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My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

My Town: How to bridge the summer learning loss gap

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (National Heritage Academies)—Every child will lose a portion of the academic growth they experienced this school year during the summer break; It’s called summer learning loss. The problem is becoming so apparent the National Summer Learning Association has designated Friday, June 20, Summer Learning Day.

“It is so easy for students to slip into a summertime routine that doesn’t involve reading, writing, or using their math skills,” said Ridge Park Charter Academy Principal Emory Wyckoff. “We are challenging our students to set aside time each day to devote to a book or write about a summer experience they have enjoyed. Summer should be fun and educational.”

Wyckoff has some tips to help parents curb the summer slide:

My Town: Taste of Muskegon returns June 20 and 21

My Town: Taste of Muskegon returns June 20 and 21

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Muskegon’s Hackley Park is the place to be this Friday and Saturday for the annual Taste of Muskegon event.

The community is invited to kick off the celebration Friday, June 20 with a Party in the Park.   The event runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and includes a live performance from Fiddle Face at 5 p.m. and  Deni Hunter & the HouseRockers at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., visitors can sample popular food from more than 20 of the best locally owned Lakeshore restaurants. There will be live music, a car show, a bike ride, and a Kid’s Zone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Kid's Zone will feature bounce houses, a portable luge track and  paint, chalk and lunch sack decorating with Kids Food Basket of Grand Rapids. For more information, visit www.tasteofmuskegon.com.

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

By Marla Miller

This story originally ran in the Grand Rapids Urban Innovation Exchange

With the mission to restore and refocus at-risk youth, Grand C.I.T.Y.

Rock the Block Street Festival Returns June 14

Rock the Block Street Festival Returns June 14

The streets of Madison Square come alive for the fourth year this Saturday, June 14 with live entertainment, featuring American Idol, Maurice Townsend, local food booths and a street market.

There is family fun for everyone from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, June 14 on Madison Avenue from Hall Street to Gilbert.

Do you have a great tasting sauce or a secret recipe for this year’s 1st Annual LINC BBQ Challenge? There is a $1500.00 prize for the winner.