ROCKFORD REGISTER

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.

Saturday, July 28

“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.

Sunday, July 29

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

Monday, July 30

Spoon Man Jim Cruise—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Come get “spooned” at the library! Don’t sit around at home gathering tarnish; come out and have some clean fun with this hilarious interactive comedy program for all ages. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.

Tuesday, July 31

Huntington “After the Blues” Series—7 to 9 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, downtown Rockford, every Tuesday through August 14. This week’s performer is Grupo Aye (jazz). 

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.

Wednesday, August 1

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.

Volunteer Tutors Needed—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids, for an information session for prospective volunteer tutors. Find out more about the center and its programs. At the end of the hour-long session, there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. To register, please call (616) 459-5151 ext. 10. For more information, visit www.literacycenterwm.org.

“Wild Wednesdays”: Insects—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, rain or shine. Children may touch, examine, find and learn of the insect world. Learn why insects are important to the ecology and insect habitats. Children will go outside and collect their own insects, examine under microscopes and learn fascinating facts. Best suited for ages 6-13 years. Please dress in “play clothing,” long sleeves that may be rolled up, and pants/jeans, along with a backpack for carrying things. Please also bring a snack and drink. Cost is free for Nature Center members; $8 per child (parents welcomed to come along free of charge). Pre-registration required by Saturday, July 28. To pre-register or for more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Thursday, August 2

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, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470.

Storytime Hike: Over in the Meadow—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and under. After the story, discover treasures in Blandford’s meadow using binoculars, magnifying boxes, and other discovery tools. Cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Saturday, August 4

“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.

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