Mind & Spirit
Andy’s Books for Kids puts brand new books into the hands of young readers. The books are about topics that educate, inspire and entertain young minds. (Photo provided)

How ‘The Book Lady’ Pays Tribute to Her Son


Started as a way of honoring a Belvidere mother’s late son, Andy’s Books for Kids has become a fixture in classrooms all over our region, and beyond. This is the real power of books.

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Ebenezer Reformed Church, Oregon, Ill.

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 in each issue.

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Kids can learn about the history of the Turtle Creek confluence on Sept. 7 at the Nature at the Confluence preserve in South Beloit, Ill.

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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Guests who attend “Party on the Prairie” can enjoy a wagon ride through Nygren Wetland Preserve, which presents an opportunity to take in the mid-summer native wildflowers and wildlife.

A Night Out to Support Conservation Efforts

“Party on the Prairie” serves as a major fundraiser for Nygren Wetland Preserve, but it also gives visitors a chance to explore the soothing landscape. Learn what’s in store for this year’s event and find out how you can get involved.

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The Fish-Abled Foundation organizes monthly social outings for people with mental and physical disabilities, in addition to other special events. (Fish-Abled Foundation photos)

A Community for People of All Abilities

The Fish-Abled organization gives people with mental and physical disabilities the chance to participate in monthly social events. Learn more about this faith-based nonprofit organization and find out how you can lend a helping hand.

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Mind & Spirit SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – August 28, 2019

  Sept. 7 & 8: Welcome to Greek Fest! Right in Our Region: It’s that time of year when the people of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 21, 2019

  815 Outside Helps You Navigate Our Parks Right in Our Region: Becoming healthier in body, mind, and spirit is as simple as going outdoors to enjoy one of the…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 14, 2019

  Historic Auto Attractions to Grow in Size Right in Our Region: Walk through the doors of Historic Auto Attractions, 13825 Metric Road, Roscoe, Ill., and you will experience local…
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