ROCKFORD REGISTER

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.

Reading Rocks in Rockford—an all-day festival starting at 9 a.m. throughout downtown Rockford, in partnership with the Rockford Rotary Club and Rockford Public Schools. See related story on the front page of this week’s Squire.

“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, August 12

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

Pancake Breakfast—8:30 to 11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Buttered pancakes smothered in syrup, hot sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee will help the Nature Center flourishing. Cost is a donation of $5 per person, or $20 per family of four or more. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Monday, August 13

Adult Boot Camp—6 to 6:45 p.m. for three Monday classes, August 13–28, 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.

Tuesday, August 14

Huntington “After the 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 David Molinari & Creolization (Zydeco).

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.

Wednesday, August 15

Blue Star Moms—6 p.m. at 669 Mead Road, Orleans, Mich. Meetings held the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Sally at (616) 761-2042.

“Wild Wednesdays”: Trees & Plants—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, rain or shine. Discover what it takes to make an organic garden, what you can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants that are edible and part of the animals’ buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow (with instructions). They will also learn to identify poisonous plants. 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 16

Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam. 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.

Saturday, August 18

“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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