There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.
John Deere Exhibit
Aug. 5-30. Sponsored by Sauk Valley Bank/The Next Picture Show. 113 W. 1st St., Dixon, (815) 285-4924.
Alzheimers: Know the 10 Signs
Aug. 6, 6 p.m. Overview of Alzheimer’s disease, risk factors, diagnosis, benefits of early detection. Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford, (815) 877-0118, womanspace-rockford.org.
Paranormal Night at Camp Grant Museum
Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m. Wisconsin Illinois Paranormal Investigation Team reveals results of site investigation; psychics give impressions of anyone who might linger. Camp Grant Museum, 1004 Samuelson Road, Rockford, (815) 871-4239, hauntedrockford.com.
3rd Annual Ricky M, Dog and Pony Car Show
Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Car show to benefit Friends Forever Humane Society with awards, music, 50/50 raffle, food. Friends Forever Humane Society, 966 W. Rudy Road, Freeport, (815) 541-2628.
Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. Learn about steps to develop a financial recovery plan and rebuild credit. Rockford Public Library (RPL), Rock River Branch, 3128 11th St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, option 2, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
2014 Mosaic By Moonlight
Aug. 13, 5:30-9 p.m. Signature drinks & appetizers, live music by After5 Jazz. Benefit for Mosaic in Rockford. Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., Rockford, (815) 387-8390, mosaicinfo.org.
Starry Night: Turn Out The Light
Aug. 14, 7-8 p.m. Facts about stars and ways to reduce light pollution. Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-3433, burpee.org.
A Car’s Day Out: Pedal to the Metal
Aug. 16, 8 a.m. Open to any vehicle. Live DJ, 50/50 drawings, bucket raffles, team sports apparel sale. Proceeds benefit Crusader Community Health. Rockford Speedway, 9500 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park, crusaderhealth.org/august-car-show-benefits-crusade.
Pillars of Honor Exhibit & Program
Aug. 16, 1-5 p.m. Program honoring veterans and their families. Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 969-1999, veteransmemorialhall.com.
Aug. 16, 2-3 p.m. This engaging show teaches the science of bubbles. Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, option 2, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Shindig IV: Country Fair
Aug. 16, 5-9:30 p.m. Country fair attractions, food, desserts. Charity/auction event to benefit Highland Community College. $50. 5099 W. Stephenson Road, Freeport, (815) 599-3406.
Beauty of Kimono
Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Learn about traditional kimono dressing. $5/members free. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, (815) 316-3307, andersongardens.org.
Japanese Summer Festival
Aug. 23-24, Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Taiko drummers, traditional Japanese street performer, more. Attend traditional tea ceremony. Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, andersongardens.org.
Renewable Energy Fair
Aug. 23-24, 9 a.m. Learn about renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles. Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Road, Oregon, illinoisrenew.org.
Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. Learn about planting trees in the fall and how to get your trees ready for winter. Beloit Library, Beloit, beloitlibrary.info.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Ceremony
Aug. 27, 7 p.m.. Annual program to commemorate the 1858 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square, 114 E. Douglas St., Freeport, (815) 975-7631.
Run, Walk, Wheel for RAMP
Aug. 30, 7:30 a.m. Half-marathon, 5K run, 3K walk/Wheelathon. Proceeds benefit RAMP. Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford, runwalkwheel.com.
Hot Fest for Hospice 2014
Aug. 31, noon-11 p.m. Iron Chef-style salsa competition. Live music. $10. Verdi Club, 782 N. Madison St., Rockford. Info: Concepts for Charity, (779) 324-2642, rockfordhotfest.com
Artale Wine Tasting
Sept. 5-6, Fri. 5:30 p.m., Sat. 8:30 p.m. Sample wines and hor’sdeurves from Josefs. Proceeds benefit Womanspace. $15. Artale Wine Company, 6876 Spring Creek Road, womanspace-rockford.org.
Patch Toy & Game Sale
Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Toys, games, puzzles and educational aids at wholesale prices. Profits benefit Preservation Park. Preservation Park, 3444 Hwy. 51, Beloit, patchproducts.com.
12th Annual Durand Biker Bash & Chili Shootout
Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. See bikes, sample original chili. Proceeds go to the JDRF organization and the American Diabetes Association. Downtown Durand, durandbikerbash.com.
Passenger Pigeon: Flight To Extinction
Sept. 9, 7-8 p.m. The story of what was once the most abundant bird in North America and the important lessons it presents to the 21st century. Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, burpee.org.
Finding Grants for Nonprofit Organizations
Sept. 11, 2-3:30 p.m. RPL, Main Branch, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-6731, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Twilight in the Garden at Klehm
Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal and wines. $100. Benefits Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-8146, klehm.org.
Peace Film Festival: The Singing Revolution
Sept. 16, 6-8 p.m. This documentary highlights the singing tradition holding Estonia together for thousands of years. Nordlof Center / J.R. Sullivan Theater, Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.