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World Tai Chi Day Celebration

Historic Downtown Woodstock Square, Woodstock, IL 60098
Global Event April 25th in the Historic Woodstock Square will offer FREE Tai Chi

“Harvard Health Publications has called Tai Chi “Medication in Motion” for all the myriad health issues it has been proven to help…” (source:

World Tai Chi & QiGong Day began in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998 and is now in its 15th year with over 70 nations participating. On the last Saturday of April each year, this multi-national “healing wave” of people moving and breathing in harmony begins at 10 AM in New Zealand and spreads from time zone to time zone, finally concluding in Hawaii.

MoonWillow Tai Chi and Young Masters Martial Arts & Fitness Studio will join this wave on April 25th, 2015, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM in the historic Woodstock Square. This event will offer information and a free Tai Chi class to all comers, and then conclude in Young Masters studios in the Woodstock Square Mall for tours and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Young Masters studios indoors)

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese health exercise that combines focused breath and slow martial arts movements. It is considered “healing movement for every body” because it is a gentle and relaxing experience that is accessible to most people regardless of physical condition (there are even classes especially adapted to individuals in wheelchairs).

Benefits of Tai Chi include improved balance, posture, bone density, blood pressure, sleep, digestion, and immunity. It also reduces chronic pain and improves cardiovascular and nervous system disorders.

For more information on Tai Chi and the World Tai Chi & QiGong Day event, contact Allison Deputy of MoonWillow at (847) 458-0377 , by e-mail at
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Allison Deputy
(847) 458-0377

East High School 75th Anniversary Celebration

East High School 2929 Charles Street Rockford, IL 61108
Rockford East High School is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an open house on Friday, April 17th from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. This special night will feature a walk through time from 1940 to 2015. Memorabilia and music spanning eight decades will be featured in designated classrooms and common areas throughout the building for guests to enjoy and reminisce.

Guests will also have the opportunity to view the remodeled library and new main office, and peek into the new state-of-the-art athletics field house, scheduled for completion later this year. The beautifully renovated auditorium may be viewed up until 7:30 p.m. as the East High Drama Dept. prepares to present its annual spring play, “Seussical The Musical,” at 8 p.m. Discounted tickets will be available to open house guests who may wish to attend the performance.

A recap of the history of the school and E-Rab achievements through the years will be presented in the historic gym at 7:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with performances by the East High band and cheer and dance teams, followed by anniversary cake and other refreshments in the concessions area.

This event is free and open to the public, especially all E-Rab alumni, their families, and past administration and faculty — once an E-Rab, always an E-Rab!

For more information call Terry Giardini at 815-229-2100 or Scott Cain at 815-399-2482.

National night out in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

chuck e cheese 3600 east state st rockford, illinois
10% of event sales go to Big Brothers Big Sisters just mention you are there to support BBBS

Jim Evans 815 226-9404 no public email

Paint, drink & be merry with Vino van Gogh

Hydeout Bar & Grill 13502 Julie Dr. Poplar Grove, Il 61065
Now that Spring is finally here it is time to get out and have some fun! Join us for this event or any of our April events! Use code “Spring6” to save $6 off the regular $38 when registering at

For more locations/dates visit Paint, drink & be merry!

VinoVan Gogh

Paint, drink & be merry with Vino van Gogh

Thunder Bay Grille 7652 Potawatomi Trail, Rockford, IL
Now that Spring is finally here it is time to get out and have some fun! Join us for this event or any of our April events! Use code “Spring6” to save $6 off the regular $38 when registering at

For more locations/dates visit Paint, drink & be merry!

Vino Van Gogh

Paint, drink & be merry with Vino van Gogh

GreenFire Restaurant Bar & Bakery 6795 East Riverside Boulevard Rockford, IL
Now that Spring is finally here it is time to get out and have some fun! Join us for this event or any of our April events! Use code “Spring6” to save $6 off the regular $38 when registering at

For more locations/dates visit Paint, drink & be merry!

Vino Van Gogh

Public Paranormal Invetigation of the Tinker Swiss Museum

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum 411 Kent Street Rockford,IL
Haunted Rockford is joining renowned Paranormal Investigator, Dale Kaczarek for a public investigation of this very active site. Dale will share some of the interesting experiences that he has collected on previous trips to Tinker and then you will get a chance to use some of his team's equipment and investigate for yourself. The price for this event is $40.00 and must be paid in advance!

Kathi Kresol

A Fair Bazaar

2nd. Congregational/1st. Presbyterian Church
A Fair Bazaar celebrating World Fair Trade Day and Mother's Day. The bazaar will be a joint effort of Just Goods, Fair For All and artworks will be displayed by the ARC.

Linda Roy
1318 S. Trainer Rd.
Rockford, IL 61108

Marketing & Merchandising for Farmers Market Vendors

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
The 2015 farmers market season is upon us! Farmer vendors are doing final preparations so that market booths can be brimming with farm-fresh products on opening day. However, with all the work that goes into simply getting products to the farmers market, many growers have not set aside the time to think about some of the direct-to-consumer marketing considerations that could make booths and products more appealing, thus boosting sales and creating repeat costumers.
Join Andy Larson, U of I Extension, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator as he discusses topics such as: setup, signage, and staffing considerations to make your booth stand out; packaging, pricing and display to make your products move; customer service tips that will bring people back week after week.
The cost of this program is $5.00 per person. Registration can be done by calling the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710 or online at If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Extension office.

Judy Hodge

Fund Development Certificate Program offered by North Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Rockford, IL
Rockford University’s Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) is offering a Fund Development Certificate Program beginning this spring. Taken on its own or as a first step toward a certificate in Fund Development, The Art of Fundraising will be immensely valuable to you and your nonprofit.
The Art of Fundraising course begins on Tuesday, March 31 from 4:30-7PM. All courses are located at Rockford University.

Cost for the program is $250 per course or $1,250 for the entire program.
Cost includes completion certificate and all instruction material. Registration is accepted by fax, 815-397-8729, or by mail to NICNE, 5050 E. State St. Rockford, 61108 and is open until March 27.

For more information and to obtain a registration form please contact Jennifer Smith, (815)394-4384 or, or visit

Jennifer Smith, (815)394-4384 or

The 3D Printing Revolution: How 3D Printing is Changing the World

The Olympic Tavern 2327 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
STEM Café is coming to Rockford! Northern Illinios University’s STEM Outreach presents the first of several STEM Cafés planned for Rockford. Adults are invited to eat, drink, and discuss the latest research and breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun, casual environment.
This Month's Topic: Advancements in 3D printing are making it possible for researchers and average folks to print everything from car parts to body parts. How does additive manufacturing actually work and how is it changing our lives? Find out at the April STEM Café. This month's speakers are Dr. Federico Sciammarella, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NIU, and Dan Cataldi, Executive Director of EIGERlab.

Judy Dymond

PAID Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Preceptorships

Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital - Dixon, Illinois. Gibson Area Hospital - Gibson City, Illinois
The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) is offering three PAID Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Preceptorships this summer. Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital (KSB) is the host site for the first six-week preceptorship in Dixon, Illinois, Wednesday, June 3 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Gibson Area Hospital is the host site for the second six-week preceptorship in Gibson City, Illinois, Monday, June 8 - Tuesday, July 21, 2015. St. Mary's Hospital is the host site for the third six-week preceptorship in Centralia, Illinois, Wednesday, June 10 - Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The ideal candidate is from a rural community and enrolled in a graduate or professional level health professions program. Minimum qualifications are students who will have completed their sophomore year of undergraduate schooling by this summer and possess a strong interest in rural healthcare. Students from the following disciplines are eligible: medicine, physician assistant, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, physical therapy, dietetics, and other health profession students as appropriate. Selected students will receive a $1,500 stipend, meals and housing. The application deadline is March 31, 2015. More information and an application can be found at Be sure to click on Student Opportunities, 6 Week Summer Preceptorships. Questions can be directed to Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at 815 395-5854.

Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper - 815.395.5854

Free Sexual Assault Seminar

University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, Illinois
Join us for a free seminar about sexual assault with guest speaker, Sherry Falsetti, PhD, on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30. The program will be held at the University of Illinois Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford, Illinois. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to rsvp, call 815.395.5920 or email

Cynthia Hall - 815.395.5920

Holocaust Memorial Observance

Auditorium University of Illinois-College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107
An event to honor the memory of those who died in the Holocaust.

Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford

5K Tractor Trot

Malta, IL
The 2015 Tractor Trot race will take place on June 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The proceeds will be donated to the DeKalb County Community Gardens.
DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) is an innovative approach to end hunger and food insecurity in DeKalb County, by providing access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown organic vegetables for all who may be in need. DCCG manages over 15 acres of growing space. In two short years DCCG has produced nearly ten tons of food donated to local food pantries, day care centers, schools, community meal locations, senior citizen centers and housing units, as well as to the meals on wheels program. DCCG has gardens all over the County, with over 200 raised beds as well as large acreages.

Cris / 847-495-2278 / /