Thursday, January 28 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Seniors Unlimited “Out To Lunch Bunch”—Cirque Dreams Illumination at DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids, with lunch (on your own) at The Radisson on the River Front. Cost is $57 per guest, which includes show ticket and bus fee. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call (616) 863-6322. Friday, January 29 Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert—6 to 9 p.m. at Vertigo Music, 129 S. Division, Grand Rapids, to benefit Rockford High School’s Youth Initiative’s Habitat for Humanity home. Cost is $5 at the door. Bands will include Johnny on Fire, Lake Miniscule and PK Fire. For more information, call (616) 874-1055. Saturday, January 30 Health & Fitness Festival—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St., presented by Rockford Community Services. Sample fitness classes, and enjoy activities and booths for all ages, including the Rockford Education Foundation Zumba fundraiser, Michigan Blood Drive, and “Dashing Through the Snow” kids run! Scrapbooking Crop—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford, to benefit the senior high mission trip to Pennsylvania. Limited number of tables. For more information, visit www.stpetersrockford.org or call (616) 866-1818. Cabin Fever 2010—6 p.m. at American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford (between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads), to benefit ongoing American Legion veterans’ activities. Event will feature Grand Rapids’ favorite band Mid-Life Crisis, 50/50 drawings, dancing, a pig roast, cash bar, and fun. Get out your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts. Band starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 in the lounge or $20 at the door; must be age 21 or older. For more information, call (616) 866-2001. The S Factor Event—7 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School, a program for teens to promote teen sexual abstinence. During the program, students make a commitment to stay sexually pure until marriage. Pre-register online to reserve your spot (or register that day at 6:15 p.m.). Admission is $10 at the door, or $5 online, and bring $15 for a purity ring. For more information, call (616) 822-5396 or visit www.thesfactor.net. The 9th Annual […]
January 28 2010
Residents of Michigan who join the Arbor Day Foundation in January 2010 will receive 10 free flowering trees just by becoming a member. The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign. For those who join the foundation in January, they will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds, and two golden rain trees. “These compact trees are perfect for large or small spaces,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They will give your home in Michigan the beauty of lovely pink, white, and yellow flowers, and also provide winter berries and nesting sites for songbirds.” The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between February 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch-tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 29, 2010. Michigan residents can also join online at www.arborday.org/january.
Steve Mattson and Amy Witherspoon proudly announce the grand opening of Creative Distinctions on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 25 Squires Street, Rockford, in the upstairs of the riverfront Merle Norman store. The shop specializes in fun gift baskets and creative balloon décor for all occasions. Witherspoon and Creative Distinctions owner Mattson are excited to offer these new services to the Rockford area. “There really isn’t anything like this around here,” Mattson said. “Rockford is a great location, and this beautiful area offers so much more than a mall setting.” The business will share the building with Merle Norman and take over the upstairs space that has been empty since serving as a dressing room area for a bridal store. Mattson calls this new location “the perfect spot.” Creative Distinctions originated in Columbus, Ohio in 2007, as the offshoot of a well-established balloon company that had served the Columbus community for 15 years. Mattson and his Columbus staff first met while collaborating on a community theater production. Working with balloons was a perfect match for their love of all things creative. As the current owner of the business, Mattson has become passionate about balloons. He hones his skills at the annual Balloon Camp in Las Vegas and at the World Balloon Convention, which will be held in Dallas, Texas this year. Mattson believes strongly in giving back to the community. In Columbus, he has worked with a number of community organizations, including the National Hemophilia Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the National Kidney Foundation, donating his time, talents and balloon décor to events promoting health issues that impact children and adults. In Columbus, Mattson partners with a performing arts high school, training students to build balloon décor and perform singing telegrams. “It is so rewarding to teach these young people who are eager to learn and to see them interact in the community in meaningful ways,” he said. Mattson recalls a client who found the company online and called Creative Distinctions all the way from Japan. Her mother, who lived in Columbus, was celebrating a milestone birthday and the caller wanted to mark the event in a special way. Through e-mails and long-distance phone calls, Mattson was able to arrange a surprise visit to the […]
Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt Teaches Kids About Navigating Their Community More than 40 first-and second-graders from Rockford Christian School raced around downtown Rockford in January during their Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt. Prior to the event, students learned about communities and how to read maps using landmarks and street signs. Students traveled in groups of five or six children and were given clues to various destinations around town. The clues took the students to Krause Library, Douglas R. Martin Dental, Rockford Flooring, the Post Office, the Corner Bar, the dam, the Foot Depot, the fire department, Wardís Barber Shop, and the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union. At each location, the racers would ask, “Have you seen our gingerbread friends?” To which the merchants would reply, “They were here, but quickly left, leaving behind this clue.” The students were then given another clue to the next destination. One of the parent-chaperones said, “The kids ran the entire time. It was non-stop fun.” The last clue took the students to the banquet room at Arnie’s. The racers then decorated gingerbread cookies with sprinkles, gum drops, and frosting. It was a great day for some fun in downtown Rockford. Special thanks to the amazing merchants in Rockford for making this event a great learning experience for the students.
Have you ever tried climbing frozen waterfall, 40 feet tall? The Rockford Venture Crew 2228 tries to go every year. They also hope to go white water rafting and have a scuba diving adventure. This is all made possible by fundraising and organization. The group holds an annual yard sale, and has recently held a lasagna fundraiser at Bostwick Lake Church. It was a success largely due to the generous donations from D&W, and 15 pounds of ground chuck from Story’s Meats in Rockford. Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Previous Scouting experience is not required. The Venture Crews are run by Scouts with adults in attendance, according to Scout bylaws. Most Venture Crews have men and women adult leaders, using two-deep leadership for Scouting events. The adventures, camping and regular meetings are youth-run. To experience a program that is full of challenge and adventure, attend a meeting. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Church on Belmont Road in Rockford. For additional information, please call Nancy at (616) 696-7782.