Rockford Register — May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21

Great Pond & Koi Society of West Michigan Meeting-6:30 p.m. at the Kent/MSU Extension Office, 755 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, featuring a tour of the Grand Ideas Garden
and Pond. Open to the public.
Make reservations by calling Mary
at (616) 698-1030 or Joyce at
(616) 754-9759.

 Saturday, May 23

Blood Drive-10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Rogue Campground & Paddlesports, 6400 West River Dr., Belmont. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free t-shirt and enter a drawing for a chance to go “Over the Edge.”

Howard City/Tri-County High School Annual Alumni Reunion Banquet

6 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church, 19331 Kendaville Rd., Pierson. Tickets are $15 per person. Make reservations by May 16 by calling Vicky Paulen at (231) 937-5190. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Free Kids’ Fishing-9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday in May at Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, worms and help will be provided at our catch-and-release pond. For more information, call (616) 866-1061.


Sunday, May 24

Blood Drive-8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4333 Parnell Rd., Ada. Everyone who registers to donate may enter a drawing for a $25 gift card.


Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Activities in Rockford-8:30 a.m. opening flag-raising ceremony at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St.; 9 a.m. parade from Community Cabin north to Lewis St., west to N. Main St., south to Corner Bar, east to Rockford Cemetery, with guest speaker Michael Young; ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Rockford Cemetery. Open house at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford American Legion, with hot dogs and drinks free of charge. Wreath ceremony at the Legion at 11 a.m. Blythefield Cemetery ceremony at noon; Courtland Cemetery ceremony at 12:30 p.m.


Tuesday, May 26

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.


Rockford Garden Club Meeting

7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, community room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Guest speaker Helen Kennedy will present “Bee-Amazed!” about bees in your garden. Open to the public.


Legal Assistance for Seniors

10 a.m. to noon by appointment at the Rockford Ambulance Board Room. Jason Jansma will assist with legal issues at no charge. To schedule your appointment, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Wednesday, May 27

Honor Our Veterans Blood & Marrow Drive-10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Michigan National Guard Armory, 1200 44th St., Wyoming. WGRD will broadcast live. Everyone who attempts to donate can register to win two round-trip tickets to Las Vegas courtesy of Allegiant Air, and a four-day/three-night weekend getaway at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee courtesy of Planet Hollywood. For more information, visit or call 1-866-MIBLOOD.


BISSELL Blocktail Party-6 to 9 p.m. at Regatta Plaza, Gaslight Village, East Grand Rapids, sponsored by BISSELL Homecare Inc., Classic Rock 97 LAV-FM, Grand Rapids Magazine,, and Bark Magazine. Free parking in adjacent Regatta Plaza car park. Come, sit and stay a while at this casual yet upscale street party. Mingle with fellow pet-lovers while enjoying beer, wine and tasty “yappetizers.” Your pooch will dine
on tasty treats, while everyone enjoys live entertainment and a silent auction. Microchipping available onsite for
only $15. For more information, visit or
call (616) 791-8089.


Native Plant Sale-6 to 8 p.m. at Eagle Park Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Over 50 different species of native plants will be available, including wildflowers, grasses and ferns. For more information, visit or call
(616) 942-4111 ext. 4.


Thursday, May 28

Rockford Lions Club Meeting

6 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Program by Richard Hert, executive director of W. Michigan Tourist Assoc. and CEO of W. Michigan Film Office.


Saturday, May 30

Blood Drive-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford.


Blood Drive-10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Midwest Mountain Bike Summit at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE.


Free Kids’ Fishing-9 a.m. to noon at Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, worms and help will be provided at our catch-and-release pond. For more information, call (616) 866-1061.


Tuesday, June 2

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin,
Rockford. Program to include Valley View Elementary teacher Brenda Holsinger’s Reader Theater. 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.


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.

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