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.

Beckman Mill – Mill, museum and gift shop open for guided tours every Sat. and Sun. from 1-4 from May-October.  Call 608-751-1551 for more info.  Admission by donation.

Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 for ages 13 & older, $7 for ages 3-12, 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.

Grace Performing Arts Center – The Grace Performing Arts Center (Home of Festival 56), will host a weekly Friday evening board-gaming night, starting on Friday, August 26, from 7-9:30 p.m.(ish). This is a free event and families are welcome (but be aware that the lobby bar will be open for cash beverage—beer, wine, and sodas—and snack service). Featured game for the evening will be Sushi Go! (an easy-to-learn card passing game appropriate for ages 8 and up), but a good selection of designer board games will also available; attendees are welcome to bring their own games as well. The Grace Performing Arts Center is located at 316 S. Main Street in Princeton.

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.

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 p.m. games start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. 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. 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

Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343

Rockford Friends & Newcomers – Rockford Friends & Newcomers is a social organization that welcomes both long-time residents and newcomers who want to meet other people through social events for couples and singles. This club is a spin-off of the Rockford Area Civic Newcomers Club which was founded in 1931 by J Steward and George Wise and was the first newcomers club in the nation. Activities & events include: Book Club, Movies & Dinner, Designing Women , Mug Morning, Golf Scrabble, Happy Fun Day, Special Events, Hand & Foot Cards, TGIF, Lunch Bunch, Wilderness Walkers. You are invited to join us for Mug Morn every first Tuesday of the month at: Mary’s Market, 2636 McFarland Road, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information e-mail

Community Grief Support – “Spouse Partner Loss” takes place on Mondays, 9/12/2016 – 10/24/2016, from 3-5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville (3400 E. Racine St, Janesville WI). A series for those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner, exploring the unique issues specific to this type of loss. This group is intended for adults, and prior registration is required. A minimum number must be registered for the group to take place. Attendance at all sessions is highly recommended. Please contact Home Health United-Hospice at 877-356-4514 or to register or for more information. A complete listing of our grief support offerings can be found on our website.

Care ‘n Share self-help cancer support group – Care ‘n Share self-help cancer support group for anyone (age 18+) affected by cancer. Second and fourth Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park (just north of Windsor Rd.). For more information, call Valerie at 815-227-4988.

Rock On Toastmasters – We are a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Rock On Toastmasters is a local chapter of Toastmasters International that meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at Wesley Willows Town Center, 4142 Johns Farm Road, in Rockford.  We meet in the Auditorium “B” on upper level. For info please contact Penny Martens at or by phone at 815-904-9641.

Sunday, October 16

Chicago Baseball Day – Davis Junction United Methodist Church and Pastor Keith Kelsey Powell will be hosting a family day at Davis Junction Community Park, 101 Lincoln Avenue, in Davis Junction. The day will begin with a church service at 10:30 a.m. Ball game at 12:05 p.m. We are looking for a mixture of all ages who would like to participate in an afternoon of Old Chicago Baseball (Vintage Softball). No baseball gloves needed. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Just a day of fun. Those attending need to RSVP or sign up to help plan for refreshments and will be contacted with more information toward the game date. RSVP to Gayle at 815-298-2310 or sign up at Village Hall in Davis Junction by September 28. Those signing up need to provide name, contact number, age, and preference of position you’d like to play. Looking forward to seeing you!

Hot Diggity Dog Festival – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. If you thought last year’s ‘Hiking for Hounds’ was a fun, you won’t want to miss this year’s dog-centric event!  We have added a lot of new features to the regular line-up of vendors and dog adoption groups, including; live music, demonstrations by dog trainers, kids craft activities, best trick contest and more.  Prairie Street Brewhouse will be serving beer and we will have hot dogs and all the fixin’s, too.   Plus, for every dog adopted at the festival you will receive a free family membership to Klehm.  Come…Sit…Stay…all day!  Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors, students and children. Festival will include: Dog Training and Agility Demonstrations; Service Dog Training Demonstrations; K9 Dog Training Demonstration; Most Original Dog Costume Contest w/ Prizes; Best Trick Contest Contest w/ Prizes; Prairie Street Brewhouse Beer Tent; Hot Dogs, Chili and Pop; Live Music; Silent Auction. FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP included with all dog adoptions that day.

Tuesday, October 18

Great Lakes Basin Railroad Informational meeting – Let our voice be heard. Winnebago County against Great Lakes Basin Railroad Informational meeting at Winnebago High School, 200 E. McNair Rd., in Winnebago. Event begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 for check in. County and state represenitives have been invited to speak on opposed eminent domain, In addition, Block GLB railroad will have petitions and information of upcoming events.

Friday, October 21

An Evening of Caring – Crusader Community Health will hold “An Evening of Caring” from 5:30-10 p.m. at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 North Bell School Road. The evening will feature a themed dinner menu, entertainment by Faded Genes Band, announcement of the ‘Spirit of Caring’ award winners and a silent and live auction.  Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of ten and may be purchased online at

Sunday, October 23

33rd Annual Native American Indian Artifact Show – The Badger State Archaeological Society will hold its 33rd Annual Native American Indian Artifact Show from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held at the Rehmstedt gym in Monticello School, 334 South Main Street, Monticello, WI. Cost of admission is $2 for 14 years and older. The show was started by Ralph Hammerly with only 5 tables in Monroe. The show has grown to over 80 tables of artifacts on display or for sale, including points, stone, bone, copper artifacts, Eskimo items, prints, books, pottery, jewelry, rugs and a whole lot more. The show itself is a history lesson, and there will be experts on hand to identify your artifacts. The Boy Scout Troop #106 will have a lunch stand. There will be awards for best of show, best personal find, judge’s choice, and best educational display. For more information contact Steve or Janet Gobeli 608-329- 4781

Saturday, October 29

BOOtique Trick or Treat – Local businesses in Roscoe, Rockton, & Poplar Grove are inviting customers to “trick or treat” for exclusive specials on Saturday, October 29. During this adult oriented event “Trick or Treaters” have a chance to win a $25 gift card from one of the 25 participating businesses! All you have to do is pick up a BOOtique punch card at the first business, visit 13 out of the 25 participating businesses, and turn it in before the night is over. The event will run all day during business hours (each store sets their own hours, so please check our Facebook page or contact the business directly for hours). Free. Check our Facebook page (BOOtiqueTrickorTreat) for the list of participating businesses or call ZaZu Gift Co. (815-623-9298) for more information.

Saturday, November 5

Be A Hero For Lincoln – The ‘Be A Hero For Lincoln’ fundraising event is to raise medical funds for 3-year-old Lincoln Groza, who has been diagnosed with an extremely rare endocrinological disorder requiring extensive treatments and surgical care. The event will take place at Don Carter Lanes, 4007 E. State Street, from 4-8:30 p.m. Live music will be provied by  The Plaid Case and London Has Fallen. This is a free public event. Event will also feature a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle. For more information visit or contact Marilee Myers at (815)904-4494.

Saturday, November 12

New Milford UMW Arts & Crafts Sale – New Milford UMW, 7102 Cindy Drive in Rockford, will be holding its Arts & Crafts Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors still needed for event. For more information call 815-229-3495.

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