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Calvary Cares Give Away

5455 Charles Street, Rockford Il 61108
Calvary Christian Church is hosting their 6th annual “Calvary Cares” giveaway on Sat, Aug 15, 2015 from 8 AM – 3 PM. Gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, etc. are to be collected and made available completely free of charge to anyone in the area who needs them. The event will be held at the church building located at 5455 Charles Street in Rockford.

Pastor Steve Doyle says, “Our hope is to serve once more as a network to bless those in need in our community. That which we freely receive, we will freely give.”

Donations of items in good condition will be accepted August 5 -14th at the church building. They can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 9 - 11 am and from 4 - 6 pm. Anyone from the community is encouraged to give to this event to benefit others and will be offered a receipt for their charitable gift. Call the church at 815.398.4940 if you have a larger item to donate to see if pick-up can be arranged.


Pastor Steven Doyle


MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE

420 W. STATE ST. ROCKFORD, IL
THIS IS A 2.4 MILE WALK TO BRING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER. WE WANT TO INFORM THE COMMUNITY OF WHAT THEY CAN DO IF THEY ARE A VICTIM, WITNESS, OR WANT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST CRIME/VIOLENCE. THIS EVENT IS TO SHOW THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY WILL NOT ACCEPT THE VIOLENCE AND WE WILL STAND TOGETHER. WE WILL BE PASSING OUT BOTTLED WATER FOR THE WALK. ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ARE INVITED

SARA SEAY 815-312-7515


Birth Boot Camp

South Beloit, IL
Enter birth confidently with the in-depth, comprehensive 10-week class series designed to prepare couples for the option of having a natural birth.

Elizabeth Rozsa
763-234-8808
www.riseshinebaby.com



A Day at RVC

Rock Valley College Main Campus, 3301 North Mulford Road Rockford IL 61114
Sue Zillmer

Sue Zilmer, 815-921-4441


DeKalb County Farm Stroll

DeKalb County
Have you ever wondered how local orchards produce such delicious apples? Or how shepherd dogs are trained to round up sheep? Or where all those beautiful vegetables at the farmers market are actually grown? We have a free, family friendly event to satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities!
On Sunday, July 19th, 2015 from 11am to 5pm, University of Illinois Extension will host the DeKalb County Farm Stroll, a self-guided driving tour of a dozen highly-diversified family farms, all open to the public on one big day! There will be farm tours, demonstrations, and of course fresh local food sampling and sales.
The farms participating in the Farm Stroll raise vegetables, bedding plants, apples, bees, lamb, wine grapes, sweet corn, pumpkins, trees, berries, and so much more! Just choose which farms you want to see and create your own route using the map and brochure provided. The Stroll is free, but bring some cash for prepared foods or to stock up on local, farm-fresh products!
Follow DeKalb County Farm Stroll on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information, maps, and spotlight features on each farm: https://www.facebook.com/dekalbcofarmstroll. Or contact University of Illinois Extension at 815-732-2191 with any additional questions you may have.


Judy Hodge
815-544-3710
hodg@illinois.edu



Yes! You CAN: Preserving Safely

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy your garden or farmers market produce all year long? Whether just starting out or updating your food preservation knowledge, join University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Marilyn Csernus for this timely seasonal program. Here you will learn the basics of food preservation, receive the latest, most up-to-date home food safety guidelines, learn the latest scientific methods for preserving food safely and test your dial pressure canner gauges. The cost of this program is $5 per person and pre-registration is preferred by Monday, July 6. Register by call in the Boone County Extension at 815-544-3710 or visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710.

Judy Hodge
815-544-3710
hodg@illinois.edu



Trainfest 2015

Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis (Milwaukee), WI 53214
Join the Fun at Trainfest®, America’s LARGEST operating model railroad show. Find the Adventure this year when kids from 5 to 99 can run the trains at many of the railroads. There are more opportunities to get more hands-on than ever before! Build a Memory in the expanded Kids’ Activity Zone filled with FREE crafts, new make ‘n takes and plenty of train-themed fun! Spend hours entertained by over 70 intricately-detailed running railroads. Rounding out this spectacular show are model train manufacturers and retailers from coast-to-coast. Trainfest has something for everyone in its 230,000 square feet of display area. Discounted advanced tickets available online at www.trainfest.com.
For more show details visit Trainfest.com.


Angela Podewils, 262.782.4637, angela@mercuryww.com


Paranormal Tour of the Historic Conover Square

Conover Square 201 N. 3rd Street, Oregon, IL 61061
Haunted Rockford is excited to be invited to the historic Conover Square in Oregon, Illinois. This one time piano factory is over 120 years old. Kathi Kresol will share the history of the building and Mike Grasso will tell of the ghostly encounters. Psychics Sara Bowker and Paul Smith will give their impressions of who exactly roams the rooms of this location. The price for this event is $20.00 with advanced reservations and $25.00 at the event.

Kathi Kresol
Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events
Phone: 815-871-4239
Email: kathi@hauntedrockford.com
Website: www.hauntedrockford.com



Rain Barrel Sale

Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District 4833 Owen Center Road Rockford, IL 61101
The SWCD sells fully-assembled 55 gallon rain barrels once used to ship pickled food overseas that come as assortment of colors including blue, grey, terra cotta and black. Each barrel has two overflow spigots, a bottom drain plug and a lid. Barrels are $70 each for one, or $65 each if two or more are purchased or you are a past customer. Please call the SWCD Office at (815) 965-2392 ext. 103 to place an order. We are open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Jessica Cocroft
Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District
4833 Owen Center Road
Rockford, IL 61101
Open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm.
Phone: (815) 965-2392 ext. 103
Webpage: www.winnebagoswcd.org
Email: jessica-ra-swcd@comcast.net



Party on the Rock

Verdi Club 782 N. Madison Ave Rockford IL 61107
PARTY ON THE ROCK BENEFIT
WINNEBAGO COUNTY 9/11 EMERGENCY RESPONDER’S MEMORIAL
To honor our local emergency responders, whose lives were taken
To memorialize our nation’s tragic events on September 11, 2001

Wednesday July 22nd 2015 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Verdi Club 782 N. Madison Ave Rockford IL
~Outside on the River~

Tickets $25.00 each
Available at all Three
“Backyard Grill & Bar Restaurants”,
Winnebago Co. Veterans Memorial Hall,
Or Call: 815-978-3860

Drinks, Eats, Beer Tasting, Silent Auction
Raffles…BIG 4 & 50/50
Grand Finale FIREWORKS

Entertainment
Johnny Russler
and the Beach Bum Band

Witness the LIVE PAINTING performance by state of the art contemporary art gallery owner and artist Roni Golan Mr. Golan paints using vivid colors & textures that bring life into the painting and captures the memory of the event that is occurring. His performance starts at 6 pm and lasts about an hour and a half. His master piece will be completed at the event.

As you watch, you can support the 9/11 Memorial by bidding on his painting. Own a one of a kind original by RONI GOLAN.


Scott Lewandowski
815.969.1999



Victorian History Explorers -Victorian Food

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Family Fun Activity Stations include churning ice cream, making butter, baking bread, open fire cooking, canning and preserving, grinding spices, setting a formal table, and dancing. $8 adults, $5 children, members free

Midway Village Museum 815 397-9112 www.midwayvillage.com


Corn Boil

Grace Valley Church 8210 E. Edwardsville Road, German Valley, IL 61039
10th Annual Corn Boil, complete with brats, hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert. Pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, dunk tank. Event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Cathy Ross
Grace Valley CRC
1815.362.6601



Victorian Murder Mystery

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent Street, Rockford,IL 61102
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 after the game is complete.

Cost is $25 per person, $20 per Tinker member*
To purchase tickets, visit www.tinkercottage.com or call 815-964-2424

Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!

* Tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable/ interchangeable. Tinker Swiss Cottage reserves the right to cancel the event at anytime.*


Alix Fox, Director of Education and Collections
815-964-2424



Paranormal Tour

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent Street, Rockford,IL 61102
Join us for scintillating tales from paranormal experts, listen to audio clips found in the Tinker Cottage, and enjoy a tour with the chance to have your own paranormal encounter. Each event begins in the Barn.

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment (cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, emf).
Cost is $25 per person, $20 per Tinker member*
To purchase tickets, click the link or call 815-964-2424

Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!

* Tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable/ interchangeable. Tinker Swiss Cottage reserves the right to cancel the event at anytime.*



Alix Fox, Director of Education and Collections
815-964-2424



Fairy Tale Tea

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
A fairy tale adventure for everyone!

Tinker's Fairy Tale Tea will present favorite characters from the books we all loved as children.

Enjoy three delectable courses of kid approved favorites including, scones, sandwiches, and dessert to compliment your endless amount of tea.

Price is $20 for adults
$10 for Children ages 4-12
Children under 3 are free

First floor tours will also be included with the tea. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!

* Tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable/ interchangeable. Tinker Swiss Cottage reserves the right to cancel the event at anytime.*


Alix Fox, Director of Education and Collections
815-964-2424



2nd: Annual Community Round Up...Featuring Youth Talent Show Free

Black Hawk GetAWay Park Rockford Illinois 61108
Out Of School Fun Day ..All Social Groups Biker Groups Community Out Reach Groups and Business and Organizations Gather all at the Park to have a Great Time Loads of Activities for the Kids
Basketball Bouncy House Free Bees Free Library Books and Free Toys Bean Bag Race 3 Leg Race Jump Rope and also Guest Speakers and Youth Gots Talent Step Up and Get In Show ....Hot Dogs and Chips Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

Janene Stephenson Wright 779 770 9729


Artscursion to Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris

Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr, Rockford, IL 61114
Join us for this casual, affordable Art Event of the Summer! Experience a 19th century Paris evening from café to cabaret. Delicious French food, a boisterous band and beautiful works of art guarantee a night of joie de vivre! Pieces from local artists will be raffled off and available via silent auction. (Top hats and feathered headdresses optional.) Proceeds benefit Womanspace youth programs.

Womanspace
815-877-0118
info@womanspace-rockford.org



Heritagr Garden Walk

Boone County Conservation District, 603 N Appleton Rd, Belvidere, IL
Join the Boone County Conservation District for a stroll through five Cultural Heritage Gardens, a Rain Garden, Butterfly Garden and the Boone County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden.

Gardener interpreters in period clothing will be available for all your garden questions as you tour the Yankee, Scottish, German, Norwegian and Potawatomi gardens. Learn about the many varieties of heirloom vegetables grown by settlers in the early 1800’s. Visit the Norwegian and Scottish cabins and enjoy a beautiful summer evening in the gardens!

Members of the University of Illinois Boone County Master Gardener program will be on hand as you tour the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden.

The Boone County Garden Club of America Butterfly Garden and the Boone County Conservation District Rain Garden and Prairie Plant Identification area will also be included in the tour.

Enjoy free refreshments and lemonade in the schoolhouse!

Boone County Conservation District
815-547-7935
www.bccdil.org



Preview Day

1151 N. State Street, Elgin IL 60123
Visit us and experience the Judson Family. Come on your own or bring along a few friends and family and find out if Judson is right for you.
Enjoy a campus tour, attend a meeting about your desired major, interact with current staff, faculty and students as well as attend chapel, dine in the cafeteria and much more!
You may also experience our Overnight Preview Day, which includes all of the above plus an overnight stay to truly experience Judson dorm life and life on campus.


Mary Dulabaum
847-628-2089



World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series

1151 N. State Street, Elgin IL 60123
Join us for the World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series with Nick Vujicic, a successful motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author who, despite his disabilities, has learned how to live a "ridiculously good" life.

Mary Dulabaum
847-628-2089
mdulabaum@judsonu.edu



Cornerstone Good Time Gathering

Saelens Park, Durand IL
Flea Market, Antique Engines & Tractor Display, Food, Children's entertainment, Southern Rock/Blues Band from 6 pm - 8:30 pm.

Cornerstone Church, 815-248-8053


Special Needs Cheer Class!

Wight Tumble Academy 633 Harlem Rd. Machesney Park, IL
Calling all school aged kids! We are cutting the price and starting a cheer class for kids with special needs! $15/mo, plus $35/yr membership fee. Come be apart of our team!

Email us at tumblercoach@yahoo.com or check out Wight Tumble Academy on facebook for more information or to sign up!