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RPS 205 announces second Hall of Fame Class

Rockford Public Schools will honor a musician, a muralist, a former RPS 205 teacher and a high school theatre production when it holds its second Fine Arts Hall of Fame Awards in September.

The event recognizes graduates who went on to achieve tremendous success in his/her arts field, former arts productions, and educators or advocates who have made a valuable impact on the arts in Rockford Public Schools.

The 2017 inductees are: longtime arts educator and advocate Kathryn Engel-Terasaki; Guilford High School graduate and composer Jake Runestad; Guilford graduate and Rockford artist Mark Adamany; and the 1990 East High School production of Grease, which was the first RPS 205 musical selected to be featured at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

They’ll be recognized at a banquet Sept. 16 at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center. 

Engel-Terasaki taught music and choir in RPS 205 from 1974 to 2010. She worked with students at 10 different schools during that time. She also served as the conductor and musical director for many East and Guilford shows and was named the RPS 205 Teacher of the Year in 1992-1993.

Runestad, a 2004 Guilford graduate, has collaborated with leading ensembles and organizations around the world. His work was performed at the White House in 2015 at a special event for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Locally, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in 2014 performed one of his compositions, “Dreams of the Fallen.” He received a 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the American Society of Composers, as well as accolades from the American Composers Forum, Authors and Publishers Foundation, the Peabody Conservatory, the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association. (More information at )

Adamany graduated from Guilford in 1985 and established the Adamany Art & Design in Rockford IL in 1994. Adamany specializes in murals, and his work can be seen in nine states, from resorts and movie theaters, to restaurants and commercial locations. You can see his work locally at Big Al’s Bar at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center in Rockford, Beefaroo in Rockford and Loves Park, and Firehouse Pub and Grill in Roscoe. He has earned 12 international awards. (More information at adamany.c om )

The 1990 East High School cast of “Grease” is the first group/production to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Director and former East and Auburn High School drama teacher James L. Crow plans to organize a performance for the event with East alumni. The show was one of eight of Crow’s shows to be featured at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. “What made it outstanding was it had an enlarged cast of 45 students,” Crow said. “It was a main stage production that was extremely popular with the festival goers.”

Tickets are $40 per person and are available by contacting Emily Tropp: or 815-966-8960.

Last year’s recipients were artist and East alum Tom Heflin, longtime arts educator Ann Rundall, and performing artists Kevin and Marcel Wilson, alumni of the Creative and Performing Arts program at Auburn High School.


Free tennis kickoff event on June 3

Rockford Park District invites current and future tennis enthusiasts for free outdoor tennis fun at the Tennis Summer Kick-Off at Forest City Tennis Center, 7801 E. State St., Rockford, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Activities will include free introductory lesson for all ages at the event, free skill level evaluations for lesson placement, and a free Cardio Tennis demonstration for adults from 11:00 am until noon.

Youth age 15 and under present at the event who sign up for summer tennis lessons or camps will receive, while supplies last, a free tennis racquet or can of tennis balls, and one free Magic Waters Waterpark admission voucher.

Lessons are taught by Forest City Tennis Center staff; registrations for Park District tennis programs and tournaments will be taken on site; registration is also available online at (click My RPD), and at Park District Customer Service locations: UW Health Sports Factory in downtown Rockford, and Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. This event is one of many free activities offered by the Rockford Park District. For more information about the event or Park District tennis programs and tournaments, call 815-962-7469, 815-987-8800, or visit For information on accessibility disability support, and adapted tennis lessons, call 815-987-8800.


IceHogs host annual Garage Sale

The Rockford IceHogs announced they are hosting their annual offseason Garage Sale and Select-A-Seat event on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held on the arena floor at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Fans can get their hands on many unique IceHogs items at this year’s Garage Sale, including practice and game-worn jerseys, hockey sticks and other player-used equipment. Many items are priced below $10 for the event, and select merchandise from the IceHogs’ 2016-17 season will also be dramatically marked down on Saturday in preparation for next year’s incoming inventory. 

All items for the Garage Sale are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans who make a purchase of at least $50 during the event will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel to win various IceHogs prizes.

In addition to the Garage Sale, Saturday will also feature this year’s Select-A-Seat event inside the arena. Fans may enter the BMO Harris Bank Center through the entrance on Elm St. to then have the opportunity to test out newly-available seats for ticketing packages for the upcoming IceHogs season. This event is the first chance for fans to purchase seven and 12-game ticket plans for the 2017-18 season.

Ticket plans begin as low as $105 for a seven-game mini pack, or just $266 for full-season tickets.

For additional information contact the IceHogs front offices at (815) 986-6465.

–Winnebago County News Briefs–