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Welcome to Rockford Buzz! Your Guide for Things to Do in Rockford IL

Welcome to Rockford IL's ultimate guide to things to do! Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, Rockford IL has a wealth of activities and attractions to offer. From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to shopping, dining, and entertainment, this website is your one-stop-shop for discovering the best things to do in Rockford IL. We've handpicked the most popular and unique experiences to bring you an extensive list of activities to suit every interest, age group, and budget. Whether you're looking to have a family day out, a romantic getaway, or an exciting solo adventure, you'll find it all right here. Get ready to discover Rockford IL like never before, and make your next trip to this amazing city unforgettable!

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Today's Events & Things to Do | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's one-stop-shop for today's events! This website is your go-to source for finding the latest and greatest happenings in Rockford IL. Whether you're looking for a fun family activity, a night out with friends, or a unique cultural experience, you'll find it all right here. We've handpicked a variety of events to suit every interest and budget, so you can easily plan your day and make the most of your time in Rockford IL. From festivals and concerts to exhibitions and workshops, there's always something exciting happening in this vibrant city. So check out our calendar of events and get ready to experience Rockford IL like never before!

Swedish Historical Society

Swedish Historical Society

Erlander Home Museum Tour

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Erlander Home Museum Tour

10:00 AM @ Swedish Historical Society

Free - $7.00

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Swedish Historical Society

Swedish Historical Society

Erlander Home Museum Tour

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19

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Erlander Home Museum Tour

1:00 PM @ Swedish Historical Society

Free - $7.00

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Rockford Park District

Rockford Park District

$2000 Talent Show moves to Sinnissippi Park

Wed

19

Jun

$2000 Talent Show moves to Sinnissippi Park

5:00 PM @ Sinnissippi Music Shell

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Rockford Public Library

Rockford Public Library

Adult Online High School Graduation- Class of 2024

Wed

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Jun

Adult Online High School Graduation- Class of 2024

5:00 PM @ Rockford Public Library

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Rocktown Adventures

Rocktown Adventures

SUP Yoga

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19

Jun

SUP Yoga

5:30 PM @ Pierce Lake - Rock Cut State Park

$20.00 - $40.00

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Franchesco’s Ristorante

Franchesco’s Ristorante

Summer Concert Series: Reed & Waddy

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19

Jun

Summer Concert Series: Reed & Waddy

6:00 PM @ Franchesco’s Ristorante

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The Pottery Lounge

The Pottery Lounge

Dinnerware Workshop!

Wed

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Jun

Dinnerware Workshop!

6:00 PM @ The Pottery Lounge

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Rocktown Adventures

Rocktown Adventures

Hump Day Paddle

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19

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Hump Day Paddle

6:00 PM @ Rocktown Adventures

Free - $30.00

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Lino’s

Lino’s

Lino's Presents: Sparkling Night

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19

Jun

Lino's Presents: Sparkling Night

6:00 PM @ Lino’s

$60.00

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Ski Broncs

Ski Broncs

Ski Broncs Water Ski Show

Wed

19

Jun

Ski Broncs Water Ski Show

7:00 PM @ Ski Broncs

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RVC Starlight Theatre

RVC Starlight Theatre

The Color Purple at RVC Starlight Theatre

Wed

19

Jun

The Color Purple at RVC Starlight Theatre

8:00 PM @ RVC Starlight Theatre

$7.00 - $28.00

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Today's Lunch, Dinner, & Drink Specials | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's guide to today's lunch, dinner, and drink specials! If you're looking for the best food and drinks in town, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find a comprehensive list of the latest specials and promotions offered by Rockford IL's top restaurants and bars. Whether you're in the mood for a delicious lunch, a romantic dinner, or a night out with friends, you'll find the perfect meal or drink to suit your taste and budget. From classic comfort food to gourmet cuisine, and from refreshing cocktails to local brews, Rockford IL has something for everyone. So check out our list of specials and get ready to indulge in the best that Rockford IL has to offer!

Barnstormer Distillery

Barnstormer Distillery

Captain's Reserve Now Available

Captain's Reserve Now Available

Always Available

Hours Today: Closed

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Inzombia Coffee

Inzombia Coffee

Birthday Club

Birthday Club

Always Available

Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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RBI / Bourbon Street Lounge

RBI / Bourbon Street Lounge

Night Shift Diff

Night Shift Diff

Always Available

Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Baked Wings

Baked Wings

Munchie Hour 4:20pm-6:00pm

Munchie Hour 4:20pm-6:00pm

Always Available

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

Murphy's Happy Hour : 3 - 6 PM

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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5BAR

5BAR

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Hours Today: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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Murphy’s Pub

Murphy’s Pub

Wine Night

Wine Night

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Reel Nutrition

Reel Nutrition

Winning Wednesdays

Winning Wednesdays

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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27 Aluna

27 Aluna

Bao-wow-Wednesdays

Bao-wow-Wednesdays

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Ernie’s Midtown Pub

Ernie’s Midtown Pub

NEW BONELESS WING SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY!!!

NEW BONELESS WING SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY!!!

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Screw City Tavern

Screw City Tavern

Wing Wednesday and Fish Fry

Wing Wednesday and Fish Fry

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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The Canna Cafe & Bar

The Canna Cafe & Bar

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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The Pomodoro

The Pomodoro

Wine Wednesday at The Pomodoro

Wine Wednesday at The Pomodoro

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Fozzy’s Bar & Grill

Wing Wednesday

Wing Wednesday

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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Baked Wings

Baked Wings

40% Off Waffle Wednesday

40% Off Waffle Wednesday

Every Wednesday

Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Deals, Sales, & Shopping | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's ultimate shopping guide! We're your one-stop-shop for the latest deals, sales, and shopping experiences in Rockford IL. Whether you're looking for a unique gift, a stylish outfit, or just a great deal, you'll find it all right here. From trendy fashion and home goods to electronics and toys, Rockford IL has something for every shopper. So check out our list of deals and get ready to hit the shops in Rockford IL!

Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic

Take the Same Supplements Your Doctor Uses

Take the Same Supplements Your Doctor Uses

Always Available

Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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MembersAlliance Credit Union

MembersAlliance Credit Union

Save to Win Account

Save to Win Account

Always Available

Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Varo Fence Co.

Varo Fence Co.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

Always Available

Hours Today: Closed

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John Berlin Agency

John Berlin Agency

GET A FREE QUOTE

GET A FREE QUOTE

Always Available

Hours Today: Closed

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Moving Guys

Moving Guys

Power Washing  free estimate

Power Washing free estimate

Always Available

Hours Today: 24 Hours

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Inzombia Coffee

Inzombia Coffee

Zombie Discount

Zombie Discount

Always Available

Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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SPoRT Makeup, Apparel, & Collectibles

SPoRT Makeup, Apparel, & Collectibles

Use Code

Use Code "BUZZ20" to Get 20% Off All Products

Always Available

Hours Today: 24 Hours

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Rockford IceHogs

Rockford IceHogs

Hamboni Rides

Hamboni Rides

Always Available

Hours Today: Closed

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First Class General Contracting

First Class General Contracting

Free Home Inspection

Free Home Inspection

Every Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Hours Today: 24 Hours

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Local Businesses & Cool Places | Rockford IL Region

Welcome to Rockford IL's Random Adventure Generator! Every time you refresh the page, you'll be presented with a new set of four randomly selected destinations, each offering its own unique experience. Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, these random draws will inspire you to explore Rockford IL in new and exciting ways. From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to shopping, dining, and entertainment, there's always something new to discover. So join us on this journey and get ready to explore Rockford IL like never before!

R.J. Bowers Distributors Inc.

R.J. Bowers Distributors Inc.

R.J. Bowers Distributors Inc.

Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

RJ Bowers has been a distributor of Commercial Cleaning Equipment serving Northern IL & Southern WI for over 30 years.

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Girls on the Run NW Illinois

Girls on the Run NW Illinois

Girls on the Run NW Illinois

Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Girls on the Run is a life changing, experiential learning program for girls ages eight to thirteen. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.

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Finials

Finials

Finials

Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

When we began our business in the Spring of 1985, Finials was a lamp shop selling a wide variety of lamps for the home and offering a large selection of replacement lampshades. After two years, we had the opportunity to purchase our present location. It had been a Scandinavian gift shop for a number of years. As we moved into the new location and after extensive remodeling and decorating, we fell more in love with our Swedish heritage. So, we decided to try something very unusual and combined the two businesses. Over the years, we have added on to the property yet with a concern to keep the charm of the original building. Presently, our 13 room “little red stuga” is filled with a wide variety of Scandinavian gifts. We shop various markets each year as well as going to Scandinavia in order to offer the best selection possible. You will find beautiful handcrafted wooden pieces as well as very simple smör (butter) knives - from the fine hand blown Orrefors crystal to the replacement glass for the Danish iron candleholders. We carry T-shirts, hand-woven sweaters and much more. Oh yes, we still carry over 2000 lampshades, carry a beautiful collection of lamps and continue to do lamp repair as well as create a custom lamp for you.

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Roxy Carmichael

Roxy Carmichael

Roxy Carmichael

Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Rockford' Fun & Sassy Unique Boutique - Fierce, Fun, Fabulous!!! Stop in today and see what the "FUN" is all about!!! *Women's Apparel - Shoes - Boots - Handbags - Jewelry - Hats - Scarves - Gifts - and so much More*

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Current Poll & Positive Rockford IL News

Our goal is to shed light on the Rockford IL's rich history, vibrant culture, and bright future. From local events and attractions to restaurant reviews and positive movements, this website has got you covered. Take part in our polls and have your voice heard, and stay informed with our articles written by us. Join us in celebrating everything that makes Rockford IL the incredible place that it is.

Rockford's Best Bars

Rockford's Best Bars

Hey everyone! I'm on a mission to find the best bar in the 815 area. Whether you love the cozy neighborhood pub, the trendy cocktail spot downtown, or the lively sports bar with the best game-day vibe, I want to hear from you!What's your favorite local bar in the 815? Help me find the top spot to hang out, relax, and have a good time. Your favorite bar needs your vote! 🍻

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Summer Line Up at RVC Starlight Theatre

Summer Line Up at RVC Starlight Theatre

Food is not the highlight of this week's review, instead, it's the outstanding line up at RVC Starlight Theatre!The summer session at Starlight Theatre has begun and we had to check out the first show, Legally Blonde, for ourselves! Returning in August, this is one to see and share with friends.There isn't a bad seat in the house at Starlight Theater. With stadium seating you never have to worry about an obstructed view, and the intimate setting gives you a great view of the stage no matter your seat.Legally Blonde follows Elle, a fashion major turned law student as she pursues love and finds herself along the way. The Director, Clarissa Dahlhauser, has this to say, "This musical asks us to check our initial (often judgemental) perceptions of others, and in the same breath, find our own self-confidence in who we know that we can be despite other's clouded perceptions of us and our capabilities. It's for everyone that's ever felt judged, felt self-conscious in their chosen field or identity, felt pressure to be something they were not, and to anyone that's ever been told, 'you will never make it'."The sets are stunning and detailed, really transporting you to each scene. The highlight of this show was truly the people involved. Elle, played by Chanel Black, was truly inspirational, with a voice that enchanted the whole audience. The Delta Nu girls kept cheering our main character along her journey with fun songs that will keep your toe tapping. Every crew member hit their mark during incredibly tough choreography that left us completely impressed.  If you are a fan of the movie, you'll love this stage rendition which didn't miss a beat. We got Paulette's charming side story and were endeared by the furry cast members.If this show is setting up the rest of the Starlight Theater season, we are in for a summer filled with excellent performances and great entertainment!Don't miss the rest of the season, featuring Guys and Dolls, The Color Purple, Disney's Newsies, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.See you there, Rockford!

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Tikka Masala at House of India Restaurant

Tikka Masala at House of India Restaurant

When I think of spice, I instantly think of Indian food. While the spice that traditional Indian dishes are famous for adds a ton of flavor and life, it doesn't always mean heat. Even those with a milder temperature tolerance can enjoy the beautiful tastes of House of India, located at 6430 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111.Levels of spiciness are controlled by chilis, which can easily be added to or omitted from recipes. At House of India, they have three levels to choose from: mild, medium, and hot.We ordered two entrees: Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Tikka Masala; as well as the accompanying sides: Saffron Rice and Garlic Naan.Tandoori chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices in a tandoor (clay oven). While this ranked mild on the spice level, the spices used to marinate the chicken were phenomenal. The chicken was cooked so tender that it practically fell off the bone and the flavor is just delicious. Who knew yogurt could be a marinade and nail the job?! Served piping hot with a large lemon wedge and on a bed of onions, this is a dish that can please the whole table.We decided on the Lamb Tikka Masala because it is a fan favorite. The dish is bite-sized pieces of lamb in a spiced curry sauce. The curry is creamy and orange-red. This is where the saffron rice comes in! You ladle the Tikka Masala over the rice and create your own dish. I ordered the medium spice, and I feel like this is safe for milder temperature tolerances (unless you let leftovers sit and marinate for 24 hours). I will definitely be ordering this hot next time. I can't get enough of spicy food and I think this dish can only get better with additional heat!Let's talk about the Naan... You are in for a treat! House of India has multiple flavors of Naan, and you definitely want to order some for the table (or yourself) to enjoy. It arrives at the table freshly prepared and so wonderfully warm.No matter what you choose from their extensive menu, it is sure to please! Step out of your box and try something new!

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Ribs and Brisket at Smokin Coop BBQ Pit

Ribs and Brisket at Smokin Coop BBQ Pit

Smokin Coop BBQ Pit, located at 2022 US-20 BUS, Belvidere, IL 61008, is the perfect place to embrace patio season! Order from their delicious menu and grab a seat inside or outside for a fabulous summer meal.With everything from chicken, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and more, you may have a hard time deciding what to order! They also have a variety of bbq sauces and sides to make your meal the perfect match. Don't forget to order pie or pick up a cookie for dessert, if you still have room!We tried the rack of ribs with macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and cornbread. The ribs come basted in Smokin Coops original bbq sauce, and are smoked to fall-off-the-bone perfection. You can dive in with two messy hands for this delicious main course. The meat is tender and juicy and the sauce enhances that smoked flavor to leave you craving more.We couldn't leave without trying the brisket! Served with no sauce so that you can choose your favorite flavor, this generous portion is tender and filling. We chose more mac and cheese (duh), and baked beans with pork to accompany the cornbread. The brisket is a popular dish and sometimes sells out, so come early and often to get your share!Smokin Coop's macaroni and cheese is worth living for! The penne noodles are coated in thick and creamy cheese. We ordered two for a reason, you won't want to share yours either 😂. Their potato salad is fresh and delicious with a hint of mustard. The baked beans are loaded with pork and the sauce is perfect for adding to your meat of choice.  You can't go wrong with bbq at Smokin Coop. We look forward to going back to try even more! See you there, Rockford.

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Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, our videos will inspire you to explore Rockford IL like never before. From outdoor adventures and scenic drives to shopping and dining experiences, we've got it all covered. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest videos about Rockford IL. Get ready to experience the city in a whole new way!

Dog's Day Out 2024

Calling all dog lovers! 🐶 Join Meyer's Tails Up Farm for a fun-filled afternoon where you can spend quality time with your dog! 🎉📅 Date: Sunday, June 9🕐 Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM📍 Location: Meyer’s Tails Up Farm, 5390 Irene Road, Belvidere, ILThis FREE event is fun for the whole family! 🎈 Here’s what you can expect:🐾 Training Demonstrations🍔 Food Trucks🛍️ Vendors and Shopping🎶 Entertainment🚜 Tours of the Farm📸 Photo OpportunitiesAnd that’s not all! Your furry friends will have a blast too! 🐾 They can:🏊‍♂️ Swim in our pool with one of our staff (don’t forget to bring a towel!)🐕 Test their speed on the Fast Cat course🎉 Enjoy tons of fun activities and special treatsHungry? Cantina Taco will be there in their food truck, and they’ll also have an ice cream truck with tasty treats! 🌮🍦Plus, here’s your chance to give back: with a cash donation to the Belvidere Police Department K9 Unit, you can take a spin on the prize wheel! 💰 100% of the donations go directly to supporting our local police department.All dogs are welcome and should be secured on a leash. It'll be a day to remember with your four-legged friends! 🐾

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Mr. Goodwater's Full House

Mr. Goodwater is a Full House full of funny and kind staff members! 🤗 This family business has been serving Northern Illinois for over 25 years. The Rosecke family has used their experience to grow it into a well-known and respected company. They specialize in Northern Illinois and the Western Suburbs. 🏠Your home is one-of-a-kind, so they don’t use generic systems that might not work for you. In fact, most of these “off-the-shelf” systems aren’t effective for the water conditions around here. 💧 They design and engineer their systems to meet each customer’s specific requirements. 🔧If you need service on any brand of equipment, Mr. Goodwater offers low-cost service calls and expert technicians. All their techs are factory-trained to handle most makes and models, and they’re always improving their service with ongoing training. 🛠️Their office staff is always friendly and ready to help. 😊 Plus, their delivery team will inspect your water treatment equipment with each delivery to make sure everything’s working perfectly. 🚚Thank you for letting me run around your warehouse and office, Butch! Every day is a good day at Mr. Goodwater ❤️

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Summer at the Coronado!

The Coronado has a bunch of super cool, varied events this June! 🎉Tonight, June 1st, Josh Gates, from Expedition Unknown, will be here to tell stories about his adventures, close calls, and boring month-long trips that are edited down into exciting 40-minute episodes. 🌍✨On June 7th, the Ancient Aliens cast will be here discussing thought-provoking extraterrestrial theories on fan-favorite topics. 👽🛸Comedian Kevin James will be bringing the laughs on June 14th with his new special, “Owls Don’t Walk.” 😂🦉On June 16th, we’ve got one for the Kids… drumroll please… Blippi is coming to town! Grab your kids and get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party! 🥳🎶Head over to coronadopac.org to purchase your tickets today! 🎟️👾

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Fish Fry Friday at Bourbon Street Lounge!

Every Friday Bourbon Street Lounge cooks some of the best Fish Fry I've ever had! Whether you want a classic fried cod sandwich, fish tacos, or a whole fried fish dinner; they've got you covered! 🐟❤️

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