Everybody loves a good story and nothing gets a person into the holiday mood more than a good Christmas story. This year, you can hear live, on Main Street in Cedar Springs, at the Kent Theatre stage a reading/telling of the beloved Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” Called “theater for the ear,” this Reader’s Theater version has all the wonderful characters telling the story, transporting you back to old London and that fateful Christmas Eve night. Mark your calendars now. Three performances are scheduled on December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on December 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are only $8 and are available at the box office before all performances, the Cedar Springs Public Library, or by calling (616) 696-0949.
Rockford’s 66th Annual Santa Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, carriages, the Dickens Carolers and Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus. After the parade Santa will take orders at the Rotary Pavilion and decide who is naughty and who is nice. Cookies and milk will be provided for the children and they will get to learn a craft from a snowflake artist. Grand Carriage Rides The Chamber will be sponsoring carriage rides on December 10 and 11, and December 17 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The rides are free and will load in front of Custard by the Dam, 25 Squires St. Custard by the Dam owners, Jennifer and Frank Kramarz, have been honored Chamber members since 2005.
A very special Christmas concert is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. The Rockford High School Advanced Women’s Chorus will provide an hour of beautiful music to bring joy to your holiday celebration. This wonderful group often fills the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium with the beautiful sounds of the season, but at Hope Community Church you will be able to hear them in a much more intimate setting. For more information, call Hope Community Church at (616) 874-4673 or visit www.hoperockford.org. • • •
On Dec. 11 and 13, the Rockford High School choirs and bands will present their annual Collage Concerts. This a great way to enjoy a variety of holiday music presented by Rockford’s very talented choir and band students. They are presented in collage style, with one group performing right after another, without interruption. The performances are scheduled for: Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend these free performances, but tickets are required. Those who wish to attend may pick up free tickets at the Rockford High School Ticket Booth, located just inside the Fine Arts entrance, Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 8-11, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.
Finalist set to compete in live finale on December 8 Thank you, Rockford. One of our own is in the top six for WOTV 4’s “The Face of 4” and is one week away from possibly being selected as a new television personality. By winning the People’s Choice portion of a contest designed to find the next spokesperson for the local TV station, Emmett TerBeek, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, is moving up to the last round. If he is chosen as their number one pick, he will sign a $20,000 contract as the station’s spokesman for 2010. WOTV 4 is an affiliate of TV 8 and is produced in Grand Rapids. Carly Munoz, events organizer, said the station wanted a new way to select their spokesman, who will be a regular on television and appear at events throughout the year. She said this will be an annual event for the station and has generated a lot of excitement. Open auditions were performed and anyone was allowed to try for the job. Hundreds waited in line to give a one-minute audition and from that contestants were narrowed down to the top 20. TerBeek made the initial cut. Last week, the Squire invited Rockford readers to vote for TerBeek in a bid to win the People’s Choice portion of the final round. Five of the top 20 were to be selected to move on by the station, while one person would be chosen by votes of the public. TerBeek took that win with about 10,000 votes cast overall for the contest. Now the last round will be determined, in part, again by popularity. A final casting call party will be held at Peppino’s Downtown Sports Lounge, 130 Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., although the doors open at 6 for those who want to get there early. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be acquired through contestants, WSNX and WOTV 4 or by e-mailing TerBeek at email@example.com. WOTV 4 is looking for an individual who is outgoing, charismatic, creative, stylish and has lots of on-camera personality. TerBeek hopes to be that individual, and said the final decision is made, in part, by how many people show […]