Melissa Meitz of Michigan Blood, 1026 Fuller Ave., Grand Rapids, reported that 47 people took the time to donate blood in Rockford on October 4. Of the 47 people who signed in, 43 were able to donate blood that day. Three were first-time donors and the total units of blood has the potential to save 129 lives. The following people have reached new gallon milestones: • Gloria Herweyer, 3 gallons • Lawrence Seeley, 1 gallon • Barbara Shattuck, 1 gallon • Karen Trudell, 3 gallons • Marita Wilterink, 1 gallon • Robert Winegar, 1 gallon The next blood drive will be at the Rockford area is Monday, November 8 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street.
October 14 2010
The Rockford Garden Club is holding their October meeting on Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 159 Maple, Rockford. Barb McGuirl will be demonstrating how to make a sunflower bird feeder and Indian corn table decorations. There is a $3 materials fee for those who wish to participate. This meeting is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information call Barb McGuirl at (616) 874-7740 or visit the website at www.rockfordgardenclub.com/index_1.html.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) provides lifesaving meals to people who need them most all over the world—from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair. FMSC meals are distributed in nearly 70 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers. Bella Vista Church (BVC), as part of their missions’ celebration “Filling the Hole in Our Outreach,” is partnering with FMSC and community members to prepare and packspecially designed lifesaving meals that will be sent to a country in need. To succeed, they need your help! Five hundred volunteers are needed to pack 100,000 meals on November 13 at BVC, 5100 Belding Rd., Rockford. Packing sessions will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with childcare being provided during the first shift. This is a family friendly event and children as young as five years old can pack with their parent. Community members may sign up for a packing session by going to www.bellavistachurch.org/#/whats-happening or by calling the church office at (616) 874-7727. FMSC is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand pack meals designed especially for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Each meal costs only 17 cents to produce. For more information, visit www.fmsc.org.
Thirty-two of West Michigan’s most talented teenagers will light up the Rockford High School Fine Arts Center as “13 the Musical” bursts onto stage for its Michigan premiere. The cast will feature six local performers: Mitchell Todd, Cash and Raquel Maciel, Carlee Bleeker and Zain Olson, all of East Rockford Middle School. Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown’s inspired rock-and-roll score and laugh-out-loud lyrics provide the fuel for a handpicked cast of young performers to tell the coming-of-age story of soon-to-be 13-year-old Evan Goldman, who is uprooted from a magical childhood in Manhattan to land in “the lamest place in the world,” Appleton, Ind. The story navigates through the halls of Dan Quayle Junior High, where the displaced New Yorker tries every trick in the book to win favor with the school in-crowd so they’ll come to his bar mitzvah. In doing so, he is confronted with boneheaded football players, gossiping cheerleaders, fights over hot chicks, and Lucy, the undisputed queen of the school. With songs like “The Lamest Place in the World,” “Becoming a Man,” “[That Girl is] Bad, Bad News,” and “What It Means to be a Friend,” the production is driven by crisp, original rock numbers, get-up-and-dance R&B, and soulful ballads that explore the gamut of adolescent emotions. “13 the Musical” will be performed at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Center, 4100 Kroes St., November 4-6, all at 7:30 p.m. This production is best suited for sixth-graders through really old adults that are young at heart. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.ytgr.org or at the door.
Following graduation from Rockford High School in 1970, Dr. Linda Johnston attended Michigan State University, earning a B.S. in dietetics in 1974 and a master’s degree in institutional administration with an emphasis in labor and industrial relation in 1976. She continued her education at George Mason University, earning her Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution in 2000. Johnston has done her conflict resolution work throughout the world, including the Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Barbados, Nigeria, Egypt, Costa Rica and the United States. Her research includes racial and ethnic conflict, violence prevention programs for youth, conflict styles in the workplace, and the exploration of living in peace. She is highly published in her field and actively sought as a speaker and facilitator. Johnston is the director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management Program, the director of the Center for Conflict Management, and an associate professor of conflict management at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Ga. She is the president of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, serves on the Small Research Grants Committee, and administers the International Senesh Fellowship Program for women from developing countries. She is also on the board of Hands Along the Nile, and the On-Line Advisory Committee for the U.N. School of Peace in Costa Rica.