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
Thursday, April 23
Rockford Lions Club Meeting-
6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Rockford High School’s Beyond the Rock Video Production will present “Introduction to the Rockford Lions Club.”
Used Book Sale-Thur. 10-7, Fri. 10-4 and Sat. 10-2 at Timothy C. Hauenstien Reynolds Township Library, 117 Williams St., Howard City, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book donations are needed and appreciated.
Friday, April 24
Remodeled Homes Open Houses-1 to 9 p.m. (and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at two homes: 7241 Belding Road, Rockford (park at 6878 Belding Rd., Cannon Twp. offices), and 356 Glen Carin Drive, Rockford. Win a door prizes of an hour-and-a-half of professional organizing. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; free for ages 12 and under.
Saturday, April 25
Auction-doors open at 4:30 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Drive NE, Rockford. Live auction along with hot dogs, chips and drinks start at 5 p.m. There will also be silent and raffle auction items. Proceeds to benefit repairs to the church. For more information, call (616) 866-9888 or visit www.northkentbiblechurch.com.
16th Annual Bear Creek Waterfest-8 a.m. to noon at Townsend Park, corner of Ramsdell Drive and Cannonsburg Rd., featuring family activities such as Creeky Critters, fish pond, rain sticks, microscope magic, watershed maps, prizes, bake sale, Rubber Ducky Races and much more! Pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Musical group Hawks & Owls will perform. All activities are free. Sponsored by Cannon Township.
Art & Fine Craft Sale-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, fellowship room, held by Rogue River Artists Association.
Halo 3 Xbox 360 Tournament-9:30 a.m. registration at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Funds raised to support the senior high mission trip. For more information, team registrations and parent consent forms, visit www.stpetersrockford.org or call the church at (616) 866-1818.
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.
Auditions for “The Jungle Book”-10 a.m. (and Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.) at Hudsonville Community Center (corner of School and VanBuren). Performances will be July 19-20, 2009, at Hudsonville School. Minimum of 20 youth needed, ages 9 to high school. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or visit www.masterarts.org.
2nd Annual Relay for Life Benefit-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6575 Belding Road. All haircuts, manicures and chair massages are $10 each (walk-in only). Proceeds to benefit Rockford Relay for Life. Complimentary food from Pizzeria Grandé and Bostwick Bakery. For more information, call (616) 874-9215.
Sunday, April 26
Autism Society of Kent County Walk for Awareness-noon to 4 p.m. at Kuyper College. Enjoy a free Autism Community Resource Fair, live music, raffles and Bounce activities for the kids throughout the day. Registration at noon; walk to follow at 1 p.m. For more information, contact the society at (616) 752-8577.
Monday, April 27
Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting-6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Mel Visser, former Pfizer employee and author of “Cold, Clear and Deadly: Unraveling a Toxic Legacy,” will present “Pollution of North American Waters from PCB and World Pesticides.” Guests welcome. No admission fee. For more information, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446.
Tuesday, April 28
Rockford Garden Club Meeting-
7 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, community room, 159 Maple St. Open to the public; light refreshments; free admission. Meribeth Bolt and Sue Bouchard, advanced master gardeners, will present “Stuffed Topiary for the Home Garden and Beyond,” for creating topiary for both inside and outside your home. For more information, call Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186 or visit www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com.
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.