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Grand River under Flood Advisory through Friday

Grand River under Flood Advisory through Friday

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Flood Advisory continues for the Grand River at Grand Rapids until late Friday night.  At 11 am Tuesday, the stage was 15.6 feet.  The Bankfull stage (over its banks) is 12.0 feet, while Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
 

Forecast:  The Grand River will continue to fall.
 

Impact:  At 15.0 feet, expect minor flooding to occur in low lying areas upstream and downstream of Grand Rapids, especially in the  areas of North Park, Comstock Park, and Robinson Township.  Some seepage into basements of businesses in Grand Rapids can occur, according to the National Weather Service. 

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

mygrcitypoints.com is an innovative community engagement program that links individuals, organizations, local businesses and city government to encourage recycling, volunteering and community building. This first-of-its-kind, local rewards program allows participants to earn points by recycling or volunteering. Points can then be redeemed at local businesses for discounts on products and services.

The first phase of mygrcitypoints.com will allow Grand Rapids residents to earn points based on how much they recycle.  It’s easy and free - just follow these three easy steps to make mygrcitypoints.com work for you:

1. Sign up online for the mygrcitypoints.com program.
2. Obtain a FREE blue Single Stream Recycling Program cart, issued by the City.
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Grand Rapids businesses host dirty diaper record attempt

Grand Rapids businesses host dirty diaper record attempt

Two Grand Rapids businesses will host a world record attempt involving dirty diapers.

Hop Scotch Children’s Store and Gymboree Play and Music will welcome babies in need of a change on Saturday, April 23rd.  At noon, parents are asked to change their infant’s cloth diaper, as part of a world record attempt for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The event coincides with Earth Day.

Hop Scotch Children’s Store is located at 963 Cherry St. SE, and the Gymboree Play and Music is located at 1971 East Beltline NE.  You must register prior to the event to count toward the world record attempt.  For information on how to register, visit http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/.

Free woodchips for landscaping!

Free woodchips for landscaping!

The City of Grand Rapids offers free woodchips!   They are available at 2001 Butterworth Ave SW. They are free of charge and can be picked up from the first Monday in April through the second Saturday in December  during the hours of 9 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Saturday.   Bring your buckets and a shovel and get ready to spruce up your yard!

The City of Grand Rapids Yard Waste drop off site also offers a drop-off site for residential yard waste. Grand Rapids city residents can drop-off leaves, brush, and tree branches at 2001 Butterworth SW. The days of operation are Monday through Saturday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

2011 Earth Day Concert & Celebration

2011 Earth Day Concert & Celebration
2011 Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 6:00-11:00pm|
Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St., Grand Rapids, MI

The 2011 Earth Day Celebration is a joint fundraiser for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council's water quality programs, and the Grand River Water Festival.  This year's celebration features environmental exhibits, a cash bar, and special performances by Earthwork Music's Mary Erlewine & Seth Bernard, Rachel Davis and Dominic, of "Starlight Six" fame, plus the opening act, Hawks & Owls.

Facebook 2011 Earth Day Celebration event page.

Parks for Everyone: The Story of Grand Rapids Parks

Parks for Everyone: The Story of Grand Rapids Parks
April 07, 2011 – October 31, 2011
Times: Mon - Thurs 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Fri - Sat 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM * *Sunday hours are Labor Day to Memorial Day only

Website:http://www.grpl.org
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616-988-5400

2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit: Inspiration to Action

2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit: Inspiration to Action

The 2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit: Inspiration to Action celebrates Grand Rapids’ growing bicycle culture!  This all day event will take place on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 8am to 4:30pm at the Eberhard Center, GVSU downtown campus in Grand Rapids.  Taking place during National Bike Month, the Summit hopes to inspire personal, corporate, and local government action to make our city and region more bicycle friendly!

This full-day bicycle advocacy conference is intended for bicycling advocates, bicycle club members, bike trail supporters, Complete Streets advocates, elected officials, public health officials, community planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, bicycle-industry retailers and manufacturers, and the general public. 

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