Smart Living Weekly – January 30, 2019

  ‘Wizard of Oz’ Features a Hometown Son Right in Our Region: When “The Wizard of Oz” whirls into winter-weary Rockford on Feb. 28, it’ll bring colorful sets, lively music…
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Nooks & Crannies, Holiday Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

20 Years of Rockford IceHogs Hockey

Our beloved team has seen ups and downs, but that won’t stop local hockey fans from clanging their cowbells at many games still to come. See how the ‘Hogs have brought excitement and goodwill to Rockford over the past two decades.

Thomas the Tank Engine Comes To Life at Discovery Center Museum

The “Thomas & Friends” exhibit at the Discovery Center Museum encourages children to play while learning valuable concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Learn what else awaits for kids and adults this winter.

Restaurant Profile: Lino’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Homemade Italian food is a staple at this longtime favorite, and it’s one of many ways this restaurant continues to feel like home.

Rotary Club Investing in Rockford’s Young Leaders

Rotary Academy, the Rockford Rotary Club’s signature program, has impacted the lives of area middle school students for nearly two decades. Find out what why students find this program so beneficial.

Local Manufacturing & Business Briefs

Discover some of the latest product launches and innovations happening within our region’s manufacturing companies.

Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something irresistible about locally owned stores. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.

It Was ‘Only’ the Flu

Scientists call the Spanish flu of 1918 “the mother of all flu pandemics” because every pandemic since has evolved from it. Could such a pandemic happen again? Janine Pumilia explores the Spanish flu and its connections to World War I.

Ethnic Heritage Museum: Preserving the Past to Protect the Future

Learn more about the colorful exhibits and artifacts inside this unique tribute to Rockford’s past residents, and discover what awaits inside the adjacent Graham-Ginestra House, the museum’s newest addition.