June 14–August 7
KDL Summer Reading Club—Make reading fun and rewarding this summer, and sign up for the “Make a Splash at your Library” Summer Reading Club at any Kent District Library branch—for kids entering grades five and under, readers and pre-readers. For more information visit www.kdl.org.
Friday, June 18
Rockford Summer Jam at the Ted—7 p.m. at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, “Home of the Rockford Rams Football Games.” $15 general admission, $30 VIP seating (limited supply). Purchase tickets at the Rockford Community Services offices, administration building, or by calling (616) 863-6322.
Saturday, June 19
Memorial Service for Dave Kendall—2 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church located at 221 Courtland Street, Rockford. Service will be informal as we share and enjoy accounts of Dave’s stories and jokes, his music, and above all, his intimate walk with God. All are invited to the service and the luncheon afterwards.
Sunday, June 20
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, June 21
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.
Summer Carnival—2 p.m. at the Krause Memorial Library at 140 E. Bridge Street, Rockford. Celebrate summer! Celebrate reading! Join us for games, crafts, prizes, and tons of carnival-style fun! For children of all ages and their families.
Tuesday, June 22
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.
Wednesday, June 23
Jewelry-Making with Cindy Burkle—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Make an even-count peyote bracelet for yourself or a friend. Registration is required and participation is limited. For grades 6-12. Call the library at (616) 647-3940. For more information, visit www.kdl.org.
Summer Beach Party—5-11 p.m. at the SCORE. Live Jimmy Buffet type music, BBQ, tropical beverages, contests, dancing in the sand, spectator beach volleyball, sand sculptures, kids games, an abilities obstacle course, and auction. Tickets are $20 in advance ($5 for kids), or $25 ($5) day of. Proceeds will benefit Olivia’s Gift. Olivia is a young woman who lives in Belmont, who nearly drowned at age 3. Olivia’s Gift is a nonprofit organization that builds residential housing for adults with disabilities. For more information, visit www.oliviasgift.org.
Thursday, June 24
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.
Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Online Webinar—2 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association. To register or for more information, visit www.alz.org/gmc or call (248) 996-1052.
Friday, June 25
St. Patrick Festival 5K Run—
7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church (corner of Parnell and 5 Mile Rd.), Cannonsburg. Enjoy a beer tent, live music and awards. Run participants receive a t-shirt, hot dog and beverage ticket. Register online at www.signmeup.com. Packet pick-up and late registration on June 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church Parish Center.
Saturday, June 26
Outdoor Survival Workshop for Families—2 to 4 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Learn what children should do if they are lost in the woods and how to NOT get lost. Activities are hands-on and will include hiking with interpretive instructor Nova Blackburn. Please contact the Nature Center online at www.kentconservation.org/hcnc or call (866) 675-3158 to RSVP. Cost is $5 per family. Midsummer Festival—beginning at noon at the Seeger Estate, 6977 Alaska Ave. SE, Alaska, Mich. There will be folk dancing, music, food, entertainment and games for all ages, as well as raffle and art exhibits. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-15, free for children 4 and under. For more information and directions, visit www.sahswm.org or call (616) 458-0420.