Rockford Register — May 20–May 28, 2010

Thur.–Sun., May 20-23

“Hamlet and Eggs” Comedy—7:30 p.m. on May 20-22, and 3 p.m. on May 23 at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 at the door; $5 for Sunday matinee for 18 and under.

Friday, May 21

Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting—10 a.m. to noon at Frederik Meijer Gardens. First-time visitors receive a $5 lunch voucher to be used in the cafeteria, and will be treated with a free visit to the gardens. The agenda includes a discussion panel of the five candidates who are running for the 3rd Congressional District presently held by Rep. Vern Ehlers, and Mary Ablan, executive director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, will inform us of the Older Michiganians Day 2010 rally in Lansing on June 10, 2010. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 22

Special Film Screening of “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn”—2 to 5 p.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene, 665 Thirteen Mile Rd., Sparta, sponsored by the Sparta Historical Commission. Come view the film about Sparta and Michigan’s beloved WWI soldiers known as “The Polar Bears.” Admission is free and refreshments will be available. For a five-minute preview, visit

Cloth It Up Fashion Show—3:17 p.m. downtown Rockford in front of the dam. VIP seating is $5 (tickets sold one hour before the show); general admission is free (bring your own seating). All fashions are created by Rockford High School students, with all proceeds going to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

Annual Rockford Garden Club Plant Sale—9 a.m. open sale of items, with live auction or remaining plants at 11:45 p.m., at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, corner of Squires and Courtland streets, downtown Rockford. Rockford Garden Club members sell their homegrown assortment of “garden goods” including perennials, ground covers, small bushes/shrubs, annuals, herbs, bulbs, and vines. Members (many are master gardeners) will be on hand to answer questions and assist with your gardening questions and selections. Funds earned from the sale go for community enhancement projects and student scholarships. Open to the public; rain or shine.

Tuesday, May 25

Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Melanie Good, stewardship coordinator of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, will speak on invasive plant species threatening Michigan and West Michigan’s new innovative early detection/rapid response program. Open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Karen Chickering at (616) 874-0186.

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, May 27

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.

Thur.–Fri. May 27-28

Auditions—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs Methodist Church, for “The Big Bad Musical,” a funny musical. All ages needed. Please prepare 16 bars to sing. Performances will be July 14-18 at the Kent Theatre. For more information, visit or contact the director Laura Johnson at (616) 696-9636 or by e-mail at

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