News Bits — March 11, 2010

Applications available for Garden Club Scholarship

The Rockford Garden Club 2010 Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to study horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental sciences or related fields. It is a $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a student attending college in the fall of 2010. Applications are available at the Rockford High School guidance office or by contacting Shelley Plambeck, scholarship chairman, at (616) 874-3196. Deadline is March 31, 2010.

District urges–plant a tree!

The Conservation District of Kent County is holding its bi-annual tree sale, with orders due on April 2, 2010. The catalog is available for download on their website at, and includes many native Michigan trees and shrubs like spicebush, redbud and dogwoods. Pick-up dates will be April 16 and 17.

Support our Conservation District by planting a tree (or a hundred!) on Earth Day, April 22. Please call our office at (616) 942-4111 ext. 100 for further information.

YMCA to host diversity dinner, activities

Continuing a tradition going on nearly a decade, the Rockford Diversity committee invites the public to another fun day at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA in Belmont on Saturday, March 13. Beginning at 5 p.m., the YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Road, will again graciously allow free access to all facilities including the rock-climbing wall, basketball courts and swimming pool. There will also be a craft-making opportunity for younger kids.

As always, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish reflecting their own heritage to share at the potluck dinner which begins at 6:15 p.m. Beverages, utensils and tableware will be provided. For those uncomfortable cooking for a crowd, bring a store-bought item or come without and enjoy the wide array of different food.

To provide a better understanding of the diverse cultures in and around our community, the committee has invited Martha Gonzalez-Cortes to kick off interactive discussions and activities for guests of all ages during and after dinner.

The members of the Rockford Diversity committee believe that it is difficult to find opportunities for families in the Rockford area to interact with people from other cultures. That is why they are hoping everyone will take advantage of this free and fun family event. For more details, call Diane Karasiewicz at (616) 863-6556. Online registration is encouraged, but may be done at the door. For directions or to register online, visit

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