HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU—All turning 94 this fall, these Rockford residents were honored at the Thursday, November 5 Rockford Historical Society meeting. Pictured are Norine Elkins, Hellen Hessler and Clarence Blakeslee. Blakeslee turned 94 the end of October while Hessler and Elkins have their birthdays coming up shortly. If you see these folks around town, be sure to wish them well. Clarence Blakeslee has long been known as Rockford’s most famous photographer. Always carrying a camera, he has literally taken thousands of pictures of Rockford people over the years. Blakeslee was also a political photographer and has taken hundreds of celebrity photographs. Many of his pictures are on display at the Rockford Squire, along with cameras from Blakeslee’s life-long hobby of collecting cameras. Stop by the Squire office at 331 Northland Drive during regular business hours to view the photos of such famous personalities as Gerald Ford, Ted Kennedy, Liz Taylor and Pearl Bailey.
November 11 2009
Wednesday, Nov. 11 Fred Meijer Book-Signing Event—7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School auditorium, 397 E. Division (10 Mile Rd.), Rockford. Meet the authors of “Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life” and special guest Fred Meijer. There will be a short program, after which books may be purchased. Sponsored by Rockford Area Historical Society. Free and open to the public. Thur.–Sat., Nov. 12–14 “On Wings of Valor” 2-Act Drama—8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, presented by Rogue River Community Theatre about the life of Joan of Arc. Door prizes at each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for students, $8 for senior citizens, $12 for premium seating, and are available at the door. For more information or tickets, call (616) 874-5264 or (616) 696-7469. Friday, November 13 Silent & Live Auction Fundraiser—6 p.m. at Grandville Baptist Church, 4325 40th St. SW, Grandville, held by Pine Ridge Bible Camp. This year’s theme is “Lights, Christmas, Auction!” Child care is available at no cost for children ages 2 to 12. No admission fee. For more information, call the camp at (616) 696-8675 or visit www.pineridgecamp.com. Saturday, Nov. 14 Rockford Bunco—7 to 11 p.m. at Rockford Ambulance, 8450 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Entrance fee of $10 benefits Rockford AfterGrad 2010. Coffee, pop and snacks will be furnished, prizes awarded, and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Space limited, so reserve early! Call Sally Schaberg at (616) 866-8173. Sunday, November 15 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Breakfast—9 to 11 a.m. at the Sparta/Grand Rapids Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division, Sparta. Cost is $5 per person with coffee, juice and milk included. Presented by the Moose On Bikes (M.O.B.), Lodge #50. Monday, November 16 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), […]
Nine Rockford High School choir students recently auditioned for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) Honors Choir, and all nine were selected. The auditions for this prestigious vocal group required each vocalist to sing their part individually on both a specific piece of choral repertoire and a short sight-reading selection. The Rockford choir students selected to participate in the MSVMA Honors Choir are Bretton Johnson, Scott Nadeau, Gabe Reitemeier, Matt Ciejka, Kaili Morse, Jessi Harris, Marisa Bouwkamp, Emily Kolenda, and Katie Ary.
People of all ages will enjoy the Norman Rockwell-like evening of ceremony that marks the holidays in downtown Rockford. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. to enjoy music, speeches and the “flipping of the switches” that turn on downtown’s holiday lighting. The event takes place by the dam at Peppler Park. Pictured at last year’s event is Robin with daughters Lauren and Leah.