Rockford Register – July 30, 2009

Wed.–Thur., July 29–30

“Christmas in July” Sale—9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thur., at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. All proceeds to benefit the North Kent Service Center Food Pantry.

Thursday, July 30

Free Child ID Program—10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockford Christian School, 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, sponsored by the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. Each child who enters the program will receive a dental impression and a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and vital information. Parents or guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child. This program is part of the Kent County Sheriff’s Kids’ Day in conjunction with the Rockford Police Department, Greater Grand Rapids Safe Kids, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The day also includes the Mounted Unit, Bike Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Parks Unit, Marine Division and a Kids Bike Rodeo (bring your bike and helmet). FREE ADMISSION. To register, call (616) 632-6221. For more information, contact Ron Grew at (616) 874-3182 or visit

Saturday, August 1

Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.

Monday, August 3

Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Rd., Rockford. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler will give updates on what is happening with RPS. Open to the public; please RSVP by noon Friday, July 31 by calling the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or e-mailing to Cost is $15 for Chamber members; $20 for nonmembers.

Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Donor Center (Rockford Community Cabin), 220 N. Monroe Street. Register to win a weekend casino getaway!

Blood Drive—3 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational United Church of Christ, fellowship hall, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.”

Tuesday, August 4

Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features The Concussions (surf).

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.

Wednesday, August 5

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. Three one-hour appointments are scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 a.m. They fill up fast, so please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Bingo—1 to 3 p.m. at the Rockford Ambulance Community Room, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Ave. (2 miles east of D&W). Four cards for $1. Refreshments served. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.

Friday, August 7

Debbie Reynolds Show for Seniors—at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. The performance includes storytelling, songs, movie clips, bloopers and impressions. The day includes coffee and sweet rolls, complete lunch, and matinee performance (all taxes/gratuities included, plus motor coach driver). Cost is $119 per guest, payable in full to secure your reservation. For a detailed itinerary and registration form, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.

Saturday, August 8

Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.

Blood Drive—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, gathering room, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.”

4-on-4 “Volley for Mitchell” Volleyball Tournament—starting at approximately 8 a.m. at The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids (rain date: Aug. 9). Rally-style scoring, mandatory one female per team (all-girl teams welcome), two matches guaranteed, and first place wins a prize. Entry fee is $60 per team; deadline is Aug. 5. All proceeds go to Parent Project MD. Visit

Sunday, August 9

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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