ROCKFORD REGISTER

Thursday, December 29

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 31

Kent County Christmas Bird Count—hosted by Grand Rapids Audubon Club. Birders of all skill levels welcome. For details, please visit www.glsga.org/grac. For more information, call Ranger Steve at (616) 696-1753.

Sunday, January 1

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 2

Snowpalooza: Snowman-Building Family Fun—through January 31, 2012 at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Have some winter fun and build a snowman on the library grounds. Pick up your “Build a Snowman” kit from the circulation desk and have fun creating snow people outside the library. Participation stickers for everyone. Patrons will vote for their favorite! Sponsored by Friends of the Krause Memorial Library. For more information, visit www.kdl.org.

Tuesday, January 3

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 Keith 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.

Wednesday, January 4

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.

Bright Beginnings—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Hear stories and have fun with crafts, rhymes, songs and more! For children ages 6 and under with a caregiver. For more information, visit www.kdl.org or call (616) 647-3940.

Thursday, January 5

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 Meeting—1 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Terry Konkle will speak on Julia Moore, “The Sweet Singer of Michigan.” Hostesses will be Madge Bolt and Kathy Christensen.

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