Rockford Register — December 10, 2009

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 www.fhacb.org.

“On Wings of Valor”—3 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr., Rockford, presented by Rogue River Community Theatre. Donations go to the North Kent Service Center. For more information, call (616) 874-5264.

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.

Thur.–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 www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org.

Monday, December 21

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, Dec. 22

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.

Tuesday, Dec.29

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.

Saturday, January 2

Annual Kent County Christmas Bird Count—Birders of all skill levels are welcome. For details, please visit www.glsga.org/grac. To register, contact Ranger Steve Mueller at (616) 696-1753 or odybrook@chartermi.net.

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