Created in 1936 to bolster fine-arts exposure, the Rockford Coronado Concert Association brings box-office lurkers five classical, semiclassical, and dance performances each season at the architecturally stunning Coronado Performing Arts Center.
Just A Second stocks its cozy cottage with carefully chosen antiques, flea-market treasures, and more. Window displays highlighting the seasonally shifting wares welcome shoppers into an emporium of vintage housewares, furniture, and accessories that can provide homes with a hint of class without having to hire an aristocratic ghost. Prepare for a feast by stocking up on elegant stainless-steel serving dishes from Japan and Denmark ($4.50+) or delicate coffee cups ($3+). Past items have included old-timey desk accessories, such as a 1970s-inspired letter holder ($3.50). On sunny days, the patio springs to life with an array of garden accessories, where guests can sip sun tea as they browse outdoor décor, potted herbs, and flower bouquets branching from collectible vases. Just A Second is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Offering more than 30 healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties (usually $3.95/$6.25). The hot-pressed Spinach Popper with light cream cheese, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, onion, sliced jalepenos, with a side of salsa ($3.95/$6.25) soothes any veggie lover's grumbling food sack.
Village Green Home and Garden provides domicile decoration for indoor and outdoor needs, stocking its showrooms with patio furniture, gardening supplies, and plants. Choose from an array of annuals and perennials so dizzying that even bumblebees must pay cartographers for flowerbed maps. Pluck a potted plant ($1.99–$49.99) for use on porch steps, garden paths, or heads during archery practice, or select hanging baskets ($19.99–$49.99) to sway alluringly in sweet spring breezes. Village Green also carries more than 200 varieties of roses to charm princesses and tango dancers and a vast array of varietals for sun and shade, ensuring that every lawn and garden can be studded with colorful, fragrant blooms.
The caring staff at the YMCA of Rock River Valley fosters healthy habits with personalized fitness programs, family-centric recreation, and more than 50 group exercise classes at both Rockford-area locations. Equipment orientation helps new members feel at home by helping them set workout goals and meet other members with similar goals. After teaming with a certified coach to build a full-fledged fitness plan, guests may follow up with an electronic advisor that suggests changes to the plan based on input from the Y’s human fitness experts. Unlimited access to group classes such as yoga and pool-based aqua Pilates challenges muscles under water. Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves get heart rates delightfully elevated, and cardio madness continues the trend with weighted bars and free weights. The Y also sets aside time for families to connect over basketball, movie showing in the pool, or competing in an inflatable obstacle course
In addition to showering members with classes and coaching, the Y bathes them in discounts when they sign up for specialized classes such as triathlon training. Complimentary childcare allows parents to focus their mental energy on physical feats, and a handful of free guest passes lets members show their friends where they climb the climbing wall.