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Week of July 23-29, 2014

Wednesday, July 23

Stepping On” Workshops – Creekside Place, 102 Maple, Evansville, Wis. Classes begin today, 9:30-11:30 a.m. For adults age 60 and older. Info: 608-758-8455.

Classic Cinemas: Free Birds – Downers Grove, Ill. 10 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. General admission $1/person.

Plant a Row for the Hungry Drop-Off Site – Edgebrok Shopping Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon. Organized thru University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County. Continues thru Sept. 24.

PIT Packaging Announces Rockford Area Expansion – 730 Landmark Drive, Belvidere. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Open house; public is invited.

Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. For children younger than 2. Develop baby’s literacy and social skllls. Info: 815-965-7606.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Apps for Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Explore which apps are great, which to avoid. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Your Own Home – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn what’s involved in buying a home. Presented by Woodforest National Bank. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Understanding Medicare Part A and Part B, Medicare Supplement Plans – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Info about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, types of benefits available, how to navigate these systems, what is now. Learnhow Medicare Supplement Plans work with Medicare. Informational materials provided. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Books with Bite! – Rockford Publilc Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3 p.m. Ages 13-19. Watch book trailers for werewolf books. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Computer for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Learn how to use the mouse, terminology, etc. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Wilderness Wednesday: “The Art & Science of Falconry”– Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 3 p.m. With Dr. Ed Bell. Free. Info: 815-220-7386.

Falconry Programs – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. July 23, 27 & 29, resident falconer Rich Escutia will present programs on the art & science of falconry at Starved Rock Lodge’s Fox Ridge. Programs begin at 3 p.m. July 28 & 29, Rich will host “Falconry on the Fly” on the Lodge’s veranda from noon-2 p.m. Guests can visit with Rich and his hunting birds. All programs are free, but donations are encouraged. Info: 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-7 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play video games, surf the net, play board games or make a cook cdaft. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Wild Wednesday racing: “Better Than a Video Game” Night – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, Ill. Students (12-17) who turn in an old or unwanted video game will receive free admission. Feat. Roadrunner Super Summer Series, Bandits, Winged Women on Wheels, Wednesday Night Super Cup Series and the MisFits, along with “Wild & Crazy” Figure 8 racing and One-on-One Spectacular Drags. “Dollar Beer Night.” Adult admission: $9. Gates open 5:30 p.m.

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.

Warm Season Crops – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 5-6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per session. Info: 815-732-2191.

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.

Music Academy bartends at University Club – University Club of Rockford, 945 N. Main St. 5-8 p.m. Foundation Board members will guest bartend and all cash tips will benefit the Music Academy’s scholarship and financial fund. Academy students will perform both indoors and on the club’s deck. Snacks will be served beginning at 5:30, and beverages will be available for purchase.

YA Movie Nights – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Info: 815-965-7606.

Hire Me! Resume Workshop (2-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Must have an email address and be comfortable in MS Word. Registration is required. Next class July 23. Info: 815-965-7606.

Vegetable Pest and Disease Management – Univesity of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. Cost: $5. Info: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. 7-9 p.m. Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant. Free. Info: 815-227-2695.

Paws in the Library – 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.

Comics of Steel Comedy and Trivia Night – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

Thursday, July 24

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Roosevelt Road. 9-10 a.m.

Understanding Early Memory Loss” – Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere. 9-11 a.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Oregon City Hall, 115 N. Third St., Oregon. 11 a.m.-noon.

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

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

Senior Computer Learning (6 sessions) – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Thru Aug. 21. Ages 55 and older. Beginning computer class for the true beginner. Registration is required for first class only; all following classes are included. Bring your own laptop if you have one. Info: 815-965-7606.

RMAP Policy Committee – City Hall, Council Chambers, 401 Whitney Blvd., Belvidere. 1:15 p.m .

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Amboy City Hall, 227 E. Main St., Amboy. 2-3 p.m.

Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Group meets June 12-July 29. No fee to attend, but advance registration is requested. Info: 608-363-7421.

Beloit Regional Hospice Grief Support Group – 655

Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Meets thru July 29.

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

Information on Master Naturalist Program – University of Illinois Extension, Winnebago County, Rockford. 3-4 p.m. Presented by Jackie de Batista. Free, but pre-registration is required. Info: 815-986-4357 or http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

Judson University School of Leadership and Business Enrollment Information – Rockford campus, 1055
Featherstone Road. 3-4 p.m.

GPS Faith Community Farmers’ Market – 10714 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Open every Thurs., 3:30-7:30 p.m. thru Oct. 23. Fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, oils, honey, eggs, coffee, food items, crafts.

Facing the Challenge” Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 4 p.m. Group meets every 4th Thurs. Partnered with Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center. For anyone affected by cancer – patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones. Info: 815-288-4673.

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.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Paws in the Library – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Great Downtown Dog Walk – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 5 p.m. Two downtown walking paths, vendors, live music, prizes/giveaways compliments of PBR, treats, pampering, BARGO and more. Info: 815-968-0931.

Party on the Rock” Fund-raiser – Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St. 5-10 p.m. Benefit for Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial. To honor local emergency responders whose lives were taken and to memorialize our nation’s tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001. Entertainment by Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts and Gaelic Fury Irish Pub Band featuring REACT Helicopter pilot Danny McDade. Food by Backyard Grill & Bar; silent auction; Big 3 Raffle, specialty drink & beer tasting; fireworks display. Cost: $25/person. Tickets at all three Backyard Grills; Veterans Memorial Hall; or call 815-978-3860.

15th Annual Stephenson County Wheel-A-Thon for RAMP – Highland Community College/YMCA Sports Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. 5 p.m. Wheelchair event for RAMP. Info: 815-233-1128.

Rockford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners – Central Office, 223 S. Winnebago St. 5 p.m.

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.

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

Hire Me! Resume Workshop (2-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Part 2 of workshop. Info: 815-965-7606.

eReader Help – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Breing your eReader and all your cords with you. If you have a Nook and a laptop, bring it with you. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus” – University of Illinois Extension-Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Cost per session: $5. Advance registration is needed. Info: 815-732-2191 or lkvalle@illinois.edu.

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.

Midway Village Museum Members Event – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 6:30 p.m. Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will present a grant check to the Museum for “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit.

Raja Yoga Class – Rockford Academy of Tae Kwon Do , 3628 E. State St. 6:45-8 p.m. EveryThursday. Cost: $50/month in advance, $12 walk-in. Info: 815-978-3312.

Federation Fun – University of Illinois Extension Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 7 p.m. Info: 815-732-2191.

PBR Bargo – Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

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

Friday, July 25

RPS Golf Scramble – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Benefits athletics and physical education programs. Flights will be offered in morning, afternoon, and lunch, dinner and the raffle and live auctions will take place on-site. To sign up or help sponsor the event, go to http://www.3rps205.com/departments/Pages/Athletics.aspx or email emily.tropp@rps205.com for more information.

Qualifying Trials for Drive, Chip and Putt Championship – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road.Free nationwide competition for junior golfers ages 7-15. Registration required by July 20.

Dentistry From the Heart Event – Rockton Dental Care, 213 W. Main St., Rockton. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dr. Kenneth O’Brien will provide free dental care for those without dental insurance. Clinic will try to see first 100 patients on first-come, first-served basis. Info: 815-624-2626.

11th Annual Pecatonica River Clean-Up – Rock Hollow Conservation Club along the river. Dates: July 25, 26, 27. River Warrior Challenge. Today: 2K Wilderness Walk, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 3-Gun Challenge, 2 p.m. Bands play beginning 8 p.m. ($10 cover). Info: www.usyf.org.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults” – Rock County Council on Aging program at Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: July 11- Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Info: 608-758-8455.

Drop-In Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 10:30-11 a.m. Info: 815-965-7606.

To Infinity and Beyond – Discovery Center Museum , 711 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Blast off with stellar science during this interactive event about the night sky. Admission: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17), free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.

4th Annual Statewide Fund-raiser to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois –Texas Roadhouse, 7240 Walton St., Rockford. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Local law enforcement officers will collect monetary donations. Free lunch includes a pulled pork sandwich, a side dish, fresh baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Family Fun Overnight – Girl Scouts family event. Date: July 25-26. Cost: $30 per person. Info: info@girlscoutsni.org or www.girlscoutsni.org.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

RMTD Board of Trustees Special Meeting – RMTD Conference Room, 520 Mulberry St. 2:30 p.m.

Conversational Spanish – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 18 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Rockford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners – Central Office, 223 S. Winnebago St. 5 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery – Heartland Church, 1280 S. Alpine Road. 5:45-9:30 p.m. Dinner, group worship and message, Crosstalk Cafe.

Great Golf Ball Drop – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. 6:13 p.m. Benefits Rockford Park District youth programs. Cost: $5 each. Info: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/gbdrop.

Four Seasons Gardening Program: Growing Fruits in the Home Garden – University of Illinois Extension, Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Cost per session is $5, or attend the entire 3-part summer series for $12. Pre-registration is requested. Info: 815-732-2191 or lkvalle@illinois.edu or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Kishwaukee Fest “Lincoln Highway” Torch-lite Parade – Downtown DeKalb. 7 p.m. featuring Barb City Stompers. Part of BaconPalooza.

Conveyer Storytelling Night – Conveyer Home for Story, 317 W. Jefferson St. 8-10 p.m. Theme: Summer vacations. Contact at Facebook, www.facebook.com/WeAllConvey or e-mail to katiedavis@ourcityourstory.com to request to be a storyteller. Stories should be 10 minutes or less. 10 people needed. Check in at 7:15 p.m., stories begin at 8 p.m.

Friday Night Flix: The Sandlot – Davis Park, 300 S. Wyman St. Sunset. 8:45-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; vendors on site at 7 p.m.

Comedy Night – Franchesco’s, 7128 Spring Creek Road. 9-11:30 p.m. $7. Info: 815-229-0800.

Saturday, July 26

Pecatonica Farmers’ Market – Village Hall parking lot. 8-11 a.m. every Saturday morning.

Level 1 Water Action Volunteer Training – Lower Sugar River Watershed Association is recruiting volunteer Citizen Scientists to collect information on streams in our watershed area. After a short training session, you will be added to a team with a designated location. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Juda Park on High School Road. Lunch will be provided. Sign up at pat.cardiff@grande.com. Info: www.lsrwa.org.

Lecture: “Surrounding Yourself with Nature: Strategies for the Home Landscape” – Northern Illinois University-Rockford, 8500 E. State St. 9 a.m. Free to Wild Ones members; $5 donation from others.Tours of natural yards are free, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 26 and 1-5 p.m. on July 27. A free milkweed plant will be given to each family that participates in the tour of natural yards, while supplies last.

MakerSpace Craft Lit – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Various types of crafts. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

National Dance Day Celebration – Evolve Dance Company, 2615 N. Mulford Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. cost: $15 half-day/$25 full day of dance classes. Info: 815-877-0077 or www.evolvedance.com.

Grain Bin Safety/Rescue Course – Winnebago-Boone County Farm Bureau, 1925 S. Meridian Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Taught by Stateline Farm Rescue, includes lunch. Free, but registration is required by July 18. Info: 815-962-0653.

River Warrior Challenge – Rock Hollow Conservation Club. 8 a.m. 4K River Run. 11 a.m. Sand Volleyball Tournament. 2 p.m. Canoe/Kayak Race. 8 p.m. Bands play ($10 cover). Info: www.usyf.org.

Meditation in the Garden – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Bring a cushion, pillow, etc. Conducted by Phung Nguyen. Free to members, non-members, included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146.

Children’s Health and Safety Station – Rockford Health System, 2300 N. Rockton Ave., back parking lot. Follow signs for parking. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bike inspections, child safety/finger printing, DNA kits, healthy snack ideas, growth charts, finger castings, adult blood pressure checks, adult bone density tests, car seat safety checks, REACT helicopter, fire truck with smoke trailer, ambulance, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

BaconPalooza Swine & Wine Festival – DeKalb. 10 a.m. Wine tasting at Palmer Court and Corvette Car Show at “Van Buer Plaza.” Noon-5 p.m., Wild West event in Malta. 4 p.m., Sycamore Cruise Night.

Sibling Class – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. 10-11:30 a.m. For children ages 3-10, to help prepare them for arrival of a new baby. Cost: $5/family. Must be by cash or check. Info: 815-227-2695.

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. Dates: June 28, 29. July 5, 6. Aug. 2, 3, 30, 31. Sept. 6, 7, 27, 28. Oct. 4, 5, 25, 26. Admission: $15/person. Best suited for children over age 8. Info: www.laurenthouse.com/visit.

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

Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tenshin – Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Cost: $45 per participant. Info: 815-316-3306 or kweston@andersongardens.org.

Fifth Annual Dylan Mastroianni Memorial Golf Outing – Aldeen Golf Club, 1902 Reid Farm Road. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Includes 18 holes of golf, cart and dinner. Door prizes and silent auction. Register at www.dylansplayground.com.

Movie at Nordlof Center – Nordof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 2-3:30 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Photography for Teens – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Learn the basics of photography. Bring your own digital or film camera. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fresh and Local: How to Use It – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 15 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Celebrate National Dance Day – Kids Spot Parking Lot, 9461 N. Second St., Roscoe. 4-6 p.m. Face painting, snacks, bounce houses, learn a special dance to be submitted to National Dance Day website. Free, open to people of all ages. Please wear an orange tank top or T-shirt.

Round III of the “Cool 5 Series” racing – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, Ill. Feat. NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners, plus Roadrunner Challenge Smokey Burnout Contest. Gates open 5 p.m., first race at 7:07 p.m. Adults, $12; students (12-17), $8; ages 6-11, $5; 5 and younger, free.

6th Annual Fairy Festival – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 4-7:30 p.m. Join fairies of all ages, shapes and sizes for an evening of fun. Rockford Dance Company performs. Scavenger hunt, craft activities, fairy house competition. Bring a picnic to enjoy. Ages 13-adult: $15 advance/$20 day of event. Ages 4-12: $10 advance/$15 day of event. Ages 3 & under, free. Info: 815-877-0118.

Peak Harvest Farm Dinner – Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. 5 p.m. Five-course meal made from fresh, sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. Cost: $150, basic tickets, includes wine or beer and signature cocktail. VIP tickets $500; allows you to enjoy the meal with John Peterson, subject of the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Also partake of pre-reception at 2 p.m. at Balena and round-trip bus transportation from Chicago for $200. Info: www.learngrowconnect.org/farmdinner.

Trivia on the Terrace – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. 6 p.m.

Comedy Sportz – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 7-8 p.m. All ages. Two teams battle for laughs and points. Info: 815-965-7606.

Paranormal Investigation of Historic Tinker Swiss Cottage – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St. 8-11 p.m. With Steve Litteral from Tinker and Kathi Kresol. Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Cost: $30. Register at www. hauntedrockford.com.

BIFF FilmFest: “The Sandlot” – Old Settlers Park, Raockton. Approx. 9:15 p.m. Free.

Sunday, July 27

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.

Canoe Trek – Girl Scouts paddle down the Kishwaukee River. Date: July 20-25. Grades 9-12. Cost: $395 per girl. Info: info@girlscoutsni.org or www.girlscoutsni.org.

11th Annual Pecatonica River Clean-Up – Rock Hollow Conservation Club along the river. 9 a.m. River clean-up. 2 p.m. Volunteer picnic.

Kishwaukee Fest BaconPalooza Events – Downtown Sycamore. 9 a.m. Turning Back Time Car Show. Malta, 10 a.m. Wild West Shoot-Out.

Making Money Off Your Friends’ Addictions” – Durand United Methodist Church, 102 E. Main St., Durand. 9:30 a.m. Sermon by Stanley Campbell, executive director of Rockford Urban Ministries. How some businesses take advantage of those with addictions to drugs, alcohol, etc.

Laurent House Tours – Depart from Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. Admission: $15/person. Info: 815-987-1676.

Committee to Elect Randall Olsen Town Hall – Jesse’s Place, 307 S. Main St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Coffee and juice provided free. Full menu will be avaiilable for purchase.

Victorian Village Hands-On History Day – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Noon-4 p.m. Participate in demonstrations including: rope making, quilting, home-fire brewing and telegraphs in action. Experience the print shop and blacksmith shop at work, play 19th-century games, and more. Admission: $8 adults, $5 children (ages 3-17). Info: 815-397-9112.

Roots to Rooftop: Community Garden Tour – Urbana. Hosted by University of Illinois Extension. 1-4 p.m. All participating garden sites, along with addresses and maps, can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/l.ms/ (go to Find Events) or at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/event.cfm?UnitID=483&EventID=65692.

Winnebago Buy Local’s “A Totally Local Ice Cream Social 2014” – Lombardi Club, 209 Olive St. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy locally-made ice cream and special toppings. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The Beauty of Barns” – Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Tours, noon-4 p.m. Barn enthusiast Carol Rowe will present a video at 1 p.m. Denny Rehn will display a variety of barn construction tools. Blacksmith demonstrations. Admission: $4 adults, free for children younger than 14 and Glidden Homestead members. Info: 815-756-7904.

Elkhorn Creek Diversity Preserve Butterfly Festival – Elkhorn Creek Preserve, 3 miles southwest of Forreston, southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport roads. 1-5 p.m. Join butterfly tours at 1, 2, 3, or 4 p.m., or look on your own. Restrooms and shady rest areas with chairs, cold beverages and snacks. If weather is questionable, call 815-938-3204 prior to 10 a.m.

Father or Man of the Year: Ricardo Oceguera” – Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St. 2-4 p.m. Hispanic Gallery honors their recipient, a native of Mexico. Info: 815-962-7402.

Falconry Programs – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. July 27 & 29, resident falconer Rich Escutia will present programs on the art & science of falconry at Starved Rock Lodge’s Fox Ridge. Programs begin at 3 p.m. July 21, 22, 28 & 29, Rich will host “Falconry on the Fly” on the Lodge’s veranda from noon-2 p.m. Guests can visit with Rich and his hunting birds. All programs are free, but donations are encouraged. Info: 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church Corn Boil – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4055 N. Rockton Ave. 3-6:30 p.m. Corn, hot dog, dessert and beverage. Tickets: $6 advance, $7 day of event, $2, children younger than 7. Rain or shine; shade and tent seating. Info: 815-654-3800.

Monday, July 28

Youth Tackle Football – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Starts July 28. Registration for children thru July 15; walk-in. Fee: $150 includes uniform/equipment. Practices held Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Don Schmid Youth Sports Complex. Info: 815-398-8864.

Public Skating – Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Judson University School of Leadership and Business Enrollment Information – Rockford campus, 1055
Featherstone Road. noon- 1 p.m.

Falconry Programs – Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. July 23, 27 & 29, resident falconer Rich Escutia will present programs on the art & science of falconry at Starved Rock Lodge’s Fox Ridge. Programs begin at 3 p.m. July 28 & 29, Rich will host “Falconry on the Fly” on the Lodge’s veranda from noon-2 p.m. Guests can visit with Rich and his hunting birds. All programs are free, but donations are encouraged. Info: 815-220-7386 or www.starvedrocklodge.com.

Excel 2010 for the Workplace (5-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 4-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. 20-hour course teaches the skills needed for an office; learn how to manipulate data using tables and formulas. Each day, spend 1-3 hours in lecture and the remainder on hands-on practice Must have basic Internet searac skills and good mouse skills. Registration is not required. Info: 815-966-7606.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Meeting – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.

DeKalb‘s City Band 160th Year Celebration: “And the Band Plays On” – DeKalb Elks Club, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. 6 p.m. meeting open to public. 5:30 p.m. optional w/reservations light supper. Info: 815-501-9985.

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.

Free Intro to Paper Crafting Class – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Create a personalized scrapbook. Supplies not included. Info: 815-639-1354.

Windows 8 Workshop – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own laptop and cords; we do not have Windows 8 computers at Rockton Centre. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Direct Marketing Meat & Poultry in Illinois – University of Illinois Extension-Ogle County, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 6-8 p.m. Fee: $5, payable in advance or at the door. Pre-registration is strongly preferred to ensure adequate space and materials. Info: 815-732-2191 or lkvalle@illinois.edu.

Public Forum for Executive Director Search – J.R. Sullivan Theater, Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 6 p.m. Board of Trustees of Rockford Public Library. Open to the community.

Gardening Activities for Kids – Ida Public Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. Presented by University of Illinois Extension, Boone County. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register at 815-544-3710 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

Healthy Living 3-part series – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Court, Belvidere. Dates: July 21: Gardening Activities for Kids. Aug. 4: Healthy Snacks for Kids. Aug. 18: Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs. All parts of the series will take place at Ida Publlic Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere. All programs will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. Info: 815-544-3710 or e-mail hodg@illinois.edu.

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.

Ken-Rock Community Center Summer Rocks – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: June 16-Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Cost: $75 per week per child. One field trip per week, plus indoor and outdoor games and activities. Children are provided a breakfast, lun ch and snack. Y-Care benefits are accepted if parents qualify. Camp limited to first 40 to enroll. Info: 815-398-8864.

Tuesday, July 29

Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perrryville Road. Begins July 15. 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 www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.

Transfer Tuesdays Open House – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Every Tues. thru the summer, students interested in transferring to RU can stop by the admission office with their official transcripts and have all information reviewed. Students need only to have completed 12 credits at the college level to qualify for transfer status. Some degrees will be recognized. Info: 815-226-4050.

Beginning Dance Classes – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Starts June 3, 9-9:45 a.m. No experience necessary. Free. Info: 815-732-3252.

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. Info: 815-965-7606.

Paws in the Library – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen Volunteer Tuesdays – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Young Adult Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. All ages. Help benefit local animal shelters. Some Tuesdays, we’ll visit the animal shelter, other times, we’ll make pet supplies to donate. Registration is not required. 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.

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

Free Intro to Jewelry Making Class – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Design your own do-it-yourself creations. Learn crimping, wire looping, knotting, tool selection and more. Supplies not included. Info: 815-639-1354.

Paws in the Library – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Rockton Village Board Meeting – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 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. 8-11 p.m. Info: 815-965-0931.

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From the July 23-29, 2014, issue