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Favorite Apple Orchard

Favorite Apple Orchard

October is here and it is #NationalAppleMonth! From caramel apples and apple picking to Halloween renditions of the poison apple and apple pies on Thanksgiving, the apple is the prime fruit to celebrate to mark the middle of fall.


Vote for your favorite local apple orchard!

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Videos

Christmas Wagon Rides at Lockwood Park

Rockford Park District has their Christmas Wagon Rides at Lockwood Park! We aren't going to spoil all of the magic, but we DID want to give you a little preview. Take a short ride with Leah and Jake and be sure to book a ride for you and the family to enjoy the magic yourself.

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Barnstormer is Open for the Winter!

Something new is coming out of Barnstormer Distillery! Check out their new lineup of delicious beverages and the Iron_salamander, now offering a full-service dining experience inside the hangar.

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Dr. Brant from Hulsebus Rockford Asks: What Animal Has More Vertebrae

Dr. Brant has a spine question for Jake. Does he get it right? Did YOU know the correct answer?!

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Fatherhood Encouragement Project and Batman Discuss Christmas with Superheroes 2022

Join Danial, Batman, and many more Super Heroes to help bring Christmas to 200 children in need. The Fatherhood Encouragement Project is hosting their 6th annual Christmas with Superheroes event. You can follow the link to sponsor a child, volunteer, and learn of other ways you can support this wonderful cause.https://form.jotform.com/213035686858163

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CFNIL is Hosting Their 11th Community Scholarship Fair!

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is Hosting its 11th Community Scholarship Fair! All types of students can learn more about and apply for scholarships to help them achieve their dreams.

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How Devin went from HR to Owning Velvet Poppy Floral

Devin went from HR to owning The Velvet Poppy Floral. Beyond floral, The Velvet Poppy is also a women's boutique. Explore all of the beautiful offerings, plan floral for your next event, and say hi to Devin at The Velvet Poppy!

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Sundance Film Festival is Coming to Rockford with 815HORTS

Plus Seven Company is partnering with the Rockford Public Library to bring 815horts and the Sundance Film Festival to Rockford. Enjoy food, drinks, music, and films from the local community. Don't miss this amazing event!https://www.plussevencompany.com/815horts has all the details.

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Want to Take Better Videos & Photos? Then Come to the Rockford Ad Club for Jake's Presentation

Jake is doing his best to hide the fact that Leah has already decorated for Christmas (tsk, tsk)... but that's not what this video is about!Join Jake at the American Advertising Federation Northern Illinois's Lunch and Learn to explore how to use your cell phone to take amazing photos and videos to take your marketing (and personal) media to the next level.

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Screw City Jeeps Wants Your Jeep to Help Gigi's Playhouse!

The Screw City Jeeps 815 are hosting the Jeep Freeze to raise money for GiGi's Playhouse - Rockford LLC. Freeze in a Jeep for an excellent cause, or cheer the Jeeps on as a spectator!

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Dog Paddle Beach Saves You From Poop Landmines

Is it a brown leaf? Is it mud? Is it poop? You might not know until it's too late! Exercise your dog in a poop-free zone and avoid the landmines at Dog Paddle Beach!

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Midway Village is Hosting Hometown Heroes Documentary Event to Honor Local Veterans

The students at Harlem High School, Harlem District #122, have created amazing documentaries highlighting veterans. Join them at Midway Village Museum for the screening of these amazing stories.

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We Get a Tour of the New Rockford Public Library

Here's the full update from Anthony Scandroli, VP of Scandroli Construction. Anthony gives us a timeline on the work that's been done so far. He also paints the picture for what's to come next and their goal for progress on the construction of the new Rockford Public Library within the next year or so.

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Salt + Sol Brings Salt Therapy and Much More to Rockford

Need a new way to unwind? Check out Salt+Sol! Spend some time in their Salt Eden, and visit thier store to take a little salt therapy home with you.

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Feel Catharsis As You Watch a Timelapse of All Seasons Cleaning a Rug

We're not going to disturb the satisfaction that comes from watching a timelapse of something getting cleaned. Just know that All Seasons can pick-up, clean, and deliver your rug.

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Winnebago County CASA Invites You to The Advocate's Club 2022 at The Union

Join Winnebago County CASA for the Advocates Club during Stroll on State. Support kids in our local community while you celebrate the season of giving.https://winnebagocountycasa.org/event/advocates-club-2022-union

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317 Art Collective is Hosting a Dia De Los Muertos Art Gallery

317 Art Collective is hosting a gallery featuring 14 latino artists from around the 815. They have a couple of upcoming events including a presentation about the cultural traditions and history of el día de los muertos. It will be given by Sylvia Candelaria Landreth, Luisa Bylsma, and Michael Cervantes on November 2nd in the gallery.Link Nicole (@artlifesunshine or nicoleclandreth@gmail.com) to receive images for the community altar/ofrendaArtist NamesEddavielTempestRodrigo CeballosMichael CervantesKarissa D HernandezNicole LandrethDaniel LeivaJorge MartinezVic RiveraNicole ZuritaAngel RodriguezRosa SalinasAzucena SilvaMia VillarrealArtist Handles@eddaviel@art.by.tempest@iamsarcazm@wildcervantesartstuido@karissas._kreations@_daniel.leiva_@artlifesunshine@jorge_martinezln@vicmonsta@zstudios815@rosa_salinas_artist_@gastelumsuss_@miav1120@zurimoon9

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Giddens Property Service Talks Bathroom Upgrades

If your bathroom isn't meeting your royal expectations, it's time to call Giddens Property Service. Endlessly scroll in style on a brand new throne, or upgrade your shower experience with a custom design. You deserve it.

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Starlight Theatre is Bringing The Rocky Horror Show to Rockford!

Everyone knows Starlight Theatre for their incredible outdoor venue, but did you know they have an indoor stage as well? They sure do! and for 3 (maybe 4) weekends, they'll be performing the Rocky Horror Show. It's a Halloween favorite with prop bags, all your favorite songs, and a ton of fun. So if you haven't done this October tradition yet, here's your chance!

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It's Time for the 2022 Rockford Record Crawl

Culture Shock and Toad Hall are joining forces for the 2022 Rockford Record Crawl. Giant sales, tons of unique items at each store, and they're just a few blocks from each other. If you're into vinyl, CD's, music, or just cool stuff, then check out the Crawl on This Saturday, October 22nd!

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Joe Buckets Training is For Fred VanVleet and Aspiring Athletes Alike

JD lived in Indianapolis for two years learning from one of the best NBA trainers in the nation. He's now back in Rockford and has brought his skills and knowledge to our local community. He trains Fred VanVleet and other high-level athletes. However, he also offers programs for kids and high school students. If you have a basketball player in your family, they should be training at Joe Buckets.

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The Pottery Lounge Turned 5!

The Pottery Lounge just turned 5 and so they're throwing a party to celebrate! There's so much more than painting happening on October 30th, so stop by for the fun!

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City Stage Studios is a Space for Professional Film Makers

A group of local film makers, photographers, and creatives have built a place for professional productions right in downtown Rockford. Their black box allows professionals to create without compromise. The goal is to establish Rockford as the place for creatives to produce their art. The video doesn't do it justice, so head to City Stage Studios at 821 First Ave to see it for yourself.

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Jessica Quam is Showing Off Her Art with Fashions from 510Threads at Fall Art Scene

If you're a fan of fashion and art, then you need to head down to 510threads during Fall Art Scene. Jessica Quam is showing off her art, paired with fashions from 510threads. There's going to be drinks, music, and of course art! It's all happening October 14th and 15th.

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It's Fall Art Scene 2022

Fall Art Scene is this weekend so we're dedicating this week of videos to some cool Art Scene stuff. But just in case you've never heard of it, check out this video and then head to https://artsforeveryone.com/artscene/ for the list of venues.

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The Bubble Hive Downtown and Lewis Lemon Hemp are Throwing a Party!

The Bubble Hive Downtown and Lewis Lemon Hemp are throwing a party during Art Scene. Check out local art and more in the alley by Wired Cafe'!

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Sugar Britches Goes Full 80's!

Turn up the music for this one! We did a fun lip sync video to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me"! If you need some sugar then head to Sugar Britches in downtown Rockton. The candy is sweet and so is the staff.

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Join Jake the Elf and Help Make 2022 the Best Stroll On State Ever

Calling all area volunteers! The 10th annual Stroll on State is coming up quickly, and the elves need a little extra help to get ready on time. Be a part of the magic happening downtown this holiday season!

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Jackson Charter School Offers Tuition Free School Choice for RPS Parents

Have you heard about Jackson Charter School? It's an immersive style learning experience, and it's a part of the Rockford Public School District. Learn more about options for your student today!

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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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Stories

Get Baked at Baked Wings

Get Baked at Baked Wings

A new wing joint has opened up in Rockford! Once a ghost kitchen inside of The Pomodoro, Baked Wings is now open on Riverside in Loves Park.  


We wandered in to try the new location and ordered a feast! We tried their “soon to be famous” Garlic White Cheddar cheese curds. They hit the nail n the head with these large cubes of delicious cheese, lightly breaded and fried to perfection. Serious cheese lovers rejoice! Finally, a curd that is more cheese than breading. Available in three flavors, we can’t wait to go back and try them all.


Next up, the wings. The baked wing concept is a healthier take on the chicken wing. Combine that with their lineup of flavor rubs and you have a wing that tastes just as sinful as its fried and dunked brother but packs a lighter punch. They have 13 flavor rubs to choose from, and 13 dunking sauces… to really give you the freedom to explore any flavor profile you desire.


We tried the Chili Lime, Garlic Parmesan, and Buffalo Hot rubs. Each spice rub has its own flavor profile. The heat really came through on the Buffalo Hot, and the Garlic Parmesan makes your mouth just melt. Add some fried to your order, and you’re all set.


With an expanded menu, there is definitely something for everyone at Baked Wings. You can get full service at the bar, or order at the counter and take a seat in the main dining area. Check out Baked Wings and tell us your favorite wing flavor!


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Joffrey Ballet Dancers Lead Rockford’s Nutcracker Performance

Joffrey Ballet Dancers Lead Rockford’s Nutcracker Performance

The Nutcracker tradition in Rockford continues this year with one performance on December 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Lucas Segovia and Cary Marie Gary are the Principal Dancers in this combined performance by The Rockford Dance Company and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

 

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Segovia, who is also the choreographer of the Rockford Nutcracker, joined Ballet Argentino at the age of 19 as a Soloist Dancer. Segovia has been a member of The Washington Ballet, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Gary received her formal ballet training at International Ballet Academy in Greer, South Carolina and prior to joining The Joffrey Ballet, she danced with American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II and was an apprentice with Orlando Ballet. She has won many awards both nationally and internationally.

 

Kevin Jensen will be the Music Director for this performance. Jensen was the conductor and musical director for the Rockford Wind Ensemble starting with its founding in 2002 until retiring in 2022. His 35-year career as a music teacher included Eureka, Batavia, and Loves Park/ Machesney Park (Harlem) high schools. In 2014 he was given the Rockford Mayor’s Arts Award, and in 2015 was recognized as the “Outstanding Alumni” for the School of Music at Illinois State University. While at ISU, he served as drum major of the "Big Red Marching Machine". Jensen is an acclaimed composer with nearly forty commercially published works and over two hundred freelance commissioned works to his credit.

There is no reason to travel any further than Rockford to experience The Nutcracker at its best! Order your tickets today online at www.rockfordsymphony.com

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Start Your Morning at Fresh Start Cafe

Start Your Morning at Fresh Start Cafe

Sometimes, you just need a hearty breakfast. Fresh Start Cafe on Forest Hills Road will fuel you up for whatever is coming your way!


First things first, you gotta try the coffee. Always fresh, and always hot, the coffee at Fresh Start Cafe is delicious. If you like it fancy, they have you covered with a cafe menu.


We tried to stick with the classics! You can't go wrong with biscuits and gravy or a classic breakfast skillet. A hearty plate with two biscuits layered in thick sausage gravy is a great place to start. Served with two eggs your style, this meal is a stunning classic. The sausage gravy is excellent. The flavors are excellent and it'll warm you up during this chilly season.


The skillet menu has something for everyone. We opted for the corn beef hash skillet. We know, we know, corn beef hash can be polarizing... but Frest Start Cafe serves it up perfectly. The skillets are loaded with potatoes, two eggs your style, meat, veggies, and cheese. Served with two adorably mini pancakes, this is the perfect savory and sweet combo to keep you coming back.


Start your next day at Fresh Start Cafe!


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Community Survey: Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Community Survey: Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Region 1 Planning Council is asking the public to complete a survey to help update the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the Rockford Metropolitan Area. The survey will guide recommendations for improving sidewalks, intersections, and streets in order to make it easier for all residents, workers, and visitors to bike and walk around the region. Additionally, the survey will help identify focus areas and facilities that are comfortable and uncomfortable to use, why walking or bicycling may be used throughout the region, and what improvements should be prioritized.  

The survey can be found in both English and Spanish atwww.r1planning.org


About the Plan

The purpose of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is to promote a safe and efficient transportation network for people that provides a balanced multi-modal system minimizing costs and impacts to the taxpayer, society and the environment. The Plan will address the development of a region-wide system of on-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect with existing shared use path facilities, existing and planned public transportation services and provide model development regulations and ordinances to promote and encourage bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly growth in the Rockford region. 

Region 1 Planning Council, is a special-purpose, regional government agency. Regional councils are public organizations comprised of local elected officials that promote collaboration among local governments, working across the jurisdictional silos of states, counties, and municipalities.

 

For more information, visit www.r1planning.org.

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Steak and Seafood at Stone Eagle Tavern

Steak and Seafood at Stone Eagle Tavern

Many folks don't realize that Stone Eagle Tavern is locally owned and operated! They have fresh seafood and locally sourced steaks, making this a delicious destination on East State Street.


We wandered in to try Stone Eagle Tavern and with a menu including wood fired pizza, fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, and more... we didn't know where to start! The Seafood Augratin and the steaks came highly recommended by the amazing staff, so we dug in.


The Seafood Augratin can only be described as the best thing that has ever happened to me. Fresh seafood medley in a cheesy augratin sauce and baked with a crisp breading top simply melts in your mouth. This is a very rich dish, but so completely amazing. The menu described it as a masterpiece, and we agree.


Next up was a New York Strip, cooked to your preferred temperature and so many add-on options available. They offer a garlic crust, parmesan crust, mushrooms, onions, and more! Personalize your steak just the way you want it. We tried the parmesan crust because cheese makes everything better. The steak was perfectly cooked and served on a warm skillet. Stone Eagle gets their steaks from Eickman's, so you know it was delicious, tender, and packed with flavor.


You get to select delicious sides along the way, and we highly recommend the brussel sprouts, if green is your thing. They were deliciously prepared in a way that makes you forget you're eating vegetables. The garlic mashed potatoes added that classic vibe to the steak.


If you have room, they will bring by a hard to say no to dessert platter. Life is short, order dessert.


We hope you check out Stone Eagle Tavern for your next night out, or brunch with friends and family!