Attend a celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday that commemorates the deceased, at the Sullivan Center in Rockford on Nov. 2, sponsored by the Rockford Public Library. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Events at a Glance: Mind & Spirit Calendar

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

Attend a celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday that commemorates the deceased, at the Sullivan Center in Rockford on Nov. 2, sponsored by the Rockford Public Library. (Wikimedia Commons photo)


“A Civil War Scholar on Spielberg’s Lincoln”
Sept. 4, 7 p.m. A public lecture by Kate Masur, Northwestern University, part of the series, “History of the Civil War,” sponsored by the Beloit College department of History. Free. Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall, Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.,
Distinguishing Between Right & Good, Part 2
Sept. 10, 6 p.m. Attempting to unify the theories of morality, Brian Wagner, RVC Philosophy Instructor, ponders the issue as a failure to distinguish between what is right and what is good. First Tuesday Lecture Series. Student Center Atrium, Rock Valley College (RVC), 300 N. Mulford Road, Rockford,
Film: Darfur Now: Six Stories, One Hope
Sept. 10, 6-8:30 p.m. This 2007 documentary, shown as part of the community-wide International Month of Peace, focuses on six people trying to end the suffering in war-ravaged Darfur. Discussion follows. Info: Rockford Public Library (RPL), Main Branch, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-6731, Event: Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford.
“Who Freed the Slaves?”
Sept. 11, 7 p.m. A public lecture by Stephen Kantrowitz, UW-Madison, part of the series, “History of the Civil War.” Free. Morse-Ingersoll Hall, Beloit College,
Animal Day For Families
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Help to milk the goats, feed the horses, gather eggs from the chickens and make goat’s milk ice cream. Bring a sack lunch. $20. Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, Ill., (815) 389-8455,
Emergency Preparedness Day
Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit with the Rockford Fire Department, Rockford Health System, College of Medicine, insurance companies. Take home a starter emergency kit. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
Beekeeping Workshop
Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m. Getting bees ready for over-wintering. Outdoor workshop; bring your bee suits. $2. Byron Forest Preserve, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535,
Film: Promises (2001)
Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. This Academy Award nominee, shown as for International Month of Peace, interviews children living in separate worlds – a Palestinian refugee camp and an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
Seeing Nature in a Different Light
Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pro photographer Hans Rupert shows the key role light plays in photos and how where and when we shoot can greatly alter the look and impact of a photo, followed by a walk to apply the lessons learned. $10/$5 members. Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, Ill., (815) 965-8146,
Behind the Lines WWII Preview Tour
Sept. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. A World War II soldier re-enactor gives a personalized tour of the buildings and encampments in the village and woods. Talk to the soldiers, and learnwhat’s involved in running the re-enactment. $15; Reservations required. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-9112,
Restoring our Balance: An Equinox Retreat
Sept. 21, 4-7 p.m. A session of yoga and meditation on the farm. Outdoors, weather permitting; indoor space if needed. $20; BYO yoga mat. Beginners welcome. Angelic Organics, Caledonia,
6th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Info: (800) 272-3900, (262) 249-2328, Event: Library Park, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, Wis.
“The Power of Peer Helping”
Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Author, educator and psychologist Barbara Varenhorst, Ph.D., founder of the Peer Counseling Program used in many states, on the values in peer helping. Forum Series. Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, Ill.,
“Creative Marketing for the Here and Now”
Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m. Presentation by Michael Goldberg, with a focus on developing creative economy in the region. Free. Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC), 206 S. Main St., Janesville, Wis., (608) 758-0297,
Film: Gandhi
Sept. 24, 6-9:15 p.m. This 1982 film won eight Academy Awards, and is shown as part of the community-wide International Month of Peace. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
“A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War”
Sept. 25, 7 p.m. A public lecture by Lesley Gordon, University of Akron, final in the series, “History of the Civil War.” Free. Morse-Ingersoll Hall, Beloit College,
Author Doreen Howard: Heirloom Flavor
Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. The award-winning author, former garden editor at Woman’s Day, photographer and gardener, discusses her latest book, Heirloom Flavor: Yesterday’s Best-Tasting Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs for Today’s Cook. Q&A follows. $10/$5 members. Klehm Arboretum, Rockford,
Autumn Pioneer Festival
Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. See a flint knapper and gunsmith, sample food of the era, view five ethnic gardens, the voyageurs’ encampment, two historic log cabins. Boone County Conservation District, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Ill., (815) 547-7935,
NICNE: Governance as Leadership
Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. BoardSource trained presenter Frank Martinelli leads an all-day workshop on the Governance as Leadership framework with an emphasis on generative mode thinking. $75 includes lunch, snacks. Download registration form online, mail or fax by Sept. 20. Burpee Center, Rockford University,
Light The Night Walk
Sept. 28, 5 p.m. festivities; 7 p.m. (dusk) walk. Nationwide fundraising event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Fundraising teams carry illuminated balloons along a two mile route to show support of a caring community. Info: Light The Night, (312) 651-7354, Event: Peak Sports Club 4401 Peak Dr., Loves Park, Ill.


“Planning for Uncertainty”
Oct. 1, 6 p.m. Dr. Megan Pease, RVC Instructor of Life Sciences, discusses alternative fuels and what individuals can do to help to solve the crude oil resource dilemma. First Tuesday Series. Student Center Atrium, RVC,
“Art & Healing in a Rural South African Village”
Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Carol Baker Hofmeyr discusses the Keiskamma Trust she established to tackle poverty and disease in South African communities with holistic programs and partnerships. Forum Series. Maddox Theatre, Rockford University,
Hoo Haven Animal Show
Oct. 5, 11 a.m. Members of Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Rockford visit with some amazing animals. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
Haunted Bus Tour
Oct. 5, 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. A coach bus ride to local legendary sites, with slightly scary and historic tales, and psychics Paul Smith and Sara Bowker. Ages 18/up. $20 in advance at Info: Bus site: Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford.
Burpee Museum Presents: René van Rems
Oct. 5-6, 9 a.m.-noon workshops; Sat. 6-9 p.m. Workshops led by the noted floral artist and speaker specializing in European-influenced styles. Dinner Saturday includes van Rems creating floral masterpieces that will be sold at live auction. Burpee Museum of Natural History’s Fall Fundraiser. Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-3433,
Hiking for Hounds at Klehm
Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fundraising event for Kibble Korner, Rockford’s pet food pantry. Explore Klehm’s 155 acres with your costumed canine friends, join a free Costume Contest at 1 p.m., with prizes and certificates. Give donations to help Kibble Korner. Half price admission; $3/$1.50 seniors, kids/members free. Klehm Arboretum, Rockford,
“Putting Permaculture Principles into Practice”
Oct. 19, 1-5:30 p.m. A discussion of this method for designing sustainable human landscapes using the patterns of nature, followed by hands-on activities. Angelic Organics, Caledonia,
“Seek the Unknown: Alien Invasion”
Oct. 19, 2-5:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 19 celebrate Teen Read Week’s theme “Seek the Unknown,” by discussing UFO reports, dissecting an alleged alien species, and watching the film Dark Skies. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
FAM Dinner: “Urban Canvas.”
Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. Freeport Art Museum Annual Fundraising Dinner. Watch artists create live, enjoy gourmet food, signature drinks and live auction. this year in the historic Wagner Printing building downtown. Info: Event: Wagner Printing, 1 E. Spring St., Freeport.
Carving Masters
Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m. Ages 12 and over. BYO hollowed-out pumpkin and learn from carving masters to use tools in new ways to create a beautiul pumpkin. Under 12 with adult. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
Lecture: Healing the Heart of Democracy
Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Author Parker Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, speaks about his latest book, that deals with our political tensions with realism and hope. Reception follows. Free. Monroe Arts Center (MAC), 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700,
Effective Direct Mail
Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m. David Allen, Managing Partner, Development for Conservation, speaks about what really works in direct mail fundraising. Leadership Café series. $15/NICNE members free. Burpee Center, Rockford University,
Discovery After Dark Halloween Fun
Oct. 25, 6-10 p.m. Enjoy adult beverages and explore the science of the very small. Ages 21/over. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 963-6769,
Sustainable Building Tour
Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See various techniques on-site: whole tree architecture, living roofs, passive solar, strawbale, cob and composting toilets, using recycled materials. Angelic Organics, Caledonia,
Idealized Board Experience & How to Get It
Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m. NICNE Leadership Café. David Allen discusses board recruitment, orientation, expectations, training, accountability and leadership for board fundraisers. Burpee Center, Rockford University,
Paranormal Night II: The Manny Mansion
Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m. Explore the history and current state of the Manny Mansion at Burpee Museum. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration must be made through Haunted Rockford. Burpee Museum, Rockford,


El Día De Los Muertos
Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m. A celebration of El Día De Los Muertos, “the day of the dead,” to honor our deceased with music and an altar of remembrances. If you’ve never experienced it, come learn about this annual event. All Ages. Info: Event: Sullivan Center, Rockford.
“The Story of India (Bharat Maaki Kahaani)”
Nov. 5, 6 p.m. Performance in English of a Hindi poem authored by Professor Kanwal Prashar, originally performed at Rock Valley College in 1986 for the India Association, telling the story of the history of Indian civilization. First Tuesday Lecture Series. Student Center Atrium, RVC,
“Inequalities in the Global Food System”
Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Elizabeth Ransom, Associate Professor, the University of Richmond, speaks on the dramatic changes in the agriculture and food systems in recent decades and its impacts on the people and environments of Southern Africa. Richardson Auditorium, Beloit College,
MAC Holiday Silent Auction Kick-Off
Nov. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception; 7:30 p.m. concert by The Barley Jacks. Hundreds of unique items, from original artwork and home décor to gourmet dinners and sports memorabilia. Concert: $25/$20. Auction runs through Dec. 14; viewings Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact MAC for booklet of items; bid in person, by phone or email. MAC, Monroe,