Thursday, March 24

Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 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.

Bunco Party Fundraiser—6 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr., Rockford, held by the Order of the Eastern Stars. Cost is $10 per person with proceeds to benefit North Kent Community Services’ Easter program. For more information, contact Patty at (616) 340-6012 or Dixie at (616) 437-7445.

Saturday, March 26

Pancake Breakfast—8 to 11 a.m. at Courtland Township Fire Department, 7480 Fourteen Mile Road. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under, and $15 per family. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and coffee, orange juice or milk. Proceeds to benefit Courtland Fire Dept., sponsored by Courtland Fire Auxiliary

Benefit for Caitlyn Bilkovsky—5 to 9 p.m. at Kuzzins Lounge, 741 Leonard, Grand Rapids. Caitlyn was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation in November 2010, and underwent surgery on December 13, with many complications since. This benefit is to help the family with their more-than-$50,000 debt in medical expenses. The benefit will include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and music by a DJ. If you cannot attend, donations are accepted through Paypal at or through Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Sunday, March 27

Bridges Event & Dinner—1 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave. NE, Belmont, co-hosted by Rockford Public Schools. Enjoy a potluck lunch at 1 p.m. (bring a dish to pass that represents the heritage of your family), a resource fair from 1 to 3 p.m., entertainment from 2 to 4 p.m., and free “open” recreation from 4 to 6 p.m., including swimming and gym time. Entertainment includes children’s crafts, Voices of GVSU, and dancers with participation encouraged. Please pre-register by calling (616) 363-3000, although “at the door” registrants will be taken as well. Free admission.

Monday, March 28

Wonderful World of Chocolate—6 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Chocolatier Patty Christopher of Patricia’s Chocolate will discuss the art, tools and process of making artisan chocolates. Learn about cacao beans, couverture chocolate and what the percentages mean. Sample some of Patty’s individually crafted chocolate creations. For adults. Space is limited; registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. For more information, call (616) 784-2016 ext. 2159 or visit

Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Orchard View Church, 2777 Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids. “Ranger” Steve Mueller will present “Ecosphere Biodiversity.” Guests are welcome. Free admission. For more information, visit or call Bea at (616) 676-2446.

Tuesday, March 29

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.

Saturday, April 2

Family Friendly Concert—10:30 a.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, presented by the college’s music department. The Calvin Community Symphony performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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