Mind & Spirit
Volunteers at The Literacy Council, in Rockford, help a wide variety of adults to improve their skills in reading, math and computers. (Photos provided by Sheryl Thogreson, executive director, The Literacy Council)

The Literacy Council: Empowering People of All Ages to Achieve


The Literacy Council’s volunteers have helped countless adults and children improve their reading, math and computer literacy skills. Learn how you can take a class at, or volunteer with, the organization.

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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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Learn about President John F. Kennedy and 
his Rockford connections on Feb. 25 at Midway Village Museum.

Events @ a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

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

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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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NWQ’s 2018 Guide to Schools

The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts, with a focus on individual abilities and strengths. To help with your decisions, we’ve found a few of the best.

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Mind & Spirit NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – November 29, 2017

  Enjoy Lots of Fun History Events this Winter Right in Our Region: The gift of learning is offered year-round at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, and the winter…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 22, 2017

  Klehm Celebrates the Sweetest of Seasons Right in Our Region: Sweet sounds and sweet treats are equally essential to a joyous holiday season. So, too, are winter wonderland walks…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 15, 2017

  Cast of ‘The Nutcracker’ Prepares to Delight Right in Our Region: For many people, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without seeing “The Nutcracker” ballet, which brings to life…
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