Thursday, March 11
Rockford Lions Club Special Meeting—6 p.m. chili cook-off at the Rockford American Legion Hall. Open to all Lions, their spouses, and prospective Lions. Cost is $8 per person. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Blood Drive—1 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 East Division, Rockford.
Schwan’s Sale—11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rockford High School. 20% of sales go to the high school band for their trip to Disney World. To pre-order, visit schwansfundraising.com or call (888) 724-9267, option 4, by March 9. Rockford Band Parent campaign ID # is 27099 (for pre-ordering). For more information, call Chris VanZee at (616) 361-7242.
Relay for Life Meeting—6 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, auditorium. Find out about serving food at the event, acquiring a temporary food license, volunteering, changes in logistics and track surface issues, new entertainment events, and more.
Friday, March 12
Shamrock Cookie Bake—4 p.m. at Comstock Park High School, room A102, 150 Six Mile Rd., Comstock Park. Help White Pines United Methodist Church of Belmont make 500 fresh baked and decorated shamrock cookies to be donated to God’s Kitchen. All ages welcome. For details, call Pat O’Neill at (616) 866-5131 or visit www.whitepinesumc.org.
Fri.–Sat., March 12–13
“Contents Under Pressure” Comedy Improv Team—7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre in Grand Rapids. Good, clean, family comedy. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or visit www.masterarts.org.
Saturday, March 13
Community Irish Stew Dinner—4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, across from Lakes Elementary School. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets for sale at the door or in advance by calling (616) 874-7045.
Bridges Event & Dinner—5 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont, co-hosted by Rockford Public Schools. Enjoy free open recreation, children’s craft, dinner and keynote speaker Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Bring a dish to pass that represents the racial-ethnic heritage(s) of your family. For more information, visit www.grymca.org/wolverine/news.cfm or call Diane at (616) 863-6556.
Great Lakes Women’s Conference—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Point, 3449 76th St., Caledonia. DeGraw Ministries invites women from every denomination and Christian walk to this free event to hear messages on fear, control, unworthiness, unforgiveness and hope through perseverance. For more information, call (616) 249-8071 or visit www.degrawministries.org.
Sunday, March 14
Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice.
Shoebox Celebration—2:30 to 3:30 at Crossroads Church to celebrate the many shoeboxes collected in November for Operation Christmas Child. Hear how simple shoebox gifts are changing lives around the world!
Monday, March 15
Blood Drive—3 to 8 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, 397 East Division, Rockford.
Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556.
Tuesday, March 16
North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford (at 11 Mile Rd.). Meetings held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit www.nkctm.org.
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.