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Community

Week of Oct. 15-21, 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. 17-19, 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. 16-19, 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.16-19, 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. 15

LSSI’s Senior Volunteer Fair – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP connects volunteers 55 years and older with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. Info: 815-397-7103.

The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Veterans “Lunch and Lecture”– Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Terry Dyer speaks about Winnebago County’s response to President Lincoln’s call for more men to help “finish up the war.” Also: the 1864 Presidential Election and Rockford’s participation in helping re-elect President Lincoln. Lunch: Choice of ham, turkey or roast beef sandwich, chips, pasta salad, cookie and beverage. Cost: $10. Reserve at 815-969-1999.

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.

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.

Computer Savvy Seniors (5-day class) – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Class meets weekdays for 5 sessions. Create an email address and learn how to use it. Each session builds on the other. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, MainLibrary, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Hands-on class. Registration is not 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.

Genealogy on the Internet – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or PlayStation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. 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 undergone a bariatiric band procedure or gastric bypass surgery or those who are considering either procedure. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

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.

Family Tree – 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.

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.

Teen Tech: Book Trailer Basics – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Teen Read Week’s theme: “Turn Dreams into Reality.” Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Basics: Memory, Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease – DeKalb Park District, Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb. 6-7:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Managing and Editing Photos in Windows 8.1 – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and over. You must bring your own Windows 8.1 updated laptop , plus cords. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

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

Forest City Brewers – Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, Oct. 16

Memorial Service in Remembrance of the Hon. Stanley J. Roszkowski (Ret.) – Stanley J. Roszkowski Courthouse, 327 S. Church St. 2 p.m. Feat. members of the judiciary, Roszkowski family, former staff, elected officials. Ret. Judge Roszkowski died July 7, 2014, at age 91.

Heritage Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years – Visit any Heritage branch today for birthday cake, bacon treats and prize drawings. Heritage branches will be competing to collect the most food items for local food pantries. The winner will have access to the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Nov. 8. Prize drawing entries will be accepted thru Oct. 18; winner notified by Oct. 22. Food items will be donated to local food pantries the week of Oct. 20.

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.

2014 Frenchmen’s Frolic – Macktown Living History Site, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton. Four-day event. Re-enactors, demonstrations, tall tales, children’s games, seminars and workshops for frolic participants. Free. Info: 815-624-4200.

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.

Falling Leaves – 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.

Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Help Maximize Retirement Income” – Ciao Bella, 6500 Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Noon-1 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 815-921-0534 or respond by e-mai to denise. larson@wfadvisors.com.

Three Weeks to Harvest Crafts!: Program for Seniors – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-1 p.m. Ages 50 and up. Registrsation is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Preschool Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5. 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. Class meets weekdays for 5 sessions. Create an email address and learn how to use it. Each session builds on the other. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Insect Outing & Collection Event – Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area at the W. Smith Road parking lot. 3 p.m. start time; collecting stations will remain open into the night for moths and other night-flying insects. Participants bring items for after-dark activities, including headlamp or flashlight, and dress for the field and cool temperatures. Bring snacks and beverages; be prepared for mosquitoes if temps remain warm. Info: pliesch@wisc.edu.

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.

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.

Business After Hours – Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St. 5-7 p.m. Join Comcast Business for an evening of art and networking.

YA Motivational Movie-thon – Nordlof Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

Excel 2010 Workshop – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have used MS Excel in the past and have good mouse skills. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Publilc Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Recommended that you attend Using Your Kindle Fire first. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

A Community Conversation – Ellis Elementary School, 222 S. Central Ave. 6-7:30 p.m. Hosted by Rock Valley College Board of Trustees. Info: 815-921-4517.

Walk-in Registration for Youth Basketball – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 6-8 p.m. 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.

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.

Northern IL Tea Party – Greater Rockton Community Centre, 302 W. Main St., Rockton. 6:30 p.m. Featuring representatives for candidates for local and statewide office in Nov. 4 election. Early voting at the Board of Elections begins Oct. 20.

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.

Lecture: “Ikebana: History and Style” – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. , 7 p.m. Ms. Kazuko Bressler will speak about the Japanese art of flower arranging. Cost: Free to Anderson Garden members, $5 for non-members. Reserve at 815-316-3307.

Life in Motion” feat. Cashore Marionettes – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 7 p.m. Joseph Cashore’s complex stringed puppets have performed around the world. More than a puppet show, this performance showcases Cashore’s masterworks in a powerful, entertaining, surprising evening that will be best appreciated by adults, teens and children over age 8. Tickets: $5 adults, $3 children under 18, free to UW-Rock County students. Purchase at the door or in advance at Hyatt Smith Hall on campus or by phone at 608-758-6565, ext. 100.

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

Friday, Oct. 17

CompStat – Public Safety Building, 2nd Floor classroom, 420 W. State St. Presentation: District 1, 2, 3, Investigative Services Bureau. 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Wellness & Resource Fair – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Workshops, screenings, demonstrations. Info: U of I Extension, 815-732-2191 or Rock River Center, 815-732-7332.

Minority Male Leadership Conference – Rock Valley College, Stenstrom Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Students from Auburn, East, Guilford, Harlem and Jefferson high schools as well as RVC students will attend.

2014 Frenchmen’s Frolic – Macktown Living History Site, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton. Four-day event. Re-enactors, demonstrations, tall tales, children’s games, seminars and workshops for frolic participants. Free. Info: 815-624-4200.

Prairie Treasures Quilt Show – DuPage County Fair Grounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Two-day show. Admission, one day: $8 adults, children under 8, free.

Master Gardener Training – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Dates: Sept. 5-Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $175. Pre-registration is required. Info: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Fall Festival of Storytelling – Brookview Elementary School, 1750 Madron Road. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Guest international storyteller Beth Horner.

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.

How to Stand Out in Search for a Great Job in Advertising, Marketing and Communication” – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker Martha Carrigan, president and CEO of Big Shoes Midwest. Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Registration is available online at www.niafed.org.

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

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Book Swap Party – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 18 and over. Teen Read Week’s theme: “Turn Dreams into Reality.” Registration is not required. 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.

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.

Murdered in Their Beds!” Presentation by Troy Taylor – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 6-7:30 p.m. A chillilng look at a series of ax murders that occurred in the Midwest during the early 1900s. Taylor follows the trail of a mysterious, sinister killer across several states. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Info: 815-871-4239 or www.hauntedrockford.com.

Night Hike – Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn about owls, the top aerial predators. Call to register at 815-335-2915.

Amenti Haunted House Opens – 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.

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. 18

Free Halloween Activities for Kids – Happy Wok, 211 Elm St., downtown Rockford (near BMO Harris Bank Center). Free costume contest; free arts and crafts activities; free desserts and candies. 4-8 p.m. Info: 815-961-8846.

Household Hazardous Waste Event – Ogle County Farm Bureau parking lot, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Also collecting lead acid batteries. Serenity Hospice and Home and the Village of Progress will collect useable clothing, textiles, shoes and belts for resale or recycling. Latex paints not accepted. For residential generated wastes only.

Fall Craft & Bake Sale – Christian Life Retirement Center, 250 Bienteer Trail, Rockford. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Aldo Leopold Appreciation Day – Trip to Baraboo, Wis. area to visit Leopold Center. Meet at East Riverside Farm & Fleet parking lot; van leaves at 8 a.m. Join biologist Greg Keilback; also stop for pie. Van and entry fee will be covered by Winnebago County. Pheasants Forever. Info: 814-335-2915.

Prairie Treasures Quilt Show – DuPage County Fair Grounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Two-day show. Admission, one day: $8 adults, children under 8, free.

2014 Frenchmen’s Frolic – Macktown Living History Site, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton. Four-day event. Re-enactors, demonstrations, tall tales, children’s games, seminars and workshops for frolic participants. Free. Info: 815-624-4200.

Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Doggy Day Spa, 300 E. State St., Cherry Valley. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Various packages available for dogs and cats. By appointment only. Call 877-475-7729 or go to www.spayillinois.org.

RPS 205 Basketball Coaches Clinic – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. Use the new field house entrance on the east side. Runs from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Open to basketball coaches at all levels; coaches outside RPS 205 are also welcome. $25 entry fee includes the clinic, lunch and gift. Register at Emily.tropp@rps205.com or 815-966-8960.

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

NIU’s STEMfest – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibitors from 25 STEM departments as well as businesses and experts from around the region. Free family event.

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.

Kids Event: Fun Frankenstein Mask – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 815-639-1354.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle Stage Caregivers – Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St., McHenry. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Walk-in Registration for Youth Basketball – Ken-Rock 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: Scarecrow Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Build your own scarecrow. Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Downtown Fall Cleanup – FDDF storage sbed, corner of Main & State streets, Freeport. 10 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will be assigned duties such as sweeping alleys, leaf pick up, weed and flower pulling, trah pick up, etc. Info; 815-232-9000.

Mummy Madness Event – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Take home a completed project.

Super Science Saturday – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall Commons, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Exhibits and hands-on activities highlighting the wonders of science.Construct, launch, and take home your own rocket. Info: 608-758-6565.

Info Sessions on Bachelor’s Degree – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 10-11:30 a.m. Info about tuition, financial aid and the application process. Next session Oct. 20. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 285.

Build It! Make It! –Rockford Art Deli – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshops included with admission to exhibit. Free for members and $10 for the public.

Laurent House Tours – Regular tours depart from Midway 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.

Red Ribbon Drug Prevention & Wellness Fun Fair – Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. State’s Attorney Joseph Bruscato and Miss Illinois 2014 will present recognition awards to the recipients.

Excel 2010 in a Day – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions and must have used Excel. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Saturday Spectacular: There’s Something in My Attic! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. 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.

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

Cupcake Creations – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13-19. Teen Read Week’s Theme: “Turn Dreams into Reality.” Inspirational baking class. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fresh and Local: Harvest for Your Health – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 15 and older. Instructor is not a doctor; these ar holistic treatments. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Dixon Lioness Club Fall Auction – Dixon VFW, Route 38 east of Dixon. Doors open at 5 p.m. Live auction begins 7 p.m. Large array of items for both a silent and live auction. Info: www.dixonlioness.org.

Film: “From the Outside Looking n: The Crisis of Illiteracy in America” – Casey’s Pub and Grill, 7307 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park. 5-5:30 p.m. Pizza and pasta; 5:30-6:15, film; 6:15-7 p.m. discussion. Cost: $20, benefits the Multicultural Center for Parenting Skills, a nonprofit. Info/ reserve a seat: 815-484-3336.

Saturday Night Fights (Boxing) – The Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St. Doors open at 6 p.m.; first fight at 7p.m. Males and females competing in lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight classes. Admission: $20. Ringside sponsorship tables available for $250 (seats 8). Info: 815-988-6745.

REFIND: 24th Annual Dinner Gala – Downtown Freeport, 28 W. Main St. Benefit for Freeport Art Museum. 6 p.m. social hour, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. art auction. Tickets: $95 each, must be purchased in advance. Exhibit features artists Jesus Correa, John Deill, Jeremy Klonicki and Carmen Turner. Live art auction. Info: 815-235-9755 or www.freeportartmuseum.org.

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.

Sunday Night Singles Dance – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. 7-10:30 p.m.

Groove Walk-ing Dead – 18 bands at 15 venues. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 at the door. Volunteers will be given a free ticket to the event. See related story, page 14. Info: 815-978-7827. Tickets can be purchased at all participating venues, all Alpine Bank locations, Guzzardo Performance Music Center. Buy tickets online at www.ramiawards.com.

Sunday, Oct. 19

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.

2014 Frenchmen’s Frolic – Macktown Living History Site, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton. Re-enactors, demonstrations, tall tales, children’s games, seminars and workshops for frolic participants. Free. Info: 815-624-4200.

Locktoberfest: Scarecrow Days – Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., includes trail rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Build your own scarecrow. Free admission, some paid activities. Food available.

Blackhawk Archers Shot Gun Turkey Shoot – 10086 Forest Preserve Road, Rockton.Shoooting starts at 11 a.m. ; ends about 2 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Win a Turkey/Ham/Bacon; othe prizes and raffles. Shells are supplied. Lunch available in clubhouse. 15 shooters line up and take one shot at target. Public is welcome. Info: 708-567-7431 or 815-629-2335 or www.blackhawkfieldarchers.com.

Laurent House Tours – Regular tours depart from Midway 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.

CROP Hunger Walk – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. 4-mile walk. Registration, 1 p.m. Step-off, 2 p.m. Info: Stanley Campbell, 815-963-5124 or David Jones, 815-540-3703. Proceeds go to Church World Service.

Short Story Workshop – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 1-3 p.m. Bring a short story. Free and open to everyone. Work as a group on the short stories. Young writers are encouraged to come in costume and have a separate meeting with youth director.

Monday, Oct. 20

Celebrate “United Nations Week” – Sounds Of Good News (SOGN) Productions invites the public to celebrate by supporting their fall Rally for PEACE (Positive Energy And Character Excellence) for Children and Families. Benefit the Young Eagles Success (YES) Club workshops and recording projects to promote public safety and non-violence. Week of Oct. 20-24. Donations can be made online “Supports and Donations” page of SOGN website or mailed to P..O. Box 1132, Rockford, IL 61105. Info: Dianna Cole at 815-914-1487 or www.soundsofgoodnews.com.

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

AARP TEK Event – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. (1st session) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and (2nd session) 3-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Free hands-on workshop designed to empower 50+ adults with Tablets and Smartphones. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Stepping On” Workshop – St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine, Janesville, Wis. Dates: Sept. 8-Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Presented by Rock County Council on Aging. Cost: $10. Transportation may be available upon request. Also: Beloit Grinnell Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Sept. 10-22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Info: 608-758-8455 or www.co.rock.wi.us/aging.

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.

34th Annual Goblin 250 Enduro – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Final event of the season featuring more than 100 4-cylinder cars slammin’ and bangin’ for 250 laps. Kids’ Costume Contest at 12:40 p.m.; First Ever Women’s Championship Race at 1 p.m. Kids’ Candy Scramble at intermission of Goblin 250. “Big Swarm” demolition derby follows race. Admission: $12 adults, $8 ages 12-17, $5 ages 6-11, free ages 5 and younger.

Pinterest – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Psrogram Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own laptop or tablet and cords if you have one, or use one of ours. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

Excel for the Workplace (5-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 6-10. Ages 13 and older. Excel 2010 is a powerful spreadsheet software. Learn how to create and manipulate data using tables and formulas. A voluntary test at the end of the week will be offered. Successful completion of 8l0% will earn you a certificate of knowledge. Must have basic Internet searech skills and good mouse skills. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

Info Sessions on Bachelor’s Degree – UW-Rock County, Hyatt Smith Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info about tuition, financial aid and the application process. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 285.

Free Intro Class: Scrapbooking 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Learn how to plan out your book, create visually pleasing pages, crop photos, journal and more. Supplies not included. Info: 8155-639-1354.

League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford – Meg’s Daily Grind, 3885 N. Perryville Road. 6 p.m.

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.

Smart Photos on Your Smartphone – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Dropbox is quick and simple and can be done in class. Bring your smartphone cords. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

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.

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s – DeKalb Park District, Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb. 10-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

AARP TEK Event – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. (1st session) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and (2nd session) 3-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Free hands-on workshop designed to empower 50+ adults with Tablets and Smartphones. Seating is limited. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

Excel 2010 (3-week class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Must attend all three days. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Living with Chronic Conditions” Workshop Series – Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Hwy. 51 North, Janesville, Wis. 5:30-8 p.m. Six-week series thru Oct. 21. Pre-registration is required. Info: 608-748-8455.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Zazen (Seated Meditation) – Positive Vibrations Yoga Studio, inside Piano Tunes Music Academy, 9461 N. 2nd St., Roscoe. 7 p.m. Info: www.rinzaizen.org.

Fantasy Fiction: Ask the Real Wizards!” – Friends of NIU Libraries, Founders Memorial Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, 4th Floor, DeKalb. 7:30 p.m. Panel will answer your questions. Free and open to public. Parking is available in the Visitors’ Parking Lot on Carroll Avenue for a daily fee of $5.

Comics of Steel – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.Tickets: $5. Info: 815-965-0931.

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From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue