Mind & Spirit
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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St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, 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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Anderson Japanese Gardens, in Rockford, hosts special camps and events for area youths throughout the summer months.

Events @ a Glance: Mind and 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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Ways You Can Volunteer in Our Region

There are numerous ways to help others in our community. Browse the following organizations to see if you’re familiar with the many volunteering opportunities in our region.

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Mind & Spirit SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – June 12, 2019

  Music by the Lake Returns for 19th Season Right in Our Region: With a musical lineup as varied as the stars shining above it, Music by the Lake’s latest…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 5, 2019

  Enjoy Rockin’ River Fest in Oregon June 15 Right in Our Region: Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day or every day, let nature embrace you with all its beauty at…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 29, 2019

  ‘Down on the Farm’ at German Valley Days Right in Our Region: “Down on the Farm” is the theme of the 46th annual German Valley Days June 7-9, in…
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