Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 for ages 13 & older, $7 for ages 3-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits. 815-965-3433.
Cherry Valley Public Library District – 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. (Sept.-May) 815-332-5161. Cherryvalleylib.org
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.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. 815-962-7402.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups. 815-977-4123 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
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. Open Tuesday-Friday (May-August) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Monday. 815-397-9112.
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.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – 5454 11th St. Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
Rock Hollow Hunt Club – Bingo and pull-tabs the last Tuesday of every month at Rock Hollow Hunt Club, 1931 IL Route 75 East in Freeport. Buy cards beginning at 6 p.m. games start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Benefits the US Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation.
Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.
Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343
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.
Registration for Classes at The Arc – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. Info: 815-965-3455.
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 email@example.com to schedule lessons.
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. Call 815-965-8146 or visit klehm.org for more information.
Take Charge of Your Health, Live Well, Be Well Workshop – Do you have to manage a health condition on a daily basis or care for someone who does? Join us for a FREE Take Charge of Your Health Workshop. First session starts Monday April 3rd at 9:30am at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Rd. Open to the Public. Call Ashlee Dearman Covert from The Northwestern IL Area Agency on Aging for more info: 779-221-3722.
German Dancing Lessons – Hosted by the German Society of Rockford. Dance and also learn about German culture. All ages welcome, always looking for new people. Takes place from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays at Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., 2500 Latham St., on the 2nd floor. Free admission. Come check us out. For more information call 815-494-9872.
Rockford Crochet Club – New group has formed in Rockford for those who love to crochet or would like to learn. Please find us under “Rockford Crochet Club” on Facebook. Group meets once a week at Meg’s Daily Grind on Alpine/Guilford Road from 10:30 a.m.-noon. This group is an opportunity to connect with others who enjoy crocheting. All crocheters, from beginning to advanced, are welcome. We gather at the large round table in the corner of the coffee shop. Just bring whatever project you are working on and join in!
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – Are you 55+ and would you like to volunteer? We have endless opportunities for you to share your experience, talents, and interests to serve our community. Call RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois at 815-397-7103 or drop in at 1111 S. Alpine Suite 400 in Rockford. YOU can make a difference! Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties.
Rockford City Market – This is the final week of the Rockford City Market 2017 season. Last week, we broke our season record and reached 103,034 visitors to the market! As a thank you to our awesome patrons, we will be giving away items to the first 200 people at the market (entering from the E. State Street pavilion entrance). Vendors will also be competing in a pumpkin decorating contest where patrons will be voting on their favorite and patrons can play a free, kid-friendly scavenger hunt for prizes. Come join us for our final week and stock up on all of your favorites at the market. Don’t forget to take the annual Rockford City Market survey! Your feedback is very important to us. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RockfordCityMarketPatron2017. The music for this Rockford City Market will be: Main Stage – Jodi Beach Trio (4-7 p.m.), and Acoustic Stage – Mark Sturm (5-7 p.m.) Activities: The princesses of Once Upon a Dream Performances will be at the market to meet, greet, and sing with the kids of the market. RPS Transportation will have Buddy, the talking bus, for the kids to meet as well as free face painting. And Maywood Evangelic Free Church will also have free face painting as well as a fun, free nerf gun game. Entrance Gate Staff: The 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council (The 17th FVCC) is a forum designed to promote a coordinated response to family violence in our communities. Stakeholders, including the Rockford Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, work together to identify and address the needs in our community in an effort to improve our collective response to the issues of family violence including: child abuse, intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse to people with disabilities. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the 17th FVCC will be there to hand out pins and information.
Hidden Treasures Outdoor Flea Market – Dog Days of Summer: Adopt a Pet Event, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. For more information call 779-210-7602.
Illinois Paranormal Conference – 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Steve Litteral from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events are hosting the Illinois Paranormal Conference again in 2017. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow guests to visit with the many vendors. Visit hauntedrockford.com/illinois-paranormal-conference-2017 for more information.
Haunted Rockford Book Launch Party – 7-9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Kathi Kresol, organizer of Haunted Rockford Events and local historian will be hosting an event for the release of her book “Haunted Rockford”. She will share excerpts from the stories chosen for the book and other ghostly tales during the event. Kathi has arranged for a special pre-order supply of the Haunted Rockford and copies of the book will be offered for sale and will be available for signing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with vendors from all aspects of the paranormal who will stay after the Illinois Paranormal Conference. Please see the Illinois Conference Page on this www.hauntedrockford.com for more information. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event and there is no registration required.
Great Balls of Fire Grand Opening – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Hold a comet in your hand, put the solar system in your pocket, and get ready for galactic fun. Create a crater, assess an asteroid, and more. Get a free ticket to a planetarium show with admission to opening day of this special exhibition. $2 public, members are free. Premier sponsor is Woodward. Additional support provided by Forest City Gear. Exhibition runs through January 14, 2018.
Thursday, October 5
Oktoberfest 2017 – This fun-filled evening will feature German-style appetizers and a selection of Prairie Street Brewing Company’s handcrafted beers and premium wine. Plus a live German Oompah Band, games, Beer and Wine Pull, prizes, raffle and more! Proceeds benefit the Center for Sight & Hearing’s outreach programs for those with vision and hearing loss. Event takes place at Prairie Street Brewing Company, 200 Prairie Street. Tickets are $40 per person/ $75 per couple and can be purchased at centerforsighthearing.org or call 815-332-6800.
WCALAP Membership Dinner Meeting – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Cucina di Rosa, 1620 North Bell School Road. Dinner will be a choice of: Lasagna alla Siciliana- $18, Ravioli or Tortellini-$18, Nicki’s Special Italian Salad – $16 you can add Chicken or Itialian Sausage for an additional $2, Pollo ala Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan) – $18. Price includes soft drink, bread, dessert, tax and tip. Your check is your reservation confirmation. Program will be Fire Chief Derek Bergsten. Hostess are Cindy Walters and Andrea Setter. Please send reservations to: Cindy Walters, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, 100 Park Avenue, Rockford, IL 61101.
Saturday, October 7
Candy Cane Bazaar – Bazaar and bake sale. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Anskar Church, 4801 Spring Creek Rd. Door prices, high-quality handmade items. Free admission. Also includes Happy Harvest Room displaying fall decor.
Mapping Your Genealogical Research – The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the Boone County Historical Museum, 314 South State Street, in Belvidere at 1:30 p.m. All interested persons are welcome! Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Wendy at (779) 203-3511. Visit us on the Web at: www.rootsweb.com/~ilwbcgs. Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/WBCGS.
Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 8
Family Fall Fest & Craft Fair – Come join us for our Family Fall Fest at The Landscape Connection, 4472 Mulford Rd. An exciting fun filled weekend of entertainment for the whole family at a fabulous location. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-40 p.m. Sunday. Family Fall Fest offers entertainment for all members of the family. Food, Music, Games, Straw Maze, Bouncies, Hayrides, Face Painting, Mini-Putt & more. Shop Local Craft, Handmade and Vintage Vendors.
Thursday, October 19
Lead Exposure in Bald Eagles – Please join the Sinnissippi Audubon Society as we welcome Ed Britton from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 6:30pm. Ed has worked 40 years for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the National Wildlife Refuge System. For the last 22 years, he has been a Wildlife Refuge Manager at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. This presentation will be hosted at The Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., where Ed will discuss the many changes on the Mississippi River, including early steamboat days, building of the locks and dams, and today’s challenge in natural resource management. He will also discuss how researchers discovered lead exposure in bald eagles and how we can continue to conserve wildlife through promoting awareness about this issue. This program is free and open to the public. Hunters and sporting goods retailers are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, November 11
Local Color Art Auction – Temple Beth-El of Rockford will be holding a Local Color 50/50 Art Auction fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at Midway Village, 6799 Guilford Rd. This is a fundraiser for Temple Beth-El and support for the local artist community. Artists receive 50% of each sale. Admission is $25 per person. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets call 815-398-5020. The call to artists with application may be downloaded from the Temple Beth-El website at templebethel-rockford.org. All Rockford area fine art artists are encouraged to apply.
Monday, November 13
Phi Beta Kappa lecture with Price Fishback, Ph.D. – Fisher Memorial Chapel at Rockford University at 4 p.m. Dr. Fishback is an economics professor at the Univ. of Arizona. He is also the current executive director of the economic History Association and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an expert on Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Great Depression, housing booms and busts between 1920 and 1040, and the long-term effects of climate and policy on agriculture. Tickets are free but required and may be obtained by calling 815-226-4100.