Ed Weisbart, MD will be joining us to have a community conversation about "Medicare for All: Simple, Prudent, and Proudly American”
The United States has one of the world’s most successful health insurance systems — Medicare. The best way to protect this vital program is simple — improve it, and let every American in. This discussion will focus on the impact of Medicare fo All on the national economy, the business community, seniors, and every American.
He will also be screening his film, “Big Pharma Market Failure” with a Q&A, the night before at UIC-Rockford’s Auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Time to be determined.
Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing
to experience the wide world beyond Concord. While
her sister Louisa crafts stories, May is a talented and
dedicated artist, one who takes lessons in Boston, turns
down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and
faces scorn for entering what is very much a man’s
When Louisa’s Little Women is published, its success
eases the family’s financial burdens they have been
facing for so many years. Everyone agrees the novel is
charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal
of the selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her
beloved sister really thinks of her?
So May embarks on a quest to discover her true identity,
as an artist and a woman. From Boston to Rome,
London, and Paris, this brave and determined soul forges
an amazing life of her own, making her so much more
than merely “The Other Alcott.”
Raymon W. Empereur is a retired public heath and non-profit executive with over 30 years of combined experience as an executive director/public heath administrator for six local public health departments in Northern Illinois and as the non-profit director of the Rockford Regional Health Council for seven years.
In 2017, Mr. Empereur received training from the Climate Reality Project to become a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and is working with two other retired public health executives in spreading the word about the current climate crisis, and in working to create a local chapter of the Climate Reality Project.
Founded and chaired by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to catalyzing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society and in every community.
Join us as Mr. Empereur leads us through ways in which our community can be mobilized for action!
Swedish American Hospital has a long history and presence in the Midtown neighborhoods. We will hear about that history and what the current and future plans for Swedish American Hospital.
Jedediah Cantrell is the Vice President of Operations at SAH.
Join us in a conversation about the impact the hospital has upon our Midtown neighborhood.
Katie's Cup is happy to be participating in this year's Spring Art Scene!
This year's artists are: Tamika Brown, Judith Goudy, Sheila Hecox, Leigh Kuyper, Scott Payne, Sandra Peterson, Mary Rosandich, and others.
Plus, FRIDAY ONLY: "FootsieStools" - a traveling exhibit.
Admission is FREE. Drinks will be available for purchase from the coffeebar
Set in the neat future, this dystopian novel describes life in what was once the United State and is now called the Republic of Gilead.
A monotheocracy, it has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.
Come join us for coffee, lunch, and tunes! We are excited to play some of our favorite covers and to have Nathan Blache sit in with us on percussion! We play from 12:15-1:45pm
Come early at 11:45am to hear some awesome acoustic songs played by the talented Hoffenpeppers!
ATTENTION FRIENDS!!! Due to growing weather concerns, we will be cancelling tonight's music. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment! Please share this news with anyone you may know who was interested in attending, and have a happy Thursday!
Join us for a book discussion!
The Invention of Wings, a powerful and sweeping historical novel by Sue Monk Kidd, begins, fittingly, with an image of flight: Hetty “Handful”, who has grown up as a slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, recalls the night her mother told her that her ancestors in Africa could fly over trees and clouds.
Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner, a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin, Plattville, will lead a presentation and discussion of the Jane Mayer book, "Dark Money". It is an expose of the network of extremely wealthy people in America led by the Koch brothers who hold extremely libertarian views and have used a step-by-step plan to change the American political system and influence the America we find ourselves living in today.
Partnership Discussion with
* Lutheran Social Services of IL
* Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries
* Rockford Urban Ministries
* Tabor Lutheran Church
* Bill Howard
We will be meeting this January to discuss Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman!
"Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. The fastidious Britt-Marie soon finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?"
Jannie and Ron just go nuts during the winter holidays. Join them for a boundary-blurring potpourri of folk, pop, jazz, country, blues, Latin, Cajun vintage, classic, and original seasonal songs. Admission is free, and listeners are encouraged to make donations to the musicians and purchase their CDs. Doors open at 6pm. There's plenty of free parking in the lot across 7th St, directly west of Katie's. Enjoy delicious food and beverages from Katie's delightful menu.
Our featured artist for November is Georgia Rae, fiddle champion!
Be sure to come by Thursday, November 9th to experience the wonderful company of friends, good music, and a warm cup of coffee (or whatever drink you prefer!). Admission is FREE! Doors will open at 6PM, music starts at 7PM, and the FULL Katie's Cup drink and food menu will be available for purchase.