Thursday, January 28
Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Seniors Unlimited “Out To Lunch Bunch”—Cirque Dreams Illumination at DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids, with lunch (on your own) at The Radisson on the River Front. Cost is $57 per guest, which includes show ticket and bus fee. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call (616) 863-6322.
Friday, January 29
Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert—6 to 9 p.m. at Vertigo Music, 129 S. Division, Grand Rapids, to benefit Rockford High School’s Youth Initiative’s Habitat for Humanity home.
Cost is $5 at the door. Bands will include Johnny on Fire, Lake Miniscule and PK Fire. For more information, call (616) 874-1055.
Saturday, January 30
Health & Fitness Festival—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St., presented by Rockford Community Services. Sample fitness classes, and enjoy activities and booths for all ages, including the Rockford Education Foundation Zumba fundraiser, Michigan Blood Drive, and “Dashing Through the Snow” kids run!
Scrapbooking Crop—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford, to benefit the senior high mission trip to Pennsylvania. Limited number of tables. For more information, visit www.stpetersrockford.org or call (616) 866-1818.
Cabin Fever 2010—6 p.m. at American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford (between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads), to benefit ongoing American Legion veterans’ activities. Event will feature Grand Rapids’ favorite band Mid-Life Crisis, 50/50 drawings, dancing, a pig roast, cash bar, and fun. Get out your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts. Band starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 in the lounge or $20 at the door; must be age 21 or older. For more information, call (616) 866-2001.
The S Factor Event—7 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School, a program for teens to promote teen sexual abstinence. During the program, students make a commitment to stay sexually pure until marriage. Pre-register online to reserve your spot (or register that day at 6:15 p.m.). Admission is $10 at the door, or $5 online, and bring $15 for a purity ring. For more information, call (616) 822-5396 or visit www.thesfactor.net.
The 9th Annual Brrrner Blizzard Bash—11:am, at the Rockford Community Cabin. Hosted by The Heart of MI Bernese Mt. Dog Club, this event is for the pure joy of getting together and having fun with your dog. Join us for a potluck lunch, raffle and a walk along the White Pine Trail. For more information visit www.hmbmdc.org/events.
Tuesday, February 2
Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.
North Kent Community Toastmasters Open House—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Preferred Prudential Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford (at 11 Mile Rd.). Toastmasters helps attain effective leadership and communication skills in a supportive and fun atmosphere.
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.
Friday, February 5
Daddy Daughter 14th Annual Valentine Semi-Formal Gala—6:30 to 8 p.m. at two locations: East Rockford Middle School Cafe or Rockford High School Cafe. Save the date!
Saturday, February 6
Rockford Youth Night—8 to 11 p.m. at MVP Sports in Rockford, hosted by Rockford Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department and MVP Sports Clubs. This drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free event will feature Parisi Speed School and pool games with prizes and awards, pizza and music. T-shirts guaranteed for those who pre-register. Middle school kids in grades 6-8 are invited to play basketball, dodgeball and volleyball with local police officers. Cost is $6. For more information, call (616) 866-9557.
“Kiss a Frog” Valentine’s Party—1 to 3 p.m. at John Ball Zoo “Ballroom” in the administration building at John Ball Park, 1300 W. Fulton NW, Grand Rapids. The party includes punch and sweet treats, storybook princesses, story-telling and other activities, along with real, live frogs! Princesses and pirates are encouraged to attend in costume. Reservations are required. Combo parent-and-child price for members is $20; $7 for an extra person. Non-members pay $22; $8 per extra person. Reserve Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (616) 336-4326.