FEATURES
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NWQ’s Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it an adventure by exploring six trendy local boutiques and dozens of suggestions for wonderful gifts found at locally owned stores throughout our area.






FEATURES
Children enjoy playing with the grain mover exhibit in the Ag-Zibit area of the Discovery Center Museum. Kids learn about agriculture while having fun.
Discovery Center: Where Learning is Fun

Learning should be fun. That’s what the founders of Discovery Center Museum believed 35 years ago, and it’s what they still believe today. Read how this top-ranking Rockford gem got its start and what its future may hold.






FEATURES
Volunteers prepare to serve a Thanksgiving meal at Court Street United Methodist Church.
The Christmas Spirit in Action

At Christmastime, it’s not difficult to find folks who are “up to something good” around here. Meet some volunteers who believe the holiday season is an especially important time for us to serve one another.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Art & Craft Come Together at Blue Eagle Pottery

Robert Blue sells beautiful, functional pottery to galleries and art lovers around the world. Enter his creative process and learn where you can find his work.






REGIONAL DINING
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Pig Minds Brewing Co.: Don’t Knock It Until You Try It

This establishment may only sell vegan dishes, but the general manager wants people to give this unique food a chance.






HOME & GARDEN
Decorating your home for the holidays doesn't have to be a burden. There are tips and trends that can help make the experience enjoyable.
Dressing Up Your Home for the Holidays

Whether you enjoy the holiday season or despise it, we’ve come up with some tips to make holiday decorating simple and enjoyable.






HEALTH & FITNESS
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The Biggest Threats to Women’s Health

Your health isn’t something to ignore. Learn about some key threats to women’s health and how to prevent problematic conditions.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Weddings 2016: Dreamy Wedding Backdrops

We’ve looked high and low for some of this area’s most spectacular wedding destinations. Discover some of our favorites, and discover exclusive content from the stories of couples who recently said “I do.”






MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ Guide to Colleges 2016

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect college — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
The Edgewater offers a variety of special packages for guests to make the most of a holiday escape.
NWQ Getaway Guide, Holiday Edition

A great weekend’s journey is hours away. Here are some excellent places to visit.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Rebalance Your Investment Portfolio

COUNTRY Financial representative Steve Blachford shares three tips to help you maintain the value of your investment holdings.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Ann Cline and Thomas Pickering attend a meeting during Spirit Week, during which employees dressed in pajamas and themed outfits.
Embracing the 21st Century at Practice Velocity

Dancing in the office, wearing costumes to work, and a flat organizational structure? What is this, Google? No, these are part of the unique workplace culture at one of the Rockford area’s biggest software design firms.