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Public Exhibition of The Historical Buddha’s Relics

Phap Lam Temple, Rockford IL
Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display in Rockford September 12, 13 and 14.

Most of the Relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are over 2,600 years old. Many of the relics are from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own collection. Relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of wisdom and loving kindness.

The exhibitions provide a chance for people to connect directly with some of the greatest spiritual Masters of all time and to reflect on their own potential for a kinder and more loving heart.

This public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend.

Friday September 12: 6pm to 8pm
Saturday September 13: 10am to 7pm
Sunday September 14: 10am to 5pm
Phap Lam Temple
518 15th Ave.
Rockford, Illinois 61104


Bhikkhu Thich Phuoc Tri
Email: phaplam01@gmail.com
Telephone: 815 965 3370



Trinity UMC Annual Fish Boil

Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 W. Pearl City, Rd. Freeport, IL
Trinity United Methodist Church will be holding their 3rd Annual Fish Boil on Saturday, October 4th from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12.

Ticket price includes dinner, dessert, and drink. The public is invited to the event and to watch the Rock City Fire Department prepare and boil the fish.




Winnebago County CASA Night Out at Casey's Pub

Casey's Pub 7307 N. Alpine Road Loves Park, IL 61111 www.caseyspub.net
Come join us for an evening of fun with great Food, Door Prizes, and Chinese auction items to help add to the fun! Pizza, Pasta, Salad, and Cookies will be served. Your $10 ticket includes food as well as your chance to win a 50” Flat Screen Plasma TV from Al Grace Appliances! You need not be present to win!
ALL proceeds benefit Winnebago County CASA. For additional info & to purchase tickets online, visit www.winnebagocountycasa.org
http://www.winnebagocountycasa.org/caseys-pub-grill-ticket/

815-319-6880 Winnebago County CASA Office or our website, www.winnebagocountycasa.org


Proud to Be Pagan Day

on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 4848 Turner St, Rockford, IL
Please join the Northern Illinois Pagan Alliance in welcoming Selena Fox of Wisconsin's Circle Sanctuary as our Guest of Honor at the Annual Proud to Be Pagan Day on September 13, 2014. Selena will discuss "Paganism Around the World".
The event will be held on the grounds of Rockford's Unitarian Universalist Church at 4848 Turner Street. Events are planned from 10am to dusk, and include family friendly activities, vendors, music, drumming, and workshops. a lunch tent with beverages and snacks is planned. Admission is $4 over 12 & $1 discount with the donation of 1 non-perishable food item. (no glass please). Food donations to go to Emmanuel Lutheran Food Bank.

Betsy Urbik


Rally in the Valley

Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, 112 S. Cherry Street, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
Cherry Valley United Methodist Church is having a “Rally in the Valley” on Sunday, September 7, from 1 pm to 4 pm. There will be live music (the New Life Worship Team), a bouncy house, face painting, a dunk tank, family picture, hot dogs, popcorn and much more! The event is free and open to all. Bring the family for a fun afternoon. Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to be donated to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry. The church is located at 112 S. Cherry Street in downtown Cherry Valley. Call the church at 815-332-5075 for information.

Nancy Laurent
815-332-5075



Award-winning Author and Producer of Fox TV series, Bones to Visit Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
Award-winning Author and Producer of Fox TV series, Bones to Visit Northern Illinois University

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the NIU Anthropology Museum, celebrated forensic anthropology Dr. Kathy Reichs will visit NIU and speak on her career as a scientist, author and tv producer of the show BONES. The Anthropology Museum at NIU is excited to welcome her to this signature event on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Dr. Reichs will speak at 4:00pm at the Sandburg Auditorium at the Holmes Student Center. She will also be the keynote speaker for the Anthropology Museum’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event beginning at 7:30 pm in Altgeld Hall.

For more information about the museum’s newest exhibit, Curated by DeKalb: 50 Years of the Anthropology Museum at NIU and Kathy’s visit, please log on to
http://www.niu.edu/anthro_museum. Kathy’s talk and book signing is free and open to the public. Registration information for the Museum Gala will be available on the museum’s website in September.



The Anthropology Museum at NIU
815.753.2520



Byron Chamber ChiliFest

Byron Forest Preserve Heritage Farm (7993 N. River Road) in Byron.
The Byron Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce plans for a ChiliFest on Saturday, October 4-Presentened by RE/MAX Professional Advantage. The event will be held at the Byron Forest Preserve Heritage Farm (7993 N. River Road) in Byron. Cooking will begin at 10AM, gates open at Noon, Live Music begins at 1PM, Judging at 2PM and Awards at 3PM. The event will be held rain or shine.

Teams will have the opportunity to compete for trophies in two categories – Judge’s Choice and Theme/Showmanship. There is no registration fee to have a team and enter your chili. All teams must provide all of their own cooking ingredients, cooking devices, utensils, prep and serving tables, heavy duty extension cords (electricity will be available), tents, etc. All teams must make at least 5 gallons of chili.
Admission to the event by the general public is $5.00/person (children 7 and under are free).

Attendees will have the opportunity to taste any or all of the chili available. Additional food will available for purchase during the fest as well.

Registration forms and a complete set of rules and regulations are available at the Chamber office, 232 W Second Street (City Hall) in Byron.

Please contact the Chamber office at 815-234-5500 or email byronchamber@gmail.com with any questions.


Pretzel City Brewfest

Grass lot at the intersection of Chicago and Douglas in Freeport IL
Freeport Downtown Development Foundation (FDDF) announces a craft beer tasting in downtown Freeport.

The Pretzel City Brewfest will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 1 – 5:30 p.m. in the grass lot at the intersection of Chicago and Douglas.

Attendees can either purchase a general admission ticket for $20, which includes admission, 20 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass or VIP tickets for $50 that include one hour early entry, 30 tasting tickets, access to special releases, two souvenir glasses, bag, t-shirt, and koozie. General admission ticket price goes to $25 at the gate.

Beer vendors will be on hand to serve tastings of both local and national craft beers. There will be special flavor releases starting at 1:30p.m. Food will also be available from Main Street Bistro, Freeport Jaycees, Hungry Hot Dog Cart, the Elk’s Lodge, and Royal Pub. Entertainment will be provided by national touring band, and Freeport natives, Nathan Dean and the Damn Band.

Tickets are available for purchase online with a debit or credit card. www.pretzelcitybrewfest.com. Tickets are also available for purchase with cash or check at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, Royal Liquor and Fairway Ford.





Monster Machines in Motion

Silha Quarry - Corner of Wright Rd. & Delavan Dr. in Janesville, WI
Climb aboard massive quarry and construction equipment, ride on a backhoe or front loader, take a ride in your favorite monster truck or dig for diamonds. Food and kid's activities, too. Proceeds benefit the Exchange Family Resource Center.

(608)314-9006 Ext 3


La Voz Latina Annual Recognition Banquet

Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL
Celebrating its 43rd anniversary of serving the Latino community in Northern Illinois, La Voz Latina will host its Annual Recognition Banquet on September 26, 2014 at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Conference Center in Rockford.

The event will honor local Hispanics for educational and professional achievements that have inspired the community as well as individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to the agency and its mission. Individuals will be recognized in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year, Employee Years of Service, Latino of Distinction and Community Member of Distinction. Additionally, the Partner of Distinction honor will be awarded to a local company who has supported La Voz Latina’s programming throughout the year.

The banquet, a part of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 through October 15, includes a social hour featuring an authentic scaled down mercado, dinner, awards presentation, silent auction and raffle, and features dancing and live music from Grupo Escape.

Tickets for the banquet are $60 for individuals and $750 for corporate tables of 8 and may be purchased online - https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=eheqp4iab&oeidk=a07e9iiczhlf678b386


815-965-5784, http://www.lavozlatina-rkfd.org/


MELD on the Rock

Prairie Street Brew House, 200 Prairie St, Rockford, IL
MELD ON THE ROCK is a fun evening to dine on the Rock with MELD and listen to some great music by MEN OF OUR TIMES. Evening also includes 50/50 Cash Raffle and a Chance to win a “ROCK and Setting” of donated by Mincemoyer Jewelry.

Cost is $15 a person or table of 8 for $120 purchased in advance. Cost
at the door is $20 a person.

Prime sponsors of the event are Mincemoyer Jewelry, Stillman Bank,
5th 3rd Bank, SwedishAmerican Health System and Meridian.

All proceeds from the “MELD ON THE ROCK” will benefit MELD programs including the MELD Young Moms and Dads Parenting and Support Groups, and the MELD Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Program for young families in our community.

Purchase tickets at Mincemoyer Jewlery, all Stllman Banks,
all 5th 3rd Banks, online at www.rockfordmeld.org or at the MELD
office – 3703 N. Main Street.


For more information call MELD at 815-633-6353 x10


Celebration of Peace: Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi, Ph.D. by President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Rockford University, Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Associated from 1956 with Initiatives of Change (formerly known as Moral Re-Armament), Dr. Gandhi has been engaged for half a century in efforts for trust-building, reconciliation and democracy and in battles against corruption and inequalities.

Formerly a member (1990-92) of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), Dr. Gandhi led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in 1990. In 2004 he received the International Humanitarian Award (Human Rights) from the City of Champaign, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Calgary (Canada) and an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Obirin University, Tokyo. He currently also serves as a Jury Member, Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, and Co-chair, Centre for Dialogue & Reconciliation, Gurgaon, India.

Tickets are free for this event, but are required. Contact the Rockford University Clark Arts Center Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu to reserve your ticket.

Rockford University Box Office, BoxOffice@rockford.edu, 815-226-4100


Bully Bash 2014

Teen Turf 235 W Main St, Amboy, IL 61310
Bully Bash 2014 is coming to Amboy, Illinois. Teen Turf will be hosting this event on October 25, 2014 from 4 PM till 10 PM.
Jr. High and High Schoolers, bring your family and friends. It is FREE! Help raise awareness against bullying and teen suicide. There will be a whole hog raffled off. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. A hay ride, Dance and Halloween Costume Contest will be held, so dress up in costume. Many door prizes will be given through out the night. Food will be available for purchase. There will be a balloon drop, limbo, cookie walk, and so much more! Please come out and help us raise awareness. There is so much bullying going on and we need more people like YOU to help us bash out Bullying!





Rockton River Market

Settler's Park, Rockton, IL
The Rockton River Market offers a small town atmosphere on the scenic Rock River.

Each Wednesday features:
Live music
locally made items
locally grown produce
Food and drinks

Bring blankets or chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening in our park.
Come for the shopping. Stay for the music!

https://www.facebook.com/rocktonrivermarket

Jodi May
815-713-5588
info@rocktonchamber.com



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 www.trainfest.com.
For more show details visit Trainfest.com
Admission Information: Adults: $12.50 ($11.50 Advanced) Kids 4-12: $5 ($3 Advanced) 3 & Under: Always FREE


Angela 262-782-4637