As has become tradition for the Rockford football team, the annual Hots ‘N Brats event will be held on Friday, August 21. This fun-filled evening gives everyone in the community the opportunity to get up close and personal with the players and their families as well as enjoy a good old-fashioned hot dog barbeque. The event kicks off at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium at 4:45 p.m. and will include pictures with your favorite Ram players, viewing of a practice, dinner around 7:15 p.m., raffle drawings for some great prizes, and more. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the high school cafeteria. The Rams will open the season at Davison on Friday, August 28. Their home opener will be Thursday, September 3 against Holt. For game times and the Rams’ complete schedule, visit rockfordfootball.com.
John Ball Zoo, WGVU co-host Saturday Night Alive As fundraising galas go, Saturday Night Alive offers music, food and drinks. Yet there is something very different about this event. On Saturday, August 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., adults will rule the zoo. They will have their turn to pet stingrays and enjoy the animals, and they’ll be able to do it listening to live music, sipping a cocktail, and munching on delicious appetizers from area restaurants. To the guest, Saturday Night Alive will be fun, hilarious and sometimes even eye-opening. To the John Ball Zoo and WGVU, the co-host of Saturday Night Alive, the event will be a valuable fundraiser that will support future children’s programs both on-air and at the zoo. Also special about this event is the out-of-the-ordinary adult zoo tours. The favorite, “Odd & Unusual Animal Mating Behaviors,” will be offered a few times during the event. Expert “Kiss-n-Tell” Kristi Mumbrue will escort guests through the aquarium and Treasure of Tropics building, highlighting some of the extraordinary and remarkable “romantic tactics” of the animals. Also on hand for one-of-a-kind zoo tours will be Mountain Marv (Legends & Myths) and No-No Nancy (Scoop on Poop and Other Gross Facts About Animals). Two music stages will feature the Evidence Jazz Group and Brian VanderArk (formerly of Verve Pipe). There will be appetizers from 10 area restaurants, including Indulgence, Jimmy’s Ribs, Las Vegas Cheesecake, On the Boarder and Shiraz Grille, to name a few. A cash bar will also be provided. Saturday Night Alive is a ticketed, private event. Tickets are only $25 ($20 for Zoo and WGVU members), and are available by logging on to www.wgvu.org or by calling 1-800-442-2771. The event takes place at John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton, one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Recently, Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill traveled to the Canadian Rockies with a bundle of The Rockford Squire newspapers and a 40-member tour group hosted by retired Wood TV8 Chief Meteorologist Craig James. Pictured (from left) are our globe-hopping staffers Nancy and Cliff, along with horse trainer and equestrian Marjas Becker of Gainesville, Fla., and Craig James, who came through on a guarantee of perfect weather for the entire 10 days. The unbelievably turquoise blue lake in the background is Peyto Lake, a glacial lake at the base of 7,000-foot Bow Mountain. Here, 100 miles north of Banff, Alberta Canada, the group displays recent Squire editions. James is holding the Dec. 3, 2008, edition where he received front-page coverage in debunking the current theory of placing total blame on mankind for being the entire cause of the latest cycle of global warming. Watch next weeks Squire for the whole story.
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds customers that all branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed on Friday, August 21 and Super Centers will close on Saturday, August 22 due to mandatory state employee furlough day. The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver’s license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. To expedite their visit, customers are encouraged to renew in advance as the branches will be busier before and after the scheduled closing.