Community Calendar

Week of Sept. 17-23, 2014

Fall Attractions

Curran’s Apple Orchard – 6385 Kilburn Ave., Rockford. Open Aug. 23-Dec. 7. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., weekdays; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-7848.

The Pumpkin Patch – 3178 Illinois Route 173, Caledonia, Ill. Open Sept. 12-Oct. 31. Hours: Daily in September, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; daily in October, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Monday-Friday, free (including petting zoo and barn); Saturday and Sunday, $3 per person. Ages 2 and younger and ages 65 and older admitted free. Info: 815-765-2587.

Edwards Apple Orchard – 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily, in September and October; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, in November. Info: 815-765-2234.

Edwards Apple Orchard West – 8218 Cemetery Road, Winnebago, Ill. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily. Info: 815-963-2261.

Lockwood Park – 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. “Locktoberfest” offers a different theme each weekend in October. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For current updates, see www.rockfordparkdistrict.com or call 815-987-8809.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Illinois Liquor Control Commission Hearing – E.J. Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St. Noon. 29 liquor licensees will have their cases heard.

Northern Public Radio Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., 2nd floor. 3-6 p.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

RPL Meet & Greet Executive Director Finalists – Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. 6 p.m., Lynn Stainbrook, 6:30 p.m., Shannon Halikias. Public is invited to attend.

Girls Pint Out Inaugural meeting – Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. 6:30-8 p.m. New Rockford chapter promotes solidarity between female beer drinkers thru social, charitable and educational events. No membership process.

Forest City Brewers meeting – Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. 7 p.m. Homebrew beer club.

Rock Valley Anglers – Boundaries Bar & Grill, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit, Wis. 6:30 p.m. All non-members pay $10. This month: No fee if you bring a guest.

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

Stuff the Truck” Events – Bergner’s and Bon-Tonstores. Accepting clothing and household textiles donations to benefit Goodwill. In return, shoppers will receive a discount coupon for up to 25% off new purchases at Bergner’s stores. Sale runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 4. Also, visit MillionActsofGoodwill.com and spin the wheel for a chance to win a $100 Bon-Ton gift card instantly.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – South Beloit City Hall, 519 Blackhwk Blvd., South Beloit. 9-10 a.m. Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main St., Rockton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mt. Morris Village Hall, 105 W. Lincoln St., Mt. Morris. 1:30-2:30 p.m. State Rep. Tom Demmer’s Office, 1221 Currency Court, Suite B, Rochelle. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Blackhawk Woodcarvers – Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 11th St. 9 a.m.

Lifescape Community Services Transportation – Walmart, E. Riverside Blvd. Bus runs between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Register at 815-963-1609.

RMAP Policy Committee Meeting – RMAP Office, 313 N. Main St. 10 a.m.

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

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

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

Understanding Medicare Part A and Part B and Medicare Supplement Plans – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

Genealogy: Intermediate – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Local History & Genealogy Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen ’Scape at Montague Branch – Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, 1238S. Winnebago St. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play games on Wii or PlayStation, surf the Internet, play board games, make a craft. Info: 815-965-7606.

Bariatric Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health, 5510 E. State St. 5-6 p.m. For those who have undergone a bariatric band procedure or gastric bypass surgery or those who are considering either procedure. Free. Info: 815-227-2761.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Montague Branch Library, Connie Lane Room, 1238 S. Winnebago St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Gaming Tournament – Rockford Public Library, Main Library YA Zone, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Teen’Scape at Rockton Centre Branch – Rockton Centre Branch Library, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 4-6 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play video games, surf the net, play board games, make a craft. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

YA Anime/Manga Club – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Plan anime-themed programs, watch anime films, discuss books and artwork. Info: 815-965-7606.

Beginning Internet for the Absolute Beginner – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 5-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Info: 815-965-7606.

Windows 8 Workshop – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Bring your own laptop and cords. East Branch does not have Windows 8 computers. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Sunset Storytime – 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.

De-Industrialization and the Creation of Junkyard Economies in Urban America” – Beloit College, Morse-Ingersoll Hall, Richardson Auditorium, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 7 p.m. Speaker Andrew Hurley, history professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Free. Info: 608-363-2828.

Comedian Nick Swardson “Taste It” Tour – Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50, reserved. Info: 815-758-1215.

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

Sharing Life’s Memories” Group – Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, Ill. 10 a.m. Info: 815-732-3252.

Savvy Caregiver Program – Alzheimer’s Association, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Dates: Sept. 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.

Stepping On” Class – Beloit Grinnell Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., Beloit, Wis. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Meets once a week for seven weeks. Info: 608-758-8455.

Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit Regional Hospice, 655 Third St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 2:30-4 p.m. Group will meet every Wednesday thru Oct. 22. Info: 608-363-7421 or toll-free 877-363-7421. Free.

Constitution Day – UW-Rock County, Allen Hall, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. All day. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution by checking out the displays in Allen Hall.

Annual Meeting of Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies – Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees will attend this meeting Sept. 17-19 at Hyatt Hotel, Lisle, Ill.

Job Fair – Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, Wis. 9-10 a.m. Veterans only. 10 a.m.-2 pm., General public. Pre-registration must be completed in person with Job Center staff. Register on jobcenterofwisconsin.com. Info: 608-741-3578.

Retirement Planning Workshop – Aglio’s Ristorante, 19 N. High St., Janesville, Wis. 5:15 p.m. Free , but reserve ahead of time. Info: 608-78-2222.

Thursday, Sept. 18

RockStat Forum – Regional Center for Planning & Design, 315 N. Main St. 9 a.m. Focus on Infrastructure and Neighborhood & Economic Development Strategic Review.

Violence Prevention Collaborative’s 15th Annual Peace Awards Luncheon & Forum – Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road. 9:30-11:15 a.m. Also: Forum: “A Conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi,” 9:30-11:15 a.m. Registration at 9 a.m. Cost for Luncheon and/or Forum: $35. Reserve at 815-720-4261. Luncheon choice: Marinated breast of chicken or Vegetarian entree. Please indicate meal choice when making your reservation.

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

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Traveling Office Hours – Waterman Village Hall, 215 W. Adams St., Waterman. 11 a.m.-noon. Paw Paw City Hall, 362 Chicgo Road, Paw Paw. 1-2 p.m.

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

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

El Rebozo – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Room, 6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Chamber Expo Icebreaker Luncheon: Understanding Body Language for Increasing Sales – BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Speaker Jim Zalud. Cost: $25. Register at www.rockfordchamber.com/events/eventresults.aspx?EventDate=9/18/2014&CE=TRUE&OE=TRUE.

RAMP’s 2nd Annual DeKalb County Changing Attitudes Breaking Barriers Luncheon – Faranda’s, 302 Grove St., DeKalb.11:45 a.m. Speaker Brian R. King. Tickets: $35 each. Info: RAMP at 815-756-3202.

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

Three Weeks to Salsa: Program for Seniors – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Centre Branch, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. Noon-1 p.m. Ages 50 and up.

Apps for Android – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Recommended that you attend Get Smart with Your Smart Phone first.

Finding Grants for a Non-Profit Organization – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 2-3:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Must be proficient using the Internet. Info: 815-965-7606.

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, honoring local police, firefighters and anyone who has exhibited bravery in their line of work.

Bilingual Thursdays Storytime – Rock River Branch Library, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.

Fiesta – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. Ages 2-10. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

Unplugged Gamers – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. Play board games, Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card games or classic card games. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19.

Word 2010 Workshop – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have used MS Word in the past and have good mouse skills.

RAYS Swim Team Fall Rookie Week – I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Blvd. Rookies ages 5-10 swim 6:30-7:15 p.m.; ages 11-21 swim 7:15-8 p.m. $10 fee. Info: LGrace@rockriverymca.org.

Whitetails Unlimited Banquet –Lino’s, 5611 E. State St. Date: Sept. 18, Chicken parmigiana dinner, auction and prizes; firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, etc. Social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7. Tickets: $45 each, $20 couples or $15 for children 15 and younger. Deadline: Sept. 13; tickets will not be sold at the door. Info: 815-289-4834 or WTU at 800-274-5471 or www.whitetailsunlimited.com.

OSF Saint Anthony Grocery Store Tour – Schnucks, 6410 E. State St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. OSF dietitians will offer recommendations on how to make healthy choices at the grocery store. Limited to 12 participants. Cost: $10. Register at 815-227-2274.

Amandla! A Revolution in 4-Part Harmony – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullilvan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 13 and older. The story of black South African freedom music and how it played against apartheid. Info: 815-965-7606.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” – Harvard-Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley, Harvard. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register with Alzheimer’s Association at 815-484-1300.

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.

Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public Library Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-965-7606.

Northern Illinois Tea Party – Greater Rockton Community Centre, 302 W. Main St, Rockton. 6:30 p.m. Report on the Bundy cattle ranch fiasco and interviews with Winnebago County Sheriff’s candidates. Info: 815-316-0056.

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.

Friends of Pecatonica River Foundation meeting – The Rafter’s Restaurant, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 7 p.m.

Wild Ones Natural Landscapers: “Managing Weeds Without Chemicals” – Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. 7-9 p.m. Speaker Mary Blackmore. Free and open to the public. Info: 815-627-0344.

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

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.

Fall Watershed Forum Series – Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, Wis. 6-7 p.m. Presented by Lower Sugar River Watershed Association. Free.

Illinois Workforce Investment Board meeting – Prairie Arts Center, VagnHall Galleri, 203 N. Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill, Ill. 1-3 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

41st Anniversary & Customer Appreciation Party – Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway. Date: Sept. 19-21. Live music from the band Born In ‘86, food, drinks, fun. Music starts at 4 p.m.

Schools Celebrate International Peace Day – Keeling Puri Peace Plaza, Perryville Bike Path, Riverside and McFarland. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Storytelling, music, activities for children. Guests: Alicia (author of Jubilee!), Dorothy Paige-Turner, Kim & Reggie Harris, Megan Wills.

Walmart Roscoe/Rockton Community Blood Drive – Walmart, 4781 E. Rockton Road, Rockton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call Walmart Pharmacy at 815-389-4940 or RRVBC toll free at 1-877-RRVBC-99 or visit www.rrvbc.org.

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

SPAY ILLINOIS Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic – Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Various vaccines offered, by appointment only; call 877-475-7729 to schedule. Cash and Visa, MasterCard and Discover debit or credit cards accepted. No personal checks. Open to everyone. No residency or income restrictions apply. Info: 877-475-7729.

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

MakerSpace Lego Masters – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program Room, 3128 11th St. Ages 9-13. Show off your skills.

Senior Drop-In Computer Lab – Rockford Public Library, Rockton Branch, Program Room, 3112 N. Rockton Ave. 2-5 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Bring your own laptop or use one of the library’s.

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

Behind the Lines Tour – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Preview to World War II Re-enactment. Tickets: $15; reserve at 815-397-9112, ext. 108.

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

Fighting Common Core: Round 2” – Hoffman House, 7550 E. State St. 6:30-9 p.m. Dr. Duke Pesta is a UW-Oshkosh professor of English who testified before a Wisconsin legislature committee about this program. Free-will offering. Enter the word “Common” in Event Brite for Rockford events to reserve your place. Seating is limited. Questions, email WuzzupEduc@gmail.com or call Jean at 815-797-2595.

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

The Sensations feat. Holland Zander – Big Al’s Bar, 610 N. Bell School Road. 9 p.m. With horticulture presentation by Mark Dwyer, director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, Wis. He will focus on a few shade plants that have not been trialed. Info: 815-398-6411.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Free Dental Care for those without dental insurance – Dental Group of Rockford, 3065 N. Perryville Road, Suite 125. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Either one free cleaning, filling or extraction per patient. First come, first served. Info: 815-637-2273.

Recovery Rally on the Rock – Rockford Trolley Station, 324 N. Madison St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Recovery speakers, music, raffles, food. Celebration of Recovery’s 25th anniversary .

10th Annual Thin Mint Sprint – Camp McCormick, Stillman Valley. 8K road race, 2-mile Family Fun Walk/Run, and 4-mile Tough Cookie Trail Run.

Winnebago County Republicans Constitution Day Program – Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles St., Rockford. 8:30 a.m. breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by program. Speaker Prof. Robert Evans. Also Kevin Kjellstrom and Matt Miller. Tickets: $25, includes choice of selected breakfast and beverage. Tickets can be purchased by mail (payable to WCRCC at 515 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103) or on Events page of the website www.wcrcc.com. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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

LOLTOS Social – Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Gather in lobby at 9:30 a.m. Entertainment in auditorium at 10 a.m. Organist Dennis Scott will accompany a silent film. Open to the public; free.

Laughter Yoga – JustGoods Fair Trade Store, 201 Seventh St. 9:30 a.m.

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.

Perennials for the Shade – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden,2715 S. Main St. 10-11:30 a.m.

Using Your Kindle Fire – Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends Community Meeting Room, 6685 E. State St. 10 a.m.-noon. Ages 13 and older.

Blood and Marrow Drive for Sickle Cell Patient – Hope Fellowship Church, 1135 E. State St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For 10-yr-old Malik. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call Malik’s mother, La’Keshia at 712-202-8592 or email at lakeshiawingo@gmail.com.

13th Annual Children’s Health & Safety Safari – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Back parking lot. OSF Life Flight helicopter, OSF Lifeline Ambulance, Dental health info, pediatric surgery info, police and fire dept. vehicles, asthma education, nutrition education, poison, burn & injury prevention, early intervention info, free glucose and cholesterol screenings for parents. Child safety car seat checks, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Autumn on the Prairie” – Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, 3 miles northwest of Franklin Grove, on Lowden Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include more than 25 steward-guided tours of prairie and savannas, educational exhibits, butterfly hikes, self-guided prairie plant exploration hikes and rides in a horse-drawn or tractor-pulled wagon. Live music, local artists, activity tent, live raptor display. Free and open to the public.

Jazz It Up for the Future: Youth Speak Truth on Climate, a Gathering of Generations – Facing it Together” – Keeling Puri Peace Plaza, McFarland and Perryville roads, south of Riverside Blvd. Rockford. 10 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Team and Forest City 350. Info: http://www.350.org.

Car Seat Safety Check – Rockford Health Physicians, Mulford, 5970 Churchview Drive. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

World War II Re-enactment – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Narrated field battles with pyrotechnics. Battle shows at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission to battle shows: $5 per person. Tickets online or at museum store are $14 adults, $7 children (3-17). Museum members, free.

Worldwide Day of Play” – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See new Body Shop exhibits; meet a mascot; enjoy a puppet show; see the outdoor science park. Activities included with admission. General admission: $8 adults, $8 children (ages 2-17), free to Museum members and children age 1 and younger. Info: 815-963-6769.

Excel 2010 in a Day – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have a good understanding of MS Word, especially copy and paste functions and must have used Excel. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

Saturday Spectacular: Amazing Apples – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 215 N. Wyman St. 11-11:45 a.m. All ages. Celebrate the fall season.

Pie for Palestine Benefit for War Refugees – Kate’s Pie Shop, Rockford Public Library, East Branch, 6685 E. State St. 1 p.m. Benefit for American Friends of UNRWA, a nonprofit that supports the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, specifically for Palestinian refugees. People are invited to have a slice of pie and make a contribution.

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

41st Anniversary & Customer Appreciation Party – Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway. Date: Sept. 19-21. Live music from the band Born In ’86, food, drinks, fun. Music starts at 4 p.m.

7th Annual Stateline’s Got Talent – Hononegah High School, 307 Salem St., Rockton. 6 p.m. Tickets: $5, $1 for children ages 6-12, ages 5 and younger, free. To participate: 815-624-6243.

Free Nature Program Night Hike – Atwood Nature Center, Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. 7-9 p.m. Drop-in program; no registration required. Groups of five or more are asked to phone ahead to notify staff. Info: 815-987-8800.

USO-Style Dance – Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m. Dance to the styles of 1940s with Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. Admission: $5 per person. In conjunction with Midway Village Museum World War II Re-enactment. Free to registered re-enactors.

Comedy for a Cause Fund-raiser – Jane Fargo Hotel, downtown Sycamore. Benefits KishHealth Cancer Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Limited number of “Laugh & Stay” hotel packages for $99. Call The Fargo at 815-895-6789 or http://janefargo.event.com.

Free Electronic Recycling Event – First National Bank & Trust Co., 500 N. Elida St., Winnebago. 9 a.m.-noon.

Electronics Recycling Event – Secure Recycling Services, 629 Palmyra Road, Dixon. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21

World War II Re-enactment – Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Narrated field battles with pyrotechnics. Battle show at 2:30 p.m. Admission to battle show: $5 per person. Tickets online or at museum store are $14 adults, $7 children (3-17). Museum members, free.

Rockford Writers Guild Program – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St 1-3 p.m. Speaker Scott Williams of Burpee will talk about connecting forging new discoveries in science history to new discoveries in writing. Cash writing contests. Poetry Contest winners share winning poems at the mic.

International Day of Peace Celebration – Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. 1-4 p.m. Join hands in a master-peace of artwork, create your own Peace Pole, listen to tales of peace, explore traditions from other countries. All activities included with Discovery Center admission.

Ethnic Parade & Festival – North Wyman down State St. to Seventh St., ending at festival grounds, BMO Harris Bank and RPS 205 parking area. 1 p.m. International cuisine, beer garden, ethnic arts & crafts, children’s activity area. Peace Coalition Shoe Labyrinth display and Genealogy area. Entertainment stages with guest Dennis Warner and performances of cultural dance and music.

African-American Authors Exhibit & Literary Fair – Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St. 2-4 p.m. Book signing featuring more than 15 local African-American authors. Admission: $3 students, $5 adults, $10 families. Info: 815-962-7402.

41st Anniversary & Customer Appreciation Party – Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway. Date: Sept. 19-21. Live music from the band Born In ‘86, food, drinks, fun. Music starts at 4 p.m.

Free Range Radio: “The New Face of College” – Northern Public Radio, WNIJ 89.5, 6-7 p.m. College students today are apt to be older, part-time, working and low income. How universities are adapting to serve these new students.

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. 22

History of Railroads in Rockton – Rockton Township Historical Society, 529 Green St., Rockton. 7 p.m. Local historian and retired train conductor, Dave Franzen, shares his memories and stories of railroading. Free. Info: 815-624-8200.

Night Hike – Atwood Nature Center, Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road. 7-9 p.m. Drop-in program; no registration required. Info: 815-987-8800.

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

Word for the Workplace (5-day class) – Nordlof Center, Computer Lab, 118 N. Main St. Sept. 22-26. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Microsoft Word skills for the office. Learn how to create tables and templates, perform a mail merge and password protect your documents. Successful completion of 80% will earn you a certificate of knowledge. Must have basic Internet search skills and good mousing skills. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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

HMR Program Orientation Seminar – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Date: Sept. 22, 29, 5-6 p.m. New non-surgical, medically-supervised weight loss program. Free. Info: 815-227-2274.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees meeting – Administration Building, 3501 Kishwaukee St. 5:15 p.m.

Free Intro Class: Scrapbooking 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Learn how to plan out your book, create visually pleasing pages, crop photos, journal and more. Supplies not included. Info: 8155-639-1354.

Grief Recovery Group – Unity Hospice of Western Illinois, 1201 S. 7th St., Rochelle. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Group will meet weekly for the next six weeks. Info: 815-561-8866.

Infant & Toddler CPR – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Conference Rooms, 5666 E. State St. Dates: Sept. 8 and 22, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25 per couple or $12.50 for an individual Registration is free to those registered in one of the prenatal classes. Info: 815-227-2695.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

4th Tuesday Book Discussion: The Things They Carried – Rockford Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Ages 18 and older. “Meditations on war and memory” bring to life a fictional platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

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.

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.

Fiesta – 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.

Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens” – University of Illinois Extension, Boone County, 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5, Belvidere. Dates: Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. and Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be presented via computer. Cost per session: $5. Advance registration is needed. Info: 815-544-3710 or hodg@illinois.edu.

MS Word 2010 (3-week class) – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, 2nd Floor Computer Room, 215 N. Wyman St. 3-5 p.m. Ages 13 and older. Prerequisite: Must have used MS Word in the past and have good mouse skills. Registration is not required. Info: 815-965-7606.

LOL (Library Out Loud) Club – Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W. Jefferson St. 5-6 p.m. Ages 6-12. Info: 815-965-7606.

Banned Books to Film Fest: YA Movie Nights – Nordlof Center, J.R. Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13-19. “The Great Gatsby.”

Northern Illinois Republican Women Formation Meeting – Mary’s Market, 4431 E. State St. 6 p.m. Info: 779-208-0222.

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

Free Intro Class: Jewelry 101 – Michaels Arts & Crafts, 1017 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park. 6-8 p.m. Learn to design your own do-it-yourself creations. Supplies not included. Info: 8155-639-1354.

Stateline Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) – University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave. 6:30 p.m. Info: http://www.smugweb.com.

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

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.

El Rebozo – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program, 3128 11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 2-10. Info: 815-965-7606.

Native American Awareness Committee meeting – Burpee Natural History Museum, 737 N. Main St. 7 p.m. Meets 4th Tues. every month. Now planning for 20th Annual “Honor the Mounds” in 2015. Looking forward to making new friends and getting new members. Info: Mac “Spotted Horse” at 779-423-1260.

Rockford Board of Education meeting – Third-floor board room, Administration Building, 501 Seventh St. 7 p.m.

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

Rock ’n’ Knitters – Spring Creek Congregational Church, 4500 Spring Creek Road. 7 p.m. Free knitting group. Info: 815-398-3133.

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

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to contact@rockrivertimes.com, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue