The New and Improved Live it Up

Column: Live It Up
by Karissa Kienast

I’m giving the Live it Up column a little bit of a make-over. For starters, I will now be posting on Thursday instead of Sunday. Why change the day? Well for starters,  Live it Up is all about the great things to do in Rockford, and a lot of those things happen on the weekend. When I write on Sundays, I’m telling you how great something was that I got to go to, but all of you are missing out. So I have decided to move it to Thursday. This way you can read about all of the fun things that will be going on in Rockford and actually go check them out! The column will also focus more on what is happening in the Rockford region and less on health and wellness. If you still want some of those topics, let me know and I can sneak them in!

So for all of the people out there who think there is nothing to do in Rockford, or if you just don’t have the time to look at an events calendar, here is the new and improved Live it Up…

This weekend is packed with some great events. From hanging with friends at a local bar to a game at the MetroCentre, there is something happening this weekend for everyone!

The Ice Hogs play their final two home games, taking on the Lake Erie Monsters Friday night and the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday night. Both games start at 7:05 and tickets range from $7 – $26. For more information, visit Go Ice Hogs!!

Planning your big day but have no idea where to start? Then check out the Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo at Indoor Sports Center (ISC). The expo is Friday, April 8 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are just $5. The first 100 brides receive a free gift, and there will be free champagne and candy bar for all attendees. The fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and vendors will have information about gowns, photography, flowers, and more. Get all the details at

On Saturday the Rockford Dance Company presents Coppelia. There is only one performance and it starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $12-$39. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

And for those of you just looking to hang out with your friends or need a night out on the town, check out Oscar’s Pub and Grill, Jax Pub, and Brewsky’s, who all have live DJ’s Friday night. For those who want to go out Saturday night, Crosstown Pub, Murphy’s Pub and Grill, and Sports Page all have DJ’s to help you dance the night away.

For more info on what’s happening in Rockford, check out and

Have fun, and let me know if you go to any of these or other events in Rockford. I’d love to hear how they went!



~ by Karissa on April 7, 2011.

2 Responses to “The New and Improved Live it Up”

  1. Children’s Safe Harbor is hosting a Fundraising Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, 10am-4pm (team photos 9am-10am), at Patriot’s Gateway (615 S. 5th Street). IGNITE and the Hamilton Sundstrand Young Professionals’ Organization are combining to form two of the teams. We’d definitely appreciate spectators! (I believe there’s $2 admission.) They also have some items to bid on in the silent auction, including a Sony PS3, a Nintendo Wii, an 18 volt DeWalt drill-driver, as well as a 1950’s-looking Schwinn Cruiser. They will also have the kitchen open where they’ll have hot-dogs, pop, sports drinks, and more available.

    Here’s a link to a news report from 2009 on the opening of Children’s Safe Harbor (including description of their mission) :

  2. Oh, and Miles of Smiles!

    Miles of Smiles – April 10 – 1:30-2:30p.m – State & Alpine –
    A smile can truly make a difference. Join me on Sunday April 10th as I walk 2-3 miles down East State St. holding a sign that tells Rockford to smile. My goal is to have as many people as possible to design their own signs-whether it be a smile quote or just a big painted yellow smiley face and start walking down Alpine & State showing them to cars and businesses. Rockford needs a face lift. Imagine what a sight it would be to see 50 people holding smiley faces! Everyone would be smiling. We’re not asking for money or subscriptions. We’re making a small difference in the world. Smiling is contagious. Smiling looks good and most of all, it feels good. Let’s make Rockford smile. 🙂 Check out more information here!

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