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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Lead mitigation offered in Winnebago, Boone

The “Creating Lead Safe Rockford” (CLSR) program of the Winnebago County Health Department is continuing to take applications for residents interested in lead mitigation for their homes. 

The program has approximately $3 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dedicated to mitigate lead hazards in Winnebago and Boone counties. CLSR program partners include the Boone County Health Department, La Voz Latina, Rockford Housing Authority, Crusader Clinic and the City of Rockford. 

These agencies assist with various program responsibilities such as accepting applications and providing lead poisoning prevention education to the community. 

Lead poisoning is the number one environmental illness of children and the most common preventable pediatric health problem in the United States today. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Lead poisoning effects are preventable, but irreversible. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. 

Households accepted into the CLSR program will receive a full lead-based paint inspection/risk assessment of their home. Properties where lead hazards are discovered will be eligible for lead hazard reduction work which may include painting, window and door replacement, or specialized cleaning. 

For questions or to request more information on the CLSR program, contact Carmelo Porta, Winnebago County Health Department’s Application Specialist, at (815) 720-4112. 


Grant helps fund Sounds of Summer music series

During the winter months, the Rockford Park District is busy planning the 2014 Sounds of Summer concert series. Recently, the Rockford Park District received $2,500 from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois thanks to the Community Grants Program, which awards grants to programs and projects that enhance the quality of life in the northern Illinois region.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Celebrating 60 years of philanthropy, the Foundation’s mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of northern Illinois.

The grant will help cover costs associated with the free concert and performance series. 

“The Sounds of Summer concert series is a summertime tradition, and the grant will help us continue to attract a variety of musical genres and entertainment performances,” said Rockford Park District Events & Recreation Projects Manager John Beck.

The series is comprised of Music in the Park, Charlotte’s Web Sinnissippi Summer Series, and Imagination Station at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell; Live at Levings and Domingo en el Parque at Levings Park, and Tunes on the Terrace at Nicholas Conservatory. The Sounds of Summer Concert Series is one of many free events and programs provided by the Rockford Park District.

The 2014 concert series kicks off on June 10, 2014 at the Sinnissippi Music Shell with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps.


Nia fitness class offered at Nicholas Conservatory

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St. is offering a new Nia fitness class for ages 16 and older of all abilities in four- or five-week sessions held throughout the year.

Nia is a holistic fitness practice that combines the grace and fluidity of the dance arts with the power and precision of the martial arts, and the awareness of the healing arts. 

Nia promotes strength and muscle definition, and awakens you to sensation. Benefits of Nia can include tightening, toning, lengthening, and strengthening, as well as losing pounds and inches, while enjoying the surrounding tropical beauty of the Conservatory (the sessions are generally held in the facility’s meeting room). 

The next session is scheduled for Fridays, March 7-March 28, 2014, from noon until 1:00 p.m.

Register by Feb. 28, either online, by mail, fax (using credit card), or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. Fees for the March session are $32 for residents, $40 non-residents.

Sessions beginning in April and beyond will be available for future registration; details will be listed in the Park District’s upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 Guide, and on the web site. More information about Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens and its programs, events, facility rentals, group activities, and school field trips is available at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg or at (815) 987-8858. For information on disability support and accessibility for people with disabilities, call Customer Service at (815) 987-8800.


Construction theme at Rockford U. event

A lively construction-themed philanthropic event will take place on Saturday, February 21, on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. The theme for this year’s annual gala is “Under Construction: Building Lives and Opportunities.” Proceeds from the event will be used to establish the Student Opportunity Fund to provide for expanded educational enrichments like student/faculty research, field-study, internships, and student development, along with other co-curricular activities that enhance the student experience and provide the best in opportunities to augment the academic program at Rockford University.

A 50/50 raffle is also being offered with ticket sales happening in advance. Purchasers need not be present to win. Gala tickets are $125 per person. For more information, contact Lisa Bartholme at 815.394.5111 or lbartholme@rockford.edu, or visit the gala website page at: http://www.rockford.edu/?Gala2014.


—Winnebago County News Briefs are compiled from news sources or submitted items.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:04
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