The Joy of Volunteering: New Ways to do Good

People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today.

Healing in Nature

Researchers have caught up with Mom’s admonition to “Go outside and play!” Discover some new programs that encourage us to reap the full benefits of some of the highest-quality natural areas in the Midwest.

Could You Be an Advocate in Court for a Child?

What is a CASA? A judge can request that a Court-Appointed Special Advocate be assigned to a case in which a child is impacted. Learn how you can help judges to make better-informed decisions.

Good Medicine for the Community & Economy

In 2010, the UIC College of Pharmacy expanded to Rockford, where nurse and physician training colleges were already in place. Find out why it’s already ranked among the top pharmacy schools in the nation.

Northwest Quiz: Know Your Region

Can you match each item to the northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin county to which it belongs?

Northern Illinois Food Bank is Stepping Up to Deal with Hunger

You may be surprised to learn the extent that which hunger affects our neighbors. Learn how you can get involved with Northern Illinois Food Bank to help make a difference.

11 Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever

The last winds of winter aren’t a deterrent to fun, but rather an opportunity to enjoy activities that make our region special. Explore some destinations that only get better when cold winds blow.

Smart Living Weekly – August 12, 2015

  Good Times at Winnebago Co. Fair Right in Our Region: Summertime is still in full swing, and one of its finest traditions is the Winnebago County Fair in Pecatonica,…
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Events @ a Glance: Recreation & Destinations Calendar

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.

Why We Love Our Region – Part 2

Ask a thousand people and they’ll give you a thousand reasons why this corner of the Old Northwest Territory is the best place in the world to live, work and play. Paul Anthony Arco asks local leaders why they love their region.