Winnebago County Calendar of Events Jan. 10 – Jan. 19


Comets, Asteroids, Meteors: Great Balls of Fire!, Discovery Center Museum ,711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10 (includes museum admission), free for members. There’s more in outer space than stars and planets. Come explore the mysteries of other celestial objects at Discovery Center’s new temporary exhibition. Information: (815) 963-6769.

Sinnissippi Station Model Garden Railroad Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens,  1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, Price $6 adults ($8 non-resident), $5 youth age 5-17, seniors age 65-plus, veterans ($6 non-resident), $2 Tots age 3-4, daily. Visitors are transported to a magical miniature world as six G-scale trains and trolleys run down, around, and above the lush tropical setting of Nicholas Conservatory. Miniature Rockford landmarks and willow trestle bridges add to the ambiance. Information: (815) 987-8858.


“Misfits” – Art Exhibition and Related Programming, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-5 a.m., $7 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for members and children under 12.  Information:  (815) 968-2787.


Exhibition – 1960s: The Generation of Love and War, Midway Village Museum,  6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $7 adults, $5 children ages 3-17, free for children up to age 2 and museum members. The temporary exhibition invites visitors to take a journey back in time to examine some of the major topics and events that occurred during the 1960s and how it impacted the Rockford area. Information: (815) 397-9112.

JAN. 12

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular,  Coronado Performing Arts Center,  314 N. Main St., Rockford, 8 p.m., tickets start at $19. The show begins with the early rock-a-billy years, then moves through the military years, the movie years, the ’68 comeback special in black leather and the show closes with the Las Vegas concert years. Information:  (815) 968-0595.

JAN. 13

14th annual MLK Jr. Scholarship Breakfast – The Power In Our Protest, presented By Mu Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Rockford University, Burpee Center ,5050 E. State St., Rockford, 9 a.m., $25 adults, $15 children under age 18. $5 more at the door. Young Men from Rockford and surrounding communities will engage the audience with their thoughts on this years oratorical topic; Power in Our Protest. The key note speaker is Rev. Ovester Armstrong. Proceeds from ticket and advertisement sales go towards individual scholarships that will be awarded to these young men during their first year in college. Information: (779) 221-6336.

Snowshoe Hike, Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, 2 p.m., $30 adults, $15 for kids 12 and under. Includes snowshoes, poles and $5 Rocktown gift certificate. Snowshoeing is a great low impact aerobic activity and the fastest growing winter sports activity. Plus it gets you outdoors in the beautiful scenery. Come experience the pleasure of snowshoeing during our KlehmArboretum Snowshoe Hike. Can’t wait to see what this area is like in winter. Information: (815) 636-9066.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, presented By Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Coronado Performing Arts Center 314 N. Main St., Rockford, 7:30 p.m., $9-$65. This concert features guest artist Hector Olivera on the organ. This concert includes Paul Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra, and Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3.

JAN. 14

Hector Olivera, organist in concert, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford,  7 p.m., free admission (freewill offering accepted). A virtuoso organist with extensive improvisational skills. Olivera has performed all over the world in the most famous venues. The night prior to his performance at Our Savior’s, Hector will appear with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.  Information: (815) 399-0531.

JAN. 15

Royal Winter Ball “Polynesian Paradise”, presented By Once Upon a Dream Performances, Discovery Center Museum,  711 N. Main St., Rockford, $35-$85, 3:30 p.m. Themed food, dancing, and live performances highlight the evening. Information: (815) 621-6907.

Monster Monday, Discovery Center Museum 711 N. Main St., Rockford, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $8 per person (free for members). Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with monstrous mayhem, imaginative play, creative creature crafts, and science fun. Explore everyday physics principles, witness the power of static electricity, and find out if lightning can really bring something back to life! Come dressed as your favorite fiend or wear ogre attire for this mythical magical romp in the place where science meets imagination. Included with Museum admission. Information: (815) 963-6769.

JAN. 17-20

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford,  free admission, donations welcome. As many as 40,000 visitors view these massive works of snow art each year. Teams from around the state will compete in Rockford for the right to represent Illinois in the 2019 U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, and high school teams from the Rockford area will compete in the high school division the same week.  Information: (815) 987-8800.

JAN. 19

Coffee with the Curator: Misfits, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford,  10 a.m., donations accepted. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the process of curating feature exhibition Misfits with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson before it closes Jan. 28. Information: (815) 968-2787.

Duo Sonidos, Mendelssohn Hall 406 N. Main St., Rockford, 7:30 p.m., $30 adults, $6 students. Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of violinist William Knuth and classical guitarist Adam Levin in a surprising chamber combination that is simultaneously sophisticated and approachable. Information: (815) 964-9713.

Broadway at the Coronado – Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist, Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, 8 p.m.  The legendary escape artist and one of the most awarded illusionists in history, will appear in his “Dare to Believe!,” an illusion spectacular.


–Winnebago County Calendar of Events Jan. 10 – Jan. 19–