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The Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Club

Lena-Winslow Elementary, Junior High and High School gymnasiums and cafeterias. Saturday February 27 and Sunday February 28, 2016 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, February 27 10:00 am- 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 28
The Depot Stove Gang Model Railroad Club proudly announces our 28th Annual Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet on February 27 & 28, 2016. We will have over 30,000 square feet of operating displays, railroad memorabilia and model railroad merchandise. Our show will fill the Lena-Winslow Elementary, Junior High and High School gymnasiums and cafeterias. This is a great event for kids of all ages.

For further information, please contact Roger Schamberger at (815)-238-7888 or email him at rscham@hotmail.com.


2016 Spring Author Fair

Freeport Public Library Saturday, April 2 2016 10am - 2pm
Tables are about five feet long. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day, and Jill Austin from Barefoot Editing in Minnesota will be speaking at 1 p.m. on, “Common Mistakes Authors Make When Self-Publishing. “ Authors are requested to keep their tables open until 2 p.m.

To register for a table, please e-mail Kim McIver at qsouls@hotmail.com or call (815) 297-2293.


Monkey Joe’s Birthday Party

6663 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
Monkey Joe’s, a children’s entertainment center filled with indoor jumps, slides and obstacle courses, announces its annual Monkey Joe’s Birthday Party celebration, taking place this year on Presidents’ Day, February 15. The event will serve as a customer appreciation day for all of Monkey Joe’s loyal customers and families. The event will include $7 admission, face-painting, the chance to win an 8-pack birthday party and a special birthday party celebration complete with cookies, $1 pizza slices, $1 small drinks, and $1 popcorn.

(815) 399-5637



Benefit Sale at JustGoods for Black History Month

JustGoods Fair Trade Market in the back room at 201 Seventh Street
Rockford Urban Ministries hosts its annual Black History Month Sale and Display of books, posters and art work associated with the struggle of African Americans.

For more information you can call 815-964-7111.


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


March Madness

Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Tired of winter? Spend a fun morning at Severson Dells. Depending on the weather, we could go on a hike, learn about birds, play some games, make something interesting, toast marshmallows. Kids ages 6-10. No fee, but registration is REQUIRED. Call 1-815-335-2915 to register. Maximum number 15.
We are very grateful for UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS for allowing us to host this look at wonder and awe in nature. We feel the series represents a diverse perspective on a variety of topics on the subject. We hope to see you out here.


Don Miller 1-815-335-2915


Family Winter Walk

Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Put on your boots and a coat and let’s go for a stroll! Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for a moderately difficult hike over the hills of Severson Dells. On this kid friendly hike we will explore areas of the preserve off trail to see what hides in the hills. Attend both to see the progression of the winters release, or just one for some exercise and fun. Open to all who are willing. You must call to register- 1-815-335-2915.

Greg Keilback 1-815-335-2915


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


Sock Monkey Madness Festival

Midway Village Museum, Rockford, IL
A weekend of "Safari Adventure" including Make a Monkey Workshops, sock monkey hospital for repairs, games, crafts, vendors, and much more. Adults are $8, children 3-17 years of age are $5, museum members are free.

Kristen Hoeker at 815 397-9112 ext. 104


Presidents and Patriots Family Event

Midway Village Museum, rockford, IL
Celebrate President's Day with multiple games, crafts, and scavenger hunts to honor America's presidents and patriots throughout history. Activities include writing with feather quills, making freedom flags, firing the canon on the enemy fort, creating a new Lincoln penny, and more. All activities are included with the general museum admission which is $7 for adults, $5 for children 3-17 years of age, and museum members free.

Kristen Hoeker 815 397-9112 ext. 104


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