Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.
All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, Boundaries, Bar & Grill, 3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 7/15/15, 5:30 p.m.
Angelic Organics Learning Center – 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. Various classes & activities throughout the year. 815-389-8455.
Apple River Fort State Historic Site – 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, Ill. Open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Historic re-enactors portray life during the Black Hawk War. 815-858-2028 or appleriverfort.org.
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.
The Bridge Center of Rockford – 4861 American Road. Games & classes for beginners through experts. 815-873-9334.
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. (Closed Sun & Mon) Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available & a tour with lecture. Restaurant on premise make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum 815-395-0679
City Council Meetings – 1st and 3rd Mondays, Rockford City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers, 425 East State St., Rockford.
Coalition of Latino Leaders — Meets third Monday of each month, noon-1 p.m. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St. 815-398-6000.
John Deere Historic Site – 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour. See a recreation of the original blacksmith shop and other attractions. 815-652-4551.
Discovery Center Museum – 711 N. Main St. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $12 public, $10 members. 815-963-6769.
Elite Defense Systems Self-Defense Center – 5695 Strathmoor Drive. Daily classes. New: Krav Maga classes. 815-885-4758.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S. Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Admission $5 adults, $3 student, $10 family. 815-962-7402.
Family Counseling Services Veterans’ Self-Help Group – FCS Agency office, 210 N. Longwood St. 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday. Self-guided, self-help group. A Licensed Clinical Social worker will be on site and on call at no cost. Free coffee and water available. 815-962-5585.
FitMe Wellness – Next to Hilander, Spring Creek & Mulford roads. 815-904-6000.
Forest City Brewers – Monthly meetings first Wed. of each month, 7 p.m. at Rockford Brewing Co., Rock River & Prairie Street. “Tasters Guild” meetings at 7 p.m. third Wed. of each month at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. Info/membership: forestcitybrewers.org or email@example.com.
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead — 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstruction with events. Open Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Second and Fourth Sundays Noon – 4:00 p.m. Info: 815-756-7904 or gliddenhomestead.org.
Get Rid of Unwanted Panic (GROUP) — University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Room A126. Peer support group for any form of anxiety. Meets the first and third Thursday of each month, 7-8 p.m. 815-395-5655.
Group Hope Depression Bipolar Meetings – Rockford School of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave. Every second and fourth Thursday 6:15-7:30 p.m. 815-398-9628.
Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone? – Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 Macintosh Lane. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Free amplified phone program. Must be Illinois resident and have standard phone service. Application and nfo: 815-332-6800.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups. 815-977-4123 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-395-4505.
IL-WI Stateline Atheist Society – Humanists, skeptics, agnostics and atheists – activities and meetings for like-minded individuals. statelineatheistsociety.com.
Ingersoll Learning Links – Family golf at Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Holes ranging from 60-105 yards with open practice times Sundays, 1-5 p.m. thru late September. Additional open times are Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 20, 4-7 p.m. and Fridays, June 20-Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Call 815-987-8834 to confirm hours. Admission fees $1 ages 17 and younger, $3 ages 18 and older ($1 if accompanied by youth ages 17 and younger). Park District golf permit holders play free. Info: 815-968-7529 (You Play) or golfrockford.org.
Junior StreetHogs Arena – Booker Washington Community Center, 524 Kent St. Outreach street hockey program for youth. 815-969-4072.
Ken-Rock Community Center – 3218 11th St. Various activities throughout the year. Variety of free classes for adults and children. 815-398-8864.
Kishwaukee Valley A.B.A.T.E. Meeting – V.F.W., 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. 815-544-3088.
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. 815-965-8146.
Lewis Lemon Community Center – 1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:30-11 p.m. Free. 815-987-8800.
Magic Waters Waterpark – 7820 N. CherryVale Mall Dr., Cherry Valley. 815-987-8852.
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. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. 815-397-9112.
Midwest Museum of Natural History — 425 W. State St., Sycamore. Wed., free to the public. Fri., live animal demonstrations at 3 p.m. 815-895-9777.
Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times: 815-964-5959 or 888-656-7329.
Native American Awareness Committee — Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Meets 4th Tues. every month. Now planning for 20th Annual “Honor the Mounds” in 2015. Looking forward to making new friends and getting new members. Info: Mac “Spotted Horse” at 779-423-1260.
New Beginnings Social Group for Grief & Healing – Christian Life Retirement Center, 2750 N. Mulford Road. For adults of all ages who have participated in grief support groups and feel ready to build a new bridge to their futures. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required. 815-398-0500.
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: rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815-987-8800.
Nickel World – 3321 N. Main St. Family amusement center featuring 20+ video games and 60+ redemption games dispensing tickets redeemable for prizes. $2.25 admission, all games either free or 1+ nickels. Room available for rent for parties. Open from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.For information on Nickel World and a list of weekly specials visit nickelworld.com
Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center – 4215 Newburg Road. Various support groups for children, teens and adults starting in October. Info: 815-398-0500.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous – Every Thursday, 7 p.m. New Attitudes Center, 2233 Charles St.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – 5454 11th St. Info about club & classes: 815-874-7399.
Represent.Us Rockford – Meetings at Rockford Public Library Community Room 6685 E. State St. the second Saturday of the month 10 a.m.
Rock River Valley Blood Center – 419 N. Sixth St. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., 7-11 a.m. Belvidere Donor Center – 1740 S. State St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7-11 a.m. Freeport Donor Center – 461 E. South St. Mon.-Tues., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Sat. of each month, 7- 11 a.m. Perryville Donor Center – 3065 N. Perryville Road. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-8751 or 866-889-9037 or www.rrvbc.org.
ROCK Swim and Fitness – 3800 E. State St. Zumba classes, 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Age 1 and older. $5 drop-in fee for non-members. Info: 815-381-0765.
Rock Valley Ski Association – Thunder Bay Grille, 7652 Potawatomi Trail. Meets second Tues. of each month. Info: www.SkiRockford.org.
Rockford Area H.O.U.S.E. – Home schooling support group open to all families in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. All educational and religious philosophies welcome. ClassesTuesdays,10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. www.rockfordareahouse.blogspot.com.
Rockford Park District – Various programs available throughout the year. Program Guides now available at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-987-8800 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Rockford Public Library – Main Library open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rock River and Montague branches open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rockton Centre Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lewis Lemon Branch open Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. All library locations closed Sundays.
Rockford Public Library Used Book Shop – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. Tues.- Thurs., Noon.-6 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606
Rockton Township Historical Society Museum – Corner of Blackhawk Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton. Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-624-8200 or 815-629-2210.
Savage Ancient Seas – Dinosaurs of the deep. Burpee Museum. 737 N. Main St.
Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church — 318 N. Church St. Sunday worship: 10 a.m. Info: 815-963-8481.
Spectrum of Rockford – Harmony Center for Holistic Psychotherapy, 6625 N. Second St., Loves Park. Various LGBTQA groups. Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Group meets Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. Must call to pre-register. Cost: $20 per session. Info: 815-639-0300.
Spiritualist Chapel in the Woods – 8002 Service Rd., Cherry Valley, IL. Sunday Lyceum at 10:00 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.
Summerfield Zoo – 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere. Hours: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children. Info: 815-547-4852.
Stretch & Belly Dance Combo Beginners’ Class – Club Round, 7120 Windsor Lake Parkway. 7:30-9 p.m. Classes every Mon., Wed. & Fri. Registration/info: 815-639-0300.
Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours – Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St. Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.
Support for Retired Grievers – Zion Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed. Call for dates/info: 815-636-4750.
Tango Class – Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. 7-8:30 p.m. Classes first and third Friday of every month. Cost: $15 for single class, $25 for two. RSVP: 815-721-0994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.
Toddler Time – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Every Mon. and Tues. Free. Info: 815-399-3171.
Veterans Drop-In Center — 413 N. Court St., Rockford. Offers dinner to veterans Mon.-Fri., provided and served by many local organizations.
Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth Road, Poplar Grove. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 ages 7-17, under 7, free. Family rate, $12. Info: 815-547-3115.
Volcano Falls Adventure Park – 7602 Rock Valley Parkway. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-8 p.m., Fri., 3-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-8 p.m. 815-282-2100.
West Rock Wake Park – Levings Lake, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave. Various prices for different riders. Reservations strongly recommended. Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Info: 815-596-9025 or westrockwakepark.com.
Wild Wild Westmor Lanes – 2407 N. Central Ave., Rockford. Open bowling daily, $1 draft beers. 815-963-7210.
Winnebago County Health Department – For flu clinic schedule and prices, go to www.wchd.org or call 815-720-4264.
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.
The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free knitting lessons on the last Wednesday of each month, 4-5 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright Museum — Laurent House Foundation announces that the tour season has been extended and will remain open year round. Info: wwwllaurenthouse.com.
YMCA of Rock River Valley – I.D. Pennock Branch, 200 Y Blvd., 815-489-1252. Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. 815-489-3352.
Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10 each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.
Youth Exploring Aviation (YEA) — Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum, Restoration Hangar, north side of Poplar Grove Airport just off Orth Road, east of IL Hwy. 76. Boy Scout group meets every Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Computer Tutor — Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Sign up for one-on-one instruction with one of our instructors. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Registration for Awana Children’s Program — Prince of Peace Church, 2336 Freeport Road, Rockton. All children welcome; pre-school thru 6th grade. Regular program hours: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. One-time registration fee per year is $25, which includes a lesson book and carrying bag. Sponsors to help with registration costs are welcome. Info: awana.org or 815-624-2115.
Registration for Laurent House Tours – Depart by shuttle bus from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Minimum group size is four people. Admission: $15/person. Best suited for children over age 8. Season has been extended thru the year. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.
Registration for Balance Classes — OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.
Registration for Advanced Balance Classes — OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration is required. Call to find out when the next 12-week program begins. Info: 815-395-4591.
Registration for Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perrryville Road. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice time. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks; skates provided. Info: 815-969-4069, (TTY, 888-871-6171) or online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Registration for Healthy Heart Screenings – SwedishAmerican Cardiac Rehab, 209 Ninth St., Suite 101, Rockford. Available the first and third Tuesday of every month. Includes a cholesterol screening; body mass index (BMI); cardiac risk screening; blood pressure; glucose checks. Fee: $25 payable in cash or check at time of appointment. By appointment at 815-490-5863.
Registration for Online courses from UW-Rock – Understanding the Cloud, Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013, Write Effective Web Content, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2014, Happy & Healthy Pregnancy, more. Most run for 6 weeks at a cost of $99. Info: http://www.ed2go.com/uwrockce/ or call 608-758-6565, ext. 360.
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.
Registration for Youth Indoor Volleyball Programs – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Info: 815-987-8800.
Ostende Dance Club looking for Couples who Love to Dance — Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club invites couples to join the 2014-15 dance season. Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from Oct.-May. Yearly fee is $90 per couple. Info: 815-519-3330.
Volunteer Opportunities at Carpenter’s Place – Donation pick-up at Starbucks: Volunteer is responsible for picking up donations of pastries at approx. 8 a.m. every Monday at Starbucks on Bell School Road and Starbucks at Forest Plaza on East State St. Volunteer then delivers the donation to Carpenter’s Place. Volunteers are also responsible for returning the bins to Starbucks for the next donation. Office: Accept and process donations of clothing, household, personal care, and food items on weekdays – mornings and afternoons available. Skills needed: organization, relational skills for donor interaction, willingness to serve. Filing and data entry skills a bonus. Info: 815-964 -4105.
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 email@example.com to schedule lessons.
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals – Rock County Council on Aging needs volunteers to assist with delivery of meals in the Janesville area. A few hours per week will provide noon-time meals plus safety checks and social contact for homebound older adults. Deliveries are made around noon, Mon.-Fri. Average volunteer schedule is one day per week for approx. 2 hours. Call Nutrition Program Supervisor at 608-757-5474.
Montessori Students help build school in Kenya – Students at Maria Montessori School and Thurgood Marshall School are working with international charity partner Free the Children to build a school in Kenya. So far, they have raised nearly $13,000 to dig a well in South Sudan, plus continued service work. They plan to raise $10,000 to build a girls’ school in Kenya with a fund-raising program, “Brick by Brick.” They’re selling bricks for $20 and hope to sell 500. Checks can be made to Free the Children, with “Brick by Brick” on the memo line. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford, Inc. 840 Mattis Ave., Rockford, announces a new service involving ongoing worship. Nightly religious assembly with Christian fellowship, chapel, reflection, Bible study, prayer services, scripture reading, and faith-based audio and video presentations. Public is welcome. Rides home may be available upon prior arrangements. Info: 815-904-0904.
Registration for Birthday Parties at Sapora Playworld — Inside Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside & Perryville. For kids ages 5-12. Party prices start at $110 for up to eight children, $12 per additional child. For all parties, a $25 deposit is due at time of reservation. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playworld or at Customer Service locations. Info: 815-969-4082.
United Way is recruiting Volunteer Readers and Mentors – Sign up for Rock River Valley’s I READ program; help kindergarten students learn to read. Info: 815-986-4806, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wevolunteer.org.
Holy Trinity’s Coat Closet Open Again — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 217 Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, collects and distributes coats to anyone in the community who needs them. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: 847-544-2635.
Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce now accepting applications for two programs. Applicants must reside in the City of Rockford be 16-24 yeares of age. Additional requirements apply to each program (ask for details). Must provide a valid Illinois I.D., Social Security card and birth certificate and other documentation as required. Info: 815-963-6236, ext. 228 or www.youthbuildrockford.org.
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.
Comprehensive Community Solutions Workforce Training Programs – Seeking applicants for 2015 cycle. Earn while you learn. Info: 815-963-6236.
New Programs at Carlson Ice Arena — Visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/iceskate or call 815-969-4069 for information on new winter skating programs, including Synchronized Skating and Cheer on Ice, and for families learning to skate together, “So You Want to Learn to Skate?”
Forest Preserves of Winnebago County – Will begin taking shelter reservations for use of shelter houses for 2015. Fee to reserve is $50 for small shelter houses, $75 for large ones without electricity, and $85 for large shelter houses with electricity. Non-resident rates are $75, $100 and $115. First-come, first-served basis. Info: www.winnebagoforest.org or 815-877-6100 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Registration for Beginning Beekeeping Classes — Apple Creek Apiaries, 8384 N. Broadway, Apple River. Dates: March 2 – Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m. each day. Taught by master beekeeper Terrence N. Ingram. Includes hands-on experience. Cost: $140 with advance enrollment a necessity as a maximum of 15 students will be accepted. Includes a 1-year subscription to Small Beekeepers Journal. Enrollment fees go to: Terrence N. Ingram, 8384 N. Breoadway, Apple River, IL 61001. Info: 815-594-2592.
Memberships at Nicholas Conservatory — Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Members enjoy unlimited general admission visits to the Conservatory during the year, plus member-only events and exhibit premieres, 10% off gift store purchases, complimentary one-time-use guest passes, discounts on special events, annual membership appreciation event, exclusive e-communications and more. Variety of membership levels available: $25-$100; business and nonprofit organization memberships are also available. Info: 815-987-1670 or www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg.
Rock Valley College Pitching Instruction — Fusion Sports Complex, 7135 Clinton Road, Loves Park. By pitching coach Zac Wolf. Info: 815-481-1757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freeport Downtown Development Foundation – Looking for volunteers who are interested in leading a downtown event this year. Info: email@example.com or 815-232-9000.
Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343
Living Well Workshop – Rock County Council on Aging will be offering a Living Well workshop series beginning Tuesdays, August 25 through September 29 at Edgerton Library, 101 Albion St. in Edgerton from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Living Well is a six-week program for people with chronic diseases and their caregivers. Chronic diseases are ongoing health conditions and include diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and others. For more information or to pre-register, call (608) 757-5472. Pre-registration is required. Or register online at co.rock.wi.us/aging. A $15 fee for the class is suggested. Transportation may be available to the classes.
Thursday, Sept. 3
Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting – 5:45 p.m.,at Ciao Bella Resorante, 6500 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. Dinner will be a selection of 4 choices at a cost range of $18.50-$23.50 each per person. Beverages are NOT included in the cost. Price includes tax and tip. Your check is your reservation confirmation. Reservation deadline is August 24, 2015. Speaker will be Jason Blume of the Harlem School District I-Read Program. Hostesses: JoAnn Markuson and Stephanie Johnson. Members and/or guests to send checks to JoAnn Markuson or Stephanie Johnson c/o BSLBV, 6833 Stalter Dr., Rockford, IL 61108.
Friday, September 4
Wine Tasting to Benefit Rockford Parkinson Disease Group – Artale Wine Co., 6876 Spring Creek Road #128, 5:30-8:30. Proceeds will be used to pay for exercise equipment for RPDG.
Saturday, Sept. 5
RAMP Wheel-A-Thon – Ramp has joined forces with Rockford Orthopedic and RunRight Clinic to offer a Half Marathon, 5K Run and 3K Walk/Wheel plus a Kids Fun Run. This run, walk or wheel is a fun family friendly event – bring the kids! All proceeds benefit RAMP. Registration will be held at the Trolley Station in downtown Rockford. The race schedule is as follows: 6:30 a.m. Walk-up Registration, 7:30 Half Marathon Start, 7:45 5K Start, 8:15 Kids Fun Run, 8:30 3K Walk/Wheel, 8:45 Half Marathon & 5K Top Finisher Awards, 9:30 3K Walk & Wheel Awards. Register online at runwalkwheel.com or print the registration form at runwalkwheel.rampcil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/RWW-brochure-2015.pdf. Online and paper registration and payment is due before September 3. Day of race registration available on-site and a higher fee applies. All 5K and Half Marathon runners will receive a free River Run t-shirt. Race fees are as follows: Kids’ Fun Run (No fee), 3K Walk/Wheel ($25 registration fee/$30 after 9/2/2015 OR raise $50+ for additional prizes), 5K ($25 registration fee/$30 after 9/2/2015) and Half Marathon ($50 registration fee/$55 after 9/2/2015)
Friday, September 11
Rockford Greek Fest – On the grounds of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford. 5-10 p.m. Men of Our Times will be performing during the festival. Several types of Greek food and drink will be offered as well as vendors with Greek goods. Proceeds benefitting Rock River Valley Pantry & the St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center. For more information go to rockfordgreekfest.com.
Saturday, Sept. 12
13th Annual Durand Biker Bash – Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes will take place on the square of downtown Durand from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a bike show with free registration. Free chili tasting. and free live entertainment consisting of Mike LaBay, Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos, Fun House, Pulse18, Left of Reason, Drugs Delaney and Another Lost Year. For more information visit durandbikerbash.com.
Rockford Greek Fest – On the grounds of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The ‘Hellenic Dance Troupe’ and the Chicago-based band ‘Rhythmos’ will be performing during the festival. Kids activities will be provided by the YMCA. Several types of Greek food and drink will be offered as well as vendors with Greek goods. Proceeds benefitting Rock River Valley Pantry & the St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center. For more information go to rockfordgreekfest.com.
Operation Healthy U – Health and wellness event for all ages. This free event will be held at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and will feature health screenings, interactive workshops, tips from local businesses and community resources. Healthy foods will also be available for purchase. For more information or vendor/sponsorship contact John Morell at 815-395-5649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Sept. 13
Rockford Greek Fest – On the grounds of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The ‘Hellenic Dance Troupe’ and the Chicago-based band ‘Rhythmos’ will be performing during the festival. Kids activities will be provided by the YMCA. Several types of Greek food and drink will be offered as well as vendors with Greek goods. Proceeds benefitting Rock River Valley Pantry & the St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center. For more information go to rockfordgreekfest.com.
Thursday, Sept. 17
West High Class of ‘48 Reunion – Meet at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens on North 2nd Street at 10:30 a.m. Board the Forest City Queen for a Rock River cruise, before the cruise individual orders for a Dutch Treat lunch by Toni’s of Winnebago will be taken to be delivered upon return. For information or to RSVP contact Julie Chappel Elliott at email@example.com or 815-282-9082, or Jeanie Whitehead Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-968-4544. Spouses, significant others, friends and relatives are all welcome.
“Native Gardens to Attract Migrating Birds” – Wild Ones Natural Landscapers meeting at the Rock Valley College/Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., from 7-9 p.m. Marion Thill, of Cook County, will present a slide presentation showing native shrubs, perennials and annuals which will attract migrating birds. Marian Thill earned her Master Gardener Certificate from the Chicago Botanical Garden and became a Certified Naturalist through the Morton Arboretum. She is also a bird monitor through the Bird Conservation Network. She is currently using her vast wealth of knowledge to educate children and adults on how to use native plantings to attract birds and butterflies to local gardens. This program is free and open to the public. Come early and browse the library, merchandise and refreshment tables. We welcome and appreciate new members. For further information, call 815-627-0344 or visit our website at wildonesrrvc.com.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Greenwood Cemetery Tour – 7-8:30 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 1011 Auburn Street, Rockford. Greenwood Cemetery is the oldest surviving cemetery in Rockford. People from all walks of life are buried in this cemetery, which is now over 162 years old. Rich, poor, famous, infamous, loved or forgotten, they are all buried here. Kathi Kresol will share these historical (and haunted) tales. Psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will share their impressions of any spirits that might linger. The price for this event is $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the event. Please register at hauntedrockford.com.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Rockford Historical Society – Annual picnic and election of officers. 4:30 -6:30 p.m. at the National Lock Building, 1922 7th St. Book launch for the new book The Best of Nuggets of History. Guests may tour the National Lock Building Museum after the event compliments of host Judy Gambrel. Baked chicken, plates, napkins, soft drinks & utsensils provided. Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to Linda Robertson at 815-964-1882 on or before September 17.
Friday, September 25
City By Starlight – Haunted Rockford Walking Tour at the Rockford Trolley Depot, 324 N. Madison St, Rockford. 7:30-9 p.m. Come hear the tales of Rockford’s darker history. Haunted Rockford is very excited to offer this paranormal tour of the downtown area in Rockford. Local historian and paranormal enthusiast, Kathi Kresol will share the ghostly tales of Rockford’s historic places. These stories will include ghastly murders, accidents, and ghostly visits. Psychics Sara Bowker and Paul Smith will share their impressions of any spirits that might linger. This will be a walking tour so please dress appropriately for the weather. We will meet at the old Rockford Trolley Depot in the parking lot of the Riverview Ice House at 324 N. Madison Street. The price for this event is $15.00 and must be paid in advance at hauntedrockford.com
Chicagoland Trivia nights and locations
2nd Cousin’s Bar & Grill – 6246 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m.
Bar Louie – 200 E. Rand Road, Mt. Prospect. 7 p.m.
Rue Marche – 620 Market St., Rockford. 7 p.m.
Ebenezer Brown’s – 4866 Bluestem Rd., Roscoe. 6:30 p.m.
Old Chicago – 6280 E. State St., Rockford. 7 p.m.
The Beer Market – 888 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg. 7 p.m.
The Beer Market – 1270 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. 7 p.m.
Gene’s Place – 4412 Manchester Dr., Rockford. 7:30 p.m.
Mangy Dawg’s Pub – 1832 W. Army Trail Rd., Hanover Park. 7:30 p.m.
Manny’s Ale House – 683 St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst. 7:30 p.m.
Hometown Sports Bar – 241 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. 8:00 p.m.
Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub – 120 N. Union St., Byron. 7 p.m.
Fitz’s Pub – 172 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst. 7:00 p.m.
The Real McCoy’s – 504 N. Stanton St., Davis. 7:00 p.m.
Club Casa Cafe – 353 N. River Rd., Des Plaines. 7:30 p.m.
LP Stadium Bar & Grill – 2423 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. 8:00 p.m.
Murphy’s Pub – 510 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.
Oscar’s Pub & Grill – 5980 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.
Coach’s Corner – 152 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove Village. 7:00 p.m.
Garrett’s Restaurant and Bar – 1631 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford. 7:00 p.m.
Sports Page – 3907 Broadway, Rockford. 7:00 p.m.
Jax Pub – 4160 N. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.
Vintage@501 – 501 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.
Whiffletree Tavern – 11347 Main St., Roscoe. 8:00 p.m.
Always free to play, nights & times are subject to change. Visit Chicago Land trivia on Facebook for updates