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Summer Solstice Beer Tasting

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - Rockford, IL
Celebrate the longest day of the year with the best brews Rockford has to offer. Sample beers from local breweries, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dance to local music, all while experiencing the sunset in Klehm’s beautiful gardens.

Cost: To Be Determined

Sarah Lambert

NW Illinois National Day of Prayer events

NW IL locations
Belvidere NDP Breakfast, Community Building Complex, 8 am

Boone Co. NDP Service, Big Thunder Park, 12 Noon

Cedarville Area NDP Service, Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, 7 pm

Davis will observe NDP in Rock City

Dixon Area: YMCA, 7 pm

East Dubuque: St Mary's Parish, 5 pm prayers

Galena/Elizabeth: Crossroads Community Church, Galena Convention Center, 7 pm

Forrest Area: Forreston Reformed Church, 7:30 pm

Stephenson Co. NDP Breakfast, Stephenson Co. Farm Bureau, Music by Kim Stout, Jo Lyn Crofton-Kruse, Free, RSVP (815-297-2918)

Stephenson Co. Prayer for Our Nation Ceremony, Stephenson Co. Courthouse, 11:15 am: Music by Tri-County Christian & Aquin High Schools 12 noon: Ceremony
Free lunch

Immanuel Lutheran Church: Prayer 8 am - 5:30 pm, 6: service

St. Thomas Aquinas Church: Prayers 5:15 pm

Freeport Evening NDP Service, East Gate Christian Center, 7 pm

German Valley Area: Grace Valley Christian Reformed Church, 8 am - 9 pm

Hanover will observe NDP at Galena

Lanark Area: City Hall Conference Room 6:30 am

Lena NDP Service, Memorial Park, noon

Lena Community NDP Service, Lena United Methodis Church, 7 pm

Milledgeville will observe NDP at Lanark

Mt. Carroll area: Community NDP Service, Church on a Hill, 6 pm

Carroll County Courthouse Ceremony, noon

Mt. Morris will observe NDP at Polo

Oregon will observe NDP at Polo

Pearl City Area, Zion Community Church, 7 pm

Polo: Ogle County NDP Service, Crossroads Community Church, Polo, 7 pm

Rochelle: Rochelle City Hall, noon

Rockton: Rockton Village Park, noon

Rock City Area: Rock City United Methodist Church, 7 pm

Rock Falls: Community NDP Service, City of God, 8:30 am

Rockford: Annual Leadership Prayer Lunch, Clock Tower, 11:45 am (815-633-6261)

Rockford Region NDP Prayer Walk, Memorial Hall to the corner of Winnebago St. and West State St., 5:30 pm

Rockford Region NDP Service, Memorial Hall, 7 pm

Savanna will observe NDP at Mt. Carroll

Shannon Area: Shannon Baptist Church, 9 am

Sterling Area: Mayor's Luncheon, YMCA, Noon

Stockton: Community NDP Breakfast, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 6:30 am

Thomson: York Community Congregational Church, 10 am

Warren Baptist Church, Wed. night prayer (5/2), 7 pm

Winslow Area: Town Flagpole, Noon

Debbie Leininger
NW IL Coordinator
National Day of Prayer Task Force

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102
Looking for a unique experience to share with family and loved ones, come to Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens’ Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea on Saturday May 31 at 11:30am. The Mad Hatter, Alice, and the Queen of Hearts have decided to attend our tea and will be eating and talking with all of our guests. Enjoy three delectable courses of scones, various kid-approved sandwiches, along with an array of desserts to compliment your endless amount of tea. The Queen of Hearts demands that every tea guest participate in a game of croquet otherwise, OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!! Price is $20 for adults, $10 children (6-12), under five is free. Members save $5 on each ticket. For any question please contact Ashley at and/or 815-964-2424. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102.

Ashley Downing

Murder Mystery Night

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102
Join us on Saturday May 10 from 6-8pm for our Murder Mystery Night at the Mayor’s House. In the most powerful city in the world, the widely-known, uncorrectable Mayor has been killed the day before the election and it is your job to figure our who-dun-it! Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102, 815-964-2424.

Ashley Downing

Paranormal Tour

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Join us on Friday May 16 from 7-10pm 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. 7-8:30 Lecture by Paranormal investigator, 8:45-9:30 tour of the Cottage. Each tour begins in the Barn. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $30 at the door. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102, 815-964-2424.

Ashley Downing


Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Dr, Rockford, Il 61107
Sale of Delicatessen specialities. Buffet lunch served from 10AM -1:00PM, shop from 10AM to 7 PM for baked goods, blintzes, soups, sliced pastrami and corned beef, kosher style hot dogs, bagged lunches to go. Drive-through for bagged lunch. Pre-order free delivery for 10 or more bagged lunches to same address.

Susan Rosenfeld, Publicity,815-9648642
Temple Beth-El, 815-398-5020

Jazz on the Rock - Roaring 20s Gala

Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Jazz on the Rock Roaring 20s Gala benefitting Children's Home + Aid. Visit for more information

Lisa Breitsprecker -

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!

Jodi May

"Budding Artists"

Burpee Museum - Rockford, Illinois
The Kiwanis Club of Rockford presents "Budding Artists" an Inaugural Evening Event Celebrating Young Talent.
Art Show - Live Art Auction - Music - Hors d'oevres and Cash Bar. For more information and on-line ticket purchase please visit

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

Bouncing Off the Walls - Broadway Our Way

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue, Rockford, IL 61104
Celebrating the most recent Broadway hits
CGMC reimagines selections from
The Book of Mormons, Newsies, Kinky Boots & more
Presented by The Center for the Arts and Spirituality @ Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Chicago Gay Men's Chorus

Catherine Rennert

Who Else 43rd Annual Pig Roast

Nelson, IL
The Who Else 43rd Annual Pig Roast will headline band Black Stone Cherry with opening acts by Trippin Molly, Dirt Road Rockers and Terry Cox. There will also be a bike show & burnout contest as well as a wet t-shirt contest. Attendees must be 21 years old.

Food and beverages are available and camping is free.

Tickets for the event can be found here:

Grand Army of The Frontier shoot

Telegraph Rd (Will be marked) Winnebago, IL
Grand Army of The Frontier (GAF) is a break off of Cowboy Action Shooting. Participants usually dress in period uniforms from 1866-1899.

Don Long 815 967 6333. 4216 Mila Ave, Rockford, IL 61101.

Victorian Murder Mystery Night

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, 411 Kent Street Rockford Il 61102
Join us on Saturday April 26 from 6-8pm for our Victorian Murder Mystery Night Known for her flair for over-the-top events, everyone has decided to attend Rose’s party, 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! Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102, 815-964-2424.

Ashley Downing

Summer Auction / Champaign Area Fish Exchange

Urbana Civic Center 108 E Water Street Urbana IL 61801
Champaign Area Fish Exchange Summer Auction will be held July 19, 2014 at the Urbana Civic Center 108 E Water Street, Urbana, IL 61801. Doors open at 8am. Auction begins at 10:30am

Fish, plants, food, equipment, books, etc may be offer for sale. For more information or to advance register as a seller contact Jerry 217-359-6707 or

Auction rules and sellers sheet can be found at

FAAS 10 table method will be used for auction items.

Jerry 217-359-6707

Great American Cleanup (TM)

Throughout Winnebago and Boone Counties
Pre-registered Individuals and teams may pick up safety equipment at 20 locations 8-9 a.m. and clean litter from pre-assigned roadsides throughout the morning. Event organized by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

Frank Manzullo, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, 815-637-1343

Astronomy Day

Discovery Center Museum 711 North Main Street Rockford, IL 61103
Discovery Center Celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps, and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the Sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club. Sponsored in part by Astro-Physics.

Ann Marie Walker