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.

Thursday, December 15

Coffee with Dave – The Village of Mt.Morris Economic Development Group is hosting another “Coffee with Dave” – Business 101 session, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Grove Community Center, 500 Evergreen Ln., Mt.Morris. (6 blocks south of stoplight at Rt.64 & McKendrie Ave., off of McKendrie) Have you ever wondered, “ How do i go about starting a business?”, or “How can i make my business grow?”, or have more specific questions about your business? This program may be “just the thing” for you! Sauk Valley Community College’s Director of Center for Small Business Development, David Buchen, is our featured guest speaker. This monthly program is free, and will be an open discussion of topics of special interest to small business owners, as well as individuals contemplating the launch of a new business. This month’s scheduled topic will be “ What is & How do I create a Business Plan?” R.S.V.P is required – Contact Linda at 779-771-4591.

Friday, December 16

Senior Singles Santa Soiree – 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 620 N. Alpine Rd. Corner of N. Alpine and Rural. Plenty of parking next to the church. Time to Celebrate Christmas 2016 by meeting and greeting other single seniors!! Start the  New Year with new friends and maybe a new Love? Come One  Come All. Dance and enjoy the entertainment we have planned for you to start the best Christmas season ever! For information call  815-664-9898.

Saturday, December 17

Christmas with Rudolf! Wacky DAVE Rudolf, That Is! – 11:00-11:45 a.m. at the Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. Description:  All ages. Come celebrate the holidays with a different Rudolf! Dave Rudolf is coming to town bringing his hilarious songs and stories to share with you. Bring the whole family to this fun, interactive holiday show!  Registration is NOT required.  For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Christmas Bird Count – It’s time once again for the Northwest Illinois Audu­bon Society to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. This will be the 41st time that Northwest Illinois Audubon Society our taken part in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count.  The event is a one-day snapshot of bird diversity and population in a prede­termined area.  We will meet at the Spring Grove Family Restaurant, 1521 S. West Ave. in Freeport at 6:30 a.m. for a “Dutch- treat” breakfast. After eating, we will assign territories throughout Stephenson County and divide up. Counters drive throughout the territory with some walking involved in public land areas, and count the highest number of bird species that they see in any one spot. If you are a beginning or novice birder, we will as­sign you with a more experienced person. The count generally lasts through late afternoon. If you can only help for the morning or afternoon, we will be meeting at 12:00 noon at the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau on US Rt. 20 East to eat lunch and discuss afternoon plans. Bring a sack lunch, binocu­lars and dress for the weather.   There is no cost to participating in this event. If you have a feeder in your yard and you live within the count circle you can participate by counting the birds at your feeder.  You can also participate by doing early morning or late evening counting of owls.  Contact count compiler Richard Benning at 815-865-5279 if you are interested in participating in the Stephenson County Christmas Bird Count.

Sunday, December 18

From the Slave Quarters to Kwanzaa – Written, Produced and Directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner. 2-4 p.m. at the Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St. Free to the public. Performing artists will share stories of Christmas and “Big Times” that span the period from enslavement to freedom to the celebration of the non-religious holiday Kwanzaa. Music will include spirituals and songs that help to extend the story’s message. Poetry, and a slave dance called “pattin’ the juba” will be interspersed throughout the scenes and stories.

Thursday, January 5

Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at Lone Star Steakhouse, 6690 E. State Street, Rockford. Dinner will be a choice of:  Bubba Steak Burger – $14.50; Chicken Tostada Salad – $15.50; Crispy Cheese Burrito – $13.00; or Bacon-Wrapped Burrito – $17.00; fountain drinks are included.  Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Program will be Tabitha Endres-Cruz from Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.  Hostesses are JoAnn Markuson, Megan Reff and Stephanie Johnson.  Please send reservations to:  JoAnn Markuson, Barrick Switzer Long Balsley & Van Evera, LLP, 6833 Stalter Drive, Rockford, IL  61108.


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