Saturday, October 10 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Flu Shots—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at D&W Fresh Market, Rockford, in the second-floor café. $10 Oil Change—8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John Decker Chevrolet in Rockford, limited to first 250 cars. All proceeds go to the North Kent Service Center. Market Place Sale—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center. The Center opens its doors twice a year for the public to purchase items at bargain prices. All proceeds assist with food purchases for winter months. Countywide Food Drive—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center. Drop off your canned goods for area families in need. Also drop off canned goods at D&W in Rockford and Family Fare in Cedar Springs and Sparta. FREE Cedar-Rock Community Resource Fair—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DollarVille, 4330 Fourteen Mile Rd., Rockford. This family-friendly event promotes health, wellness and education to encourage residents to utilize local resources. Representatives will provide “green” solutions, free health screenings, and discounts to local merchants. For more information, call Andy at (616) 554-0918. Vendor Blender—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 Ten Mile Rd., Sparta. Browse and shop nine different vendors. Enjoy door prizes from vendors and a baked goods sale. 27th Annual Colorburst Bicycle Ride—8 a.m. at Fallasburg Park, Lowell, hosted by Grand Rapids Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club to raise funds for MADD of Kent County, West Michigan Trails and Greenways, Lowell High School SADD program, League of Michigan Bicyclists and The Motion Initiative. Enjoy pancakes before the ride and a soup bar afterwards. For more information and to pre-register or volunteer, visit www.rapidwheelmen.com/colorburst. Sunday, October 11 Flu Shots—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at D&W Fresh Market, Rockford, in the second-floor café. Tuesday, October 13 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thur.–Sat., Oct. 15–17 Used Book Sale—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. […]
Beginning the week of October 11, the Humane Society of Kent County (HSKC) will have new hours of operation for the public. The adjustment in hours is to better serve the animals and the public. HSKC will now be open an extra day each week—Monday. On Wednesdays, HSKC will be open until 4 p.m. For individuals who are unable to visit during the day, HSKC still offers evening hours three days a week. The new public hours for animal adoptions and animal admitting are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. (closed Sundays). If you need to bring an animal to the Humane Society, stray or owned, please call (616) 453-8900 extension 216 to schedule an appointment. Animal admitting and owner-requested euthanasia is by appointment only. Lost-and-found and adoption services are on a walk-in basis. HSKC is located at 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. If you have any additional questions about the new hours of operation, please call (616) 453-8900. For further information, visit www.hskc.org.
The West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP) is hosting a canine blood drive to benefit Animal Blood Resources International on Saturday, October 17. The blood drive will be hosted at Great Lakes Hospital for Animals, 6273-A West River Dr., Belmont, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Your canine’s donation will provide blood products to veterinary clinics both locally and nationally. The donated blood is processed into packed red blood cells and plasma, therefore your dog will actually be helping two dogs when he or she donates. Blood donation is a simple procedure. It does not require anesthesia or sedation and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. Giving blood does not require fasting nor will it hinder your dog’s normal activities. Your dog will not receive orange juice after donating, but he or she will receive treats! You will also receive copies of your dog’s blood work, tick-borne disease screen, and their blood type by mail within three weeks post donation. The WMASAP is looking for dogs that are healthy and friendly, weigh 50 pounds or more, are aged between 1-7 years, are current on vaccines and parasite-free, are not taking medication except heartworm and flea preventatives, and dogs who do not have a heart murmur. If you own a dog fitting this description and would like your pet to become a donor, please call (616) 361-0220 to schedule your appointment. For more information, visit www.midwestabs.com. • • •
Wilfred (Bill) Paull will turn 100 years old on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Bill has been a resident of Rockford since he was 15 years old. He was born near Calumet in the northern upper peninsula. He worked at Wolverine World Wide all his life. On his birthday, Bill will be attending First Congregational Church of Rockford, where he has been a member for 85 years and his father was once a pastor there. Family and friends are invited to attend an open house for Bill at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on October 11 from 1 to 2 p.m., or may send cards to him at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 Eleven Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Bill is the father of two sons and he has three grandchildren
Rockford’s “Mr. Clean,” Gerry Pike, will celebrate his 99th birthday on Monday, October 12, 2009. Part, if not much, of his longevity can be attributed to his ever-abiding upbeat attitude. This life-sustaining personality trait was dealt a serious blow recently. The love of his life, wife Dorotha, passed away on Sept. 8, just two days before her 98th birthday. The couple would have been married 78 years on Nov. 19 this year. A note or a card would go a long way toward reviving Gerry’s spirits on his special day. Greetings may be sent to: Gerry Pike, 8777 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341.