Rockford Register — December 2, 2010

Thursday, December 2

Rockford Area Historical Society Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford.

Intro to Digital Memory Keeping9 to 11 a.m. at The Memory Boutique, 925 Northland Dr., Rockford. Free workshop designed to help you get started with the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software program. Sign up at or call (616) 828-2402.

Fri.–Sun., Dec. 3–5

Food 4 Soles Holiday Food Drive—a benefit for North Kent Community Services, at the Rockford Footwear Depot, North Main Street in downtown Rockford. Donate a non-perishable food item and get a coupon for 20% off any one item. No limit on food donated; limit of 10 coupons per customer. Valid for in-store purchase only Dec. 3-5; not valid on employee purchases, online purchases or gift certificate purchases. 

Saturday, December 4

Santa Breakfast—8:30 to 10 a.m. at John Ball Zoo, in the “ballroom” featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages, including a personal visit with Santa, a take-away souvenir, and an up-close demonstration with three animals. The breakfast is limited to 100 people; all seats must be reserved. Call (616) 336-4326. Cost is $15 per adult and $13 per child for non-members, or $12 and $10 for zoo members. 

“Books Are Fun” Sale—noon to 4 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Dr.,
hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary.

28th Annual Fine Art and Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes (just east of Ada), Lowell, sponsored by the Rogue River Artisans, featuring more than 100 juried artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit

29th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville. Unique
gifts, hand-crafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch and raffles. For more information, call (616)

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until the cookies are gone, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Proceeds from the sale of their homemade cookies go to various mission projects sponsored by the Ladies Guild. For more information, call the alumni office at (616) 526-6142.

Monday, December 6

Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin, Rockford.

Tuesday, December 7

Crafts Around the World—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Travel around the world to Mexico, China and Kenya as we make crafts, sample treats and hear stories representing each country. Make your own unity cup, dragon puppet and skull mask to take home! For ages 6 and up. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940.

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. 

Thursday, December 9

Rockford Lions Club Meeting6 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.

Intro to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)—12 to 1 p.m. at GROW, 25 Sheldon Blvd., Suite 210, Grand Rapids, presented by GROW staff. Intro is required for anyone eager to learn how to start or expand their small business. Get an overview of the programs and services, meet the staff and watch graduates describe their experiences in an inspirational video. Held the first Tuesday and second Thursday of each month. Admission is free. To register or for more information, call (616) 458-3404 or visit

Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 Performance—8 p.m. at the Rockford High School School Fine Arts Auditorium. The Rockford Education Foundation presents The Capitol Steps in an evening of rebald cutting edge political satire. Don’t miss out, get your tickets early. For more information or ticket purchase (reserved seating) contact the REF office at (616) 863-6317 or visit their website at

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