Community Calendar


Ongoing Attractions

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

All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, Boundaries, 3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 6:30 p.m. No monthly meeting in July.

Angelic Organics Learning Center – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year.  815-389-8455.

Apple River Fort State Historic Site – 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Ill. Open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Historic re-enactors portray life during the Black Hawk War.  815-858-2028 or

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.

The Bridge Center of Rockford – 4861 American Road. Games & classes for beginners through experts.  815-873-9334.

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. (Closed Sun & Mon)  Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available & a tour with lecture.  Restaurant on premise make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum  815-395-0679

City Council Meetings – 1st and 3rd Mondays, Rockford City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers, 425 East State St., Rockford.

Coalition of Latino Leaders — Meets third Monday of each month, noon-1 p.m.  E-mail

CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St.  815-398-6000.

John Deere Historic Site – 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour. See a recreation of the original blacksmith shop and other attractions. 815-652-4551.

Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $12 public, $10 members.  815-963-6769.

Elite Defense Systems Self-Defense Center – 5695 Strathmoor Drive. Daily classes. New: Krav Maga classes.  815-885-4758.

Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family.  815-962-7402.

Family Counseling Services Veterans’ Self-Help Group – FCS Agency office, 210 N. Longwood St. 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday. Self-guided, self-help group. A Licensed Clinical Social worker will be on site and on call at no cost. Free coffee and water available. 815-962-5585.

FitMe Wellness – Next to Hilander, Spring Creek & Mulford roads.  815-904-6000.

Forest City Brewers – Monthly meetings first Wed. of each month, 7 p.m. at Rockford Brewing Co., Rock River & Prairie Street. “Tasters Guild” meetings at 7 p.m. third Wed. of each month at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. Info/membership: or

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead — 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstrution with events.  Open Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Second and Fourth Sundays Noon -4:00 p.m.  Info: 815-756-7904 or

Get Rid of Unwanted Panic (GROUP) — University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Room A126. Peer support group for any form of anxiety. Meets the first and third Thursday of each month, 7-8 p.m. 815-395-5655.

Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – Rockford School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Every second and fourth Thursday 6:15-7:30 p.m.  815-398-9628.

Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone? – Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 Macintosh Lane. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free amplified phone program. Must be Illinois resident and have standard phone service. Application and nfo: 815-332-6800.

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

Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.

IL-WI Stateline Atheist Society – Humanists, skeptics, agnostics and atheists – activities and meetings for like-minded individuals.

Ingersoll Learning Links – Family golf at Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Holes ranging from 60-105 yards with open practice times Sundays, 1-5 p.m. thru late September. Additional open times are Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m. and Fridays, June 20-Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 815-987-8834 to confirm hours. Admission fees $1 ages 17 and younger, $3 ages 18 and older ($1 if accompanied by youth ages 17 and younger). Park District golf permit holders play free. Info: 815-968-7529 (You Play) or

Junior StreetHogs Arena – Booker Washington Community Center, 524 Kent St. Outreach street hockey program for youth.  815-969-4072.

Ken-Rock Community Center – 3218 11th St. Various activities throughout the year.   Variety of free classes for adults and children.   815-398-8864.

Kishwaukee Valley A.B.A.T.E. Meeting – V.F.W., 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m.  815-544-3088.

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. 815-965-8146.

Lewis Lemon Community Center – 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free.   815-987-8800.

Magic Waters Waterpark – 7820 N. CherryVale Mall Dr., Cherry Valley.  815-987-8852.

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. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m.  815-397-9112.

Midwest Museum of Natural History — 425 W. State St., Sycamore. Wed., free to the public. Fri., live animal demonstrations at 3 p.m. 815-895-9777.

Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times:  815-964-5959 or 888-656-7329.

Native American Awareness Committee — Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Meets 4th Tues. every month. Now planning for 20th Annual “Honor the Mounds” in 2015. Looking forward to making new friends and getting new members. Info: Mac “Spotted Horse” at 779-423-1260.

New Beginnings Social Group for Grief & Healing – Christian Life Retirement Center, 2750 N. Mulford Road. For adults of all ages who have participated in grief support groups and feel ready to build a new bridge to their futures. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. 815-398-0500.

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.

Nickel World – 3321 N. Main St. Family amusement center featuring 20+ video games and 60+ redemption games dispensing tickets redeemable for prizes. $2.25 admission, all games either free or 1+ nickels.   Room available for rent for parties.  Open from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.For information on Nickel World and a list of weekly specials visit

Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center – 4215 Newburg Road. Various support groups for children, teens and adults starting in October. Info: 815-398-0500.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous – Every Thursday, 7 p.m. New Attitudes Center, 2233 Charles St.

Pine Tree Pistol Club – 5454 11th St. Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.

Represent.Us Rockford – Meetings at Rockford Public Library Community Room 6685 E. State St. the second Saturday of the month 10 a.m.

Rock River Valley Blood Center – 419 N. Sixth St. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., 7-11 a.m. Belvidere Donor Center – 1740 S. State St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7-11 a.m. Freeport Donor Center – 461 E. South St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7- 11 a.m. Perryville Donor Center – 3065 N. Perryville Road. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-8751 or 866-889-9037 or

ROCK Swim and Fitness – 3800 E. State St. Zumba classes, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Age 1 and older. $5 drop-in fee for non-members. Info: 815-381-0765.

Rock Valley Ski Association – Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail. Meets second Tues. of each month. Info:

Rockford Area H.O.U.S.E. – Home schooling support group open to all families in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. All educational and religious philosophies welcome. ClassesTuesdays,10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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 – Main Library open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rock River and Montague branches open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rockton Centre Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lewis Lemon Branch open Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. All library locations closed Sundays.

Rockford Public Library Used Book Shop – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Tues.- Thurs., Noon.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606

Rockton Township Historical Society Museum – Corner of Blackhawk Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton. Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-624-8200 or 815-629-2210.

Savage Ancient Seas – Dinosaurs of the deep. Burpee Museum. 737 N. Main St.

Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church — 318 N. Church St. Sunday worship: 10 a.m. Info: 815-963-8481.

Spectrum of Rockford – Harmony Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, 6625 N. Second St., Loves Park. Various LGBTQA groups. Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Group meets Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. Must call to pre-register. Cost: $20 per session. Info: 815-639-0300.

Summerfield Zoo – 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Info: 815-547-4852.

Stretch & Belly Dance Combo Beginners’ Class – Club Round, 7120 Windsor Lake Parkway. 7:30-9 p.m. Classes every Mon., Wed. & Fri. Registration/info: 815-639-0300.

Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours – Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.

Support for Retired Grievers – Zion Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed. Call for dates/info: 815-636-4750.

Tango Class – Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. 7-8:30 p.m. Classes first and third Friday of every month. Cost: $15 for single class, $25 for two. RSVP: 815-721-0994 or

Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.

Toddler Time – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Every Mon. and Tues. Free. Info: 815-399-3171.

Veterans Drop-In Center — 413 N. Court St., Rockford. Offers dinner to veterans Mon.-Fri., provided and served by many local organizations.

Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 7-17, under 7, free. Family rate, $12. Info: 815-547-3115.

Volcano Falls Adventure Park – 7602 Rock Valley Parkway. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri., 3-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m. 815-282-2100.

West Rock Wake Park – Levings Lake, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave. Various prices for different riders. Reservations strongly recommended. Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Info: 815-596-9025 or

Wild Wild Westmor Lanes – 2407 N. Central Ave., Rockford. Open bowling daily, $1 draft beers. 815-963-7210.

Winnebago County Health Department – For flu clinic schedule and prices, go to or call 815-720-4264.

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.

The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free knitting lessons on the last Wednesday of each month, 4-5 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright Museum — Laurent House Foundation announces that the tour season has been extended and will remain open year round. Info:

YMCA of Rock River Valley – I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., 815-489-1252. Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. 815-489-3352.

Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.

Youth Exploring Aviation (YEA) — Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, Restoration Hangar, north side of Poplar Grove Airport just off Orth Road, east of IL Hwy. 76. Boy Scout group meets every Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m.

Newburg Village Golf – June 29-July 3 Toilet paper drive to benefit The Rockford Rescue Mission. Bring in toilet paper and receive a $9 greens fee for 9-holes. Located on Newburg Road 2 miles east of Perryville. For more information visit

Registration Needed

Computer Tutor — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.  Ages 13 and older. Sign up for one-on-one instruction with one of our instructors. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Registration for Awana Children’s Program — Prince of Peace Church, 2336 Freeport Road, Rockton. All children welcome; pre-school thru 6th grade. Regular program hours: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. One-time registration fee per year is $25, which includes a lesson book and carrying bag. Sponsors to help with registration costs are welcome. Info: or 815-624-2115.

Registration for Laurent House Tours – Depart by shuttle bus from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Minimum group size is four people. Admission: $15/person. Best suited for children over age 8. Season has been extended thru the year. Info:

Registration for Balance Classes — OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Advanced Balance Classes — OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.

Registration for Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perrryville Road. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice time. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks; skates provided. Info: 815-969-4069, (TTY, 888-871-6171) or online at

Registration for Healthy Heart Screenings – SwedishAmerican Cardiac Rehab, 209 Ninth St., Suite 101, Rockford. Available the first and third Tuesday of every month. Includes a cholesterol screening; body mass index (BMI); cardiac risk screening; blood pressure; glucose checks. Fee: $25 payable in cash or check at time of appointment. By appointment at 815-490-5863.

Registration for Online courses from UW-Rock – Understanding the Cloud, Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013, Write Effective Web Content, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2014, Happy & Healthy Pregnancy, more. Most run for 6 weeks at a cost of $99. Info: or call 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

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.

Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.

Ostende Dance Club looking for Couples who Love to Dance — Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club invites couples to join the 2014-15 dance season. Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from Oct.-May. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.

Volunteer Opportunities at Carpenter’s Place – Donation pick-up at Starbucks: Volunteer is responsible for picking up donations of pastries at approx. 8 a.m. every Monday at Starbucks on Bell School Road and Starbucks at Forest Plaza on East State St. Volunteer then delivers the donation to Carpenter’s Place. Volunteers are also responsible for returning the bins to Starbucks for the next donation. Office: Accept and process donations of clothing, household, personal care, and food items on weekdays – mornings and afternoons available. Skills needed: organization, relational skills for donor interaction, willingness to serve. Filing and data entry skills a bonus. Info: 815-964 -4105.

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.

Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals – Rock County Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist with delivery of meals in the Janesville area. A few hours per week will provide noon-time meals plus safety checks and social contact for homebound older adults. Deliveries are made around noon, Mon.-Fri. Average volunteer schedule is one day per week for approx. 2 hours. Call Nutrition Program Supervisor at 608-757-5474.

Montessori Students help build school in Kenya – Students at Maria Montessori School and Thurgood Marshall School are working with international charity partner Free the Children to build a school in Kenya. So far, they have raised nearly $13,000 to dig a well in South Sudan, plus continued service work. They plan to raise $10,000 to build a girls’ school in Kenya with a fund-raising program, “Brick by Brick.” They’re selling bricks for $20 and hope to sell 500. Checks can be made to Free the Children, with “Brick by Brick” on the memo line. Info: or

Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford, Inc. 840 Mattis Ave., Rockford, announces a new service involving ongoing worship. Nightly religious assembly  with Christian fellowship, chapel, reflection, Bible study, prayer services, scripture reading, and faith-based audio and video presentations. Public is welcome. Rides home may be available upon prior arrangements. Info: 815-904-0904.

Registration for Birthday Parties at Sapora Playworld — Inside Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside & Perryville. For kids ages 5-12. Party prices start at $110 for up to eight children, $12 per additional child. For all parties, a $25 deposit is due at time of reservation. Info: or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-969-4082.

United Way is recruiting Volunteer Readers and Mentors – Sign up for Rock River Valley’s I READ program; help kindergarten students learn to read. Info: 815-986-4806, or visit

Holy Trinity’s Coat  Closet Open Again — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, collects and distributes coats to anyone in the community who needs them. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 847-544-2635.

Comprehensive Community Solutions  Workforce now accepting applications for two programs. Applicants must reside in the City of Rockford be 16-24 yeares of age. Additional requirements apply to each program (ask for details). Must provide a valid Illinois I.D., Social Security card and birth certificate and other documentation as required. Info: 815-963-6236, ext. 228 or

Salvage Too, Rockford’s ReUse Center – Opening Thursdays and Fridays from11 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.

Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce Training Programs – Seeking applicants for 2015 cycle. Earn while you learn. Info: 815-963-6236.

New Programs at Carlson Ice Arena — Visit or call 815-969-4069 for information on new winter skating programs, including Synchronized Skating and Cheer on Ice, and for families learning to skate together, “So You Want to Learn to Skate?”

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County – Will begin taking shelter reservations for use of shelter houses for 2015. Fee to reserve is $50 for small shelter houses, $75 for large ones without electricity, and $85 for large shelter houses with electricity. Non-resident rates are $75, $100 and $115. First-come, first-served basis. Info: or 815-877-6100 or e-mail:

Registration for After School Thursday Ice Skating — Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Thursdays thru May 28.Fee for students and adult/chaperones is  $3/person including skate rental; family and friends also welcome. Register at or call 815-969-4069.

Registration for Beginning Beekeeping Classes — Apple Creek Apiaries, 8384 N. Broadway, Apple River. Dates: March 2 – Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m. each day. Taught by master beekeeper Terrence N. Ingram. Includes hands-on experience. Cost: $140 with advance enrollment a necessity as a maximum of 15 students will be accepted. Includes a 1-year subscription to Small Beekeepers Journal. Enrollment fees go to: Terrence N. Ingram, 8384 N. Breoadway, Apple River, IL 61001.  Info: 815-594-2592.

Memberships at Nicholas Conservatory —  Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Members enjoy unlimited general admission visits to the Conservatory during the year, plus member-only events and exhibit premieres, 10% off gift store purchases, complimentary one-time-use guest passes, discounts on special events, annual membership appreciation event, exclusive e-communications and more. Variety of membership levels available: $25-$100; business and nonprofit organization memberships are also available. Info: 815-987-1670 or

Registration for 4-H Camp is open! June 28-July 2 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll. Sign up to get your child in on all the fun. Camp check-in time is 6-6:30 p.m., Sun., June 28; check-out is 6-6:30 p.m., Thurs., July 2.  Open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. cost: $250; all camp fees must be paid in full by June 19. To download a camper application, visit To register, visit and click on 2015 4-H Camp line or call one of these offices:  Ogle, 815-732-2191; Stephenson, 815-235-4125; Winnebago, 815-986-4357.

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

Thursday, July 2

Kirkland Lions Club July Celebration – Event opens at 5 p.m. including the Lunch Stand, Flea Market and Carnival. One price unlimited ride wristband will run from 6-10 p.m. from 5:30-6 p.m. CCT Penguin Project from DeKalb will be performing. Anyone wishing to show off their vocals can participate in Karaoke by Jamie from 6-10 p.m. at 7 p.m. the crowning of Ms. 4th of July will take place. The beer garden will have rock & roll music on stage with a Northern Illinois favorite Shuvlhed playing from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Roscoe United Methodist Church Blood Drive – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main Street, Roscoe. 3-7 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call the Roscoe UMC office at 815-623-2292 or visit to self-schedule.

Friday, July 3

Kirkland Lions Club July Celebration – Kirkland Methodist Church will have a breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. at the church. Car & Truck show registration begins at 8 a.m. with trophies being awarded at 4 p.m. Tractor show also runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Festival itself will open at noon for the day along with the Beer Garden. Free entertainment begins at noon on the Park Stage with Steve McClanahan playing acoustic pop/rock. Excited by Science will be performing a program on the Park Stage beginning at 2 p.m. followed by Daryea’s Dancers at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. Summerfield Zoo will be holding an exotic animal presentation on the Park Stage followed by a demonstration by Harding Family Martial Arts & S.A.M.A. Karate School at 5. The Hiawatha Pep and Jazz Band will take the Park Stage at 6 p.m. At 2:30 there will be a Baggo Tourney taking place in the Beer Garden.  The Relics will be playing rock/classic rock on the Beer Garden Stage from 6-8 p.m. Back Country Road Band will be performing on the Beer Garden Stage from 8 p.m.-midnight.

KABOOM! – Experience chemistry, physics, art and music and how they all relate to our most explosive national holiday from 11 a.m.- 3:30  p.m. Straw rockets, stomp rockets and film can rockets will have your fun soaring. Science and art join hands for this celebration. We’ll experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, and more. Create your own light–up hat and make a patriotic necklace. Leave your car parked here on the Fourth and take the short walk downtown to the parade and fireworks.

Fourth of July Festival Hair: Event Description: Receive Coachella-inspired braids and styling for your Independence Day weekend. Lucette Salon & Spa 508 E. State St. Free for most braids 4-8 p.m.

Tarot Card Readings: by David Skywatcher. Salvaged by Sonya, 330 E. State St. $10 for 10 minutes 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 4

Kirkland Lions Club July Celebration Festival – The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast in the park from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Parade will start at 11 a.m. Following the Parade there will be Pork Chop Barbeque served in the park. Hiawatha Schools will run an open house from 1-5 p.m. Pedal Pulls for the youngsters will take place at 4 p.m. in the middle of the park. T.O.W. will take the Park Stage performing music beginnign at 1 p.m. Following T.O.W. will be a demonstration from Leader Dog, an organization which provides service dogs to those with vision problems. The Magic of Brian Holt will begin on the Park Stage at 5 p.m. Amperage will be closing out the entertainment on the Park Stage playing rock/hard rock from 6-8 p.m. The Kirkland Fire Department will host Water Fights starting at 2 p.m. with Fire Departments from around the area competing for trophies. Another Baggo Tournament will take place in the Beer Garden beginning at 2 p.m. Dale Rhode & the Crossroads will take the stage in the Beer Garden beginning at noon playing country music followed by Destination Unknown playing new country from 6-8 p.m. Red Woody takes the stage in the Beer Garden from 8 p.m.-midnight performing music from the ‘70s to today’s music. The fireworks display will be held at 9:30 p.m.

KABOOM! – Experience chemistry, physics, art and music and how they all relate to our most explosive national holiday from 1-5 p.m. Straw rockets, stomp rockets and film can rockets will have your fun soaring. Science and art join hands for this celebration. We’ll experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, and more. Create your own light–up hat and make a patriotic necklace. Leave your car parked here and take the short walk downtown to the parade and fireworks.

Sunday, July 5

Sky Concert 2015 – The City of Freeport announces that with the additionof music, the Freeport Fireworks Show will become Sky Concert 2015.  The fireworks show will be synchronized to music played live at Kickin’ Country 92 (92.1 FM).  Sky Concert 2015 will be held at dusk at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut, in Freeport..

Wednesday, July 8

UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford  Summer Information Session – University of Illinois College of Pharmacy at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., will host an information session  from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with information on careers in pharmacy, the PharmD program and a tour. Individual advising appointments also are available. Contact Rachel Van Den Broek at or visit

Thursday, July 9

Yes! You Can: Preserve It Safely – Water Bath and Pressure Canning Basics – University of Illinois Extension’s nutrition and wellness educator and registered dietitian, Diane Reinhold, will be presenting this seasonal workshop on food preservation. In addition to receiving the latest, most up-to-date food preservation information, participants can have their pressure canner dial gauge tested for accuracy. The workshop will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at U of I Extension’s Illinois Nutrition Education Program (INEP) Office at 650 N. Main St., Rockford. To register, visit or call the Extension office at 815-986-4357. There is a $5 fee per participant. Preregistration is required by  Noon on July 7; space is limited, so enroll today.

Saturday, July 11

Haunted Rockford – Paranormal Tour of the Historic Conover Square. Conover Square, 201 N. 3rd Street, Oregon, IL. 8-10 p.m. Haunted Rockford is excited to be invited to the historic Conover Square in Oregon, Illinois. This one time piano factory is over 120 years old. Kathi Kresol will share the history of the building and Mike Grasso will tell of the ghostly encounters. Psychics Sara Bowker and Paul Smith will give their impressions of who exactly roams the rooms of this location. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event. Visit for details.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Clothing Drive – All area Schnucks Markets parking lots and the Belvidere Township Office, 8200 Fairgrounds Road. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Such items as clean men’s, women’s and children’s clothing – wearable or not – and shoes, hats, belts, purses, soft-sided luggage, throw rugs, curtains, stuffed toys, sheets, blankets and towels will be accepted. For more information visit

Sunday, July 12

Morris Kennedy/Nashold Blast from the Past Picnic – Blackhawk Springs Park off S. Mulford Road in Rockford. Come early and enjoy the company of your classmates and friends. If you have a classic car drive it out. Please bring a dish to pass and your dinnerware, drinks and chairs. We will be eating at 1 p.m. If you know of someone who went to these schools please inform them. For questions call Ellen at 815-914-9974 anytime.

EAA 1414 Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast & Young Eagles Rally – Come join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk, juice at beautiful Poplar Grove Airport (C77). Bad weather got you grounded?  Drive on down; breakfast will be here waiting rain or shine. Free airplane rides for ages 8-17 (with parental consent) offered by the volunteers of the Young Eagles program. While you are here, visit the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum right next door (separate admission fee applies). Flying In?  Park on the grass or the ramp at the Museum on the north side of the airport. Driving In?  Turn into the Museum driveway at 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove, IL and follow the signs. Breakfast served from 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Airplane rides from 8 a.m.-noon (weather permitting) Breakfast:  $7 adults, $4 kids. Airplane rides:  Free (no purchase necessary) Proceeds help fund our educational, youth and community-building activities. For more information contact  Dean May at 815-544-0215 or

Tuesday, July 14

Domestic Infant and International Adoption Information Meeting – Children’s Home + Aid is presenting an adoption information meeting for couples and inviduals who are interested in becoming an adoptive or foster parent. Staff will be discussing the requirements to be an adoptive or foster parent, the types of children needing families, the costs involved, what a home study is, what supports are available and the options available for adoption and foster care. Children’s Home + Aid Office, 910 2nd Ave., Training Room 101. 3:30-5 p.m.

RRVBC Blood Drive – Comfort Keepers will host the RRVBC Blood Mobile at their Rockford office, 4835 Manhattan drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For an appointment, call Susan Smith at 815-229-9100.  Walk-ins are welcome.  First time donors, bring photo ID and all donors should eat and drink before donating.

Sunday, July 19

Country Music Show – Collecting school supplies for the Salvation Army. The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. 1:30-5 p.m. School supplies needed include paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, rulers, totebags, backpacks, etc. Live country, bluegrass and gospel music. For information or to sign up for stage time call Gary Mullis at 815-762-5589.

Tuesday, July 21

Bumble Bees and Native Pollinators – Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. A short session on bumble bee identification and how to pick out the different species. Then we’ll go to the gardens and look for bumble bees and other types of pollinators that might be active. Members: free, non-members: Included with admission.

Thursday, July 23

Maintaining Your Perennial Garden – Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Master Gardener Michelle Cox will cover pruning to maintain your perennial garden and keep it looking good all summer long.  Members: free, non-members: Included with admission.

Friday, July 24

Dentistry from the Heart – Rockton Dental Care, 213 W. Main St., Rockton, IL. This Dentistry From The Heart event offers free extractions, fillings and cleanings for those needing dental care. Additional dental care will not be available at this event due to the influx of people needing basic care. Office opens at 7:30 a.m., those seeking free dental care from the Dentistry from the Heart event are encouraged to arrive early as it is first-come first-served.


Chicagoland Trivia nights and locations



2nd Cousin’s Bar & Grill – 6246 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m.

Bar Louie – 200 E. Rand Road, Mt. Prospect. 7 p.m.

Rue Marche – 620 Market St., Rockford. 7 p.m.


Ebenezer Brown’s – 4866 Bluestem Rd., Roscoe. 6:30 p.m.

Old Chicago – 6280 E. State St., Rockford. 7 p.m.

The Beer Market – 888 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg. 7 p.m.

The Beer Market – 1270 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. 7 p.m.

Gene’s Place – 4412 Manchester Dr., Rockford. 7:30 p.m.

Mangy Dawg’s Pub – 1832 W. Army Trail Rd., Hanover Park. 7:30 p.m.

Manny’s Ale House – 683 St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst. 7:30 p.m.

Hometown Sports Bar – 241 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. 8:00 p.m.


Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub – 120 N. Union St., Byron. 7 p.m.

Fitz’s Pub – 172 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst. 7:00 p.m.

The Real McCoy’s – 504 N. Stanton St., Davis. 7:00 p.m.

Club Casa Cafe – 353 N. River Rd., Des Plaines. 7:30 p.m.

LP Stadium Bar & Grill – 2423 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. 8:00 p.m.

Murphy’s Pub – 510 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Oscar’s Pub & Grill – 5980 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.


Coach’s Corner – 152 Biesterfield Rd.,  Elk Grove Village. 7:00 p.m.

Garrett’s Restaurant and Bar – 1631 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford. 7:00 p.m.

Sports Page – 3907 Broadway, Rockford. 7:00 p.m.

Jax Pub – 4160 N. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Vintage@501 – 501 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Whiffletree Tavern – 11347 Main St., Roscoe. 8:00 p.m.


Always free to play, nights & times are subject to change. Visit Chicago Land trivia on Facebook for updates