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My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.

My Town GR Central: Ele’s Place needs volunteers

My Town GR Central: Ele’s Place needs volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Caring adults are encouraged to volunteer as facilitators of children’s support groups and make a positive difference in children’s lives at Ele’s Place in Grand Rapids.

Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens. Grief can make a child feel alone, causing them to keep their feelings bottled up and avoid parents, family members, even school friends. These unresolved issues are often linked with feelings of violence, depression, failure, and substance abuse. Your help can make a real impact, and no previous experience is required.

Ele’s Place is located at 2000 Michigan Street NE.  For volunteer information, call (616) 301-1605 or visit www.elesplace.org.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

My Town: Stamp Out Hunger results better than originally expected

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Organizers of the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger food drive say while donation numbers are down this year, the results are better than they first thought.

Andrew Steiner with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says the Northwest, East Paris and Northeast communities dominated in this year's drive.  The final donation numbers from the May 10 event are: 

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park announces summer lineup

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The lineup is out for this year’s Movies in The Park series.

This is the second season for the free summer-long event by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.  Last year, the series attracted 10,000 people downtown.  The films were selected with this year’s theme in mind- “Films Through Time”.  The schedule is as follows:

  • June 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1940s)
  • June 20: Grease (1950s)
  • July 11: Dreamgirls (1960s)
  • July 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1970s)
  • Aug. 8: Top Gun (1980s)
  • Aug. 22: DOUBLE FEATURE: Voters’ Choice and Jurassic Park (1990s)

The Voter’s Choice film will be selected by public vote between June 6 and July 11. Each movie will air on a giant blow-up screen set up in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments for each viewing. Each film night will also include pre-movie activities.