TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 11:30 AM
Secret Garden Story Time feat. Polynesian Princess
Discovery Center Museum – Join us on Thursday, July 27, at 11:30 am, for a special edition of Secret Garden Story Time! A Polynesian Princess will be here helping us with this week’s theme, Under the Sea. Meet us in the Secret Garden for a morning of stories, songs and activities. Take home a special craft based on this week’s theme! Thank you to Once Upon a Dream Performances for making this event magical!
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM
HARRY POTTER TRIVIA
Pig Minds Brewing Co. – Once again, we celebrate THE BOY WHO LIVED, here at Pig Minds and are hosting HARRY POTTER TRIVIA on Thursday July 27th in honor of Harry's birthday! Join us as we tickle your noggin with fantastic Harry Potter trivia- BOOKS ONLY! We'll have ADULT BUTTER BEER as always-wear your best HP swag or costume and receive a small prize! Check out the Pig Minds/Harry Potter raffle basket too! Come early, seats go fast on our Potter trivia nights- using the floo network isn't an option as we don't have a fireplace but feel free to apparate, we'll also have broom parking as well-cheers Piggies!
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 9:30 AM
Job Fair
Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford – It’s not just a job...it's a job you'll LOVE! And just your luck...Easterseals is hiring! Easterseals Academy is a year round school for students with autism, ages 5-21. We are hiring for the following positions at our Machesney Park campus: -Adaptive P.E. Teacher -Special Education Teacher Speech Language Pathologist -Board Certified Behavior Analyst Licensed Para/Teacher -Substitutes (please bring ISBE paraprofessional license) The job fair will be hosted at Easterseals Academy at 8301 Mitchell Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115. Doors open at 9:30am. Interviews begin at 9:45am. Last interview accepted at 1:30pm. For detailed job descriptions and qualifications, visit eastersealschicago.org.
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM
Coffee with the Curator: Jenny Mathews + Thomas Vaultonburg
Rockford Art Museum – BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR: JENNY MATHEWS + THOMAS VAULTONBURG FRI, JUL 28, 10–11 AM, FREE ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD Join in this lively conversation with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson, exhibiting artist and illustrator Jenny Mathews, and author Thomas Vaultonburg of Zombie Logic Press about the vital connection between visual and literary arts. BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS JUN 9–OCT 1, 2017 ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM Sponsored by Women's Art Board + Niccole Ranz, In Home Medical Group
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM
$5 Family Fridays
Rockford Art Museum – BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING $5 FAMILY FRIDAYS JUN 16–SEP 8, 10 AM–5 PM ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD Admission for the entire family is just $5 to experience kid-friendly feature exhibition BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS. Every Friday, all day, from June 16 through Sept. 8. BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS JUN 9–OCT 1, 2017 ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM Sponsored by Women's Art Board + Niccole Ranz, In Home Medical Group
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 11:00 AM
Tanabata Japanese Star Festival
Discovery Center Museum – Immerse yourself in this time-honored matsuri and make a wish, create traditional decorations, or put together a kite. Enjoy Japanese star stories and explore the night sky in the planetarium, then walk through the Shinto shrine and explore more in our temporary exhibition, Hello From Japan!
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 6:00 PM
City Market Paddle Rockford
Rocktown Adventures – VENUE: Rocktown Adventures Rockford 313 N Madison St Rockford, IL 61107 United States Kick off your weekend with some paddling adventure topped off by a visit to the Rockford City Market. Every other Friday starting June 2nd we meet at 6 pm at Rocktown Adventures Rockford for a shuttle to Martin Park. We launch around 6:30 and after a 1 hour paddle you are in the middle of a 4,000 person City Market complete with vendors, food, drink, and live music. The price for this experience is $30 and includes kayak, paddle, PFD, shuttle, guide, and a good time. $10 if you have your own vessel, and tandem kayaks are $40. Call 815-636-9066 or sign up below to reserve your spot! Seating is limited to 10 so don’t delay.
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 @ 6:30 PM
Painting & Pie Night- Rolling Stones!
Smarty pants Rockford Kids Art Studio – Painting and Pie night for adults! $35 This month it's on Friday, July 28 ,6:30- 9:00 pm. Featured artist for July is The Rolling Stones. 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, brownies and coffee available for purchase onsite. 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 The Rolling Stones! We'll be listening to The Rolling Stones all night while we paint!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Poetry + Illustration Workshop (ages 7–12)
Rockford Art Museum – BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING POETRY + ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP (AGES 7–12) 2 PARTS: SAT, JUL 29 + SAT, AUG 5 10–11:30 AM, $20 REGISTER BY JUL 26 AT http://bit.ly/2pwPdOG This two-part workshop will introduce kids to the worlds of poetry and illustration. They will learn the elements of poetry as they write an original poem in the first session with area writer Bob Francis. In the second, led by exhibiting artist Jenny Mathews, they will create an illustration to go with their poem, leaving with a matted artwork! REGISTER ONLINE OR CALL RAM, (815) 968-2787. BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS JUN 9–OCT 1, 2017 | ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM SPONSORED BY WOMEN’S ART BOARD + NICCOLE RANZ, IN HOME MEDICAL GROUP
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Storytime Saturdays
Rockford Art Museum – BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING STORYTIME SATURDAYS WITH ROCKFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY JUN 17–SEP 9, 10 AM, $5 suggested donation ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD Join Rockford Public Library's children's librarians in a weekly storytime in the Rockford Art Museum galleries. Parents and kids will experience the feature exhibition while participating in an engaging story and small craft project. Tailored for ages 2–5, open to all. BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS JUN 9–OCT 1, 2017 ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM Sponsored by Women's Art Board + Niccole Ranz, In Home Medical Group
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:30 AM
Paint a Pet Owl Rock!
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Turn an ordinary rock into a beautiful owl. You may want to make an entire family of owls...'hoo' knows! Kids 9 and under must register with an adult. Bring a sack lunch and join the fun ZenDoodle class in the afternoon! Register by 7/27
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 1:00 PM
Funky Zen Name Doodle
Womanspace of Rockford, Illinois – Do you love to doodle on your paper at school? Well now you can turn that doodle into a funky art piece with your own name. Zen doodling is a hip, super fun, and relaxing way to create art. No experience necessary - just a great time. Kids 9 and under must register with an adult. Register by 7/27
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 8:00 PM
Pig Minds Brewing Comedy Night w/ Matt Drufke
Pig Minds Brewing Co. – Pig Minds Brewing Co. Comedy Night Saturday July 29th 2017 #FREE // 8pm Host: Suzi Zdankiewicz Guest Feature: Kevin Haas Main Feature: Deanna Ortiz Headliner: Matt Drufke Host Suzi Z. is an up n comer in the wonderful comedy world. In the time she has being doing comedy she has come along way. From hitting up open mics and being booked for shows in Chicago as the suburbs she is the resident host of FATS PRODUCTIONS presents: monthly showcase at Pig Minds Brewing Co. At the end of the summer she had the honor of being asked to Host the comedy showcase which headlined America's Got Talent star, Tom Cotter. Suzi's comedy will let you get to know Suzi, her life observations to whacky relationship antidotes that she has to offer. Guest Feature Kevin Haas is a full-time journalist that hails from Rockford Illinois. When he's not in the News Tower reporting the finest stories to the public, he's at home thinking of all the weird stuff in his head and his many obervations to say to strangers. Kevin can be seen in bars and comedy clubs all over the Midwest. Main Feature Deanna Ortiz, single, white, female. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, her comedy is a sassy and lively take on everyday life. Take a walk in her sensible fashion heels and she talks about love, loss, pregnancy scares, and puppies. She has been featured in independent shows all over Chicago and is a regular at The Laugh Factory and regularly featured at Zanies and WGN radio. She is a cast member of The Lincoln Lodge, Hoo Ha Comedy and the Two Hour Comedy Hour. Headliner Matt Drufke wild, loud and unpredictable. These are words which describe Chicagoland comedian and his brand of comedy, which has been entertaining audiences since 2007. Like a small dog after drinking a red bull, Drufke seems to have boundless energy and a lot to say about a lot of topics. Matt has worked with such comedians as Michael Palascak, Nick DiPaolo, and Hannibal Buress, and appeared on ABC's "Windy City Live". You can find all on his insanity on twitter (@ihatemattdrufke), and if you're good at writing comedy bios, he will pay you $15 to write something better than this.
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 11:30 AM
St. Edward 17th Annual Summer Fest
St. Edward Catholic Church Rockford, IL – Live music, great food, fun games, lots of raffles!
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 2:00 PM
Snapper Game
Blackhawk Technical College – ATTENTION BTC STUDENTS: Are you looking for a fun local event to attend with your family this summer? Why not join us for a Beloit Snapper Game? All BTC students get in FREE* and any additional tickets for your friends and family are $7. Let us know by Tues. July 24 if you would like to attend this event at Tefler Park in Beloit. Contact ecolson@blackhawk.edu for more details or to RSVP by July 24 (*$5 required to hold seat & will be given back to student at game, payment expected for ALL tickets by July 24). Payment can be made in person at Express Services on Central Campus
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Jul 31 - Aug 3 @ 1:00 PM
Three-Dimensional Discovery (grades 1–6)
Rockford Art Museum – Open to rising 1st through 6th graders, Rockford Art Museum Summer Camps allow young artists to explore a variety of art techniques with an educational spin! Camps take place Monday–Thursday, 1–4 pm (with aftercare available 4–5 pm for additional $5 per day, per child). Space limited to 30 participants per camp; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISCOVERY (GRADES 1–6) JUL 31–AUG 3, $75 ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 NORTH MAIN STREET, ROCKFORD REGISTER AT http://bit.ly/2pDYuoM OR CALL RAM, (815) 968-2787 Get a little messy and a lot creative in this week of hands-on, 3D art projects! Using everything from clay to sugar, campers are sure to have fun while learning about art in its many forms. WEEK OF JUNE 19: A-B-C'S OF A-R-T SIGN UP FOR A FULL DAY OF FUN AT ONE LOCATION DURING THE WEEKS OF JUNE 19 + JULY 31 BY REGISTERING for both Discovery Center and Rockford Art Museum camps offered those weeks. Register for DC camps at discoverycentermusuem.org.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Aug 1 @ 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.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Aug 2 @ 10:00 AM
Women on Water Kayaking Rockford
Rocktown Adventures – Come paddling in a low key, fun social setting with our Woman on Water series. This week we are kayaking. This woman’s only paddle will meet at the store at 10, get outfitted for paddling, go over some safety and dry land instruction, and then head out on the water for an hour or so paddle. Could be a shuttle involved depending on where we paddle. We will be off the water in time to visit the many spots downtown for lunch. The price for this experience is $30 and includes kayak, paddle, PFD, guide, and a great time. Call 815-636-9066 or sign up below to reserve your spot!
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Aug 4 @ 8:30 AM
One-Stop Admissions Event
Blackhawk Technical College – Make it official...become a BTC student today! We can help you get ready for fall semester at our One-Stop Admissions Event. Schedule of Events: -FAFSA -ACCUPLACER Testing -Admissions Workshop -Advisor Assistance RSVP (Space is limited)-Chelsea, (608) 757-7670 • colin1@blackhawk.edu
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Aug 4 @ 10:00 AM
$5 Family Fridays
Rockford Art Museum – BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING $5 FAMILY FRIDAYS JUN 16–SEP 8, 10 AM–5 PM ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD Admission for the entire family is just $5 to experience kid-friendly feature exhibition BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS. Every Friday, all day, from June 16 through Sept. 8. BITTERSWEET OBSERVATIONS JUN 9–OCT 1, 2017 ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM Sponsored by Women's Art Board + Niccole Ranz, In Home Medical Group