The music of John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. The greatest hits of this beloved American troubadour will be presented as singer/guitarist Jim Curry joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for its third D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concert this summer. Two performances of “A Tribute to John Denver” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 26-27 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead the concert. Fifteen years after John Denver’s passing, Curry carries on his legacy with this symphonic tribute show taking audiences back to a time when “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine,” and “Country Roads” topped the charts. Curry was chosen as the singing voice of the CBS-TV movie “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story” and has since emerged as the top performer of Denver’s music, presenting some 150 concerts each year. He is not an impersonator, rather he sings in his natural voice. He pays tribute to Denver through the pure honesty of his performance, and his commitment to perpetuate Denver’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness. The concert features original orchestrations written for John Denver by Grammy-winning composer Lee Holdridge. Curry’s six-member band includes Denver’s lead guitarist, Steve Weisberg, who recorded on seven of Denver’s nine platinum albums. Audiences will also have the unique opportunity to hear the last known song written by Denver, “Yellowstone: Coming Home.” The song tells about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Denver sang this song in a live performance with the Houston Symphony on September 26-28, 1997 and he never had the opportunity to record it. To this day, no professional recording of this song has been released. “Being a ‘Rocky Mountain boy’ myself, I’m really looking forward to conducting this concert,” said Varineau. “Denver’s songs have entered the great American songbook and linger in the hearts and minds of music lovers everywhere.” The 18th annual D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops promises to provide some of the best summer entertainment in West Michigan, served family style in a relaxed, natural setting. The grounds open each night at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, pre-concert entertainment and free children’s activities. Tickets are available at the Cannonsburg box office beginning at […]
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HELP WANTED Job fair and open stage auditions—part-time seasonal positions available. Monday, July 30, 6 p.m. at Deer Tracks Junction, 7850 14 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs; firstname.lastname@example.org. p30 ______________________ Lipe Industrial Services, 555 Northland Drive, looking for on-site shop supervisor and general laborers, nights, weekends and travel required. Room for advancement, salary negotiable. Call (616) 863-8731. p31 ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617. f28 ______________________ NOTICES Free—Inspirational book: Freedom from fear. The Quest for Glory, www.thequestforglory.com. For hard copy e-mail address to email@example.com. p32 ______________________ Allegan Antique Market—Sunday, July 29. 400 exhibitors. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at the Fairgrounds right in Allegan, Michigan. $4 admission, no pets. p30 ______________________ FOR SALE Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with central boiler outdoor wood furnace. Summer sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669. b35 ______________________ Well-crafted Smith Bros. 7′ pool table. Excellent condition. One solid piece of slate covered with blue felt. Includes set of balls, 2 racks, 6 sticks and bridge, stick rack, chalk and 2 pool table covers. $700 o.b.o. Call (616) 866-4992. p30 ______________________ Two mausoleum crypts in Blythefield Memorial Gardens, Northland Drive south of Rockford. $1,500 each. Call (251) 228-0600. p30 ______________________ Ford Focus 2012-13 Weather Tech McNeil Automotive floor mats—custom molded and digital fit, black, front only, as new $40. Call (616) 866-6362. f30 ______________________ Mattress Set—queen pillowtop, new, $150. (616) 805-9282. p30 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Primitive & Antique sale—July 26-28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 229 Lewis Street, Rockford. Wooden wheelbarrow, grain scales, bakers table, sewing machines, furniture, window frames. Lots of primitive decor items. Something for every collector. No early sales. p30 ______________________ 6160 Woodwater, Belmont, July 27 & 28. Lots of household items, Wedgewood service for 8, and beautiful cherry china hutch, other antique dishes. p30 ______________________ Rockford—July 26-28, east on 10 Mile, north on Young, east to 8460 Whittall St. Lots of stuff, 9 a.m. to ? p30 ______________________ FOR RENT Spotless two-bedroom apartment in downtown Rockford. Rent includes water, electric, trash, appliances, laundry and more. A must see! Non-smoking, no pets, […]
SCHOOL BEAT RPS offers variety of preschool, child care options by JANE DOWNS Rockford Preschool and Child Care Director Area families finding themselves in need of preschool or child care for the fall, your search is over! Our preschool and child care programs are state licensed and help prepare preschoolers for school success. Community Education, Hola Amigos, Montessori and our Child Development Lab all provide daily experiences in literacy, math, music, art, gross and fine motor development. Children also have opportunities to become independent, make decisions, develop creativity and practice school readiness social skills such as taking turns, sharing, and learning to be a group member. Our teachers make it a priority to make learning fun while providing plenty of individual attention and encouragement. The programs vary in price, session length and days per week. For more information and assistance finding a program that is right for you and your child, please visit the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) website at www.rockfordschools.org or call the Child Care Services office at (616) 863-6560. For working parents of preschoolers looking for a quality program with wrap-around child care, we offer that as well. Our preschool with wrap-around child care has earned the distinction of national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our Preschool Enrichment Child Care exposes children to a wide variety of learning experiences, including a planned preschool program, meals, and outdoor play. It is open year ‘round from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wrap-around child care can also be used with any of our preschool programs (Community Education, Hola Amigos, Montessori or Child Development Lab). If you are looking for an alternative to having your school-age child home alone before or after school, our Before and After School Care (BAC) programs in each of the elementary buildings may be just what you need! Parents can be assured that their children are in a safe, fun and nurturing environment including planned table games, crafts, gym time, outdoor play and homework time. BAC is open from 7:00 a.m. until the start of school and after school until 6:00 p.m. It is offered every day that school is in session, as well as on teacher in-service, conference, and many school vacation days. Information […]
Coleman Mr. James Francis “Cy” Coleman, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, eight days after his 77th birthday. A charming, gregarious young man, he excelled in basketball, baseball and golf. Jim lit up the small town of Belvedere , Ill., where he pulled pranks and entertained the locals. Before high school, he moved to Wisconsin and developed a deep love of the Wisconsin Badgers. After he served in the Korean War, he met and courted a young lady, named Kay Ziegler and married her. During their 52 years of marriage, they raised five wonderful children; Kelly (Barb), Mike (Tammy), Gary (Jen), Diane (Tom), and Christopher (Lindsay). Carrying on his memories are eight grandchildren, Maddison, Andrew, Mitchell, Margot, Graeme, Alexandra, Jennifer (Kurt), and Joe (Emilie); and five great-grandchildren, Max, Avery, Levi, Noah, and Simon Cole; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Coleman on February 15, 2011; and his sister, Marion Sellers. “Cy” will be remembered for his tall tales, quick wit, his love of taking it easy, and his love and loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. The mass of Christian burial for Mr. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Louis L. Anderson presiding. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.