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Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Workshops on using Illinois JobLink website – The Workforce Connection, Rockford. 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. At Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport, 2 p.m.

Health Fair – Valley View Apartments, 3303 E. State St. 9 a.m.-noon. More than 20 vendors. County fair theme. Info: 815-399-5523.

The Wool Gathering – Knitting & crocheting group meets every Wed. & Thurs. at 6156 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enrollment Meeting – Judson University’s School of Leadership and Business, 1055 Featherstone Road. 11 a.m.-noon. RSVP to Tasha Hunter at: Tasha.Hunter@info.judson.edu or call 815-628-5028.

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

Stateline Mass Transit District Annual Board Meeting – Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 1:30 p.m.

Workshop: “Needs and Wants: Financial Skills for Your Job Search” – Goodwill Indutries, 615 N. Longwood St. 1:30 p.m.

Wilderness Wednesday: “Getting to Know Our Furry Friends” – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 3 p.m. Skunk, prairie dog, rabbit, miniature horse. Info: 815-220-7386.

Teen’Scape at Montague Branch – Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 4-7 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or PlayStation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

Carson & Barnes Circus – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Info: www.carsonbarnescircus.com.

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.

Amtrak Town Hall Meeting – Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium, 200 S. Wyman St. 5:30-7 p.m. State Sen. Steve Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress between Rockford and Chicago.

Savvy Caregiver Program – Alzheimer’s Association, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 22. Hours: 6-8 p.m. Maximum class size is 12. In cooperation with Ill. Dept. of Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. For family caregivers whose loved ones are in the early to middle stages of the disease. Info: 800-272-3900.

Paraklasis Service – Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave. 6 p.m.

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. Info: 815-732-3252 or 800-541-5479.

Know the 10 Signs” – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. 6:30-8 p.m. Free-will offering. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300 or Womanspace, 815-877-0118.

Living Well with Diabetes Support Group Meeting – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 6:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Info: 815-732-2191.

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.

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

Thursday, Aug. 28

Workshop: Job Training in Manufacturing – The Workforce Connection, 998 Belvidere Road, Belvidere. 9-11 a.m.

RMAP Technical Committee – Loves Park City Hall, PW/CD Conference room, 100 Heart Blvd., Loves Park. 10 a.m.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver James Buescher visits – Children’s Medical Center at Rockford Health System, 2400 N. Rockton Ave. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Arranged thru Chicagoland Speedway.

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

Rockford Dance Company announces its 2014-2015 Season – Riverfront Museum Park, Kresge Hall, 711 N. Main St. 11:30 a.m. Meet the new Artistic Director Wayland Anderson.

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

Beginning Computer Class – The Workforce Connection, Rockford. 1-4 p.m. Registration is required at 815-847-7588.

Workshop: Résumé and Interviewing Tips – The Workforce Connection, Rockford. 2 p.m. Info: www.theworkforceconnection.org and www.illinoisworknet.com.

DigiPhoto – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-4 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your camera or phone with memory card, all cables and power cord or charger, and your instruction booklet. Bring a USB drive if you want to save your pictures to put on your own computer. If you have a laptop, bring it. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

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. Today, proceeds will help support Hope for the Hungry.

Facing the Challenge” Support Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. 4 p.m. Meets every 4th Thurs. Partnered with Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center. For anyone affected by cancer – patients going through treatment, survivors, caregivers and loved ones. Info: 815-28-4673.

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.

Carson & Barnes Circus – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Info: www.carsonbarnescircus.com.

Rockford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting – Orton Keyes, 633 Ranger St. 5 p.m.

Beef-a-Roo Fund-raiser for Conklin School – Beef-A-Roo, 6593 Lexus Drive. 5-8 p.m. A portion of the night’s proceeds go to the School’s PBIS fund.

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.

The New Health Care Reform Act – What Every Medicare Beneficiary Should Know – Rockton Firehouse, Community Room, 201 N. Blackhawk Blvd. 6-7 p.m. Presented by MembersAlliance Credit Union. Credit union members and non-members are welcome. Due to limited seating, RSVP to MembersAlliance at 815-226-2260.

Great Vespers Service – Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave. 6 p.m. Remembrance of Beheading of St. John.

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

Raja Yoga Class – Rockford Academy of Tae Kwon Do , 3628 E. State St. 6:45-8 p.m. Every Thursday. 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. Food, games, activities. Info: 815-732-2191.

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

Friday, Aug. 29

Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park.

Divine Liturgy – Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave. 6 p.m. Remembrance of Beheading of St. John.

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

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

Conklin School Ice Cream Social – 3003 Halsted Road. 1-1:30 p.m. Students will join their families to celebrate the end of the first week of school.

Book Signing with Author – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St. 3 p.m. Author Kesha L. Ford will sign copies of her her book, The Rivers of Sister Ties.

Talent Share – Fairgrounds Valley Community Center, 1015 W. Jefferson St. 4-7 p.m.

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

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

Friday Night Flix: Monsters University – Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St. Sunset. 8:45-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; vendors on site at 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, Aug. 30

Rockford Starfires Peach Orchard Classic Tournament – Beyer Stadium 333 15th Ave. and Marinelli Field, 101 15th Ave. 9 a.m. start. Admission: one canned good per person.

Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park.

Run Walk Wheel for RAMP – Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St. 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run, free. 3K Walk/Wheel ($25 regis. fee; $30 after 8/27). 5K ($25 regis. fee. $30 after 8/27). Half Marathon ($45 reg. fee; $50 after 8/27). Register at www.runwalkwheel.com.

Annie’s Locker Share A Pair Drop-off Site – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford, and 13125 N. 2nd St., Roscoe, 9 a.m.-noon. New children’s gym shoes sizes 12-4. Info for list of items: www.knib.org.

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

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

Meditation in the Garden – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Weekly in the Children’s Garden. Bring a pillow, meditation stool or anything to sit on. Taught by Phung Nguyen. Free to members, non-members, included with admission. Info: 815-965-8146.

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.

Saturday Spectacular: Ogres, Goblins, and Trolls … OH MY! – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Great Vespers – Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave. 5 p..m.

Sara Grace Homecoming Open House & Fashion Show – Edgebrook Shopping Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Many one-of-a-kind dresses from famous designers. Light refreshments & appetizers, door prizes, hair & makeup demos, live music by DJ Tyler Swift and fashion show. Free, open to public, but advance registration is requested at 815-398-8957. All attendees will receive a 10% off coupon to use toward their purchase.

Storytelling at Starved Rock – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. 7 p.m. Bill Myers with tell stories of animal tales and stories filled with fact, fiction and fantasy. Info: 815-220-7386.

Round IV of Cool 5 Series – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park. NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, American Short Trackers, Roadrunners and Roadrunner Challenge. Final “Dollar Beer Night.” Adult general admission $12, students (ages 12017) are $8, children (ages 6-11) are $5; kids (5 and younger), free. Gates open at 5 p.m., action starts at 7:07 p.m. Info: 815-633-1500 or www.rockfordspeedway.com.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Pioneer “Tools of the Trade” – Apple River Fort State Historic Site, 311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Demonstrations of pioneer tools used in the 1830s. Info: ;815-858-2028.

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.

Rockford Starfires Peach Orchard Classic Tournament – Beyer Stadium 333 15th Ave. and Marinelli Field, 101 15th Ave.Two games.

Labor Day Weekend Carnival – Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park.

Wildlife Rescue Workshop – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Noon-1:30 p.m. in Canyonside Cabin Lodge. Presented by Hoo Haven. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Free. “Bird is the Word” at Fox Ridge, just steps from the Lodge. 1-3 p.m. Free program for all ages. Info: 815-220-7386.

Program by Anne Frank’s Stepsister, Eva Schloss – UIC College of Medicine Auditorium, 1601 Parkview Ave. 4-5:30 p.m. Personal memories of the Holocaust by someone who lived it. Hosted by Rabbi Chesky Rothman, Chabad Community Center. Tickets: General seating, $15 adults, $5 students. VIP packages with preferred seating, personal photo with Eva, an autographed book, and post-event buffet dinner, $100/person or $180/couple. Tickets at www.ChabadRockford.com/events.

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.

Monday, Sept. 1

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IATC) Bike Ride – Bike ride fund-raiser goes thru Stephenson, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago counties, with lodging and evening activities in the Freeport area. Sept. 1-3. Along each bike route, cyclists stop at schools where fun, interactive student assemblies are held.

Rockford Starfires Peach Orchard Classic Tournament – Beyer Stadium 333 15th Ave. and Marinelli Field, 101 15th Ave.10 a.m. championship game.

Lighten UP! Class – Beloit Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Aug. 25-Oct. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn tips to reduce stress, manage difficult situations, find positive experiences in daily life. Includes a home practice booklet with exercises. Info: Rock County Council on Aging, 608-757-5416.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Learn to Skate Classes – Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road. Ages 3-adult. Each lesson includes 30 min. instruction and 15 min. practice. Fees start at $42 ($47 non-resident). Classes meet once a week for 5 weeks, skates provided. Info: 815-969-4069 (TTY, 888-871-1617) 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.

Boone County Health Department meeting – 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere. Noon.

Annie’s Locker Share A Pair Drop-off Site – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. 3-6 p.m. New children’s gym shoes sizes 12-4. Info for list of items: www.knib.org.

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society – Oakdale Nature Preserve, 3 miles south of Freeport on Baileyville Road. 6 p.m. Potluck dinner. 7 p.m. program: “Pearly Mussels of the Upper Midwest.”

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

Free Computer Training – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. Dates: Mon.-Thurs., 6-8 pm. beginning Aug. 19. Reserve your spot at 815-398-8864 .

Freeport Lions Club – Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., Freeport. 6:30 p.m.

Grief Support Group – Roscoe United Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe. 7-8:30 p.m. New group for 12-week program. Free; materials provided. Info: 815-262-6301 or 815-623-3263.

Rockton Village Board of Trustees – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 7 p.m.

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

Rockton Village Board meeting – Rockton Municipal Center, 110 E. Main St. 7 p.m.

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

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From the Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014, issue