Wednesday, Nov. 18
Downtown Rockford Holiday Lighting Ceremony—Enjoy carolers and a band at 5:45 p.m. at Peppler Park (near the dam) prior to the lighting at 6:00 p.m., presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce and City of Rockford. Messages of peace from Mayor Chi Chi Rogers and Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Jazwiec will be presented, and the traditional lighting countdown will be by Gene Parker of 100.5 The River. Downtown Rockford merchants present their holiday open houses all day and through Thursday, Nov. 19.
Dickens Carolers—6:30 to 8:30 p.m., strolling throughout downtown Rockford, sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, November 20
Family Movie Night—6 p.m. at Grattan Academy Elementary School. Enjoy the movie “Monsters vs. Aliens” in 3-D! Free admission. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will help purchase school supplies.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Holiday Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads). Enjoy many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, a bake sale, silent auction, cookies by the pound, and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Dawna Ames at (616) 866-0648 for more information.
Cathy Schmitt Benefit Fund “Event”—4 to 11 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1140 Muskegon NW, Grand Rapids. Enjoy fun, food, music, games, raffles, and silent and live auctions! Free pictures with Santa and games for kids from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call Susan Dunning at (616) 669-6359.
Tuesday, Nov. 24
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.
“The Dirt on Dirt” Lecture—6 to 8 p.m. at Kent Conservation District office, 3260 Eagle Park Dr., Grand Rapids. Understanding your soils is the first step for gardeners and landowners of all types. Pre-registration required; space is limited. A suggested donation of $5 per person is requested. To register, call (616) 942-4111 ext. 100.
Wednesday, Nov. 25
Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship—7 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr., Rockford. All are invited to attend this ecumenical worship service organized by the Rockford Area Ministerial Association. Join brothers and sisters in Christ, of many congregations and traditions.
Fri.–Sat., Nov. 27–28
Black Friday & White Saturday Adopt-a-thon—noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. Adoptions specials will be for black-coated animals on Friday, and white/tan-coated animals on Saturday. Get $15 pet ID microchips, $10 nail trims, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday get doorbuster coupons with additional savings!
Monday, November 30
Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Harlan Blood, a retired science teacher and avid birder who has traveled widely and made two trips to the Antarctic region, will present “Antarctica.” Penguins, whales and sea lions are just some of the amazing creatures to be featured. Guests are welcome. Free admission. For more information, call Bea at (616) 676-2446 or visit www.glsga.org/grac.
Cyber Monday Adoption Specials—8:30 a.m. to noon, online only. Visit www.hskc.org for downloadable coupons with savings on adoption fees, microchips, nail trims, retail and obedience classes.
Thursday, December 3
Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, Rockford, presented by the Rockford Area Historical Society and hosted by Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass.