Mind & Spirit
Club Blue Marketing Chair Bridget Finn thanks her committee.Ryan Davis photos .

Club Blue: How Doing Something Good Helps Everyone


Inspired to reverse the region’s high rate of child abuse, this set of local moms is engaging the community to support the programs that serve sexually abused children.

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Civil War Hands-on History Days is an award-winning school program held annually at Midway Village Museum. This year, more than 5,000 students learned about the Civil War through learning stations related to different aspects of the war.

Midway Village: Endowment Opportunity Needs Public Support

Rockford’s beloved history museum has a chance to boost its funding, at a time when state support is disappearing. Learn how your donations can go the extra mile – but only if you act in time.






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Rotary members team with Harlem School staff members to assemble 100 bags of school supplies for homeless children, just one among hundreds of charitable activities they’ve conducted over the years. Shown L-R: Anita Papich, Kelly Stevenson, A. Marie Holmes, Dennis Mullins, Julie Morris, Pat DeLuca, Mike VanSistine, Marcia Burke, Rob Holmes, Kris Arduino, Terry Herbig, Gail Daughtry and Polly Smith.

Loves Park Rotary Celebrates 50 Years

Ordiary people, working together, can produce extraordinary results – as the Loves Park Rotary Club has been proving for half a century. Discover what makes this dedicated group of community servants special.






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Janine’s Journal: Flower Power is What the World Needs

What the world needs now, more than ever, is some beautiful foliage to remind us of the good things in life, and to give us some much-needed relief from all of the meanness around us.






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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabeth

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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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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