RAAC appoints new Music Director


The Rockford Area Arts Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A Spenner as the new Music Director and Conductor of the Rockford Community Orchestra. Conductor Spenner has been praised for his “sensitive and insightful musicianship”, “impeccable” score preparation, and “innate knowledge of what musicians need from the podium.” Musicians have lauded his […]

Rockford Ice Festival offers something for everyone


The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 4th Annual Rockford Ice Festival. The festival will be Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10, with ice sculptures on display in downtown Rockford that Saturday and Sunday. This year’s theme is Fire and Ice and organizers are certainly utilizing both ends of the temperature […]

18th Annual Rockford Sweetheart Splash!


The Rotary Club of Rockford presents the 18th annual Sweetheart Splash on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm.  This winter fun event takes place at the Rockford Dam is a community favorite.  Area “jumpers” brave the icy Rogue River with participants performing skits and dance routines prior to going in the water for a […]

Former student brings professional ballet to hometown

By Judy Reed When Mia Calabrese left Cedar Springs at age 12 so she could take dance lessons with a larger dance studio, she had no idea what the future would be bring. She’s now bringing that future back to her hometown. Mia, who is now a professional ballet dancer, will dance at Cedar Springs […]

Annual January REF Benefit Concert will be distinctly ‘Pure West Michigan’

Live onstage with Cameron 
Blake and band.  Photo courtesy of Jim Knorr

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Cameron Blake (Warne), a 2001 graduate of Rockford High School (RHS) and an inductee in the 2012 Rockford Public Schools Hall of Fame, will headline the 17th annual Rockford Education Foundation (REF) concert event scheduled for January 26, 2013. For the very first time the REF is proud to feature […]