Thursday, May 28 Rockford Lions Club Meeting– 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Program by Richard Hert, executive director of W. Michigan Tourist Assoc. and CEO of W. Michigan Film Office. Friday, May 29 Rummage & Bake Sale-9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Kids and adult clothes, housewares, crib and bedding, toys, furniture, and much more. Proceeds help with various service projects in the Rockford area. Saturday, May 30 Blood Drive-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Blood Drive-10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Midwest Mountain Bike Summit at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE. Garden Club Event-10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary (north on M-37, seven miles past White Cloud, west on 5 Mile Road, north on Felch Ave.). Garden Clubs of Michigan volunteers and U.S. Forest Service personnel will organize children’s activities, guide wildflower walks, provide native plant information, and display a butterfly tent. Free Kids’ Fishing-9 a.m. to noon at Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, worms and help will be provided at our catch-and-release pond. For more information, call (616) 866-1061. Tuesday, June 2 Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin. Program to include Valley View Elementary teacher Brenda Holsinger’s Reader Theater. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. Mended Hearts Meeting-7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. 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. Wednesday, June 3 Business Counseling-Starting a new business or […]
Thursday, May 21 Great Pond & Koi Society of West Michigan Meeting-6:30 p.m. at the Kent/MSU Extension Office, 755 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, featuring a tour of the Grand Ideas Garden and Pond. Open to the public. Make reservations by calling Mary at (616) 698-1030 or Joyce at (616) 754-9759. Saturday, May 23 Blood Drive-10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Rogue Campground & Paddlesports, 6400 West River Dr., Belmont. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free t-shirt and enter a drawing for a chance to go “Over the Edge.” Howard City/Tri-County High School Annual Alumni Reunion Banquet– 6 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church, 19331 Kendaville Rd., Pierson. Tickets are $15 per person. Make reservations by May 16 by calling Vicky Paulen at (231) 937-5190. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Free Kids’ Fishing-9 a.m. to noon, every Saturday in May at Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, worms and help will be provided at our catch-and-release pond. For more information, call (616) 866-1061. Sunday, May 24 Blood Drive-8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4333 Parnell Rd., Ada. Everyone who registers to donate may enter a drawing for a $25 gift card. Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Activities in Rockford-8:30 a.m. opening flag-raising ceremony at Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St.; 9 a.m. parade from Community Cabin north to Lewis St., west to N. Main St., south to Corner Bar, east to Rockford Cemetery, with guest speaker Michael Young; ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Rockford Cemetery. Open house at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford American Legion, with hot dogs and drinks free of charge. Wreath ceremony at the Legion at 11 a.m. Blythefield Cemetery ceremony at noon; Courtland Cemetery ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 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. Rockford Garden Club Meeting– 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, community room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Guest speaker Helen Kennedy will present “Bee-Amazed!” about bees in your garden. Open to the public. Legal Assistance for Seniors– […]
Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Thursday, April 23 Rockford Lions Club Meeting– 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Rockford High School’s Beyond the Rock Video Production will present “Introduction to the Rockford Lions Club.” Thursday-Saturday April 23-25 Used Book Sale-Thur. 10-7, Fri. 10-4 and Sat. 10-2 at Timothy C. Hauenstien Reynolds Township Library, 117 Williams St., Howard City, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book donations are needed and appreciated. Friday, April 24 Remodeled Homes Open Houses-1 to 9 p.m. (and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at two homes: 7241 Belding Road, Rockford (park at 6878 Belding Rd., Cannon Twp. offices), and 356 Glen Carin Drive, Rockford. Win a door prizes of an hour-and-a-half of professional organizing. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Saturday, April 25 Auction-doors open at 4:30 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Drive NE, Rockford. Live auction along with hot dogs, chips and drinks start at 5 p.m. There will also be silent and raffle auction items. Proceeds to benefit repairs to the church. For more information, call (616) 866-9888 or visit www.northkentbiblechurch.com. 16th Annual Bear Creek Waterfest-8 a.m. to noon at Townsend Park, corner of Ramsdell Drive and Cannonsburg Rd., featuring family activities such as Creeky Critters, fish pond, rain sticks, microscope magic, watershed maps, prizes, bake sale, Rubber Ducky Races and much more! Pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Musical group Hawks & Owls will perform. All activities are free. Sponsored by Cannon Township. Art & Fine Craft Sale-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, fellowship room, held by Rogue River Artists Association. Halo 3 Xbox 360 Tournament-9:30 a.m. registration at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Funds raised to support the senior high mission trip. For […]
Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Sunday, April 12 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, April 14 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. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. American Sewing Guild Meeting-6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Joyce Bolthouse will present “A Woman’s Perogative,” along with jacket patterns. Cost is $2 for non-members or $1 for members. Refreshments will be served and Sew & Show presented. For more information, visit www.grasg.org or call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669. Thursday, April 16 Spring Outdoor Archery League– 7 p.m. every Thursday through June 4, 2009, at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. FITA range rules and targets, six arrow ends; all shooting 122 cm targets. Fun for the whole family! For details, call (616) 292-8183 or e-mail amcintyre @mcintyrehomes.com. Saturday, April 18 Pancake Breakfast & Seedling Pick-Up-8-11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Have breakfast when you come for a hike or to pick up your seedling order. Cost is $5 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For directions and more information, visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc. 4th Annual Gently Used Spring Sale-9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center on Northland Dr., Rockford. All items in the Market Place Showroom will […]
They couldn’t give the money away fast enough The lesson for next year: stay longer. As the Rockford Community EXPO 2009 wound down, local celebrity Juliet Dragos couldn’t give the $500 door prizes away fast enough. “Must be present to win” was the key phrase as name after name was called with no takers. At quarter to closing time, the call “come to the stage, you are the winner” was starting to sound a little comical. Two prizes remained unclaimed, a cool grand for two different people… still there. It wasn’t for lack of visitors. According to Brenda Davis, Rockford Chamber executive director, the turnout was even higher than last year’s 11,000. Except for the cash prizes, no one was having any trouble giving things away. Several food vendors ran out early, with the Corner Bar going the distance with samples of white chicken chili. Corner Bar owner Andy Tidey said, “There is only so much chili two people can scoop into cups in six hours.” He said the restaurant gave out 45 gallons of chili, or the equivalent of 1,700 servings. “It’s great exposure for us. There are a lot of people who don’t know we have that every day,” he stated. “We are always busy the entire six hours with a line going around the corner, so it didn’t make any difference for us. We could have been the only food or one of 12 vendors.” Dr. Michael Shibler, Superintendent of Rockford Schools, said the event was again a tremendous success and a win-win for the community. “It’s held here in a building built with our tax dollars. The entertainment is by students from all ages of our district, who are also products of this community,” he said. “For many people who come here, this is the first time they’ve been in this building. They can see first-hand how their tax dollars are spent.” See you at next year’s EXPO-and don’t leave early.