Community Calendar


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

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

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.

Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodward Exhibit Hall, admission 42 members, $4 public plus general Museum admission.Admission: $ 4-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits.  815-965-3433.

Camp Grant Museum – 1004 Samuelson Road. Open Tues-Fri 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Mondays. Military Camp from 1918 to 1948 in Rockford. Group Special hours available &  tour with lecture. Restaurant on premises, make a day of it. Check out website & Facebook Camp Grant Museum. 815-395-0679

Cherry Valley Public Library District – 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. (Sept.-May) 815-332-5161.

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.

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups.  815-977-4123 or

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.

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

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.

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.

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 6:30 p.m. games start at 7. 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

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. First Quarter 2015 Program Schedule is out. 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 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 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

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

Monday, June 20

Club Philo (Philosophy Club) – Meets at 6:30 pm (‘til 8 p.m.), at the Cherry Valley Library, 755 E. State St. (just east of downtown Cherry Valley) Lively conversation for anyone, any age, bring your thoughts and your water bottle. It’s free and interesting. You can join in (please do) or just listen. Everyone has ideas, opinions. This week’s topic: “America, the good and not so good, about us. “ For more details call Tom  at 815-874-6493.

Saturday, June 25

Blank Canvas & Cocktails – Hidden Treasures is hosting a Blank Canvas & Cocktails event from 2-5 p.m. Register in store at 6329 N. 2nd St., in Loves Park, or online at Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 779-210-7602 or visit

Ice Cream Dream – 11–11:45 a.m.  at the Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. Description: All ages. Cold and creamy…delicious and dreamy. Visit the library and enjoy stories about our favorite summer treat and make an “ice cream themed” craft. Registration is NOT required. For more information, call 815-965-7606.

Family Nature Day – Natural Land Institute (NLI) invites families, individuals and groups to Family Nature Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at their 721-acre wildlife refuge, Nygren Wetland Preserve (3190 W. Rockton Rd., in Rockton) You may start at any time and be sure to allow about 2 hours to visit all of the learning stations and more time if you want to take a guided prairie tour. Bring the Family and Discover the Joy of Nature. Activities include: Exploring blooming prairies and wetlands; Family friendly hands-on learning fun for all ages; Kids receive a passport to get stamped that includes a map, questions; Kids can earn a Nygren Wetland Junior Naturalist badge by visiting 6 out of 10 learning stations to get their passport stamped; Second year NW Junior Naturalists will earn a new level of recognition.; Adults can earn a prize with 6 stamps on their map; Learning Stations include: Prairies, Butterflies & Seeds, Forests, Wetlands, Birds, Mammals with Two Toads Environmental Experiences, Pollinators, Invaders, Macktown Living History & Archeology, Raptors with Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education; Guided tours of the Anne Meyer Wildflower Garden. Cost is free. Registration is requested for this event by Friday, June 24, 2016. Please be sure to say how many kids are in your party. Call 815/964-6666, or email: or visit to register.

Monday, July 4

Rockford 4th of July Celebration –  The annual parade on July Fourth goes through downtown Rockford and ends with the SkyConcert Fireworks Show over the Rock River after sunset.

Saturday, July 16

Discover Woodcarving – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Join Blackhawk Woodcarvers for this introduction to the art and craft of carving. On-going workshops provide hands-on practice with soap, woodcarving and wood burning for beginners. Watch demonstrators wield knives, tools, and even chain saws as they make their masterpieces. Craftsmen and women from around the region will display their creations, answer your questions, and vie for your vote in the “People’s Choice” category for their stunningly beautiful displays. This is a free event; for people wanting to go inside Discovery Center, admission is extra.

Saturday, August 6

Camp Glow – Camp Glow is a grief support day camp for children ages 6-14 and their parent(s) or guardian(s) who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Since children often experience grief differently than adults, Camp GLOW is designed to specifically address children’s grief with enough counselors on-hand to offer individualized attention if needed. Breakout sessions include creating memory boxes to hold remembrances of their loved one and scrapbooking to create visual memories. Grief support sessions will also be offered for parent(s) or guardian(s) during the camp, led by HHU-Hospice Grief Support Coordinators.  These grief support sessions will provide information and tools for parent(s) or guardian(s) to help them and their child with the grieving process.  We strongly encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) to attend Camp GLOW with their child to learn about the grieving process. Camp GLOW is at Traxler Park in Janesville from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lunch, drinks, and snacks throughout the day are provided. The camp is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of donors to the Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation. Space is limited, and registration is required by August 1, 2015.  If you have questions about registration or to request a registration form please call Ridley Usherwood 608-241- 6936, or visit

Sunday, August 21

Rock River Anything That Floats Race – Taking place in and around downtown Rockford. This brand new tradition features a variety of canoes, kayaks and handmade rafts as they race down the Rock River ending at Prairie Street Brewhouse.

Sunday, August 28

Midtown Ethnic Parade & Festival – Taking place in Midtown District. All diverse cultures in Rockford participate in a parade of colors and ends with a festival with international food, performances and more.

Friday, September 16

Winnebago County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Fall Conference – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road. LaDonna Wattley, founder & CEO of Wattley Consulting, PLLC, will present her high-energy workshop “Understanding Diversity to Build Trust”, which will focus on improving and achieving successful relationships in order to break down barriers. Cultural differences DO NOT have to be a barrier in realizing success in diversity.  The afternoon session will be “Agency Barriers to Effective Service Delivery”. Highly recommended for businesses, social service organizations, medical community, education community, police, government offices, churches, and others. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Continuing credits will be available. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; workshop begins at 8:30. $40. For additional information, contact our office at 815-319-6880 or LaDonna’s website is

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