Rockford Register — December 3, 2009

Thursday, December 3

Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 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.

Friday, December 4

Art to the Rescue—2 to 7 p.m. at Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. This unique event will feature arts and crafts from local artists, including jewelry, pet-themed items, handmade clothing and crafts, and much more for all your holiday shopping needs! All day, adoption specials will be offered on all animals, along with microchipping, refreshments, and more! For more information, call (616) 791-8088 or visit

Saturday, December 5

66th Annual Santa Parade—11 a.m. downtown Rockford, presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Visit the jolly old elf and his wife after the parade in the Rotary Pavilion from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy FREE Santa goodie bags, photos with Santa, cookies and milk, and more fun activities!

Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 N. Division, Rockford. Cookies are $5 per pound with all proceeds going to mission projects.

27th Annual Fine Art & Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, presented by the Rogue River Artisans. Over 120 juried artists and craftsmen will sell their creations of sculpture, pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, soaps, wearables, naturals, holiday and floral, specialty foods, furniture, wildlife art, painting, photography, candles and more! Holiday lunch will be available. Admission is $1, with proceeds going to Red Arrow special activities.

Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find unique gifts, handcrafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch, and raffles. Students will help you carry all your finds to your car. For more information, call (616) 754-4194.

Christmas Delites—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, corner of Post Road and Pine Island. Enjoy a cookie walk and more!

Sunday, December 6

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa—1 to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. This event is open to the public, free, and inside a warm building. Bring the kids to talk to Santa, decorate cookies, and hear Christmas stories. Bring your camera! For more information, call Judy Mayhak at (616) 540-1099 or e-mail to

Holiday Concert—3 p.m. at Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Commission. A free-will offering will be kindly accepted to help defray expenses.

Wenesday, December 9

Christmas Concert—7 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford. Enjoy an hour of sacred and secular Christmas music by the Rockford High School Advanced Women’s Chorus. For more information, call (616) 874-4673 or visit

Thur.–Fri., Dec. 10–11

Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, December 11

Howard City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—6:30 p.m. at the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library. Enjoy a live nativity scene, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Annual Christmas Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford. Public welcome. Cookies only $6 a box. Church cookbook will also be available.

Sunday, December 13

Holiday Concert—2:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Eastern High School, in the auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave. NE, Ada. Concert band music by the Forest Hills Adult Community Band. Free admission. Handicap parking and seating available. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Dine to Donate—Enjoy dinner at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 5401 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids, and 15 percent of the total bill will be donated to the Bruce Clarke family benefit. A donation coupon is required. The coupon is available at The Rockford Squire, 331 Northland Dr., or by calling Dawn Taylor at (616) 365-2434 or Kathy Uzarski at (616) 361-9821. Bruce is fighting leukemia and will be off work for six months to a year.

Thurs.–Fri., Dec. 17–18

Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, December 20

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

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