ROCKFORD REGISTER

Thurs., September 20

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.

Goldsworthy Inspired Temporary Art—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids; free for all ages. Andy Goldsworthy is an artist known around the world for creating temporary nature art. Participants will work together to create a temporary piece that uses natural materials and is inspired by what is already there. For more infor-mation, visit blandfordnaturecenter.org or call (616) 735-6240.

Saturday, September 22

“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.

A Civil War Commemoration—10 a.m. at the Oakfield Cemetery (corner of Wellman/Stultz, south of M-57) to honor Civil War veterans buried there. “History Remembered” will lead a ceremony followed by a cemetery walk to graves of the veterans and readings of their respective biographies. Everyone welcome; no charge. The Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Museum nearby on Podunk Road will be open after the event.

Invasive Species Control—9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sessions, at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Free/Volunteer, ages 13 plus. A fun way to give back to Blandford and enjoy nature too. Come learn about oriental bittersweet and why you should never collect it. For more information, visit blandfordnaturecenter.org or call (616) 735-6240.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs—10 a.m to 1 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City (for kindergarten through sixth-grade). We will have insect containers, nets and a bug-finding attitude! Then off we will go into the woods, prairies and more to see what six-legged creatures live here at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae while learning about insects’ life cycles, find predators, prey, and catch and release a bug or two—at the end of the day we will recycle our bugs into fish food. This is a hands on day, come dressed to get dirty! Bring your lunch and backpack. For more information call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com.

Monday, September 24

“Balancing Grassland Bird Habitat with Agricultural Production”—7:00 p.m. social time with refreshments, program begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Seminary Auditorium, 3000 Leonard NE. This is a free program presented by Grand Rapids Audubon Club. Our grassland birds are rapidly declining due to agricultural practices and other factors. Mark P. Ludwig, Conservation Technician of Allegan Conservation District, will explain the steps they are taking to try to help balance grassland bird habitat with agricultural production through innovative practices involving the way farmers mow hay fields and the use of a tool called a flushing bar. Guests are most welcome to this free program. For questions and more information visit www.glsga.org/grag or call Bea at (616) 676-2446.

Girl Scout Expo—6 to 7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School cafeteria. This event is for any girl and parent who is interested in learning more about Girl Scouting in the Rockford area.

Tuesday, September 25

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

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.

Thurs., September 27

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 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.

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.

Saturday, September 29

“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.

Tuesday, October 2

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

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