Rockford Register – September 17, 2009

Thursday, Sept. 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.

Saturday, Sept. 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.


Party Like a Pirate!—7 a.m. to 12 a.m. at Sparta Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division, Sparta, in celebration of National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Enjoy a live band and costume contest. Cost is $5. Public welcome. Proceeds to benefit Mooseheart Charities. Visit

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. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 20

Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 13 Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Visit

Fall Family Festival—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. Learn about our many programs, clubs, events, classes and service opportunities for adults and children. Visit over 40 interactive booths with games and goodies, and enjoy an outdoor grilled lunch. Special entertainment includes popular illusionist David DeJesus of Matthew’s House Ministries, music, puppet show, short dramas, and more. For more information, visit

Monday, Sept. 21

Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556.

Tue.–Fri., Sept. 22–25

Seniors Mackinac Island/Grand Hotel Fall Get-together—This trip has become a nostalgic tradition for all those who return every year! For a detailed itinerary or reservations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322 or Margery Willems at (616) 363-9835.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Seniors Unlimited Luncheon—11:50 a.m. at Rockford Ambulance Community Room, corner of 10 Mile Rd. and Shaner Ave. Cost is $6.50 per person. Roger Sabine, director of Kent County Parks, will discuss the parks system. Menu includes Swiss steak, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, beets, coleslaw, rolls, and lemon meringue pie. Reservations due by Sept. 18. To RSVP, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.

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