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4th Annual Flu Shot Event

Variety of locations

Partners in health care and educational institutions will provide free flu shots on Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 23. Any adult ages 18 to 64 is welcome to receive their free flu shot if they have no health insurance, are unemployed, or if they can otherwise not afford a flu shot. No proof of identification is needed. Medicare and Medicaid cards are not accepted. Supplies are limited.

On October 21, free flu shots will be offered at:
• Belvidere Boone County Food Pantry, 200 5th Street, Capron, IL (8am-12noon)

On October 23, free flu shots will be offered at the following locations:
• Boone County: Salvation Army, 422 South Main Street, Belvidere, IL (8am-12noon)
• DeKalb County: Salvation Army, 830 Grove Street, DeKalb, IL (9am-12noon) & (5pm-7pm)
• Lee County: McReynolds Tower, 100 Washington Avenue, Dixon, IL (9am-12noon)
• Ogle County: First General Baptist Church, 500 South 12th Street, Rochelle, IL (8am-12noon)
• Stephenson County: Salvation Army Church Co-Op, 106 West Exchange Street, Freeport, IL (8am-12noon)
• Whiteside County: Whiteside County Health Department, 1300 West 2nd Street, Rock Falls, IL (8am-12noon)
• Winnebago County:
o Rock River Food Pantry, 421 South Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL (1pm-4pm)
o Shelter Care Ministries, 412 North Church Street, Rockford, IL (9am-12noon)
o St. Elizabeth Center, 1536 South Main Street, Rockford, IL (1pm-4pm)
o St. Bridget Food Pantry, 600 Clifford Avenue, Loves Park, IL (8am-12noon)
o Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Avenue, Rockford, IL (8am-12noon)
o Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 West State Street, Rockford, IL (8am-12noon)
In addition to flu shots, glucose and blood pressure screening will be offered at the Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago County sites.

Anyone can get the flu, and it can be serious. Every year, protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot.
For more information on the clinics, call Sue Fuller at (815) 720-4213.

Sue Fuller, 815.720.4213

Scrip Signing/Staged Reading of New Play

Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St, Pecatonica IL, 61063
Pec Playhouse Theatre is excited to announce that we will be holding a script signing event with local playwright Dan Doyle to celebrate the publication of his script “Waste MisManagement,” which had its premiere production at PPT as part of our 2012 season and is now officially published through Dramatic Publishing! In addition to the script signing, we will also be presenting a staged reading of Dan’s newest show, “Politically Possessed” featuring many well-known local actors, including many from the premiere cast of “Waste MisManagement.” The event will be held on October 26th beginning at 2pm at the theatre. Scripts of “Waste MisManagement” may be purchased through the publisher’s website at, or a limited number of scripts will be available for purchase at the event for signing.


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

St. John's UCC of Belvidere Women's Retreat

St. John's United Church of Christ 401 N. Main St. Belvidere IL 61008
St. John’s UCC of Belvidere will be hosting “At the Window” A retreat on Prayer. This Women’s spiritual retreat will be on Saturday October 25th 2014 from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Cost is $5.00 per lady.
Come enjoy this enriching retreat presented by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell

Rev. Muriel Morley Jahn


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.


UIC-College of Pharmacy Information Session

University of Illinois 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL
If you are considering a career in pharmacy, please attend the UIC-College of Pharmcay open house.
Topics and discussions will include:
Admission Requirements
Application Procedures and Timetable
Interview Process
Financial Aid
Overview of the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree
Career Opportunities - a bright future for the Pharm.D.

Ken Smith and & Rachel Van Den Broek

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.

Welcome Star Lodge #36 & Princess Zorah Chapter #20

Lino's Restaurant of Rockford 5611 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108
Masonic Family Annual Banquet (P.H.A.)
Theme – “Unification” Brothers and Sisters dwelling together in unity
Speaker Bishop John F. Senter

Dr. Sterling E. Blackmon

Taste the Hops

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (200 S. Bell School Road)
The Rock Valley College Athletics Booster Club will host its annual “Taste the Hops” beer tasting fundraiser on Friday, October 24, 2014, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Radisson (200 S. Bell School Road).

At “Taste the Hops” you will have the opportunity to sample from a wide selection of unique beers throughout the night! There will also be live and silent auctions, raffles, food, music, and dancing. All proceeds benefit the athletics programs at Rock Valley College.

Through the years, the RVC Athletics Booster Club has made it possible for RVC teams to take spring trips to places like Florida,Texas, and Arizona, and they have also purchased championship rings and other items to honor RVC’s national championship teams (including six national championship teams in the last four years).

Tickets are just $40 per person and can be purchased online at or in person at the RVC Athletics office in the Physical Education Center (PEC) building on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road).

DA Huff, 815-921-3801

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

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 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

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!

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