Mitchell Peterson, of Mitchell’s Run, pictured with some of the champion teams of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. “A lot of work goes into organizing this, but the day of the event it is all worth it.” Volley for Mitchell organizer Pete MacGregor said the four-on-four sandy volleyball tournament is a blast and for a great cause. In its third year this year the event raised $8,000 for Parent Project MD in cooperation with Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. MacGregor said the idea came up while he and the Peterson family were hanging out by a backyard campfire. “It’ a way to be involved if you aren’t a runner or walker,” MacGregor said. This year’s event was Saturday, August 8, a rainy day. Sandy Peterson, Mitchell’s mother, praised participants. “It was pouring rain at 8 a.m. and of 50 teams, only one didn’t show up,” she said. “It was a great turnout. We were very lucky to have Score let us take over that part of their business. They were very generous,” Peterson said. Co-chairs of the event are Bill Jackson and Jeff Hartnagel.
Friday, August 14 Senior Neighbors Inc.’s Annual Senior Picnic—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grandville High School, 4700 Canal Ave., Grandville. For more information, call the Sparta Senior Neighbors Center at (616) 887-1273. Saturday, August 15 Totally Free Car Wash—11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the D&W parking lot at 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, sponsored by BridgeWay Community Church. For more information, call the church at (616) 874-7115. Mitchell’s Run—8:30 a.m., downtown Rockford. This 5K race/walk raises funds for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A Kids for Kids Run follows at 9:30 a.m. Fee is $25/person for 17 and older; $17/person for 16 and younger. A picnic follows, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and a silent auction will be held at the Rotary Pavilion until 10:30 a.m. Learn more at mitchellsrun.org. 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. Sunday, August 16 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. Day at Long Lake Park with Ivory Coast West African Bishop Anthony Yeboah—10 a.m. family activities begin, followed by a worship service under the tent. A potluck dinner at 1 p.m. will be followed by baptismal service in the lake at 2:15 p.m. Family games begin at 2:45 p.m. Long Lake is located on the corner of 17 Mile Rd. and Long Lake Road in Sparta. For more information, call the church at (616) 863-8197. Monday, August 17 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, August 18 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in […]
BridgeWay Community Church is sponsoring a totally free car wash on Saturday, August 15, in the D&W parking lot at Ten Mile Road in Rockford from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Everyone is welcome to join us for our free car wash. This is just our way of giving back to the community for all the blessings we receive,” commented Pastor Ron Aulbach. For further information, contact the church at (616) 874-7115.
8th Paul Blakeslee, Pam Bylsma, Chuck Dubois, Mary Ann Ziomkowski 9th Pauletta Benedict, Lucas Western 10th Avis Baird, John Danielski, Jeremiah Eckert, Michael Heintz, Loren Welch 11th Rachael Hone, Claire Polasek, James Preston 13th Art Kronemeyer, Polly Von Eschen 14th Audrey Cavner, Frank Furman, Katie Mawby
Friday, August 7 Debbie Reynolds Show for Seniors—at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. The performance includes storytelling, songs, movie clips, bloopers and impressions. The day includes coffee and sweet rolls, complete lunch, and matinee performance (all taxes/gratuities included, plus motor coach driver). Cost is $119 per guest, payable in full to secure your reservation. For a detailed itinerary and registration form, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Saturday, August 8 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—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, gathering room, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.” Rockford Celtic Fest—all day, vendors offer a wide array of Celtic merchandise, including foods, jewelry, clothing and more. The traditional beer tent appears beside the pavilion, with both domestic and special brews (Guinness and Harp from Ireland). Entertainment includes Celtic-flavored bands, the Grand Rapids & District Pipe Band, step dancers and audience participation “set” dancing from Scotland and Ireland. Also, a children’s area in the Garden Club Park features storytelling, historic re-enactments, face-painting and a blacksmith! 4-on-4 “Volley for Mitchell” Volleyball Tournament—starting at approximately 8 a.m. at The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids (rain date: Aug. 9). Rally-style scoring, mandatory one female per team (all-girl teams welcome), two matches guaranteed, and first place wins a prize. Entry fee is $60 per team; deadline is Aug. 5. All proceeds go to Parent Project MD. Visit www.volleyformitchell.org. Sunday, August 9 Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, August 11 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk). Blood Drive—3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Baptist […]