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Severson Dells Nature Center A report on the North American Prairie Conference

Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback will give a synopsis from his attendance of the 24th North American Prairie Conference. From cemetery prairies to national tallgrass prairies, the sessions will include landscape scale restoration techniques, the status of grassland birds, and much more. There will be more than 70 oral papers on many aspects of prairie ecology and Greg will share what he learns with you! Free. Call to register 1-815-335-2915.


Severson Dells Nature Center 1-815-335-2915


Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Sara Pfannkuche will demonstrate open fire brewing of beer which was a common taskfor women in the 19th century tfor the health of their families. The second part will be the prairie Street Brewhouse showing artifacts and discuss Jonathon Peacock's start here in Rockford. visitors will get a chance to sample some unique brews TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 4. Adults $8 and members $6. Call 815 397-9112 or visit the Museum Gift Shop. No online ticket sales

Lonna Converso, 815397-9112

RVC First Tuesday Lecture Series: Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone

Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium
May 3, 2016

Coping with the Smart Grid By Using a Smart Phone

Commonwealth Edison plans on launching Smart Grid Technology to our region in 2016. Consumers need to understand how this will affect their billing and why it will become very important to manage their own electrical energy usage. Appliances will form part of a wireless Home Area Network (HAN) using ZigBee. The improvements to the grid reliability need to be understood as well as the available scrutiny of our individual electrical energy usage by the power utility.

Presented by Dr. Tom Lombardo and Stephen Fleeman - Professors, Engineering & Technology Division
6:00pm in the Student Center Atrium

Kathy McCarty