Local merchant items featured at North Kent Bible Church auction

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

North Kent Bible Church will hold an auction on Saturday, April 25. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the live auction starting at 5 p.m. There will also be silent and raffle auction items. This year’s auction benefits will go towards much needed repairs to the church parking lot. This is the fourth time the church has held an auction. It is a fun night with many unique finds, treasures and used items donated by the church body and donations from local merchants such as Right Up Your Alley, Great Northern Trading Company, Bangz and Cathy’s Hallmark. Some of the items to be auctioned off include an autographed Detroit Lions football, Grand Rapids Griffins tickets, Thomas Kincaid picture, four-foot decorative wooden sailboat, and other home décor. There are also restaurant gift certificates from the area’s finest and most popular restaurants, including Dam Dogs, Corner Bar, Timbers and more! North Kent Bible Church is located at 7210 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI. For more information please call (616) 866-9888 or go to

Rockford Register – March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thursday, March 12 Rockford Lions Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe, Rockford – Spouses Night. Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, will be speaking about RAM Goals for 2009-2010. March 13 – 14 Friday & Saturday “Contents Under Pressure” Comedy Improv Team – 7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th Street SW, Grand Rapids. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit or call (616) 455-1001. Saturday, March 14 4th Annual Rockford Girl Scouts Daddy/Daughter Cake Auction – 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center. Open to all registered Rockford Girl Scouts and their families. Auction at 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly McLellan at or (616) 863-0350. All proceeds to benefit the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Financial Assistance Fund. Annual Community Irish Stew Dinner – 4:30 – 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children – – 12, and free for children 4 and under. Macaroni and cheese available for children. For ticket information, call (616) 874-6607. Sunday, March 15 Roast Beef Dinner – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit Metropolitan Choir of Praise – 6 p.m. at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford, for a special area-wide worship hour including a meditation based on Psalm 18 entitled, “A Psalm Suited for Our Evening.” Nursery available. A fellowship hour with refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited. Miss Sunburst Model Search & Baby Contest – Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville. Entries accepted now. Winners go to state finals in May. Everyone receives a trophy. Baby pageant is for boys and girls ages up to 3. Model search is for girls ages 4 to 27. Entry forms available at the mall and, or call pageant headquarters at (813) 839-8054. Monday, March 16 Free Food for Needy Families – 5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. […]

Gala evening an artful way to raise NKSC funds

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Rotarians from Rockford, Sparta, Grand Rapids North and Cedar Springs gathered at the Wolverine World Wide Corporate Headquarters for an evening of camaraderie, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to bid on favorite art pieces, all for a good cause. North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the Rotarian’s bidding efforts for the 2009 Art Gala. Eight thousand in art was sold, with $2,000 collected from the silent auction. Final donation percentage was not known at press time. Michele DeSelms from WXMI emceed the program. She introduced John and Connie Decker as the honorary co-chairs. They welcomed the guests to the auction. “2009 is going to be more in need than 2008, Decker said. “Everything you do here tonight raises awareness, but it also does so much more. What we raise tonight will go a long way.” Sandy Waite, Director of North Kent Service Center stated that the proceeds of the auctions will go towards helping families in the area who are in need. “These are families that never had to use us before. These are your neighbors. These are people who used to donate to Kent Service Center. Now they are coming to us in need of our help.” Although bidding was sluggish, Auctioneer Steve Little auctioned the art pieces off quickly, showing over 165 items in two hours. Available for auction were prints, oils, serigraphs, lithographs, sports collectibles and some various art objects such as a huge eucalyptus wreath and hand blown glass vases. Little kept the audience alert by interjecting humor throughout the night. While explaining the bidding system, Little said, “…And remember: the more you pay for it, the more you’ll enjoy it.” This elicited a few smiles and laughter. Some of the highlighted pieces of art during the evening were several hand-signed J. Wooster Scott’s, a hand-signed Salvidor Dali, and a hand-signed Marc Chagall lithograph, which went to a local businessman for $1,975. Other items auctioned off were a special vacation time-share week anywhere in the world, donated by Rick and Jill Eriksen; a three day, two night package at a beautiful cabin in Kalkaska was donated by RCI; a whole-home humidifier was donated by Blakeslee and Son Heating and Cooling; a stained glass lamp was donated […]

Rockford Register – March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thursday, March 5 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting – 7 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St. Fu Ping Tong (Tony), an exchange teacher from China, will speak on the new China and his perception of the United States. Free to the public. Friday, March 6 “A Mixed Up Fairy Tale” – 7 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) cafeteria, presented by ERMS Fine Arts Magnet. For more information, contact the school at (616) 863-6140. Friday – Monday March 6 – 9 Spectacular Book Sale – Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plainfield Township Branch of the Kent District Library, 2650 Five Mile Road, Grand Rapids. Hardcovers $1, softcovers 50¢, paperbacks and children’s books 25¢. Bag of Books Sale on Sunday and Monday. Sponsored by Friends of the Plainfield Library. For more information, call (616) 647-3930. Saturday, March 7 Relay For Life Fundraiser – Little River Casino bus trip. Cost is $35 per person (includes $18 in casino credits); games, prizes and snacks provided. For more information, bus pick-up locations/times, or to sign up, please contact Cheryl, Cindy or Michelle at Independent Bank, Rockford, by calling (616) 866-4471 or e-mailing to Organ Concert – Steve Chlesing, from the Fox Theater in Detroit, will entertain with music on the organ, along with a silent film. Before the concert, we will have lunch (on your own) at The Pearl Street Grill, and browse around the museum. Cost is $10 per guest (includes concert ticket and bus fee). For more information, bus pick-up locations/times, or to reserve your spot, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Sunday, March 8 Breakfast – 8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, March 10 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. Bunco with Northview – 1 p.m., […]