Rockford’s 66th Annual Santa Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, carriages, the Dickens Carolers and Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus. After the parade Santa will take orders at the Rotary Pavilion and decide who is naughty and who is nice. Cookies and milk will be provided for the children and they will get to learn a craft from a snowflake artist. Grand Carriage Rides The Chamber will be sponsoring carriage rides on December 10 and 11, and December 17 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The rides are free and will load in front of Custard by the Dam, 25 Squires St. Custard by the Dam owners, Jennifer and Frank Kramarz, have been honored Chamber members since 2005.
A very special Christmas concert is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. The Rockford High School Advanced Women’s Chorus will provide an hour of beautiful music to bring joy to your holiday celebration. This wonderful group often fills the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium with the beautiful sounds of the season, but at Hope Community Church you will be able to hear them in a much more intimate setting. For more information, call Hope Community Church at (616) 874-4673 or visit www.hoperockford.org. • • •
Seventh annual event scheduled for Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rockford Christian School (RCS), 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, allow your family to be transported back in time to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ. RCS will be performing their seventh annual live nativity, including a live donkey, camel, cow, sheep, and even a real baby portraying our Lord. Each year, hundreds of people experience the joy of the Christmas story as the students and families of RCS make a public statement about the true meaning of Christmas. The school invites all who attend this free event to wander inside the school for hot chocolate and cookies. More than 50 students and parent volunteers give their time to make this outreach program meaningful for visitors. In order to help promote RCS values of academic, spiritual, environmental and service, nearly 30 students work on this program in various capacities. It is a school-family effort that is enjoyed by all. If you have any questions about the live nativity, please contact Principal Jan VanderWerp at (616) 574-6402, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.grcs.org/rockford.
The ensemble MacNaughton Boulevard, led by Bostwick Lake Church music director Roger MacNaughton, adds a musical twist to the holidays by performing jazz-inspired carols at Grand Rapids’ First United Methodist Church Jazz Vespers on December 19. Musical selections at the 6:00 p.m. service include traditional favorites such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Away in a Manger,” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” Joining pianist MacNaughton are Charlie Hoats (bass), Mike Hyde (guitar) and Steve Anzivino (drums). Additionally, Grand Rapids Symphony cellist Steve VanRavenswaay joins MacNaughton as the piano/cello duo MacRaven performs “Christmas Eve” from their first CD release Winter Canvas. First United Methodist Church is located at 227 Fulton Street, Grand Rapids. Parking is free in two church lots located off Barclay Avenue NE at the corner of Fulton. A free-will offering will be taken.