- Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at Riverfront Museum Park campus Nov. 1
- Lee Hamilton: Some thoughts on governing
- Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down Oct. 31 in Rockford
- CUB shares list of worst customer horror stories
- Park District receives Governor’s Sustainability Award
- Park District’s ‘Ties & Tennies’ fund-raiser Nov. 14; deadline Nov. 6
- Nov. 2 concert celebrates release of Jodi Beach’s sixth recording
- Healthy Halloween Party Nov. 1 at U of I College of Medicine at Rockford
- Three local NFL Flag Football teams head to regional competition
- ‘Hoo’ Haven hosts annual open house Nov. 2 in Durand
Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014
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.
Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. Haunted House will be open 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. 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. 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. 29
The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Lydia Urban Academy Open House & Community Walk – 223 S. Winnebago St., Rockford. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tours of the academy; meet students, faculty and staff. Classroom lessons in geography, history, ecology, English and math will be interwoven through the Virtual Walk.
RAVE Board Meeting – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Noon.
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.
Genealogy on the Internet – Rockford Public Library, MainLibrary, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12.
Spooky Reading Night – Lewis Lemon Elementary School, 1993 Mulberry St. 5-6:30 p.m. Teachers will read books about goblins, ghosts, witches and bats. School-appropriate costumes are welcome.
Halloween Carnival – Auburn High School, 5110 Auburn St. 5-7 p.m. For kids in grades K-4. Students must arrive in costume–nothing scary, no weapons or blood, and come with a parent.Reading room, trick-or-treat hallway, games. Free and open to the public.
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.
YA Movie Night – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required.
Etsy How To’s – Rockton Centre Branch, Program, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 15 and older. All ages. Create a shop on Etsy. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Carving Masters – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-9 p.m. Ages 12 and over. Bring your own gutted pumpkin and learn how to use tools in new ways to create the pumpkin you’ve always wanted. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Expanding Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – University of Illinois College of Medicine, Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:30-8 p.m. Hosted by Intersect for Ability-Northern Illinois. Free. Info: 815-226-2822.
BIFF: “Putzel” – Hendricks Center for the Arts, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Sometimes you have to leave home to find yourself and your true love. Admission: $5 adults, $2 students, free to members of Film Society of Beloit.
Living Well with Diabetes Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-732-3252.
Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Rocky Horror Picture Show Brew & View, 11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Painted Pumpkins – Nordlof Center, Medium Multi-Purpose room, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 4-10. Create a pop-art pumpkin with Mom or Dad. Bring your own, ungutted pumpkin to the program and learn how to use painting tools to create a work of art. Adults must accompany children under 12. (Adults, bring your own gutted pumpkins for Carving Masters.) Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Workshops for Job Seekers – Rock Valley College,Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Hosted by The Workforce Connection. Registration is required. Info: 815-921-2200.
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.
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.
Preschool Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5. Info: 815-965-7606.
Three Weeks to Harvest Crafts!: Program for Seniors – Rockton Centre Branch Library, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 12-1 p.m. Ages 50 and older.
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.
Family Tree – Rock River Branch Library, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 2-10.
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.
Halloween Downtown Dog Walk – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5 p.m.
Boo Bash & Spooky Reading Night – Beyer Elementary School, 333 15th Ave. 5-7 p.m. Open to students and their immediate families.
Halloween Extravaganza – East High School, 2929 Charles St. 5-7 p.m. Literacy & music event. Trick-or-treating, Halloween stories and crafts, treats and concert. Guests are encouraged to wear non-scary costumes. Free.
Halloween Safety Seminar – Elite Defense System, EDS School, 5695 Strathmoor Dr., Unit 2, Rockford. 5:30-7 p.m. Focus on Halloween, Stranger Danger and Anti-Bullying, using lessons and games. Ages 4-12. Free, but registration is required at 815-885-4758.
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.
Lecture: “Corporations Are Not People” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Author Jeff Clements will share what he has learned in writing about the corruption-fighting efforts of people across the country.
Group Hope Support Meeting – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Beloit Regional Hospice Annual Memorial Service – Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 2222 Shopiere Road, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Non-denominational service followed by time of fellowship.
Spooky Reading Night & Silent Auction – Spring Creek Elementary School, 5222 Spring Creek Road. 6-7:30 p.m. Books and pumpkins. Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes; students will receive treat bags.
Spooky Reading Night – Bloom Elementary School, 2912 Brendenwood Road. 6-7:30 p.m. Stories, Halloween crafts and a book fair. Dress in costume; parents and grandparents are encouraged to come.
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.
LOLTOS Spirited Ghost Tours – Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Oct. 30 & 31, 7-9 p.m. Experience first-hand accounts of unexplained noises, scents and sightings. Tickets: $10/person. Reservations required. Info: 815-968-0595.
Sex Toy Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.
Friday, Oct. 31
Rockford Trick-or-Treat Hours – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Top of Illinois Veterans Stand Down – UAW Hall, 112 N. 2nd St. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Assistance will be provided to homeless veterans and veterans needing assistance in health, counseling, employment and vocational rehabilitation counseling, assistance with VA and Social Security, etc. Registered veterans will receive a toiletry kit. Coffee and a hot meal will be served at noon. All veterans and their immediate families are invited to attend this free event.
Electronics Recycling Day – Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, 909 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Most items can be accepted free. $10 fee for each microwave oven brought in. Checks should be made payable to Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department. Limit of 2 TVs or computer monitors (or one of each) per monthly event. Info: 815-732-4020.
Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
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.
“Fight the Fear Festival” – Stateline Pro Wrestling/Fight College at Fusion Sports Center, 7135 Clinton Rd., Loves Park. Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. Bell
time, 7:30 p.m. Feat. NWA champ Rob Conway. Fun and games for all (mini-carnival & bounce house) start at 5 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 kids, advance ticket $5 off. Info: 779-777-5334 or 815/319-5221.
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.
Fright Fest – The Castle, 501 Prospect St., Beloit, Wis. 7-11 p.m. Monster Mash Ball featuring a DJ, music videos and dance routine; costume contest at 10 p.m.; program of musical and theatrical performances; trivia competition; horror films. Food & beverages available for purchase. Cost: $5 adults, kids, free.
Amenti Haunted House – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. 7-approx. 11 p.m. End times vary depending on the night. Runs thru Nov. 1.
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.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Sheriff Candidates Meet & Greet – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 1-2 p.m., Bob Springer. 2-3 p.m., Gary Caruana. Candidates for Winnebago County Sheriff on Nov. 4 ballot will answer questions from Rockford Urban Ministries Director Stanley Campbell. Those attending can also ask their own questions. Admission is free.
Troop 41 Pancake Breakfast – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Road. 7 a.m.-noon. $5 per ticket, $15 per family, $6 at the door. Sausage links, orange juice, milk, applesauce, coffee. Strawberries and whipped cream $1 extra. Pancake eating contest. Rock River Valley Blood Center Mobile will be on site 8 a.m.-noon. Enjoy free pancakes if you donate. Tickets: 815-985-9522.
Fall Crafter Show & Bake Sale – Christian Life Retirement Center, 4620 Sunset Terrace, Loves Park. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts, jewelry, seasonal gift items, puzzles, books, holiday decor, raffle prizes. Free admission.
4th Annual Stuff the Truck Event – Schnucks grocery stores, E. State St. and Charles St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Donate a nonperishable food item from home or purchase one from Schucks. Pet food can also be donated to help Kibbles Korner pet pantry.
Laughter Yoga – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 9:30 a.m.
Girl Scouts Open Camp McCormick to Public for Camp Explorers – Camp McCormick, 9995 N. Girl Scout Road, Stillman Valley. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $15 per youth, $5 per adult, includes all activities and cookout lunch. Advance registration required by Oct. 15.
IREA Renewable Energy Classes – Hands-on PV Class, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Send name, contact information and check ($20 IREA members, $40 non-IREA members, which includes membership) to: IREA, c/o Sonia Vogl, Treasurer, 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, IL 61061. Info: 815-732-7332.
Holiday Remodeling & Home Expo – Forest Hills Lodge, Hwy. 173 & Forest Hills Road. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Meet home improvement experts. Also holiday shopping: jewelry, handcrafted decorations & crafts, gifts, etc. Hot chocolate available.
Phoenix Traders 10th Anniversary Sale – 215 Seventh St. Fair-trade, bohemian-style clothing and accessories. 25% discounts today.
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.
Build It! Make It! – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshop with Home Depot. Included with admission to exhibit. Free for members; $10 to the public.
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.
Thankful Turkey Craft – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 a.m.-noon. Make your own thankful turkey craft for Thanksgiving. Info: 815-639-1354.
Dia De Los Muertos: (Day of the Dead) – Nordlof Center, Large Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 12-1:30 p.m. All ages. Celebrate and remember our deceased. Info: 815-965-7606.
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: Roars of Snores! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. About animals who hibernate. 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.
Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Decorate your skull mask and shake your maracas! Discovery Center admission is extra. Admission: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17), free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.
“Past Lives and Dreams” – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-4 p.m. Free interactive workshop. Learn to sing HU, a love song to God, 1-1:30 p.m. Get practical guidance from your dreams, explore past lives. Free book included.
Hoo Haven Open House – 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand. 1-4 p.m. Public is invited to learn about wildlife conservation efforts and show support for this much-needed community service. See birds and animals in the rehabilitation program. See rescue equipment including a hovercraft, visit the Aquatic Animal Recovery Center, learn about on-site solar and wind enerty. A donation “wish list” is posted on the website www.hoohaven.org.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Free.
Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society – Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 1:30 p.m. Program: “French Genealogy is Easy – ‘Merci, Napoleon!’” Free.
Reggio The Hoofer – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 2-3 p.m. All ages. Acclaimed tap dancer. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Paranormal Road Trip: Galena Bound – Board bus at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 3-11 p.m. Participants will visit the historic city with Karhi Kresol and psychics Sara Bowker and Paul Smith, who will giive their insights. Special guest Steve Repp, Galena historian. Stop for dinner either on your own or with the Haunted Rockford Team. Price for dinner is not included in tour price. Cost: $60. Must be paid in advance at www.hauntedrockford.com or call Kathi at 815-871-4239.
Zion Development Fall Fundraiser – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 6-9 p.m. Live jazz, raffle and cash bar. Complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at the door. Available at Katie’s Cup or call 815-964-8280, ext. 10 or email@example.com. Reserve by Oct. 28.
Boone County Conservation District 50th Anniversary Celebration – Apollo Theatre, 104 N. State St., Belvidere. 6 p.m. Includes a one-man play Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change starring Jim Pfitzer. Tickets: $30 per person for dinner and play. Info: 815-547-7935.
Lupus Society of Illinois Fashion Show – Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fundraiser for research to educate women and children on how to assist local providers in minimizing misdiagnoses and disease management. Cost: $35. Make checks payable to Lupus Society of Illinois, 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60661.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Blackhawk Firemen’s Association Annual Pancake Day – Legacy Academy of Excellence, 4029 Prairie Road, Rockford. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. cost: $5 adults, $3, children age 6-12, age 5 and younger, free.
Monroe Township Firefighters’ Association All-You -Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast – Fire Station, 104 West St., Monroe Center, Ill 7-11 a.m. $8 adults, $4 children ages 6-12; ages 5 and younger eat free.
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.
44th Annual Aquin Flea Market & More – Aquin High School gym, 1419 S. Galena Ave., Freeport. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Antiques, collectibles, crafts, coins, stamps, farmer’s market. Admission: $1.
REI Health Fair & Expo – Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newbureg Road. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by Reiki Energy International. Info for a more health-conscious community. Free symposiums and lectures will be held in a separate meeting room throughout the day. Food available, 60-65 vendors. Free admission.
Holiday Remodeling & Home Expo – Forest Hills Lodge, Hwy. 173 & Forest Hills Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet home improvement experts. Also holiday shopping: jewelry, handcrafted decorations & crafts, gifts, etc. Hot chocolate available.
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour – Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Welcome Center, DeKalb. 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. With Steve Gigolin and Jeff Marshall. Drive-by narrations include assorted historic buildings and former locations of homes and businesses. Tickets: $15 general public, $12 for Homestead members.
Laurent House Tours – Bus departs from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilfod Road, at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. and 3 pm. Admision is $15 per person. Best suited for children over age 8.
Big Read at Glidden Homestead – Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Welcome Center, 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: $4 adults, free for children younger than 14. Info: 815-756-7904. Thru October.
Smashing Pumpkins – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Transform your pumpkin into a parking lot projectile or use it to buttress a citadel of squash! Discovery Center admission is extra. Admission: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17), free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger.
“Winnebago County: 1900-World War I” – Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. 2 p.m. Learn about the first 20 years of the 20th century in Winnebago County. Presentation by Robert Lindvall, local historian. Register online at www.cherryvalley.lib.il.us or call 815-332-5161 for this free program.
Infant and International Adoption Information Meeting – First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave., Belvidere. 2-4 p.m. Hosted by Children’s Home + Aid. Free, but seating is limited; reservations preferred. Info: 815-962-1043 or 888-248-4335.
Sunday Night Singles Dance – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St.. 7-10:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3
RMTD Board of Trustees – RMTD Conference Room, 520 Mulberry St. 7:45 a.m.
Rockford Area Arts Council Community Arts Access Grants and Grantseekers Workshop – Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Community Arts Access Grants, maximum, $2,500. Open admission: Action grants, maximum $350. Grants are available for printing at www.artsforeveryone.com. Info: 815-964-6765.
Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Salvation Army Kicks off 46th Annual Food for the Needy Drive – Brookview Elementary School, 1750 Madron Road. 1-1:30 p.m. Collecting non-perishable food items. To request delivery of a food barrel for collection, call 815-997-6917.
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.
Be Smart About Your Heart: Control Your ABC’s of Diabetes – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6-7 p.m. Fee: $5 per person. Info: 815-732-2191.
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.
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.
#tweeting – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.
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. 4
General Election – Polls are open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Find polling place and other election information: Winnebago County, 815-319-4252 or http://winnebago.il.clerkserve.com/; City of Rockford, 815-987-5750 or http://voterockford.com/.
“In the Autumn of a Veteran’s Life: Closure, Gratitude, Respect” – Janesville Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Rockport Road, Janesville, Wis. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Info: 608-754-2201.
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.
Family Tree – Rockford Public Library, , Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5.
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.
Thankful Table – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not 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. A beginning class for the true beginner. Bring your own laptop if you have one. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Tech Exploration Days: Manufacturing – Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, Wis. 1-3:30 p.m. Register at Blackhawk.edu under Events link or 608-743-4463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW Post 2955 Blood Drive – 11385 Second St., Roscoe. 3-7 p.m. For more information or to schedule a time to donate, call 877-RRVBC-99. Walk-ins are welcome.
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.
Girls, Use Technology – Lewis Lemon Branch Library, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 9-12. Bring your own electronic devise or use the Kindles at the library.
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.
Freeport Lions Club – Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. 6 p.m.
Junior Preview Night – UW-Rock County, Allen Hall, upper lobby, Hyatt Smith Commons, 2909 Kellogg Ave , Janesville, Wis. 6-8 p.m. Learn about admissions and financial aid. Register at 608-758-6565, ext. 230.
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.
Stateline Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) – University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:30 p.m.
Thankful Table – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Registration is not required. 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.
Winnebago County Republicans Gather to Watch Election Returns – Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road. 7 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments available.
Rockford IceHogs vs. Lake Erie Monsters – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$29. at BMO Harris Bank Center or www.icehogs.com or 815-968-5222.
“Big Birds That Couldn’t Fly: The Dinosaurs of Eastern Montana” – Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Ave., Freeport. 7 p.m. Speaker Steve Simpson, geology and physical geography at Highland Community College. Free and open to the public.
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.
Comics of Steel & Open Mic– Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 9 p.m.Tickets: $5. Info: 815-965-0931.
Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to email@example.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.
From the Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2014, issue