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2nd. Congregational/1s. Presbyterian Church Annual Cookie Walk

December 6th- 10:30a to 1:00p

2nd. Congregational/1st. Presbyterian Church---318 N. Church St.----Rockford, IL 61101 (Downtown 1 block west of the Coronado)
Cookies, crafts, casseroles and fair trade gifts will all be available for you to celebrate your Christmas Season.
For more information call the church at 815-963-8431.

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The Nutcracker Presented by RSO

Saturday, December 6, 2013 - 7 p.m. & Sunday, December 7, 2013 - 3 p.m.

Coronado Performing Arts Center Rockford, IL
– The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Dance Company’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker ballet will be performed in the beautiful Coronado Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and a matinee on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm.

Live music from the Rockford Symphony Orchestra along with a beautifully choreographed ballet, vibrant sets, and dazzling costumes make this the premier production in Northern Illinois and a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. This year’s production will feature the choreography of RDC Artistic Director,Wayland Anderson.

The timeless beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music performed by the RSO remains a constant. According to RSO Music Director Steven Larsen, “our musicians know this music almost by heart…so, when you can start from near-technical-perfection, great things are possible.”

Tickets for the performances are available online at rockfordsymphony.com or by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 815-965-0049. Tickets for this year’s performance are $12 (students) - $46.
Visit www.rockfordsymphony.com or call 815.965.0049

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Holiday Bazaar

5-9 p.m. Friday, 9-3 p.m. Saturday

Holy Trinity Church 217 E Hurlbut Ave Belvidere, IL 61008
Baked goods, crafts, gifts, and more!

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6th Annual Christmas Jubilee Craft and Vendor

10am - 2pm

Dakota Elementary School 400 Campus Dr, Dakota, IL 61018
Over 20 vendors and crafters will be on hand to help you with your Christmas shopping.

There will be a bake sale, lunch stand, and chair massages as well.

Admission is just $1.00 and all proceeds goes towards the Dakota Athletic Boosters.

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Christmas Craft Show

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Betty's Western Wear 6202 Forest Hills Rd Loves Park, IL 61111
Wood Turning, Christmas Items, Handmade items from local crafter's as well as your local shop for Cowboy Boots, Hats, and Belts.
Betty Rand 815-877-4624

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David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nordlof Center / J. R. Sullivan Theatre, 118 N. Main
David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic will present a holiday magic show. He will have you laughing and amazed at his performance. He is a nationally acclaimed magician who has appeared coast to- coast, in Canada and Europe. Now he is bringing his delightful blend of mystery, humor and charm to Rockford Public Library. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pam Dunlap, 815-965-7606 ext 610

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Chili Supper & Craft Sale

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Rockton United Methodist Church
Craft Sale: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Sunday School rooms & hallways.

Chili Supper: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, All-you-can-eat chili with toppings, corn bread, hot dogs, & chili dogs
Rockton United Methodist Church
102 W. Chapel St.
Rockton, IL 61072

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The Children Holiday Shoppe 2014

Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Saturdays from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sundays from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

5856 E. State Street, Rockford 61108
The Children’s Holiday Shoppe is an opportunity for children to experience a totally independent shopping adventure for their friends, family and teachers without the supervision or assistance of their parents. In addition to experiencing the joy of holiday gift giving, children have the opportunity to practice their decision-making and money management skills as they shop with the help of volunteer elves.

Gifts range from $1-$8. All proceeds support MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, providing childcare free of charge 24/7 to children through age 6, in addition to providing resources and referrals, when a family has nowhere else to turn.

Hosted by: Children's Home + Aid
Additional Information:
MotherHouse Crisis Nursery Address:
1603 S. 4th Street, Rockford IL 61104
Lisa Breitsprecker

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St. John's UCC of Belvidere Annual "A Christmas Music Celebration"

2:00 pm

St. John's United Church of Christ 401 N. Main St. Belvidere IL 61008
Start your Christmas Season off with a Song!
December 6th 2014
2:00 pm
Admission is always free.
A free will offering benefiting
The Belvidere-Boone County Food Pantry
Refreshments will be served!
Our facility is handicapped accessible from the parking lot entrance
Come and hear the Music of Christmas!
Lettie Thurman

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Concerts on the Creek Holiday Concert

7:00 pm

Spring Creek United Church of Christ 4500 Spring Creek Road
Dorothy Paige-Turner and the Council Choraleers children's choir will perform a special holiday concert as part of the Concerts on the Creek series. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Refreshments, including Mamma Mia's pizza will be available for purchase. Space is limited to about 200 people, so please come early.
Ron Holm 815-979-1949 COTC4500@gmail.com

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Holiday Bazaar & Art Fair

Noon - 8:00 pm

Midwest Stone Source & Design Studio, 915 23rd St., Rockford, IL
Local artists exhibiting and selling their work, variety of media including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass, and more. Enjoy food & wine while you shop. Live music. Silent auction. Proceeds benefit The Rockford Rescue Mission.
Denise Phillips or Jodi Phillips, 815/227-9896

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Cookie Walk

10:30 a.m.

Second Congregational UCC/First Presbyterian Church 318 N. Church Street Rockford, IL
Welcome to the 22nd Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Doors open at 10:30.
There will be lots of cookies, casseroles, & gift items available, but shop early for the best selection.
Lunch will be served also.
Mark your calendars for the first Saturday in December as your holiday cookie buying day!
Arlene Noel

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Putting Small Acres to Work

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

NIU Rockford Conference Center - 8500 E. State St. Rockford, IL
Wondering what to do with a few extra acres? Come learn about ways to make your extra land more productive or even turn a profit!
Putting Small Acres to Work will take place Saturday, December 6th, at the NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center located at 8500 E. State St., just one mile east of I-90. The registration desk will open at 8:00am, and the program will last from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There will be general sessions on building soil health and choosing scale-appropriate equipment, as well as numerous breakout sessions on both plant and animal topics, including perennial vegetables, berry fruits, root cellars, season extension, chickens, hogs, beekeeping, and grazing. Outreach professionals from both Illinois and Wisconsin will provide the expertise.
To register for Putting Small Acres to Work at NIU-Rockford, please visit our website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo and go to “Register Online” on the right-hand side. You can also contact University of Illinois Extension-Boone County at 815-544-3710 for more information or to register. The program fee is $40 per person, which includes all program materials and lunch. Please register by Monday, December 1st to guarantee a space and a meal.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office.

Judy Hodge

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The Rockford Community Nativity Display & Concert

Friday, December 5, 5:00 to 9:00 PM; Saturday, December 6, 2:00 to 8:00 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 324 W. University, Rockford, IL 61107
Start the Christmas season with Christ at the center of your celebrations. The public is invited to attend “The Rockford Community Nativity Display and Concert” presented by the Rockford Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 324 West University, Rockford, IL on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00-8:00 PM . ADMISSION IS FREE AND FREE REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED. On Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM, join us for the broadcast of a Christmas Devotional with messages from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Christmas music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which is also a fee event. If any nursing homes or other groups that require assistance with wheel chairs or other special needs, please contact us through our facebook page; contact Christine Garner at clgarner@ldspublicaffairs.org or call her at 630-660-6346.
To celebrate the birth of the Savior, over 500 Nativity sets will be displayed for the public to view. The event is a family friendly event and activities will be available for children to enjoy. DONATIONS WILL BE COLLECTED FOR THE ROCK HOUSE KIDS http://rockhousekids.org. YOUR DONATION OF A NEW UNWRAPPED TOY UNDER $25 FOR AGES 5-18 WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! "If you help a child today, you won't have to repair and adult tomorrow"
The event is a family friendly event and activities will be available for all ages. Besides nativity displays there will be:
* A story teller
* Crafts for the children
* Scavenger hunt
* A nativity scene for dress up play
* Live performances depicting scenes surrounding the Savior's birth
* Family History Center for free Genealogy Research
Christ centered Christmas music will be presented throughout the event and the schedule of musical presentations are as follows:
Friday, Dec. 5th, 2014
5:00 Belvidere North HS Choraliers
5:30 Voices of Harlem
6:00 Linda Kunz - Organist
6:30 Svea Soner
7:00 Rock Valley Children’s Choir
7:30 Greater Rockford Barbershop Chorus
8:00 Flute Club - Betty Leeson
8:30 Rockford Operetta Party

Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014
2:00 Westminster Presbyterian Bell choir
2:30 Debra Moreau Dunnivan-Organ/piano
3:00 Rockford Area Horn Club
3:30 Piano Students of Marilyn Cade
4:00 Jim McElhaney
4:30 Belvidere Young Women choir
5:00 Swahili Choir
5:30 Swahili Choir
6:00 Rodriguez Family Quintet
6:30 Truman’s Ridge Blue Grass Band
7:00 Spanish Choir
7:30 Special Presentation to The Rock House Kids – Christmas carols
For directions:
visit www.rockfordnativity.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/therockfordstakenativity
Christine Garner

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1800's Holiday Walk

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Boone County Conservation District 603 N Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL
Join the Boone County Conservation District in Belvidere, IL for an evening of holiday magic as you are transported back in time to an 1800’s Christmas. Visitors will stroll along luminary lit paths, listen to carolers singing holiday songs and stop at two historic log cabins to learn about Christmas past as the inhabitants prepare for the holidays. Children of all ages with meet a Civil War Santa in his field tent. Enjoy holiday treats and listen to live music in the one-room schoolhouse. Visitors can learn about winter on the prairie at a Native American traveling tent. The Blacksmith will be busy working in his shop creating holiday gifts. Across from the blacksmith shop there will be popcorn cooked over an open fire.

After the outside activities visitors can warm up at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center and purchase gift items made by local artists. Children can make their own holiday ornaments and enjoy spiced cider and holiday treats.
Pam Stock
Boone County Conservation District
603 N Appleton Road, Belvidere, il 61008

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"Fruitcakes" Holiday comedy

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:00 pm

The Pecatonica Playhouse 314 N. Main St. Pecatonica Illinois
Christmas comedy at Pec Playhouse Theatre. Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you've got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town's inhabitants are "nuttier than fruitcakes," but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. For tickets call 815-239-1210 or buy online at www.pecplayhouse.org

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A Christmas Carol

8:00 pm, 12/6, 12/7 & 12/13 - 2:00 pm

Rock Valley College Studio Theatre
Charles Dickens’ family classic comes to life in this adaptation by Mike Webb. Ebenezer Scrooge, the greedy London businessman whose coldness is matched only by winter itself, is taken on a journey across time and possibility by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and all the rest of Dickens’ unforgettable characters come alive –as if from the very pages of the author’s book– to tell this memorable story of light, joy, warmth, and transformation. Studio Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is certain to bring your family a feeling of love this holiday season!
Mike Webb, 815-921-2160

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Rockford Dance Company and Rockford Symphony Orchestra Present The Nutcracker

December 6 @ 7:00 pm; December 7 @ 3:00 pm

Coronado Theatre Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsjy’s The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journet willed with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancer from nationally-renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family.

Ticket prices are $20-46. Students tickets ages 12 and under are $12.

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RSO Presents: Holiday Pops!

December 6, 2014 7:30 pm; December 7, 2014 3:00 pm

Coronado Theatre Rockford, IL
Celebrate the holiday season with Rockford’s biggest holiday music tradition! The Mendelssohn Chorale joins the RSO to bring you the best music of the season, from popular to traditional and sentimental. As always, the audience will join the RSO for the Christmas sing-a-long!

Ticket prices will be $22-58. Student tickets are available for $7.

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