Winnebago County NEWS BRIEFS

Youth Sports for Tots registration now open

Registration is underway for Rockford Park District’s summer Youth Sports Tots Camp for children ages 3-5.

Campers will be introduced to a new sport each themed practice session, with activities designed to keep them active, moving, and having fun in a safe and positive environment.

Some of the featured sports are football skills and drills, basketball, Quick-Start Tennis, and T-Ball: agility and coordination training is also included. The final session is scheduled for Aug.18-27, and meets twice a week, 6 -6:45 p.m. at Brown Park in northwest Rockford; parents/guardians are welcome to assist with activities.

The camp fee is $35 per session ($40 non-resident), which includes a camp shirt, trophy, certificate, and a healthy snack after each practice.

The registration deadline is one week prior to session start date if capacity hasn’t been reached sooner; space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Register online at, by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park, where information on support for persons with disabilities is also available; the phone number is 815-987-8800.


IceHogs set preseason schedule for October

The Rockford IceHogs, members of the American Hockey League and affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, have announced their 2014 preseason schedule.

Rockford will play two preseason contests, including a home tilt against the Chicago Wolves at the BMO Harris Bank Center on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

The IceHogs will conclude their brief exhibition schedule on Friday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Admirals at the Kern Center on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering at 7 p.m.

A full training camp schedule and roster will be announced later this summer. The IceHogs are preparing for their 16th season of professional hockey in the Forest City, including eighth as the primary affiliate of the Blackhawks.


More than 450 shoes donated to RPS 

More than 450 pairs of shoes were donated to RPS 205 students last year through Annie’s Locker and the Share a Pair shoe drive. That’s more than enough shoes for each student at Conklin Elementary School. Elementary school principals across the district distributed the shoes to their students who still needed shoes for physical education classes, recess and school. Additional shoes that poured in after the initial 450-pair haul were given to physical education teachers to distribute to students, and the principals and students sure were grateful.

This year, the nonprofit Annie’s Locker is hoping to double that donation to provide proper athletic footwear to school-age kids in need. The goal is 900 pairs of shoes by Sept. 15.


School readiness helped by $150,000 grant 

United Way of Rock River Valley has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for its Success By 6 school readiness initiative. United Way will receive $50,000 per year over the next three years. Board Chair Wray Howard and President/CEO Paul Logli accepted the check from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Trustee Chris Janke, Executive Vice President Jon Bates, and Director of Grants & Scholarships James Patterson.

United Way’s Success By 6  is a school readiness initiative, which helps prepare children birth to age six enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Comprised of five programs ranging from a home visiting program for families with toddlers to an in-school program that supports pre-k classrooms, this initiative focuses on increasing family engagement and developing pre-literacy skills in young children.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of Northern Illinois.

For more information on United Way’s Success By 6 initiative, contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by emailing or calling 815-968-5400.


RVC will offer college course in Boone County

Students who live in the eastern region of the Rock Valley College district, specifically in Boone County, will now have the opportunity to enroll in college courses closer to home. Starting this fall semester, RVC is offering a select number of general education courses at Belvidere North High School. Students can choose from ENG-101 (Composition I), SPN-101 (Beginning Spanish), and RDG-099 (Reading for Academic Purposes) for its inaugural launch of this initiative.

The classes are being offered late afternoon to early evening starting in August when RVC’s fall semester begins. RVC hopes to expand offerings by the spring semester in January. Registration is open now for these and all Rock Valley College fall courses. To search all course offerings go to

For more information or to find out how to get started at RVC, call (815) 921-4250.


Burpee Museum presents ‘The Local’ summer fest

Burpee Museum presents the first annual The Local, a new and exciting Summer Festival on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Area breweries and wineries will pair with area restaurants to present a unique pairing for guests to sample.

Guests can vote on their favorite pairing and a prize will be awarded at the end of the night to the pair most voted for.

Tickest are $55 per person or 10 for $500.

For more information call  (815) 965-3433 ext. 1004 or visit


—Winnebago County News Briefs are complied from submitted items and news sources.