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Caring: GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford to hold G-Force 5K Run/Walk

Published Wednesday June 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm ROCKFORD — GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford will host its first G-Force 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. June 10 at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Open registration will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. The timed 5K run will begin at 9 a.m., the 1-mile walk

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Leadership & Youth: Rockford Sharefest spruces up Levings Lake Park

ROCKFORD — Volunteers stripped paint from park benches and painted picnic tables Monday at Levings Lake Park as day four of Rockford Sharefest continued. The southwest Rockford park is the focus of the nonprofit group’s beautification efforts this year. More than 2,000 volunteers are expected to partake in the cleanup project, which continues through Saturday. In addition

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T-Map Project: Community Safe Engagement – Community Kids Zone begins with Rockford Police

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A new reason for Rockford middle and high school kids to get off the streets and in a gym, while also interacting with police officers in a positive light. Dozens of kids are taking advantage of the Rockford Police Department’s Community Kids Zone. Over the next month kids can sign up

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T-Map Project: College Prep; Meet our 2017 Rockford Promise Scholarship recipients!

Ten students from impoverished neighborhoods were awarded scholarships to either Rockford University or Rock Valley College during a ceremony today. ROCKFORD — Alexis Jefferson didn’t know if she would be able to afford college. She’s a senior at Auburn High School and lives in Ellis Heights, an impoverished neighborhood on the city’s west side. College

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Arts & Recreation: Enjoy Flix on first Fridays

By Troy Flynn Looking for a perfect way to kick off the weekend with your family? This summer, I invite you to spend your Friday evenings downtown Rockford. An epicenter for family friendly entertainment, our downtown district is bustling with events for all ages in the months ahead. Whether it’s shopping and dinner with live

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Economy & Jobs: La-Z-Boy store coming to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A new La-Z-Boy store is planning to move in to Rockford. The store is replacing the former Old Country Buffet restaurant in the 500 block of Perryville Road. The store is still under construction but is expected to open late this year. The company says we’ll soon be able to buy

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Leadership & Youth: 50 Lawns in 50 States challenge comes to Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — A social work major from Alabama turns mowing the lawn into a national pledge to pay it forward. Today, he stops in Rockford as part of his “50 Lawns in 50 States” challenge. In 2015, Rodney Smith Jr. mowed the lawn for an elderly man who looked like he needed help,

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Education: Rockford Christian celebrates 20th commencement

ROCKFORD — Rockford Christian High School celebrated its 20th annual commencement ceremony Tuesday with 103 graduates. More than 900 family and friends packed Heartland Community Church to see the class of 2017 walk across the stage. Rockford Christian Schools Superintendent Randy Taylor urged the graduates to remember that life is about choices. “It is my

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Leadership & Youth: Coalition seeks nominees for Rockford’s Peace Builder Youth Awards

ROCKFORD — With the end of the traditional school year upon us, schools and organizations around Winnebago County are celebrating young athletes, performers and scholars for various achievements. But the Peace Coalition of Rock River Valley wants to honor groups of children and young adults it believes don’t receive enough recognition — those who work

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T-Map Project: Blue Zones: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference In Health And Life Expectancy

The issue of health is everywhere today, from national policy all the way down to what we do as individuals. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Victor Yehling talks with Dr. Thomas Schiller, medical director of BetterLife Wellness at SwedishAmerican Health Systems, about what individuals can do to improve their health – and what support

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