Rockford Register — February 4, 2010

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 the Rockford Police Dept. at (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; seating limited to 120. 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. For more information, visit

Sat.–Sun., Feb. 6–7

CARE Performs “Giselle”—11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, at St. Cecilia Music Center, Royce Auditorium, 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, presented by Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble (CARE), a nonprofit ballet company. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $8 for children/students; all seats reserved. Purchase online at or call (616) 464-3682.

Sunday, February 7

Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults or $3 for children under 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. This month, the Masons are holding a food drive for the North Kent Service Center. Adults will receive $1 off their dinner if they donate one or more cans of food. Please help in supporting this worthy cause.

Monday, February 8

Auditions for “Tarzan & a Case of Monkey Business”—(a musical comedy) 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 8450 Shaner Ave., Rockford, held by Rogue River Community Theatre. Adults ages 17 to 65+, teens 13-16 and children 6-12 are needed. For further details, call (616) 874-5264.

Tuesday, February 9

American Sewing Guild Meeting—at Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr., Grand Rapids. Dani Cain of Tandy Leather Factory will discuss making garments, bags using leather. Cost is $2 for nonmembers. For more information, call (616) 575-1677 or visit

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.

Thursday, February 11

Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Our district governor will be visiting this meeting. For more information, contact Dianna Van Antwerp at (616) 866-1760. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Fri.–Sat., Feb. 12–13

Adult Comedy “For Marrieds Only”—by J. Thomas Graham, presented at 7:30 p.m. at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs. Tickets available at the door for $10. Advance tickets are $8, available at (616) 696-7469, Independent Bank, Chase Bank, Cedar Springs Public Library, or Soul Infusions. Not suitable for children under 14; contains adults content and situations.

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