There are always memories built by families that hold a special place in the heart. Whether it is crafting snowmen, going ice skating or just spending time reminiscing around the Christmas tree, those traditions always hold a spot in the holiday lineup. Heart of Rockford Business Association is starting a new event this year, and it falls beautifully in line with those traditions. It is a Gingerbread Contest. There are different divisions, with the contest featuring gingerbread houses—and gingerbread people for the younger set. The entries will be showcased in the downtown stores, and will add another decorative dimension to the holiday tidings. “We are very excited to start this new event,” said Marge Cavender, owner of Rudy Kazoody’s and organizer of the event. “It is a great way for families to spend time together and offers a creative opportunity that is not only unique, but also fits right in with the holidays. We are hoping the community will come into the shops, enjoy the wonderful entries and vote for their favorite.” The entries will be judged by a panel made up of local chefs and media personalities, and there will also be a People’s Choice award, where the public will vote for their favorite entry. The three divisions—open, ages 13-18, and ages 5-12—will enable the entire family to showcase their talents. The 5-12 age group will feature entries of Gingerbread People, allowing the little ones to enter their own creation. On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m., Tracy Webber at Grand Cakes, 46 East Bridge St., will be hosting a demonstration on how to make a gingerbread house so that entrants can find out tips and tricks. The contest runs from December 2 through 18 with winners announced on December 19 on the Chamber website. The first prize for the judged open division is a $250 gift card for the family to Double JJ Resort. Please go to www.rockfordmichamber.com for information, a list of contest rules and a registration form. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association, and The River 100.5 FM invite you to capture the magic of the holidays in this delightful—and creative—way.
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The Special Olympics State Basketball championships held in Rockford on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 brought thousands of people to Rockford and may become an annual event. Kimberly Purdy, Public Relations Director, Special Olympics Michigan commented, “The City of Rockford, Rockford Public Schools and the Heart of Rockford Business Association opened their hearts, arms and doors to the Special Olympics Michigan 2011 State Basketball Finals. We are grateful for the warm reception that our athletes, family members, coaches, chaperones and volunteers received. Our event brought more than 1,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers from all over Michigan to Rockford. It was a very successful event thanks to the Rockford community and to the Grand Rapids Jaycees, celebrating their 30th year as host organization! Rockford students opened doors for athletes and their families. Rockford provided complimentary shuttle transportation for our athlete delegations and family members between the schools as well as to downtown. Volunteers even handed out welcome packets containing coupons, gifts and treats for those in attendance. Community members attended Opening Ceremonies and competition to show support for our athletes! We really appreciate everything that members of the Rockford community did to make our athletes and family members feel right at home.” Lois Arnold, President & CEO, Special Olympics Michigan, said, “I met the Rockford mayor and Rockford school superintendent who welcomed us warmly and graciously. Everywhere I went everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Thank you to the Rockford for community for making the State Basketball Finals so special.” –
More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones expected to attend The Special Olympics Michigan 2011 State Basketball Finals will take place March 25-26 at Rockford Public Schools. This two-day competition will draw more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and chaperones from throughout Michigan. Approximately 350 volunteers coordinated by the Grand Rapids Jaycees will also be on hand providing support, encouragement and cheers. This year marks the 30th anniversary the Grand Rapids Jaycees have been the host committee for this competition. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) has joined forces with HEART of Rockford Business Association, City of Rockford, and Rockford Chamber of Commerce to roll out the red carpet for the athletes, coaches, organizers and supporters. Each athlete will receive a welcome bag from HEART when registering, filled with free gifts and information about Rockford’s year-round offerings and activities. The organizations also will be providing complimentary round-trip shuttle service to the Welcome Center in downtown Rockford so visitors can stretch their legs between games, get a bite to eat, or enjoy a bit of shopping. Area businesses and students have been busy raising funds for Special Olympics by selling basketball icons. Reds on the River will also host a welcome reception on Friday, March 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., prior to the Opening Games Ceremony to be held at Rockford High School gym at 7:30 p.m. Games will be held at three RPS facilities: Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St.; Rockford Freshman Center, 4500 Kroes St.; North Rockford Middle School, 397 East Division St. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend the games and opening ceremony. Approximately 750 athletes from 52 teams will compete in the finals. Tournament play will include divisions for senior males (ages 16 and up), junior males (ages 8-16), females and skills athletes. The teams are coming from all over the state. In addition to team play, there will be a skills competition for athletes who are not able to compete in a team setting. The tournament schedule is as follows; all games are free and open to the public. • Friday, March 25: 4-5 p.m., registration and check-in at Rockford High School 5-6:30 p.m., welcome reception at Reds on the River (8 E. Bridge St.) 5-7 p.m., competition […]
Aunt Candy of Aunt Candy’s Toy Company was thrilled with the turnout during the last weekend of Harvest Festival, especially the tons of kids in the annual costume contest. Cars lined the streets of Rockford right up past the business district for Saturday’s events, which included free horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, mascots and more. The Heart of Rockford Business Association organized the third weekend of Harvest Festival, which was a great success. A petting zoo at Garden Club park with pony rides drew children. Mascots, such as Roo Bucks from the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, spread cheer among the crowd.
StayCation offers reasons not to leave town The HEART of Rockford Business Association invites women to grab their girlfriends and head to Rockford for the ultimate StayCation on Friday, April 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thirty downtown Rockford businesses will be offering free samples, prizes, take home gifts, unbeatable deals and specials, pampering galore, and much more. The two-day event is another example of how a business community can work together to promote a vibrant retail environment despite challenging times. Luckily for shoppers, there is plenty to do and experience and a great time to pick up some freebies and special pricing on unique items. In addition to sales and discounts, many participating shops offer free samples and activities. Baskets in the Belfry offers free samples of hand and body crème, and a drawing Friday evening at 8 p.m., and again on Saturday at 5 p.m. Dar’s Gems & Jewelry is giving a free ring cleaning to customers. Double Take ReSale is holding a drawing for a free Silpada jewelry piece. Great Northern Trading Company, celebrating its 33rd anniversary, is offering a free gift with purchase on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. J. T. Stitchery & Frame Shop invites shoppers to learn a fun simple “short row” scarf on Saturday at 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. You may sign up to win Potato Chip Scarf Kit as well. Learn what to do with your new scarf at Jade with a scarf tying demo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Have a taste of imagination at Old World Olive Press where free samplies of exotic oils and vinegars will be available, and learn more about looking your best at Paperdoll with scarf demos and a free drawing. Treat your tastebuds at Poindexters Specialty Marketplace with food samples on Friday night and an Amish cheese demo on Saturday, and test your brain power with a Reading Books scavenger hunt. Take a break at Reds on the River, offering a free hummus and wings bar, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, and don’t miss Rockford Dry Dock, with a specialty snack tasting for your pleasure. Rockford Flower Shop is […]