TODAY
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM
Intro to the Chakras
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – This overview will help you understand why opening and healing the seven chakras is essential to living a healthy, happy, productive, balanced, and fulfilling life. These energy centers are the connections between our mind, body, and spirit and the driving force behind every function of our lives. Learn what the chakras are, and how they impact your life, health and well-being. Join Beth Campisi, certified chakra instructor through Bridges of Unity, Reiki Master and Licensed Massage Therapist to see what benefits you could realize in your life by working with the chakras. Based on the book, “Seven Portals To Your Soul: An Accessible Guide for Mending Your Life” by Marcia A. Phillips.
 
TODAY
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM
Spirituality & Science
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Facilitated by Renee McArdle, PsyD and Cheryl McArdle, LCSW Join us for a discussion of spiritually transforming experiences and the physics of consciousness. We will discuss near death experiences, dreams, losses of loved ones or personal illness that will further your own spiritual awakening. The book "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander, MD will be used to further this study. Register by 9/22
 
TODAY
    Tuesday Sep 26 @ 6:00 PM
Chess on the Docks
Prairie Street Brewing Co. – Every Tuesday from 6p-9p, Rock River Chess will host Chess on the Docks at the Prairie Street Brewing Co. Join us for some great food and drinks along with fantastic chess! We will be located on the Docks around back, or, in case of rain, we'll be inside by the game room. Chess on the Docks is for casual, open chess, but we'll also be organizing weekly casual competition. Come play some chess and enjoy the great atmosphere and food.
 
TOMORROW
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 11:00 AM
Driven to Give fundraiser
Golden Apple Foundation – You're invited to experience the new inspired 2017 Lincoln collection. For every test-drive taken, Lincoln will donate $20 to the Golden Apple Foundation, for a total up to $8,000! Join us in Parking Lot A at Rockford University anytime 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. for your test-drive. We will have giveaways and each participant who takes a test drive* will receive a coupon for a free medium pizza from Papa John's. Come early, from 11 a.m. - noon and enjoy fresh hot pizza compliments of Papa John's! Contact us at Golden Apple with questions at 815-226-4180 or info@goldenappleofrockford.com. Sponsored by Manley's Belvidere Ford Lincoln. *Must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license.
 
TOMORROW
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 12:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: Sleep Disorders
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Facilitator: James J Ryan, MSW Sleep disruption is a major problem causing many physical and psychological issues. In 1910, the average amount of sleep each night was 9 hours. Today the average is 6-7 hours. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, fatigue causes over 100,000 highway accidents each year. A nursing home study revealed that falls and accidents are more common for people with insomnia. This presentation will provide the latest information the causes of sleep disruption and how to sleep more effectively. Register by 9/25
 
TOMORROW
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 5:00 PM
RAM Guest Bartender Night
Rockford Art Museum – RAM GUEST BARTENDER NIGHT @ JOSEF WED, SEP 27, 5–7:30 PM JOSEF'S STEAKHOUSE + OYSTER BAR 6860 SPRING CREEK RD, ROCKFORD GUEST BARTENDERS : MAYOR TOM MCNAMARA with exhibiting artists JEREMY KLONICKI of MainFraim, JENNY MATHEWS of 317 Gallery/Zombie Logic Press + SARAH REED-MCNAMARA of SRM Prints This fun night out serves as an informal closing celebration for BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS (on view June 9–October 1 at RAM), and all tips will help support production costs for this wildly popular exhibition.
 
TOMORROW
    Wednesday Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM
Art Uncorked: Wheel Thrown Pottery
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT! Grab your spouse or best friend and come and try your hand at a pottery wheel and make matching coffee mugs or cereal bowls! Then paint your own unique design or message on it. So much fun to learn something new, and so nice to share a memory. Space is limited to 6 so sign up early!! Reg by: 9/25
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Sep 28 @ 2:00 PM
Opera Prelude: Norma
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center – Join seasoned and new opera fans alike for a free lecture in MPAC’s “Opera Prelude” series! Guest speaker Dennis Ryan will discuss Bellini’s Norma. Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self. MPAC’s “Opera Prelude” program corresponds with the Met Opera Live in HD series that screens at Showplace 16 Theatre in Rockford. Join us for discussion on an upcoming performance led by a local opera expert. Even if you are unable to attend the live screening of the Metropolitan Opera performance, this is a great way to learn more about opera! **PLEASE NOTE: this lecture takes place offsite, at Wesley Willows in Rockford. Please check in at the front desk at 4141 N Rockton Ave 61103, and the Guest Services Associate will direct you to the room where the lecture will be held. http://mendelssohnpac.org/events/opera-prelude-norma/
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 - Sep 30 @ 8:00 AM
Bags 4 a Cause fundraiser
Golden Apple Foundation – Nothing like helping to save the planet WHILE supporting Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford! Just head out to the Schnucks at 6410 E. State St.., Rockford, and buy this bag. Each $2.99 purchase generates a $1 donation for us!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 @ 5:30 PM
Click! Photography Show Opening Reception
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – September 29-November 12, 2017 Opening reception Friday, September 29, 5:30-7:00p This exhibit features the work of several talented regional photographers. Come explore the magic they have captured with their lenses!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Sep 29 @ 6:30 PM
Painting & Pie Night- Michael Jackson!
Smarty pants Rockford Kids Art Studio – Painting and Pie night for adults! This month it's on Friday, September 29th, 6:30- 9:00 pm. This month the featured artist is Michael Jackson. Price includes 16x20"canvas and all supplies needed. Our instructor will walk you through the entire painting process while we enjoy the music of our featured artist. BYOB. Pie,pasties, quiche,brownies and coffee available for purchase on site. Takes place from 6:30-9:00pm at Kate's Pie Shop, 6685 East State St, within the East Branch Library. This month's subject is Michael Jackson. We'll be listening to Michael Jackson all night while we paint! Please register by Thursday, September 28th. Maximum enrollment is 19 people.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 10:00 AM
Herbs for Health
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Gear up for fall--and learn about "hallmark" herbs for various body systems--digestive, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, immune, skin/hair/nails, urinary, reproductive--plus herbs that can be used for children and the elderly. Herbs can enhance health and be used for various ailments. We will view parts of herbal videos and will be have fun making a St. John's Wort salve for muscle soreness and an echinacea tincture for colds and flu. We will also learn how to make a sun tea, a cough syrup, herbal capsules & "pills", liniments, compresses, poultices, and a castor oil pack for muscle soreness. No prior experience necessary. Join in on the fun! BRING A SACK LUNCH Register by 9/23
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 10:00 AM
Exquisite Corpse Mosaic
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Inspired from a writing and drawing technique called “Exquisite Corpse.” The technique was invented by Surrealists in 1925 and is based on an old parlor game in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children's books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to "mix and match" by turning pages. An exquisite corpse mosaic is produced in three sections. Each section is completed with mosaic, then covered and the next section is done by a different person not knowing what the other has done. Register by 9/28
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 10:30 AM
Illinois Paranormal Conference
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens – The conference will feature speakers and vendors from all aspects of the paranormal. Steve Litteral from Tinker Swiss Cottage and Kathi Kresol from Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events are hosting the Illinois Paranormal Conference again in 2017. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow guests to visit with the many vendors. Headline Speaker for 2017 will be Paranormal Researcher Scotty Roberts. World traveler, historian, theologian, researcher, illustrator, publisher and student of Egyptology, Scotty Roberts will be sharing his most interesting tales of strange happenings in Eqypt.Scotty is the founder and publisher of Intrepid Magazine, a journal eclectically focused on science, culture, politics, ufology, archaeology, unexplained phenomena, alternative theory and world mysteries. Scotty co-hosts The Intrepid Radio Program with John Ward. Also Speaking at the Conference in 2017: Film maker and serial killer researcher, John Borowski will be back by popular demand, as will renowned ghost investigator Dale Kaczmarek from Ghost Research Society who will present evidence from his most exciting recent investigations. ;Allison Jornlin, a new presenter to this year's Illinois Paranormal Conference will be talking about her research into the strange stories of Milwaukee's history. Other speakers include newcomer Lisa Van Kirk, host of the Madison Ghost walks; Travis Dahlhauser and Chad Glovier from the Greater Rockford Apparition and Ghost Group; and Randy Sundby and Cindy Heinen, of Society for Anomalous Studies, a local Paranormal investigation team who has captured very interesting evidence from local historic buildings. The conference is a great place to speak to people active in the paranormal. Visit our Illinois Paranormal Conference Page for more information: http://www.hauntedrockford.com/illinois-paranormal-conference-2017 The tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the event.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 11:00 AM
Shop for Alicia
510threads - Downtown - Rockford, IL – Shop for Alicia in downtown Rockford on Saturday, Sept. 30! Each business will donate 15% of the day's sales to our friend and neighbor, Alicia Neubauer to assist her and and her family as she battles breast cancer. 510threads - Downtown - Rockford, IL Bath & Body Fusion Eurostyle plus J. R. Kortman Center for Design London Avenue Designs Luna Datura's Curious Gifts Lucette Salon & Spa Minglewood Boutique Rockford Art Deli - Get your pink 815 T-shirt with 1/2 the proceeds benefiting the cause. Runner's Image Salvaged by Sonya Tique Furnishings White Light Mercantile Wired Cafe' Yolo's Sweets - presenting Alicia's favorite cupcake with 1/2 the proceeds to the cause. Alicia Neubauer owns Ground Floor Skateboards at 333 E. State St. along with her husband Eric. She is an architect and mother to two wonderful young boys. Alicia has always believed in downtown and has donated so much time and energy through her community involvement toward it's improvement. It is now our turn to give back. Please invite your friends and family to shop for Alicia!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 12:00 PM
6th Annual Oktoberfest Party
Pig Minds Brewing Co. – POLKA! • BRATS! • BEER! Our 6th Annual Oktoberfest Party is set for Saturday, September 30th. Music will be Andrew Robinson 3-5pm, Clinton Iowa's BARNCORE BETTY will highlight the day with their Barncore!!! Hickabilly!!! Folk n Roll!!!! (7-10pm). We will have some tasty German Grub and of course lots of Great Beer flowing, including our Oktoberfest German Marzen style Lager, a Fresh Wet Hop IPA, Joe Daddy Imperial Coffee Stout and Fall for Revenge our Tart Cherry Amber Ale. Souvenir Mugs will be available. Join us for a great day of food, music and BEER!!! NO COVER / FREE EVENT
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Sep 30 @ 7:15 PM
Family Movie Night - Moana
Central Christian Church - Beloit, WI – As part of our Upgrade Weekend we will be showing Disney's Moana shortly after our 6 pm service. This is a free event for everyone to enjoy! There will also be free popcorn for everyone!
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Oct 1 - Oct 31 @ 7:00 AM
Bags 4 A Cause fundraiser
Golden Apple Foundation – head out to the Schnucks on Charles Street in Rockford, and buy the red Giving is in the Bag reuseable totebag. Each $2.99 purchase generates a $1 donation for us!
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Oct 1 @ 11:45 AM
Taste of Central / Family Fun Fest
Central Christian Church - Beloit, WI – Come join us for an afternoon of family fun at Central! There will be a variety of foods available for everyone to enjoy. Also, there will be games, inflatables, and rides for all ages. Everything is FREE!
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Oct 1 @ 2:00 PM
Pipe Organs of Downtown Rockford: A Walking Tour
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center – Pipe Organs of Downtown Rockford: A Walking Tour Celebrating Three Magnificent Pipe Organs Pipe Organs of Downtown Rockford is an organ walk, a concert at several different downtown Rockford locations where the audience will walk from one concert venue to the next. At these concert locations, four organists will perform: Valerie Blair at Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church; Trish Rooney and Wayne Hatwich at Emmanuel Episcopal Church; and Ron Anderson at Mendelssohn Hall. The schedule will be as follows: 2:00 – 2:30 Concert at Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church – Valerie Blair, organist 2:00 – 2:45 Walk to Emmanuel Episcopal Church 2:45 – 3:15 Concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Trish Rooney & Wayne Hatwich, organists 3:15 – 3:30 Walk to Mendelssohn Hall 3:30 – 4:00 Concert at Mendelssohn Hall – Ron Anderson, organist Pipe organs represent significant and monumental achievement! Each instrument is designed and voiced to speak its own particular space. The pipes of each organ are individually hand-crafted. They are amazing achievements of both engineering and artistry. That’s worth celebrating! This is a rare opportunity to hear 3 pipe organs and 4 performers in one afternoon and to enjoy a Sunday afternoon walk as well. There is no admission charge. This educational and entertaining event is being sponsored by the MPAC Education Commission. http://mendelssohnpac.org/events/pipe-organs-of-downtown-rockford-a-walking-tour/