Mind & Spirit
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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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Graphic Artist/Photographer Samantha Ryan with fiance Chris Behling.

Janine’s Journal: Millennials & Milestones

It’s been a big year for NWQ’s editorial team! Read about the writers and graphic artists who work at our relentlessly positive publication.






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Second First Church, Rockford

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.






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Enjoy the relaxation benefits of adult coloring on Jan. 18 and Feb. 3.

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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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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