United Bank teamed up with Bella Vista Church’s Extreme 5 Junior High team for Kids Night at the Rogue River Blues concert on Tuesday, July 14. Kids in the audience were treated to tattoos, crafts, coloring, bubbles and ice pops. “Having a theme night is one way United Bank can give back to the community,” explained Devon Gaines, branch manager and sponsor of the event. “It was a privilege working with the kids from Bella Vista Church.”
Arts & Entertainment
Come stroll through Tear Drop Island and see natives for everyone’s gardening situation. Do you have sun only, mostly shade, or areas that are always dry or wet in your garden? Learn about plants that will thrive in those areas. Why use native plants? Native plants do not require the fertilizers, pesticides and water that plants from Europe, Asia or even other parts of our continent, frequently need. They are adapted to our region’s climate, diseases and pests. Our pollinators and butterflies are adapted to the native plants they have coexisted with for hundreds of years. Come and see how you can have a healthier less needy garden! 5641 Myers Lake Road.
In the three years since it was launched, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company of Rockford has provided family-friendly entertainment to more than 1,000 people in myriad productions touching on everything from tragedy to comedy. This legacy of entertainment will be renewed once again with the summer production of The Princess and the Pea, a time-honored children’s classic that opens next week at North Rockford Middle School. The classic story by Hans Christian Andersen will be performed 7 p.m. July 15, 16 and 17th at Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St. in Rockford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. “The play takes a classic and beloved story and brings it to life with a talented group of young performers from the Rockford area,” said Matt Erste, RRCTC Board chairman. It’s a good mid-summer diversion and offers to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.” Fun and commitment to community are touchstones of the theatre group, which formed in the summer 2012 as the successor of Rogue River Theatre, launched in the 1990s. For more information about the group and the upcoming play, visit its website at www.RRCTC.org.
Three years ago local area resident; Vinnie Bosscher, began to write a music album that speaks to the false idea that everyone is living the “American Dream”. The reality is there are a lot of people who are still losing their jobs, their homes, addicted to anything & everything, schools are shutting down, suicide & divorce rates climb – most of it is done behind closed doors or behind false appearances that everything is alright. This album is the voice of those people and speaks to the hurt and redemption; recognizing that we are all connected to it in some way. The album is folk, rock, indie, bluegrass and everything in-between. Some of the best local musicians from Michigan are on this album. About two months before the album was completed Vinnie realized that he could not just sing about the hurt he was seeing and had experienced himself; he wanted to do something about it. He wanted to help. That is where this idea to create the Achieve the Dream Non-profit organization came from. The Achieve the Dream Non-Profit was formed by Rockford & GR locals; Vinnie and Erica Bosscher, Angela and Jeff King, and Monica and Shane Feikema. The vision for Achieve the Dream is to Inspire Dreams, Foster Hope and Create Opportunity for others in our community. The projects Achieve the Dream supports will change based on the needs and wants of the community and the people within it. We will establish “Dream Goals” to identify various change initiatives to fund and participate in the outcome. Support the development of a new not-for-profit organisation created by locals to support others in our community. Enjoy The American Dream album that kick started it all. Act now to be a part of the team of people who will launch Achieve the Dream and help others for YEARS to come. If interested in finding out more or donating please visit the Kickstarter Page. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/470460591/the-american-dream-album-and-the-start-of-achieve. We have until July 8, 2015 at 11:22pm to meet our goal of $4,000.00. If interested in being involved, please email us at email@example.com
Yoga by the Dams, sponsored by SheActive Boutique, is held every summer Saturday at 9am. Every class is donation-based and open to all abilities. Each week is lead by a different instructor, benefitting a different local organization. The photos are from Family Yoga by the Dams, led by Tamara Reaume and benefiting Kids’ Food Basket, Saturday, June 27. The event raised $120 which will provide 120 meals for Kent County children. Please feel free to call with any questions or clarifications, 874.9936.