Mind & Spirit

Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

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There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a sampling of some upcoming events.

Learn about the stars of the 1930s and ’40s, and hear their music, on Feb. 12 in Rockford, at “Big Band’s Royal Court,” part of Midway Village Museum’s Winter Lecture Series.

January 2012

Finding Grants for a Nonprofit Organization
Jan. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Use two major databases to find grants for nonprofit organizations, not for businesses or individuals. Registration req. Rockford Public Library (RPL), Main Branch, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.

“Turning 65: Get the Facts”
Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn all there is to know about Social Security, Original Medicare Parts A and B, Supplemental Insurance and Medicare Parts C & D. RPL, East Branch, 6685 E. State St., rockfordpubliclibrary.org.

10th Annual Civil War Symposium 2012 Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured speaker: Lincoln scholar and author Michael Burlingame. Additional presentations. $28 members/$18 students. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.

“Pursuing Sustainability”
Jan. 25, noon. How to assess your nonprofit’s impact and make strategic adjustments in pursuit of sustainability. Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) Leadership Cafe. RSVP five days prior, (815) 394-4384 or KReam@rockford.edu. Grace Roper Lounge, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, rockford.edu.

Time Line Trading Day: Reenactors Swap Meet
Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For historical reenactors and the public; all periods welcome. Forums on developing a persona, more. Midway Village Museum, Rockford, midwayvillage.com.

February

Friends of BJSO Trivia Night
Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Beloit Janesville Symphony. Test your knowledge, win prizes, have fun and support the arts. Teams or individuals welcome. Food/spirits available. Rotary River Center, 1220 Riverside Dr., Beloit. To register: beloitjanesvillesymphony.org, (608) 756-2843.

“Water Your Roots: Grow Your Family Tree”
Feb. 4, 3-5:15 p.m. Learn how to get started on discovering your ancestry and creating your family tree. RPL, Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St., Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.

“Is God Green?”
Feb. 7, noon. Do religious zeal and passion for environmental justice go hand-in-hand or are the two diametrically opposed? Discussion by Biology Prof. Joseph Haverly. Student Center Atrium, Rock Valley College (RVC), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 921-7821, rockvalleycollege.edu.

“Big Band’s Royal Court”
Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Amber Veigel, Instructor at RVC and Music Academy of Rockford, on music of the 1930s and ’40s. $7 adults, $5 students, $4 members. Winter Lecture Series, Midway Village Museum, Rockford, (815) 397-9112.

Miss Helen Keller
Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Meet one of America’s most inspirational women, noted speaker and author, the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, as portrayed by Jessica Michna of Racine, Wis. $7 adults, $5 students, $4 members. Winter Lecture Series, Midway Village, Rockford, (815) 397-9112.

Slave, Freedman and Free People of Color Genealogy
Feb. 26, 2 p.m. Joyce Higgins of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society on locating lost African-American ancestors. $7 adults, $5 students, $4 members. Winter Lecture Series, Midway Village, Rockford, (815) 397-9112.

“Engaging Generations”
Feb. 29, noon. Learn to identify each generation’s motivators, values and influencers to motivate and engage people from different generations. NICNE Leadership Cafe. RSVP five days prior, (815) 394-4384 or KReam@rockford.edu. Grace Roper Lounge, Rockford College, rockford.edu.

March

“Immigrants & Religious Pluralism in the U.S.”
March 6, 6 p.m. by Kanwal Prashar, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, explores the impact of the 19th century influx of people who brought a variety of “new religions” to this country. Student Center Atrium, RVC, rockvalleycollege.edu.

“Juliette Low & 100 Years of Girl Scouting”
March 11, 2 p.m. Learn about the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, as portrayed by actress Betsey Means of WomanLore of Chicago. $7 adults, $5 students, $4 members. Winter Lecture Series, Midway Village, Rockford, (815) 397-9112.

Writer’s Series: Jacquelyn Mitchard
March 15, 7 p.m. Presentation by the best-selling author of The Deep End of the Ocean. Reception follows. Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. (608) 325-5700, monroesartscenter.com.

“Walk in Their Shoes”
March 24, 3-4:30 p.m. Celebrates people who have changed our culture and offers an opportunity for you to try your hand in their fields. RPL, East Branch, Rockford, rockfordlibrary.org.

“Work in a Small (or Nonexistent) HR Dept.”
March 28, noon. The challenges associated with the lack of a dedicated HR professional. NICNE Leadership Cafe. RSVP five days prior, (815) 394-4384 or KReam@rockford.edu. Grace Roper Lounge, Rockford College, rockford.edu.

April

“Sooner or Later, Life Makes Us All Buddhists”
April 3, 6 p.m. Philosophy professor Dr. Michelle Rotert gives a visual and an oral presentation of her visits to sacred spots. Student Center Atrium, RVC, rockvalleycollege.edu.

Cryptozoology: The Science of Monsters  
April 7, 3-4:30 p.m. Learn about research groups that work to prove the existence of creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster. Young Adult Program, ages 12-19. RPL, Main Branch, Rockford, (815) 965-7606. ❚

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