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, July 28

Your Service, Your Health, Our Focus – Veterans are at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This program will educate veterans about those risks, what they can do to manage their risks and how to help other veterans. To register call 815-484-1300 or sign up online at No charge for the program

Saturday, July 30

Northwest Illinois Annual Butterfly Festival – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a Butterfly Festival at Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve from 1–5 p.m. The preserve is located 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport roads. The parking area is off of West Grove Road. The festival is a fun informative family friendly event.   Hourly tours will be offered at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. “Illinois Butterflies and Moths” pocket guides will be distributed at no charge while supplies last. Shaded areas and refreshments will be provided.   Call 815-938-3204 before 10 a.m. on July 30th if the weather is questionable.

Youth Gun Safety and Trap Shoot – The Winnebago County Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PFWCIL) will host their annual Youth Shoot at Plug and Pellet Sportsman’s Club from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Youth ages 10 to 17 can participate in target practice, trap shooting, and gun safety instruction. Plug and Pellet and PFWCIL will provide all guns, ammunition, and safety equipment, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Admission for children and parents is free, and everyone will receive a free lunch. Women and first-time shooters of all ages are encouraged to attend and shoot, free of charge. Members of Winnebago County Pheasants Forever and Plug and Pellet will be on hand to provide instruction. Plug and Pellet Sportsman’s’ Club is located on Centerville Road between Tipple and Simpson roads in Rockford, Illinois. Free parking and shelter is on site. For more information please call Dave Grass at 815-289-3219 or email

Thursday, August 4

Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Greystone Grill inside Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Dinner will be a choice of: Spinach Salad $17; Chicken Chimichanga $17; Prime Rib Sandwich $15; B to the E Burger $15. Price includes tax and tip.  Beverages are not included.  Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Reservation deadline is July 29, 2016.  Speaker will be Leah Tuneberg/Director of the River District Association. Hosts are Shawn Artlip and Danita Heaney.  Please send reservations to: Shawn Artlip, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, 2215 Perrygreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107.

Thursday, August 4

Nature Poetry & Prose – Natural Land Institute will present Nature Poetry & Prose at 6:30 p.m., at their privately owned Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 West Rockton Road, Rockton, Illinois. The program will last approximately two hours and is free to attend. Registration is requested. Guests will enjoy a lovely and relaxing summer evening under a big tent overlooking the prairie wildflowers while listening to writers read their nature themed poetry and prose. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Nationally recognized and award winning poet and author, Christine Swanberg will lead the line-up of featured writers and will be the MC for the program. Additional featured writers/readers will be Sandra Fenton (Monday Writers Group), Wilda Morris (Chicago based Poet and Author), Edward Cope (Restoration Ecologist, Natural Land Institute), Chelsea Peterson (College Student and NLI volunteer) and Lani Richardson (Poet, BA in Modern Languages & Literature and Asian Studies). Admission is free, and registration to attend is requested by Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Call 815/964-6666 or email: Donations will be accepted to benefit the ongoing restoration and management of Nygren Wetland Preserve.

Friday, August 5

Rockford Mass Transit District 11th annual fundraiser – The Rockford Mass Transit District is hosting its 11th annual fundraiser, a golf play day. The RMTD Driving the Dream Golf Classic is a best ball scramble format presented by DiBenedetto & Associates and Rockford Bank and Trust.  It is also sponsored by Larson and Darby Group, Sal Marino – MFG Ltd., Budget Truck and Auto, IPMG, Williams McCarthy LLP, Papa John’s, McGuire Woods Consulting and Townsquare Media.  This year’s event will be held at Timber Pointe Golf Course with a shot gun start at 9 a.m. Some of the day’s activities include 18 holes of golf, after golf buffet and a chance to win $10,000 sponsored by Midwest Transit, Arch Insurance, Rockford IT, Mercy Rockford and Bob Wallberg, Boone County Chairman.  Foursomes are being accepted and the deadline for entry is Monday, August 1. The fee for all of the above activities is only $110. The golf play day on August 5 represents the District’s ongoing attempts to aggressively pursue operating funds beyond its traditional funding stream of farebox revenues and federal, state and local subsidies. Last year, Rockford Mass Transit District raised over $10,000 from this event. Some of the dollars raised this year will go toward funding immediate service for the region while the remainder of the funds will be used to grow the RMTD Community Transportation Endowment Fund which supports the projects, programs and posterity of public transportation in our community.  This year’s goal is to net over $12,000 for the endowment fund. In addition to showing their support for public transportation, attendees of the Driving the Dream Golf Classic also have the opportunity to network with other business and governmental leaders.  Those wishing to put their golfing skills to the test will have not 1 but 4 opportunities to win big money and prizes and one lucky foursome will walk away with the now much coveted 1st place golf cart trophy.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to bid on state of the art golf items including a set of Callaway irons, a course GPS system and numerous other golf items including several golf bags and other clubs.  Golfers will also receive a thank gift for attending.  To register yourself and/or your foursome, call or email Lisa Brown at 815-961-2226 or now. Don’t miss out on the fun.

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

Northwest Illinois Audubon field trip to Necedah National Wildlife – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a field trip to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  On the fieldtrip we hope to see Whooping Cranes and Karner Blue Butterflies, both federally endangered species. The Necedah Refuge staff will lead us on a guided tour.  A fee of $10 is charged to cover the cost of the van ride from Freeport to Necedah. Space is limited and you need to register prior to the event. Bring a sack lunch, binoculars and money for a supper stop on the way home. Contact Mary at 815-938-3204 to register for this field trip.

Sunday, August 7

Pastor Herbert L. Johnson’s Birthday Celebration – Celebration will take place at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave., beginning at 11:15 a.m. Bring your friends and family. Following the celebration the grown-ups are invited to brunch at Hoffman House for Hanging with Pastor J. at 2:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social and Civil War Band Concert – The historic Octagon House Museum in Watertown, Wisconsin will be the setting of the Watertown Historical Society’s annual ice cream and homemade cake social from 1:30-4 p.m. Civil Ware era music will be performed by the renowned First Brigade Band. The band “makes history live” by presenting period brass band music played on antique instruments. Dressed in period uniforms and gowns, the band’s musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies evoke the atmosphere of the turbulent 1860s through their unique form of showmanship blending the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes. Attendees are invited to tour the five-story, 8,000 square-foot Octagon House, completed in 1854. Designed and constructed by the pioneer Watertown settler, John Richards, the house is one of the largest pre-Civil War family residences built in Wisconsin. The house also features a central spiral staircase which rises from the first floor to the tower room. The Octagon House is located at 919 Charles St. and is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours of the house and First Kindergarten in America are conducted hourly. Tours will be held throughout the day of the social and band concert. Band members will have CDs of both Confederate and Union music on sale. The event is open to the public. For more information please call 920-261-2796 or go the Octagon House facebook page.

Thursday, August 11

DCI Big, Loud & Live 13 – Drum Corps International (DCI) returns to the big screen for the 13th year with “DCI Big, Loud & Live 13.” Broadcast live from the DCI World Championship Prelims, the performances of 15 of the top drum corps in the world will be showcased as they compete at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This event will be shown in movie theaters nationwide. Locally this can be viewed at Showplace 16, 8301 E. State St. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or the Showplace 16 box office.

Friday, August 12

Northwest Illinois Audubon field trip to Sugar River Dairy & Scotch Hill Farm – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a field trip to Sugar River Dairy and Scotch Hill Farm from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Both of these establishments are located in southern Wisconsin and sell foods to the local communities. Sugar River Dairy located near Albany, Wisconsin produces an award winning yogurt. Scotch Hill Farm operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that features certified organic vegetable, heritage breeds of chickens and hand milled goat milk soap. Attendees should meet at the Staples parking lot, 1722-1724 South West Ave., Freeport, by 8 a.m. for carpooling. Call Richard at 815-865-5279 if you plan to participate.

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.

40th Anniversary DJ Historical Society – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Davis Junction Fire Station will be serving lunch and the museum will be open with demonstrations outside. Several activities as well. Weather permitting there will be horse drawn wagon rides. For more information visit

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 – Winnebago County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will present its annual seminar, “Starting the Conversation: Understanding Diversity to Build Trust, an interactive workshop on cultural competency, led by LaDonna Wattley, LCSW. Wattley will provide tools needed to examine biases and confront cultural myths. Barriers to building rapport will be addressed. Attendees will be given tips on how to work with those from different backgrounds. For more information and to register, visit PDC’s and 4.25 CEU’s available. Event will take place at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person which includes lunch.

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