Rockford Register – April 1, 2009

Tuesdays -Now through April 21

Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300.

Thursday, April 2

Auditions for “Paris on the Brain” Original Musical-6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (and Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon) at Kent Theatre, 7 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Performances will be August 7, 8, 14, 15 and 16. Four adult males and four adult females are needed. Some roles require only minimal singing. Be prepared to sing at audition (may bring your own sheet music). For further details, call Scott Phillips at (616) 696-3746 after 5 p.m.

Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting-7:00 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Sue Osgood, writer for the new Grand Rapids Food magazine, will present “Small Farms in the 21st Century.” Open and free to the public.

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, 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.

CHADD’s Adults with AD/HD Meeting-7 to 9 p.m. at Calvin College’s Meeter Center Lecture Hall off the library lobby. Tim Zwart, Ed.D., and Jennifer Sochak, MA, Ph.D., of Pine Rest’s Psychological Consultation Center will present “Assessment of AD/HD in Adults.” There is no cost or pre-registration required. All are welcome. For more information, call Linda Brauer at (616) 874-5662.

North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting-7 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford (at 11 Mile Rd.). Members enhance public speaking and leadership skills through practice and encouragement. Guests welcome. For directions, call Sue at (616) 866-3509 or visit

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.

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