There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.
March 4-April 23, Mon. 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tue. 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. A gentle form of exercise for relaxation and reducing stress and physical aches while improving balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. Wear loose-fitting clothing and tennis shoes, and bring water. Reg. online. Read Park, 1200 Park Lane Dr., Freeport, (815) 235-6114, freeportparkdistrict.org.
Yoga at the Dells
March 5, ongoing first Tues., 6-7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of traditional yoga to relax and invigorate. Dress in comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and water. Severson Dells Nature Center, 8502 Montague Road, Winnebago, Ill., (815) 335-2915, seversondells.com.
Creating Laser-Etched Photos
March 7, 6-7 p.m. Use a laser cutter to etch a photo onto wood to make a special keepsake or gift. Hart Interim Library, Rockford Public Library, 214 N. Church St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Orchids for Beginners
March 9, 1-2 p.m. Learn the basics with resident orchid expert Dave Picken. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, (815) 987-8858, rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg.
The Art of Yoga
March 12 & April 23, 5:30-7 p.m. Students of all skill levels join instructor Taunia May in the galleries for an hour long yoga session followed by a kombucha tasting from Bucha Bar. Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
March 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Go for a leisurely stroll on the grasslands to look and listen for this bird, also known as the timberdoodle; they are a sure sign that spring is coming. Severson Dells Nature Center, Winnebago, Ill., (815) 335-2915, seversondells.com.
Art Talks: The 1960s
March 13 & April 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In March, Rockford University art professor Jennifer Langworthy talks about the plurality and contradictions of the mid-1960s; April’s talk is on the unrest and discontent of the late 1960s. Luncheon included. Res. req. by phone. RAM, Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
March 16, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Carol Hamilton teaches the basics of encaustic painting, where pigments are added to hot wax, then applied to a surface. Carol demonstrates creating textures, layering colors, carving into the wax and using metal leaf and stencils. Materials provided. FAM, Freeport, (815) 599-3403, freeportartmuseum.org.
Storytime at RAM
March 16 & April 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Children enjoy storytime with a librarian in the galleries followed by an art activity. RAM, Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
Rockford Businesses in the New Economy
March 17, 2 p.m. Professor Robert Evans of Rockford University joins other speakers to discuss how technological and social changes have impacted Rockford-area businesses and how companies have survived a changing economy. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
March 20, 6:30-8 p.m. & April 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Navigate by moonlight along scenic woodland trails, listening for owls and gazing at stars. Reg. req. Severson Dells Nature Center, Winnebago, Ill., (815) 335-2915, seversondells.com.
March 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Mary Hallock, of Atrium Senior Living, teaches techniques to enhance engagement and communication, and explores how Montessori learning methods can help those with dementia. Reg. online. Rockford Public Library East Branch, 6685 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 966-2748, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Adult Painting Class
March 21, 6-8 p.m. Learn watercolor techniques from an experienced artist while creating a spring landscape. Reg. online. Krape Park, 1799 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, (815) 232-8140, freeportparksfoundation.org.
Women Astronomers: Then & Now
March 21, 6:30-8 p.m. A panel presentation and discussion highlighting Henrietta Leavitt and other pioneering women astronomers as well as present-day leaders in the field. Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
April 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Aalto speaks about her book, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.” Luncheon and auction of unique experiences, events and packages. Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-8146, klehm.org.
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
April 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and how you can incorporate these techniques into your life. Reg. req. Severson Dells Nature Center, Winnebago, Ill., (815) 335-2915, seversondells.com.