Community Calendar


Ongoing Attractions

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

All Species Fishing Club – Hosted by Rock Valley Anglers, Boundaries, Bar & Grill,  3807 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit. 7/15/15, 5:30 p.m.

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. (Closed Sun & Mon)  Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available & a tour with lecture.  Restaurant on premise make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum  815-395-0679

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

CoCo Key Water Resort – Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St.  815-398-6000.

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. New expanded hours: Sun.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $12 public, $10 members.  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 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Second and Fourth Sundays Noon – 4:00 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 nfo: 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 Sundays, 1-5 p.m. thru late September. 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.

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 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. Classes Tuesdays,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.

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 – Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. 7-8:30 p.m. Classes first and third Friday of every month. Cost: $15 for single class, $25 for two. RSVP: 815-721-0994 or

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 — 413 N. Court St., 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.

Fall Into Books Sale – September 26-October 4. General public viewing starts on Sat., Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. and continues during library open hours through Oct. 3 (1/2 price day) and Oct. 4 (Bag of Books for a Buck afternoon). (Wise shoppers may attend the Sept. 25 Preview Sale from noon – 3 p.m. for an entrance fee of $5 or Friend of the CV Library membership). Volunteers have carefully sorted and categorized thousands of donated hardcover and paperback fiction, history, biography, self-help, decorating, gardening, children’s and teen’s books, etc. complemented by DVDs, music CDs, audio books, vinyl records, and sheet music.  Stop by for the cheap prices, family fun and addictive allure of browsing books that others have left behind!  All proceeds benefit Phase 2 future library expansion.

Registration Needed

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 sixth 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 p.m. 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 2014-15 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 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.

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

Living Well Workshop – Rock County Council on Aging will be offering a Living Well workshop series beginning Tuesdays, August 25 through September 29 at Edgerton Library, 101 Albion St. in Edgerton from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Living Well is a six-week program for people with chronic diseases and their caregivers. Chronic diseases are ongoing health conditions and include diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and others. For more information or to pre-register, call (608) 757-5472. Pre-registration is required. Or register online at A $15 fee for the class is suggested. Transportation may be available to the classes.

Saturday, October 3

DIY Dinner Date on the Farm- Bring a friend to the farm for this down-to-earth dinner date. We’ll harvest produce from the fields, then prepare and enjoy a farm-fresh meal as we watch the sun set. Vegetarian options available.  This event will go from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and costs $50. Registration is available at

Spirit Voices: the Ghosts of Freeport’s Taylor Mansion – From 5-9 p.m. the Stephenson County Historical Society, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, will be hosting this fall event.  Enjoy food, scary campfire stories, and ghost-hunting tours of the Taylor Mansion conducted by a local paranormal group. You will be able to see the historic Henney hearse up close. 20 minute ghost-hunting tours of the Taylor Mansion leave every half-hour.  Your ticket will indicate the time your tour is scheduled, so you won’t have to wait in line for your turn. Ghost hunting tours are only open for those ages 12 and up.  All ages are invited to come and enjoy the many other activities that will be offered. Tickets are $10 for age 12 and up with ghost tour included and $5 for children under 12, or any age without ghost tour. Food will be available at an additional cost.  BBQ, walking tacos, hot dogs, chips, and more will be available.

Metals & Electronics Drive – The Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Fall Metals and Electronics Drive will be at 8750 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the south lot of Machesney Town Center. Recyclers can drop off old or non-working laptops and computers, tools, pots and pans, printers, hair dryers, cell phones, water heaters, holiday lights, barbeque grills, lawn mowers, swings, gutters, metal pipes and other household and office cast-offs to keep them out of landfills or from becoming roadside eyesores. Most items can be dropped off at no charge. However, there is a $10 fee for appliances containing Freon: dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. There is also a $10 fee to dispose of each barbeque-type propane tank. Hazardous materials will not be accepted.

WBCGS Meeting Program – The Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the Boone County Historical Museum, 314 South State Street, Belvidere at 1:30 p.m.   All interested persons are welcome! Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call: (779) 203-3511.

Sunday, October 4

Genoa American Legion Riders Post 337 3rd Annual Toy Run – Rain or Shine. Stage at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St. at Noon-12:45 p.m. Depart at 1 p.m. $15 per rider and $10 per passenger which will include a 4 p.m. pork chop dinner at the Genoa Veterans Home. Non-riders can pay $10 per person at the door for dinner. Also please bring a new unwrapped toy that will be given to the Shriner Hospitals and local DeKalb County locations. If not on the ride you can attend the 4 p.m. pork chop dinner for $10 per person. If you would like to collect toys for us or place a collection box somewhere, please email or phone Matthew at 815-970-0925.

Autumn & the Arboretum – 9 a,m,–4 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. Join us for our annual fall festival!  Experience the beauty of fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly fun.  October is one of the best times to witness trees with their rich autumn colors.  Build a scarecrow, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, make a fall craft to take home, and enjoy entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.

Monday, Oct. 5

Planting the Seeds of Hope – Free Breast Cancer Awareness program. will be held at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. Registration and Healthcare Exhibits are at 5:30 p.m., and Speakers and Expert Panel are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The panel of experts who will discuss the latest innovations in breast healthcare and answer questions include: Dr. Sandy Goldberg, breast cancer survivor, Founder and Chair of A Silver Lining Foundation, will present “There Is a Silver Lining” and share her story about fighting breast cancer. Dr. Bill Gorski, Swedish American President and CEO, who will give an update on the merger between SwedishAmerican and UW Health. Dr. Srivani Sridharwill discuss an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Attendees will receive free gifts. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. To register for this free program, visit or call HealthConnect at 779-696-7081.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

NWIL Audubon General membership meeting and program – Open to public. 7 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 Park Blvd, Freeport. Wolves, Cougar and Black Bears. The program will be about large predators in Illinois and will be presented by Peggy Doty, who is an educator with the University of Illinois Extension. There have been sightings of wolves, cougars and black bears in our state during the last few years. These animals are not planning a covert return and takeover of our communities, but rather are simply trying to adjust to changes in their current environments which can send them our direction. This program will discuss the animals themselves and the behaviors that may be playing a part in their attempts to return. For more information visit

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Batty for Bats – The Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport,  with Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, will host a monthly series called “Wildlife Wednesdays” with Juliet D’Souza. Juliet is a board member for NIAS and a biology instructor at Highland Community College. There will be a special story time followed by a special activity related to the theme, which can include some critters!  Appropriate audience: 2-7-year-olds. 10:30-11 a.m. Contact the Freeport Public Library at 815-233-3000 for more information.

Friday, October 9

Wine Tasting & Luminary Walk Rescheduled  -7–9 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. Enjoy evening wine tasting in the beautiful Fountain Garden while meandering the garden paths.  Twinkling lights, light hors d’oeuvres and live music complete the evening.  The Olive Oil Experience will provide an array of gourmet oils to sample.  Music by Echo Beach.  Raffle.  If the weather does not cooperate this time, we will move inside. Admission: $20 members | $25 non-members. Wine provided by DC Estate Winery.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Haunted Rockford Bus Tours – 7-10 p.m. Guests will meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot, 211 N. Main St., and travel in a coach bus to different haunted locations throughout the city. Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford will share the haunted history of the locations she has researched. Psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will share any impressions they receive for the locations. Most of this tour will be outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Cost: $30.00 must be paid in advance. For information call: 815-871-4239 – registrations can be made at

A Night of Exploring the Milky Way – The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host “A night of exploring the Milky Way” at the Doug Firebaugh Observatory, Park Hills Golf Course, 2892 W. Stephenson St., Freeport from 6-8 p.m. Jim Dole, director of the observatory and astronomy instructor at HCC, will lead an introduction and observing session of celestial objects visible in October. Among the objects that you can expect to see (weather permitting) are the major constellations, double stars, star clusters, and planetary nebulae. This event is open to all ages.  In case of inclement weather, the event will still be held, but with a modified program in the observatory. For questions, contact Juliet D’Souza at 201-233-0946.  For more information visit

Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle Stage Caregivers – In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, care partners become hands-on caregivers.  Join us for this three-part series to learn helpful strategies to help you provide safe, effective and comfortable care for those who are in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Hearthstone Communities, 920 North Seminary, Woodstock. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To register call the Alzheimer’s Association  at 815-484-1300.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Exploring Herbal Supplements – Free seminar sponsored by and held at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue at 5:30 pm. Speakers are Janet Kueker, PharmD, Walgreens’ Pharmacist, and Adam Hood, Pharmacy Student. To register or for details on the seminar, please call 815.395.5920, or email

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s – Do you feel unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss?  By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can more easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease.  This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect of the disease on communication and behavior.  It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful. Woodstock Library, 404 W. Judd St., Woodstock. 2-4 p.m. To register call the Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Twisted Spirits: Haunted Pubs Tour – 7-11 p.m. We will start our tour at the very haunted Hope and Anchor English Pub- 5040 N. 2nd Street. Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford will share the history of this location and Hope and Anchor owner Kreena will share the ghostly encounters that her staff has witnessed.  Then we will travel in a coach bus to different haunted pubs throughout the city where you will have a chance to experience spirits of both kinds: liquid and ghostly! The cost of this event is $30.00 and must be paid in advance.  Registration can be made at and information can be called at 815-871-4239.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Hiking for Hounds – 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St. It’s time for Klehm’s annual celebration of our best friend – the dog.  Bring your costumed canine friends to spend a day enjoying and exploring our entire 155 acres of gardens and grounds.  At 1pm that day, dog owners are encouraged to enter their furry friends into a costume contest.  Prizes will be awarded, and everyone will be able to take home good memories and pictures.  In addition, there will be vendors with pet-friendly products to visit and an adoption event featuring local advocacy organizations.  Are you looking for a canine companion?  There will be plenty looking for forever homes that day. Costume Contest Categories: Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative, Scariest, Best Impersonation of Another Animal, Best Owner/Pet Costume Combo.  Original, homemade costumes encouraged. Half Price Admission: $3 adults, $2.00 seniors, kids and students. Members: Free.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Multimedia presentation on Archaeology – The Rockford Society, Archaeological Institute of America, invites the public to its next free and fascinating multimedia presentation on archaeology. 7:30 p.m. at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street. The topic will be Modern Reconstruction of the Ancient Greek Ship Kyrenia. The event will feature guest speaker  Dr. David Stewart, Maritime Studies, East Carolina University. Please join Professor David Stewart, researcher and professor of maritime history, for a multimedia presentation on the complete 3-D recording of the best preserved ancient Greek ship hull, Kyrenia, dating to 300 BC. The public is invited to a free reception held immediately following each presentation. Burpee Museum is handicapped accessible, and offers free parking.   Additional free parking is also available next door at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main Street.  The Rockford Society provides additional information on lectures, events, trips, and archaeological topics on the web at

Friday, October 23

Ties & Tennies – Fundraiser for Rockford Park District youth programs. Dress for the night should be a blend of class and athleticism involving tie/cocktail attire paired with tennis shoes. Last year over $90,000 was raised to help children participate in programs. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 followed by dinner/program and a DJ at 6:30. Tickets are $100/person or $750/table of eight. $50 of full ticket price for single tickets is tax-deductible. Tickets are available for at or contact Lisa Alexander at 815-987-1632 or

Saturday, Oct. 24

Haunted Rockford Bus Tours – 7-10 p.m. Guests will meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot, 211 N. Main St., and travel in a coach bus to different haunted locations throughout the city. Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford will share the haunted history of the locations she has researched. Psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker will share any impressions they receive for the locations. Most of this tour will be outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Cost: $30.00 must be paid in advance. For information call: 815-871-4239 – registrations can be made at

Thursday, Oct. 29

Ghastly Crimes & Ghostly Encounters – 6-7 p.m. Ida Public Library 320 N. State Street, Belvidere. Author and tour guide Kathi Kresol shares the strange tales, weird crimes and hidden haunted history of Northern Illinois. There is no cost for this program.

Friday, October 30

Public Paranormal Investigation at Conover Square – 7-11 p.m. 201 N. Third Street, Oregon. This exciting event will let you be the paranormal investigator. Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford and Mike Grasso from Conover Square will host this very special evening. We will be joined by two teams: Dale Kaczmarek and the Ghost Research Society and the Midwest Ghost Society. Guests will be in small groups as you join the members of the teams in the most active locations in this huge building. You are invited to bring your own equipment or use theirs. Tickets are $40.00 and must be paid in advance at or by calling Kathi at 815-871-4239.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Haunted Rockford Bus Tours –  7-10 p.m. Guests will meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot, 211 N. Main St., and travel in a coach bus to different haunted locations throughout the city. Kathi Kresol of Haunted Rockford will share the haunted history of the locations she has researched. Most of this tour will be outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Cost: $30.00 must be paid in advance. For information call: 815-871-4239 – registrations can be made at

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Birds and Beaks – The Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport,  with Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, will host a monthly series called “Wildlife Wednesdays” with Juliet D’Souza. Juliet is a board member for NIAS and a biology instructor at Highland Community College. There will be a special story time followed by a special activity related to the theme, which can include some critters!  Appropriate audience: 2-7-year-olds. 10:30-11 a.m. Contact the Freeport Public Library at 815-233-3000 for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 5

The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ Annual Membership dinner meeting – 5:30 p.m., at Lino’s, 5611 East State Street. Dinner will be a selection of 3 choices at a cost range of $22.00-$28.00 each per person.  Beverages are NOT included in the cost.  Price includes tax and tip. Your check is your reservation confirmation.  Reservation deadline is October 26, 2015.  Speaker will be Mayor Larry Morrissey.   Please send reservations to:  Rhonda Jones, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, P.O. Box 1389, Rockford, IL 61105-1389.

“Petals & Blooms – A Trunk Show” – Sinnissippi Quilters Welcome Pat Brackman. Lectures begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bethesda Covenant Church, 2010 E. State Street. Learn a little bit about Pat Brackman, and the business, Petals & Blooms Quilts and Needleworks as well as  the products and patterns offered. Enjoy a trunk show of quilts and quilted projects from patterns and supplies Pat carries in the shop as well as online at Pat specializes in handwork and hand dyed wool. Products include embroidery patterns, applique’ and wool applique’ patterns, threads (Valdani, Presencia, Sulky), notions, some fabric and lots of hand dyed wool. Lecture is free to members and $5 for visitors.

Saturday, Dec. 5

23rd annual Christmas Cookie Walk and Bazaar – Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N. Church St. Elegant cookies and beautifully handmade items. For more information contact Debbie Wise at 815-963-8431





Chicagoland Trivia nights and locations


2nd Cousin’s Bar & Grill – 6246 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m.

Bar Louie – 200 E. Rand Road, Mt. Prospect. 7 p.m.

Rue Marche – 620 Market St., Rockford. 7 p.m.


Ebenezer Brown’s – 4866 Bluestem Rd., Roscoe. 6:30 p.m.

Old Chicago – 6280 E. State St., Rockford. 7 p.m.

The Beer Market – 888 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg. 7 p.m.

The Beer Market – 1270 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. 7 p.m.

Gene’s Place – 4412 Manchester Dr., Rockford. 7:30 p.m.

Mangy Dawg’s Pub – 1832 W. Army Trail Rd., Hanover Park. 7:30 p.m.

Manny’s Ale House – 683 St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst. 7:30 p.m.

Hometown Sports Bar – 241 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. 8:00 p.m.


Fifth Alarm Firehouse Pub – 120 N. Union St., Byron. 7 p.m.

Fitz’s Pub – 172 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst. 7:00 p.m.

The Real McCoy’s – 504 N. Stanton St., Davis. 7:00 p.m.

Club Casa Cafe – 353 N. River Rd., Des Plaines. 7:30 p.m.

LP Stadium Bar & Grill – 2423 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. 8:00 p.m.

Murphy’s Pub – 510 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Oscar’s Pub & Grill – 5980 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.


Coach’s Corner – 152 Biesterfield Rd.,  Elk Grove Village. 7:00 p.m.

Garrett’s Restaurant and Bar – 1631 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford. 7:00 p.m.

Sports Page – 3907 Broadway, Rockford. 7:00 p.m.

Jax Pub – 4160 N. Perryville Rd., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Vintage@501 – 501 E. State St., Rockford. 8:00 p.m.

Whiffletree Tavern – 11347 Main St., Roscoe. 8:00 p.m.


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