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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Author Book Signing—7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Herman’s Boy Inc., 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. Get your copy of Tom Rademacher’s new book “Splitting Wood,” and get your book signed! For additional information call (616) 866-2900.
Tuesday, January 5
North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Drive, Rockford (at 11 Mile Road). Be more assertive and a better speaker. For directions, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit the club’s website at www.nkctm.org.
Thursday, January 7
Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—1 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, hosted by Madge Bolt and Evie Swinehart. “Love Around the World,” an imaginary trip around the world through song, will be presented by Dick and Helen Prohaska.
Saturday, January 9
Symphony Auditions—9 to 11 a.m. at Muskegon Community College. The West Michigan Youth Symphony is seeking musicians for the following instruments: strings, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion, for the 2010 winter season. All school-age musicians who are members of their school music ensembles through sophomore year in college are eligible to participate. To schedule an audition, please e-mail to youth @westmichigansymphony.org or call (231) 726-3231 ext. 35. Walk-ins will be allowed and heard between scheduled auditions.
Sat.–Sun., Jan. 9–10
Overstocked Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the Plainfield Library, Grand Rapids.
Monday, January 11
Babytime at the Library—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with baby while you enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and play time; for caregivers and babies 0-18 months. Babytime will also be held Mondays, Jan. 18 and 25, at 11 a.m. at the library. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.
Calling All “Wimpy” Kids!—3 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Can you not get enough of the adventures of Greg and Rowley? Are you afraid of “The Cheese”? Then you’ll want to come for a time of wimpy fun based on the hilarious “Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney; for ages 6 and up. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.
Tuesday, January 12
American Sewing Guild Meeting—7 p.m. at the ICCF, Blodgett building, 920 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids. Tour “Learning from Textiles,” a 20-year collection of the fabric of our lives. Cost is $2 for non-members and $1 for members. For more information, call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669, or visit www.grasg.org.
Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Bedtime stories and night-time fun for ages 6 and under. Pajama Storytime will also be held Tuesdays, Jan. 19 and 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
Toddler Time at the Library—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Babies, toddlers and their parents are invited to join us for stories, music and rhymes; for ages 3 and under. Toddler Time will also be held Wednesdays, Jan. 20 and 27, at 10 and 11 a.m. at the library. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.