DeBoode-Bouwkamp David and Char Bouwkamp of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Ryan Bouwkamp, to Kate DeBoode of Jenison. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Paul and Sue DeBoode of Jenison. She is a 2003 graduate of Jenison High School and 2008 graduate of Grand Valley State University, and is currently employed by Saint Mary’s Health Care. The groom-elect is the son of David and Char Bouwkamp and Rhonda Williams, all of Rockford. He is a 2001 graduate of Rockford High School, and is currently employed by Centennial Wireless. Attending the wedding will be best man Chad Maier, maid of honor Tricia Baumhower, along with groomsmen Chad McCoy, Matt Bouwkamp, Chris Meuser, Jerrad Reichert, Eric DeBoode, and bridesmaids Jodi MacFarland, Kieri Vis, Jodie Eaton, Cori TenHarmsel and Stephanie Wietecha. An August 15, 2009, ceremony is planned at Rosewood Reformed Church in Jenison, and the couple will honeymoon in Mexico. The couple plans to reside in Walker.
July 9 2009
A 50th wedding anniversary will be observed on July 11 for Gene and Verna (Smith) Ashley of Rockford. They will celebrate their special day together with a dinner at Reds on the River. On August 8, an open house celebration will be held in their honor at the Rockford Community Cabin from 1 to 5 p.m., given by the couple’s children and grandchildren. Gene and Verna’s children are Brian Ashley, Dennis and Bobbie Jo BeVier, and Kevin and Becky Briggs. The couple has five grandchildren: Justin and Tyler BeVier, and Christopher, Brandon and Kelsi Briggs.
The Howard Christensen Nature Center is the site for Wild Wednesdays-three summer workshops for students ages 5 and older. Each workshop has a special theme focusing on a different habitat at the 135-acre nature center in northern Kent County-lakes and wetlands, forests, and fields. There are two dates left-July 15 and August 12-with a cost of $20 per day and a $5 discount for members. Howard Christensen Nature Center’s trained interpretive instructors will lead groups of 10-15 students, which will be grouped by age. Activities for each day depend on recent plant and animal discoveries, but typically include hiking, make-and-take crafts, games and surprises! Each day also includes a thematic snack, while “campers” bring their own lunch. Each workshop starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. with a sharing time to which parents or guardians are invited. A new addition to the summer program is the Conservation Club, which will be offered to students over age 12 who have previously attended Howard Christensen Nature Center workshops. Interested parents should call the nature center at (616) 675-3158 to sign up, and the program will be developed based on the participants’ interests. Activities may include water monitoring, field inventorying and tree surveying and will take place on the same dates. Pre-registration is required for each workshop 10 days in advance. Registration forms are available at www.kentconservation.org/hcnc, in the nature center office, Kent Conservation office at 3260 Eagle Park Dr., Suite 111, Grand Rapids, and the Cedar Springs, Kent City and Sparta libraries. The Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16190 Red Pine Dr., between Cedar Springs and Kent City.
Thurs.-Fri., July 9-10 WCSG’s Summer Lifesaver Drive-8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Michigan Community Blood Centers, 1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids. Everyone who attempts to donate can register to win one of six family fun packages from the West Michigan Whitecaps, Craig’s Cruisers and Celebration Cinema. Food provided for donors courtesy of Max & Erma’s. For more information, visit www.miblood.org or call 1-800-MIBLOOD. Saturday, July 11 Rockford Farm Market-8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Blood Drive-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River Rock Church, 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, in the gym inside Rockford Christian School. Everyone who registers to donate may enter to win a summer “Staycation.” Sunday, July 12 Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, July 14 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series-7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Steve Hilger Blues Band. Blood Drive-2 to 8 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 6369 Belmont Rd., Belmont, in the gym. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free t-shirt and may enter to win a summer “Staycation.” Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thurs.-Sat., July 16-18 Rockford Sidewalk Sales-downtown Rockford, sponsored by HEART of Rockford. See pages 4 and 5 of this week’s Squire for individual store sales! Fri.-Sun., July 17-19 “Salute to the U.S.-A Musical Tribute” Standard Flower Show- at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, sponsored by Kent Garden Club. Free to the public. Floral designs will take you on a musical journey through some of America’s most popular wartime […]