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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Rockford, Illnois
Following the tradition of Kings College, Cambridge, England,Christmas broadcast, the Festival choir of Emmanuel Episcopal Church will present Nine lessons and Carols. Community leaders are the readers. Free will offering, bountiful reception follows.

Wayne Hatwich, Music Director, 815-964-5514

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

The Children Holiday Shoppe 2014

5856 E. State Street, Rockford 61108
The Children’s Holiday Shoppe is an opportunity for children to experience a totally independent shopping adventure for their friends, family and teachers without the supervision or assistance of their parents. In addition to experiencing the joy of holiday gift giving, children have the opportunity to practice their decision-making and money management skills as they shop with the help of volunteer elves.

Gifts range from $1-$8. All proceeds support MotherHouse Crisis Nursery, providing childcare free of charge 24/7 to children through age 6, in addition to providing resources and referrals, when a family has nowhere else to turn.

Hosted by: Children's Home + Aid
Additional Information:
MotherHouse Crisis Nursery Address:
1603 S. 4th Street, Rockford IL 61104

Lisa Breitsprecker

Sports Management Symposium

Regents Halls, Burpee Center, Rockford University 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
The Sports Management Symposium is an evening of discussion with leaders in the educational and sport management industry. The focus will primarily be on the latest trends in education and the path a student may want to consider when planning a career. Expert speakers will be discussing the importance of leadership, responsibility and hard work, and will answer questions raised during the discussion.

Jason Hunter,, 815-226-4048

Conveyor Live Storytelling: Stories of Forgiveness

Friday, November 28th 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. Anyone and everyone is welcome to sign up to tell a story. This month’s theme is Forgiveness.
The host of this event will be Sue Stephens of WNIJ/WNIU 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

Rick Nielsen: Teaching Cheap Tricks at The Music Academy

The Music Academy, 226 S. 2nd St.
Rick will teach tricks of the music business to 6 Music Academy and RAMI students. Miles Nielsen will perform a 30-minute opening act joined for one selection by his dad Rick. "Pic with Rick" reception follows for preferred seating patrons only.

Gerrie Gustafson, 815/968-7799

Putting Small Acres to Work

NIU Rockford Conference Center - 8500 E. State St. Rockford, IL
Wondering what to do with a few extra acres? Come learn about ways to make your extra land more productive or even turn a profit!
Putting Small Acres to Work will take place Saturday, December 6th, at the NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center located at 8500 E. State St., just one mile east of I-90. The registration desk will open at 8:00am, and the program will last from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There will be general sessions on building soil health and choosing scale-appropriate equipment, as well as numerous breakout sessions on both plant and animal topics, including perennial vegetables, berry fruits, root cellars, season extension, chickens, hogs, beekeeping, and grazing. Outreach professionals from both Illinois and Wisconsin will provide the expertise.
To register for Putting Small Acres to Work at NIU-Rockford, please visit our website at and go to “Register Online” on the right-hand side. You can also contact University of Illinois Extension-Boone County at 815-544-3710 for more information or to register. The program fee is $40 per person, which includes all program materials and lunch. Please register by Monday, December 1st to guarantee a space and a meal.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office.

Judy Hodge


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).