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Ain't I a Woman!

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center Rockford University 5050 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61108
Ain't I a Woman! is a chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrating the lives and times of four significant African American women: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. Text is by Kim Hines.The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African American composers including Diane Monroe.

All Rockford University Forum Series Events are free and open to the public, however tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained through the Rockford University Box Office located in the Clark Arts Center, either during regular hours of operation (M–F, 1–5 p.m. or 1 hour before event at location of event) or via email (2 business days in advance,

Rockford University Box Office, 815-226-4100,

Conveyor Live Storytelling: Promises

317 W. Jefferson Rockford IL
Promises are the currency of hope. When we give someone a promise we give them our love. When we accept someone’s promise we give our trust; and sometimes the most important promise is the one you make to yourself.

Friday, January 30th 2014 Conveyor (317 W Jefferson) will be hosting Conveyor Live Storytelling. Conveyor Live Storytelling is a live storytelling night, where people tell 8-10 minute true stories relating to a theme based on the object they bring. Anyone and everyone is welcome to sign up to tell a story. This month’s theme is Promises.

The storyteller with Story of the Night will receive a prize..
The host of this event will be C.J. Campbell, The Director of Storytelling at Conveyor. The doors open at 7:45pm. Admission will be $5 Contact us through Facebook or send an email to C.J. at with any questions Conveyor is home for story.

Conveyor acts as a safehouse for stories to be told, heard, and archived. We’re doing something different by introducing the world’s oldest art form, storytelling, to Rockford.

Please follow us on Facebook at to stay updated and visit to watch the stories told from the previous nights.

C.J. Campbell 815-315-2336


Rockford illinois
Surprise your loved one this Valentines Day with a Gorilla Gram. Costume gorilla will deliver a bouquet of balloons 5 latex and 1 Mylar balloon. Cost is $45.00 we accept cash on delivery or visa and MasterCard American Express .

The colemans: 815-914-3573

Davis Town & Country Pancake Day

Davis, IL
All you can eat pancakes and sausage

Scott Meinert 815-238-3474

Growing Food Indoors with Hydroponics

Belvidere High School
Hydroponics, a method of growing plants in water instead of soil is becoming increasingly popular for growing food indoors. In the dead of winter, you can easily be growing lettuce, herbs, or other vegetables in your own home. Join Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller, as she demonstrates how easy making an at home hydroponic system can be. Candice will discuss the basics of how hydroponics works, the materials needed to build a system and the maintenance required. Opportunity will be given for participants to make their own system to take home with them if wanted. Belvidere High School Agriculture Instructor, Paul Widhalm, will also discuss the hydroponics system set up by the students at the high school.
The cost of this program is $5 for presentation only, and $15 for participants interested in creating a system to take home. All materials are included except for aquarium air pump and grow light. Pre-registration by Feb. 9th is required. You may register on line at or by calling 815-544-3710. Participants should park by the greenhouse behind the Performing Arts Center, and enter through door 30. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Extension office.

Judy Hodge

Bus Trip to Madison Garden Expo

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Join Klehm on a bus trip to explore the 21st annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center. The show features educational seminars, garden-related shopping, horticultural experts and more! Skip the traffic and parking fees and find everything you need to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood.
Price includes transportation and entrance to the show.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Depart from Klehm at 7:30am
Arrive back at Klehm at approximately 3:30pm (in time for Valentines Day dinner!)
Cost: $40 each
Space is limited; register online or by calling (815) 965-8146.

Sarah Lambert,, 815-965-8146

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 / /

High Wheeler Train Show

Harper College Sports Center, Building M 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067
Great event for both families and model railroading enthusiasts. FREE kids admission with online coupon. This model railroading show features 20 unique running layouts. NEW for 2015 Kids’ Only Make ‘n Take clinic sponsored by Walthers, free with admission. Details and pre-registration at Other free kids’ activities include coloring and crafts. Parking is free and the show is handicap accessible. Please note this event is cash only.
Admission—Cash Only: Adults (13 & older)-$9, Seniors (65 & over)-$7 Kids (5 thru 12) -$2 FREE with Online Coupon, Kids under 5-FREE

Jim Osborn
P: 815-578-8315 or 847-370-7121