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National Yoga Awareness Month Poll

National Yoga Awareness Month Poll

National Yoga Awareness Month is in September, and we’re here to show you how you can celebrate this month in the best way possible, by enjoying our local yoga studios!


Vote for your favorite to be entered for a chance to win a gift card to the studio of your choice.

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Jamar Brings Healthy Food to Rockford with Ripe Life Juice Co

Ripe Life Juice Co. is bringing healthy options to the 815! What started as a home smoothie project, evolved into a restaurant in the heart of downtown that serves up quality quick options to help you run your day.

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Salamone's of Cherry Valley Did a Remodel!

Salamone's Cherry Valley remodeled their bar and is inviting you to experience it for yourself! Enjoy their classic Italian dishes and the new space during your next dinner.

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Downtown Rockford Has a Bookstore Thanks to Dave with Maze Books!

Nothing beats the smell of books. Maze Books is a new and used bookstore that opened this year in downtown Rockford. Most titles are under $5 and used children's books are only a buck! He carries a wide range of genres and has a section for local authors as well as rare titles. If you're a reader and love local, then Maze Books is your place to go.

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Drink Beer and Wine for a Good Cause at Hanz Brew Fest 2022

Do you like fall? Do you like beer? Do you like supporting the education of local students? If your answer is YES! then check out Hanz Brew Fest this weekend!

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Tarot Readings by Michelle Can Give You Insight Into Your Future and Connections to Your Past

Spooky season is upon us, and Tarot readings by Michelle can help you gain insight into your future and connections to your past.

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Oktoberfest is Back for 2022!

Join the German Society of Rockford for Oktoberfest on October 1st to celebrate German culture, food, and more!Can Jake finish his beverage in time? Watch to find out!

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Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling is Hosting their 3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil

RSAC is a local organization that offers free counseling and support services to those impacted by sexual violence. Tonight they're holding their 3rd annual vigil ceremony to honor the victims and survivors of these traumas. You can join them in person at First Free Church or virtually by visiting their Facebook page.

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The Secret Behind Twisted Crypt's Success

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Twisted Crypt Productions. They have officially kicked off their 9th season and can't wait to scare you... muahahaha. 👻🤡🎃🧟‍♂️FYI: They are fully ADA accessible!Scare you later, Rockford.

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Rockford Area Arts Council has Brought New Murals to Davis Park!

RAAC Rockford Area Arts Council brought new murals to Davis Park. These old industrial doors got a major facelift and help bring color to our community. Go check them out!

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The Olympic Tavern is Hosting Tour De North End 2022!

Grab your bike and your buddies, and get ready for The Olympic Tavern's Tour de North End! Visit awesome local stops along the way, and maybe even win a new ride.Grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-de-north-end-2022-tickets-409356806227

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Midway Village Brings World War II Days to Rockford

World War II days are coming back to Midway Village Museum on September 24th and 25th. Bring the whole family to this trip into history!

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Lucha Cantina Has Brought Brunch Back!!!

Guess who's back, back again...Brunch is back, tell a friend!Join Lucha Cantina for brunch! Enjoy a special menu, and of course, beverages.

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It's 2022 Greenwich Village Art Fair Time!

It's time for Rockford Art Museum's Greenwich Village Art Fair! Don't miss this amazing event featuring artists from all over the country, and locally in our own community. Grab a drink, listen to live music, and shop the amazing art.

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Support Swedish Historical Society with a Night at the Range!

Join the Swedish Historical Society for a family-friendly “Night at the Range” at Golf Shack on September 16th from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM.Enjoy drinks and appetizers by Garretts Restaurant and Bar as you hit a bucket of balls in support of your Scandinavian friends!

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Jeremiah Development is Hosting Love Rockford to Provide Resource Access for Veterans in Need

Love Rockford is this weekend and is packed with ways you can help the people and veterans of Rockford! To get more information about the event, or to volunteer, reach out to Jeremiah Development.

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It's a Bubble Festival at Discovery Center Museum!

🫧 BUBBLES! 🫧Bubble Fest is coming to the Discovery Center Museum this Saturday for some good clean fun! Make bubbles, pop bubbles, and learn all about... you guessed it... BUBBLES!

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Tamale Fest 2022 is Almost Here! Food Trucks, Music, Cars, & More!

Join us for the 6th annual Tamale Fest of Rockford! It's a competition to see who has the best tamales in the 815. We celebrate the competition with Bands, DJs, a Lowrider Car Show Car Hop, and much much more!

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Have You Visited One of Rockford's Best Sushi Spots? I Luv Sushi

Looking for a great local lunch or dinner on the East side of town? If you love sushi as much as Brian, the owner of Zen Sushi & Grill and I LUV SUSHI, you have to check out I LUV SUSHI. Perfect for a fast weekday lunch, or your next special event.

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Help Celebrate 100 Years of Forest Preserves at their Nine & Dine Event!

Grab your special someone for a fundraising Nine & Dine date night hosted by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. This casual golf outing is sure to be a night to remember!

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Kind Staffing Group Keeps Growing & has a BIG Project in the Works!

Calling all Nurses! KIND Staffing Group, LLC is hiring all levels of nurses and caregivers. They are innovating the way staffing agencies work and want YOU on their team!

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Can You Keep Up with Andrew from Ernie's Midtown Pub as He Lists Off All His Events?!

Can you keep up with Andrew from Ernie's Midtown Pub as he lists off all his events?! Mimosas, meat raffles, and trivia... oh my!

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Denny Diamond Will Make You Feel Like You're at a Neil Diamond Concert

If you're a Neil Diamond fan, you have to check out Denny Diamond! He brings all the hits to life, and makes you want to sing along.You know you sang along with Jake...

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Rockford Symphony Orchestra Needs Your Help in Selecting the Next Music Director!

Rockford Symphony Orchestra needs your help in selecting the next Music Director! Join the community in witnessing the nine finalists audition live as they lead the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in concert. Your next chance is this weekend!

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You Won't Believe All the Stuff You'll Find Inside of Historic Auto Attractions!

You won't believe all the stuff you'll find inside of Historic Auto Attractions! Take the whole family for a day of exploring this massive collection of history. Of course they have cars, but there is so much more to discover!

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Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Fly-in!!

Fly-in, drive-in, or walk-in to the 50th Annual Fly-In at Poplar Grove Airport and Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum this Sunday from 8am-3pm! Food trucks, plane rides, games, and more await. Bring the whole family and discover a love for flight.

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This Estate Sale with The Pickin Chicks Will Blow Your Mind!

Come one, come all to this MASSIVE sale! Something for everyone, this sale has vintage, high end, and antique items. Grab your friends and get ready to find your next statement piece!Get the details here: https://www.estatesales.net/IL/Rockford/61114/3332367

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Feel Like Bond at Winnebago County CASA's First Ever CASA Royale Event

His name is Buzz... Jake Buzz, and he is here to tell you about Winnebago County CASA's CASA Royale charity fundraising gala and casino night.

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What's the Process for Getting Your Home or Business Painted? Zee's Painting Breaks it Down

What's the process for getting your home or business painted? Zee’s painting LLC breaks it down.Plus, it's completely mesmerizing to watch paint being rolled... you know you enjoy it. 😉

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What Dog Wouldn't Love a Swim at Meyer's Tails Up Farm!?

Everyone loves a day at the pool, including your pup! Book a pool session with Meyer's Tails Up Farm and let your pup jump, splash, and swim to their heart's content. They don't call it the dog days of summer for nothing 😉.

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Dr. Brant Hulsebus from Hulsebus Rockford Teaches Jake a Fun Spine Fact

I wish I was a little bit taller... Hulsebus Rockford Chiropractic tells us when we are!

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Vintage Shop Hop

Vintage Shop Hop

Thousands of shoppers will converge on northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin once again for the fall edition of the popular Vintage Shop Hop™ on Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2022. The event is a self-guided road trip for vintage and antique lovers in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region to satisfy their ‘vintage’ addiction and support small businesses at the same time.


Typically, between 350 to 400 locally owned vintage shops, antique malls, women’s boutiques, occasional and pop-up shops, home décor, upscale consignment shops, and vintage barn sales in the two-state region participate in this one-of-a-kind event.


The event was destined to grow quickly. Between the shop owners looking for a unique, low-cost way to promote not only their shop but their town too, and then add in shoppers who are excited to have a list of hundreds of fun shops dropped in their lap, you can’t hold them back!” laughed Ann Campos, founder of the event. The event stretches across two states from the Mississippi River

on the west to Lake Michigan on the east, goes north to Stevens Point & Green Bay in Wisconsin, and south to I-80 in Illinois.


Each shop has an “in-store” promotion for the weekend, and many shops go miles beyond just complimentary refreshments (like mimosas and dessert treats). “We encourage the shops to create a day unlike the other 363 days of the year,” say Campos. As a result, shoppers will find fun promotions like “pop a balloon” or “spin the wheel” to determine their discount, door prizes, meet-the-maker, paint demos, live music, food trucks, and free swag bags just for stopping in. Others create punch card promotions to get people moving around their region, hire live music and invite food trucks to park in their lots. All shops will be ready and waiting to greet new faces to their store and provide the shoppers with the best in customer service. “The participating shop owners are very passionate about the history of their antiques as well as their buildings. In order to compete with big box stores, small business owners have to be creative in their marketing efforts and work extra hard to get noticed,” Campos said. “I’m just happy I can help them out by using my experience to bring customers to their doorstep with this fun shopping event. To my knowledge, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the Midwest.”


Many of the shops are set in historic and unique buildings, in downtowns, villages, and the countryside brimming with history which sets them apart from their competitors in big shopping malls. For example, shoppers who step into Vintique Junque in Monroe, Wisconsin can find a sweet shop filled with antiques, vintage, recycled goods, and fun junk housed in a historic 1880s coal store that supplied the downtown square with coal. Or shoppers can experience ‘out of the box' shopping for on-trend vintage items and home décor inside a gorgeous 1882 Methodist church, complete with steeple, at The Half Full Nest in West Dundee, Illinois. Or, explore Starline Excursion Market in Harvard, Illinois tucked inside a renovated, ivy-covered farm equipment factory built in 1888. These are just a few examples of shops located inside unique structures making the shopping experience memorable.


Road trip planning for the Vintage Shop Hop is made easy with the interactive Google Map and Master List of Shops. The Google Map includes all shop details that can be accessed on mobile devices while shoppers are traveling the area. The list and map are both found on the event’s blog page 24/7/365 and can be printed off www.vintageshophop.blogspot.com or follow the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VintageShopHopEvent. A direct link to the interactive Google Map is here: https://bit.ly/VintageShopHopMap_Oct2022

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Local Man Works to Revitalize Broadway

Local Man Works to Revitalize Broadway

It's no secret that the past few years have been hard on small businesses, with some parts of the city getting hit harder than others. In the wake of COVID and inflation there are those within our community that are stepping up. Isidro Barrios is one of those people.


After spending 40 years as a union carpenter, Isidro and his wife, Melanie, opened a community center inside of their neighborhood. El Barrio is located at 1516 Broadway and aims to be a resource for the businesses and residents of the Broadway region. Isidro referenced his 13 grandbabies as motivation for the passion he has for his community. And his first goal is to help re-establish the Broadway corridor as a thriving business community.



Between 11th Street and Kishwaukee Broadway has over 50 available storefronts and through a combination of efforts Isidro aims at reducing that number. One of these efforts is a Business Opportunity Event for the 11th Ward.


This event is being hosted at El Barrio, 1516 Broadway, on Friday, September 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The event hosts multiple opportunities for both existing businesses and those wishing to start a business. There will be resources and information for new and existing businesses, information on solar energy and the Illinois Shines Program, as well as a host of special guests.


State Representative Dave Vella, State Representative Maurice West, 11th Ward Alderman Tuffy Quinonez, County Chairman Joe Chiarelli, and County Board Jaime Salgado will all be in attendance.


If you have a passion for the Broadway corridor of our city, are wanting to start a business and are looking for a place to open, or just want to connect with our local leadership, then head on over to El Barrio this Friday night.


You can RSVP at elbarrio@myyahoo.com

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A Fiesta at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant

A Fiesta at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant

We ventured to Alvarez Mexican Restaurant to try their famous margaritas and eat our weight in chips! As you do…


We were warmly greeted with chips and salsa, and decided to try the Quest Fundido, a fondue with chorizo brought with even more chips (muahahaha). This is a HUGE appetizer, we dug right in to the warm cheese and chorizo medley. The flavor was out of the world and we will definitely order this again… but bring many many more friends, hahaha.


Acting like we hadn’t completely filled up on chips, we then sampled the Enchiladas en Mole (three corn tortillas in a rich poblano mole sauce with cheese and sour cream) and the Fajita Lover (sizzling strips of steak, chicken, & shrimp, topped with spanish onions, slices of tender bell pepper & pico de gallo).


I have never tried mole sauce, so this was a first for me! The sweetness was a unique contrast to the enchilada and I now see why folks love this stuff. It had almost a nutty flavor, and that pairing was a fun surprise.


The fajita was a masterpiece of a medley. Everything was grilled to perfection (no tough shrimp here!) and the meat to vegetable ratio was perfect. I’m a big fan of build your own meals, so fajitas really cater to my desire to get my hands dirty. I was happily surprised with the generous dollops of sour cream and guacamole as well.


I almost forgot the margaritas! With a strong blend of many liquors, these are described as “killer” on the menu, and I have to agree with them! Not too sweet, they really nailed the balance. Drink responsibly!


Check out Alvarez for your next chip binge!