (Attendees must use the courtyard entrance on Wyman St., directly to the left of the Main Entrance. Doors will be open 11:05-11:20 a.m.) Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Family Story Hour – 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the  Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. Description:  Ages 2–7. What will you discover at RPL? Join us at our weekly story hour. Each week we will celebrate a theme as we read exciting stories and make a craft to take home.   Registration is NOT required.  For more information: 815-965-7606.

Makers: Arts and Crafts – 4–5:30 p.m.  at the Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. Description: Ages 3-10.  Stop in or drop in and let your imagination go wild to create some amazing arts and crafts! We provide the materials and you do the rest. Come when you like, leave when you’re done!  Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Wednesday, June 8

Tween’Scape at Montague – 3–6 p.m. at the Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. Description: Ages 10-14. Enjoy Tween’Scape at your neighborhood library. Mingle with other tweens as you play video games, surf the net, challenge each other at board games or make a cool craft. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Coding Pirates – 5:30–7 p.m. at the Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Description: Ages 7-10. Parents are encouraged to join their Pirates in learning how to code in an hour! Create your own character and make it move, make sounds, run and much more. This class meets for 3 months. By the time we’re done, your Pirate will be teaching you a few moves. (Adults may not attend this class without a child!) Registration is required. To register, call 815-965-7606.

Kinect Sports Gaming Tournament – 3–6 p.m. at the Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 2138 S. Winnebago St. Description: Ages 10-14. Immerse yourself as never before in the excitement of six major events from the sporting world. Your body is the controller, with nothing to come between you and the action. Punt, kick, run, spike or improvise, Kinect interprets all your moves. Anybody can play and it’s fun all the way, so join your friends on the road to sporting glory! Registration is required. To register, call 815-965-7606.

Thursday, June 9

Dairy Queen Cruise Night / Roscoe Community Blood Drive – 3-7 p.m. at Dairy Queen, 5482 Elevator Road, in Roscoe.The Dairy Queen is giving all donors a free small Blizzard. Come and see all the great classic cars and donate blood. One pint of blood may mean a lifetime to someone in need.  In fact, since each blood donation is separated into components, you can actually help save three lives with one donation!  One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. You never know when it might be you or someone you love who will need blood. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call RRVBC toll-free at 1-877-RRVBC-99. Or visit our website at rrvbc.org to self-schedule. You should be eligible to donate blood, if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.

Friday, June 10

Education Fair – The City of Rockford will hold its 2016 Education Fair in the lobby of City Hall, 425 E. State Street, from 12-3  p.m. Representatives from area colleges and universities will be on hand to provide information about their institutions and resources for pursuing a college degree, including enrollment, financial assistance, and course selection. Participating institutions include Rockford University, Rock Valley College, Judson University, Upper Iowa University, DeVry University, and Blackhawk Technical College. The City of Rockford will also host an employment booth featuring open City positions. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 11

Special Event History and Mystery – Tour of two Beloit Locations. Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI. 7-10 p.m. Two Brand New Locations! This exciting event is a collaboration between Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events, the Beloit Historical Society, and the  Society for Anomalous Studies.  We will begin this unique event at the Lincoln Center (845 Hackett Street Beloit, Wisconsin 53511).  The team from the Society for Anomalous Studies will present the evidence they gathered from a Paranormal Investigation at the Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead. Afterwards, there will be time to explore the Lincoln Center before we head to the second location. The price for this event is $40 and must be paid in advance at hauntedrockford.com. To make other arrangements to pay in advance, call Kathi Kresol: (815)871-4239.

Friends of the Oregon Library Book Sale – Plan ahead for the Friends of the Oregon Library Book Sale by, first, donating your unwanted or excess books to the sale, and, second, by getting great deals on books on the day of the sale. Donate your excess books on Friday, June 10, between 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the library front lawn. Due to renovations, there is no room to store books prior to the sale. Encyclopedias, magazines, and Reader’s Digest Condensed books cannot be accepted. Come early to the sale for best selection. The hours are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the prices are $3 for all the books that fit into a plastic Target bag and $10 for all the books that fit into a red library tote bag. All proceeds will go to benefit the library. The Oregon Public Library is located at 300 Jefferson St. in Oregon.

Farm Breakfast – The 19th Annual Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau® Foundation Farm Breakfast will be held at Aves Dairy Farm, located at 1105 Pearl Street Road, in Belvidere. Breakfast consisting of all-you-can-eat pancakes, whole hog sausage, applesauce, ice cream, milk and coffee. Breakfast will be served from 6:30-11 a.m. Activities include cheese sampling, craft show, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s games, petting zoo, Cow Pie Bingo, antique tractor display and more! The cost is $6 for adults, $3 children ages 6-10, and children 5 and under are free.  All proceeds of the Breakfast and Cow Pie Bingo will go to the Winnebago-Boone County Farm Bureau® Foundation.The Foundation was established for the purpose of providing scholarships and increasing agriculture awareness through educational means, such as the Winnebago-Boone Agriculture in the Classroom program and Summer Ag Institute. For more information, visit winnebagoboonefarmbureau.org or call the Farm Bureau office at (815) 962-0653.

Ale on Lincoln – The City of Rochelle is excited to announce the return of this summer event. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m., outdoors on the 400 block of Lincoln Highway. Ale on Lincoln features fresh brews from the Rockford Brewing Company available for tasting and by the glass. Local favorites Hicks BBQ and Ralfie’s BBQ will be serving pulled pork, kabobs and more! Visit Colonial Flowers and Priscilla’s Parlor for delicious treats and Aldo’s Pizza will serve their full menu. Local bands Soapstone and Burn-N-Bush will keep us entertained throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 and include a commemorative glass with five beer tastings. Tickets are available at Rochelle City Hall, Colonial Flowers and online at enjoyrochelle.com.

Women’s Retreat for Cancer Survivors – Women who have completed their oncology treatments, surgeries and procedures and are ready to embark on the journey to physical and emotional healing are invited to join a Women’s Retreat for Cancer Survivors at Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants will enjoy a day of gentle yoga and guided imagery, walks through the Womanspace gardens and labyrinth, and opportunities for reflection, journaling and artistic expression, as well as support from others who have walked a similar path. Fees for the retreat are $45 for Womanspace members and $50 for non-members and include lunch and an afternoon snack. Some financial assistance is available upon request. For more information, call 815-877-0118 or email info@womanspace-rockford.org.

What’s Growing in the Garden? – 11–11:45 a.m. Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: All ages. What will be growing in our story time garden? Is it veggies, fruit, or flowers? Make your own garden craft at this story time blooming with fun! Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Popeye & Sailor – 2–3 p.m.  at the Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. Description: All ages.  Join us for an amazing canine show!  Alex Rothacker and his amazing dog act have performed throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 20 years.  They have made numerous TV appearances, including three times on the Late Show with David Letterman and another on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where the audience voted Sailor the Smartest Dog in the World.  This amazing canine jumps rope, walks a tightrope and balances a ball while walking, to name a few of her fun tricks.  Seating is limited to the first 288 people that arrive. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Olympic Challenge – 4–5:30 p.m. at the Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: Ages 8-12.  Do you think you are good at sports? Come test yourself and play against others in this very active program filled with different challenges. We will meet in the auditorium but will venture outside if weather permits.  Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Monday, June 13

Bookaneers! – 4:30–5:30 p.m.  at the Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: Ages 5-8. Ravenous Readers are invited to join in these crafts and activities all based around a different book each month!  Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Tuesday, June 14

Adoption Information Meetings – Children’s Home + Aid, 910 2nd Ave., from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an opportunity for anyone seeking to create or expand their family through Domestic Infant or International Adoption to get information on the adoption process. The experienced staff at Children’s Home + Aid will explain the process and answer questions that attendees may have. Reservations can be made by calling 815-962-1043 ext. 2107 but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost for this event.

Thursday, June 16

Bad Pants 9 Hole Golf Scramble – RAMP’s 7th Annual Bad Pants 9 Hole Golf Scramble will be at Timber Pointe Golf Course, 5750 Woodstock Road, in Poplar Grove. Registration is at 2 p.m., shotgun start at 3 p.m. with dinner provided by Famous Dave’s. With contest holes, on-course drink tastings and a silent auction too, there is never a dull moment. Collared shirts are required and bad pants are recommended – there will be individual and team prizes awarded for the best bad pants. Event will have contest holes, drink and food tasting holes, chair massages at the clubhouse and much more. There are sponsorship levels available that include foursomes. Print registration and sponsorship info available at rampcil.org/wp-content/uploads/Bad-Pants-Brochure-2016.pdf. Call815-968-7467 to register your foursome today, cost is $240. Visit rampcil.org/badpantsgolf for more information.

Saturday, June 18

In the Good Old Summertime – 11-11:45 a.m.  at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: All ages. There’s nothing like summertime…the sounds, the smells and the feel of summer is special. Experience the senses of summer at this story time filled with stories, songs and a sunny craft. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Saturday, June 25

Blank Canvas & Cocktails – Hidden Treasures is hosting a Blank Canvas & Cocktails event from 2-5 p.m. Register in store at 6329 N. 2nd St., in Loves Park, or online at doodlesart.com. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 779-210-7602 or visit hunthiddentreasures.com.

Ice Cream Dream – 11–11:45 a.m.  at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: All ages. Cold and creamy…delicious and dreamy. Visit the library and enjoy stories about our favorite summer treat and make an “ice cream themed” craft. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Friday, September 16

Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Fall Conference – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. LaDonna Wattley, founder & CEO of Wattley Consulting, PLLC, will present her high-energy workshop “Understanding Diversity to Build Trust”, which will focus on improving and achieving successful relationships in order to break down barriers. Cultural differences DO NOT have to be a barrier in realizing success in diversity.  The afternoon session will be “Agency Barriers to Effective Service Delivery”. Highly recommended for businesses, social service organizations, medical community, education community, police, government offices, churches, and others. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Continuing credits will be available. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; workshop begins at 8:30. $40. For additional information, contact our office at 815-319-6880 or winnebagocountycasa.org. LaDonna’s website is ladonnawattley.com

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