ROCKFORD REGISTER — February 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3

Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, hosted by Norrine Elkins, Helen Hessler and Diane Skiver. John Stamp will present “Arms of Our Ancestors.” For more information, call (616) 866-2235. 

Friday, February 4

Rockford Youth Night—8 to 11 p.m. at MVP Sports in Rockford, also hosted by Rockford Police and Kent County Sherrif’s departments. This is a drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free event for middle school kids in grades six through eight, who are invited to play basketball, Dodgeball and volleyball with local police officers. Sign up for Parisis Speed School and pool games for prizes and awards. Pizza will be served until 10 p.m. Cost is $6 (includes free t-shirt when pre-registering). Registration deadline is January 25. For further information or to register, call the Rockford Police Department at (616) 866-9557. 

Saturday, February 5

Black and Blue Ball—7 p.m. at the Sparta/Grand Rapids Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division Ave., Sparta, presented by Moose On Bikes, to benefit Rockford Center for Therapeutic Riding. Live music by OTC, food, dance and raffles. Open to the public; lodge membership not required. A $10 donation will be requested at the door. 

Scrapbooking/Quilting/Crafting—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockford, to benefit the senior high youth summer mission trip. For a 6-foot table and lunch, cost is $10. Come with your supplies and friends for a full day of enjoying your craft. RSVP to (616) 866-1818. 

Monday, February 7

Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007. 

Tuesday, February 8

Blood Drive—noon to 6 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr. NW, Rockford. 

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, this offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional! For children aged 6 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007. 

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, February 9

Preschool Storytime—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For children ages 3 to 6. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007. 

Toddler Time—10 and 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 their language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007.

Thursday, February 10

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. 

Ensemble Montage—7:30 p.m. in the new Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit 

Saturday, February 12

Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Bring a snack to share and your own nonalcoholic beverage. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. 

Dinner Theater—at Boulder Creek Country Club, sponsored by Rockford Baptist Church. For more information, call (616) 866-0345. 

KDL Teen Film Festival—10:30 a.m. at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Go beyond YouTube! Teens in sixth through twelfth grade were invited to meet the challenge of producing a real film for the Kent District Library Teen Film Festival. Prizes go to three winners. Additional information can be found at 

Casting Call Underway

Rogue River Theatre Casting Call / Auditions—6-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays for upcoming spring play “Sunset Moon” western comedy. Looking for men, women, teens and children. Meeting for Actors del Arte Group Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. Call for locations and additonal information at (616) 874-5264.

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