Community Calendar

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

All Species Fishing Club – Rock Valley Anglers. For upcoming events, visit rockvalleyanglers.com or email rockvalleyanglers@gmail.com.

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. Cherryvalleylib.org

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 healingpathwayscrc.org.

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. rragsna.org.

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 nar-anon.org.

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens – 1354 N. Second St. Open Tues.-Sat. (closed Mon.): hours vary, check website or call. Admission: $6 resident, $8 non-resident, free for children 4 and younger. Water features, seating areas and sculptures, all in a tropical plant setting. Changing seasonal floral displays, special events, educational programs, workshops, lecture series. Rentals of meeting/event room available. Gift shop. Info: rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815-987-8800.

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 rockfordparkdistrict.org.

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 hodg@illinois.edu 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 klehm.org 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 z.wolf@rockvalleycollege.edu.

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 rckfriends@yahoo.com.

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 RUsherwood@hhuvns.org 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 rockonpr611696@gmail.com or by phone at 815-904-9641.

Thursday, September 29

Ethnic Heritage Museum Fundraiser – The Ethnic Heritage Museum will be hosting its “Celebrate Our Heritage” Fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. at Tebala Shrine Center.  Tickets are $50 for Adults, $25 for Students and $15 for Children, or $400 for a reserved table of 8.  We will be celebrating a path from the past with music, dancing and a spotlight on the growth of Rockford with the African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish pioneers who were the first to ford the Rock River.

Friday, September 30

Haunted Rockford’s Haunted and Dark History Bus Tour – Come experience Rockford’s Dark History! Climb aboard our luxury bus (Yes! There is a bathroom on board!) and listen as Local Historian and Author, Kathi Kresol shares researched and documented stories including ghastly crimes, suicides and ghostly encounters.  We will visit several locations including cemeteries to experience the spots where these stories took place.  We will be spending time off of the bus so please dress accordingly for the weather. The price for this event is $30 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239. 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, October 1

Bring a Buddy Day: Kids Anti Bullying Seminar – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Team Haanpaa Martial Arts, 25 Airport Rd. This is a free event with opportunity to get information about ongoing classes. For more information, contact Darby Haanpaa at 815-451-9376.

Illinois Paranormal Conference – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall 211 N. Main Street. Join Tinker Swiss Cottage and Haunted Rockford for the fifth annual Illinois Paranormal Conference. The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Featured Speaker in 2016 will be Mark Nesbitt.  Mr. Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his research and writing company.  Living in Gettysburg has given him a unique “insider” perspective which he drew on while writing his popular Ghosts of Gettysburg series.  He has authored over twenty books spanning several genres, including the paranormal, history, and true crime.  Mr. Nesbitt has been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, regional television shows, as well as heard on the Coast to Coast AM radio program. Also Speaking at the Conference in 2016: Dale Kaczmarek of Ghost Research Society; Film maker John Borowski; Chad Glovier & Travis Dahlhauser of Greater Rockford Apparation & Ghost Group; Randy Sunby & Cindy Heinen of the Society for Anomalous Studies; and Terri Reid, Local author and Noah Leigh of Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee. The conference is a great place to speak to people active in the paranormal. Visit hauntedrockford.com/Illinois Paranormal Conference 2016. The price for this event is $20 per person and must be paid in advance online at hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239. Prices purchased at the event will be $5 more, so register now.

Post Conference Event: Encounters with the Other Side – 7:30-9:30 p.m. Join Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford and Steve Litteral of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum for this exciting event. We will gather in the barn for stories of the ghostly encounters that Kathi and Steve have experienced throughout the years. We will also hear tales from psychic Sara Bowker of her visits with the dead.  This event will include a tour of the very haunted Tinker Victorian mansion. The price for this event is $30 per person and must be paid in advance online at www.hauntedrockford.com. If you need to make other arrangements please contact Kathi at (815) 871-4239.

Geek’d Con – Geek’d Con is coming to the Mercy Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. in Loves Park, with two days of amazing fun, filled with comic books, cosplay, art, games, and more. Celebrities will be available for autographs and photos. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission for advance single day is $7/adult, $5/kids, or $25 weekend pass with T-shirt; day of tickets are $10 adult single day, $5 kids single day. For a list of celebrities and more information visit geekdcon.com/rockford-ill/.

Passport to Paradise – The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) is partnering with Apple Vacations to host the Passport to Paradise event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Main Terminal Building located at 2 Airport Circle. During the event, attendees can meet with Apple Vacations representatives, tourist boards and hoteliers and take advantage of special offers on trips to Cancun, Punta Cana and Jamaica. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico: Wednesday – Starting January 25, 2017–April 12, 2017; Friday – Starting January 6, 2017–April 14, 2017; and Saturday – Starting January 7, 2017–April 15, 2017. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Sunday – Starting January 8, 2017–April 16, 2017; Thursday – Starting January 26, 2017–April 13, 2017. Jamaica, Montego Bay: Monday – Starting January 8, 2017–April 16, 2017. “We encourage anyone who is looking to plan a vacation in the coming year to come out and take advantage of the specials we will offering at the Passport to Paradise event,” said Ken Ryan, Business Development Director at RFD. “We also encourage all RFD passengers to become MilesAhead members in order to be the first to know about special deals, services and day trips.”

Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society meeting – The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the Boone County Historical Museum, 314 South State Street, in Belvidere at 1:30 p.m. We will support our Boone County affiliation with a change of venue to the Boone County Historical Museum in Belvidere. In 2014, Midway Village completed a 6000-square-foot permanent exhibit focused on immigration to Rockford over the years. A significant part of the project was the collection of oral history interviews. Furman will share the research, stories, and decisions that went into creating the exhibit – and solicit some audience participation as well. All interested persons are welcome! Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Wendy at (779) 203-3511.

Sunday, October 2

Homecoming Celebration – Court Street United Methodist Church is having a Homecoming Celebration. Please join us for a Continental breakfast in the church parlor form 8:30-9:45 a.m. and stay for Worship at 10 a.m. Stay for a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. Let’s gather together at the table to renew old friendships, make new friends. View our partnership in the downtown Rockford revitalization and see what is happening at Court Street.  Free will donation. Locationfor the event is: 215 N. Court Street. For addition information contact the church at 815-962-6061.

Monroe Township Firefighters’ breakfast – The Monroe Township Firefighters’ Association will be holding their first of the season All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast at the fire station, 104 West Street, Monroe Center. Serving is from 7-11 a.m. Prices are $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 6-12; and children ages 5 and under eat free.

Geek’d Con – Geek’d Con is coming to the Mercy Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. in Loves Park, with two days of amazing fun, filled with comic books, cosplay, art, games, and more. Celebrities will be available for autographs and photos. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission for advance single day is $7/adult, $5/kids, or $25 weekend pass with T-shirt; day of tickets are $10 adult single day, $5 kids single day. For a list of celebrities and more information visit geekdcon.com/rockford-ill/.

Tuesday, October 4

Breast Cancer: Treating the Whole Patient – Please join Elisha Robinson, MD for a free community seminar – Breast Cancer:  Treating the Whole Patient, at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Robinson is a board certified general surgeon, fellowship trained breast surgeon, Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practioner and owner of Integrative Healing Center LLC. To register or for details, please call 815-395-5649, email prrockford@uic.edu or visit rockford.medicine.uic.edu.

Junior League of Rockford, Inc. Recruitment Social – The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. is looking for new members!  Join the ladies of The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. at Arch Apothecary, 214 East State Street, from 6–8 p.m. to learn more about membership and to see what all the excitement is about! The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. welcomes women 21 years of age and older who have a desire to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve their community. For more information visit jlrockford.org.

Thursday, October 6

Sinnissippi Quilters Show – Sinnissippi Quilters’ October Speaker is Kim Schaefer. Kim is well known for her colorful applique quilts. She will have a lecture and trunk show. 1 p.m. – Quilt As Desired & Trunk Show, 7 p.m. – From A Small Town Girl to Designer & Show. Show takes place at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2010 E. State Street. Cost is $10, but free to members.

Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at The District, 205 W. State Street, Rockford. Dinner will be a choice of:  Classic Cheese Burger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Italian Beef Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Garden Salad, or Cobb Salad.  Price is $12 and includes tax and tip.  Beverages are not included.  Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Reservation deadline is September 22, 2016.  Program will be Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Hostesses are Danita Heaney and Theresa Holifield.  Please send reservations to:  Danita Heaney, c/o Hinshaw & Culbertson, 100 Park Avenue, Rockford, IL 61101.

4th annual Energy Summit and Expo: NI-EXPO.COM – Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, 200 S. Bell School Rd. 8:30 a.m. (Registration) until 3:30 p.m. Individual Cost is $50 (Includes breakfast and lunch). This event will have 20+ Exhibits and 200+ attendees interested in awareness, technology validation, and successful “how to” ideas to achieve extreme energy cost reductions, often without large capital outlays. The event information, registration, and agenda are posted at Ni-Expo.com. Welcome speeches by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos: US Representative, Illinois Congressional 17th District and Dr. Omar A. Ghrayeb: Dean of Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Luncheon Speaker Mr. Harry Moser: Founder of Reshoring Institute will speak about Competitiveness and TOC. Other speakers from Alpha Controls LLC., ComEd, Ideal Industries, Hawkeye Energy, and Mechanical Inc. represent a practical and wide information range of market ready Technologies all in place today.

Wedding Garage Sale – Back by popular demand, Tebala Event Center will host its second Wedding Garage Sale – an evening for former brides to sell their new and gently used wedding ceremony and reception related items. Everything from table centerpieces to photo frames to wedding dresses will be sold by former brides and area retailers. Future brides are invited to shop, mingle and get inspiration for their upcoming weddings. A cash bar will be open. It is free to shop, and $10 to reserve a table to sell. Event will go from 6-8 p.m. at Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. RSVP: Reservations are not required to shop. In order to reserve a table to sell, email lisa@tebala.org or call 815-669-0101.

Friday, October 7

Friends of Rockford Public Library Fall Book Sale – The Friends of Rockford Public Library will hold its first of two fall book sales this year from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. (Enter from Mulberry St.)  The second book sale will be held November 4. The Fall Book Sale will include hundreds of like-new and gently-used books (fiction and nonfiction) for children and adults, and many audio books. All books will be sold for the low price of 25 cents each. Money raised from the sale will go toward purchasing special equipment and materials that support Rockford Public Library’s programs and services. For more information, please call the Friends at 815-987-6699. About the Friends of RPL  The Friends of Rockford Public Library is a non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting the Library and its programs. We promote public involvement and raise money through our bookstores and through our annual book sales. Anyone can join the Friends of Rockford Public Library. The Friends are community-minded people who wish to offer practical support to advance the Library’s mission.

Saturday, October 8

Northwestern Illinois Stand Down and Welcome Home – The sixth annual Northwestern Illinois Stand Down and Welcome Home for area veterans and their families will be held October 8 from 12-3 p.m. at Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Drive, in Freeport. The opening ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. outside the Read Park pavilion. NJROTC members from Freeport area high schools will present the colors. Guest speaker will be Commander Barry Boettcher, NJROTC Senior Science Instructor at Freeport High School. Special presentations will be provided by Pets for Vets, Kare-9 Military Ministry and Guitars for Vets. Other activities include a “Kids Zone” and an inflatable coupon grabber where participants can reach for coupons from area businesses and organizations. All veterans and their families are invited to this free event. Veterans in Stephenson County who need a ride should call the Allied Veterans’ Van Service at 815-233-5284 by October 3.

Sunday, October 9

River City Sound Chorus Show & Dessert Extravaganza – River City Sound Chorus will be hosting their 9th Annual Show and Dessert Extravaganza in Belvidere. The Annual Show and Dessert Extravaganza will be held at the CBCBC, 111 W. 1st Ave., in Belvidere and features an afternoon of barbershop harmony, Chinese Raffle Baskets, Cash Raffle, silent auction of Disney tickets and delicious desserts. Doors open at 1 p.m. for silent basket raffles and cash raffle. Show begins at 2 p.m. and features the chorus, chapter quartet, Charisma, the Region #3 Championship quartet, By Request and Region #3 Wildcard Chorus to Las Vegas, Midwest Crossroad Chorus from Joliet. It will be a “Jackpot” of talent with the “Las Vegas” flavor! Members of the chorus are from as far away as Sterling, Freeport, Madison, WI, Harvard, Milwaukee, WI and of course, Rockford and Belvidere. They rehearse Wednesday nights in Belvidere. For more information visit rivercitysound.com. River City Sound Chorus is the Region #3 Champion of Sweet Adelines, International. The Chorus has won the right to represent the region in the International Contest in Las Vegas October, 20, 2016. You can follow the chorus on their trip to Las Vegas by “liking” River City Sound Chorus on Facebook or typing #rcsfusilnation in you internet browser. A free webcast is also offered by Sweet Adelines International of the International Contest.

Tuesday, October 11

“Say Cheese” Pet Photo Day – 3-7 p.m. at Pampered Pet Grooming and Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash, at the northwest corner of N. Main St. and Riverside. This is a fundraiser for Kibble Korner, the local pet food pantry. Photos taken by Baltaf, $6 for a 5”x7” picture. All of the proceeds go to Kibble Korner. Also accepting donations of pet food or cat litter or donations to the Pet Supply Resale Shop. For more information call 815-282-9663.

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!

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 crusaderhealth.org.

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 facebook.com/events/767450166726421/ or contact Marilee Myers at (815)904-4494.

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