ROCKFORD REGISTER

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.

Invasive Species Control—1 to 3 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 13 and up. Volunteer to hunt down those pesky glossy buckthorn sprouts, learn more about why buckthorn is such a problem plant for birds, and help pull saplings to prevent the spread of this anthraquinone-filled pest. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecneter.org.

Sunday, August 5

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, August 6

Can You Think It? Can You Dream It?—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. This interactive show with performer Kevin Kammeraad is filled with laughter and encourages imagination through interactive poetry, puppetry, music, storytelling, comedy, singing and movement. For all ages. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.

Tuesday, August 7

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 Soul’d Out Band (funk/soul).

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.

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, August 8

“Wild Wednesdays”: Reptiles & Amphibians—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, rain or shine. Hunt down a frog or two, possibly a snake—in this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Children will be led on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what they eat and their worlds. Children will use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands-on teaching. 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 9

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.

All About Birds—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and up. Head outdoors and look for Michigan birds. Binoculars are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $5 per member, $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecneter.org.

Bowl-A-Rama—6 to 9 p.m. at Northfield Lanes, 2222 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to help support the counseling and music therapy services at Franciscan Life Process Center. This is a great night of fun and prizes for both adults and kids. For more information, call Gerrie or Cathy at (616) 897-7842.

Saturday, August 11

Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757.

“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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