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Week of April 16-22, 2014

Wednesday, April 16

Growing Produce for Profit” – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Workshop covers soil health, bramble production, Integrated Pest Management, and determining market prices. Participants will hear two main sessions, then a choice of either Integrated Pest Management or bramble production. cost: $15/$20 at the door. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Meeting – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9 a.m.

Community Shred Day – Montgomery Financial Services, LLC, 1116 Cannell Ct., Ste. 1, Rockton. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All documents are shredded on site and recycled.

HBO: Alzheimer’s Project – Center for Learning in Retirement, 3350 N. Bell School Road. . 10 a.m.-noon. Documentary from the point of view of the person with the disease. Info: 815-921-3930.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. Children under age 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Eucharist Service – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 12:05 p.m.

Affordable Health Care Sign-up – Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St. 1-3 p.m. Every Wednesday thru March.

Financial Recovery: Getting Back on Your Feet – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Taught by Woodforest National Bank. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

National Healthcare Decisions Day – Rockford Health System, Funderburg Auditorium, 2400 N. Rockton Ave. 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Advance care planning documents and film. Info: 815-971-6135.

MS Word 2010 (2-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Proficient familiarity with mouse and keyboard. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Occupational Therapy Information Event – OSF Home Care Services, 5501 E. State St. 2-4 p.m. Meet occupational therapists and have general therapy questions answered. Info: www.osfhomecare.org.

Beginning Microsoft Word 2010 (2-part class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 2-4 p.m.Ages 13 and up. Learn the fundamentals. Prerequisite: Proficient familiarity with mouse and keyboard. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Excel 2010 in a Day – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 2-8 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Learn the fundamentals of Excel 2010. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions and must have used Excel. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-07606.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play board games, or make crafts. Info: 815-965-7606.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

Flinn Middle School 6th Grade Orientation – Flinn Middle School, 2525 Ohio Parkway. 5-7 p.m. Info: 815-229-2800.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Which apps are great, which apps to avoid, and how to tell the difference. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Baby Boomer’s Guide to Turning 65 – Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Ct. 5:30 p.m. Info: 815-398-6800.

YA Poetry Workshop – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Gaming Tournament – Rockford Public Library Main Library, Young Adult Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Movie Nights – Nordlof Center, Small Multi-Purpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Film: “A Matter of Place” – JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 7th St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Presented by Prairie State Legal Services. Discussion about the history of housing discrimination. RSVP by April 11 to jpopaja@pslegal.org.

West Middle School Open House – 1900 N. Rockton Ave. 6-7 p.m. For incoming sixth graders. Info: 815-966-3200 or schoent@rps205.com.

Holistic Decluttering, Affluenza & Glitzy – Womanspace, William Reif Gallery, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 6:30-8 p.m. What to do with all the clutter we have accumulated. Fee: Regular $10, member, $5. Register by April 14. Info: 815-877-0118.

Rock Valley Anglers Meeting – Road Dawg Restaurant, Plantation Room, 2956 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. “Spring Walleye Night.” Speaker Justin Helder. Fee for non-members, $10. Info: 608-234-0942.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beer Tasting Event – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 7-9 p.m.

Duffy Colloquium: “Protest and the Search for Social Justice in Beloit, the U.S. and the World” – Beloit College, Wilson Theatre, Mayer Hall, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 8 p.m. Speaker James M. Jasper. Free and open to the public.

Comics of Steel Comedy Nite – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, April 17

Walker Career Day – Walker Elementary School, 1520 Post Ave. 7:45-10 a.m. Hosting local professionals including 3rd Ward Alderman Tom McNamara. Info: Meredith.Stoll@rps205.com.

Learn the Features of your Smartphone at Free Device Workshop – U.S. Cellular, 881 S. Perryville Road. 8:30 a.m. Current or potential smartphone users can ask questions and learn about any device they are interested in. Workshop is open to all, need not be a U.S. Cellular customer.

Computer Class: Using the Internet and Email – Rock River Center, 810 S. Tenth St., Oregon. 9:30 a.m. Reserve at 815-732-3252. Free and open to the public.

Chrism Mass – Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. 11 a.m. With all priests and deacons of Rockford Catholic Diocese.

Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Tues., Thurs. & Fridays during school year, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

National Healthcare Decisions Day – SwedishAmerican Health System, Conference Rooms A & D, 4th floor, 1401 E. State St. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Advance care planning documents and film. Info: 779-696-3898.

State of the County Luncheon – Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen. Info: www.rockfordchamber.com.

Rockford Cosmopolitan Charities Grant Recipients Luncheon – Forest Hills Country Club, 5145 Forest Hills Road. 11:45 a.m. 22 nonprofit organizations will be recognized and presented checks.

Preschool Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-12:45 p.m. Ages 3-5. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-12:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Windows 8 Workshop – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own laptop and cords or use our computers. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Get Smart with Your Smart Phone – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your Android smartphone to this hands-on class. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

MS Word 2010 (2-day class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Proficient familiarity with mouse and keyboard. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Auditions for Stateline Talent Show (Midwest Star Event) – Studio 23, 250 Garden Lane, Beloit, Wis. 3-7 p.m. Vocalists, any genre of music. Walk-in or call 608-371-7164.

Half-Price Admission at Playworld – Sapora Playworld, Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime: Jueves de Cuento Bilingue (Spanish-English) – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 0-2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skills. Info: 815-965-7606.

Seven-Week Smoking Cessation Class – Crusader Clinic, 1200 W. State St. 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info: 815-720-4269.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Meals for a Healthy Heart” – University of Illinois Ogle County Extension, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15/person. Info: 815-732-2191.

Unplugged Gamers – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Board games, Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games or classic card games. Info: 815-965-7606.

Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Beloit, Wis., is beginning a new grief support group for those 59 years or younger. 6-7:30 p.m. Advance registration is requested at 608-363-7421 or 877-363-7421.

Word 2010 Workshop – Nordlof Center, Computer Classroom, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Mail Merge allows users to create a single document, personalize it , and send it out. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Winnebago County Board Meeting –Winnebago County Courthouse, County Board Room, 400 W. State St. 6 p.m.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Writers Group – Freeport Publlic Library, History Room, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport. 6:30 p.m. Moderated by Kim Sigafus McIver. Info: 815-233-3000.

Northern IL Tea Party Meeting – Greater Rockton Centre, 302 W. Main St., Rockton. 6:30 p.m. Administrative/informational updates. 6:45 p.m. Video presentation on “Common Core.”

Around the World in 8 IPAs – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 7 p.m. PBR Bargo. 8-10 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-0931.

Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m. Agenda: Work at Atten’s Landing, summer events, paddling clinics, Wes Block river access. Everyone is welcome.

Maundy Thursday Service – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m.

Lecture: “Japanese Gardens: Traditional Teachings and Personal Well-Being” - Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Speaker Donna Kobayashi. Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members. Reservations at 815-316-3307 or sjohnson@andersongardens.org.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. 7 p.m.

Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.

Friday, April 18

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society Spring Bird Walk – Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, north of Lena. Meet at the parking lot at the dam. Carpool at 7:30 a.m. Info: 815-938-3204.

Good Friday Walk for Justice – Starts at parking lot of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St. at 9 a.m. Goes to 14 stations. Hosted by Rockford Urban Ministries. Stop for prayers along the way. Free, open to public. Info: 815-964-7111.

Stepping On” classes for seniors – Offering various classes thru the Rock County Council on Aging. April 11-May 23: “Stepping On” at The Gathering Place, Milton, Wis. 10 a.m. Cost: $10. April 4-May 9: “Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults” at The Gathering Place, Milton, Wis. 10 a.m. Free. May 1-June 12: “Taking Care of You” Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers at Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville. 1 p.m. Cost: $10. Info: 608-758-8455.

Drop-in Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 2:15 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Good Friday Liturgy – Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. Noon.

Good Friday Service – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Noon. Hymns, music, gospel story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion.

Good Friday Service – St. Paul’s Episcopal
Service, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Noon and 7 p.m.

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. For beginners who know how to use a mouse and keyboard. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh Battle! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 4-5:30 p.m. All ages. info: 815-965-7606.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Registraion is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

VFW Fish Fry – VFW Post 9759, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park. 5-8 p.m. every Friday.

Celebrate Recovery – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Dinner, group worship, message, group meetings. Info: 815-395-8000.

Dinner & a Movie – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. 7 p.m.

French Film Festival: De Rouille Et D’os (Rust and Bone) – Beloit College, Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m. Explosive chemistry of two damaged souls.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Chicago Wolves – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m.Tickets: 815-968-5222.

Good Friday Service – Hope Free Church, 5656 Elevator Road, Roscoe. 7 p.m.

Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9 p.m. Info: 815-229-0800.

Saturday, April 19

Record Store Day – Culture Shock, 2239 Charles St. 8 a.m.-noon, spin records. Find specialty releases. Noon-6 p.m., Rockford Hip Hop Congress will have DJs and live rap and hip hop acts. D’Mario and Super Super after 6:30 p.m.

Record Store Day – Toad Hall Books & Records, 2106 Broadway. Toad Hall is featured on an American Dealers episode, to be released Friday, April 18. Info: 815-226-1259.

Health Care Reform, What Happens Next? – Williams-Manny, 555 S. Perryville Road. 10 a.m. Info: 815-398-6800.

Explore Geocaching – A Merging of Technology, Nature and Fun – Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. 10 a.m. Free to members, nion-members included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146.

Eggcellent Adventures at the Farm” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 10 a..m.-noon. Cost: $11. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Kids Event: Custom Wood Canvas – Michaels Arts & Crafts,1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 10 -11:30 a.m. $2 per 30-minute session (includes supplies). Ages 3 and up. Info: 815-639-1354.

Community Egg Hunt – Anna Page Park, 3102 N. Springfield Ave. 11 a.m. Rain or shine. Family activities for all ages from 10-10:45 a.m. Music provided by Super Stoli. Egg hunt for ages 2 -7. All children will be provided a bag for collecting eggs; no outside bags/containers allowed.

Preseason Car Show – Onyx Bar & Grill, 1001 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 11 a.m. See the race cars that will take to the track later this evening. Vote for “Best Appearing Car”. Winner will receive a huge prize pack. Info: 815-904-6842.

Saturday Spectacular: Sensational Susan Salidor! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Take a Hike & a Lunch” – Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Every Sat. and Sun., at 11 a.m. 4.5-mile guided hike that includes a packed lunch and Starved Rock backpack. Enjoy beautiful views into several canyons and take a hike classified as strenuous. Reserve at 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza” – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. and Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ages 2-9. Children are asked to bring their own baskets to hunt for plastic eggs.In between egg hunts, both museums will offer springtime crafts and science activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Burpee Museum will have unusual eggs on display and baby animals to pet. Combined ticket admission to both museums is $11/child, $8/adult. Member children of either Burpee or Discovery Center are $2; member adults and children age 1 and younger are free.

Starved Rock Lodge Historic Trolley Tours – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Saturdays, noon-1:30 p.m. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors (over 60) and $8 for children age 10 and younger. Reserve at 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Teen Financial Reality Fair: Your Future in the Virtual World of Mad City – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Ages 13-18. Tips on managing your future on your first job. Pre-registration by April 10 in preferred. Call 815-316-2900, ext. 104, or DLeonard@generationscu.org.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Easter Celebration – Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. 1-3 p.m. Kids from pre-school thru 5th grade are welcome. Parents are asked to stay with their children during egg hunt and games.

Earth Day Farm Tour” – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 1-4 p.m. Cost: $22. Info: 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org.

Fresh and Local: Putting Down Roots – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 15 and up. Meet with a local food expert for tips on home gardening. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Stateline Talent Show (Midwest Star Event) – Studio 23, 250 Garden Lane, Beloit, Wis. 3-7 p.m. Performance from top three contestants. Capz Retail will give a $50 Gift Certificate to winner of this event. Info: 608-371-7164.

Public Skating – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. Info: 815-963-7465.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road.

NASCAR Whelen All American Series Racing – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. Mountain Dew Kickstart 67th Season Opener. Feat. Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunnres, with Sam’s Drive-In Roadrunner Challenge “Driver/Fan Easter Egg Toss.” Gates open at 5 p.m. Stateline Staffing Services Fast Dashes at 7:07 p.m. Adult admission is $12, students 12-17 are $8, children 6-11 are $5, kids 5 and younger, free. Info: 815-633-1500 or www.rockfordspeedway.com.

Youth Summit – Rockford University, Burpee Center, 5050 E. State St. 6:30-9 p.m. High school students ages 14-18. Hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Features the Rockford Hip Hop Congress. No reservations needed.

Great Vigil of Easter – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit,Wis. 7 p.m.

Hockey: Rockford IceHogs vs. Charlotte Checkers – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 7 p.m.Tickets: 815-968-5222.

Live Gallery Reading with Mark Dorsett – Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. 7-9 p.m. Join Spirit Communicator Mark Dorsett as he provides messages from loved ones in spirit to offer healilng and closure in a group setting. Cost: $20/person advance or $25 at the event. Info: 815-871-4239 or www.hauntedrockford.com.

Easter Vigil – Central Christian Church, 2460 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, Wis. 6 p.m.

Easter Vigil Mass – Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunrise Service – Court Street United Methodist Church, Chapel, 215 N. Court St. 6 a.m. First service begins outdoors, around a pot of fire. Candles will be lit, and those attending will proceed into the chapel. Songs, scripture and communion are open to all. Resurrection Celebration at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Music from adult choir, handbell choir, kids choir and brass quartet. All are welcome.

All You Can Eat Pancakes Breakfast – DeKalb Masonic Lodge No. 144, corner of E. Fairview St. and S. 4th St. [Route 23]. Every Sunday from 7:30-11 a.m. Biscuits & gravy [full order $4, half-order 2 extra]. Adults $6, children ages 5-12, $4, ages 4 and younger, free.

Easter Brunch – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. $27.95 adults, $14.95 ages 4-12, free ages 4 and younger. Carving station, omelet station, pasta station, marble display (fruits, cheeses, meats, vegetables, appetizers); hot side; dessert station; chocolate fountain; appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Easter Mass – St. Peter’s Cathedral, 1243 N. Church St. 7:30 a.m.

Easter Celebration – Central Christian Church, 2460 Milwaukee Road, Beloit, Wis. 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel. 9 and 10:30 a.m. in the Dream Center.

Easter Service – Hope Free Church, 5656 Elevator Road, Roscoe. 9 and 10:45 a.m.

Easter Service – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 10 a.m.

Easter Mass – Winnebago County Jail. 10 a.m.

Monday, April 21

Rockford Aviators Open Tryouts – Aviators Stadium, Loves Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; stretching begins at 10 a.m. Each athlete will be required to paty a $40 registration fee. Info: 815-885-2255.

Rockford Network of Professional Women Meeting – Forest Hills Country Club, 5135 Forest Hills Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch followed by program. Topic: “Making an Impact Nationally with a Focus on Racism.” Info: http://www.rockfordnetwork.biz/ or 815-977-7747.

Community Development Public Input Session – North Main Manor, Community Room, 505 N. Main St. 2-4 p.m.

Excel 2010 for the Workplace (5-day class) –- Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 2-6 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn how to create and manipulate data using tables and formulas. Add data and formulas, format tables and insert charts. Sort and filter data, protect your spreadsheet. Voluntary test at end of the week. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford City Council meeting – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. 6 p.m.

Pub Trivia – Hope and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park. Info: 815-633-2552.

Chess+Beats/815 Film Fest – Nordlof Theatre, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Free.

DeKalb County Local Emergency Planning Committee – DeKalb County Highway Dept., 1826 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb. 6:30 p.m.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. Free, materials provided. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.

Tuesday, April 22

Undergraduate Research & Artistry Day and Outstanding Graduate Student Recognition Reception – NIU, DeKalb.

Look, Listen and Learn Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m Ages 2-5.

Living With Joy” – Womanspace, Media Room, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 1:30-4 p.m. Obtain insights on what may be blocking you from a happier day-to-day experience. Daily Joy practices using tips, exercises and affirmations. Fee: Regular $35, member $25. Register by April 20. Info: 815-877-0118.

Pest Control Strategies in the Garden – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 2a05 Cadillac Court, Suite 5, Belvidere. 1;30 p.m. Second session of spring series. Cost per session: $5. Next session April 24, 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Info: 815-544-3710 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-11. Info: 815-965-7606.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rock River Branch – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 4-5:30 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or Playstation, surf the Internet, play oard games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

RVC Earth Day Celebration – Rock Valley College, Student Center Atrium, 3301 N. Mulford Road 4-5:30 p.m. Dr. Tom Lombardo will give a presentation on solar and wind power, plus open forum discussion on general energy efficiency. Various local vendors and organizations will have information booths. Free and open to public..

Teens and Alcohol: Real Talk” – Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-7:30 p.m. Town Hall meeting hosted by Rockford Alcohol Free Teens (RAFT). Free, open to the public.

Amazing Anime – Nordlof Center, Small Multipurpose Room, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Upcycled Crafts for Teens – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Community Development Public Input Session – Montague Branch Library. Constance Lane Room, 1238 s. Winnebago St. 5:30-7 p.m.

Veterans Self-Help Group – Family Counseling Services, 210 N. Longwood St. Every Tues. 6-7 p.m. Info: 815-962-5585.

The Money Tree – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

4th Tuesday Book Discussion: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Classroom C, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Info: 815-965-7606.

Family Story Hour – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance & Empowerment” – DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb. 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-484-1300.

Hip Hop Zumba Party – Stewart Square Lobby, 308 W. State St. 7-8 p.m.

Rockford Board of Education – Administration Building, 3rd Floor, 501 Seventh St. 7 p.m.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. 12-week program starts now. No cost; materials will be provided. Info: 815-262-6301.

Comics of Steel – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the April 16-22, 2014, issue