Rockford Register – September 10, 2009

Thur., September 10

“Joan of Arc” Auditions—6 to 8:30 p.m. at Rockford Community Center, 8450 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Rogue River Community Theatre is looking for men, women, teens and children 8 and up. For more information, call (616) 874-5264.

Seniors Line Dancing—9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Northview Senior Center. Cost is $2 per class. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322 or Christine at (616) 365-6150.

Fri.–Mon., Sept. 11–14

Spectacular Book Sale—Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plainfield Township Library, 2650 Five Mile Rd., Grand Rapids. Hardcovers $1, softcovers 50 cents, paperbacks and children’s books 25 cents—great used books at bargain prices! Also a large number of old books! Sponsored by Friends of the Plainfield Library.

Sat., September 12

Art in the Park—an annual juried art competition, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Garden Club Park along the banks of the Rogue River.

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.

5K Run for the Prize—8:30 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4610 Belding Rd., Rockford, to benefit the North Kent Service Center. Early registration (by 9/5/09) is $20; Sept. 6 to race day is $25; kids registration is $12 (by 9/5/09) or $15 after Sept. 5. Packet pick-up and late registration is Sept. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 7 a.m. Register by mail to the church, or online at or

Sunday, September 13

Paws for Hope Doggie Days—1 to 4 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 874-4673.

Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage.

Mon., September 14

Chamber After Hours Networking Event—5:30 p.m. at Huntington Bank, 6835 Belding Rd., Rockford. Event is free, however, reservations are requested by Sept. 11. Please call the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to Bring business cards and be prepared to meet amazing business leaders.

Tues., September 15

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.

Boy Scouts Informational Meeting—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave., Belmont, for boys interested in joining Boy Scouts. Enjoy treats and games. Siblings welcome.

Knit-In for the Troops—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Pavilion, corner of Squires and Courtland streets, downtown Rockford, sponsored by J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop and The Purls of West Michigan. Open to anyone who can knit or crochet simple patterns. Bring yarn, needles or hook, and chair. Finished items go to J.T. Stitchery. For more information, call Mollie Hollar at (616) 743-2352 or e-mail to

Thur., September 17

“Apprentice for Life” Lecture Series—1 p.m. at Plainfield Senior Center. Floyd Havemeier, owner of Herman’s Boy, will give a coffee lesson on what makes a good cup of coffee and where coffee comes from. Dessert will be served. Cost is $2 per guest. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.

Friday, September 18

Blood Drive—1 to 6:45 p.m. at Rockford Sportsmans Club, 1115 Northland Drive, Rockford.

Sat., September 19

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.

Meijer Animal Festival and Wag-N-Walkathon—9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Palmer Park, 1275 52nd St., Wyoming, to benefit Humane Society of Kent County and their animals. Registration at 9 a.m. Enjoy bloodhound demonstrations, obedience training, stylish hound fashion contest, search and rescue demonstrations, Take a Bow-Wow talent show, pet-related vendor marketplace, and raffle prizes. Admission is free. One-dollar tickets used for games, raffles and pet experts. Walkathon donations encouraged. Register online at or call (616) 791-8088.

Sat.–Sun. Sept. 19–20

Grand Rogue Living History Encampment—9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Grand Rogue Campground, 6400 West River Dr., Grand Rapids. View first-hand what life in early America was like in this timeline event featuring military and civilian living historians demonstrating our country’s history from colonial times to present. Free admission. Handicap parking is available. For more information, visit

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