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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, Boundaries, 3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 6:30 p.m. First Wednesday of each month.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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. Closed for the season; opens in May. 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.
Divorce Care Support Group – Rock Church, 6732 Harrison Ave. Meets for 13 weeks on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 815-229-7600.
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 $8 adults, $5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead — 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstrution with events. Closed for the season. 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 nfo: 815-332-6800.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 2821 Bell School Road, Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, line dancing and support group. 815-395-5649 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 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 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. Meditation in the Garden, weekly on Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 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. Closed for the season. 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: rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815-987-8800.
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: www.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. www.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 www.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.
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. Closed for the season. 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 email@example.com.
Tax Help – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th Street, Rockford. Appointments open to seniors 55 and older Thursdays between 9-noon. Free. Info: 815-398-8864.
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 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: wwwllaurenthouse.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 After School Thursday Ice Skating Sessions — Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Dates: Thurs., thru May 28, 2015, 3:30-4:50 p.m. For children in grades Pre-K-12. Fee for students and adult/chaperones is $3/person including skate rental. Register at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate or 815-969-4069.
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: www.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 www.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: http://www.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Stateline Farm Beginnings — Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Dates: October-March — 10 business planning sessions. Info: www.learngrowconnect.org or 262-374-4903.
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, email@example.com 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.
Goodwill seeks Volunteers for Free Tax Preparation Program — Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois seeks volunteers for its GoodTAXES program in Rockford region and DeKalb. Free income tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income area residents from January to April. Info: 815-987-6231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goodwill Free Income Tax Service – Goodwill locations throughout Northern Illinois will offer free income tax preperation assistance for families making less than $50,000 and individuals less than $25,000 through April 15. 615 N. Longwood St. Rockford, Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 5-8 p.m. East High School, 2929 Charles St. Rockford, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 www.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.
Registration for Winter Writing Workshop — Severson Dells, 8786 Montague Road. Date: April 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Taught by Greg Keilback. Free. Register at 815-335-2915.
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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate 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?”
Order Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Pres. “Built to Amaze! Nuts & Boltz Edition” – Tickets now on sale for circus returning May 8-10, 2015. All non-premium tickets are $15 each. Purchase at BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or online at www.Ringling.com .
Forest Preserves of Winnebago County – Will begin taking shelter reservations for use of shelterhouses for 2015. Fee to reserve is $50 for small shelterhouses, $75 for large ones without electricity, and $85 for large shelterhouses 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: email@example.com.
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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate or call 815-969-4069.
Registration for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” — Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Feb 24-Apr 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Preregistration is required. Info: 608-758-8455 or www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.
Registration for Stained Glass Techniques Class – UW-Rock County, Wells Cultural Center, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wisc. Non-credit class for adults to learn basic skills and techniques. Class meets Thursdays, Feb. 25 through April 8, excluding March 18. Cost: $65. Register: 608-758-6565 x360 or rock.uwc.edu/ce.
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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg.
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: $235 thru March 1; after that, the price increases to $250; all camp fees must be paid in full by June 19. To download a camper application, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/stephenson4h. To register, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freeport Downtown Development Foundation – Looking for volunteers who are interested in leading a downtown event this year. Info: email@example.com or 815-232-9000.
Junior League of Rockford, Inc. – Seeks homes in the Rockford area to feature in its Unique Spaces home tour, Sat., April 25, and Sun., April 26. Proceeds from this event help support the Junior League of Rockford, Inc.’s vital programs. Info: Ashley Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Benson, email@example.com.
Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343
Weds., April 1
Trivia – Oscar’s Pub & Grill, 8 p.m,.
Ladies Night Out Quarter Bash – Casey’s Pub, 6:30 p.m.
Easter Party – Stories, craft and fun activities. East Branch Library 6685 E. State St. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2
Earth Day Awards Luncheon – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s 8th annual awards luncheon. Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Rd. Tickets are $75 and available at knib.org. Richard Louv will be the featured speaker. 11:30 a.m.
Trivia – Casey’s Pub.
Maundy Thursday Worship – Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St. 6:30 p.m.
Klehm Arboretum Donation day – Free admission with donations welcome. Friendly leashed dogs are welcome.
Friday, April 3
Artale Wine Tasting – Artale Wine Co., 6876 Spring Creek Rd. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. $15 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Good Friday Tenebrae Services – Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Tenebrae Service – Court Street United Methodist Church. Noon. Vigil will be held following the service from 1-9 p.m. for anyone wishing to pray, read or meditate for as long as they wish. 215 N. Court St.
One Less Tenor – Scott Chachula and Dennis Johnson concert at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace., 201 7th St. Music, comedy and other surprises. 7 p.m. Free with donations welcome.
Showing of the film “Begin Again” – starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine. Indie movie about the love of music and complexity of relationships. Flip Side Cinema, 711 N. Main St. 7:30 p.m. doors open at 7. $5.
IceHogs vs Grand Rapids Griffins – BMO Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. game starts at 7. Tickets available at IceHogs.com
The Zen of Beard Trimming – Book signing and story telling by author CJ Campbell. Stories of punk rock, poverty and his search for peace. Rockford Roaster Co. 206 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Tarot card readings – by David Skywatcher. Salvaged by Sonya, 330 E. State St. 6-9 p.m. $10 for 10 minutes.
Saturday, April 4
Gems, minerals, fossils and more – Open house exhibition. North Suburban Library, 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.
Easter egg hunt – Wilbur Park, Warren Ave., Freeport. Food, games, prizes, fun and meet the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.
“Living With Alzheimer’s: for late stage caregivers” – Learn about helpful resources from other professionals and caregivers. Also learn how to best monitor care and how to meaningfully connect with a person with late-stage Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter, 1111 S. Alpine Rd. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information contact the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300. Free.
Egg hunt egg-stravaganza – Discovery Center and Burpee Museums. Egg hunts at 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to bring their own baskets. Admission is $11 per child $8 per adult, Member children of either Museum are $2. Admission covers both museums.Various activities run from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check respective websites for details.
Easter Eggstravaganza – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Lower level of the church in the Youth center. 1-3 p.m. Kids from pre-school – fifth grade are welcome to attend. Parents are asked to stay with their children through the egg hunt, crafts and game time.
Sunday, April 5
Easter Services – Easter breakfast 7:45-8:30 a.m., worship 9 a.m., Sunday school 9:15 a.m., egg hunt 10:15 a.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St.
Sunrise Service – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. 6 a.m. In the church chapel. Songs, scripture and communion are open to all. The Resurrection Celebration will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The service begins with music from the adult choir, hand bell choir, kids choir and brass ensemble. The 10:00 am worship includes singing, scripture, and communion. All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, April 7
Retro Game Night – Retro video and board games along with drink specials. Vintage @ 501. 5 p.m.
Trivia – Old Chicago. 8 p.m.
Trivia – Hope & Anchor English Pub, 8 p.m.
Trivia – Gene’s Place, 7:30 p.m. Also $2 drink specials
Trivia Night Tuesdays – Rural on Tap, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11
Public Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum – Haunted Rockford is joining renowned Paranormal Investigator, Dale Kaczarek for a public investigation of this very active site. Dale will share some of the interesting experiences that he has collected on previous trips to Tinker and then you will get a chance to use some of his team’s equipment and investigate for yourself. The price for this event is $40.00 and must be paid in advance. Purchase tickets at www.hauntedrockford.com or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239. Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent St. 7-11 p.m.
Beginning German Research – The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the Boone County Historical Museum, 314 South State Street, Belvidere, IL at 1:30 p.m.
Spring Fling – Food served at 5 p.m., Pablo and the Rythmics perform at 8 p.m. American Legion Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Rd.
Wednesday, April 15
Botanica: a gardener’s luncheon – Help us welcome spring at Botanica 2015! This year’s luncheon will feature speaker Melinda Myers, a nationally renowned gardening expert and author specializing in Midwestern gardening. Luncheon $50, Luncheon and Workshop $75. Held at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Rd. Rockford, IL 61102. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden Fundraiser. Workshop begins at 10 a.m., luncheon at 12 p.m.
Friday, April 17
CASA Dinner & Auction – Tebela Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Rd. Social hour and auction begins at 6 p.m. with program, dinner and live auction following along with dancing to the sounds of Pablo and the Rhythmix. Tickets are $60/person and available at winnebagocountycasa.org or by calling 815-319-6880. Proceeds to benefit Winnebago County CASA.
Saturday, April 18
What Trees to Plant after EAB Strike – Dave Wanninger, Horticulturist in Charge at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners, will conduct this talk. This presentation is made possible by the Pauline J. & John A. Cook Horticulture Series. Held at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockfor, IL 61102. Members: Free Non-Members: Included with daily admission. Register at http://www.klehm.org/eab-takes-your-ash-trees. 10 a.m.
Craft Expo – American Legion Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Rd. Noon-5 p.m.
Friday, April 24
Arbor Dash 5K – Celebrate Arbor Day with a run through the woods! The 2nd annual Arbor Dash is a non-competitive fun run through Klehm’s 155 acres of trees and gardens at twilight. Your registration fee will help Klehm continue to fulfill our mission to maintain a living museum for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all people. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102 815-965-8146, More info at: http://www.klehm.org/arbor5k/. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25
Gardening with Ornamental Grasses – Michelle Cox, U of I Extension Master Gardener Grasses provide interest and texture in the garden; however the choices are numerous. Michelle will provide guidance for selection and care, and offer ideas on unique and appealing pairings in the landscape. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102 815-965-8146, Register at http://www.klehm.org/gardening-with-ornamental-grasses Members: Free Non-Members: Daily Admission. 10-11 a.m.