- State Police seize 155 pounds of cannabis during traffic stop
- Mitt Romney won’t run in 2016
- Man shot three times near Oakley Avenue, West Jefferson Street
- Goodwill’s free income tax sites open Jan. 30
- Rock Valley College hosts FAFSA Completion Night Feb. 4
- Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Feb. 5
- Cardiology Millennium Conference Feb. 2
- Scammers lurking to trap last-minute Super Bowl ticket buyers
- Sharing memories of Ernie Banks
- EarthTalk: What fish can we eat?
Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Illinois Crop Management Conferences – Presented by University of Illinois Extension. Jan. 28-29, Springfield. Feb. 4-5, Champaign. Feb. 11-12, Malta. Certified crop advisors can earn up to 13 hours of continuing education credits. Registration is required and includes lunch on both days. Advanced registration is $130; registration at the door is $150 (checks only). Info: 309-734-5161.
“The 2014 Farm Bill: Making the ARC/PLC Decision” – Ogle County Farm Bureau, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. Free, but registration is required.
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 skills. Info: 815-965-7606.
Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave.. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstastion, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.
LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.
YA Movie Night – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
“Diabetes Care: A Recipe for Sweet Success” – Fieldstone Inn, 1121 W. Empire St., Freeport. 5:30 p.m. With two SwedishAmerican endocrinologists. Light dinner will be served. Free. Register at 815-968-2500.
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.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:30 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.
Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Thursday, Jan. 29
Illinois First Detector Invasive Pest Awareness Workshops – UW-Extension , Boone County. At the following locations: Collinsville, Jan. 29 – 618-344-4230; Wheaton, Feb. 3 – 630-584-6166; DeKalb, Feb. 4 – 815-758-8194; Mt. Vernon, Feb. 11 – 618-548-1446. Target audience includes certified arborists, tree care professionals, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, forestry and natural resource professionals, conservationists and others. CEUs will be available.
Chicagoland Fishing, Travel Outdoor Expo – Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, Ill. Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Admission: $12 adults, $3 children, under 5, free. Hours: Thurs.and Fri., noon-8 p.m. ; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 1-800-227-2067 or www.SportShows.com.
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.
White Winter – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Frozen-themed storytime. Info: 815-965-7606.
Toastmasters Blue Blazers – Rockford United Technologies Aerospace Systems, north lobby, 4747 Harrison Ave. Noon.
Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish/English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.
Valentine’s Day Card Make & Take – The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties, 1222 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. $E5 for 5 cards.
Learn Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 5-6 p.m. Jan. 8-April 30 (except April 2). Ages 12 and older. Registratiaon is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Writers Group – Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 6:30 p.m. Every Thurs.
Raja Yoga – Rockford Academy of Tae Kwon Do, 3628 E. State St. 6:45-8 p.m. Cost: $40/month if paid in advance, $E12 walk-in. Please bring a mat or a large towel. Wear loose, non-binding clothing. Info: 815-978-3312.
PBR Snowboard Giveaway – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 6 p.m. Lagunita’s Dinner Tasting, 7 p.m., $40 per person cash; $45 per person credit card. Limited to 30 people. 4-course dinner, 5 beers w/chef Brad Collins. Info: 815-965-0931.
Sex Toy Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8:30 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Friday, Jan. 30
Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Lsittle theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Fish Fry – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $6-9.50; various menu items. Info: 815-397-6672.
Celebrate Recovery – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. 5:45-9:30 p.m.
Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Chicago Wolves – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-968-5222.
PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Comedy Night w/Jim McHugh and special guest Mike Preston– Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9-11;30 p.m. $7. Info: 815-229-0800.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Wooden Valentine’s Frame – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 6301 E. State St., Rockford and 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Just $2 per 30-minute session, including supplies. Ages 3 and up. Info: 815-227-1296 and 815-639-1354.
Pin It Rockford – Kids – Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St. (off Madison St.) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pinterest boards for kids. All supplies included. Crafts aimed at Valentine’s Day. Snacks, music and crafting. Tickets: $10/person, children under 5, free. Info: PinItRockford.com.
Traditional Japanese Snow Viewing Tea Ceremony – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; 12;30-1:30 p.m.; 2-3 p.m. Cost: $20 for Garden members, $25, non-members. Space is limited to 15 participants per ceremony. Reservations are required. Info: 815-316-3306 or email@example.com.
Saturday Spectacular: Fantastic Friends! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Opera Discussion Club, Apres Opera – Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Showplace 16, 8301 E. State St. 11:55 a.m. Following the performance, attendees will meet at Mary’s Market, 2636 McFarland Road. for discussion and refreshments. Tickets for performance are purchased at theater for $22. Food and drink is responsibility of each attendeee. Call Mendelssohn PAC, 815-964-9713, by Friday, Jan. 30.
Open House: “All About Birds Exhibit” – Atwood Nature Center, 2685 New Milford School Road. Noon-2 p.m. Includes lunch, see a replica of eagle’s nest, wing span information, bird watching, hands-on area, etc. Birds of Prey feeding at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public Saturdays.
Benefit for Jenn Loven – SM & SF Club, 1010 Sandy Hollow Road. Jenn is fighting breast cancer. Spaghetti dinner, 4-6 p.m., $10. Pablo & the Rhythmix band starts playing at 7 p.m. Raffles, 50/50, silent auctions. 2 Chicago Bears tickets. New TV, 4 Cubs tickets.
Sunday, Feb. 1
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. Admission is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.
“Sizzling Sunday” – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Visit Costa Rica; explore volcanoes, see the rain forest, swim through a tropical reef, sample the local cuisine of this Central American gem. Check out the poison arrow frogs, admire the blue Morpho butterfly. Cost of event is included with museum admission: $8 adults, $8 children ages 2-17, free to children age 1 and younger, and members.
Poet Laureate: Poems of PeeWee Hollembeak – Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. 2 p.m. Reserve your seat at 815-332-5161.
BIFF 10th Annual Program Release Party – The Ironworks Hotel, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis. 5-7 p.m.Includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Social reception, presentations and film screening area.
Monday, Feb. 2
20th Annual Cardiology Millennium Conference & Heart Care: Ask the Experts – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for professionals in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Ask the Experts at 5:30 p.m. Free public event. Cost of Millennium Conference: $125, includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Info: HealthConnect at 815-968-2500 or www.swedishamerican.org.
WNIJ Winter Book Series – Northern Public Radio/WNIU-WNIJ, 801 N. First St., DeKalb. 6:50 & 8:50 a.m. Authors from northern Illinois. Today: Dan Klefstad speaks with Ron Modell about his memoir, “Ron Modell: Loved Bein’ Here with You.” Modell is founder of NIU Jazz Ensemble. Free.
iPad Help – Rockford Public Library, East Brach, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your iPad and all your cords to this drop-in class. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Indoor Adult Golf Clinics – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dates: Jan. 12-March 9, 12:30-1:20 p.m. or 1:30-2:20 p.m. Fees: $20 per clinic ($23 non-resident). Register at least 3 days prior to each clinic date, either online at www.golfrockford.org (click My RPD) or by mail, fax (with credit card), or at either Park District Customer Service location. Info: 815-987-8800.
Computer Tutor – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Sign up for one-on-one instruction with one of our instructors. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Open House Job Fair – Willowglen Academy-IL, 701 W. Lamm Road, Freeport, 3-6 p.m. Full time and part time, 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts available.
College Financial Aid 101 – Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium, 200 S. Wyman St. 5 p.m. Presented by State Sen. Steve Stadelman. Will feature an ISAC representative explaining how to apply for financial aid, what kinds and amounts of aid are available and what information is needed to submit the FAFSA. Free program.
Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.
Rockford Board of Education: Education Committee Meeting – 3rd floor Board Room, Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 5:30 p.m.
Rockford City Council Meeting – City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.
Bilingual Parental Advisory Committee of Hub Project – Rochelle Township High School Library Media Center, 1401 Flagg Road, Rochelle. 6-7:30 p.m. Guest: Clinical psychologist Dr. Ferney Ramirez.
E-Reader and Tablet Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St.. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. all brands welcome. If you have a Nook and a laptop, bring it. Info: 815-965-7606.
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.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Grief Recovery Group – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Rochelle. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Group will meet weekly. Info: 815-561-8866.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.
White Winter – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Frozen-themed storytime. Info: 815-965-7606.
“Super Sempervivums” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. 1:30 p.m. Free, but advance registration is required. Info: 815-544-3710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Word 2010 (3-week class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Lilbrary, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have used MS Word in the past and have good mouse skills. 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.
Design a Library Book – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St.4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Make up your own story and draw pictures. Info: 815-965-7606.
“Wander at the Wetland” – Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton. 4-7:30 p.m. Outdoor winter event for all ages. Free, but registration requested at 815-964-6666 or email: email@example.com by Feb. 2. Guests are invited to bring their own snowshoes.
Rockford Board of Education Operations Committee Meeting – Administration Building, 3rd Floor Board Room, 501 Seventh St. 5:30 p.m.
“Finding Your Norwegian Roots” – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Local History & Genealogy Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by Sons of Norway Valhall Lodge. Class on genealogy using the Internet. Bring your own laptop, but computers are available at library. RSVP by Jan. 29. Info: 815-282-2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winnebago Buy Local’s 2015 Kick-Off – Giovanni’s Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. 6-8 p.m. Keynote speaker, Saya Hillman. RSVP not necessary but very helpful. www.wblkickoff.eventbrite.com.
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.
Prairie Restoration Program – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Ave., Freeport. Presented by Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. Announcements, 7 p.m. followed by program. Cody Considine, restoration ecologist with Nachusa Grasslands, will report on the bison recently introduced to Nachusa. Free and open to the public.
Comics of Steel Stand-Up Comedy – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.
From the Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2015, issue