Burpee Museum of Natural History – 737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8 for ages 13 & older, $7 for ages 3-12, free for children younger than 4 and members; additional fee for traveling exhibits. 815-965-3433.
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. Cherryvalleylib.org
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.
Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center – 3921 East State St., Rockford. Classes in yoga, strength training, Qigong, and support groups. 815-977-4123 or healingpathwayscrc.org.
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.
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: rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815-987-8800.
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 p.m. games start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. 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 rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St. Tours 1 and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 815-964-2424.
Recycling – Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday. 815-637-1343
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. Info: 815-965-3455.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule lessons.
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 klehm.org for more information.
Take Charge of Your Health, Live Well, Be Well Workshop – Do you have to manage a health condition on a daily basis or care for someone who does? Join us for a FREE Take Charge of Your Health Workshop. First session starts Monday April 3rd at 9:30am at Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Rd. Open to the Public. Call Ashlee Dearman Covert from The Northwestern IL Area Agency on Aging for more info: 779-221-3722.
German Dancing Lessons – Hosted by the German Society of Rockford. Dance and also learn about German culture. All ages welcome, always looking for new people. Takes place from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays at Advanced Machine & Engineering Co., 2500 Latham St., on the 2nd floor. Free admission. Come check us out. For more information call 815-494-9872.
Friday, February 17-Sunday, February 19
Rockford Boat, Vacation and Fishing Show – Sportscore 2, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd. Fri. 3-8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $6; children under-12 free.
Saturday, February 18
Northwest Illinois Audubon to Offer Eagle Watching Along the Mississippi – A trip to Lock and Dam #13 near Thomson will be offered by Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. The group will be watching for Bald Eagles and perhaps some early migrating waterfowl. Carpool from the Staples parking lot, 1722-1724 South West Ave., in Freeport. The group will leave at 9 a.m. There is no cost to participate in this event. Call Mary at 815-938-3204 to confirm your attendance.
Murder Mystery Night – Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens hosts its first event of 2017- a Victorian Murder Mystery! Rose is hosting her first Victorian Light party! The first house in town to have electricity, all of Rockford’s elite are in attendance. Known for her flair for over-the-top events, everyone has decided to attend, either out of respect for the hostess, curiosity of electricity, or for the chance to socialize with the upper echelon of Rockford society. Unfortunately for the happy party goers, no one knows that there is a killer in their midst who plans to strike tonight! All who attend are participants in the Murder Mystery. Dinner is not provided; however light refreshments will be served. Costumes are encouraged! The event will go from 6–8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $20 per Tinker member. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens is located at 411 Kent St, Rockford, IL 61102. To purchase tickets call 815-964-2424 or visit tinkercottage.com. Registration is required, tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable and/or cannot be interchanged.
Tuesday, February 21
Archaeological Institute of America Presentation – The Rockford Society, Archaeological Institute of America, invites the public to its next free and fascinating multi-media presentation. Presentation takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street. Topic: Climates of Change: Bioarchaeology of Central European Populations. Guest Speaker: Dr. Leslie Williams, Asst. Professor, Beloit College. Dry bones live on to tell us of climate and cultural change in almost 1,500 years of history, via the skeletons of German and Austrian populations. Please join us as Professor Williams of Beloit Colleges presents this interesting topic. She has performed extensive archaeological fieldwork in Europe, teaches, writes, and holds degrees in osteology, funerary archaeology, and anthropology. 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. Additional information on lectures, events, trips, and archaeological topics at rockfordaia.org.
Friday, February 24
Nature Journaling Workshop – Learn the art of nature journaling at a workshop led by Susan Post from 9 a.m.-noon at Klehm Arboretum. Susan Post is an award-winning photojournalist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. Her writing and photography graced the pages of the Illinois Steward outdoor magazine for many years. This workshop will help individuals develop their photo-documentation skills, their writing skills, and sketch journaling skills via a unique set of easy activities. Cost is $10, pay at the door. Register by calling forest Preserves of Winnebago County at 815-877-6100 no later than February 22. Participation limited to 25 people. Bring a 3×5 notebook, colored pencils if you wish, and notebook and pencils/pens. Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
4th Annual Cabin Fever – Stella & Notte, 1416 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event continues on Saturday, February 25 also from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, March 2
Winnebago County Assn. of Legal Administrative Professionals’ dinner – The Winnebago County Association of Legal Administrative Professionals’ monthly dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Irish Rose, 519 E. State St. Dinner will be a choice of: Bangers & Mash $13.95; Irish Hot Pork Sandwich $13.95; Fire Roasted Tomato Marinara $12.95; Half Pound Cheeseburger $13.95. Prices include salad, bread, tax and tip. Your check is your reservation confirmation. Program will be Joseph Granneman from illumination.io. Hostess is Christine Blankenship. Please send reservations to: Mary Daniels-Huff, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, 2215 Perrygreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107.
Friday, March 3
Wine-Tasting Fundraiser to Benefit Rotary Academy – A wide range of domestic and imported wines will be featured at a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit Rotary Academy, the teen leadership-development program created by Rockford Rotary. The unique program is for eighth graders in the eight middle schools of the Rockford Public Schools. Complimentary cheese and crackers will be served. Representatives from three wine distributors will be present, as well as the Artale staff. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Artale & Co., 6876 Spring Creek Rd. $15 per person, of which $10 directly benefits Rotary Academy.
Wednesday, March 8
Sinnissippi Audubon Society annual dinner – Event takes place at UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison St. Doors open at 5:30, dinner/meeting at 6:15. Italian dinner catered by Prairie Street Brewhouse. Cost is $35, $25 for students. For reservations call 815-543-3658 or email email@example.com. The topic for the event will be “What fish are in our creeks and rivers?” Speaker Dr. Phil Willink of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has done surveys of the native fish in our cleanest creeks. He also is an expert on sport fish and on invasives such as Asian Carp. Presentation will include many photos and stories.