The Saugatuck Center for the Arts will host Bostwick Lake Church pianist Roger MacNaughton in the prestigious Sky Hempy Keyboard Series on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. As a composer, MacNaughton has won numerous awards for original compositions including first place in the United States by the International Music Aid Awards for his composition “Charlevoix Keepsake.” MacNaughton has appeared in concert at the Trinity House Theatre in Livonia, Detroit’s Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church Music Series, Grand Rapids Public Schools Art’s Jam, Schuler’s Books & Music, Lowell Area Arts Council, St. Cecilia Music Center, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Aquinas College. In addition to releasing five instrumental CDs and composing the soundtrack for the documentary “The Gift of All,” MacNaughton’s original “Delicate Dancer” was selected for the new-age piano music compilation “Music In Motion” released in Mittweida, Germany in 2008. Located at 400 Culver Street in Saugatuck, the Center has transformed a community eyesore into an asset, which provides expanded opportunities for high quality arts and cultural experiences. Tickets for the concert are $10 (children are admitted free) and may be purchased by calling (269) 857-2399 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.sc4a.org/performances.php. Parking at the center is free.
February 3 2011
The Sage School Committee will hold a brief re-organizational meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Crestwood Elementary School, 6350 Courtland Dr., Rockford. The purpose of this meeting is to restart and reorganize the campaign regarding the Sage School restoration. All are invited to attend. Needed are a variety of volunteers for publicity, grounds, construction, fundraising, and more. No special talent is required, just a desire to be part of history. Please RSVP to email@example.com. Not familiar with the Sage School? The Sage School is a 1870s-era one-room schoolhouse now located on the grounds of Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford. In 2001, Crestwood teacher Judy Grifhorst purchased the schoolhouse—which was then located at the corner of Belding Road and Courtland Drive—for $1 and donated the building to Rockford Public Schools. After an extensive private fundraising campaign, the building was moved to its current location on August 17, 2001. In the following years, the exterior was secured and restored. The interior has been gutted, and awaits restoration. The mission of the restoration group is to preserve a piece of Michigan history by restoring the 1870s Sage School to its original condition. Upon preservation, the schoolhouse will be used as an educational site to teach Rockford students and the community at large about life in the past and rural education. Although owned by Rockford Public Schools, all work on the schoolhouse has been completed using private donations, grants and a variety of fundraising programs. More information can be found at the Sage School’s website at www.sageschoolrockford.org.
Now an institution in Rockford, the annual Daddy Daughter Dance for preschool through eighth-grade girls and their dads is this Friday, Feb. 4 at two locations. Brought to the community by photographer Dan Davison of Douglas Photography, the evening of music, refreshments and priceless memories is sponsored by Rockford Community Services and is held at the Rockford High School and East Rockford Middle School cafeterias. It is a celebration of Valentine’s Day to create memories of the special bond between dads and their little girls. The cost of the dance is $10 per person. Touted as a semiformal gala, girls are invited to dress up for this event, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be music, a DJ and refreshments, along with a photographer available at 6 p.m. for an additional cost. The dance outgrew its original location and is now held at two of the district’s schools to accommodate all. To find out more, log on to rpssignmeup.com.
Thanks for best-kept secret Dear Editor, Thanks to an unexpected day off of school on Monday and an article that you ran in your newspaper several weeks ago, my daughter and I decided to bundle up and go looking for “Rockford’s Best-Kept Winter Secret.” Based on the directions you had printed in your newspaper, we found it in no time and even had the privilege of meeting Mr. Bob Winegar as he was clearing the ice. My daughter and I (and her doll) had the ice pond to ourselves and skated until our toes went numb! Thank you, Mr. Winegar, the Lions Club and the City of Rockford for making this ice pond a reality, and to your newspaper for telling us about it! C. Potter, Rockford resident
by ELDON KORSON On Friday, Feb. 4, the Rockford, Cedar Springs and Sparta police departments and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a youth lock-in at the MVP Athletic Club located at 515 East Division Street in Rockford. For $6 paid at the door, middle school kids in grades six through eight will be able to eat unlimited pizza and use all facilities, except exercise equipment, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. According to Sergeant Mike Miller of the Rockford Police Department, open activities include “Dodgeball—officers against the kids—flag football… basketball, volleyball… all kinds of events that we do, and it’s pizza and an overall good time to hang out and get to know people.” The deep-rooted fun in winning against adults—and authorities at that—is intended to decrease fear of speaking to officers and to encourage fun without drugs or other unhealthy acts. “We want to do it to get more involved with the middle school kids and have them interact more with different police officers more on a person-to-person basis, rather than dealing with them out on the street—just trying to get in there and interact and play,” said Miller.