Community Calendar

Community

Week of Nov. 19-25, 2014

Fall & Winter 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.

Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For current updates, see www.rockfordparkdistrict.com or call 815-987-8809.

Williams Tree Farm – 4661 Yale Bridge Road, Rockton. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Cabin Cafe: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., weekends. Horses: noon-4:30 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends. Santa visits: Nov. 28-30, Dec. 6-7 & 13-14, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Open Thanksgiving Day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (no cafe). Info: 800-423-NOEL.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Experienced RN Hiring Event – SwedishAmerican Hospital, Commons Conference rooms, 1401 E. State St. 4th floor. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: www.swedishamerican.org/careers.

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

Rockford Police & Religious Leaders Collaboration – Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., 2nd Floor. 9-11 a.m. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided with each session. Next session: Nov. 20. Info: 815-987-5889.

Diabetes Support Group – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Unit 5, Belvidere. 9 a.m. Info: 815-544-3710.

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.

Human Resources Committee, Board of Trustees, Community College District 511 – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 11:30 a.m.

Greater Rockford Airport Authority Board of Commissioners – 60 Airport Drive, Noon.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Ste. .200, Beloit, Wis. 12:30-2 p.m. Info: 608-363-7421.

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.

Bank on It! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom A, 215 N. Wyman St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Understand the basics of personal finances, identify major types of insured financial institutions, reasons to use a bank. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Stateline Mass Transit District Meeting – 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 1:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play video games, surf the net, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

Word for the Workplace (5-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 4-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn the basics, how to create tables and templates, perform a mail merge and password protect your documents. A voluntary test at the end of the week will be offered. Successful completion of 80% will earn you a certificate of knowledge. Must have basic internet search skills and good mousing skills. Registration is required. 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 bariatric 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.

Bariatric Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. 5-6 p.m. For those who have undergone a bariatric banding procedure or gastric bypass surgery or those who are considering either procedure. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

Thankful Table – 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 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Program on “Heel That Pain” – SAMG/Stateline Clinic, 4282 E. Rockton Road, Rockton. 5:30 p.m. Dr. Syeda Roshan will discuss heel pain. Free. Register at 815-968-2500 by Nov. 17.

YA Hunger Games Movie-thon – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-8 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Illinois Preservation Success Stories: Freeport’s Future” – Freeport Public Library, Meeting Room, 100 E. Douglas St. 6 p.m. Dr. Andy Dvorak moderates a panel discussion on saving historic Illinois City Halls and historic downtown buildings. Planning, financing, and the effects of revitalization as well as plans for Freeport City Hall will be discussed.

A Journey of Wines from Around the World – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6 p.m. $15. Includes butler-passed hors d’oeuvres. Feat. Banfi Wines & Old World Wines. 10% discount on all cases purchased at event. Info: 815-229-0800.

Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn the basics of your device. Info: 815-965-7606.

Cocktails & Canvas – Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m. Creative activity. With Softplace Lifestyles, they provide step-by-step instructions that are simple to follow, art supplies included. $35. Advance registration requested. Info: 815-229-0800.

Turkeys! Turkeys! – 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.

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.

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

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-732-3252.

About Dementia, Tips to Help with Family Conversations” – McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St. 7-8 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Conference rooms, 5666 E. State St. 7-9 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Info: 815-227-2695.

Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Great American Smokeout – The American Cancer Society has tips to help you break the habit. Smokers can find support 24/7 at www.cancer.org/smokeout or call 800-227-2345.

Readiness 2020 – Rockford School District 205 Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Meeting of Strategic Plan team.

Cherry Bowl Benefit for Heart Transplant Child – Cherry Bowl, 7171 CherryVale Blvd., Rockford. Silent Auction and Indoor Garage Sale. Nov. 20-22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For Layne Knight, 3, of Winnebago, who suffered four cardiac arrests. Info: Grandpa Jack Broughton, 608-558-9948 or jack.broughton@appliedeco.com.

Toastmasters Rockford BlueBlazers – United Technologies Aerospace Systems north lobby, 4747 Harrison Ave. RSVP to Bob Fischer at 815-877-8412 by Wed.

Workforce Connection Workshops for Job Seekers – North Suburban Library, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park. Four workshops, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration required at 815-921-2200 or www.theworkforceconnection.org.

RMAP Technical Committee – Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.

Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Industry Update Luncheon – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m.-1;15 p.m. Tickets: $45/person, $450 for table of 10. Register at 815-987-8100 or visit rockfordchamber.com.

Three Weeks to Scrapbook!: Program for Seniors – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-1 p.m. Ages 50 and up. Info: 815-965-7606.

Reception for National Rural Health Day – University of Illinois College of Medicine, Partners Pavilion, 1601 Parkview Ave. 12:30-2 p.m. Honoring Exec. Director Pat Schou of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network. Program at 1 p.m.

Documentary Screening: “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” – Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road. With filmmaker Edgar Barens. Inmates’ experience with hospice. Film at 12:30 p.m., Q & A session at 1:30 p.m. Free.

RMAP Policy Committee – Boone County. 1:15 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Rockford Connections: Community Input Session #2 – Rockford Park District, Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main St. 5-6:30 p.m. Review the process of developing a design for a new multimodal station for AmTrak service. Residents are invited to participate.

Grief Support Through the Holidays – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis. 5-6:30 p.m. Other dates also available. Info: 608-363-7421 or www.beloitregionalhospice.com.

Grocery Store Tour – Schnucks, 6410 E. State St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. OSF dietitians will lead this tour and make recommendations on how to make healthy choices. Cost: $10. Pay in advance. Info: 815-227-2274 to register.

Kishwaukee’s Thanksgiving Feast – Kishwaukee Elementary School, 526 Catlin St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meal, book fair, make a craft. Raffle tickets will be sold for Thanksgiving dinner baskets. Info: coffin@rps205.com or Kaspera@rps205.com.

YA Hunger Games Movie-thon 2 – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-8 p.m. Ages 13-19. 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.

Sips & Sweets Fundraiser – Ironworks Hotel, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis. 6-10 p.m. Advance tickets encouraged. $100 per couple or $75 each. Benefit for Stateline boys & Girls Clubs. Info: 608-364-8874 or www.statelinebgc.org.

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not 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.

Benefit Concert for Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 7 p.m. Support the immigration attorney. Musicians include folk, choirs, individual and group performers. Free-will offering. Info: 815-397-4883.

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation Meeting – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m. Info: 815-238-7888.

Sacred Art Tattoo Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Also: Todd Kessler & The New Folk free live music loft show, 10 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Friday, Nov. 21

Grief Support Through the Holidays – North Pointe Health & Wellness Community Education Room, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. 7:30-9 a.m.

Free Diabetes Screening – Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St., Freeport. 8-10 a.m. People wishing to be tested are advised to fast for two hours prior to screening, as a finger-stick blood glucose test will be issued.

Cherry Bowl Benefit for Heart Transplant Child – Cherry Bowl, 7171 CherryVale Blvd., Rockford. Silent Auction and Indoor Garage Sale. Nov. 20-22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For Layne Knight, 3, of Winnebago, who suffered four cardiac arrests. Info: Grandpa Jack Broughton, 608-558-9948 or jack.broughton@appliedeco.com.

Hometown Christmas” – Maps available at First State Bank of Shannon/Polo/Lake Carroll, Casey’s, Blarney Stone, and Shannon Cafe. Look for the Candy Cane in front of each location. Fri. and Sat., Nov. 21 & 22. Fire station will have 25+ crafters and vendors. Stop by Fri. night for the Lions Club Chili Supper. Kids can visit with Santa, pet his live reindeer, and make an ornament for the community Christmas tree.

Electronics Recycling Day – Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 fee for each microwave oven. Checks should be made payable to Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department. Limit of two cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs or computer monitors (or one of each) per monthly event. Info: 815-732-4020 or www.oglecounty.org.

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

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Genoa City Hall, 333 E. 1st St., Genoa. 11 a.m.-noon.

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

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Dixon City Hall, 121 W. 2nd St., Dixon. 2-3 p.m.

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Registration is not required. For beginners who know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Info: 815-965-7606.

Holiday Tree Lighting – Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road. 5-7 p.m. Lighting at 6 p.m. Carols by Boylan a cappella choir.

Friday Night Frenzy/Market on the Square – Downtown Durand. 5-8 p.m. Live music included.

Cabaret Concert & Pasta Dinner – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Swing music, homemade pasta, bread, dessert and drink. Tickets: $10. Open to public. Tickets available thru Auburn Jazz Ensemble members or the CAPA office. Info: Lynne.Olson@rps205.com.

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.

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.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Iowa Wild – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-968-5222.

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

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

Saturday, Nov. 22

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Indoor Sportscore Complex, 8800 E. Riverside Drive. 8 a.m. Info: http://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/jingle-bell-run-walk/

ACT Prep Exam Study Session – UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 8 a.m.-noon. Students should plan to attend all sessions. Fee: $145, includes required textbook. Online ACT prep course also avaiilable for $195.Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360 or http://www.actstudent.org/.

Cherry Bowl Benefit for Heart Transplant Child – Cherry Bowl, 7171 CherryVale Blvd., Rockford. Silent Auction and Indoor Garage Sale. Nov. 20-22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For Layne Knight, 3, of Winnebago, who suffered four cardiac arrests. Info: Grandpa Jack Broughton, 608-558-9948 or jack.broughton@appliedeco.com.

Ladies Day Out – Lena Elementary School, Lena. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Many vendors to choose from.

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

Kids Event: DIY Felt Stocking – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 6301 E. State St., Rockford and 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Just $2 per child, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Info: 815-227-1296 and 815-639-1354.

Edgebrook Holiday Open House – Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Stores open, and Santa available for pictures from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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: Magic Man Zack Percell! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Humor, magic, and audience participation. Info: 815-965-7606.

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner – Providence Baptist Church, 229 Clifton Ave. Noon-2 p.m. Hosted by National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Rockford Section. Includes a short program and entertainment by Dorothy Paige-Turner. All food comes from donations from the membership and local community. Free.

Pinterest Party – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 6301 E. State St., Rockford and 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 1-4 p.m. Make Pinterest-inspired projects this holiday season. Info: 815-227-1296 and 815-639-1354.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park. 2-4:30 p.m. Please bring a framed picture of your loved one. Telecast, discussion and memorial presentation. RSVP to Karen at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. at 815-636-4750.

Hunger Games and Beyond Trivia – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13-19. Two YA Zones come together on Skype to discuss the movie, have a costume contest and compete to win a prize in a trivia game.. Info: 815-965-7606.

14th Annual Memorial Luminaria – Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. 4-6 p.m. Brief program at 5:30 p.m. Come and personalize luminary bags in memory of your loved ones with photographs, poems, etc. If you prefer to decorate your bag at home, you may stop by either funeral home during business hours and pick up a luminary bag.

All-Star Volleyball Showcase – Guilford High School, 5620 Spring Creek Road. 4:30 p.m. Two teams will compete.

Pasta Ball Fundraiser for Helping Hands Pantry – Forest Hills Lodge, Hwy. 173/est Lane Road, Machesney Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. DJ Ron Reiner will provide music, entertainment by Improv Olympics. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes. Tickets: $35/person; order online at www.helpinghandspantry.com or call 815-980-0208.

Holiday Silent Auction – Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. 6-7:30 p.m. Fundraiser for the art center. The WhiskeyBelles kick off the opening at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seat tickets are $25 and $20, adults, $10 students (18 and younger). Info: 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249 or wwww.monroeartscenter.com. Bids are accepted in person or by phone until 7:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, prior to performance by Madison’s Mt. Zion Gospel Choir.

The Big Lebowski” Brew & View” – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. Kryptonite’s costume party, trivia, Caucasians and white Russians. $5 Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Milwaukee Admirals – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-968-5222.

Sunday, Nov. 23

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.

Rockton Lions Blood Drive – Hononegah High School, 307 Salem St., Rockton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Peppermint Swirl Craft Show. Register in advance at 815-243-4496 or call RRVBC at 815-975-8751.

Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 3 pm. Admission is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.

Discover 4-H Day – Oregon High School Gym, 210 s. 10th St., Oregon. 2-5 p.m. Everyone is invited, but youth must be 5-7 yrs. old to be a Cloverbud, and 8-18 yrs. old to be in 4-H. Info: 815-732-2191.

25th Annual Mayor’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Program – Fisher Memorial Chapel, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. 3 p.m. Speaker Harlan Johnson. Topic: “Connecting with the Divine and Each Other.” Music by Womansong and Council Choraleers Children’s Choir. Various faith communities will offer brief prayers. Free and open to the public. People are invited to bring canned goods for local food pantries.

Light Up the Parks” Holiday Parade – 7 p.m. Starts at Schneider Electric (former Invensys) parking lot on Clifford Ave., turn north on Elm Ave., end at Machesney Towne Center (Machesney Mall). Tree lighting follows the parade.

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

Monday, Nov. 24

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Open Enrollment Open House for Affordable Care Act – Rock Cut, 9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

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

eReader and Tablet Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Community Blood Drive – Anytime Fitness, 5801 Columbia Parkway, 3-7 p.m. to schedule an appointment to donate, call 815-227-9911 or RRVBC toll free at 977-RRVBC-99 or visit www.RRVBC.org.

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

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.

Shooting and Stick Handling Clinic – Jr. IceHogs Off-Ice Training Facility, Rockford. Nov. 3-24, 6-6:45 p.m. For players ages 6 and older. Fee: $30 ($35 non-resident). Info: 815-969-4069 or 815-987-8800.

Adult Yoga – UW-Rock County Office of Continuing Education, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $75. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.

Smart Photos on Your Smartphone – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Upload your pictures to Dropbox and Facebook. Bring your smartphone cords. Registration is not required. Info: 85-965-7606.

Puck Stoppers – Jr. IceHogs Off-Ice Training Facility, Rockford. Nov. 3-24, 6-6:45 p.m. Ages 6 and older. Fee: $40 ($50 non-resident. Info: 815-969-4069 or 815-987-8800.

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

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.

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.

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

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Welcome SwedishAmerican Nursing Students & Teachers – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. 5-7 p.m. Appetizers & refreshments. RSVP to 815-961-2496 by Nov. 21.

Diabetes Seminar – University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. 5:30 p.m. Speaker Linda Chang, Pharm D. Reserve your space at 815-395-5920 or email cyhall1@uic.edu.

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

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

4th Tuesday Book Discussion Group: The Astor Orphan – 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.

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

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

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

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

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the Nov. 19-25, 2014, issue