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Dia De Los Muertos

Discovery Center Museum 711 North Main Street Rockford IL 61103
Decorate your skull mask and shake your maracas! Discovery Center joins Rockford Art Museum, La Voz Latina, Rockford Dance Company, and Burpee Museum to celebrate this life-affirming, family-building, engaging tradition. This event will be held at the Riverfront Museum Park campus; Discovery Center admission is extra.

Free - Members and children age one and younger

Ann Marie Walker

Rockford Spine Center Hosts Free Community Spine Care Seminar

Rockford Spine Center, 2902 McFarland Road #300 Rockford, IL 61107
Neck or back pain, sciatica, or pinched nerves can take over your life. Often times resulting in a feeling of hopelessness. Want to learn more about what treatments work without the hassle of making a doctor’s appointment? Dr. Fred Sweet is hosting a free community spine care seminar at Rockford Spine Center. This event is free and all are welcome. Dr. Sweet will discuss common spinal problems, treatment options and answer your questions.

The decision to have surgery is not an easy one, but armed with information, you can make the decision that’s right for you. The surgeons at Rockford Spine Center have brought a new generation of spinal care to the region. From minimally invasive techniques to complex surgeries - they are giving patients their lives back.

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Hollie at 815-316-6873.

Clearing the Air about Radon

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
Radon is a colorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil and enters homes and other buildings. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer to non-smokers. Join Jay Solomon, U of I Extension, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator for this informative program. Here you will learn: what radon is, how to test your home for radon, how to reduce the level of radon in your home, the danger radon poses, and how to locate a professional for help. Each household will receive a FREE radon kit. The cost for the program is $5 per person. To register, please go to or call the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710.

Judy Hodge

Murder Mystery Night

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford Il 61102
Murder at the Speakeasy, November 15, 6-8pm. Dust off your flapper dress, zoot suits and Tommy guns and get ready for your Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Party! At this cozy little hot spot, hidden in the old Tinker mansion, you will find the best night scene around. Drink, dance, sing and mingle with other like-minded individuals but be careful, wherever there is liquor there is always the mafia…and the police. Cost is $20 per member, $25 for non-member. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102, 815-964-2424.

Ashley Downing


Prairie Street Brewhouse
CAPTURE-Celebrating local photographers, benefiting The Haven Network. The Haven Network serves families who have experienced the death of their pre-born or new born baby. Part of the unique services provided to the families at no charge, is the gift of Photography. Because Photography is such an important part of The Haven Network, we have partnered together for an evening of celebration with talented local photographers to benefit The Haven Network and it's photography program. Tickets are $20.00, ticket price includes: heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and the opportunity to view stunning pieces of photography from over 20 amazingly talented local photographers. Call The Haven Network office at 815-962-1512 to purchase tickets.

Kathy Pittman, 815-962-1512

Daytime Group for People with Hearing Loss

Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038 MacIntosh Lane, Rockford, IL 61107
All with hearing loss welcome.

Pietrina Probst, 815.332.6833

Chili Supper, Craft Market, & Bake Sale

Prairie Ridge Apartments 1730 Hance Dr. Freeport, IL 61032
Meal - $6.00 – All the Chili you can eat (relishes, bread, dessert & drink included)
Children’s Meal (under 12 yrs) - $3.00 (Chili or Hot Dog meal)

Bake Sale – Homemade baked items
Craft Market – Homemade crafts and gift items

The money raised will go to resident activities.

College of Nursing Information Session

University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford
Are you seeking a Master's in Science in Nursing (MS), a Certificate in nursing, or advanced practice Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree?

UIC College of Nursing will be hosting an Information Session on November 14, 2014 from 3p to 5p at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford IL.

Please RSVP to Pam Johnson at or 815-395-5624

Pamela Johnson, or 815-395-5624


Prairie Street Brewhouse, Rockford
The Haven Network serves families who have suffered the death of their unborn or new born baby. Part of the unique services for our families is the gift of Photography.

Because Photography is such an important part of The Haven Network, we have partnered together for an evening of celebration with talented local Photographers to benefit The Haven Network and its Photography program.

Tickets are $20 in advance. Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and the opportunity to view stunning pieces of photography from over 20 amazingly talented local

Call The Haven Network office at 815-962-1512 to purchase tickets. Limited spacing available.

The Haven Network, 815-962-1512 or


Womanspace 3333 Maria Linden Dr. Rockford, IL 61114
Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable and encouraging group. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment. Please join us for our Seventh Year of earth mothering! The speakers and activities will be listed each month in Intertwinings.

October’s topic: Light bulbs! How energy efficient, environmentally-friendly, and cost effective are the LED, incandescent and CSF’s? Examples will be brought in with some data and statistics. It should be an illuminating discussion!

Fee: Freewill offering


Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga

Womanspace 3333 Maria Linden Dr. Rockford, IL 61114
Open to all levels, men and women. Recommended for beginners, young and old, injured and athletic alike. Great to manage and reduce tension and stress. Join us Thursday mornings at 9:30 for Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative yoga practice. Hatha yoga is a slow-paced, gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishes a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the Ha - sun/stimulating energy with the Tha – moon/calming energy.

Restorative yoga is a practice that helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and eye pillow (if you have one).


Mix It, Don't Match It! Mixed Media for You

Womanspace 3333 Maria Linden Dr. Rockford, IL 61114
Whether you are a professional or a beginner, this class will encompass the inner “think outside the box” attitude of what art is. Your canvas will capture new and old techniques to surprise the artist in all. We will share ideas as our creative juices flow. Students should bring 2 pre-primed canvases, Sharpie markers, and old magazine or two for images, and any paints and brushes desired.


Explore RVC

Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium
Rock Valley College invites anyone who is thinking about going to college to come see what RVC has to offer at the next Explore RVC event!

Prospective students who attend will hear from RVC faculty members on how students can be successful in the classroom. There will also be an Information Fair featuring numerous Student Services departments from RVC, including Financial Aid, Career Services, and Student Life. Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to select from various academic areas and can speak to faculty from that area and visit the facilities related to that field of study.

Tours of the entire campus will be available after the event upon request.

Parents are welcome to attend as well. If you plan to attend, please RSVP online at or by calling (815) 921-4275.

(815) 921-4275.

Blackout Party 5

Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
Blackout Party Fundraiser Names Beneficiary, Enters Fifth Year

The Blackout Party 5, an annual Party with a Purpose, has named this year's charity of choice as the American Heart Association, says Vincent Rideout, organizer of the event.

Mr. Rideout has been organizing the event for the past four years, choosing a different worthwhile cause to donate a portion of the proceeds to each year. “Blackout Party” refers to the dress code to attend the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear black formal to casual wear.

“I am a Rockford native, and I see the need for help in different areas of our community,” says Mr. Rideout. “This is my way of giving back”

Mr. Rideout's choice of charity always hinges on the fact that the funds donated must stay in the Rockford area. Some of the organizations helped in the past include Crusader Clinic's Womens Health Initiative, and SwedishAmerican Hospital's Diabetes Self Management Center.

This year's hosts for the event will be Rockford's own American Idol, Paris Bennett, who is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and Chicago Music Legend Mr. George Daniels, who will host the night's Steppers Set.

This year's event will take place at Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center, on Saturday, November 1st. Tickets are $40 in advance for regular admission, and $65 in advance for the VIP Lounge. They are available online at or attendees may call 815.988.1057.Also featured are local vendor booths and silent auction items.

Valerie Moore
Beloit, WI 608.466.0678

Vincent Rideout 815.988.1057
Valerie Moore 608.466.0678

Trainfest 2014

Wisconsin State Fair Park, Expo Center, 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 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 60 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 200,000 square feet of display area. Discounted advanced tickets available online at
For more show details visit
Admission Information: Adults: $12.50 ($11.50 Advanced) Kids 4-12: $5 ($3 Advanced) 3 & Under: Always FREE

Angela 262-782-4637