Community Calendar


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

All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, Boundaries, Bar & Grill,  3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 7/15/15, 5:30 p.m.

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. 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: or

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

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

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. 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: 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.

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.

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, October 16 and 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. October 16: Mendelssohn Hall, 406 North Main St. October 30: Emerson House,  420 N. Main St. $15 a class per person or $25 for 2 classes. Make a reservation by emailing 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 – 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.

Troop 123 annual Pumpkin Sale – Boy Scouts of America Rockford Troop 123 is holding its annual pumpkin sale through October 31 as long as pumpkins are still available. Pumpkins will be sold weekdays 4-8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Spring Creek United Church of Christ at the northeast corner of Spring Creek and N. Alpine Roads. Profits from the sale go towards High Adventure trips for over 25 troops as well as other scout needs.

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 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

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: or 815-877-6100 or e-mail:

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

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

Wednesday, November 18

3D Printing Showcase – Local company, Dulaney Drafting and Design, will showcase 3D printing on from 6-8 p.m. at the Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium located at the RVC Main Campus, 3301 N. Mulford Road. During the showcase a prototype will be printed. This event is sponsored by Rock Valley College Cocoaheads Club. Cocoaheads is a club for RVC students interested in iOS Development, photography, web design and all things Apple. See The public is invited to this event. Seating is limited so an RSVP is required. Join and RSVP now at If you have questions, please email Chuck Konkol at

Thursday, November 19

Take Control of Side Effects with Medicine, Mind, and Body – 6-7:30 p.m. at Beloit Cancer Center, 1670 Lee Lane, Beloit, WI. A free workshop for people living with cancer and their loved ones and discuss strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, hair loss, anemia, infection, and pain, learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize quality of life during and after cancer treatment. All participants receive a book and journal. Refreshments will be served. For details and registration, call (608) 828-8880 or visit

Friday, November 20

Annual Christmas Bake Sale, Luncheon and Bazaar – Sponsored by St. Helen’s Philoptochos, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St. Rockford. 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Greek luncheon of Pastichio (Greek lasagna), Greek salad, roll, dessert, and coffee for $10. Served 11 a.m.-2p.m. Bakery items include many varieties of Greek cookies, cakes and spinach and cheese pies. Call 815-282-9593 to pre-order spinach and cheese pies. Bazaar includes gift baskets, home made crafts, jewelry from Florida Boutique, Party-Lite, Greek cookbooks and many other gifts. Proceeds benefit Cornucopia Food Pantry, Empty Stocking, Remedies, Rockford Rescue Mission, Children’s Cancer Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, and St. Nicholas Shrine in New York City at the 9/11 Memorial.

Suicide Punchline, Surviving is the Opposite of Solving – Performed by Professor Jen Tuder of St. Cloud State University. A performance for anyone who is surviving the suicide of a loved one. Solo presentation takes you on a journey into survival. 7 p.m. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave. Free admission & handicap accessible. RSVP appreciated but not mandatory, call 815-636-4750.

Saturday, November 21

Annual Christmas Bake Sale, Luncheon and Bazaar – Sponsored by St. Helen’s Philoptochos, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St. Rockford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Greek luncheon of Pastichio (Greek lasagna), Greek salad, roll, dessert, and coffee for $10. Served 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bakery items include many varieties of Greek cookies, cakes and spinach and cheese pies. Call 815-282-9593 to pre-order spinach and cheese pies. Bazaar includes gift baskets, home made crafts, jewelry from Florida Boutique, Party-Lite, Greek cookbooks and many other gifts. Proceeds benefit Cornucopia Food Pantry, Empty Stocking, Remedies, Rockford Rescue Mission, Children’s Cancer Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, and St. Nicholas Shrine in New York City at the 9/11 Memorial.

Christkindl Markt (German Christmas Market) – 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St. (behind the Apollo Theater) in Princeton, IL. Part of the Princeton Main Street Christmas Walk. Hand-crafted gifts, artwork, traditional German sweets (lebkuchen, stollen), international cookie bazaar, Advent calendars, fair trade coffees and chocolates. German Brathaus lunch (and kids’ menu) available. Free children’s activity (making gingerbread houses). Free  admission. For more information:  (815) 872-5150.

Community Information Meeting – RHA as the responsible agency for Rockford’s public housing “system” will discuss history and redevelopment planning. Gorman as RHA’s contract developer and housing implementation partner will address housing components. Meeting will go from 9-11:15 a.m. at Heartland Community Church, 1280 South Alpine Road.

Saturday, November 28

Freeport Author Fair – McIver Publishing will be sponsoring an Author Fair to be held from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., in Freeport. They are looking for authors who would like to boost their Christmas sales by being part of this event. Half tables are $5, with a whole table being $10. This year we will also set up tables in the main hall. Set-up is to be done by 9:30 a.m. as people tend to come early. Refreshments will be offered and a free drawing will be held. Mrs. Claus will be there throughout the day, handing out treats, and a festive atmosphere will be enjoyed by all. At 1 p.m., McIver Publishing will give a presentation, “Is Self-Publishing Right for Me?” The Author Fair is a free event for the public. For more information or to register for a table, please check out the McIver Publishing website, e-mail, or call Kim at (815) 297-2293.

Saturday, December 5

23rd annual Christmas Cookie Walk and Bazaar – Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N. Church St. Elegant cookies and beautifully handmade items. For more information contact Debbie Wise at 815-963-8431





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