Rockford Register — September 30, 2010

Tuesdays through November 2

Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. 

Wednesdays through November 3

Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. 

Saturday, October 2

Used Book Sale—9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Find some great bargain prices. Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the library during open hours. 

Rockford Area Arts Commission Strategic Planning Session—9 a.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. The Arts Commission is extremely interested in feedback from the community—what would you like to see us do in the future? What do you want to see more of? Come and give us your insight. For more information or questions call Tom Norman at (616) 863-8305. 

Rockford Fiddle Fest—12 noon at the Rotary Pavilion, Downtown Rockford. For more information, contest rules and registration form go to or email Registration based on first come, first serve basis. 

Sat.–Sun., Oct. 2–3

Fall Family Days & Herb Fest—10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijers Garden and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline, Grand Rapids. Join us at Michigan’s Farm garden for a dun weekend that features fragrant and culinary herbs, fascinating gourds and family activities. A free shuttle will run continuously to the farm throughout the weekend. Visit the children’s garden from 1 to 4 p.m. for lots of family fun. Activities include fabulous fall-themed stories, amazing autumn art projects, interesting naturalist walks and more. 

Sunday, October 3

Lions Club Annual Harvest Festival Breakfast—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (corner Northland and Rockford Park). Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage and toast along with juice and fresh brewed coffee. Adults are $5, children under 12 years of age are $3 and children under five years are free. 

Monday, October 4

Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. 

Tuesday, October 5

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. 

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. 

CHADD’s Group for Adults with AD/HD and Those Who Care About Them—7 to 9 p.m. at Calvin College in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall off of the library lobby. Marjorie Taylor, CNP, RNC, will present, “Paying Attention to Hormones.” All are welcome. No cost or pre-registration. For more information call Linda Brauer at (616) 874-5662 or Richard Ten Hoor at (616) 365-2001. 

Wednesday, October 6

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. 

Saturday, October 9

Parkside Walk-A-Thon—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a DJ and lots of food and fun. Everyone is welcome.

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