Womanspace Coupon ImageOn Saturday May 9, 2015 JustGoods will have a special Benefit Day for Womanspace. Come in and meet some of the wonderful people who provide support and encouragement to women of all ages in Rockford through their classes, workshops, and enlightening discussions and presentations. Then make a purchase at JustGoods with a special flyer. JustGoods will donate 10% of your purchase to Womanspace to support their facility and programs. And with Mother’s Day the next day… everyone wins!

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Help Nepal

There are various items in JustGoods made by the hard-working artisans in Nepal. We were all shocked and worried about everyone in Nepal after hearing the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015. One of our vendors who is deeply connected to Nepal have heard that some of their artisan families have died. The good news is some have survived and have decided to continue working the best they can.

You can help by making a donation to a disaster relief organization. Some of them are:

Global Giving, Oxfam, Red Cross, Lutheran World Relief, International Relief Teams, Doctors Without Borders

There are many more organizations than listed here. Please give generously and keep Nepal your thoughts and prayers.

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Earth Day Concert

Earth Day JamThe Listening Room was packed to capacity with a supportive audience who enjoyed the wonderful music by local musicians on Earth Day. Everyone tapped their toes and sang along to the songs by Pete Seeger. Thanks to Marques Morel, Kendra Swanson, Ross Thompson, David Stocker, Chris Simms, Andrew Holm, Jim Roberts and a few un-named for staging a great concert. Of course a special thanks to Ron Holm who put it all together.

In addition, we raised over $900 for music licensing fees for 2015. Most may not know but ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., are 2 of the many organizations that levy licensing fees from businesses and other organizations that perform music on their premises. It is a necessary act to keep the Listening Room in good standing with these groups. Unfortunately JustGoods being a not-for-profit organization could not pay these fees alone. This fundraiser shows us how much live music means to everyone and we are happy to see the generosity of the audience and musicians who donated their time to make this happen.

Thanks to everyone for keeping live music at JustGoods Listening Room!

Spring ArtScene and Disaster Relief

Chris Mann's IrelandRockford ArtScene will be happening April 10 and 11 and there’s music and art featured at various venues around Rockford. At JustGoods we are featuring photographs by Chris Mann and our music includes a concert with Patti Shaffner Friday evening and Phil Pilcher and Tim Shaffer on Saturday evening. And check out all the art and music along 7th Street and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave, for their display of E(ART)H: Art for a Planet in Peril presented by Forest City

RAAC-LogoThe Rockford Area Arts Council is also holding a tornado relief drive to help those affected by the storm April 9, 2015. Boxes will be placed at various ArtScene venues to collect garbage bags, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, baby care items, pet supplies, personal care items, and blankets. Please bring your donations and drop them off during ArtScene. Everyone’s help is gratefully appreciated.