The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Arts Commission invite the Rockford community to the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series every Tuesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s), downtown Rockford. These family oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent, free of charge. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The concerts run from June 9 to August 11. Following is a list of the remaining scheduled performers: June 23-Root Doctor June 30-James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers July 7-Tomas Esparza Blues Experience July 14-Steve Hilger Blues Band July 21-Harper After the Blues Series July 28-Organissimo (jazz) August 4-The Concussions (surf) August 11-Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk) In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets. Parking is available at the South Squires Street parking lot, which is accessed from the Bridge Street entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from the Main Street entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.
June 25 2009
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the world’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, announces the addition of award-winning musician Kenny Rogers to its 2009 Summer Concert Series. Rogers will perform at Meijer Gardens Amphitheater on August 6. The singer-songwriter has charted more than 70 hit singles across various music genres and topping the country and pop album charts for several decades. In 2006, his album “Water & Bridges” peaked at number five in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts. His 25 number-one hits, including “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County” and “Islands in the Stream,” a duet with Dolly Parton, have helped make Rogers one of the world’s most popular entertainers. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. Tickets are $61 for members and $63 for the general public, and may be purchased at Meijer Gardens during hours of operation, through MeijerGardens.org and at any Star Tickets location including StarTickets.com and Meijer stores. Per-ticket and per-order fees apply.
Looking for a way to celebrate summer and the great outdoors? Plan on attending the Izaak Walton League’s Summerfest Celebration on Saturday, June 27 with loads of family-friendly activities including scavenger and treasure hunts, birdhouse assembly, wildflower identification and woodlot management. “The focus of the day will be on natural landscaping, gardening and learning about invasive plants, but we’ll also have an incredible amount of family-friendly activities,” said Georgia Donovan, president of the local chapter. “There is something for everyone, including refreshments.” Volunteers will provide information on using rain barrels, erosion control, gardening with wild flowers, successful vegetable gardening, landscaping for wildlife, tree identification and how to tap into solar energy. Representatives from Ada Parks, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan will also be on hand. “The idea is to have family fun and also teach people how to take a fresh look at their own property so they can better enjoy and take care of it,” Donovan said. “Call your neighbors and friends and tell them about the event. It’s a great way to embrace nature.” The Izaak Walton League of America is a nonprofit conservation group dedicated to defending woods, waters and wildlife. To learn more, visit www.michiganikes.org.