It’s that time of year again—Rockford is adding PINK to its orange and black décor to do their part to raise money for—and awareness of—breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. Throughout October, community leaders and area businesses are stepping up to host a series of activities to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Grand Rapids. Be sure to check out—and participate in, if you can—the following activities. Throughout October, the Rockford D&W Fresh Market is adorned with pink umbrellas hanging upside down above the check out lanes. Toss in your change—every cent counts! Donate a dollar or more and leave your mark on a pink ribbon postcard, available at a number of downtown stores. Check out the “Think Pink” displays at area stores, with everything from t-shirts sporting the pink flamingo logo, jewelry, note cards, lace handkerchiefs, pink ribbon pins, and more. Mark Saturday, Oct. 24 on your calendar for the Third Annual Think Pink Fall Fashion Show at Reds on the River, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s show will include runway modeling from noon to 1 p.m., featuring clothes, accessories, health and beauty products, home décor, and much more from Heart of Rockford Business Association participating members. Reservations are required by calling (616) 863-8181 or online at www.reds-live.com. The fashion show will be emceed by WZZM TV 13 Take Five co-hosts Tara Kuhnlein and Stephanie Webb, and will include models from participating Heart businesses along with community leaders and school officials. Participating Heart of Rockford businesses include: A Charmed Life… Nail Salon, Aunt Candy’s Toy Co., Baskets in the Belfry, Bow Dacious Designs, G. Willikers, Great Northern Trading Co., J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop, Jade, Kimberly’s Boutique, Paper Doll, Pegasus Sports, Reds on the River, Right at Home, Right Up Your Alley, Rockford Flower Shop, Rudy Kazoody’s, Sage & Roses, and W.A.R. Chest Boutique. While at the fashion show, guests will be receive free gifts and discounts redeemable with participating businesses. There is no charge to attend with a lunch purchase, and guests are encouraged to consider a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Grand Rapids), and to participate in the silent auction. Heart businesses are donating gift baskets, gift cards, and an incredible array of products […]
October 15 2009
Thursday, October 15 Merryvale Wine Theme Dinner—7 p.m. at Reds on the River, in the Promenade, downtown Rockford. Join Executive Chef Glenn Forgie for a dinner featuring wines of Merryvale. Seating is limited; reservations required Friday, October 16 Seniors Unlimited Casino Trip—Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek. Cost is $41 per guest, which includes $20 in slot play, $5 in food credit, transportation by bus, breakfast at McDonalds, and driver’s gratuity. Dinner on your own at the Cracker Barrel on the way back. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Saturday, October 17 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, Flu Shots & Safety Day—Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donors receive a first-aid kit and refreshments. Movies and child care activities available while parents donate. Flu shots (not H1N1) by Spectrum Health Flu Program. Cost is $30. Safety Day activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Car seat safety checks are first-come first-served or by appointment by calling (616) 874-4673. The church will also be receiving winter weather clothing (coats, hats, mittens, etc.) on this day, to be donated to the North Kent Service Center. Sunday, October 18 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. Monday, October 19 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), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556. Tuesday, October 20 North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. (corner of 11 Mile Rd.), Rockford. Brush up on public speaking and presentation skills. […]
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Over the years many events have come and gone from Grand Rapids, but none have succeeded more admirably than the brainchild of Rick DeVos—the 18-day extravaganza named ArtPrize 2009. The unprecedented success for downtown Grand Rapids brought thousands of visitors from the greater Grand Rapids community and beyond to view the collective works of 1,262 artists from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Every imaginable genre of art was on display at 159 venues within three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids. The good, the bad and the ugly—it was all on display to be voted up or down by anyone who registered to vote. Aside from the artwork on display, visitors were introduced to, many for the first time, the destination mecca that is downtown Grand Rapids. Early in the competition, on two separate days, your reporters had viewed many but not all of the exhibits on display. After one week, the competition was winnowed down to a final 10. During the following week, voters were again asked to choose, from the final 10, the ultimate winners of the ArtPrize competition. So during the last day of voting, the Squire paid a return visit to pick our personal favorites. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. We each had our own favorites, which we won’t divulge. Last Thursday evening, the winners were announced and we were amazed at the good fortune of having photographed and interviewed each of the top three winners along with their respective works of art the previous day. The $250,000 first-place prize went to Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, N.Y., with his oil-on-canvas painting titled “Open Water no. 24” which was exhibited in the Old Federal Building. The 19-foot-wide by six-foot-high painting is a mesmerizing seascape of rolling waves. Among other accomplishments, Ortner is a surfer and has had a lifelong love affair with water and entered his recently completed painting in ArtPrize. “I had never before been to Grand Rapids and had no idea of the importance of the Lake Michigan seashore and the Grand River to the people who live here,” said Ortner. Fate had also conspired to place Ortner’s painting directly behind another entry, a 14-foot-long by 10-foot-wide by 4.5-foot-high […]
Valley View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Megan McCall, recently developed and implemented a 10-day “detox” program for students leading up to the M.E.A.P. testing period, which took place in September. Valley View students and their families were encouraged to follow the program prior to the testing. The “detox” entailed a commitment to no audio-visual exposure, including TV and video games, and instead playing board and athletic games with their families, and eating healthier during the 10-day stretch. McCall’s passion for coordinating this healthy life change for students has been infectious. Nearly 200 of Rockford’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders participated in this volunteer program—most of it being done after school, when students were involved in activities until their parents picked them up from school. McCall and an army of parent volunteers led the children in everything from kickball to cooking healthy treats in the kitchen. Students were also supported in their effort by area merchants who provided incentives to those who earned their “detox” tattoo. “In the true spirit of education, we hope students have taken away lifelong lessons on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Valley View Principal Bob Siegel at (616) 863-6366.