- EarthTalk: Avoiding harmful food additives
- Nighttime/alcohol enforcement patrols set for Dec. 26-28
- ComEd readies for potential winter weather
- Lee Hamilton: Time to focus on growing the economy
- Anti-corruption reform advisory question to appear on ballot
- Evidence found in Dec. 20 quadruple murder, but no arrests
- Yes, Virginia, Portillo’s is coming to Rockford
- Meet John Doe: Wake up and share that Christmas spirit, you’re the hope of the world
- Tech-Friendly: Recycle your old electronics this holiday season
- Garbage collection adjusted for Christmas, New Year’s
Week of Dec. 24-30, 2014
Wednesday, Dec. 24
WTPB-LP 99.3 FM will be broadcasting Christmas music all day and all night. Third Presbyterian, Westminster Presbyterian, Zion Lutheran, Mike Williamson and Friends, John Russell and others.
Rockford First Christmas TV Special – Channel WIFR-TV 23, 9:30 a.m. and WQRF-TV 39, 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve Dinners to go – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. Noon-4 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.
Holiday Closings for Sapora Playworld – Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 25 closed; Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.; Jan. 1, closed.
Holiday Closings for Carlson Ice Arena and Riverview Ice House – Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 25 closed; Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.; Jan. 1, closed.
Christmas Eve Service – Third Presbyterian Church, 1221 Custer Ave. 4 p.m. with Pastor Steve Bowie and Don VanderCreek. 11 p.m. service of Candlelight Communion with Chancel Choir and soloist , organist Lu Willsey and Lord’s Supper.
Christmas Eve Service – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Central Site, Horsman & Locust St. 4:30 p.m. with children’s pageant and readings. 7 p.m. at Northwest site, 4881 Kilburn Ave.
Christmas Eve Family Service – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St. 5 p.m.
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.
Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Thursday, Dec. 25
WTPB-LP 99.3 FM will be broadcasting Christmas music all day and all night. 9 a.m,.-7:30 p.m. Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Women of Christmas, St. Olaf College and others.
Rockford First Christmas TV Special – Channel WIFR-TV 23, 5 a.m, 9 a.m. and noon. WQRF-TV 39, 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Day Service – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Central Site, Horsman & Locust St. 10 a.m. with Holy Communion.
Christmas Day Worship Service – Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St. 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 26
Kohl’s RRVBC Blood Drive – Kohl’s, 10153N. 2nd St., Machesney Park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call RRVBC at 877-RRVBC-99 or visit www.rrvbc.org.
Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Holiday Hoopla – Discovery Center Museum will be open Dec. 26-30. Extra activities take place 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Holiday Hoopla activities are included with admission to the museum. Planetarium shows are $1 for general public and 50 cents for Discovery Center members. Build It! Make It! exhibit will also be open thru Jan. 4; cost $2 public, free for members.
Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Talent Share – Fairgrounds Valley Community Center, 1015 W. Jefferson St. 4-7 p.m.
Fish Fry – American Legion Robert C.A. Carlson Post 1207, 1011 S. Alpine Road. 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $6-9.50; various menu items. Info: 815-397-6672.
Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Iowa Wild – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-963-5222.
Conveyer Live Storytelling: Christmas Show and Tell – 317 W. Jefferson St. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Admission $5. Info on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9-11:30 p.m. $7. Info: 815-229-0800.
Saturday, Dec. 27
Christmas Tree Recycling – Ogle County Solid Waste Management Dept. will accept live Christmas trees for dropoff at the following locations from Dec. 26-Jan. 18: Byron: Sunshine Park, IL Route 2 & S. Peru St. Forreston: 407 N. Locust St. Leaf River: 208 W. Railroad St. by Sewage Treatment Plant. Monroe Center: 309 Pacific St. (Lichty’s Landscaping). Oregon: 507 Hill St. at Oregon Park District maintenance yard. Polo: 410 N. Prairie Ave., west of storage building. Rochelle: Atwood Park, 10th Ave. and 20th St. behind band shell.
Saturday Spectacular: Out with the OId – In with the New! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. Ring in the New Year. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.
Harlem Globetrotters “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 1 p.m. It’s been five years since their last face-off. Tickets start at $22, now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com, the BMO Harris Bank Center box office or by phone at 815-968-5222.
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.
Double feature: “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Gremlins” – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 6 p.m. $5.
“A Night at Burpee Museum” – Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. 7 p.m.-midnight. People may come and go as they please. Join Gary Soper of the Dark Sky Society and his telescope, watch a movie, get up close to some live creepy crawlies, and more. Cost: $10/person. Info: 815-965-3433 or www.burpee.org.
Sunday, Dec. 28
All You Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast – DeKalb Masonic Lodge No. 144, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. (Route 23) Every Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. Biscuits & gravy (full order $4, half-order 2 extra). Adults $6, children ages 5-12, $4, ages 4 and younger, free.
Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 3 pm. Admission is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.
“How Churches Can Help Bring About World Peace” – Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Road. 2 p.m. Speaker Jim Winkler, president of National Council of Churches. Free and open to the public.
Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Hamilton Bulldogs – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. Info: www.icehogs.com or 815-963-5222.
Monday, Dec. 29
Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. `
Planning & Development Committee Meeting – City Hall, CD Conference Room, 425 E. State St. 5:15 p.m.
Rockford City Council Meeting – City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.
Adult Yoga – UW-Rock County Offie of Continuing Education, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $75. Info: 608-758-6565, ext. 360.
Grief Recovery Group – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Rochelle. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Group will meet weekly. Info: 815-561-8866.
Tuesday, Dec. 30
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.
“A Yale Student Visits the Holy Land” – JustGoods Gallery, 201 Seventh St. Begins at 6 p.m. Rockfordian Madeleine Witt, student artist and cartoonist, will share her impressions of the people she met in Israel and Palestine in 2014. Hosted by Rockford Urban Ministries. Free, open to the public. Info: 815-964-7111.
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.
Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Comics of Steel Comedy Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. Doors open 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $5 cover. Info: 815-965-0931.
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From the Dec. 24-30, 2014, issue