Rock Valley College

Trips & Socials

The Fireside Dinner Theater

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Join us as the delightful Church Basement Ladies share new adventures with their heartwarming humor and hilarious antics. This time around, the year is1969 and the world is changing. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own.

Before the show, you will be treated to a delicious meal beginning with a Fresh Summer Salad with strawberries, mangoes, candied pecans, and cheese on a bed of arugula and kale glazed with a raspberry vinaigrette. The featured entree is Beef Short Ribs braised in beef stock and a red wine demi-glaze. The meal is accompanied with Whipped Potatoes with garlic and herbed cheese, a mix of Fresh Julienne Vegetables and a Baked Tomato filled with seasoned croutons, feta cheese and bacon chips! The delectable dessert is triple layer carrot cake and homemade butter pecan frozen custard. Included with the meal is fresh baked Artisan breads and coffee, tea, or milk.

There will also be time to browse the charming specialty shops or enjoy a cocktail in the Fireside lounge. You don't want to miss this superb show and memorable dining, spectacular shops and fabulous service at The Fireside!

NOTE: The building is handicap accessible.    

Depart: Rock Valley College at 9:30 a.m. (Parking Lot #10 on Main Campus).

Return: Rock Valley College about 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $98 for Center members                                                                                       

             $118 for non-members

Space is limited, register soon!

Registration Form: Bring or mail the form in with check to the CLR office.

Checks payable: to Rock Valley College.

Mail to: Rock Valley College - CLR
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Monday, July 23, 2018


Treat yourself to a beautiful summer day at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden! One of Rockford's greatest gems, Klehm is a 155-acre site that includes a wide variety of trees and plants unlike anywhere else in the world! Join us for a docent-guided walking tour of the Gardens, a lecture on the history of the gardens, followed by a box lunch served in the new outdoor Clarcor Pavillion. You may enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the gardens at your leisure.

Choices for lunch include: Turkey and Cheese on a Bakery Bun, Chicken Salad on Croissant with Lettuce, Chef Salad (includes ham and turkey), or Vegetarian Salad. Sandwich boxes inlcude fruit, relishes, and dessert. Salad boxes include salad dressing, roll and butter and dessert.

NOTE: The Paths are paved and can be navigated by walkers and wheelchairs.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20 for Center members

            $25 for non-members

Transportation is on your own.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2018.

Registration Form: Bring or mail the form in with check to the CLR office.

Checks payable: to Rock Valley College.

Mail to: Rock Valley College - CLR
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114

Door County Getaway

September 26-28, 2018

Join tour guide Gene Van Galder as the Center for Learning in Retirement partners with GVG Tours for a three-day getaway to Door County. Door County is often called “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”. With Lake Michigan on its eastern shore and Green Bay on its western shore, it is a peninsula lled with natural beauty. With more than 250 miles of stunning shoreline and more state parks and lighthouses than any county in the country, Door County is “one of the top ten vacation destinations in North America.” (Money Magazine)

Trip Preview Meeting
Monday, June 18th 1:00 p.m.

RVC Bell School Road Center 3350 N. Bell School Road
Don’t miss out on Gene Van Galder’s informational trip presentation!

Door County Getaway Trip Information


The trip includes deluxe motor coach, baggage handling, lodging, admissions, and all meals (2 breakfasts,
3 lunches, 2 dinners).

Double Occupancy CLR member $695
Double Occupancy non-member $735
Single Occupancy CLR member $795
Single Occupancy non-member $835



$275 per person is due with registration. Registration forms are available at the CLR office (3350 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford) or on the RVC/CLR website, Checks should be made payable to GVG Tours. The balance will be due on August 1, 2018. If payment is made by credit card, GVG Tours will be in contact regarding payment details.

Optional Insurance

The insurance is through Travel Guard Insurance and provides for cancellation and medical coverage. The cost is $55 double occupancy and $65 single occupancy. If you want the insurance, please mail the check directly to GVG Tours, 413 Highland Park Ave., Clinton WI 53525. For more information, call Gene Van Galder at (608) 295-2141.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be made for cancellations by August 1. After August 1, there will be no refund unless CLR can ll your space. There is a $25 processing fee for all cancellations.


Rowley’s Bay Resort, Ellison Bay, WI - The hotel is located just a few steps from the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is a full service resort that includes a whirlpool, indoor swimming pool, tness room, restaurant, pub, and pool tables. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, hair dryer, satellite dish TV, and each room has individual climate control. The entire facility is smoke-free.


All facilities are handicap accessible. Keep in mind that the trip involves a lot of activity, including getting on and o the bus several times each day, being on your feet during tours and walking distances up to a few blocks.

If any special accommodations are needed, please advise CLR at the time of registration.

If you are a single traveler preferring a double room, you may let the CLR o ce know that you are looking to share a room. CLR will put you in touch with any others seeking a roommate. You are responsible for making roommate arrangements and notifying the CLR o ce regarding those arrangements.

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