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Cold Days, Warm Drinks

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:00 PM by Mary French

I am certainly not a connoisseur of coffee by any means, but I do have an unwavering fondness of it, and not necessarily because of its flavor. For many, coffee rituals embody characteristics of familiarity, comfort, and warmth--like having your favorite food prepared by your mom. (Yes, I went there.) Given the warm fuzzy feeling it emits, I decided to venture out into our great city to experience coffee rituals at a few local shops. There is a lot of good options, so I chose a few based on their location and menu. 

Explore the Rails at Discovery Center

Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

When you think back to your childhood, certain things probably come to mind. Toys you played with, TV shows you watched, or maybe books you’ve read. Some of these things come and go between generations, but there are a few things that stick around for a while. One of those things is a family favorite – Thomas the Tank Engine. 

5 Tips & Tricks about Stroll on State

Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

We’re just over a week away from Stroll on State, so I hope you’re getting excited! Since I’ve been involved with Stroll since the first year 6 years ago, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks about the event. Whether you’re planning on attending Stroll on State for the first time this year, or you haven’t missed a year yet, take a look at these 5 tips & tricks to make sure you’re prepared for the event!

5 Places to Keep Warm at Stroll on State

Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

I’m naturally a cold person. Any temperature under 75 degrees and I’ll most likely need a sweater. There is a space heater near my desk that runs year-round…yes, even in the middle of July. If you’re like me and you get cold easily, you might be worried about the chillier weather at Stroll on State. And I’m here to tell you that there’s no need to worry!

When people talk about the spectacular fall colors in the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, many times they are referring to our maple forests. The maple trees’ yellow, orange and red leaves create swaths of blazing color among the oaks’ subtler browns in our woodlands. Prior to settlement in the early 1800s, maple trees, which are fire intolerant, grew only in areas protected from natural fires, such as river corridors. As a result, maples were relatively scarce. In the last 200 years of human fire suppression, maples have become much more abundant throughout our wooded lands.

Get the Most Out of Your Halloween Costume

Monday, October 15, 2018 10:00 AM by Elizabeth Miller

Halloween is the one night a year where kids (and even adults!) can dress up to be anything they way to be. I fondly remember my Halloween costumes as a kid including Snow White, Princess Jasmine, and a '50s girl in a poodle skirt. Usually after Halloween, our costumes would end up in my parents' basement closet, ready for whenever my sisters and I wanted to play dress up. But what if I told you that kids in the Rockford region can wear their costumes for more events than just Halloween?

Our Beautiful Forest City

Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:00 PM by Mary French

Forest City and Forest City Beautiful…Most likely you’ve heard these terms, but what do they mean? Both serve as great compliments to our beautiful city. Simply put, Forest City is a nickname that stems from the many trees and forests that beautify our region. In my opinion, one of the area’s finest attributes. After all, a beautiful city is one that residents are proud to call home. An initiative powering that pride is Forest City Beautiful.