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Lorikeets land in Rockford at Nicholas Conservatory

For the first time, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens (NC&G), 1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, but only for a limited time! Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit will be in town September 6 to November 9, 2014.

Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house custom designed for NC&G by Spineless Wonders.

The enclosed area was made possible thanks to a generous estate gift from the Hofert family, as well as donations made to help fund NC&G programs.

The house will provide guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small-to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

“We are very excited to bring this unique experience to Rockford, and can’t wait to see visitors of all ages be amazed by the encounters they have with the colorful and sociable birds. Guests will be able to interact with the lorikeets in our lush tropical setting, which is just perfect for these parrots. Who knows, you might even strike up a conversation with the birds,” said Kelly Moore, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Manager.

Lorikeets are a group of birds classified under the “true parrots,” and are found throughout the Australian region. Lorikeets, or Lorys, have a unique brush-tipped tongue for feeding on fruits, vegetables, and flowers and are constantly looking for nectar and fruits due to their rapid metabolism. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit Hours: , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Open Late. October 3 and 4, 2014: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for ArtScene.


Historical Buddha’s relics on exhibit at temple

Phap Lam Temple hosts a public exhibition of the historical Buddha’s relics on Friday-Sunday at 518 15th Ave., Rockford.

Most of the Relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are over 2,600 years old. Many of the relics are from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own collection. Relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of wisdom and loving kindness. The exhibitions provide a chance for people to connect directly with some of the greatest spiritual Masters of all time and to reflect on their own potential for a kinder and more loving heart. This public exhibition is multi-faith, multi-cultural and free to attend.

Times: Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Vietnam ‘Wall that Heals’ this week in Loves Park

The VietNow veterans organization is sponsoring the presentation of the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, called “The Wall that Heals” this week at Field of Honor near Loves Park City Hall.

At half the size of the Wall in Washington, DC, it is 250 feet long and is accompanied by a fold out semi truck trailer museum.

It was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and set up on Wednesday with a dawn opening scheduled for Thursday.

The Wall will be open 24 hours a day until closing Sunday. The annual Remembrance Candlelight Service will be held at 7 p;m. Friday.

One focus of this effort is to collect scans of photos of those on the wall with their families and friends, and also in their school and community.

Some were outstanding athletes, or active members in their church that would have continued to be contributing members to society.

It also allows veterans of that era to touch base or say a good bye to someone they served with in battle when there wasn’t much chance for ceremony and good byes to the dead in the heat of battle or its aftermath.

There are over 58,000 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. This list is of 151 name files compiled were from this area. It is based on the information available at this web site: By using the advanced search feature, detailed search criteria can be constructed.

This event is part of the Rock River Valley Peace Coalition’s grassroots effort to celebrate and raise awareness concerning International Peace Month and Day.