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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

Frozen Affair Prince and Princess Party

Mendelssohn Hall
The Youth Against Violence Organization is promoting diversity and unity by making the dreams of youth in our community come true at this affordable event.

Teresa Jordan 815 208-0423

World Day of Prayer Service

Middle Creek Presbyterian Church, 12473 Montague Road, Winnebago, IL 61088
World Day of Prayer Service with coffee fellowship following

Pat Stahl, 815-247-8550

Rockford Postage Stamp Show 2015

Forest Hills Lodge 1601 West Lane Rd. Hwy. 173 exit off I90
Buy stamps, envelopes with stamps attached, postcards, catalogs, and supplies. Kids table, exhibits, and auction.

Tim Wait 815-670-5269


200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL
Free family event with free ice skating, free trolley rides, live music, market & food vendors; a 5K and kid walk/run as well as a bike ride through our historic districts; lots of fun and games

Leah Nelson / 815-394-5145;

Comfort Keepers Hiring Fair

Comfort Keepers Rockford Office 4835 Manhattan Drive, Rockford IL
Comfort Keepers is holding a hiring fair on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in their Rockford Office at 4835 Manhattan Drive. Seeking Personal Care Assistants to work in Boone, Winnebago and Ogle Counties.

Paranormal Tour

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford IL 61102
Paranormal Tour at the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, March 13, 7-10pm. Join us on scheduled Friday nights 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. Each event begins in the Barn. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own equipment (cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, emf). Cost is $20 per member, $25 for non-member. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424.

Ashley Downing

Goodwill's Financial Festival

East High School - 2929 Charles Street, Rockford
A few hours at the FREE Goodwill Financial Festival is all you need to start growing your financial knowledge and resources. Local experts will be there to help you with:
- Free Tax Filings
- Financial Services
- Employment Resources
- Education Information
- Community Resources

Local experts will have fun giveaways!

Questions? Call (815)987-6236

Courtney Geiger - (815)987-1326

A Community Conversation

Belvidere, IL
Please Join the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees for our next Community Conversation.

As part of an ongoing Community Conversation series, this event will feature a College update
followed by a small-group breakout discussion where attendees will provide important feedback
to help us better serve the residents of our region.

Conversaciones en grupo pequeño estarán disponible en Español.

You will hear:

“What everyone should know about RVC” from President Mike Mastroianni

RVC wants to know:

How are we serving our region well?
How do we help residents take the next step in education?
What barriers can be reduced or removed?

Rock Valley College is our community’s college. We look forward to this opportunity to hear from you and share ideas. Questions? Please call (815) 921-4517.

Nancy Chamberlain, (815) 921-4517

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

Kick Off for Kick In For Cancer

SM & SF Club 1010 Sandy Hollow Road Rockford, IL 61109
Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Kick In For Cancer. Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00 and 5 and under are free of charge

Cindy Joesten at 815-494-7505 or the SM & SF Club at 815-399-9471

Travel The World on a Shoestring Budget

317 W Jefferson Rockford, IL
World Travel on a Shoe String: The in’s and out’s of seeing the world on the cost of buying a cup of cappuccino and going out to eat at Mc Donald’s a day.

Jim Phelps, an avid world traveler, has been backpacking around the world since the mid 1980’s. 1988/89 he spent nearly a year traveling the Middle East with a rucksack and camping gear and only spent $2100. Jim will explain just how easy backpack touring is to do and what kind of gear is necessary for a successful trip. Also, he will explain how to do travel planning preparation, what resources are available (some of them for free) and where to go right now for the best deal for your dollars. If you are into surfing, why Central America and parts of South America are perfect for dollars on the day. If mountains are your thing, he will tell you how to get there and enjoy them. You just want to go visit a capital city? He’ll tell you which ones are reasonably priced at the moment to travel to and do sightseeing. What does it cost in today’s dollars to travel around the world? The answer might surprise you in how cheap it could be.

Jim is also planning a trip in the next year back to Nepal and is looking for trekking partners for the Annapurna Circuit, an 18 day hike in the Himalayan Mountains. So, if you are interested, please come to this Conveyer Event to find out more.

This is a free event, open to the public.

Jim Phelps 815-962-4212

First Methodist Church Ham Loaf Sale

503 N Lily Creek Road, Freeport, IL
Annual Ham Loaf Sale $3 each.
Orders must be placed by March 21.

Evelyn 815/233-0407 or the Church office 815-232-6210

Annie's Project

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by the University of Illinois - Boone County Extension. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, a new Annie’s Project course, has been scheduled for this March in Belvidere, IL on Wednesdays and Fridays, March 4th through March 18th with the 20th reserved as a snow date. The program will be from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. The course will take place at the Boone County Extension Conference Room located at 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 in Belvidere.

The cost is $75 per person, which includes a 300-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations. A light lunch will be served during a break at each class. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

Farm women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from Boone County Extension and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members.
For more information contact Judy Hodge, Boone County Extension Program Coordinator at (815) 544-3710 or; or Andy Larson at the University of Illinois Extension Boone County Office at (815) 544-3710 or Farm women may also register online at:

Judy Hodge


Rock Valley Garden Center 785 N. Bell School Road Rockford, IL 61107
You've always wanted a pond, or you have a pond and need some spring start up tips! Join Jill Robertson from Aquascape, Inc. for an informative session and soon your backyard will be a haven of relaxation!

Rock Valley Garden Center 815-398-1937

Know Your Neighbor

Machesney Park
Mark you calendars! The 3rd annual Know Your Neighbor Community Event is happening on March 7, 2015! Join local vendors, agencies, and our Harlem School District staff and students in a day of sharing, exploring, and fun! Want to reserve a booth or perform? Contact Nicole Nelson, 815-654-4500 or email
This is a FREE community event for the entire family!

Nicole Nelson, 815-654-4500

Egg Artistry Show and Sale

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
See beautiful works of art, purchase supplies for making your own, and vote on your favorite. For more information:

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112

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