Presenters: Father Jonathan Bannon (Christ The Savior Orthodox Church) & Pastor Michael Thomas (Zion Lutheran Church)
We will share the history of Saint Nikolas, his life and legacy, his development of his character into the secularized expression of Santa Claus!
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.
Presenter: Thomas Warren
Grew up in around the midtown neighborhood
Retired Professor of Education at Beloit College
"The Learner" is a fiction book that is "confronting God, Golf, and Beyond. It is set in a community on the Wisconsin-Illinois border that Warren calls Belle Waters. (What a coincidence! People often call Beloit Bel-wah.) The story features a young minister grappling with the challenge of his new job while trying to master golf. Along the way he encounters a dynamic group of youngsters, the plight of homelessness, and–is it–love, or what?" (www.thomasfranklinwarren.com)
Because of Tom's family connection with Stark family of Rockford, he was able to connect with the Tiger Woods family, golfing with Bill Stark and Earl Woods (friends in the military) and Tiger Woods when Tiger was young.
Tom wrote the book, "An Old Caddie Looks Back: Reflections From a Town that Loves Golf... and Tiger" (it's about golf in Rockford and Tiger Woods connection to Rockford)
Presenter: Xavier Whitford, 815 Suicide Prevention Advocate/Mental Health First Aid Instructor
Xavier Whitford will be joining us to have a community conversation about the factors that lead to suicide and how it affects our community.
Winnebago County is losing an average of 41 lives to suicide annually and research shows that a minimum of 115 lives are directly affected by every life lost to suicide. Many factors lead to suicide. Whitford believes that education and open dialogue about these factors and preventative measures can make a positive impact.
After losing her 19-year-old-son, Tommy, to suicide because of depression in 2014, she became a strong community advocate for suicide prevention and education. Join us to hear her powerful story and have an open conversation about this important and tough topic.
People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace.
But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny--literally--assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They're joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.
in this little library, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.
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.
Join us for the discussion of The Last Bus to Wisdom!
In the spirit of The Bartender's Tale, a lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate-bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical--is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German (as Donal discovers him to be), and Donal can't seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate decides to pack him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But to Donal's surprise, he's not traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is another treasure of a novel from the best storyteller of the West
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.