Thursday, October 15
Merryvale Wine Theme Dinner—7 p.m. at Reds on the River, in the Promenade, downtown Rockford. Join Executive Chef Glenn Forgie for a dinner featuring wines of Merryvale. Seating is limited; reservations required
Friday, October 16
Seniors Unlimited Casino Trip—Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek. Cost is $41 per guest, which includes $20 in slot play, $5 in food credit, transportation by bus, breakfast at McDonalds, and driver’s gratuity. Dinner on your own at the Cracker Barrel on the way back. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.
Saturday, October 17
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, Flu Shots & Safety Day—Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors receive a first-aid kit and refreshments. Movies and child care activities available while parents donate. Flu shots (not H1N1) by Spectrum Health Flu Program. Cost is $30. Safety Day activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Car seat safety checks are first-come first-served or by appointment by calling (616) 874-4673. The church will also be receiving winter weather clothing (coats, hats, mittens, etc.) on this day, to be donated to the North Kent Service Center.
Sunday, October 18
Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, 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. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org.
Monday, October 19
Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556.
Tuesday, October 20
North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. (corner of 11 Mile Rd.), Rockford. Brush up on public speaking and presentation skills. For more information, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit www.nkctm.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Seniors Unlimited Luncheon—11:15 a.m. at Rockford Ambulance Community Room, corner of 10 Mile and Shaner, 2 miles east of D&W. Cost is $6.50 per guest. Karla Sorenson of the Holland Home Speakers Bureau will present “Have a Great Day—10 Ways That Work.” Reservations due by Oct. 16. For reservations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.
“Out to Lunch Bunch” Outing—Tullymore Golf Course, Stanwood. Cost is $2 per guest (bus fee). For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.