Register — May 27, 2010

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

Tuesday, June 1

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.

Free Rides—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tri-County Call-A-Ride, LLC which serves communities throughout Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties as a taxi service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days per week is offering free rides for the Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Howard City, Kent City, Pierson, Sparta and Rockford areas. Simply call our dispatch office on this day at (616) 889-4646 for your free ride.

North Kent Community Toastmasters—7 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE and 11 Mile Road, Rockford. Tom Radamacher, author and Grand Rapids Press columnists, will be the guest speaker at the North Kent Community Toastmasters Club open house. The open house is part of the club’s annual membership drive. Radamacher will talk about his book, “Splitting Wood”. He’ll also sign copies and sell books. A brief presentation by a Toastmasters member will also take place. Light refreshmens will be served. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, June 2

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, June 3

Rockford Area Historical Society—6:30 p.m. Annual Picnic and Election of Officers Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

Saturday, June 5

Boy Scout Troop 228 Alumni and Friends Picnic—12 noon to 2 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Road, Rockford. It is the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. In addition to the hot dog picnic, the Scouts will also be doing a demonstration of camping skills and equipment.

Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. Cost is $2. Bring a snack and a non-alcohol beverage. For information call (616) 884-0757. Donations accepted for the North Kent Service Center. New players welcome.

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