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Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014

Fall & Holiday 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.

Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For current updates, see www.rockfordparkdistrict.com or call 815-987-8809.

Williams Tree Farm – 4661 Yale Bridge Road, Rockton. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Cabin Cafe: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., weekends. Horses: noon-4:30 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. weekends. Santa visits: Nov. 28-30, Dec. 6-7 & 13-14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Open Thanksgiving Day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (no cafe). Info: 800-423-NOEL.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Diabetes Support Group – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. 9 a.m. Info: 815-544-3710.

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

Children’s Holiday Shoppe Opening – 5856 E. State St. (Between Valli Foods & Hancock Fabrics). 10 a.m. ribbon cutting. Guest speakers. Shoppe will be open Nov. 29-Dec. 21, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit regularly, and children can write letters and make holiday crafts while they wait. Refreshments and surprises for both parents and children this holiday season.

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.

Human Resources Committee, Board of Trustees, Community College District 511 – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 11:30 a.m.

Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners – 60 Airport Drive, Noon.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Ste. .200, Beloit, Wis. 12:30-2 p.m. Info: 608-363-7421.

Keep It Safe – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom A, 215 N. Wyman St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Bank on It! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom A, 215 N. Wyman St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Understand the basics of personal finances, identify major types of insured financial institutions, reasons to use a bank. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Stateline Mass Transit District Meeting – 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 1:30 p.m.

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.

Beginning Word 2010 (2-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m.
Ages 13 and older. Learn the fundamentals of MS Word 2010. For computer user who is familiar with using a computer. Prerequisite: Proficient familiarity with mouse and keyboard. Registration is not required. 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.

Cocktails & Canvas – Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. Creative activity. With Softplace Lifestyles, they provide step-by-step instructions that are simple to follow, art supplies included. $35. Advance registration requested. Info: 815-229-0800.

BIFF Film: The Golden Scallop – Hendricks Center for the Arts, Beloit College, corner of Pleasant St. & Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Three fried fish restaurants compete for the Golden Scallop championship.

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.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Iowa Wild – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-969-5222.

About Dementia, Tips to Help with Family Conversations” – McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St. 7-8 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Conference rooms, 5666 E. State St. 7-9 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Info: 815-227-2695.

Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, Nov. 27

Thanksgiving at Franchesco’s – 7128 Spring Creek Road. Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $31.99 adults, $14.99 kids younger than 12, free for ages e4 and younger. Reservations recommended. Info: 815-229-0800.

Thanksgiving Day Service – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 10 a.m. Give thanks, sing hymns, share Holy Communion.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Thanksgiving Day Meal – The Masonic Lodge, 229 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sponsored by The Overflowing Cup and Josiah’s Place Coffeehouse.

Friday, Nov. 28

Grief Support Through the Holidays – North Pointe Health & Wellness Community Education Room, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. 7:30-9 a.m.

Christkindlmarkt – Turner Hall of Monroe, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe, Wis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Old World-type market with homemade Swiss baked goods, German and Austrian crafts, wood carvings. Ratskeller Restaurant open for lunch from 11 a.m..-2 p.m. both days, Fri. and Sat. See Samichlaus, Swiss version of St. Nicholas and his bad behavior helper, Schmutzli during both days.

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

Black Friday Public Skating Session – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $5 adults ($5.50 non-residents); $4 ($4.50) non-resident) for youth ages 3-17, ages 2 and younger, free. Skate rental is available for $2 per person. Special for this event: wear black and receive $1 off admission. Info: 815-969-4069.

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

Leftover Science – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Turn cranberries into chemistry, engage in fruitcake physics, and experiment with whipped cream. Demos, festive arts and crafts. Included with Discovery Center admission. Info: 815-963-6769.

Fish Fry – American Legion Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $6-9.50; various menu items. Info: 815-397-6672.

Pickleball at ISC – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 6-8 p.m. Drop-in friendly competition for players ages 18 and older. Fridays. Runs thru Nov. 21.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Chicago Wolves – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-969-5222.

2nd Annual All-Star Comedy Night feat. Chris Barnes, Kevin Bozeman, Rockford’s own Chris Johnson – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 8-11 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

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

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

Saturday, Nov. 29

Breakfast and Brunch with Santa – The District Bar & Grill, 205 W. State St. Info: 815-977-4524.

Small Business Saturday – Downtown Freeport businesses will be open late until 8 p.m. Community celebration, live music, family fun and sales.

Christkindlmarkt – Turner Hall of Monroe, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe, Wis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Old World-type market with homemade Swiss baked goods, German and Austrian crafts, wood carvings. Ratskeller Restaurant open for lunch from 11 a.m..-2 p.m. both days, Fri. and Sat. See Samichlaus, Swiss version of St. Nicholas and his bad behavior helper, Schmutzli during both days.

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.

Leftover Science – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Turn cranberries into chemistry, engage in fruitcake physics, and experiment with whipped cream. Demos, festive arts and crafts. Included with Discovery Center admission. Info: 815-963-6769.

Stroll on State – “Merry & Breight: a downtown holiday”. Activities, see decorations, shop at local stores. 4-9 p.m. See Lisa Frost’s FROSTYLAND at City Hall, 425 E. State St., and Real.Original. Pop Up Shop at RACVB Annex, 102 N. Main t.

Fire Sale Reggae Funk Show – Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon. 7 p.m. Music and art party celebrating Fourth Anniversary Jam on Shop Small Business Saturday.

Sunday, Nov. 30

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.

Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 pm. Admision is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.

Rescheduled: “Light Up the Parks” Holiday Parade – 4:45 p.m. Starts at Schneider Electric (former Invensys) parking lot on Clifford Ave., turn north on Elm Ave., end at Machesney Towne Center (Machesney Mall). Tree Lighting follows the parade at 6:30 p.m. at Towne Center Roundabout. (This event was rescheduled due to forecast of heavy rain on Sunday, Nov. 23.)

Sunday Night Singles Dance – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St.. 7-10:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

Tutoring Clubs 6th Annual Holiday Fundraiser – Tickets may be purchased at local credit unions: First Northern, Generations, Heritagek, It’s My Credit Union (formerly Winn Cty Schoolls), MembersAlliance, Rock Valley, Rockford Bell, Rockford Municipal Employees, Rockford Postal Employees and SwedishAmerican Federal Credit Unions. $5 each or five for $20. Chance to win a “money tree” full of gift cards including a grand prize of a $1,000 VISA gift card, plus other gift card packages. Info: www.statelineyfc.org or 815-399-7203.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Open Enrollment Open House for Affordable Care Act – Rock Cut, 9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

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. 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon., Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Tues., Dec. 2, 9, 23, 30. Free. Regster at 815-227-2055.

Rockford Board of Education : Education Committee Meeting – Administration Building, 3rd floor Board Room, 501 Seventh St. 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

Adult Yoga – UW-Rock County Offie of Continuing Education, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $75. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

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.

Live Facebook Chat on Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace – Facebook. 7-8 p.m. Have questions about obtaining health insurance through the ACA and health insurance marketplace? Let the expert navigators help. Free. Visit www.osfsaintanthony.org/AskAnExpert to RSVP for the event. Info: 815-395-5036.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

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.

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.

Horticulture for the Holidays – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. 1:30-3 p.m. Educator Candice Miller will teach about poinsettias, evergreens and making wreaths. Cost: $20 per person. Pre-register to make sure enough supplies are available. Info: 815-544-3710 or http://webextension.illinois.edu/bdo/

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

Managing and Editing Photos in Windows 8.1 – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Must bring your own Windows 8.1 updated laptop to this class and your cords. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Stateline Mcintosh 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, 100 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. 6:30 p.m.

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.

Rockford Board of Education: Operations Committee Meeting – Administration Building, 3rd Floor, 501
Seventh St. 7 p.m.

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Meeting – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Ave., Freeport. Program on wilderness with Greg Keilback. Meeting at 7p.m.; program begins at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

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From the Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014, issue