Community Calendar


Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times:  815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.

All Species Fishing Club – Rock Valley Anglers. For upcoming events, visit or email

Atwood Environmental Center – 2685 New Milford School Road, Rockford. Now open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with feeding time for Birds of Prey at 1 p.m..  815-874-7576.

Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodward Exhibit Hall, admission 42 members, $4 public plus general Museum admission.Admission: $ 4-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits.  815-965-3433.

Camp Grant Museum – 1004 Samuelson Road. Open Tues-Fri 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Mondays. Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available &  tour with lecture. Restaurant on premises, make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum. 815-395-0679

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.

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. Celebrating 100 Years of Booker Washington Community Center exhibit will be on display every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. until September. Bring your family to view this amazing exhibit and relive its unique history. This exhibit is perfect for students.

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups.  815-977-4123 or

Mandalay Lounge – 200 N. Church St. Open mic night Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Amateur night on Thursdays

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.

Narcotics Anonymous – Call the 24-hour local Helpline for specific locations/times in Rockford and northern Illinois, including Beloit, WI, or to speak with a recovering addict. 815-964-5959.

NAR-ANON Family Group – For Family and Friends of addicts. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at One Spirit Center, 1801 Charles St. For more information call 815-668-6983 or visit

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: or 815-987-8800.

Open Doors – Court Street United Methodist Church Chapel, 215 N. Court St. 12:30-1 p.m. Every Wed. Enter north end. Info: 815-962-6061.

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 6:30 p.m. games start at 7. 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

Rockford Public Library Hours – Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St.: Sunday CLOSED, Mon.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch, 6685 E. State St. (New Hours): Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday CLOSED; Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St.: Monday CLOSED, Tues.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.‑Sun. CLOSED; Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St.: Monday CLOSED, Tues.-Thurs. 12-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. CLOSED; Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. (New Hours): Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. CLOSED; Main Library Used Book Shop, 215 N. Wyman St.: Monday-Thursday 12–6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED; East Branch Used Book Shop, 6685 E. State St.: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday CLOSED

Spiritualist Chapel in the Woods – 8002 Service Rd., Cherry Valley, IL. Sunday Lyceum at 10:00 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.

Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours – Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.

Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.

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. First Quarter 2015 Program Schedule is out. Info: 815-965-3455.

Rockford Area Coin Club – Meets on the third Thursday of each month at the North Suburban Women’s Club at 6 p.m. 6320 N. Second St. in Loves Park.

Ostende Dance Club looking for Couples who Love to Dance – Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club invites couples to join the 2016-17 dance season. Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from Oct.-May. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.

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 to schedule lessons.

Salvage Too, Rockford’s ReUse Center – Opening Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Complete sets of windows and many doors. Door and window prices begin at $10. Most casements are $30 & $35. Also, much reclaimed lumber and building materials from deconstruction projects. Info: 815-963-6236.

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 for more information.

Rock Valley College Pitching Instruction – Fusion Sports Complex, 7135 Clinton Road, Loves Park. By pitching coach Zac  Wolf. Info: 815-481-1757 or

Freeport Downtown Development Foundation –  Looking for volunteers who are interested in leading a downtown event this year. Info: or 815-232-9000.

Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343

Thursday, June 30

Human Services Head Start Job Fair – The City of Rockford Human Resources Department, in conjunction with the City of Rockford Human Services Department, will host a job fair for candidates interested in currently available Human Services Head Start positions. The job fair will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, located at 425 E. State Street. Interested candidates should bring a resume, a copy of their transcripts and proof of educational achievement. Human Resources and Human Services staff will be on-site to answer questions and perform initial interviews. Current openings available are: Head Teacher, Bilingual Head Teacher, Bilingual Assistant Teacher, and Part Time Bus Drivers. Information will be available for other Head Start Positions. Complete job descriptions can be found on the employment page on the City of Rockford website at

Goodwill Job Fair – Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois will be hosting a job fair from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. for its new outlet store that will be opening soon behind Gustafson’s Furniture in the North Towne Mall in Rockford. Goodwill will be interviewing applicants on-site for a variety of positions. Positions include part-time Associates, full-time Supervisors, and a full-time Site Manager.  Applicants must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes nights and weekends. Ideal candidates will have a good attitude, willingness to be flexible, and a strong previous work experience.  Warehouse, production, or retail experience a plus. Event will take place at Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.  Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a drug free workplace, and requires a successful pre-employment drug screen. To save time, please visit to print and complete our application before your arrival.  For complete job descriptions, please visit

Friday, July 1

Summer Skating Program – Wheel of Fortune is offering its Summer Skating Program at SkateCo, 3209 N. Main St., from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $4 which includes hot dog, drink, and regular skate rental. This program is sponsored by The Rockford Park District, Wheel of Fortune, and SkateCo.

Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Celebration – Event opens at 5 p.m. including the Lunch Stand, Flea Market, and Carnival. For those wishing to enjoy the Carnival a $20 one price unlimited ride wristband night will run from 6-10 p.m. From 5:30-6 CCT Penguin Project from DeKalb will be performing on the Small Stage. Anyone that wishes to show off their vocal talent can with Karaoke by Jamie from 6-10 p.m. At 7 p.m. the crowning of Ms. 4 th of July will take place. Stage will have music starting with Destination Unknown from 5-8:45 p.m. They will be followed by 7th Heaven playing high energy rock & amp; roll from 9-midnight.

KABOOM! – People of all ages, visit Discovery Center, 711 N. Main St.  for a BOOMING day of family fun during KABOOM! Experience chemistry, physics, art and music and how they all relate to our most explosive national holiday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Science and art are in the stars during this red, white and blue day of Family fun! Discover the secret ingredients that put the “oohs” and “aahhs” in fireworks in our live science demonstrations. Test your rocket design, send a mini-missile soaring, and make a noise-maker.  Turn stars and stripes into art, decorate a light-up hat, and paint with fireworks. Dress to get wet: if the weather is nice, we’re rolling up our sleeves for a water balloon toss! All activities are included with museum admission.

Saturday, July 2

Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Celebration – The Kirkland Methodist Church will have a Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. and will run till 10 a.m. at the church. The Car and Tractor Show registration will begin at 8 a.m. with trophies to be awarded to the winning cars and trucks at 4 p.m. This Car and Tractor Show has continued to grow over the years and always has some very high quality autos on display, not to mention it is the 20th year of this show. The Festival will open at 12 p.m. for the day and the Beer Garden will also open at Noon. Free entertainment starts at 12 p.m on the Small Stage with Sandi Silver Ventriloquist. Next on the Small Stage at 1 will be Steve McClanahan playing acoustic pop/rock, followed by Daryea’s Dancers at 3. At 4 there will be a demonstration by Leader Dog to show how a service dog can help them in their daily life. At 6 the Hiawatha Pep and Jazz Band which will entertain the crowd on the Small Stage. Fork in the Road will play rock/classic rock on the Large Stage from Noon-3 p.m. From 3:30-7:30 Stereo Hearts will entertain with a wide variety of rock & roll, from pop to classic. The last act on the Large Stage for Saturday will be the HIFI Superstar playing from 8-Midnight. They have a range of rock & roll from the ‘50s to today’s.

Sunday, July 3

Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Celebration – Garden Tractor Show opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The Festival will open at 12 p.m. for the day and the Beer Garden will also open at Noon. Free Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. on the Small Stage with music performed by Anthony Sheehan. Next on the Small Stage at 3 will be a demonstration put on by the Police Dept. Followed at 4:30 with Magic by Master Ron, showing his slight of hand. There will be $20 wristbands for “all you can ride” on the Carnival rides running from 1-5 p.m. The Kirkland Fire Department will host Water Fights starting at 1 p.m. with Fire Departments from around the area competing for trophies and the chance to show you who is the best and quickest Fire Crew in the area. 3 p.m. will bring a Bags Tournament, come early and get signed up, it fills up fast. At 6 the last act for the day on the Small Stage will be Second Wind, performing music. Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos is a national dueling pianos act that I am sure will entertain you from 1-3 p.m. on the Large Stage. From 6-8 p.m. Audiodrive will entertain with classic rock. The last act on the Large Stage for Sunday will be the Back Country Roads Band playing from 8-Midnight. They have played at Country Thunder and opened for Phil Vasser and Darryl Worley.

Monday, July 4

Rockford 4th of July Celebration –  The annual parade on July Fourth goes through downtown Rockford and ends with the SkyConcert Fireworks Show over the Rock River after sunset.

Kirkland Lions Club 4th of July Celebration – Pancake Breakfast in the park from 7:30-9:30 a.m. One of the highlights of the 4th celebration is the Parade, which starts at 11 a.m. The Parade is full of Floats, Bands, Shriner Units, Old Cars, Clowns and more.  Immediately following the parade will be the famous Pork Chop Barbecue served in the park. Hiawatha Schools will run an open house from 1-5 p.m. Pedal Pulls for the youngsters will take place at 4 in the middle of the park for those wanting to show off their strength and determination.  The Small Stage will start with free entertainment at 1:30 p.m. with Getting Excited About Science which puts on a program that not only entertains but is educational as well.  Then at 3 p.m. will be the Summerfield Zoo with a Exotic Animal presentation.  The Magic of Brian Holt using his slight of hand will entertain the crowd at 5 p.m. Closing out the entertainment on the Small Stage will be Stan Riley playing music from 6-8 p.m.  There is another Bag Tourney taking place in the Beer Garden at 2 p.m., again this event fills fast.  The Beer Garden will also have entertainment starting at Noon with the band Dale Rhode & The Crossroads playing country music, they will be followed by the Babin Brothers from 4-7 p.m playing folk rock combination.  And Beyond takes the stage from 7-11 p.m, they play classic rock that crosses over generations.  While And Beyond takes a break the Celebration will be topped off with the Giant Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.  This display is one of the area’s largest and brings people from miles around to enjoy the show. The winners of the Raffle Drawing will be announced in the park after the Fireworks and And Beyond will entertain the crowd with music until 11 p.m. so there is no hurry to leave after the Fireworks have completed.

25th Annual MELD Classic July 4th Run and Walk – The Flat and Fast Alan Hutchcroft Memorial 8K Run starts at 7 a.m., the 2 Mile Run starts at 7:10 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Walk starts at 8 a.m. Both runs and the walk will begin and end on N. Madison St. in front of the Trolley Station. The 8K and 2 Mile Runs are Rockford Road Runner Circuit Races and run course is certified by USA Track & Field. Entry Fee for the 8K or 2 Mile Run is $30. Run Fee for Rockford Road Runners is $27. Run Fee for Wildcats and Kids 13 and under is $10. Walk fee is $20. Walk Fee for Wildcats and Kids 13 and under is $10. After June 30, the 8K and 2 Mile Run Fee is $35 and Walk Fee is $25 for all ages. NO DISCOUNTS after June 30. 4 $100 Cash Prizes for Course Record in 8K Run and 2 Mile Run. Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 overall Male and Female 8K winners: 1st prize – $225, 2nd prize – $150 and 3rd prize – $75 and to the top 3 overall Male and Female 2 Mile winners – 1st prize-$100, 2nd prize-$50 and 3rd prize-$25 and Masters prize of $100 to be awarded to the Top Masters (40 years of age and older) Male & Female 8K and $50 to the Top Masters Male & Female 2 Mile winners. Winners Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the 8K and 2 Mile races in each age division. Register for the MELD Run or Walk online at, Registration forms available at the both YMCA locations, Runner’s Image, Peak Sports Club – both locations, Kegel’s Bicycle Store, the MELD office – 107 N. 3rd St. and online at

Thursday, July 7

Genealogy 101 – Davis Junction/Scott Township Historical Society will be having Sharon Atkins for a “Genealogy Research Program 101” that will be at the Fire Station in Davis Junction from 1-4 p.m. Located at 106 N. Maple St. Davis Junction, Il.   Sharon will cover how to research, chart and start documenting your genealogy.  She will provide streamline websites and much more information for your research. Please call ASAP for your Registration. The cost is just $10.  For more information contact Harriet Kisabore at 815-871-4749.  Mark Your Calendar.

Friday, July 8

Summer Skating Program – Wheel of Fortune is offering its Summer Skating Program at SkateCo, 3209 N. Main St., from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $4 which includes hot dog, drink, and regular skate rental. This program is sponsored by The Rockford Park District, Wheel of Fortune, and SkateCo.

A Tale of Two Prairies Field Trip – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a field trip to the Freeport Prairie and the Highland Community College Hansen-Blackmore Prairie from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. Attendees should meet at the Staples parking lot, 1722-1724 South West Ave., Freeport, by 8:30 a.m. for carpooling. The group may see Pale Purple Coneflower, Lead Plant, Stiff Coreopsis and other native prairie plants. Contact group leader at 815-938- 3204 if you are interested in participating.

Sunday, July 10

Veterans Dog Program Car Show – Circle of Change Veterans Dog Program is hosting a car show at Rockford’s Venetian Club, 2180 Elmwood Road, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This will be the second year that Circle of Change, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has partnered with Jack Cadwell Productions to coordinate this fundraising event. Pre-registration runs until July 8 ($10). Registration the day of the show is available ($12) until noon. Forms for registration and sponsorships are available at The car show will feature music by Car Tunes, 50/50 raffle, raffle items from many local sponsors and participant voting. Food is also available through the Venetian Club. Accolades will include: Top 40, Kids Choice, Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM and Best Mopar. The car show will feature music by Car Tunes, 50/50 raffle, raffle items from many local sponsors and participant voting. Food is also available through the Venetian Club. Accolades will include: Top 40, Kids Choice, Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM and Best Mopar. For more information on Circle of Change visit

Saturday, July 16

Discover Woodcarving – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Join Blackhawk Woodcarvers for this introduction to the art and craft of carving. On-going workshops provide hands-on practice with soap, woodcarving and wood burning for beginners. Watch demonstrators wield knives, tools, and even chain saws as they make their masterpieces. Craftsmen and women from around the region will display their creations, answer your questions, and vie for your vote in the “People’s Choice” category for their stunningly beautiful displays. This is a free event; for people wanting to go inside Discovery Center, admission is extra.

Morris Kennedy William Nashold Reunion – Morris Kennedy William Nashold reunion picnic will be held at Blackhawk Springs Park off Mulford Rd. at noon with food being served around 1 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass and own drinks and tableware and chairs. Any questions contact Ronna Haile at 815-298-4816 or

Wine & Brew at the Wetland – Natural Land Institute will host a wine and beer tasting event, Wine & Brew at the Wetland, from 3–6 p.m., at their privately owned Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 West Rockton Road, in Rockton. Proceeds from this event benefit the ongoing restoration and management of the 721-acre preserve. Nygren Wetland Preserve provides a fun and relaxing outdoor atmosphere for this casual summer event. Wine & Brew at the Wetland is the perfect opportunity for people to experience first-hand the pleasure of spending time in a natural area and discover for themselves why it is important to protect and preserve natural habitat.     Guests will enjoy socializing, tasting complimentary samples of wine and craft beer, cash bar, gourmet honky tonk picnic cuisine by Toni’s of Winnebago, musical entertainment and exploring the prairies and wetlands on their own or with a tour guide. Refreshments and music will be under the big tent with a beautiful view of the midsummer wildflowers. Guided tours of the prairie will be at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The cost to attend Wine & Brew at the Wetland is $30 per person in advance or $40 per person at the event. Pre-registration and payment are requested online at or call 815/964-6666.  (Flat shoes recommended.)

Field Trip to Obrich Outdoor Botanical Gardens – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a field trip to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Attendees should meet at the Staples parking lot, 1722-1724 South West Ave., Freeport, by 7:30 a.m. for carpooling. The seasonal exhibit at the Olbrich Outdoor gardens will be “Blooming Butterflies” where different species of butterflies are in various stages of development. Call 815-938- 3204 if you plan to participate.

Sunday, July 17

The Zac Matthews Band at Klehm Arboretum – Zac recently received the title of 2014’s “Texaco Country Showdown’s Best New Male Act in Country Music” at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee. In 2014 Zac Matthews was named Best New Male Act in Country Music in Nashville’s Country Showdown. He has recorded two Nashville produced albums. Zac has shared stages with: Randy Houser, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Jerrod Riemann, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Craig Campbell, Cassadee Pope, Kelsea Ballerina, David Allan Coe, The Kentucky Headhunters, and many more.  He is actively pursuing a college degree in Business/Music and gearing up for a summer midwest tour with the band.  Zac also enjoys writing his own music with his bandmates. Pack your blanket, a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine, sit back and enjoy the show in the midst of our fragrant Fountain Garden! Klehm will close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 4 p.m. for Woodsong attendees to enjoy the grounds before the show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Children 12 and under are free. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.

Thursday, July 21

Night @ the Museum – The Rock County Historical Society is hosting a family fun event called Night @ the Museum. Families will enjoy an evening of games, crafts, snacks, and other entertaining activities in the Toys@PLAY exhibit, located in the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, 426 N. Jackson St., Janesville, WI. The event runs from 7-9:30 p.m. and will have activities for children of all ages. Night @ the Museum is $2.00 per child and parents are free. Please note that this is not an overnight event and children must be accompanied by a guardian at all times. For more information, contact Amanda Strobel-Wise at

Saturday, August 6

Camp Glow – Camp Glow is a grief support day camp for children ages 6-14 and their parent(s) or guardian(s) who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Since children often experience grief differently than adults, Camp GLOW is designed to specifically address children’s grief with enough counselors on-hand to offer individualized attention if needed. Breakout sessions include creating memory boxes to hold remembrances of their loved one and scrapbooking to create visual memories. Grief support sessions will also be offered for parent(s) or guardian(s) during the camp, led by HHU-Hospice Grief Support Coordinators.  These grief support sessions will provide information and tools for parent(s) or guardian(s) to help them and their child with the grieving process.  We strongly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to attend Camp GLOW with their child to learn about the grieving process. Camp GLOW is at Traxler Park in Janesville from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lunch, drinks, and snacks throughout the day are provided. The camp is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of donors to the Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation. Space is limited, and registration is required by August 1, 2015.  If you have questions about registration or to request a registration form please call Ridley Usherwood 608-241- 6936, or visit

Saturday, August 13

Ministry of Restoration’s Back to School Supply Give-Away – Items will be accepted before the event and available for Give-Away at the event. Supplies that are needed include: crayons (big 8 crayons & small 24 crayons), glue sticks, loose leaf paper (wide & college ruled), #2 pencils, rulers, spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled), black & red pens, colored folders, scissors and markers (thin & fat). There will be free hot dogs, chips & much more.  Event will take place at Blackhawk Park, Section 5 (Christina St.) & 15th Avenue. For more information contact Pastor Ruby J. Martin at 815-962-5699.

Sunday, August 21

Rock River Anything That Floats Race – Taking place in and around downtown Rockford. This brand new tradition features a variety of canoes, kayaks and handmade rafts as they race down the Rock River ending at Prairie Street Brewhouse.

Sunday, August 28

Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival – Taking place in Midtown District. All diverse cultures in Rockford participate in a parade of colors and ends with a festival with international food, performances and more.

Friday, September 16

Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Fall Conference – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. LaDonna Wattley, founder & CEO of Wattley Consulting, PLLC, will present her high-energy workshop “Understanding Diversity to Build Trust”, which will focus on improving and achieving successful relationships in order to break down barriers. Cultural differences DO NOT have to be a barrier in realizing success in diversity.  The afternoon session will be “Agency Barriers to Effective Service Delivery”. Highly recommended for businesses, social service organizations, medical community, education community, police, government offices, churches, and others. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Continuing credits will be available. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; workshop begins at 8:30. $40. For additional information, contact our office at 815-319-6880 or LaDonna’s website is

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