Rockford’s second annual ArtCapsule event begins Monday, August 1, in downtown Rockford with artwork displayed in a variety of stores and shops. Artists work should reflect the the City of Rockford. The event, a cooperative effort between the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, will feature photography, paintings, two and three dimensional works of a variety of artists. Visitors can view and vote on the work throughout the week and again there will be a social media voting at the RAAC’s facebook page. Rockford ArtCapsule 2011 culminates Saturday, August 6 with a Taste of Rockford and live music from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Garden Club Park. This year’s Taste of Rockford will feature samples of downtown’s most flavorful fare for a dollar a taste and will take place throughout downtown at each of the City’s participating restaurants. Tickets for the Taste of Rockford can be purchased in front of the Welcome Center (located in front of Great Northern Trading Company’s door). The ArtCapsule is limited to 100 artists, who have been responsible for finding a venue at which to display their work. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Voting takes place Saturday and online through the week-long display. Jeanne Gregory, Executive Director of the Rockford Chamber, said the event was well received last year and people have been looking forward to another exciting ArtCapsule. Adding live music will contribute to the fun atmosphere.
July 28 2011
Singer/dancer James Delisco, winner of E! Network’s reality series “The Entertainer,” will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for a concert featuring 40 years of megahits from Michael Jackson’s legendary career. “The Music of Michael Jackson” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. This special event is the final concert of this summer’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Series. The audience will be taken on a musical journey through each era of the King of Pop’s storied career. Delisco recreates Jackson’s greatest hits through his multifaceted pop, rock and soul style, along with impressive dance moves. Delisco’s talent has been described as a cross between Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, and Usher, and he has received rave reviews for his renditions of Jackson’s songs including “ABC,” “Beat It,” “Thriller” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The show is designed to keep the foundation of the music close to the Jackson originals, while adding colors to enhance, according to Arranger/Guest Conductor Brent Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette of sounds to call upon,” said Havens. “The band is reproducing what Michael did as closely as possible, and the orchestra gives the music richness and a whole new feel.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and parking is free on the Cannonsburg grounds. Patrons are invited to arrive early to enjoy picnics and pre-concert activities. The family fun area, open from 5:30 to 7 p.m., features free children’s activities including an instrument petting zoo, face painting and crafts. Dance floors will be available for audience participation. Pre-concert entertainment will be Kathy LaMar and Bob Van Stee. Advance lawn tickets are $22, less for students/seniors ($20), and children ages 2-15 ($8). Ticket prices increase $2 the day of show. Children under 2 are free on the lawn. Reserved seating is also available through the Symphony box office at (616) 454-9451, ext. 4. Lawn tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Cannonsburg box office beginning at 5:30 p.m. each concert evening. For $40, patrons can purchase an entire evening of fun, with a dinner/concert/post-concert party package. A picnic-style BBQ […]
Blood drive, free activities highlight many merchants by BETH ALTENA “Remember when I said to expect this group to do big things in the community? This is one of those big things,” said Tony Griffin, owner of BC Pizza in Belmont, referring to his great expectations of the Belmont business community, which he believes is a unique and diverse group that will surprise many. Participants in a first Heart of Belmont family festival and blood drive on Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. should prove his point. Activities take place on the closed street of Belmont Center Drive and in and around the nearby businesses. Although Belmont seems a smallish business community, its members collectively are impressive, and over a dozen merchants and service providers will pitch in to make a day of fun for those who come out to see what Belmont has to offer. Participating stores, salons, restaurants, medical and dental care providers and others will have free giveaways to anyone who donates blood through the Michigan Blood bus. Michigan Blood, in turn, will donate $10 for each donor to local Boy Scout Troop #283. Participants can also be on the National Bone Marrow registry. For those who choose to donate or not, the day has something for everyone, from free health assessments by Snap Fitness, to a car show located at Milestones Child Development Center and organized by Belmont Grocery. All car show participants receive a free small pizza from B.C. Pizza. Invited to sign up ahead of time or at the 10:45 registration are owners of old cars, classic cars, race cars, fast cars and just plain cool cars. Trailside Treats, a seasonal gem tucked away a short jog from the White Pine Trail, will provide music with the live band Retrospect. A bounce house provided by the Blast Factory Eccentric Entertainment will keep the little ones hopping, and massages—free to donors or for a dollar a minute to others—will soothe adults. Griffin said he admires all blood programs, but is really excited about Michigan Blood, because all donations stay in the area. He also explained that donating bone marrow also has the potential to save the life of another person, an amazing gift to be able to […]
A total of 75 Hope College seniors or recent graduates were honored with Senior Sigma Xi Awards during the college’s annual Honors Convocation, held on Thursday, April 28, in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Among them was Emily Cordes of Rockford, for chemistry. Sigma Xi is the Scientific Research Society. The Sigma Xi club at Hope is one of 500 clubs and chapters in North America dedicated to the encouragement, support and recognition of scientists. Also receiving awards during the Honors Convocation, were Nicole Buccella of Belmont and Megan Kelley of Rockford. A Hope College senior, Buccella received the John Montgomery Award in Art History. A fund was created by Holly Cheff, a class of 1999 graduate, for an outstanding student in art history. The fund was established in recognition of Dr. Wilson on the occasion of his retirement from the college’s art faculty in June 1999. The student who receives this award has shown superior academic ability and promise in the area of art history. A freshman at Hope College, Kelley received the John H. Kleinheksel Mathematics Award. This award is presented to students who demonstrate outstanding ability in mathematics and show promise for future work in mathematics. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, Christian, liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, and is located in Holland, Mich.
Rockford Rotary, Rockford schools celebrate reading by DR. RYAN KELLEY Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Rockford Public Schools An important skill to develop at an early age is reading, as it is the foundation for all future learning. There is truth in the saying, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Recognizing this, the Rockford Rotary Club and Rockford Public Schools are co-sponsoring the Third Annual Reading Rocks in Rockford Festival. The primary objective of the festival is to promote the joy of reading for all ages. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival kicks off with a parade through downtown Rockford. Kids and adults are invited to dress up as a storybook character and join in the parade, meeting at Krause Memorial Library at 9:45 a.m. Following the parade, there are many scheduled activities including a publishing center, book bingo, fish for books, readers theater, meet the authors, garden park entertainment, VIP Readers and providing recognition to some of our finest elementary school readers from this past school year. We hope that your summer is filled with memorable experiences, including the reading of many quality books. Additionally, we hope to see everyone at the Reading Festival on August 13. A special thank-you goes to the Rockford Education Foundation for providing additional financial resources to make the festival extra special. If you have any questions, please contact me at (616) 863-6556 or Sue Bodenner of Rockford Rotary Club at (616) 866-2002.