ROCKFORD REGISTER

Thursday, December 1

Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

Rockford Area Historical Society Annual Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford.

Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 2:00 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children under 10 years of age. Dinner includes Swiss steak, choice of vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, piece of pie, and beverage. Open to the community.

Saturday, December 3

Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until cookies are gone, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division Ave. (Ten Mile Rd.), Rockford. Proceeds go to mission projects. 

Fine Art & Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, presented by Rogue River Artisans. More than 120 juried artists and craftsmen will be selling their creations, featuring sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, metal, wood, soaps, wearables, naturals, holiday and floral, specialty foods, furniture, wildlife art, painting, candles and more. Holiday lunch will be available. Admission is $1; proceeds to go to Red Arrow special activities. For more information, visit www.lowellholidayartshow.com.

30th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville. There will be a raffle, homemade baked goods and crafts from many vendors.

Christmas Parade of Homes—12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the homes of Deb Dingman, Michael and Derrin Miller, Jim and Cathy Loder, and Glen and Veronica Smith, sponsored by Kindel & Company. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library or Kindel & Company. Tickets are also available the day of the event for $12. Admission includes refreshments at the library and a Christmas ornament worth up to $6.99, and a chance to win a Willow Tree Nativity valued at $199.99. There will also be prize drawings.

Sunday, December 4

RAAC Christmas Show—3 p.m. at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission is free. Enjoy music by the Rockford Community Choir, Rockford Community Children’s Choir, Rockford Community Orchestra, and Rockford Community Band.

Showshoeing—8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Enjoy snowshoeing on scenic trails with a guide. Build a team and join the fun, snow permitting. Cost is $3.75 per person, or $3 per student or senior. Registration and payment due before November 30. For more information, visit www.lilysfrogpad.com or call (616) 675-3158.

Monday, December 5

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.

Tuesday, December 6

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 & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keth at (616) 866-2459.

Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.

Book Signing with Johnathan Rand—6 to 8 p.m. at Bay Leaf Used Books, 49 E. Lake, Sand Lake, one block west of Northland Dr., next to Bargains Galore). Bring your own book or buy a new or used copy at the store. For more information, visit www.bayleafbooks.com or call (616) 636-8500.

Wednesday, December 7

Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, December 8

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.

Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

Saturday, December 10

14th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford (one block west of Wolverine Blvd., just north of Blythefield Country Club). Still only $6 per box. Public welcome; come early for best selection. Choose from more than 25 varieties of homemade Christmas cookies. Church cookbook will also be available. For more information, call the church office at (616) 866-2230 Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Leave No Family Inside” Winter Survival—9 a.m. to noon at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Learn ways to stay warm outside, including fire starting and shelter building. Also discuss a variety of adaptations that allow animals to survive Michigan winters. Cost is $6 per person, or $10 per family. Registration and payment due by December 4. For more information or to register, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Full Moon Series: “Full Moon Names, Legend & Lore”—7 to 8:30 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Learn about the various names given to each month’s full moon, as well as the explanations behind the names. Also uncover some myths, legends and lore associated with full moons. Short indoor program will be followed by full-moon hike. Cost is $6 per adult, $4 per student/senior, or $12 per family. Registration and payment due by December 6. For more information or to register, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

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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