Community Calendar

Community

Week of Oct. 22-28, 2014

Fall 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.

The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Illinois Route 173, Caledonia, Ill. Open Sept. 12-Oct. 31. Hours: Daily in September, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; daily in October, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Monday-Friday, free (including petting zoo and barn); Saturday and Sunday, $3 per person. Ages 2 and younger and ages 65 and older admitted free. Info: 815-765-2587.

Edwards Apple Orchard – 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, in September and October; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, in November. Info: 815-765-2234.

Edwards Apple Orchard West – 8218 Cemetery Road, Winnebago, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily. Info: 815-963-2261.

Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. “Locktoberfest” offers a different theme each weekend in October. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For current updates, see www.rockfordparkdistrict.com or call 815-987-8809.

Halloween Attractions

Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Haunted House will be open Oct. 24-26, Oct. 30-31, and Nov. 1. Amenti features 20 different scenes on 6 different levels throughout the theatre. Info: 815-758-1215.

Screamatorium – Arte Verde Garden Center, 14630 IL Route 76, Poplar Grove. Open Oct. 22-26, 29-31, Nov. 1-2. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. weekdays and Sundays. (Parental discretion is strongly advised for ages 16 and younger.)

Trail of Screams – YMCA Camp Winnebago, 5804 N. Main St., Rockford. Open Oct. 22-26, 29-31, Nov. 1-2. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. weekdays and Sundays.(Parental guidance is strongly advised for ages 13 and younger.)

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Red Ribbon Leadership Conference – Loves Park City Hal, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. 8:30 a.m.- noon.

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

Tech Exploration Days – Blackhawk Technical College at Beloit Center, 50 Eclipse Center,Beloit, Wis. Early Childhood Education, 9-10:45 a.m. Beloit Health Science (Pharmacy Technician/Nursing), 9-10:45 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 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.

Public Hearings on 2020 Plan Update, Drafts of 2015-19 Consolidated Plan/2015 Annual Plan – Noon at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 5:30 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St.

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.

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.

Lecture: “Hypnosis and Writing” – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, Room 141, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 2:30-4 p.m. Speaker Paul Dale Anderson. Free. Info: 815-636-0420.

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.

YMCA Open House – YMCA of Rock River Valley, 200 Y Blvd. 3:30-5 p.m. Learn about the new Fit-for-Life program. Free and open to the public. Info: 779-500-0089.

Community Forum – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 4 p.m. and Guilford High School, 5620 Spring Creek Road, 7 p.m.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12. 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 undegrone a bariatric banding procedure or gastric bypass surgery or those who are considering either procedure. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

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.

Falling Leaves – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Budget Public Hearing – 5500 Northrock Drive, 5:15 p.m. Interested citizens or organizations may speak regarding contents of the proposed Forest Presere District budget.

Documentary: “GMO OMG” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 5:30 p.m. Sign up to attend at Choices Natural Market, 6551 E. Riverside Blvd. or Choices Facebook page. Info: 815-282-1861.

YA Gaming Tournament – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, YA Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play various PS3 and Wii games. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

An Article V Convention: A Viable Path Towards Amending the Constitution?” – Rockford Public Libraryk, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Panel discussion. Could the Citizens United decision be reversed by amending the Constitution? Free and open to the public.

Etsy How To’s – Rockton Centre Branch, Program, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 15 and older. All ages. Create a shop on Etsy. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Cocktails & Canvas – Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. During the 3-hour class, students will be paint a complete work of art while enjoying food and cocktails.

Family Tree – 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.

BIFF: “Hank & Asha” – Hendricks Center for the Arts, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. See a romantic drama.

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.

BIFF Year ‘Round: “Somone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” – Beloit College, Hendricks Center for the Arts, Pleasant St. & Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Free coffee & desserts.

Rock Valley Anglers – Boundarys, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Fee for non-members, $10.

From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction” Film – Beloit College, Morse-Ingersoll Hall, Richardson Auditorium, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m. Screening and discussion with filmmaker David Mrazek. Info: GhostFlock.com. Free.

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

Thursday, Oct. 23

Tech Exploration Days: Health Sciences –Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 8:30-11;15 a.m. Register at Blackhawk.edu under the Events link or call 608-743-4463 or klange5@blackhawk.edu.

Agribusiness/Farm Business & Production Management – Blackhawk Technical College at Monroe Campus, 210 4th Ave., Monroe, Wis. 9-10:45 a.m. Health Sciences – 1-4 p.m.

Free Flu Shots – Boone County: Salvation Army, 422 S. Main St., Belvidere, 8 a.m.-noon; DeKalb County: Salvation Army, 830 Grove St., DeKalb, 9 a.m. noon & 5-7 p.m.; Lee County: McReynolds Tower, 100 Washington Ave., Dixon, 9 a.m.-noon; Ogle County: First General Baptist Church, 500 S. 12th St., Rochelle, 8 a.m.-noon; Stephenson County: Salvation Army Church Co-Op, 106 W. Exchange St., Freeport, 8 a.m.-noon; Winnebgo County: Rock River Food Pantry, 421 S. Rockton Ave., Rockford, 1-4 p.m.; Shelter Care Ministries, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, 9 a.m.-noon; St. Elizabeth Center, 1536 S. Main St., Rockford, 1-4 p.m.; St. Bridget Food Pantry, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, 8 a.m.-noon; Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Ave., Rockford, 8 a.m.-noon; Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, 8 a.m.-noon,. Glucose and blood pressure screening will also be offered at the Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago County sites. Info: 815-720-4213.

Wacoal “Fit for the Cure” Event – Bon-Ton/Bergner’s, 7200 Harrison Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

RMAP Technical Committee – Loves Park City Hall, 10 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.

PNC Mobile Learning Adventure – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot. Traveling exhibit. Info: 815-963-6769.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

Family Tree – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Hearings on 2020 Plan Update, Drafts of 2015-19 Consolidated Plan/2015 Annual Plan – Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave., noon. Rolling Green School, 3615 West Gate Parkway, 5:30 p.m.

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

Three Weeks to Harvest Crafts!: Program for Seniors – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-1 p.m. Ages 50 and older Registration is not 4required. Info: 815-965-7606.

eReader and Tablet Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your eReader or Tablet and all your cords with you. If you have a Nook and a laptop, bring it with you. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

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, honoring local police, firefighters and anyone who has exhibited bravery in their line of work.

Partial Solar Eclipse – Starts at 3:33 p.m., maximizes at 4:41 p.m. View the eclipse safely at Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Never look at the sun–not even with sunglasses. Safe options available at the museum.

Archaeologist Kathy Reichs – NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Carl Sandburg Auditori7um, Holmes Student Center, DeKalb. 4 p.m. Anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs was the inspiration for TV show “Bones.” She will speak about ‘Bones, Bugs and Bodies: Inside Today’s CSI”. A book signing will follow. Free and open to the public. Info: 815-753-2520.

Facing the Challenge” Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 4 p.m. Meets every 4th Thursday. Partnered with Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center. For anyone affected by cancer – patients going through treatment, survivors, caregivers and loved ones. Info: 815-288-4673.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Rock River Branch Library, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Family Tree – Rock River Branch Library, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Falling Leaves – Rock River Branch Library, 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.

RHA Board of Commissioners – Rockford Housing Authority, 223 S. Winnebago St. 5 p.m. Regular meeting follows..

Unplugged Gamers – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Teens and 20-somethings welcome. Bring your own deck to play with the pros; beginners also welcome. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

PYSK: Twenty People You Should Know – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St.. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $45/person, include hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Register at www.rockfordchamber.com or mail, 308 W. State St., Suite 190, Rockford, IL 61101.Info: 815-316-4302.

Federation Fun – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 7 p.m. Info: 815-732-2191.

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.

Winnebago County Board Meeting –Winnebago County Courthouse, County Board Room, 400 W. State St. 6 p.m.

Windows 8 Workshop – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own laptop and cords. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Group Hope Support Meeting – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:15-7:30 p.m.

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 Public 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. Every Thursday. 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. Info: 815-238-7888.

PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Friday, Oct. 24

Rock County Senior Fair – Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place, Janaesville, Wis. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Theme: “Health and Wellness Under the Big Top.” Free admission and parking.

Lighten UP! Class – Central Lutheran Church, 100 W. Rollin, Edgerton, Wis. Dates: Sept. 12-Oct. 31,10-11:30 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice booklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

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

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

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

Pink Party feat. 97ZOK Bra Auction – Prosser’s Chop House, 11189 Forest Hills Road, Machesney Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shopping, wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. Live auction at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance at Red Ember Medical Weightloss, 7206 N. Alpine Rd., Loves Park; Edible Arrangements, 6840 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford; Transformations Plastic Surgery, 1639 N. Alpine Rd., Suite 400, Rockford; 97ZOK Studio, 3901 Brendenwood Rd., Rockford; Rock Valley Credit Union, 1201 Clifford Ave., Loves Park; 11280 Forest Rd., Machesney Park. Info: 97ZOKonline.com/braauction.

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.

Spooky Reading Night & Art Show – Conklin Elementary School, Rockford. 5:40-7:30 p.m.

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.

Film: “Pay 2 Play” – Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Taste the Hops” Beer-tasting Fundraiser – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 7-11 p.m. For Rock Valley College Athletics Booster Club. Tickets: $40/person; purchase online at abcsportscamps.com/rvcbooster or in person at RVC Athletics office in Physical Education Center on main campus at 3301 N. Mulford Road.

Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. 7-approx. 11 p.m. End times vary depending on the night. Info: www.amenti.info. Runs thru Nov. 1.

Discover the Spirits” – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 7:30-11 p.m. Sip and sample more than 80 spirits at this adults-only fund-raising event. Includes a live paianting performance by Paul Golan, live music by Reed & Waddy; Frank Calvagna and Vince Chiarelli; and Sounds Of Good News. Nibble on tasty tidbits; enjoy some explosions and science demonstrations; bid on auction items. Cost: $45/person. Reserve at 815-963-6769.

Conveyer Live Storytelling – 317 W. Jefferson St. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $5, with 50% going to benefit the Golden Apple Foundation. This month’s theme: Middle School.

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 25

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

4th Annual Stuff the Truck Event – Schnucks grocery stores, E. State St. and Charles St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Donate a nonperishable food item from home or purchase one from Schucks. Pet food can also be donated to help Kibbles Korner pet pantry.

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

Get Smart with Your Smart Phone – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m. -noon. Ages 13 and older. Bring your Android smartphone with you to this hands-on class. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Build It! Make It! – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshop with Home Depot. Included with admission to exhibit. Free for members; $10 to the public. Info: 815-963-6769.

Rockford Record Crawl – Various stores take part. Culture Shock, 2239 Charles St., Toad Hall Books & Records, 2106 Broadway, Kate’s Pie Shop, inside Rockford Public Library East Branch, 6685 E. State; CD Source, 221 E. State St. Each store offers its own unique shopping experience. Includes live music. Crawl runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Shoppers can pick up punch cards during their first stops just for showing up.

Fall Craft Fair & Bake Sale – GPS Faith Community, 10714 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Handcrafted items, art, decor, and baked goods. 20+ vendors.

Special Olympics Fall Games – Harlem High School 1 Huskie Circle, Machesney Park. Vcompetition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Equestrian competition at BraveHearts at Bergmann Centre, Poplar Grove, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Walk-in Registration for Youth Basketball – Ken-ock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80, includes shirt and end of season award for K-4th grade. Pre-K children pay $50; includes shirt, basketball and end of season award. All games are played on Saturdays.

Locktoberfest: Costume Party Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Q98.5 Candy & Scavenger Hunt. Trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Halloween Fun Event – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy craft treat bags, candy, face painting, and a spooktacular Halloween parade. Info: 815-639-1354.

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.

Saturday Spectacular: Not So SCARY Halloween Stories – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Word 2010 in a Day – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 11-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Successful completionof a voluntary quiz at the end of class will earn you a certificate of knowledge. Prerequisite: Must have used MS Word 2010 in the past, have good mouse skills and an email address. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Represent.Us Rockford – Kate’s Pie Shop, Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Noon-1:30 p.m.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Free. Info: 312-932-0000.

Predator or Prey: Can You Survive? – Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road. 1-3 p.m. All ages. Free. Info: 815-335-2915.

SCARY Tales – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 6-12. Props, lighting and eerie sounds. Enjoy a spooky snack and make a craft. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Benefit for Larry Pope – Old Still, 2610 Kilburn Ave. 2 p.m.-close. Food, $5/plate. Mostaciolli, salad, bread, beverage. Live music, 50/50 raffles. Fundraiser for cancer victim.

Masonic Family Annual Banquet (P.H.A.) – Lino’s Restaurant, 5611 E. State St. 4:30-10 p.m. Speaker Bishop John F. Senter. Tickets: $35. Contact Sterling E. Blackmon at 815-978-4393 or mrblackmon@earthlilnk.net.

All You Can Eat Pasta Buffet – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 5-8 p.m. Cost: $11.99 adults, $7.99 children 4-10 years; free for children 3 years and younger. All proceeds go to Lena Church Cooperative.

Alpha Potluck – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. 5:30-9 p.m. Social time, 5:30, dinner at 6 p.m. Gentlemen are asked to bring wine and appetizers; ladies are asked to bring a dish to pass that serves 6-8 people. Alpha membership is not required. Free.. Info: 815-633-1642.

Spooky Science” – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 6-9 p.m. Admission: $9/person for general public; $3/person for members. Includes all related activities. Come in costume. All ages. Info: 815-963-6769.

Genealogy Lock-In – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Local History & Genealogy Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 6-10 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

What’s Cookin’” – Oregon VFW, 4-6 miles of Mt. Morris, Hwy. 64. 7-10 p.m. Various teams will prepare their favorite recipes and hand out samples. Service organizations will run raffles. Oregon Lions Club is a partner. Info: www.whats-cookin.org. Purchase raffle tickets online.

MEGA 50/50 Raffle – Oregon VFW, 4-6 miles of Mt. Morris, Hwy. 64. Starts Oct. 25, runs thru May 2. Support Lions Club and VFW.

Sunday, Oct. 26

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.

31st Annual Native American Indian Artifact Show – Monticello School, Rehmstadt gym, 334 S. Main St., Monticello. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $2 for those age 14 and older. More than 80 tables of artifacts on display or for sale. Experts will be on hand to identify your artifacts. Info: 608-32-4781.

Special Olympics Fall Games – Harlem High School 1 Huskie Circle, Machesney Park. Volleyball competition, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Equestrian competition at BraveHearts at Bergmann Centre, Poplar Grove, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locktoberfest: Costume Party Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail. Q98.6 Candy & Scavenger Hunt. Trail rides,11 a.m.-3 p.m. . Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilfod 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.

Big Read at Glidden Homestead – Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Welcome Center, 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: $4 adults, free for children younger than 14. Info: 815-756-7904. Thru October.

Halloween on the Prairie – Byron Forest Preserve and Byron Park District at 7993 N. River Road, Byron. Fee for some games inside Jarrett Prairie Center. Family hayrides, face painting, kids’ crafts, costume contest, spooky games, hay bale maze, snake wrangler. Live Owl shows inside Keller Education Center; free customer appreciation lunch, noon-1 p.m. Info: 815-234-8535.

Monday, Oct. 27

RMTD Board of Trustees – RMTD Conference Room, 520 Mulberry St. 7:45 a.m.

Rockford Network of Professional Women – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register at http://www.rockfordnetwork.biz/or 815-977-7477.

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. Dates: Mon., Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Tues., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Tours at 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Helps children know what to expect before surgery. Free. Registerat 815-227-2055.

HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 5-6 p.m. New, non-surgicel, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Register at 815-227-2274.

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

Ebola: A Community Education Presentation” – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkaview Ave. 5:30-p.m. With Dr. Gary Rifkin, professor of Medicine and Interim Chair of Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Dr. Sandra Martell . Free, but call to reserve your space at 815-395-5920 or e-mail cyhall1@uic.edu.

Adult 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.

#tweeting – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Lecture by Chemist – Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6:30 p.m. Dr. Joe Schwarcz will speak on “Hey, there are cockroaches in my chocolate ice cream.” Entertaining, highly visual lecture emphasizing the importance of fostering critical thinking. Free. Info: 815-921-3416.

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.

DeKalb County Local Emergency Planning Committee – 1826 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb. 6:30 p.m.

Free Public Lecture: “Alfred Hitchcock: Films & Fables” – UW-Rock County, Williams Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 7 p.m. Speaker Pat Thom, UW-Rock County senior lecturer of communication and theatre arts.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Tech Exploration Days: Advanced Manufacturing – Advanced Manaufacturing Training Center, 15 Plumb St., Milton, Wis. 8:30-11;15 a.m. Register at Blackhawk.edu under Events link or call 608-743-4463 or klange5@blackhawk.edu.

Healthy Heart Screenings – Swedish American Cardiac Rehab, 209 9th St., Suite 101, Rockford. By appointment. Fee: $25 payable in cash or check at time of the appointment. Info: 815-490-5863.

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.

Automotive Technician & Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technician – Blackhawk Technical College at Center for Transportation Stjudies, 1740 Hwy. 14, Janesville, Wis. 9-11:45 a.m.

Family Tree – 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.

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.

Computer Savvy Seniors (5-day class) – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. A beginning class for the true beginner. Bring your own laptop if you have one. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Tech Exploration Days:Manufacturing – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 1-3:30 p.m. Register at Blackhawk.edu under Events link or 608-743-4463 or klange5@blackhawk.edu.

Falling Leaves – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Motivational Movie-thon – Nordlof Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 2-4 p.m. Movie: Freedom Writers. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Lecture: “Is it a Cold or the Flu?” – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 5:30 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. Info: 815-395-5920 or cyhall1@ uic.edu.

Jackson Oaks Neighborhood Association Meeting – SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital, lower level conference room, 1400 E. State St. 6 p.m.

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

Free Intro Class: Jewelry 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Design your own do-it-yourself creations. Supplies not included. Info: 815-639-1354.

Ken-Rock Youth BasketballProgram – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $80 includes shirt and end-of-season award for K-4th grade. Pre-K children will pay $50 which includes shirt, basketball and end-of-season award for 6-week instructional class. All games will be held on Saturdays. Info: 815-398-8864.

Overview of PV (solar electricity) – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 6-8:30 p.m. Register with RVC at 815-921-7821.

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

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

Junior Preview Night – UW-Rock County, Allen Hall, upper lobby, Hyatt Smith Commons, 2909 Kellogg Ave , Janesville, Wis. 6-8 p.m. Learn about admissions and financial aid. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 230.

CPR Refresher Course – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 6-10 p.m. Cost: $18.59.. Info: 608-757-7769.

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

Stateline Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 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.

4th Tuesday Book Discussion: The Aviator’s Wife – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom C, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. New group for 12-week program. Free; materials provided. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.

Rockford Board of Education Meeting – Administration Building, 3rd floor board room, 501 Seventh St. 7 p.m.

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

Rock ‘n Knitters – Spring Creek Congregational Church, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Free knitting group. Info: 815-398-3133.

Comics of Steel – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.Tickets: $5. 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 Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue