Rockford, Illinois

Trips & Socials

Wisconsin State Capitol & Monona Terrace

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wisconsin State CapitolLet's cross the border, and visit Madison, Wisconsin, where we'll tour two interesting structures, and visit a Farmer's Market, as well. First stop, the Wisconsin State Capitol. Completed in 1917, this domed structure is a very beautiful building. It is the tallest building in Madison, a distinction that has been preserved by city legislation against buildings taller than the columns surrounding the dome (187 ft.) We will have an approximately 50-minute guided tour to view the Supreme Court, the Governor's Conference Room, the Assembly, the Senate and North Hearing Room and the observation deck where we can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Next is a casual two block walk through the Farmer's Market right outside the Capitol Building where you will be able to purchase fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, and more. Lunch is on your own. Dine at the market or at one of the many restaurants along your walk to Monona Terrace. While on the bus traveling to Madison, you will be provided with a list of various restaurants.We'll meet at Monona Terrace Convention Center for our tour of this exciting building. Situated along the shimmering waters of Lake Monona, Monona Terrace is a breath- taking building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but not built for many years due to political reasons. The building was finally built to the specifications of Mr. Wright, but many changes were made on the inside, which you will learn about on the 60-minute guided tour.

A wide selection of Frank Lloyd Wright items and Monona Terrace specialty gifts can be found in the gift shop. After visiting the gift shop, we will board the buses and return to Rockford.

NOTE: Both the Capitol and Convention Center are handicap accessible. There will be much walking and standing for long periods of time on this tour.
Rock Valley College at 8:15am
to Rock Valley College at about 5:00pm

(includes two tours, Farmer's Market and transportation)
$39 for members and $54 for non-members

Autumn in New England

CLR Trip October 6-14, 2015

LighthouseThe Center for Learning in Retirement is partnering with GVG Tours for a travel experience that will cover five New England states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. This 9-day/8-night amazing autumn adventure will be led by Gene Van Galder. 

Travel Costs

Double Occupancy
CLR Member: $2,695 per person; Non-member: $2,735 per person

Single Occupancy
CLR Member: $3,295 per person; Non-member: $3,335 per person

Price of the tour includes: Roundtrip air, charter bus to and from Midway, hotel accommodations, deluxe motor coach, luggage handling, travel insurance, all admissions and tours, step-on guides, 20 meals (B-8, L-4, D-8), treats and water on the bus. 

Download a form
, pick one up in the CLR office or call (815) 921-3931 to request a form to be mailed.


A $500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Final payment is due July 15, 2015. Please make checks payable to GVG Tours.  Mail registrations and payments to:

Rock Valley College - CLR
3301 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114

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Questions? Call the CLR office at (815) 921-3931.

Milwaukee Public Museum 

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Care to walk through a European village, without boarding a plane to get there? Or, how about touring a display of Egyptian mummies and take a look inside the mummy wrappings using CT scan imagery? You can experience these features and more.

Join us on a bus trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum, featuring its new permanent exhibition: CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATION, Ancient Worlds of the Near East and
Mediterranean. Once we are at the Museum, we will have a docent-led highlights tour. Then we will have approximately two hours for a self-guided tour of three floors of the Museum. First Floor: Streets of Milwaukee, European Village, A Sense of Wonder, Exploring Life on Earth, Jack Puelicher Butterfly Garden, Bugs Alive! Insects and Their Relatives, The Third Planet, Earth and Rain Forest. Second Floor: A Tribute to Survival, Wisconsin Woodlands, North America, Wisconsin Archaeology: Pieces of the Puzzle and Native Games. Third Floor: Latin America, Africa, Arctic, Asia, Living Oceans, Pacific Islands, Pre-Columbian America (Mezzanine), Student Exhibits and Crossroads of Civilization. The Crossroads of Civilization includes: Mummies, Medinet Habu, King Tut and his replicated Chariot and an Interactive Timeline.

At noon, we will be transported to the highly-rated Bartolotta’s LAKE PARK BISTRO, situated on a scenic bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. We will enjoy their French cuisine including a cup of Chef’s seasonal soup, a choice of Grilled Scottish Salmon or Beef Brisket in red wine sauce served with potato puree, and seasonal vegetables, and Crème Brulee for dessert. After lunch, we will return to the Museum to view a National Geographic film in the Dome Theater. The featured film is “Deep Sea Challenge” in 3-D. It chronicles the explorations of film-maker, James Cameron, as he traveled solo in a deep-sea submersible vehicle to the Mariana Trench, nearly 7 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Then you will have a little time to check out the Museum Marketplace before we board the return bus to Rock Valley College.

For further information, see web-sites: deepseachallenge.com and mpm.edu.

NOTE: The Museum and Lake Park Bistro are handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 7:30 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 5:00 pm
Cost: (includes Museum admission, museum theater movie, lunch, transportation) $84 for Center members and $99 for non-members


Christmas in the Country 

CLR Bus Trip on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Come join us for an entertaining and uplifting “Christmas in the Country” with singing, dancing and a stroll down memory lane at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Experience the bustling excitement and joy that is only found during the Christmas Season! Do you remember your first sleigh ride? How about the perfect gift under the tree? Let your heart relive these holiday moments and more with the timeless musical treasure, “A Christmas Portrait.” We will motor through the countryside, arriving at Grand Geneva where we will be swept away by the beauty of the resort, all decked out in its Christmas finery.

At noon, we will have a three-course lunch in the Forum Theater, which will include a mixed green salad, seared chicken breast with wild rice blend, brussel sprouts with bacon, cheesecake and beverage. (A vegetarian lunch or other dietary restrictions are available upon special request.) Following lunch, we will be treated to a new musical revue, “A Christmas Portrait,” featuring spectacular costumes and exciting choreography. This will surely put a jingle in your step. A complimentary holiday tea will be held in the Forum Theater following the show.

We’ll board the buses to return to the resort’s Main Lobby where we will be able to browse the White River Gift Shop featuring clothing and gift items and receive a 20% discount for our group. We can also visit the Gingerbread Houses on display, as well as viewing holiday displays. As we depart the resort, we’ll enjoy the outdoor holiday displays, featuring 500,000 twinkling lights on the 1,300 acres of the resort. So, even if the weather outside is frightful, join us for this heart-warming, delightful
holiday excursion!

NOTE: The Grand Geneva Resort is handicap accessible.
Depart: Rock Valley College at 10:00 am
Return: Rock Valley College about 6:15 pm
Cost: (includes matinee lunch/show and transportation) $92 for Center Members and $107 for non-members