Friday–Sunday September 16–18
Fallfest 2011—stage shows begin at 6 p.m. Friday; workshops at 10 a.m., band scramble at noon, featured performers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday; gospel begins at 10 a.m., followed by auditions and $100 drawing on Sunday; jamming all weekend, presented by the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. Also enjoy a bake sale, pie-eating contest, kids’ activities, and crafts for non-musicians. Weekend tickets at the gate are $25; all children age 15 and under are free with an adult. Day passes are $10 Friday, $17 Saturday, and $5 Sunday. For more information, visit www.wmbma.org or call Dave Simmonds at (616) 897-6220.
Saturday, September 17
Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more.
Bark for Life—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the White Pine Trail, Rockford. Celebrate with your four-legged loved ones and honor the caregiving qualities of our canine companions. Event begins at 235 N. Main St. (near Rockford Footwear Depot) and travels along the trail to Richardson-Sowerby Park. This Relay for Life event raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. At the park, opportunities will be available for dog massages, pedi-for-a-cure, contests, and games for dogs and their humans. To register or for more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/rockfordmi and click on the Bark for Life tab, or search for “Bark for Life Rockford, MI” on Facebook.
Mad Science—10 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Grab your lab coat and join us for wild experiments and hands-on, multisensory fun (for ages 6 and up). For more information, visit www.kdl.org or call (616) 647-3940.
Sunday, September 18
Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3.50 for children. Takeouts and deliveries are available. Come enjoy the “best dinner in town!” prepared by our chef Fred Chambers. For deliveries, call (616) 866-2675 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. For more information, visit www.RockfordVFWPost3946.org.
Monday, September 19
Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one, meets every Monday through December 5. No sign-up is necessary. Learn more at www.griefshare.org.
Early Childhood Essentials: Sensory Differences in Children—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Kelly Keur, M.Ed., will present early childhood information for parents and caregivers of children ages 6 and under. One hour of professional development for childcare providers is available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. Registration is required and participation is limited. To register or for more information, visit www.kdl.org or call (616) 647-3940.
Tuesday, September 20
Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470.
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, September 21
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.
Thursday, September 22
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.
Thursday-Saturday September 22-24
Cannon Community Cleanup—8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cannon Township parking lot, open to township residents/taxpayers only. Please bring voter ID, tax or sewer bill for proof. General household items including appliances, scrap metal, and large batteries (car, boat, etc.) will be accepted. No liquids (paint, oil, etc.); latex is okay if it’s hardened. No brush or yard waste. All tires must be cut in half. No shovel-offs (smaller items should be bagged). Propane and fuel tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. No hazardous materials. For a complete list of household items not accepted and disposal options for those items, please visit www.accesskent.com/hhw.