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Health Insurance Coverage Parity: What consumers and providers need to know about navigating behavioral health and substance use disorder care through health plans

Rockford
The Illinois Department of Insurance has developed a statewide education campaign for consumers and providers regarding mental health and addiction coverage parity.
Health insurance consumers and behavioral health/substance use disorder care providers are invited to join us for an in-person training session on health insurance coverage parity.
This program features live presentations from state agencies involved in parity coverage issues followed by Q&A with attendees.

Carol West
312-848-7398



Nik's Night Out

University Club
Please join us for a cocktail, music by Stan and a chance to win 2 Bears vs Bronco tickets and 1 nights stay in Chicago as the U Club opens its doors to the public to Take 1 Step to help AYA cancer patients.

Kelli (Nikolas Ritschel Foundation) - 815-262-8825


Trunk Show of Sterling Silver Jewelry from Bali

201 7th Street Rockford, Illinois
Saturday May 14th is World Fair Trade Day and Just Goods will be hosting a Trunk Show of Sterling Silver Jewelry from Bali and Sandpiper Imports. Sandpiper Imports works directly with a silversmith community of fifteen artisans in a small village outside of Ubud, a city well regarded as the cultural and artistic heart of Bali. This gorgeous jewelry, in addition to being a high quality item, also fosters economic sustainability for this small village.

In addition to the Trunk Show of silver jewelry, Erika from Sandpiper Imports, will be giving a brief talk about Bali and the artisans who craft this jewelry along with pictures of her recent trip there.

1:00pm

Erika Herrera, 312-523-4100


Pork Sandwich Meal & Ice Cream Social

Prairie Ridge Apartments 1730 Hance Dr. Freeport, IL 61032 Friday, May 6, 2016 4:30 – 7:00pm
Pork Sandwich Meal & Ice Cream Social
Meal - $7.00 each
Includes:
Pulled Pork sandwich, Cheesy Potatoes, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Drink, and Ice Cream with a piece of Home-made style pie or cake
(carry-outs are available)





King of the Grill

New Zion Baptist Churh 604 Salter Ave, Rockford, IL 61102
For men who think they can grill. First place prize is $600, Second place $300 and Third place $100. For Men Only!

Shawn
(815)964-3114



Mother Son Jammin' Fun Night

Harlem Community Center, 900 Roosevelt Rd. MP
This jam packed evening includes DJ music, gym games, basketball, free sundae bar, refreshments to purchase, special flower presentation, a photographer and so much more!

Harlem Community Center 815-633-5817


History Explorers: Toys and Games

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Families of all ages can visit over a dozen interactive stations to explore toys and games from the 1800's. Play games from around the world brought by our early immigrants to Rockford. Try your hand at making toys to take home. You will be challenged by several lawn games throughout the village! A;; supplies are included with museum admission of $7 for adults, $5 children (3-17), members are free You may purchase on-line or at the museum the day of the event.

Kristen Hoeker, 815 397-9112 ext. 104 Kristen.hoeker@midwayvillage.com


Summer Victorian Tea - forest and Flower Folklore

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Our tea is discovering the history, myths, and folklore behind our Victorian gardens with special presentations, decorations, and a souvenir craft project. The menu will include delicious savories, scones, sweets, and endless pots of tea. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1. Call the museum, 815 397-9112 ext. 104 or contact Kristen Hoeker at Kristen.Hoeker@midwayvillage.com. Adults $35 Members $30 Children (3-17) $15

Kristen Hoeker 815 397-9112 ext 104


Museums for Moms

Rockford, IL
Sunday, May 8, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm
Wondering what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission for all mothers and grandmothers at five area museums! Pick up a passport at one museum, then visit three more museums and be entered in a drawing to win free memberships to all five museums! Participating museums are Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Discovery Museum; Burpee Museum of Natural History; Rockford Art Museum; and Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. Special activities will be featured at all museums. Give mom the gift of fun family time and cherished memories with a day filled with the region’s top attractions! Check the hours for each museum.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden will feature the activities below on Saturday and Sunday
Garden Portraits by a professional photographer – $40 (sitting fee and 1 digital photo)
Build Mom a flower planter – $25
FREE ADMISSION for all Saturday and Sunday.
Rockford Area Art Museum
FREE ADMISSION for Moms Saturday and Sunday.
The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson
75th Young Artist Show: Youth Division
Free I Spy activity for kids

Nicholas Conservatory
FREE ADMISSION for Moms on Sunday to the
Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit

Burpee Museum
FREE ADMISSION for Moms on Sunday
Birds at Burpee
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Gift for Mom

Discovery Center Museum
FREE ADMISSION for Moms on Sunday
Mothers and Grandmothers are our stars!
Create constellations that glow
Navigate a star map
Enjoy a planetarium show


Carrie Schommer, 815-965-8146


Stephenson County RAMP Wheel-A-Thon

Highland Community College/YMCA Sports Center, 2998 W Pearl City Road in Freeport
RAMP’s 17th Annual Stephenson County Wheel-A-Thon on Thursday, July 28th at 5:30pm will be at Highland Community College/YMCA Sports Center, 2998 W Pearl City Road in Freeport. This is a fun family-friendly event that takes an ordinary event (like a walk) and introduces a disability awareness aspect by focusing on the abilities of people using a wheelchair – the wheelchair can be shared by a team and decorated before the two mile route begins. Participants collect donations and receive structured incentives from local community partners such as McDonald’s and Magic Waters. The Wheel-A-Thon helps support the efforts of RAMP’s Stephenson County office. The Wheel-A-Thon supports RAMP's mission to promote an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities. Funds raised in Stephenson County, stay in Stephenson County. http://www.classy.org/stephensoncowheelathon

Registration 5:30pm – Wheel-A-Thon 6:00pm – Dinner & Awards to follow

Kayla Scheffer
815-968-7467
kscheffer@rampcil.org



The New NIRPC Gun Show

Winnebago County Fair grounds
Trade or sell at the show or just come and look and buy.
Saturday, 8:00am - 4:00pm;
Sunday, 8:00am - 3:00pm

Craig Goodwin, 816-601-1680
trappercraig@comcast.net
gunshow@nirpc.com for flyers for the show tables.



The Prairie Traithlon at NorthPointe

5605 East Rockton Road Roscoe, IL
Great beginners triathlon, super volunteers, and free children's activities to entertain your family while you race! 350 yd pool Swim, 17 rolling mile Bike, 3.1mi Run. Register at www.NorthPointewellness.org

8:00am

Gus Larson 815-525-4040


Speakeasy Murder Mystery

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford, IL 61102
Dust off your flapper dress, zoot suits and Tommy guns and get ready for your Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery Party!
At the height of prohibition, morale was high, morals were at an all-time low, and most of the country was controlled by the Mafia.
At this cozy little hot spot, hidden in the old Tinker mansion, you will find the best night scene around. Drink, dance, sing and mingle with other like-minded individuals but be careful, wherever there is liquor there is always the mafia…and the police. On a night like tonight, with tension running high, you might get caught in the middle of a bloody dispute. Enjoy your night but keep your guard up, we’d hate to lose any of our clientele.
All who attend are participants in the Murder Mystery. Dinner is not provided, however light refreshments will be served after the game is complete.
Cost is $25 per person, $20 per Tinker member*
To purchase tickets, visit www.tinkercottage.com or call 815-964-2424
Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!
* Tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable/ interchangeable. Tinker Swiss Cottage reserves the right to cancel the event at anytime.*
http://www.tinkercottage.com/murder-mystery-night.html

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
815-964-2424



Fairy Tale Tea

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford, IL 61102
Calling all princesses, princes and creatures of all kinds!
Tinker's Fairy Tale Tea is an adventure for everyone. We encourage all of those attending to join in the fun and dress as their favorite character!
Enjoy three delectable courses of kid approved favorites including, scones, sandwiches, and dessert to compliment your endless amount of tea.
A first floor tour of the Tinker Cottage is included in the cost of the tea.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cost is:
Adult $20
Children 4-12 are $10
Children 3 and under Free*

Member Adult $15
Member Children 4-12 are $5
Member Children 3 and under Free*

http://www.tinkercottage.com/tea.html
Photo credit: Catalyst Design and Photography

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
815-964-2424



Victorian Murder Mystery

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford, IL 61102
Rose is hosting her first Victorian Light party!
The first house in town to have electricity, all of Rockford's elite are in attendance. Known for her flair for over-the-top events, everyone has decided to attend, 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!
All who attend are participants in the Murder Mystery. Dinner is not provided, however light refreshments will be served after the game is complete.
Cost is $25 per person, $20 per Tinker member*
To purchase tickets, visit www.tinkercottage.com or call 815-964-2424
Space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!
* Tickets will not be mailed. Upon arrival, please give the name of the purchaser. Tickets are non-refundable/ interchangeable. Tinker Swiss Cottage reserves the right to cancel the event at anytime.*

http://www.tinkercottage.com/murder-mystery-night.html

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
815-964-2424



Bad Prom Theme Boone County Wheel-A-Thon & 5K

Doty Park Pavilion along the Kishwaukee Riverfront Path Belvidere, IL
This is a fun family-friendly bad prom themed event. In addition to our traditional wheel-a-thon we have added a 5K and a kids’ fun run to the event! The wheel-a-thon takes an ordinary event (like a walk) and introduces a disability awareness aspect by focusing on the abilities of individuals using a wheelchair – the wheelchair can be shared by a team and decorated before the two mile route begins. Participants collect donations and receive structured incentives from local community partners.
Make use of old bridesmaid dresses, scan vintage stores for a bad suits or wear a tux t-shirt!
YOU MUST REGISTER BY APRIL 18TH TO RECEIVE A T-SHIRT THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

Saturday, May 14th
8:30-9:30am – Registration
9:30am - Kids Fun Run
10:00 - Wheel-A-Thon & 5K
10:45am – Wheel-A-Thon & 5K Award Presentation and Refreshments



Kayla Scheffer
815-968-7467
kscheffer@rampcil.org



Tinker's Victorian Murder Mystery

Tinker Swiss Cottage 411 Kent Street Rockford, IL
The first house in town to have electricity, all of Rockford's elite are in attendance. Known for her flair for over-the-top events, everyone has decided to attend, 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! All who attend are participants in the Murder Mystery. Dinner is not provided, however light refreshments will be served after the game is complete.
Cost is $25 per person, $20 per Tinker member*

To purchase tickets, visit their website or call 815-964-2424.


German Soup Supper

Silver Creek Reformed Church 326 S. Bunker Hill Road German Valley, IL
4:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30
Silver Creek Reformed Church
326 S. Bunker Hill Road
German Valley, IL

$8 for adults, $3.50 for ages 4 to 12, free for 3 and under


815-362-3671


Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016

Janesville
In a forth annual gathering of World War II-era aircraft the CAF and EAA are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Janesville, Wisconsin the weekend before EAA AirVenture 2016. The 3-day event starts Friday, July 22, 2016 and will feature many historic aircraft from the CAF and EAA including B-29 FIFI, B-17 Aluminum Overcast, B-25 Yellow Rose, P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, T-6 Texans, and many more! Air-rides and ground tours are offered, food vendors, merchandise vendors, WWII reenactors, a 1940's era music, and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Come join the fun and see these historic aircraft gathered in one location. Touch, hear, fly, smell, and experience the era of our greatest generation! Tickets are $15 for a 3-day Individual pass, or $25 for a 3-day Family pass (parents and children only please). Air-rides are extra and can be pre-booked through the website or purchased at the event. www.heavybombersweekend.splashthat.com

Pete, 9138501522


Highway Construction Careers Training Program

Rock Valley College 3301 N. Mulford Road Rockford
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Classes meet Mondays through Fridays starting February 22, 2016 through May 20, 2016.

Scott Abbott at (815) 921-3912 or by email at s.abbott@rockvalleycollege.edu


Genoa Faith UMC Cooking Class

Faith United Methodist Church 325 South Stott Street Genoa, IL
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Faith United Methodist Church
325 South Stott Street
Genoa, IL

For pre-schoolers through 5th graders.

Kira Lyle 815-784-5143


Downtown Churches Christmas Open House

Church of Christ, Scientist - 429 W. Stephenson St. Embury United Methodist Church - 515 S. Galena Faith Center Freeport - 203 W. Pleasant St. First Lutheran Church, ELCA - 303 S. Galena Grace Episcopal Church - 10 S. Cherry Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church - 607 S. Galena Salvation Army Chapel - 106 W. Exchange St. Sacred Heart Chapel (at Presence St. Joseph) - 659 E. Jefferson St. Mary Catholic Church - 725 S. State St. United Presbyterian Church - 302 W. Stephenson St.
Saturday, January 2, 2015
10a.m. - 2p.m.

815-232-3109


Holiday Party and Vendor Fair

Patriots Gateway Community Center 615 South 5th Street
3p.m. - 7p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Patriots Gateway Community Center
615 South 5th Street




The Lion King Kids

Dakota High School 300 Campus Dr, Dakota, IL 61018
7:00p.m.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Dakota High School
300 Campus Dr, Dakota, IL 61018

Adult tickets, $5. Student tickets, $3.

815- 449-2812


Trunk-n-Treat

Kishwaukee Baptist Church 2742 9th Street Rockford, IL 61109
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Kishwaukee Baptist Church
2742 9th Street
Rockford, IL 61109





Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner Fundraiser

East Gate Christian Center 1650 S. Armstrong Freeport, IL
5p.m. - 7p.m.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
East Gate Christian Center
1650 S. Armstrong
Freeport, IL

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children 5-10.

Pastor Steve Barr
815-541-5898