South West Ideas For Today and Tomorrow (SWIFTT) invites you to “Explore Rockford’s Roots” on Sunday, June 11. Three southwest Rockford attractions will open their doors to the public and offer food coupons that may be redeemed at eight area eating establishments.
Tinker Swiss Cottage, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, and the Ethnic Heritage Museum will partner to offer tours for guests to explore each attraction with no cost.
Admission is free to the three destinations, and patrons will receive coupons worth up to $8 each for lunch or dinner at participating restaurants.
The following are the details and location of each destination:
•Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens, 411 Kent St., Guided tours of the first floor are given every 20 minutes from 1- 3 pm. Limit of 15 people per tour. The museum is not accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Animals are not permitted inside the buildings. Info: (815) 964-2424
• Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Enjoy the beauty of spring on 155 acres as the flowers are blooming. A former tree nursery, Klehm has a century of horticultural development and features a combination of plants native to the Midwest and from around the world. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily (8p.m. Memorial Day – Labor Day). All buildings and paved garden paths and trails are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Info: (815) 965-8146 or www.klehm.org.
•The Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., celebrates the cultures and heritage of southwest Rockford, the place where Rockford began. It houses six galleries: African-American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish. Special exhibits are featured throughout the year. The museum is open Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Info: (815) 962-7402 or www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org.