Thursday, Nov. 18
Great Lakes Great Ships Presentation—6 to 7 p.m. at Frenz Coffee House, in the Promenade, downtown Rockford (across from the dam), by local photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki. Her 2010 ArtPrize photography entry will be on display at Frenz from November 6 to 19. She will also have 2011 photo calendars, books, prints and other items for sale.
Friday, November 19
Adult Book Discussion—1:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. “Islam: A Short History” by Karen Armstrong.
Turkey Time Bowling—6:30 p.m. pre-party at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3050 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park; 9:30 p.m. at Westgate Bowling, 4486 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park, to benefit Olivia’s Gift, a Belmont nonprofit organization to raise awareness for residential housing for adults with severe disabilities. This event is filled with crazy games, team competitions, prizes, and 100 frozen turkeys to be given away. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, visit oliviasgift.org.
39 Clues Party—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Uncover secrets, solve codes and mysteries, and enjoy activities related to the popular book series “39 Clues.” For ages 6 and up. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.
“Advocates For Senior Issues” Meeting—10 a.m. to noon at Frederik Meijer Gardens. First-time visitors receive $5 lunch voucher for the cafeteria and free visit to the Gardens. For more information, visit www.Advocates4Seniors.org. This month’s program includes Staci Shell, nutrition program contract coordinator of Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, presenting “Cooking Healthy, Eating Well over the Holidays and Beyond,” along with a legislative program with speakers on the 2010 election retrospective.
Saturday, Nov. 20
10th Annual Holiday Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile roads). Enjoy many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, a bake sale, silent auction, cookies by the pound, and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Dawna at (616) 866-0648.
Skeletal Zoo—10 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Diane Morton-Pletcher will bring her skeletal zoo for a program hosted by the Grand Rapids Junior Audubon (GRJA). She will explain how she lets nature clean the bones and why animals are built the way they are. Geared for children ages 7 and up; open to the public. Admission is $3 per person; free to members of GRJA and the Nature Center. For more information or to RSVP (requested but not required), call Wendy at (616) 443-7140 or Kathy at (616) 675-3158, or visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc.
GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays Seminar—10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crossroads Church, Rockford, for a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. Registration is $10. Attendees will receive a book. For more information, call Lisa at (616) 826-8138 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 21
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 23
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, Nov. 24
Rockford Community Thanksgiving Eve Service—7 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., for an evening of praise and thanksgiving, sponsored by the Rockford Area Ministerial Association.
FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner—12:30 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford, for those who are struggling in this economy, have family out of town, are new to the area, or are simply looking for a fun place to spend Thanksgiving Day. There will also be prizes and giveaways, and fun activities planned for all ages. Transportation available. To RSVP, call (616) 866-2308. For more information, visit www.rockfordreformedchurch.org.
Turkey Trot Food Drive Walk/Run—9:30 to 10:45 a.m. starting behind Arnie’s Restaurant on the White Pine Trail, heading south for a measured 5k loop, going north to 12 Mile Road for a 4k loop (or any portion thereof). Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for North Kent Community Services’ food pantry. Sponsored by Courtland/Oakfield United Methodist Church. For more information, call (616) 866-4298.