Rockford Register – March 19, 2009

Thursday, March 19
Spaghetti Dinner & Used Book Sale – 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lakes Elementary School. Dinner is $5 per person or $25 per family. All books are priced under $1.


Saturday, March 21

Rockford 5th Annual Community Expo – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford High School, 4300 Kroes, sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Over 180 booths on display; entertainment; celebrity emcees; door prizes; “Taste of West Michigan”; four $500 cash giveaways. Free admission and free parking. Free shuttle service is available from Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Rd., Rockford, to the high school.

St. Patrick’s Day Party - 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion Post 102, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. Tickets are $10, which include Irish entertainment, raffle, and dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread cobbler; available at the Legion bar. Open to the public.


Tuesday, March 24

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Free Legal Assistance for Seniors – 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Ambulance Center in the board room. To schedule your half-hour appointment with Jason Jansma, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Wednesday, March 25

Morning Movies for Seniors – $1 movie at Woodland Mall Celebration Cinema (movie title unavailable at this time). All movies are family-friendly and rated PG-13. Following the movie, enjoy lunch (on your own) at Red Robin. Bus fee: $2. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Thursday, March 26

Rockford Lions Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. “Mission India” will be presented by John Roelse.

Business Counseling – Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

Out To Lunch Bunch – Kent Skills Technical Center tour, lunch and shopping. Bus fee: $2. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Friday, March 27

Rockford Seniors Unlimited: Casino Club Fish Fry – Lunch includes all-you-can-eat fish, French fries, cole slaw, rolls and beverage for $7 (dessert for 25¢ more). Bus fee: $2. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Saturday, March 28

Spaghetti Dinner - 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $6 for adults or $3 for kids. Dinner includes spaghetti and meat sauce, garlic bread, dessert and beverages.

I Spy Birds! – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. A free, all-ages presentation about birds will be at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Borrow binoculars and a bird book, or make a pinecone birdfeeder ($1 each). There will also be a birdhouse-building station ($10/person); quantity limited. For directions and more information, visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc.


Monday, March 30

Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting – 6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Ray Adams, senior research biologist of Kalamazoo Nature Center, will present “Michigan Breeding Birds Atlas.” Guests welcome. For more information, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446.


Tuesday, March 31

Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting - noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Presentation: Dominican Republic trip. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.


Wednesday, April 1

Rockford Seniors Unlimited: Bingo! - 1-3 p.m. at the Rockford Ambulance Community Room (corner of 10 Mile and Shaner, two miles east of D&W). Four cards for $1. Refreshments served. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Saturday, April 4

Old-Fashioned Pancake Breakfast - 8 to 11 a.m. at Courtland Township Fire Station, 7480 Fourteen Mile Road. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice, and milk. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under, or $12 for families (2 adults, 3+ children). Proceeds to benefit Courtland Fire Department. Sponsored by Courtland Fire Auxiliary. For more information, call (616) 866-3511.

Free Concert Series – noon to 4 p.m. at Mancino’s Pizza, 218 S. Lafayette, Greenville, the first Saturday of every month. Performing this month are Zachary Graft and Roosevelt Diggs, presented by the Greenville Area Community Center.

Preparing for a Prescribed Burn – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Learn about the benefits of prescribed burning along with the legal considerations, contractor information, and if weather permits, a demonstration burn. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Register at www.stewardshipnetwork.org, or call the nature center at (616) 675-3158 by March 30.


Tuesday, April 7

Mended Hearts Meeting – 7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.

Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting – noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Larry Linsley will speak about the Rockford Lions Club. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.


Sunday, April 12

Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice.


Tuesday, April 14

Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting - noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.

American Sewing Guild Meeting - 6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Joyce Bolthouse will present “A Woman’s Perogative,” along with jacket patterns. Cost is $2 for non-members or $1 for members. Refreshments will be served and Sew & Show presented. For more information, visit www.grasg.org or call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669.


Saturday, April 18

Pancake Breakfast & Seedling Pick-Up – 8-11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Have breakfast when you come for a hike or to pick up your seedling order. Cost is $5 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For directions and more information, visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc.


Sunday, April 19

Roast Beef Dinner – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org.


Monday, April 20

Free Food for Needy Families – 5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556.


Tuesday, April 21

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting – noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Van Andel Institute scientist, Rich West, will be this week’s speaker. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.


Saturday, April 25

Salamander Survey - 10 a.m. to noon at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Amphibians are said to be indicators of environmental health. Learn more about these little-known creatures, their life cycle, and threats to their habitat. Children welcome. Cost is $5 per family (members), or $7 per family (non-members). Register at www.stewardshipnetwork.org, or call the nature center at (616) 675-3158 by April 22.


Tuesday, April 28

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting – noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.


Notices run free in the Rockford Register as space allows. Free or low-fee community activities are accepted. To submit Register items, fax at (616) 866-4465 or email, attention Beth to: squiremail@aol.com. Rockford-area events are given first consideration.

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