Rockford Register

Thursday, December 9

FREE Holiday Carriage Rides through Rockford—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Custard by the Dam, Squires St., downtown Rockford, sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Horse-drawn rides provided by Grand Carriages. 

Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin.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 www.growbusiness.org. 

Friday, December 10

FREE Holiday Carriage Rides through Rockford—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Custard by the Dam, Squires St., downtown Rockford, sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Horse-drawn rides provided by Grand Carriages. 

Saturday, Dec. 11

13th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford (one block west of Wolverine Blvd., just north of Blythefield Country Club). Cookies are still only $6 per box. Public very welcome! Choose your own selection from more than 25 varieties of homemade Christmas cookies. Come early for best selection. Cookies make great gifts. Church cookbook will also be available. For further information, please call the church at (616) 866-2230 Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“Christmas Choir,” a Comedy—6:30 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Light desserts follow the performance. 

Holiday Bake Sale—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Timothy Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library, Howard City, presented by Friends of the Library. The musical program will start at 10 a.m. with the Tri County Jazz Band. 

Sunday, December 12

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa—1 to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club, 1115 Northland Dr. Public invited. Enjoy Christmas stories, craft time and cookie decorating. Don’t forget your camera! For more information, call (616) 866-4273. 

“Christmas Choir,” a Comedy—6:30 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Light desserts follow the performance. 

Free Winter Holiday Band Concert—2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave., Ada, featuring the Forest Hills Adult Community Band. Knapp Street entrance is handicap accessible. For more information, visit www.fhacb.org. 

Tuesday, Dec. 14

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. 

Songs of Christmas—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Reds on the River. Christmas carols will be performed by the Rockford High School choir. 

Wednesday, Dec.15

Name All of Santa’s Reindeer—5 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford Visitors’ Center, sponsored by Rockford Community Federal Credit Union. Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms visits Rockford. 

Santa Claus Comes to Town—5 to 8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion, corner of Squires and Courtland streets, sponsored by Trendwell Energy Corporation. Cookies and hot cocoa provided by D&W Fresh Market.

Blue Star Moms—6 p.m. at 669 Mead Road, Orleans, Mich. Meetings held the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Sally at (616) 761-2042. 

G.R.O.W. Network Event—noon to 1 p.m. at 25 Sheldon Blvd., Ste. 210, Grand Rapids. Barb Meconis will present “Lunch with PUNCH!: Health and Wealth with Barb Meconis.” Bring your lunch and business cards, and we provide the punch. To reserve your seat, call (616) 458-3404 or visit www.GROWbusiness.org. 

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 ribald 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 www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

About Squire News

The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.
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