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Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  "Friends of Grand Rapids Parks" is getting reading to plant a new green space for Grand Rapids, made possible by 17 area breweries.

The ceremonial planting of Brewers Grove will take place October 17 at Riverside Park.  The event will also include a beer-inspired movie showing inside the park at dusk.  Visitors will be allowed to bring growlers.

Brewers Grove is being funded by tree beer sales.  Each participating brewery created their own version of tree beer.  The fundraiser began August 5, with many breweries donating $1 from each pint sold to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' Urban Forest Project.  Other participating breweries created events and promotions for the fundraising campaign.

Participating breweries include:

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Saturday, June 22nd, is the day to finally get rid of some household hazardous waste products that most people seem to have. So many items need to be disposed of in a safe manner and this is your chance to do just that.

Kent County Department of Public works is holding this event from 8:30am until Noon at 1500 Scribner NW, in Grand Rapids. These are items they will accept: oil based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaners, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometers and aerosol cans.

Items that will NOT be accepted: fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, medication needles, latex paint and business & non-Kent County wastes.

For additional information, you may call, 616-336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850 or you may go on line to: www.accessKent.com/hhw

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

"Come Walk With Me" spiritual walk June 8

"Come Walk With Me" spiritual walk June 8


Dominican Center at Marywood is offering you a day away.

On Saturday, June 8, we will have an all-day session entitled  “Come Walk with Me.” The day begins at 9 a.m., includes a hearty lunch, and ends at 5 p.m. If you're not available for the entire day, you might like to register for the 9 a.m.-12 p.m. session, “Prayer Walking in Nature”  or the 2-5 p.m. session, “Walking and Praying the Labyrinth.” Whatever your schedule allows, we think this program will be a fun and inspirational event for all.

Mini-grant funding invasive species hunt at nature center

Mini-grant funding invasive species hunt at nature center


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Youth volunteers and their families will be on the hunt for invasive species at the Blandford Nature Center Sunday, April 28.

The team of volunteers is getting a $500 mini-grant to help remove invasive species and debris from the center, to improve  native habitats.

The mini-grant is one of 28 awarded by The Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, The League Michigan, and Michigan Campus Compact, with support from Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  More than $10,000 will be awarded to statewide projects for 2013 Global Youth Service Day.

Free program helps home and business owners deal with mercury

(ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY COMPANY)– The Environmental Quality Company is proud to partner with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.

This is an on-going effort to collect and properly recycle mercury.  Small and large business operations have traditionally been overlooked during mercury collection events.  The project’s objective is to address this issue and promote a long-term solution for easily collecting and recycling of mercury.  The program is free to anyone located in Michigan – residents included. 

The program is easy.

Flooding expected in low lying areas

Flooding expected in low lying areas

The calendar may say it is spring, but mother nature is delivering a different season.  Kent County residents woke up to snow showers this morning as temperatures hovered in the low to mid 30’s. 

Rain is in the forecast virtually every day in the next week, according to the 13 On Target Weather team.

Rivers and streams in West Michigan will remain high with localized flooding of low lying areas, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids.

Here are the current river conditions in Kent County.  All readings are from Saturday, April 13:

The Thornapple River in Hastings is close to flood stage.  As of 12:15pm today, the river was at 6.71 feet.  Flood stage is 7 feet.

The Thornapple River in Caledonia was at 8.18 feet at 11:30am today.  Flood stage is 10 feet. 

Downstream in Cascade, the river spilled over its banks just below the Cascade Dam at Tassel Park.