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Week of Aug. 20-26, 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Meeting – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9 a.m.

Sharing Life’s Memories” Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 10 a.m.

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 younger than 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skllls. Info: 815-965-7606.

RAVE Authority Board Meeting – BMO Harris Bank Center, Board Room, 300 Elm St. 11:30 a.m.

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

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Find out which apps are great, which ones to avoid and how to tell the difference. Recommend that you atend Using Your Kindle Fire first. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-76096.

YA Anime/Manga Club – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13-19. Plan anime themed programs, watch anime films, discuss books and artwork. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Gaming Tournament – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, YA Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play PS3 and Wii games. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Wilderness Wednesday: Snakes, Alive! – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 3 p.m. With a local herpetologist. Free. Recommended for ages 8-adult. Info: 815-220-7386.

Teen’Scape at Montague Branch – Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 4-7 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or PlayStation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-7 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play video games, surf the net, play board games, make a craft. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Tip the Bartender for STEM Scholarships – University Club, 945 N. Main St. 5-7 p.m. Fund-raiser for scholarships.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Movie Nights – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Warm Season Crops – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5-6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per session. Info: 815-732-2191.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

Enrollment Meeting – Judson University’s School of Leadership and Business, 1055 Featherstne Road. 5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP to Tasha Hunter, at Tasha.Hunter@info.judsonu.edu or call 847-628-5028.

Ask the Experts: Community Health Program – Stateline Clinic, 4282 E. Rockton Road, Rockton. 5:30 p.m. Dr. Steven Milos will discuss rotator cuff tears. Free. Info: 815-968-2500.

Savvvy Caregiver Program – Alzheimer’s Association, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Aug. 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10, 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.

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

Rock Valley Anglers Meeting – Road Dawg Restaurant, 2956 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Wendell Webb, expert on muskie fishing.

Riding the Bus! – 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 or 800-541-5479.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Exploring Library Resources – 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.

Know the 10 Signs” – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 6:30-8 p.m. Free-will offering. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300 or Womanspace, 815-877-0118.

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group Meeting – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Info: 815-732-2191.

Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. 7-9 p.m. Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant. Free. Info: 815-227-2695.

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

Thursday, Aug. 21

RMAP Technical Committee – Loves Park City Hall, PW/CD Conference room, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. 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 Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Riding the Bus! – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Winnebago County Violent Crime Task Force Quarterly Public Review Meeting – Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 311 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rockford Dance Company announces its 2014-2015 Season – Riverfront Museum Park, Kresge Hall, 711 N. Main St. 11:30 a.m. Meet the new Artistic Dirctor Wayland Anderson.

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

MELD’s “Green and Bear It” Golf Play Day – Prairie View Golf Club, Rt. 72, German Church Road, Byron. Scramble format, shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Snacks on holes, great hole-in-one prizes, raffle, fun course games, 50/50 raffle, silent and live auction, dinner following golf. Register your team at www.rockfordmeld.org.

Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving” – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. Date: Aug. 14-Sept. 18, 1-3:30 p.m. Classes held once a week for 7 weeks. Cost: $10. Info: 608-758-8455 or www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.

Senior Computer Learning (6 sessions) – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Thru Aug. 21. Ages 55 and older. Beginning computer class for the true beginner. Registration is required for first class only; all following classes are included. Bring your own laptop if you have one. Info: 815-965-7606.

Camp for Grown-up Kids: “Wearable Rock” – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 1-3 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members. After observing minerals and sheels, you will make a tiny book which will be placed on a pendant to wear. thin sheets of mica will be available for your piece of art. All supplies provided; but if you have a particular paper or fabric you wish to use, bring it. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Info: 815-965-3433.

Taking Care of You” Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 N., Janesville, Wis. Aug. 7-Sept. 18, 1 p.m. Info: 608-758-8455.

Unplugged Gamers – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play board games, Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games or classic card games. Info: 815-965-7606.

Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Group meets June 12-July 29. No fee to attend, but advance registration is requested. Info: 608-363-7421.

Beloit Regional Hospice Grief Support Group – 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Meets thru July 29.

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

Roscoe Community Blood Drive – Dairy Queen, 5482 Elevator Road, Roscoe. 3-7 p.m. Dairy Queen will give all donors a free small Blizzard. For more info or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free at 1-877-RRVBC-99 or go to www.rrvbc.org.

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, proceeds will help support Hope for the Hungry.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime: Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish-English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Exploring Library Resources – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m.
Ages 2-10. 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.

MakerSpace Lego Masters – Nordlof Center, Large Multipurpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 9-13. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Great Downtown Dog Walk – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5-10 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Craft Beer Tasting – Lexus of Rockford, Perryville at Riverside, Loves Park. 5-7 p.m. Plus wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Network with fellow Chamber members.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.

Enrollment Meeting – Judson University’s School of Leadership and Business, 1151 N. State St., Elgin. 5:30-6:30 p.m. RSVP to Debbie Hendricks at Debra.Hendricks@info.judsonu.edu or call 847-628-5025.

Youth Development Soccer Program – Lions ‘82 S.C. at Hawes Park, Roscoe. Begins Aug. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 16. Cost: $50, includes licensed, experienced coaches, training shirt, weekly training sessions and opportunity to play in area leagues. Info: http://hysasoccer.org/index.php?page=Events and http://hysasoccer.org/index.php?page=academy.

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.

Youth Development Soccer Program – Hawes Park, Roscoe. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 16. Cost: $50. Info: http://hysasoccer.org/index..php?page=Events

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.

Excel 2010 (3-week class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Final day of class. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

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

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Beauty of Kimono” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Speaker David Mungenast, a student of Kimiko Gunji. Cost: Free to members, $5 non-members. Reservations requested at 815-316-3307.

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

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

Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners Planning & Finance Committee meeting – Classroom of the Airport Administrative Offices, 60 Airport Drive, Rockford. 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 5 p.m.-midnight. Click here for full schedule and details.

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

Saving Your Past for the Future – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn how to scan, save and edit precious photos. Protect your digitized work. Bring at least 10 pictures you would like to digitize. Bring your laptop, an external hard drive and your cords. Must be famiiar with computers and the Internet and have an email address. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

YA Field Day – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 13-19. 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.

Talent Share – Fairgrounds Valley Community Center, 1015 W. Jefferson St. 4-7 p.m.

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

Friday Night Flix: Planes – Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St. Sunset. 8:45-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; vendors on site at 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, Aug. 23

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 9 a.m.-midnight. Click here for full schedule and details.

Recruitment Rally for CROP Hunger Walk – Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Church St. Free breakfast at 7:45 a.m. hosted by David Jones. Please register at 815-540-3703 or davidj6226@aol.com.

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

MakerSpace Craft Lit – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Knitting, sewing quilting, card making, etc. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. listen to an audio book and discuss it. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

13th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair – Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon. Aug. 23-24. Noon-4 p.m. Speakers, displays, presentations of energy-efficient living. Diverse environmental topics addressed. Program by Green Lands Blue Waters Consortium. Market items and live music. IREA Solar Competition with schools’ entries. Admission: $5 per day or $7 both days. Ages 12-16 admitted free, also members of IREA.

Hats for Heroes” Benefit for Circle of Change Veterans Dog Program – Wes Lake Golf Course,West Lake Drive, Winnebago. Begins at 9 a.m. with 18-hole golf; includes cart, lunch and drink. Entry fee $70 per golfer. Features live auction and fund-raising raffle and prizes. Signed hats will go on silent auction and regular auction. Program helps veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and other serious anxiety disorders. Over the course of 13 weeks, veterans in conjuinction with professional dog trainers work to rehabilitate dogs that have had a difficult time learning in traditional obedience classes. Info: 815-721-4270 or circle-of-change.org.

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

Annie’s Locker Share a Pair Drop-off Site – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford and 13125 N. 2nd St., Roscoe. 9 a.m.-noon. New children’s gym shoes sizes 12-14. Info for list of items: www.knib.org.

God Belongs In My City” Prayer Walk – Meeting points at Fairgrounds Valley & Blackhawk Courts. Walking routes will lead to ending point at Davis Park. 9 a.m. Follows with spoken word, worship music and ending with hip-hop music. No meals or water provided; bring what you need.

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.

Japanese Summer Festival – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 310 Spring Creek Road. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Two-day festvial. Exhibits, demonstrations, performances. Tea ceremonies at Guest House, 12:30 p.m. each day, $30/guest. Tea ceremonies at Tea House, $15/guest. Tea ceremonies at Gazebo, noon and 2 p.m. both days, $15/guest. For reservations, call 815-316-3306 or kweston@andersongardens.org.

Late Summer Field Day: Hops Production – Bier Blume Hops Farm, Lena, Ill. 10-11:30 a.m. Free, but registration is requested. Info: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ or 815-235-4125.

Saturday Spectacular: Back to School! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Book Signing with Author – Vineyard Books & Gifts,1638 N. Alpine Road. Noon-2 p.m. Patrick McCaskey of the NFL Bears will sign his books “Sports and Faith” and “Pillars of the NFL.” Call 815-398-4030 to reserve your copy of the books.

Bubble Show – Nordof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 2-3:p.m. All ages. Make bubble magic, enjoy the bubble volcano, roller coaster, etc. Learn about bubble science. Info: 815-965-7606.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series & “Nick’s Beatin’ & Bangin’ Boat Race” – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, Ill. Feat. NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners, Roadrunner Challenge & “Nick’s Beatin’ & Bangin’ Boat Race.” Gates open 5 p.m., racing starts 7:07 p.m. $18 adults (preferred seating, ages 12 and older); $9 children ages 11 and younger. Adult general admission is $15, $10 students (12-17), $5 kids ages 6-11, and free for kids 5 and younger.

Movie at Nordlof Center – Nordof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 2-3:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fresh and Local: Medicinal Foods – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 15 and older. Meet with a local food expert. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rock River Center Annual BBQ – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 4-7 p.m. BBQ pork sandwich dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions. Tickets: $5 at the center or at the door. Info: www.rockrivercenter.org.

Dixon Riverfront Venetian Night – Dixon, Ill. Begins at 5 p.m. Lighted boat parade at sundown followed by Fireworks Show. Music, art, mask workshop, food and wine, gelato, silent auction, premier viewing champagne reception. Tickets: $30, available at Dixon Main Street.

Race for Hunger Ends – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 7 p.m. Windsor Auto Sales Night and Nick’s Beatin’ N Bangin’ Boat Race. Info: 815-633-1500.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. 12-week program starts now. No cost; materials will be provided. Info: 815-262-6301.

Sunday, Aug. 24

Cherry Valley Festival Days – Baumann Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Click here for full schedule and details.

Beloit Regional Hospice Breakfast Fund-raiser – Skip’s Friendly Village,5321 Jefferson St., Afton. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes raffles, silent auction, sports package, women’s package, 50/50 cash raffles, 300 scratch tickets bundle. Cost: $10 for steak, eggs, cheesy potatoes and toast or $6 without steak. Info: Skip’s at 608-362-9732 or BRH at 608-363-7421.

Japanese Summer Festival – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 310 Spring Creek Road. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Two-day festvial. Exhibits, demonstrations, performances. Tea ceremonies at Guest House, 12:30 p.m. each day, $30/guest. Tea ceremonies at Tea House, $15/guest. Tea ceremonies at Gazebo, noon and 2 p.m. both days, $15/guest. For reservations, call 815-316-3306 or kweston@andersongardens.org.

13th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair – Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon. Aug. 23-24. Noon-4 p.m. See Saturday listing for more details.

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.

Improv Workshop – Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica. 2-5 p.m. Cost: $20. Reserve your spot at 815-621-4507 or e-mail thompsontrio@live.com. Registration forms at www.pecplayhouse.org.

Auburn Freshman Orientation – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 4-6:30 p.m. Students and families are invited. Info: amy.velez@rps205.com.

BIFF Outdoors: “Up” – Pohlman Field, Beloit, Wis. 8:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25

2nd Annual Children’s Healtrh & Safety Expo – Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Activiites, including a magic showk, petting zoo, bouncy house, rock climbing wall, more than 20 trucks and emergency vehicles, free kids ID kits, car seat safety checks, diabetes screening. Admission free.

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 b ooklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

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

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

Youth Sports Tots Camp – Brown Park, northwest Rockford. Dates: Aug. 18-27, Mon. and Wed. 6-6:45 p.m. For ages 3-5. Includes football skills and drills, basketball, Quick-Start Tennis, T-Ball; agility & coordination training. Fee: $35 per session ($40 non-resident). Register one week prior to session start date if capacity has not been reached sooner. Register online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Begins July 15. 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.

Transfer Tuesdays Open House – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Every Tues. thru the summer, students interested in transferring to RU can stop by the admission office with their official transcripts and have all information reviewed. Students need only to have completed 12 credits at the college level to qualify for transfer status. Some degrees will be recognized. Info: 815-226-4050.

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

Teen Volunteer Tuesdays – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Young Adult Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. All ages. Help benefit local animal shelters. Some Tuesdays, we’ll visit the animal shelter, other times, we’ll make pet supplies to donate. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Annie’s Locker Share a Pair Drop-off Site – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. 3-6 p.m. New children’s gym shoes sizes 12-14. Info for list of items: www.knib.org.

Seed Saving and Seed Exchange Workshop – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5-6:30 p.m. Fee: $5. Register by Aug. 25. Info: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

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

Free Computer Training – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: Mon.-Thurs., 6-8 pm. beginning Aug. 19. Reserve your spot at 815-398-8864 .

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

Freeport Lions Club – Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. 6:30 p.m.

4th Tuesday Book Discussion: “S” – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom C, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rock ‘n Knitters Knitting Guild – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7-9 p.m. Info: 815-398-3133.

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

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

Comics of Steel – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. 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 Aug. 20-26, 2014, issue