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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

YMCA Third Annual Community Dinner

Giovanni’s, 610 North Bell School Road, Rockford
The YMCA of Rock River Valley will be holding its third annual YMCA Community Dinner on March 19, 2015. Following an entertaining and successful 2014 event, this year’s dinner will focus on social responsibility and welcome Stedman Graham as the guest speaker.

Stedman may be best known to some as Oprah Winfrey’s long-time partner, however he is a two-time New York Times best selling author, American educator and successful businessman. Based in Chicago, IL, Stedman is the Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm, while also delivering his powerful leadership message to organizations around the global.

Since 1858, the Y has responded to our society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions and uniting people from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. Whether advocating for affordable, healthy food options for underserved communities, or helping newcomers transition well into their new neighborhoods, the Y is committed to giving all people the tools and support to live healthy, connected and secure lives.

The dinner will be held at Giovanni’s, 610 North Bell School Road, Rockford and will begin at 5:30pm. In addition to the guest presentation, several locals will be honored with awards presented by the YMCA of Rock River Valley. Among them, the Teen Leadership Award will be given to a teen, aged 15-19, who exemplifies leadership within the Rockford community. The YMCA Distinguished Leader of the Year and Outstanding Business Impact Award nominations are also open for nomination. Nomination forms can be found by visiting the Y’s Community Dinner website at and final submissions are due by February 20, 2015.

Cost is $100 per plate. All proceeds from the dinner will support the Y’s Annual Campaign, a program that supports our community focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

To register for the dinner, stop by one of the local YMCA branch locations, call (779) 500-0800 or visit

Rockford Leadership in the 1890's - Winter Lecture Series

Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd , Rockford, IL
Mr. John Molyneaux and Ms. Amanda Becker will discuss the political chaos and its impact on city development because of the developing immigrant labor class during this time. For more information:

Midway Village Museum, 815 397-9112