Community Calendar

Week of Oct. 1-7, 2014

Fall Attractions

Curran’s Apple Orchard – 6385 Kilburn Ave., Rockford. Open Aug. 23-Dec. 7. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-7848.

The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Illinois Route 173, Caledonia, Ill. Open Sept. 12-Oct. 31. Hours: Daily in September, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; daily in October, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Monday-Friday, free (including petting zoo and barn); Saturday and Sunday, $3 per person. Ages 2 and younger and ages 65 and older admitted free. Info: 815-765-2587.

Edwards Apple Orchard – 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, in September and October; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, in November. Info: 815-765-2234.

Edwards Apple Orchard West – 8218 Cemetery Road, Winnebago, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily. Info: 815-963-2261.

Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. “Locktoberfest” offers a different theme each weekend in October. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For current updates, see www.rockfordparkdistrict.com or call 815-987-8809.

Halloween Attractions

Screamatorium – Arte Verde Garden Center, 14630 IL Route 76, Poplar Grove. Open Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29-31, Nov. 1-2. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. weekdays and Sundays. (Parental discretion is strongly advised for ages 16 and younger.)

Trail of Screams – YMCA Camp Winnebago, 5804 N. Main St., Rockford. Open Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29-31, Nov. 1-2. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. weekdays and Sundays.(Parental guidance is strongly advised for ages 13 and younger.)

Wednesday, Oct. 1

The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. For children under 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Beginning Computer for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Stepping On” Class – Beloit Grinnell Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Meets once a week for seven weeks. Info: 608-758-8455.

Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Group will meet every Wednesday thru Oct. 22. Info: 608-363-7421 or toll free 877-363-7421. Free.

Genealogy on the Internet – Rockford Public Library, MainLibrary, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rock River Branch – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or PlayStation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

Bariatric Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. 5-6 p.m. For those who have undegone a bariatiric band procedure or gastric bypass surgery or those who are considering either procedure. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

El Rebozo – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Young Adult Advisory Board Meeting – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 6-7 p.m. Ages 13-19. To apply, see Kathi Kresol in Youth Services, or call or e-mail her at 815-965-7606, ext. 682 or kkresol@rockfordpubliclibrary.org.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fall Watershed Forum Series #2: Beekeeping: Sustaining Honey Production – Lower Sugar River Watershed Association. Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Presented by Phillilp and Sharon Raines of Raines Honey Farm, Davis, Ill. Info: info@lsrwa.org.

Author’s Lecture and Book Signing – Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6 p.m. Guest Sylvia Mendoza, author of The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas (Lives) of Passion, Strength and Success. Free, open to public.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-732-3252.

El Rebozo – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 3-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Sit Less, Live Better” Program – Beloit Rotary Center,1160 S. Riverside Dr., Beloit, Wis. 9-11 a.m. For persons age 55 and older. 5-week program. Free, but pre-registration is required. Not an exercise program; booklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

Donate Blood with the American Red Cross – Stephenson Co.: Highland Community College, Building H, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

First Thursday – Freeport Downtown Development Foundation. Several businesses participate in combined evening shopping, sidewalk sales, the arts, and music. Businesses will be open late until 8 p.m. Live music, family fun, sales. Runs till November.

Oktoberfest – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Oct. 3, 4. German Society of Rockford. German food, music and fun. German souvenirs, crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities. Live music by various bands. Dance troup performs. VIP party pack , $40. Tickets, $14 for 2 days, at all area Schnucks, or call Toni Beck at 815-222-9937 or Marika Mertz at 815-985-8838.

JBF Consignment Sale – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 9 a.m-8 p.m.
Baby equipment, toys, clothes, games, clothes for toddlers and school-age kids; teen girls and boys can find fashions; bargain shoppers. $3 admission. Three-day sale.

Regional Transportation Committee Meeting, Region 1 – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 10 a.m.

Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Preschool Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meetiing Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Sit Less, Live Better” Program – Rock County Council on Aging, 51 S. Main St., Janesville, Wis. 1:30-3:30 p.m. For persons age 55 and older. 5-week program. Free, but pre-registration is required. Not an exercise program. Info: 608-758-8455.

Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

GPS Faith Community Farmers’ Market – 10714 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Open every Thurs., 3:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 23. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, oils, honey, eggs, coffee, food items, crafts. Today, honoring local police, firefighters and anyone who has exhibited bravery in their line of work.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Rock River Branch Library, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.0

Rebozo – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Turning 65: Get the Facts about Medicare – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Learn about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, types of benefits, how to navigate these systems, what is new. Includes Q & A session. Informational materials provided. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Community Advisory Group Meeting #4 – Saint Mary Catholic Church, 226 E. Second St., Byron. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

5th Annual YWCA Wine, Women & Purses – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. 5:30-9 p.m. Funds raised will help provide programming. Info: 815-968-9681.

Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis., is beginning a new grief support group for those 59 years or younger. 6-7:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested at 608-363-7421 or 877-363-7421.

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Publilc Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Recommended that you attend Using Your Kindle Fire first. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

The New Health Care Reform Act – What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know – Rockton Firehouse, Community Room, 201 N. Blackhawk Blvd. 6-7 p.m. Presented by MembersAlliance Credit Union. Credit union members and non-members are welcome. Due to limited seating, RSVP to MembersAlliance at 815-226-2260.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Writers Group – Freeport Public Library, History Room, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 6:30 p.m. Moderated by Kim Sigafus McIver. Info: 815-233-3000.

Healthy Kids” – Maximum Performance, 106 S. Madison St., Rockford. 6:30 p.m. Charity BootCamp Workout for all ages to raise scholarship money. Campaign to fight childhood obesity. Games, prizes, raffles, face painting, food, massages. Info: www.HealthyKidsRockford.com.

Raja Yoga Class – Rockford Academy of Tae Kwon Do , 3628 E. State St. 6:45-8 p.m. Every Thursday. Cost: $50/month in advance, $12 walk-in. Info: 815-978-3312.

Preparation for Childbirth – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Foundation Room, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-9 p.m. Infant/Child CPR class is included in the fee, but is offered on a different day and time. Breastfeeding classes also included. Registration, preferably in the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy, is required. Cost: $35 if baby is to be delivered at OSF Saint Anthony; $60 if the baby will be delivered elsewhere. Info: 815-227-2695.

PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Friday, Oct. 3

Wellness Symposium for PE and Health Teachers – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an introduction at 8:30 a.m. Classes run 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.Presented by RPS and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Employees who do not preregister will be charged $5 at the door. Symposium costs $50 for non-RPS attendees. Info: 815-966-8960.

Master Gardener Training – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 5-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $175. Pre-registration is required. Info: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

JBF Consignment Sale – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Baby equipment, toys, clothes, games, clothes for toddlers and school-age kids; teen girls and boys can find fashions; bargain shoppers. Free admission. Three-day sale.

Lighten UP! Class – Central Lutheran Church, 100 W. Rolliln, Edgerton, Wis. Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 31,10-11:30 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice booklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

MakerSpace Lego Masters – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. Ages 9-13. Show off your skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Regional Transportation Committee Meeting, Region 3 – Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Dr., Mendota. 10 a.m.

RPL First Friday Book Sale – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Patron Lounge, 215 N. Wyman St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 815-966-2721.

Free Coin Appraisal – First National Bank & Trust, 1795 Madison Road, Beloit, Wis. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Classroom Upgrades & Auburn Construction Tour – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 4-6:30 p.m. Tour coincides with Auburn’s 2014 Homecoming. See the Field House, the new Crusader Community Health Center, Academy offices, etc.

Oktoberfest – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Oct. 3, 5 p.m.-midnight. German Society of Rockford. German food, music and fun. German souvenirs, crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities. Live music by various bands. Dance troup performs. VIP party pack , $40. Tickets, $14 for 2 days, at all area Schnucks, or call Toni Beck at 815-222-9937 or Marika Mertz at 815-985-8838.

Rockford University Unveils New Business School – Puri Business School on Rockford University campus, 5050 E. State St. 5:30-8 p.m. Reception in Puri Business School building, just east of the entrance. Guest speakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin, First Rockford Group President Sunil Puri, Rockford University President Robert Head, Ph.D., and Rockford University Associate Professor Robert Evans.

Celebrate Recovery – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Dinner, group worship and message, Crosstalk Cafe.

Family Reading Night – Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Road. 6-7:30 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their children, a blanket, and each child’s favorite book and stuffed animal.

Grand Opening: Rockford Roasting Company – 206 N. Main St. 6-10 p.m. Raffle for free coffee for one year, other special deals.

Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 7-9 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. Info: 815-965-8146.

Bill Cosby: “Far From Finished” Tour – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. 8 p.m. Tickets at box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or call 815-968-0595.

Rockford Art Deli Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Comedy Night w/Vince Maranto – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9-11:30 p.m. $7. Info: 815-229-0800.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Race for the Runway – Chicago Rockford International Airport. In partnership with Winnebago County CASA. 8 a.m.-approx. noon. 1 Mile Run begins at 8 a.m., followed by 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run. Includes music, entertainment and a health expo on the grounds. Rain or shine. Fees: $15-$45, include a T-shirt. All proceeds are used in Winnebago County to recruit, train and support CASA volunteers. Info: 815-319-6880.

Prep for CPR Certification Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Training includes recognition of the early warning signs of heart attck and proper response to symptoms. Cost: $44.88, includes course textbook. Info: 608-757-7769.

ACT Strategies – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Dates: Oct. 4, 18, 20, 21, 22, various times. Prep classes to help high school students improve ACT exam scores. Cost: $145. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Stateline Pregnancy Clinic of Beloit “Walk for Life” Fund-raiser – Donations needed to help save lives. Send checks to Stateline Pregnancy Clinic, 347 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, WI 53511. Or drop off donation at Century 21 office, 120 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis.

Pecatonica Farmers’ Market – Village Hall parking lot. 8-11 a.m. every Saturday morning.

Rockton Police & Fire Commission Meeting – Hononegah School Library, 307 Salem St., Rockton. 8:30 a.m.

JBF Consignment Sale – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 9 a.m-2 p.m.
Baby equipment, toys, clothes, games, clothes for toddlers and school-age kids; teen girls and boys can find fashions; bargain shoppers. 50% off day.

KNIB’s Metals & Electronics Drive – Machesney Town Center, 8750 N. 2nd St., off Machesney Road. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Most metals and electronics recycled free. $10 fee for propane tanks, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers. No TVs.

Chili Shoot-Out – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. More than 20 teams will serve their own brand of chili. Sampling for the public begins at 3 p.m. Music by Miles Nielsen, Anthony Billups, Raised on Radio and Three Good Men. Tickets $5 advance; admission at the gate is $7/person or $5 with a canned food donation. Tickets at www.seizethedeal.com/events/admit-one-to-chili-shoot-out–2014.

Choices’ Natural MarketCelebration of Non-GMO Month – Choices Natural Market, 6551 E. Riverside Blvd. #114, Rockford. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sample Saturday: Try some of the products that have been Non-GMO Project verified. Special shelf tags and displays and educational materials throughout the month. Info: 815-282-1861.

Laughter Yoga – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 9:30 a.m.

Meditation in the Garden – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Weekly in the Children’s Garden. Bring a pillow, meditation stool or anything to sit on. Taught by Phung Nguyen. Free to members, non-members, included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146.

Oktoberfest – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Oct. 4, noon-midnight. German Society of Rockford. German food, music and fun. German souvenirs, crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities. Live music by various bands. Dance troup performs. VIP party pack , $40. Tickets, $14 for 2 days, at all area Schnucks, or call Toni Beck at 815-222-9937 or Marika Mertz at 815-985-8838.

Kids Club Event: Hand Painted Halloween Rocks – Milchaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Make and take home a completed hand-painted Halloween rock (includes supplies). Info; 815-639-1354.

Locktoberfest: Apple Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Tour de Prairie” Bike Ride – Sumner Park, Pecatonica. Registrationstarts at 11 a.m. Hosted by Pecatonica Rotary Club. Event runs noon-4 p.m. Ride round trip is a 16-mile ride; ride less if you like. Chance to win a $200 gift card, $100 cash or Season tickets to Pec Playhouse Theatre. Info: www.peccalendar.com.

Pet-A-Palooza Adoption Event – Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, 7070 Cherryvale N. Blvd. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring in your pet for nail trimming to vet techstaff. Animals for adoption, pet treats for sale. Raffles, silent auctions, 50/50. Pet-related vendors. Donation drive for Kibble Korner. Sponsored by Lou Bachrodt and First Northern Credit Union.

40th Cider n‘ Cinnamon Arts & Crafts Fair – Edgebrook Shopping Center,1639 N. Alpine Road. Dates: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nearly 70 local vendors, live music, all Edgebrook merchants and eateries will be open for business.

Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Illinois Solar Tour – Seven homes and buildings will be open for visitors who are interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Owners will be available to discuss their systems and answer questions. All but one home will be open from 10 a.m..-3 p.m. The other, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. Sponsored by Illinois Renewable Energy Association. Info: 815-732-7332.

UW-Rock County Open House on Wisconsin Solar Tour – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held in the Engineering Center behind the main campus. Solar photovoltaic system has three different solar arrays at the same location. For complete list of tour sites, visit https://www.midwestrenew.org/solartour.

Laurent House Tours – Regular tours depart fromMidway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Visit www.laurenthouse.com/visit for more details.

Free Breast Cancer Screening – Fifth Third Bank and A Silver Lining Fioundation at 111 S. Alpine Road, 3936 W. Riverside Blvd. and 3154 McFarland Road. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Illinois Paranormal Conference – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. With Steve Litteral from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford. Featured speaker: Rosemary Ellen Guilley, expert on the paranormal, plus others. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Reserve at www.hauntedrockford.com or call Kathi at 815-871-4239.

Excel 2010 in a Day – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions and must have used Excel. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Saturday Spectacular: Fantastic Firemen! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. It’s Fire Prevention Week; honor our firemen. Info: 815-965-7606.

Annual Great Pumpkin Event – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. Noon-3 p.m. Craft the perfect jack-o-lantern. Just $6 per 9” craft pumpkin (includes supplies). Info: 815-639-1354.

TLP Golf Classic – Lake Carroll Golf Course, 29 Lake Carroll Blvd., Lake Carroll. Big Cup-Best Ball format, 1 p.m. shotgun start. #8 Hole-in-one Contest: Win a new car leased for 2 years. Cost: $75 per golfer; $50 per golfer LCA member. Includes green fees and cart. Games on the course, prizes, banquet dinner, evening entertainment, silent auction of area golf courses.

Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Societies – Boone County Historical Museum, 314 S. State St., Belvidere. 1:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Rockford Roasting Company – 206 N. Main St. 6-10 p.m. Raffle for free coffee for one year, other special deals.

Byron Forest Preserve Astronomy Day – Byron Forest Preserve District, Weikopf Observatory, 7993 N. River Road. 6-10 p.m. Free program features the observatory’s three telescopes. Info: 815-234-8535.

Stockton Community Town Meeting – 115 N. Main St., Stockton. 6:30-9 p.m. Short program followed by food from local restaurants, live entertainment, art from local artisans.

Post-Conference Event: Public Paranormal Investigation of Tinker Swiss Cottage with Dale Kaczmarek – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St. Date: Oct. 4, 8-11 p.m. Renowned Ghost Investigator Dale Kaczmarek and his Ghost Research Society team investigate the claims of ghostly activity in this historic location. You may bring your own equipment or use theirs. Cost: $30 per person. Special combination price for those who attend the Illinois Paranormal Conference and this Post-Conference event. Reserve at www.hauntedrockford.com or call 815-871-4239.

Sunday, Oct. 5

All You Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast – DeKalb Masonic Lodge No. 144, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. (Route 23) Every Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. Biscuits & gravy (full order $4, half-order 2 extra). Adults $6, children ages 5-12, $4, ages 4 and younger, free.

40th Cider n‘ Cinnamon Arts & Crafts Fair – Edgebrook Shopping Center,1639 N. Alpine Road. Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nearly 70 local vendors, live music, all Edgebrook merchants and eateries will be open for business.

Locktoberfest: Apple Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Alpaca Farm Open House – Willow Glen Farm, 21000 Leroy Center Road, Capron. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about alpacas; many items made from alpaca wool for sale. Info: 815-979-3072.

Ethnic Heritage Museum’s 25th Anniversary Celebration – 1129 S. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Flag Ceremony & program at 1:15 p.m. Ethnic food and music. Info: 815-962-7402.

Oktoberfest – Pearl Bistro, 6876 Spring Creek Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets $5. Can be purchased in advance at RAM, Josef’s, & Pearl. Admission does not include food and beverage.

Laurent House Tours – Regular tours depart from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Visit www.laurenthouse.com/visit for more details.

Boone County Farm Stroll – University of Illinois Extension. Noon-5 p.m. More than a dozen family farms producing food, fiber and fun will be open to the public. Farm tours, demonstrations and local food sampling and sales. Prepared food will be available for purchase at several locations. Pick up your map at the Extension office in Belvidere, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3, next to Shopko, the day of event or before. Info: Facebook (Boone County Farm Stroll), or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or 815-544-3710.

Harvest America with Pastor Greg Laurie – Calvary Chapel Rockford, 7281 Olde Creek Road. 6 p.m. Streaming live from Dallas, Texas. Music by MercyMe & Phil Wickham. Gospel revival.

Monday, Oct. 6

Lighten UP! Class – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Aug. 25-Oct. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice booklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

Stepping On” Workshop – St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Sept. 8-Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Presented by Rock County Counil on Aging. Cost: $10. Transportation may be available upon request. Also: Beloit Grinnell Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Sept. 10-22, 1:30-3:0 p.m. Info: 608-758-8455 or www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.

Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road, Room A147. 10-11:30 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Used Art” Benefit Sale Opens – JustGoods Gallery, 201 Seventh St. Honoring the late artist Jim Julin. Items from his collections as well as works commemorating Jim by his friends and fellow artists will be on display Oct. 6-30. Store hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Donations are still being accepted. Info: 815-964-7111.

Pickleball at ISC – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Drop in from 10 a.m.-noon, Mon.-Fri., Oct. 6-Nov. 26 and Fridays, Oct. 10-Nov. 21. No sessions will be held during holidays and special events. See www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/isc.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. `

Pediatric Services Pre-Operation Safari Tour – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Mon., Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Tues., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Tours at 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Helps children know what to expect before surgery. Free. Registerat 815-227-2055.

Excel for the Workplace (5-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 6-10. Ages 13 and older. Excel 2010 is a powerful spreadsheet software. Learn how to create and manipulate data using tables and formulas. A voluntary test at the end of the week will be offered. Successful completion of 8l0% will earn you a certificate of knowledge. Must have basic Internet searech skills and good mouse skills. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

UW-Rock County Info Sessions on Bachelor’s Degree – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. Hall, Commons Meeting Room 27. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 285 or e-mail Kaili Lee at kaili.lee@uwc.edu<mailto:kaili.lee@uwc.edu>

HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 5-6 p.m. New, non-surgicel, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Register at 815-227-2274.

Free Intro Class: Scrapbooking 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Learn how to plan out your book, create visually pleasing pages, crop photos, journal and more. Supplies not included. Info: 8155-639-1354.

Savvy Caregiver Program – Alzheimer’s Association, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Sept. 17, 22. Hours: 6-8 p.m. Maximum class size is 12. In cooperation with Ill. Dept. of Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. For family caregivers whose loved ones are in the early to middle stages of the disease. Info: 800-272-3900.

Adult Yoga Class – UW-Rock County Office of Continuing Education, Hyatt Smith Hall 120, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Non-competitive class for any fitness level. Fee: $75. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360. Class runs thru Dec. 15.

#tweeting – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford City Council Meeting – City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.

Grief Recovery Group – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Rochelle. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Group will meet weekly for the next six weeks. Info: 815-561-8866.

Nadia Bolz-Weber –Boone County Community Building, 111 N. First St., Belvidere. Unusual ELCA Lutheran pastor shares a message of acceptance of all people with humor and insight. Tickets are free with a collection taken at the event. Info: www.RocktheGood.com.

Free Breast Cancer Awareness Program – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Topic: “Planting the Seeds of Hope”. Attendees can arrive at 5:30 p.m. to register and browse healthcare exhibits. Dr. Bill Gorski will give an update on the Regional Cancer Center. guest speaker: Dr. Lee Gravatt Wilke, professor of surgery and director of UW Breast Center. Everyone who attends will receive a free gift and a gift certificate for $10 off a therapeutic massage. To register, visit www.swedishamerican.org or call HealthConnect at 815-968-2500.

Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Sept. 8 and 22, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25 per couple or $12.50 for an individual Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

History of Railroads in Rockton – Rockton Township Historical Society, 529 Green St., Rockton. 7 p.m. Local historian and retired train conductor, Dave FRranzen, shares his memories and stories of railroading. Free. Info: 815-624-8200

Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 6 and 20, 7-9 p.m. Choose either date. Cost: $25 per couple or $12.50 individual. Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Discovering Your Memory Power” Seminar – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Trainer Robb Zbierski. For business professionals and students. Chamber member only rate: $145. Group rate for 3 ormore: $125/person. Register at rockfordchamber.com.

Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks, skates provided. Info: 815-969-4069 (TTY, 888-871-1617) or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.

Krav Maga Classes Begin – Elite Defense Systems announces the opening of a new self-defense system, taught by Matt Numrich, to benefit men and women of all ages and skill levels. Info: 815-885-4758.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fiesta –- Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Business Women’s Council – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. 11:30 a.m- 1 p.m. Register at rockfordchamber.com.

RAAC State of the Arts and Mayor’s Arts Awards – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m. networking, 12:00 lunch and awards. Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Info: 815-963-6765 or www.artsforeveryone.com.

Computer Savvy Seniors (5-day class) – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. A beginning class for the true beginner. Brding your own laptop if you have one. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Hydroponics for the Home – University of Illinois, Boone County Extension, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. Date: Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. Presented via computer. Cost: $5. Advance registration is needed. Info: 815-544-3710 or hodg@illinois.edu.

Excel 2010 (3-week class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Must attend all three days. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions. Info: 815-965-7606.

Family Tree – Lewis Lemon Branch Library, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Make your own family tree. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Lewis Lemon Branch Library, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

Girls, Use Technology – Lewis Lemon Branch Library, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 9-12. Bring your own electronic device or use the Kindles provided. Info: 815-965-7606.

Living with Chronic Conditions” Workshop Series – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. 5:30-8 p.m. Six-week series thru Oct. 21. Pre-registration is required. Info: 608-748-8455.

Crock Pot Meals and Savory Soups Program – University of Illinois Extension, Boone Coiunty, 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. 5:30-7 p.m. Fee: $5 per person. Register at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call 815-544-3710.

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society – Oakdale Nature Preserve, 3 miles south of Freeport on Baileyville Road. 6 p.m. Potluck dinner. 7 p.m. program: “Pearly Mussels of the Upper Midwest.”

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-962-5585.

Pinterest – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Collect all your favodite things. Bring your own laptop or tablet and cords if you have one, or use one of ours. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Free Intro Class: Jewelry 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Learn to design your own do-it-yourself creations. Supplies not included. Info: 8155-639-1354.

Stateline Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) – University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:30 p.m. Info: http://www.smugweb.com.

Freeport Lions Club – Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. 6 p.m.

Manicures & Martinis – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-10 p.m. Every Tuesday: $5 martinis & $20 manicures from Asha Salon.

Family Story Hour – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

El Rebozo – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockton Village Board – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 7 p.m.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. New group for 12-week program. Free; materials provided. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.

Foolery Improv – Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon. 7-9:30 p.m. Comedy troupe. Improv comedy is unscripted.

Rockton Village Board of Trustees – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 7 p.m.

Rock ‘n Knitters – Spring Creek Congregational Church, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Free knitting group. Info: 815-398-3133.

Comics of Steel – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.Tickets: $5. Info: 815-965-0931.

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the Oct. 1-7, 2014, issue