September 24 2009

Harvest Fest—the way real life should be

September 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Take a break from the sun and have a hand-drawn caricature done. Enjoy simple, succulent steamed corn or admire the many talents of the local Rogue River Arts Association artists. These are just a few of the old-fashioned, real-life things to do at Rockford’s three weekends of Harvest Festival.        

Food, Family, Fun – September 24, 2009

September 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Cash 4 Kibble provides food, shelter for pets Help animals at Humane Society, throughout West Michigan Cash for Clunkers may be coming to an end, but the Humane Society of Kent County is launching its Cash 4 Kibble program in hopes of placing more animals into loving homes as well as helping to feed pets in need throughout the community. Cash 4 Kibble allows individuals to bring in donations of new or unopened pet food and receive cash toward their adoption fee. All pet donations will go to the Humane Society’s Kibble Konnection pet food bank program. For every 20 pounds or more of pet food donated, individuals will receive $25 toward one pet adoption fee at the Humane Society. The maximum discount is $25 per adoption. The program runs from August 25 to October 1, 2009. “We distribute around 7,000 pounds of pet food to families in need each month,” said Karen Terpstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Kent County. “We are in desperate need of pet food in order to continue to help these animals. Plus, our adoptions at the Humane Society are low, so in an effort to help both the animals here at our shelter and throughout the community we developed Cash 4 Kibble. It’s a win-win.” Pet food donations can be dropped off during the Humane Society’s adoption hours Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $25 Cash 4 Kibble coupon will be issued at the time of drop-off and is good until December 1, 2009. Dry dog and cat food are needed the most. For more information on the Cash 4 Kibble program, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur at (616) 791-8066 or visit

A Message for You – September 24, 2009

September 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thank God for freedom by PASTOR LARRY ROWLAND Rockford Baptist Church The late President Ronald Reagan loved to tell of a conversation that he had with a Russian delegate at a summit meeting. President Reagan had summarized the political atmosphere of freedom in our country by telling the delegate that any American citizen can walk into the White House, slam his hand on the desk of the President and say, “I don’t like the way Ronald Reagan is running the country.” Now we recognize that President Reagan was exaggerating the case, because there is tight security surrounding the White House prohibiting just anyone from walking into the chief executive’s office. But his point illustrating the freedom of expression that we have as American citizens was not lost on the Russian delegate who responded in a defensive manner. “Well, I can do the same thing in my country. I can walk into the Kremlin. I can slam my hand on the desk of our leader and I can say, ‘I don’t like the way Ronald Reagan is running the country.’” How many times do we take the glorious freedoms that we have as American citizens for granted? We have freedom to express ourselves without fear of reprisal, we have freedom to travel where we want to go, we have freedom to pursue the occupations that we feel would most fulfill us, and we have freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience. I would encourage you to take a moment today to thank Almighty God for the privilege of living with freedom and liberty in this great land of ours. And why not put those freedoms into practice by worshiping in the church of your choice this Sunday?

Rockford Register – September 24, 2009

September 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thursday, Sept. 24 Blood Drive—1 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Seniors “Out to Lunch Bunch”—Enjoy lunch at Maxfields Restaurant (on your own), stopping at Mary’s Bakery for Amish baked goods and Klackles Orchards for apples on the way back. Cost is $2 for the bus fee. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Friday, September 25 Fall Plant Sale—6 to 8 p.m. at Kent Conservation District office, 3260 Eagle Park Dr., Grand Rapids. Preorders taken from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15. For more information, visit FREE Petting Farm—11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bishop Hills Elder Care, 4951 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. For more information, call Katie at (616) 866-2002. Saturday, Sept. 26 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. Annual Fall Craft Show—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. For more information, please go to or call (616) 866-1818. Pancake Breakfast & Archery 3-D Shoot—7 to 10 a.m. at Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. Cost for breakfast is $4 for adults, and $2 for kids 14 and under. Archery shoot cost is $6 for adults, or $3 for kids 14 and under. For more information, call Jim at (616) 887-8771. Breakfast Fundraiser—7 to 10:30 a.m. at Honey Creek Inn Restaurant, to benefit the Rockford varsity dance team. Enjoy scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage links, coffee, orange juice and water. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and a $15 family max. Sunday, September 27 Fall Festival—10:30 a.m. at Bostwick Lake United Church of Christ, corner of Belding Road and Young Avenue, Rockford. Worship will feature music by the Micah MacLaughlin Group. Everyone is then invited to lunch, outdoor games for kids, and the raising of the Festival House on the church’s front lawn. Monday, Sept. 28 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone University, Bolthouse Hall, Room 100 (enter off East Beltline). John Mugg, instructor of environmental studies at Michigan State University, will present “Birds in Paradise: Diversity in the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Hawaii.” Guests are welcome. Free admission. For more information, […]

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