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Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford City Market Opens for the Season on Friday

ROCKFORD – The 8th season of the Rockford City Market kicks off this Friday, featuring 13 new vendors. The market is open every Friday, rain or shine, until September 29. Hours are 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Labor Day, when the market closes an hour earlier at 7:30 p.m. each Friday. New vendors for

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Park District names Sandine executive director

By Kayli Plotner Staff writer ROCKFORD — The Rockford Park District moved a step closer tonight to naming a new executive director. During a special meeting, the district’s Board of Commissioners interviewed Assistant Executive Director Jay Sandine for the position. In a room packed with Sandine supporters, the board was presented with a petition signed

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Education: Build a Computer & Code with Minecraft

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516 Event Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017 Event Contact: Chuck Konkol Rock Valley College Computers and Information Systems (CIS) will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in the Woodward Technology Center (WTC), room 1114 on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road). Check-in will be from 9:30-9:50 a.m. Attendees

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Unity, Pride, Culture: Here’s what happening around the Rock River Valley

For a listing of more events, visit A Jurassic classic What: Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 500 W. First St., Pecatonica Admission: $15, ages 2-64; $12, ages 65 and older; free, children ages 1 and younger; $48, VIP tickets Information: Get up

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Caring: Runner’s Image to host Rockford Literacy Races fundraiser

ROCKFORD — Runner’s Image will host the Rockford Literacy Races fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon May 13 at the Cherry Valley Fire Protection District, 4919 Blackhawk Road. A half-marathon and a 10K run/walk will be held. A pasta brunch will be provided by Red Lobster, and Carlyle Brewing Co. will provide craft beer. During

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Arts & Recreation: Rockford art sculptures hoisted away, move on to New York

ROCKFORD — Sculptures by world-renowned artists Boaz Vaadia and Hans Van de Bovenkamp have left the Forest City. Cranes and trucks removed eight sculptures from across the city this afternoon. The public art pieces were installed in May 2015. They were originally scheduled to be on display until May 2016, but the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Economy & Jobs: More than 7.5 million experienced Rockford region in 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Across the country, cities are celebrating national travel and tourism week and the celebrations are even extending to Rockford. On Tuesday, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau help a tourism talks luncheon, bringing tourism and hospital professionals together. The RACVB says more than 7.5 million people experience the Rockford region’s

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford native Virgil Abloh a fashion forerunner; city’s young designers look to follow suit

ROCKFORD — He was a longtime consultant and creative show director for rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West. He founded one the world’s most popular fashion labels. Rockford native Virgil Abloh doesn’t get back to northern Illinois much anymore, but he’s an inspiration to a group of creative young fashion designers in his hometown. Abloh, a

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Leadership & Youth: Angel Martinez…1st Rockford Golden Gloves champ in 30 years

Updated Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm Auburn senior Angel Martinez was already a two-time national youth champion. Now he’s a man’s boxing champion. Martinez won all four of his matches by unanimous 5-0 decisions, including tonight’s title fight against Xavier Rodriguez of Texas, to win the 108-pound title in the national Golden Gloves

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