ROCKFORD REGISTER

Thursday, July 19

Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch at 220 Northland Dr., Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470.

Creepy Crawly Slimy Marsh Critters?—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and up. Join us as we investigate those creepy, crawly wetland and terrestrial critters. We will provide real scientific investigation tools. All you have to bring is your curiosity! Cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Saturday, July 21

“America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more.

Rockford Football Golf Outing—1:30 p.m. shotgun start; four-person scramble. For more information, call (616) 874-5592 and leave a message.

Invasive Species Control—9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 13 and up. Let’s uncover some natives under all those invasive plants. Learn about the beneficial native plants that can replace those aggressive non-natives as we control the invaders. Free/Volunteer. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Sunday, July 22

Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012.

Nature Stroll—Noon to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Spend some time as a family and grow closer to nature. Bring your lunch and picnic at our pavilion with other nature-loving families. After your stroll, join one of our naturalists for talk about native birds, amphibians and spiders. Please pre-register. Not pets, please. Cost is donation of $5 per person or $15 per family of four or more. For more information or to pre-register, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Monday, July 23

Adult Boot Camp—6 to 6:45 p.m. for three Monday classes, July 23–August 7, at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Intermediate to advanced, this program will take place outdoors, rain or shine, with Mother Nature and all the natural equipment there is to find on the property! Fee is $18 per three-week session. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Beyond Magic with Tom Plunkard—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. This high-impact show is loaded with amazing magic, including many new tricks and silly stories. As always, birds and bunnies are bound to make an appearance. For all ages. For more information, please call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.

Tuesday, July 24

Huntington Rogue River Blues Series—7 to 9 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, downtown Rockford. This week’s performer is Greg Nagy Band. “After the Blues” series is July 31 through August 14.

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Visitors welcome.

Free Zumba Class—7 p.m. at Dr. Nylaan’s office, 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to raise funds for local charities. Open to the public; led by Kate Rehmus of Live Dance Move. Classes held every Tuesday through September 4, 2012.

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.

Free Zumba Class—5 to 5:45 p.m. at 72 W. Maple St., Cedar Springs. Open to the public; led by Monica Sanders, licensed Zumba Fitness instructor. Classes held every Tuesday.

Thursday, July 26

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.

Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m.

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. 

Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470.

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