Rockford Register — April 1, 2010

Thursday, April 1

Rockford Historical Society—7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., with Ann Byl presenting “History of Plainfield Township.” Janette Konkle will host.

Sunday, April 2

Kent Conservation District Tree Sale Deadline—Catalog is available online at, under the “tree sale” tab at the top of the page.

Saturday, April 3

Easter Egg Hunt—10 to 11:30 a.m. a Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford. Children ages 3-10 are invited to hunt for eggs, participate in games, make a craft and listen to the Easter story. Bring a basket and dress to go outside for the egg hunt! For more information call (616) 866-2962 or visit www.blythefieldcrc.

Breakfast with the Bunny—9:30 a.m. Enjoy the country setting of a horse farm, with activities indoors and out, at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector NE, Rockford (just off Summit, between 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads). Enjoy a petting zoo, live music, Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts for kids, horse-drawn wagon rides, Equest’s equine bunny “Challenger,” photos with the bunny, and a catered breakfast. Advance tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids 10 and under; at the door, tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for kids 10 and under. For tickets or more information, call (616) 866-3066 or visit All proceeds go to help Equest Center’s kids.

Sunday, April 4

Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage.

Blood Drive—3 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church UCC, 7979 Belding Road, Rockford.

Monday, April 5

“What a Wonderful World” Day at the Library—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Louis Armstrong’s song will come to life with crafts, activities and fun designed around the beautifully illustrated book by Ashley Bryan. This program is for children 6 and under. For more information, visit or call the library (616) 647-3940.

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Come to the Red Pine Interpretive Center to get your Scavenger Hunt form, and discover the mounted animal exhibits. Tables are available for your own indoor picnic lunch. After you complete the hunt, get a stamp on your Connecting Families with Nature passport. For more information, visit,, or call (616) 675-3158 or (866) 675-3158, or e-mail

Tuesday, April 6

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.

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 Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford (at 11 Mile Rd.). Toastmasters helps you improve your communication, public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit

Wednesday, April 7

Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, April 8

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. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Sunday, April 11

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.

Tuesday, April 13

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.

Sunday, April 18

Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children.

Monday, April 19

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.

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