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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Friday, March 10
Flights of Fancy – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. 7-9 p.m. $35. Join us for a fun event to benefit Montessori Private Academy featuring live music from Clark Kelly. Prairie Street Brewhouse will be offering a beer tasting and delicious appetizers. Don’t miss the great items on the silent auction as well as the 50/50 and vacation raffles. All the money raised from this event provides funding to a wide range of vital areas, including academic programs, music, art, new technology, physical education, student services, and operations.
Saturday, March 11
Ag All Around Us – Discovery Center is celebrating all things farming with Ag All Around Us from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discovery Center and the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau are joining forces to create a “farm-tastic” day! Meet local farmers, check out real farm equipment, and get hands-on with where food comes. You’ll be amazed at the number of things we grow right here in Illinois! Turn corn into plastic, measure yourself against a plant, and more! Bandanas, work boots and bib overalls optional. All activities are included with general admission to Discovery Center. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger. This event is sponsored in part by the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
March Madness book-sale – ‘Friends at Beloit Public Library’ will host a March Madness book-sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. inside the Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd. in Beloit. All books are priced to sell . Adult hardback books are 50 cents; paperback books and children’s books are priced at 25 cents. Books included for this sale: fiction – mysteries, romance; non-fiction – history, biography, classics, gardening, remodeling, art and music, travel, self-help and more. Proceeds from FABL sales are returned to the library for programs and services. Enjoy this opportunity to share the joy of reading. As someone once noted, “books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey.”
McNulty Irish Dance performances – The McNulty Irish Dance troupe will perform at 11 a.m. at Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. (free); at 3 p.m. for Rockford’s St. Patricks Day Parade downtown (free); and at 5 p.m. at Prairie St. Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. (Irish Marching Society party, $7 in advance, $10 at the door for ages 15 and older). For more information visit mcnultyirishdancers.com.
Sunday, March 12
Rockford During Prohibition – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 2 p.m. $5-8. Have you ever wondered about Rockford’s dark side? Kathi Kresol, author of Murder and Mayhem in Rockford and contributor to The Rock River Times, will enlighten us on the violent times, rum running, and gangland slayings impacted this quiet small town.
Monday, March 13
Zen meditation – Seated meditation (zazen) will be offered at the Connections Therapy Center, 5334 Williams Dr., in Roscoe, at 7 p.m. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. Freewill donation. Connections Therapy Center is 2 blocks east of Highway 251, just north of Kinnikinnick School. For more information, visit our Facebook page, Stateline Zen Community, or see the Rinzai Zen website, rinzaizen.org.