News Bits — January 14, 2010

Reds to partner with REF for Second City event

Reds on the River is kicking off the New Year by partnering with the Rockford Education

Foundation (REF) to help raise money for educational opportunities for persons of all ages in Rockford. Reds will be donating 10 percent of food sales for guests who present their tickets or ticket stubs for The Second City spectacular to be held at the Rockford High School Auditorium on January 23.

The offer is valid from January 23 through February 28, 2010. Ticket stubs may be used for multiple visits to Reds during this designated time period. The donation applies only to the food bills of guests who present their Second City tickets or stubs. Sales will be coded and tracked by Reds’ computer system, and a check will be presented to REF the first week of March.

Free bluegrass event to be held in Comstock Park

The West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association (WMBMA) is hosting a free bluegrass event for players and spectators on Saturday, Jan. 16. A free open band showcase and jam session will begin at 7 p.m. at Fricano’s Pizza, 5808 Alpine NW, Comstock Park, and will continue for as long as the participants wish to play.

Bands, groups or individuals wishing to showcase their talent will have an opportunity to perform on stage. A house band will be available for backup, if desired. Bluegrass musicians at all levels are welcome. This jam session is held in a large smoke-free room with food and beverages available for purchase, making it an ideal event for non-musical guests who enjoy listening to free bluegrass music.

For more information on this event or the WMBMA organization, please call WMBMA President Dave Simmonds at (616) 897-6220 or visit www.wmbma.org.

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