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.
Saturday, July 3
Character Pancake Breakfast—7:30–11 a.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, to benefit the Kent Theatre. The Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, Fairy Godmother, Evil Stepmother and many other fairy tale characters will be there. Cost is $5 for sausage, beverage, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. For more information, call (616) 696-9636.
North Kent Toastmasters Club—7–8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE & 11 Mile Road, Rockford. Toastmasters helps you improve your communication, public speaking and leadership skills. For directions, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit our web site at www.nkctm.org. Join us July 6 when our theme is a Patriotic Celebration!
Sunday, July 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.
Monday, July 5
Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford.
Tuesday, July 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.
Wednesday, July 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.
Zoozan’s Underwater Adventure with PALamazoo Puppets—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. This musical adventure is sure to make a memorable summertime splash with the Copycat Fish, Ollie Octopus, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, and more! For all ages. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940.
Outdoor Survival Workshop for Families—6 to 8 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.
Thursday, July 8
Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin.
Saturday, July 10
Blood Drive—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford.