Algoma Baptist Church features popular annual event Enjoy dishes made with wild game at the Algoma Baptist Church on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. This annual event draws hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts each year with a wide variety of flavors and a high-quality speaker. This year hear Bill Jenkin III, author of Lessons Learned in the Woods. In addition to the dinner speaker and Wild Game Mount Wall of Fame, there are also a variety of door prizes to be won. Speaker Bill Jenkin III was raised in the heart of the Rockies in western Montana. Growing up in the mountains and isolated from towns and even neighbors, Bill would disappear into the wilderness for long stretches of time. His childhood offered abundant opportunities to observe nature in its majesty and beauty, sparking an early appreciation for God’s creation. Bill has enjoyed many exciting, thrilling and dangerous adventures in the woods, which he loves to share with others. He finds humor and practical advice in his experiences. Come join in for an entertaining evening with Bill, good fellowship, and of course, the great food. Tickets are just a $4 donation, and bring a wild game dish to pass. Beverages and dessert will be provided. For tickets call: Bob Eluskie: 616-887-2575, Algoma Baptist Church, 10515 Grange Ave., Rockford.
March 19 2009
A lament over the high cost of prom dresses lead to another successful Rockford Relay For Life fundraisers. Jenn Hephner, formerly president of the Rockford Jaycees, is hoping for a repeat success of Dress For A Cure, a Relay fundraiser that will also benefit those who love a great bargain on the hottest styles. Hephner, who is organizing the event this year for the Relay team Live Laugh Cure, came up with the idea last year when she heard the mother of a teenage girl complain about the expense of finding a dress for prom. Hephner began a campaign to collect dresses-including brand new dresses from designers across the country-and offer them for sale at great prices. All proceeds went to Rockford’s Relay For Life. The collection and sale were an overwhelming successes. Over 200 dresses were donated and all but two sold, bringing in a total of over $1,700 for the annual event to raise money for cancer research. This year donations have been slower and Hephner hopes Rockford’s women and high school girls will look into their hearts and closets. “Do you have the closet of 27 Dresses?” Hephner asks. She believes, despite last year’s deluge, that there are plenty more dresses that deserve a second chance to shine. In addition, this year Hephner has the help of Double Take, a resale shop located at 31 Courtland in downtown Rockford. With drop off hours of Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., those with 9 to 5 jobs will be able to stop by on a Saturday to deliver their goods. Dresses can also be dropped off at The Rockford Squire newspaper at 331 Northland Drive. The sale itself is scheduled in time for prom and is a great way to buy a beautiful dress for less. It will be April 17 and 18 at Double Take from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If cleaning a closet can contribute to finding a cure for cancer, it is well worth the time and effort. For more information email Hephner at email@example.com.
North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) fine arts magnet is putting a twist on happily every after by performing Sleeping Beauty ’70s style! The hardworking magnet has put this together with the help of parent volunteers and teachers. They have all been working three months to be ready for the public to view their hard work. Performances will be at noon on March 24 and 25, and 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 26 at the NRMS auditorium. North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) fine arts magnet is putting a twist on happily every after by performing Sleeping Beauty ’70s style! The hardworking magnet has put this together with the help of parent volunteers and teachers. They have all been working three months to be ready for the public to view their hard work. Performances will be at noon on March 24 and 25, and 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 26 at the NRMS auditorium. 70’S STYLE-Donning partial costumes for their Sleeping Beauty performance in ’70s style are (l-r) Emily Gordon, Jenna Brown and Jessica Blackport, all of North Rockford Middle School’s fine arts magnet.
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. has announced the appointment of James D. Zwiers to the position of president, outdoor group. The company’s outdoor group consists of the Merrell, Chaco and Patagonia Footwear brands. Since joining the company in 1998, Zwiers has had broad experience in brand and business strategy, and retail, domestic and international wholesale, licensing, acquisitions and port- folio development. He most recently served as senior vice president of the company with responsibility for retail, business development and other areas. As president of the outdoor group, Zwiers will lead the company’s global Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco businesses, and he will remain a senior vice president of the company with responsibility for the retail group.
I spy birds! March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free, all-ages presentation about birds at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Borrow binoculars and a bird book, or make a pinecone birdfeeder ($1 each). Birdhouse building station ($10 per person), quantity limited. Preparing for a prescribed burn April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn about the benefits of prescribed burning along with the legal considerations, contractor information, and if weather permits, a demonstration burn. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Register at www.stewardshipnetwork.org, or call HCNC by March 30. For directions and more information visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc. Volunteers are needed for the pancake breakfast and to pack seedlings (April 14-16) for the seedling sale. Please call if you can help. We look forward to seeing you this spring!