Community Calendar


Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times:  815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333.

All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers,

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

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. 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.

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

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. 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.

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: or

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead – 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Historic farm reconstruction with events.  Open Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Second and Fourth Sundays Noon -4 p.m. Info: 815-756-7904 or

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 info: 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

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.

Ingersoll Learning Links – Family golf at Ingersoll Golf Course, 101 Daisyfield Road. Holes ranging from 60-105 yards with open practice times. 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

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. Closed for the season.

Mandalay Lounge – 200 N. Church St. Open mic night Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Amateur night and football on Thursdays and football on Sundays & Mondays.

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. 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: 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

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 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.

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

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:

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.

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 – 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. Closed for the season.

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 – Fridays at Emerson House,  420 N. Main St. $15 a class per person or $25 for 2 classes. Make a reservation by emailing or calling 815-721-0994.

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 – 1539 South 4th Street, 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

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 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:

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: 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:

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

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: 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 2016-17 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 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: or

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: 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, or visit

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 years 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

Salvage Too, Rockford’s ReUse Center – Opening Thursdays and Fridays from11 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.

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: or 815-877-6100 or e-mail:

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

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, April 28

Are You Prepared? Retirement Planning Seminar for Those 55 & Over – 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Meeting Room at the East Branch Library, 6685 E. State St. Ages 26-80, no registration required. Get answers to important questions surrounding your retirement! This Money Smart Week event will cover retirement income, expenses, Social Security, taxes, and more! This program is co-sponsored by Stillman Bank, and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by April 27 to Cassie Bull, 815-645-2034 or

Friday, April 29

Arbor Dash 5K at Klehm – Race starts at 6:30 p.m. The 3rd annual Arbor Dash is a fun trail run through Klehm’s grounds via paved paths and dirt trails.  Enjoy the scenic landscape and invite your friends to join you.  Put a team together and you will receive discounted rates. This race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels.  We will have your official finish time ready for you at the end of the race.  So, start training! Every participant goes home with their own seedling to celebrate Arbor Day and keep the forest in the Forest City! Participants receive a commemorative Arbor Dash t-shirt (guaranteed for preregistered runners), entrance to the Klehm Arboretum grounds for the day, a tree seedling to plant, and more! Register before April 23 for $15 each for  Klehm members  & teams of 10 or more; and $20 each for Non-members. Register After April 23 for $25 for all. More info at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.

St. Paul Church Garage Sale – Plan to attend the 14th Annual St. Paul Church Garage Sale, located at 8800 E. Epleyanna Rd, in Davis. Sale will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a bake sale and lunch stand available. Sale offers a wide variety of items including: children through adult clothing, crafts, toys, household items, books, videos, furniture and much more! The church is located just outside of Davis, on Church Road, off Route 75, between Rock City and Davis, IL. Be sure to watch for signs and for more information or directions, call the church at 815-865-5314 or email us at:

Winnebago County CASA annual dinner, fundraiser – Winnebago County CASA’s annual dinner and fundraiser will be held from 6- 9 p.m. at Tebala Shrine Center, 7910 Newburg Rd. The event will feature a silent auction, live auction, 50/50 raffle, wine pull and Windy City Dueling Pianos.  Cost:  $60 per person. RSVP by April 20 by calling 815-319-6880 or go to Winnebago County CASA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that advocates for abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Its trained volunteers are appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of children in the Abuse and Neglect Court. Its mission is to assist the Court in seeking the best interests of abused & neglected children through court-appointed volunteer advocacy. If you’re interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please contact our office at 815-319-6880 or Training sessions are held throughout the year.

Tango Class – 7-8:30 p.m. at Emerson House, 420 N. Main Street. Cost is $15 for 1 class per person. Make a reservation by emailing or calling 815-721-0994.

Saturday, April 30

Montford Point Marine Association annual Charter Banquet – Event will feature keynote speaker Gerald Paulsen, U.S. Army, International Veteran Business, and Global Veteran Supporter. Also featured will be CMS gt. Alvin Blake, 30 year USAF (retired), and Pastor Bob Theroux. Tickets are available for a $50 donation and can be purchased from Symbols Clothing Store, 316 W. State St., online at or by calling one of the following in Illinois: George – 815-218-5485, Curly – 815-988-2735, Larry – 815-540-5313; or in Wisconsin: Mo – 608-312-3773, or James – 608-346-2251. Event will begin at 5 p.m. at Hoffman House Restaurant, 7550 E. State Street.

Paranormal Investigation of the Tinker Swiss Cottage – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent Street. 7-11 p.m. Haunted Rockford is excited to join renowned Paranormal Investigator, Dale Kaczmarek and his team the Ghost Research Society for a public investigation of this very active site.  Attendees will visit four of the most active locations of the property for an actual paranormal investigation with this experienced team. The price for this event will be $40.00 and must be paid in advance. To register for this event online, you must pay via PayPal at the time of registration at To make other arrangements to pay in advance, call Kathi Kresol: (815)871-4239.

St. Paul Church Garage Sale – Plan to attend the 14th Annual St. Paul Church Garage Sale, located at 8800 E. Epleyanna Rd, in Davis. Sale will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and there will be a bake sale and lunch stand available. Sale offers a wide variety of items including: children through adult clothing, crafts, toys, household items, books, videos, furniture and much more! The church is located just outside of Davis, on Church Road, off Route 75, between Rock City and Davis, IL. Be sure to watch for signs and for more information or directions, call the church at 815-865-5314 or email us at:

Sunday, May 1

Book signing – Come visit with the author and get your copy of The Wheel, Legacy of Excellence, by American Figure Skating Legend Janet Lynn. Copies of the book are $20. 1-4 p.m. at the Rockton Township Historical Society Museum, 529 Green St., in Rockton.

Barbara Olson Center of Hope Spring Fundraiser – Barbara Olson Center of Hope’s Second Spring Tea fundraiser, “An Afternoon in Wonderland,” will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Rd. The afternoon will feature a variety of teas for sampling, finger sandwiches, and an array of fine desserts. A style show, with Master of Ceremonies Whitney Martin, will feature interesting and unique up-do hairstyles from fine salons in the area that will surely make the Mad Hatter green with envy! A silent auction, and sale of items made by the Center’s participants, (individuals with developmental disabilities,) will round out the event. Cost: $30 per person; $10 for children under 12. $325 for Reserved tables of ten. Sponsorship and reservations: 815-964-9275, ext. 265, or reserve at Reservation deadline is April 28.

CROP Hunger Walk Fundraiser – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Hope & Anchor Pub, 5040 N. 2nd St., Loves Park. Music from 12:30-7:30 p.m. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Admission is free, Hope & Anchor will donate 15% of event-related sales revenue to CROP Hunger Walk. ​The annual CROP Hunger Walk (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) raises money for local food pantries and worldwide hunger relief through Church World Service. The music schedule is: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Acoustic Juice; 3-5 p.m. McMillen & Co; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Trinadora Duo. Venue details are available at 815-877-5008 or

Wednesday, May 4

79th annual Spring Card Party – St. James Church, Rockford, Altar and Rosary Society is hosting the 79th annual Spring Card Party from 7-9:30 p.m. $8 per person. Desserts and drinks available. Tons of door prizes and raffles. Bring your own card or board games, everyone welcome! Enter at Beauvais Center at 428 N. 2nd St. Any questions, call Angie Cash (815)395-9738

Thursday, May 5

National Day of Prayer – The evening prayer gathering will be held at The House of Joy, 4241 Pepper Dr., from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Borders, Sashings and More – Sinnissippi Quilter’s trunk show with discussion on how to add interest to your blocks and by your choice of borders and sashings. Come prepared to take home some ideas for your next quilt or bring finished blocks to discuss alternate sashing/border ideas. Lectures at 1 & 7 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 201O E. State Street.  Visitor fee is $10, free for members.

Shelter Care Ministries’ Annual Spring Luncheon – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St.. from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.   Tickets are $40 per person or tables of eight for $320.The featured speaker is Fr. James Cardone, founder of Shelter Care Ministries and past rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. As a result of his collaborative efforts with other social service agencies and his determination, Shelter Care Ministries and the Jubilee Center emerged and along with MAYA’S House flourish  successfully today. In addition to a delicious lunch, the festivities will include a program to inspire and entertain and the ever popular Spring MarketPlace featuring hanging baskets, jams and relishes, gourmet granola, and spring décor just in time for your Mother’s Day gift giving. For more information about Shelter Care’s programs or to volunteer, contact Leigh Kuyper at 815-708-2650 or

Friday, May 6

Wine Tasting to benefit Rockford MELD – Being held at Artale Wine Company, 6876 Spring Creek Rd., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person at the door, no reservations needed. Enjoy over 40 different select wines from Artale Wine Company.  Proceeds from the Wine Tasting will benefit MELD programs and services for young moms, dads and their children in our community.

Autumn Paths – This Sinnissippi Quilter’s class teaches the following techniques: color theory, how to sew braids, partial seams, and flat fold piping. This project can be done in a wide variety of color schemes, so pick your favorite focus fabric and have fun. Full day workshop going from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in a conference room at Swedish American Heart Hospital (Charles Street entrance, follow the signs once you enter the building). Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Call 815-979-3374 for registration.

Saturday, May 7

Ladies Day Out – Ladies are you ready to have some fun? This is a day you will never forget. Ladies Day Out is fun, pampering, shopping therapy, relaxing event that features Shopping, Beauty Products, Door Prizes, and so much more. Ladies Day Out is at the downtown Lena, IL parking lots from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you’re looking for the perfect graduation, birthday or Mother’s Day gift, this is the place! Shop ‘til you drop from over 70 local vendors. We will be hosting a food drive, $100 grand prize raffle and more at Ladies Day Out. As always, admission is free and is open to the public! Now that is an amazing deal for some fun and new connections so stop by and support your local businesses. This event is for everyone, including the gentlemen and kids.

Proceeds from our annual raffle will benefit the Lena Area Church Cooperative. Make sure you grab a ticket or three! The raffle is the perfect way to help the less fortune in our community, all the while giving yourself a chance to win some incredible prizes! There is something for everyone!

Downtown Dash 5K Run/Walk – Takes place in Beloit, Wisconsin. 10 a.m.-noon. Adults $20; children/students $10. Registration available at

Fractured Piecing – Sinnissippi Quilter’s workhop focusing on using freezer paper templates to sew straight seams that have very little matching. It can be done with either my “Fractured Leaves” pattern or “Double Trouble” pattern. Full day workshop going from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in a conference room at Swedish American Heart Hospital (Charles Street entrance, follow the signs once you enter the building). Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Call 815-979-3374 for registration.

Tuesday, May 10

Adoption Information Meetings – Children’s Home + Aid, 910 2nd Ave., from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an opportunity for anyone seeking to create or expand their family through Domestic Infant or International Adoption to get information on the adoption process. The experienced staff at Children’s Home + Aid will explain the process and answer questions that attendees may have. Reservations can be made by calling 815-962-1043 ext. 2107 but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost for this event.

Tipsy History: Brewing from the 1800s to Today – Midway Village Museum, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The museum will present this program in two parts. Part I: The first part of the program is Sara Pfannkuche, a home-brewer and Midway Village historic interpreter, presenting on how and why women in the 19th century commonly brewed beer for the health of their family. In order to stay healthy, most people believed that they could make the water safer by “brewing” it into beer or wine. Open fire brewing (or cooking on the stove) was a typical chore for women during this time. Sara will perform a live demonstration on how open fire brewing occurs, showcasing the ingredients used and the process by actually cooking up the first-stage of beer production which is called wort. Part II: The second half of the program will be a presentation by Prairie Street Brewhouse. Discover the beginnings of one of the first breweries in the nation, with Jonathan Peacock starting the Rockford Brewery in 1849, grinding malt in a hand-turned coffee mill, brewing mash in a bathtub, and delivering ale in his wheelbarrow. By 1857, he was successful enough to open the Brewhouse and Bottling Plant, which evenly grew to producing 75,000 barrels a year and completing with brewing capitols such as Milwaukee. Prairie Street Brewhouse will explore this history, show many brewing artifacts from the 1800s and 1900s, and at the conclusion, visitors will sample several of their unique brews. Tickets are $8 for adult, $6 for Museum member. Beer samples are included free with your ticket price. Participants must be 21 years old and over. Tickets must be pre-purchased by Wednesday, May 4, and spaces will go quickly. To purchase your ticket, call 815-397-9112 or come to the Museum’s Gift Shop. No online tickets sales available for this event.

Thursday, May 12

Dairy Queen Cruise Night / Roscoe Community Blood Drive – Dairy Queen, 5482 Elevator Road, in Roscoe 3-7 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call RRVBC toll-free at 1-877-RRVBC-99. Or visit to self-schedule. You should be eligible to donate blood, if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.

Friday, May 13

Encounters with the Dead – Hope and Anchor 5040 N. 2nd Street, Loves Park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come celebrate Friday the 13th – Haunted Rockford Style! Historian and paranormal enthusiast, Kathi Kresol will share stories of local ghastly crimes she has researched and some ghostly encounters she has experienced firsthand. This will be located in the upstairs room of Hope and Anchor Tavern.  Food and beverages will be available for an additional fee. Kathi will also be selling copies of her book, “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois.” The price for this event is $15.00 and does not include any food or beverages. Tickets at

Saturday, May 14

Harmony-Sveas Soner Mens’ Singing Society Fundraiser – Craft / Vendor / Bake Sale / Silent Auction. Open to Public. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 1104 15th Ave. Crafters and Vendors wanted, 10×10 space for $35. For information contact Sandy at 815-988-9435 or

Rockford Evening Lions Club presents Doc’s Day Car Show – Event will feature music by Car Tunes, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, participant voting and dash plaques to first 100 entries. Awards for Top 30, Center’s Choice, and Best of Classes. Proceeds to benefit Lions Club International Foundation programs and the Center for Sight & Hearing. Will take place at the Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 MacIntosh Ln., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine. Registration from 8 a.m.-noon. Salute to Flag at noon, ballots issued & voting from noon-1 p.m. Pre-registration fee of $12 until May 9, $15 day of show. For more information contact Jack Cadwell at 815-494-0018.

Paranormal Tour of the Midway Village Museum – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 7-9 p.m. Haunted Rockford is very excited to return to this amazing location!  We will be led through the village by guides and Kathi Kresol will share the history of the buildings.  Psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will join us to give their impressions of the spirits that might linger. The cost of this program will be $20 per person in advance and $25 at the event. Tickets available at

Perennial Plant Sale – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Bethesda Covenant Church Parking Lot, 2101 E. State St.

Celebration of World Fair Trade Day – In Celebration of World Fair Trade Day, beginning at 1 p.m. in the JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh Street, a speaker from Sandpiper Imports, a fair trade company that brings in beautiful handcrafted jewelry from Bali, Indonesia, will make a presentation and display items made by fair trade artisans from Indonesia. Program is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 15

Ethnic Heritage Museum celebrates 100 Years of Booker Washington Community Center – The African American Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., will host a special theatrical program at 3 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishments of Booker T. Washington Community Center. Admission to the Museum is $5 individual, $3 student or $10 for families, or free to members. Tours can be arranged by contacting the museum at 815/962-7402. For more information visit or email The museum is handicap accessible.

Saturday, May 21

Paranormal Tour of the Victorian Garden Bed and Breakfast – Victorian Garden Bed and Breakfast, 1720 16th Street, Monroe, WI. 7-9 p.m. Join Kathi Kresol on the first ever event at this very active haunted location.  Ghost Head Soup members, Dean Thompson and Laura Redmond will join the Haunted Rockford Crew for this very special event.  Dean and Laura will share results from the investigation and owners Tia and Tony will tell of their ghostly experiences in this house built in the 1890s. Victorian Garden is a working Inn so you may book a room and spend the night after the tour – if you dare!  (Please Note: the owners do own pets so there may be an allergy risk- the pets will not be present in the areas of the Inn that we will be touring.) The price for this event will be $20 and must be paid in advance.  To register for this event online, you must pay via PayPal at the time of registration To make other arrangements to pay in advance, call Kathi Kresol: (815)871-4239. Room Reservations: 608-328-1720. Visit Victorian Garden Website:

Thursday, June 2

Sinnissippi Quilters’ Lecture Program – Curators from the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin will show vintage quilts and coverlets and share their stories with us. Highlights from the Collection lectures will be held at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2010 E. State Street. Lecture is free for members, $10 for visitors.

Saturday, June 11

Special Event History and Mystery – Tour of two Beloit Locations. Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett Street, Beloit, WI. 7-10 p.m. Two Brand New Locations! This exciting event is a collaboration between Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events, the Beloit Historical Society, and the  Society for Anomalous Studies.  We will begin this unique event at the Lincoln Center (845 Hackett Street Beloit, Wisconsin 53511).  The team from the Society for Anomalous Studies will present the evidence they gathered from a Paranormal Investigation at the Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead. Afterwards, there will be time to explore the Lincoln Center before we head to the second location. The price for this event is $40 and must be paid in advance at To make other arrangements to pay in advance, call Kathi Kresol: (815)871-4239.

Tuesday, June 14

Adoption Information Meetings – Children’s Home + Aid, 910 2nd Ave., from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an opportunity for anyone seeking to create or expand their family through Domestic Infant or International Adoption to get information on the adoption process. The experienced staff at Children’s Home + Aid will explain the process and answer questions that attendees may have. Reservations can be made by calling 815-962-1043 ext. 2107 but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost for this event.

Thursday, June 16

Bad Pants 9 Hole Golf Scramble – RAMP’s 7th Annual Bad Pants 9 Hole Golf Scramble will be at Timber Pointe Golf Course, 5750 Woodstock Road, in Poplar Grove. Registration is at 2 p.m., shotgun start at 3 p.m. with dinner provided by Famous Dave’s. With contest holes, on-course drink tastings and a silent auction too, there is never a dull moment. Collared shirts are required and bad pants are recommended – there will be individual and team prizes awarded for the best bad pants. This will be a fun event with contest holes, drink and food tasting holes, chair massages at the clubhouse and much more. There are sponsorship levels available that include foursomes. Print registration and sponsorship info available at Call815-968-7467 to register your foursome today, cost is $240. Visit for more information.

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