Mind & Spirit
The YMCA has developed programs to engage young people in a positive environment, through activities like weekend gatherings and volunteer projects.

How YMCA Helps to Strengthen Communities


The YMCA may be best known for its gym equipment and exercise facilities, but that’s just the beginning of this community-building organization. Discover how the Y continues to impact the region, through its core mission.

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Remembering Those We’ve Loved and Lost

It’s important to properly honor your loved ones in their final days and when they pass away. Learn about the various hospice centers, funeral homes and related services that can help you make the necessary expected and unexpected decisions.






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Stock up your garden with plants from several local sales, including one at Klehm Arboretum, in Rockford, on May 5-6, and one at Rotary Botanical Gardens, in Janesville, on May 12-14.

Events @ a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.






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A Celebration of Life

Each of us will face final days on this earth, and each of us will face the loss of people we love. While we can’t change this fact, there’s plenty we can do to improve end-of-life quality and to memorialize those we’ve lost.






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Recent and current board members of CASA of Winnebago County include, back row L-R: Fred Muehlfelder, Marilyn Kloepfer, Fran Rossate, Kathy McCarty, Matthew Thomann, Jo Marie Montalbano, Kimberly Bruce, Audrey Engelbrecht, Raegan Caras-Hill, Barbara Havens-Shirk, David Buchen and Sharon Cooper. Front row L-R: Taryn Marko, Mary Kay Garganera, Darlene Hanna, Burnette Shivers, Faye Marcus and Susan Gorski. Not pictured are Jessica Cheney Nelson, Linda Cooper, Leslie Erickson, Jennifer Muraski and Eric Wilson.

Could You Be an Advocate in Court for a Child?

What is a CASA? A judge can request that a Court-Appointed Special Advocate be assigned to a case in which a child is impacted. Learn how you can help judges to make better-informed decisions.






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Mind & Spirit NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – January 11, 2017

  Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Right in Our Region: The 31st Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will take place next week, even though there’s no significant snow in the weather…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 4, 2017

  Discovering Burpee All Over Again Right in Our Region: The Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. in Rockford, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the theme…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 14, 2016

  These Shows Light Up the Holidays Right in Our Region: Holiday light shows around our region are transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. For just a few more…
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