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My Town: Food Network chef visits G.R. to spend time with students and health organization

My Town: Food Network chef visits G.R. to spend time with students and health organization

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - For culinary students, meeting any chef is an exciting opportunity.

Having the chance to meet a nationally renowned chef who was also the winner of The Food Network’s Hell Kitchen, is an even more thrilling occasion. On Wednesday, June 11, students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Grand Rapids Community College culinary schools along with Baxter Community Center met Chef Rock Harper at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids. Harper is in Grand Rapids this week in collaboration with the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute for their bi-annual event, Evening of Soul.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

West Catholic and Aquinas reach dual enrollment deal

Grand Rapids, Mich., Date – June 11, 2014 - West Catholic High School and Aquinas College have entered into a dual enrollment agreement that will make college-level courses available during the 2014 to 2015 school year to West Catholic students. Eligible juniors and seniors will be able to take Principles of Accounting in the fall and Principles of Management in the spring. These traditional college courses have the same rigor and expectations as those taught on the Aquinas campus.

“We worked closely with West Catholic High School to create a dual enrollment agreement that will enable students to earn full college credit for courses taken in their high school building.” said Dr. Gilda Gely, Provost at Aquinas College.

My Town GR Central: Bissell Blocktail Party returns June 11

My Town GR Central: Bissell Blocktail Party returns June 11

GRAND RAPIDS, MIch.-- The Bissell Pet Foundation invites the public to the “Best Dog-gone Party in Town” Wednesday, June 11.

Visitors and their furry best friend can enjoy scrumptious "yappetizers", mingle with other mutts, and bid in a silent auction to benefit animal welfare organizations of West Michigan.

This year's Blocktail Party takes place on Wednesday, June 11 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. at Mangiamo’s located at 1033 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids. Advance Tickets are $65.00 per person and can be purchased at www.bissellblocktailparty.com .   Tickets are $75.00 at the event.

For more information, call (616) 735-6666 or visit the event website.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings

My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15, according to the aquatics director at the David D. Hunting YMCA; now is your chance to help curb that statistic.

The 7th annual Suits From Suits campaign continues through June 6.  Community members are encouraged to participate by donating new or gently used swimsuits by dropping them off at any collection barrel located at the offices of the Paul Goebel Group.  The donated swimsuits will be given to hundreds of children in need who participate in YMCA aquatics program.

“Our goal is to remove all barriers to children in our community learning to swim,” stated Meg Goebel, President of the Paul Goebel Group. “Without this campaign, many children simply don’t have the means to learn water safety, and as a community, we need to help change this.”

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.