Community Calendar

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

All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, rockvalleyanglers.com

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 appleriverfort.org.

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. 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

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 coalitionoflatinoleaders@gmail.com.

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. 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.

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: forestcitybrewers.org or info@forestcitybrewers.org.

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

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 info: 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 healingpathwayscrc.org.

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.  statelineatheistsociety.com.

Ingersoll Learning Links – Family golf at Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Holes ranging from 60-105 yards with open practice times. 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 golfrockford.org.

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. Closed for the season.

Mandalay Lounge – 200 N. Church St. Open mic night Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Amateur night and football on Thursdays and football on Sundays & Mondays.

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. 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: rockfordparkdistrict.org 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 nickelworld.com

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 www.rrvbc.org.

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: SkiRockford.org.

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. rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com.

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 – 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.

Spiritualist Chapel in the Woods – 8002 Service Rd., Cherry Valley, IL. Sunday Lyceum at 10:00 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.

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. Closed for the season.

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 – Fridays at Emerson House,  420 N. Main St. $15 a class per person or $25 for 2 classes. Make a reservation by emailing jacsaint_cyr@prodigy.net or calling 815-721-0994.

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 – 1539 South 4th Street, 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 westrockwakepark.com.

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 www.wchd.org 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: laurenthouse.com.

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.

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: awana.org 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: laurenthouse.com/visit.

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 rockfordparkdistrict.org.

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: ed2go.com/uwrockce/ 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 2016-17 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 hodg@illinois.edu 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: amy.orvis@rps205.com or jonathan.wu@freethechildren.com.

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: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playworld 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, tonya@unitedwayrrv.org or visit www.wevolunteer.org.

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 years 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 youthbuildrockford.org.

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.

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: www.winnebagoforest.org or 815-877-6100 or e-mail: info@winnebagoforest.org.

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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg.

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

First Steps Support Group for the Newly Bereaved – Group on Wednesdays Jan. 13–March 2 and also a group on Thursdays Jan. 7-Feb. 25 at Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Road. Registration required at 815.398.0500 or gnicholl@niha.org

Friday, February 12

Ostende Dance Club – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 6:30 p.m. cocktails, dinner at 7. Cost is $85. Formal dance attire and performance by the Dick Elliott Orchestra. Please call or email Lisa Brown 815.509.2308 or lisab514@aol.com to reserve your place and make dinner selection.

Saturday, February 13

Dead Guy Festival – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. This event will feature speakers on ghosts, hauntings, insanity, murder and mayhem. Local historians, Kathi Kresol, Steve Litteral, and head line speaker: Film Maker John Borowski will   resent true stories of ghastly crimes and ghostly encounters. John Borwoski is an award winning independent filmmaker; Kathi Kresol is the founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events and author of the book Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois; and Steve Litteral is Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and a Military Historian.

Sunday, February 14

In My Heart There Rings a Melody – Willow Creek Church of Argyle, 7300 Belvidere Rd., Caledonia. Begins at 3 p.m. Performance will include Tom Andrew on keyboard, vocalists Elizabeth LaGrande O’Leary and John Harden with accompanist Deborah Dunnavan. No admission is charged, but non-perishable food items will be collected at the door. A free will offering will be collected to support the Holistic Health Department’s Music Therapy Program at Swedish American Hospital. Light refreshments will be served.

Chocolate Sundae Sunday – Chocolate and ice cream are all mixed up together for this afternoon of fun when Discovery Center hosts its annual Valentine’s treat, Chocolate Sundae Sunday, scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Families will have fun creating and eating their own chocolate, strawberry or caramel sundae concoctions with all the fixings. Children can go artsy-craftsy at the valentine-creation station. Ice cream lovers will be able to enjoy it all while listening to the sounds of the Auburn Jazz Ensemble. Admission for general public is $3 per person; Members are $2. Admission to the Museum and Clifford The Big Red Dog exhibit is separate, but not necessary to only attend Chocolate Sundae Sunday.

Saturday, February 20

Rockford Writes: Local Authors including Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois – 3-4:30 p.m. at Rockford Public Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman Street. There is no charge for this event. Two new books of local writings including Rockford history are highlighted in this debut event, with several of the authors speaking: Rockford Writes, an anthology edited by Heath D. Alberts; and Murder & Mayhem in Rockford Illinois, by Kathi Kresol, published by The History Press. Rockford Writes is a collection of fictional and historical short stories, poetry, prose, drawings, and photography by Rockfordians. Editor and author, Heath Alberts and fellow authors, Ernie Fuhr and Jenny Mathews will present. In Murder & Mayhem in Rockford Illinois, local historian Kathi Kresol explores a history of crime and calamity, from tragedies like the courthouse collapsing and a local factory exploding. The afternoon will conclude with sales and signing of the two books. Registration is not required for this event.

Tuskegee Airmen – Documented original Tuskegee Airmen will give testimony of their experiences while training at the nation’s first African American military flight school at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Doors open at noon, presentation will go from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5; no charge for seniors and students.

Sunday, February 21

Montford Point Marines presentation – In 1942, the first African Americans were recruited into the Marine Corps. Original members of the Chicago Chapter will share their stories of service. Doors open at noon, presentation will go from 1-4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Admission is $5; no charge for seniors and students.

Saturday, February 27

Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction – The Cherry Valley Public Library is transforming into a miniature golf course for their fourth annual “Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction” fundraiser. For $5 each, young and old alike can test out their putting skills on the 9+ holes arranged throughout the library. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Refreshments will be available for purchase and a wonderful variety of Silent Auction items will be displayed for bids until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tee times are available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To reserve your tee time, call the library at 815-332-5161. Everyone is welcome…no library card is needed! Proceeds will go toward expansion of the library’s programs, services, collections, and facilities. Don’t miss this FUNdraiser! For more information, visit the Library’s website at cherryvalleylib.org.

Sunday, February 28

Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction – The Cherry Valley Public Library is transforming into a miniature golf course for their fourth annual “Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction” fundraiser. For $5 each, young and old alike can test out their putting skills on the 9+ holes arranged throughout the library. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Refreshments will be available for purchase and a wonderful variety of Silent Auction items will be displayed for bids until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tee times are available from 1-4 p.m. To reserve your tee time, call the library at 815-332-5161. Everyone is welcome…no library card is needed! Proceeds will go toward expansion of the library’s programs, services, collections, and facilities. Don’t miss this FUNdraiser! For more information, visit the Library’s website at cherryvalleylib.org.

Sunday, March 6

Coin, Watch and Clock show – The Rockford Area Coin Club presents its 119th Semi-Annual Coin, Watch and Clock Show at the Forest Hills Lodge, 1601 West Lane Rd. (Rt. 173) in Loves Park. The show features 25 coin dealers and hobbyists with 45 display table of U.S. and World coins, currency and other exonumia. This show will also include several displays. of collectable clocks and watches for the first time. The general public is invited to buy, sell, trade and discuss these hobbies with experts from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. General admission is free and raffle tickets will be available for coin related prizes. Display tables are available for $55 each. For further information contact Gail Tennant (815) 654-2745 or gwtenn@comcast.net. The 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.

Saturday, March 12

Arts & Crafts Sale – New Milford United Methodist Church, 7102 Cindy Drive, Rockford. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tables still available for vendors for $10 each, for information or to reserve a table call 815-229-3495.

Thursday, March 24

Know the 10 Signs – 6:30-8 p.m. at the Woodstock Library, 414 Judd Street, in Woodstock. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as normal age-related memory changes.   Attend this program to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held misconceptions about Alzheimer’s. Hear from people who have the disease, find out how to recognize the warning signs in yourself and others, and learn why early detection matters. This program is 1.5 hours, which includes time for questions and answers.

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