Calendar

Oct
24
Tue
Cameras At The Confluence: Photographer Meetup Event @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calling all photographers! Here’s your chance to meet. learn. share.

Cameras At The Confluence: Photographer Meetup “Exploring Landscapes”

Tues., October 24th , 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Trisha Peters owner of Peters Portrait Art will be your host for this month’s program.

Each month “Cameras At The Confluence” will feature a segment of National Geographic Masters of Photography video course, then have some time to talk and share.

This month’s video learning segment “Exploring Landscapes” is presented by Jim Richardson, a National Geographic landscape photographer who specializes in global environmental issues and landscapes.  We will explore light and composition techniques that we can use to create dynamic images that capture the story that we would like to tell with our landscape photography.

This is a free event open to area photographers. No registration required.

National Geographic Masters of Photography course goes inside the creative process of the industry’s most sought-after photographers as they reveal their working methods, from the planning stages of an assignment through the execution.

The best way to learn any art form, including the art of photography, is by watching a master artist at work. By observing the creative process of a photographer who has truly mastered the trade, you can gain rich insight into how to approach your own images, boost your confidence as you work, and improve your photographs by learning skills that are rarely shared or taught in an ordinary classroom.Even if you’re already a skilled photographer or simply an appreciator of art, the gripping images and stories these esteemed experts share make the experience highly worthwhile. You’ll gain insight on the elaborate process National Geographic photographers go through—both in the technical and artistic sense—from researching and planning a shoot to working a scene and waiting, often for hours, for the right elements to come together.

Oct
25
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Oct
27
Fri
Earth, Wind & Fire Community Fireside Program | All Hallow’s Eve Gathering @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

All Hallow’s Eve Fire Gathering

Gather Round the community fire for Storytelling Open Mic with perhaps a few scary stories from Beloit College students, Drum Circle, Carved Pumpkin Contest, and Free S’mores!

The South Beloit Fire Department will be there with a truck, treats and tips for Fire Safety and Halloween Safety.

Local drummers will keep a beat going around the fire throughout the evening and area drummers are welcome to bring their own drum. 

Open Mic Storytelling – all are welcome, but stories must be appropriate for children.

Best Carved Pumpkin Contest – Bring your carved Jack O Lantern to enter into our “Best Carved Pumpkin Contest”. One winner selected by popular vote will receive a $25 gift card. To enter, please bring your pumpkin before 6pm, voting will end at 7:15pm. Winner announced at 7:30pm.

Enjoy S’mores around the fire. Bring Chairs, blankets and get comfy around the fire. No registration needed. Free event.

 

Oct
31
Tue
Halloween Trick or Treat Times & Safety Tips @ City of South Beloit
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 Happy Halloween! The City of South Beloit’s official trick or treat time is 5:00-7:00pm p.m. on October 31

Below are some tips for making this a safe and fun evening for your family.

Halloween Safety Tips

Plan a Trick or Treat route in advance

Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.

Wear comfy shoes

Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.

Stay well-lit

Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. If you are accompanying your child, bring a flashlight to help find safe pathways.

Costume Safety

When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. Long costumes that drag on the ground can be dangerous, especially at night. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that’€™s too long to avoid tripping. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

Masks Safety

Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Use flexible props

Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. But if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.

Check your child’s candy

When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.

Halloween Decoration Safety

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
1
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Nov
4
Sat
Now We’re Cooking! Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Dutch Oven Cooking is a unique and fun way to prepare delicious meals and desserts for your family and friends. Come see how easy it is to prepare crowd-pleasing meals around the campfire and at home using your own cast iron cookware, easy to follow recipes, and simple ingredients!

Traditionally seen as a campfire method of cooking, Dutch Ovens have become popular for home cooking as well, and once you’ve had some basic instruction and a chance to try it, you’ll be preparing great dishes in no time! For those unfamiliar with cast iron cooking methods, using a Dutch Oven to prepare a meal can seem like an intimidating experience. Heating coals, seasoning the cast iron, and calculating heating temperatures can put even an experienced cook out of their comfort zone, but we’ll get you off and cooking in no time! Dutch Ovens can be used to prepare main dishes and sides, and of course, dessert!

In this program Terry Bomkamp will share his favorite recipes and hints for a successful meal every time.  We’ll be both indoors and outdoors at our fireplace, so please dress for the weather. 

Suggested donation of $5 per person ($3 for each additional person in group). Open to all ages.

Please register below






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Nov
6
Mon
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall
Nov 6 @ 5:00 pm
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

Regular City Council Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00PM.
All meetings are held at South Beloit City Hall, 519 Blackhawk Blvd. in the City Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend.

All special City Council Meetings, Council Committee Meetings, and Council Advisory Meetings will be held with at least a 48 hour notice.

Nov
7
Tue
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
8
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Nov
11
Sat
Hoo’s Out There? A Nighttime Owl Program & Hike by Sand Bluff Bird Observatory @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

During the long winter nights the owls are on the move! Their silent feathers carry them through our neighborhoods and we only know they’re there when they announce themselves with a booming HOOO or spooky scream.

Come find out more about our quiet predators Saturday, Nov. 11th when Megan Pease from the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory will give an education talk about owls, the owl research being conducted at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and lead a night hike on the NATC trails calling to the owls in the area.

Please come prepared with sturdy shoes, a headlamp/night light and appropriate clothing for being outside.

$5 suggested donation at the door. Register Below.

Hoo’s Out There? A Nighttime Owl Program & Hike






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Nov
14
Tue
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
15
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Commission Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm
Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Commission Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

The Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 519 Blackhawk Blvd at 6:00 PM.

Nov
16
Thu
ClayScents Essential Oil Diffuser Make and Take Class @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Make a scented gift for yourself or someone you care about!

ClayScents uses one of the earth’s natural resources to make clay diffusers to help hold beautiful scents.

In this “make and take” class you’ll select a hand designed, kiln-fired natural clay pendant made by ClayScents owner Stephanie Mock to create your own clay diffuser to hang in your home, car or on the Christmas tree. You choose from provided beads and cord to complete your creation.

Next you’ll learn about the benefits of the various Clay Scents essential oils, and then you’ll be able to select a bottle to take home to infuse on your new diffuser creation.

You can add an additional diffuser or bottle of oil for an additional fee the night of the event. Stephanie will also have small gift bags available for sale. Class held by Stephanie Mock of Clay Scents.

  • Pre-registration needed – please register below.
  • $20 includes class, diffuser and one essential oil. Additional diffusers and oils will be available for purchase on the night of the class.
  • Medalions that you will be able to select from are pictured below and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
  • This is a fun “mom and child” class to make together.






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  • Price: $20.00

    Quantity:

    Price per ‘make and take’ diffuser, which includes clay medalion, bead, cord and 1 bottle of essential oil.
    You may make more than one, or sign up more than one person. Please enter the total quantity of diffusers you want for you or your group.
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Nov
20
Mon
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall
Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

Regular City Council Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00PM.
All meetings are held at South Beloit City Hall, 519 Blackhawk Blvd. in the City Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend.

All special City Council Meetings, Council Committee Meetings, and Council Advisory Meetings will be held with at least a 48 hour notice.

Nov
21
Tue
Photoshop Workshop by Cindy Vondran @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Interested in learning new Photoshop skills? Cindy Vondran, award winning Fine Art Photographer, will be offering Photoshop Workshops at Nature At The Confluence.Come and find out how you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level! You will need a laptop with a working version of Photoshop to participate in these workshops. Repeats each week through the end of November. (Note workshop does not meet on October 24)
You can view a sampling of Cindy’s work at Cindy Vondran Photo Art or https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cindy-vondran.html

Nov
22
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Nov
29
Wed
Wednesday Walkabout @ Nature At The Confluence Campus
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hit the gravel-packed trails each week for the Wednesday Walkabout at the Confluence Campus, from 9am-11am. Come when you want, go as far as you like! Bring a friend, your kids, or your pup (on a leash). Stop in the Learning Center afterwards for free coffee, water and a “Confluence Critters” organic animal cracker snack.

  • Free and open to the public.
  • All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration needed.
  • The Learning Center is open 9am-11am each Wednesday.

If you walk all three loops of our gravel trails it equals 1/2 mile. 

Dec
4
Mon
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm
City Council Meeting @ South Beloit City Hall | South Beloit | Illinois | United States

Regular City Council Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00PM.
All meetings are held at South Beloit City Hall, 519 Blackhawk Blvd. in the City Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend.

All special City Council Meetings, Council Committee Meetings, and Council Advisory Meetings will be held with at least a 48 hour notice.