Zumba Exercise also REF fundraiser

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Second grade teacher Natalie Maj works hard to motivate the students in her Meadow Ridge Elementary School classroom. But it’s her second job that stretches the limits of her ability to motivate. Maj is a Zumba instructor, combining her ability to teach with her passion for fitness. The fast-paced, get-up-and-dance exercise program fuses Latin rhythms with aerobic dance moves.  Zumba was developed in the mid-1990s by fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez, a native of Columbia, using the traditional Latin music and dance movements he’d known since childhood. Perez’s classes caught on and soon became the most attended sessions at the health club at which he was teaching. Perez’s Zumba technique quickly caught on with Americans and spread to gyms and health clubs across the country. The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) will be joining forces with Maj, and fellow Zumba instructor Kandi Holmstrom from the YMCA of Belmont, for an exciting fitness fundraiser. “We are excited at the opportunity to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities for children,” said Maj and Holmstrom. Kandi Holmstrom and Natalie Maj are both certified instructors through either the American Council on Exercise or the Aerobics and Fitness Associate of America. Together they carry several specialized certifications including Zumba, Mad Dogg Spinning, Les Mills (Body Pump) and pilates. Both instructors represent the YMCA of Belmont where they teach classes of their own including Zumba.  In addition, Kandi is the creator of the outdoor Rock Hard Boot Camp which runs out of both Rockford and Grand Rapids with limited enrollment.  For more information regarding her classes visit Natalie has established Zumba classes through the Rockford Community Education Office. For more information contact either the Rockford Community Education office or is limited to 50. The first-annual Zumba Party is scheduled for May 29, at 6 p.m., in Rockford High School’s main gym.  Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  The night will be filled with music, Zumba dance instruction and many exciting give-aways.  The YMCA of Belmont has donated three one month memberships for either one adult or a family as a give-away.  The Philip Anthony Salon has donated some generous discounts on hair color, cuts and full […]

Best deals, big fun at Relay sale at D.A.D.’S Tents

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

On Saturday, April 25 look for the big pink tent at D.A.D.’S  Tents and Party Rentals, 555 Northland Drive, Rockford. Rain or shine from 9 to 3 D.A.D.’S is hosting a multi-team Relay For Life rummage sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Relay For Life. All items not sold will be donated to the North Kent Service Center. “Cancer touches everyone, it’s everywhere,” said Dave Parish, owner. Parish said there will be concessions such as cotton candy and popcorn, and snow cones if the weather is warm. The tent is available for rental with 100 percent of that money going to Relay For Life as well. Parish said he bought the $2,000 tent to support Relay, in which he has participated since the first Rockford Relay six years ago. “This is a community that cares,” he said.

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

Donate Dresses for Stylish Relay Fundraisers

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

A lament over the high cost of prom dresses lead to another successful Rockford Relay For Life fundraisers. Jenn Hephner, formerly president of the Rockford Jaycees, is hoping for a repeat success of Dress For A Cure, a Relay fundraiser that will also benefit those who love a great bargain on the hottest styles. Hephner, who is organizing the event this year for the Relay team Live Laugh Cure, came up with the idea last year when she heard the mother of a teenage girl complain about the expense of finding a dress for prom. Hephner began a campaign to collect dresses-including brand new dresses from designers across the country-and offer them for sale at great prices. All proceeds went to Rockford’s Relay For Life. The collection and sale were an overwhelming successes. Over 200 dresses were donated and all but two sold, bringing in a total of over $1,700 for the annual event to raise money for cancer research. This year donations have been slower and Hephner hopes Rockford’s women and high school girls will look into their hearts and closets. “Do you have the closet of 27 Dresses?” Hephner asks. She believes, despite last year’s deluge, that there are plenty more dresses that deserve a second chance to shine. In addition, this year Hephner has the help of Double Take, a resale shop located at 31 Courtland in downtown Rockford. With drop off hours of Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., those with 9 to 5 jobs will be able to stop by on a Saturday to deliver their goods. Dresses can also be dropped off at The Rockford Squire newspaper at 331 Northland Drive. The sale itself is scheduled in time for prom and is a great way to buy a beautiful dress for less. It will be April 17 and 18 at Double Take from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If cleaning a closet can contribute to finding a cure for cancer, it is well worth the time and effort. For more information email Hephner at

Jumping Double

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Makayla Dentis jumps with two jump ropes with help from Gina Ricards and Nancy Jankowski during a school Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser Friday, February 27. Students at Grattan Academy Elementary spent an hour jump roping, hula hooping, and shooting baskets to raise nearly $600.00 for heart and stroke research. Jump Rope For Heart is a national educational fundraising program that is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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