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Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids comes alive on Saturday, April 12 from 6pm to 11pm with a variety of performers & old favorites for the community to enjoy for FREE. There will be free cake samples from Connie’s Cakes, a silent auction, along with adult beverages for sale at the concession stand.

Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old & now at 23, he has been battling this disease for 17 years.

My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney to visit April 21

My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney to visit April 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids will welcome a former vice president next month.

Dick Cheney will address members of The Economic Club of Grand Rapids during a luncheon April 21.  Cheney will join his doctor, Jonathan Reiner, to discuss his 35-year battle with heart disease as well as promote his book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey”. 

The event will take place at the JW Marriott, but is open to members only.  

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

My Town GR South: Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day March 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—People who still haven’t enrolled for health care coverage will have one last chance during an event at River City Scholars Academy Saturday, March 29.

Affordable Care Act Sign Up Day  will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Cherry Street Health Clinic will hold two information sessions to go over the Affordable Care Act and enrollment options.  Those sessions will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors can also sign up for coverage at the school, located at 944 Evergreen Street SE.

The deadline for enrolling for health coverage is March 31.  Those who do not sign up will face a federal penalty.

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

WYOMING, Mich.--  Saturday, dozens of people who enter Chubby’s Bar & Grill with a full head of hair will leave bald.

More than 35 people have volunteered to shave their heads to support children with cancer and raise money for life-saving research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Foundation donated $50,000 to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  Saturday, Dr. Giselle Sholler and Dr. James Fahner from the hospital will be on hand for the head-shaving event.  Another doctor, Dr. Peter Sholler will have his head shaved in solidarity.

“We are extremely thankful to St. Baldrick’s for their grant support of our Innovative Therapeutics Clinic in pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, helping bring new therapies to children with cancer in Grand Rapids,” says Dr. Sholler.

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

My Town: Mel Trotter Hope Totes accepted through April 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- Individuals, families, churches, youth groups and schools can order Mel Trotter purple “Hope Tote” bags which then can be filled with new personal hygiene items for those in need in the community.

To order a tote, visit the Mel Trotter website. Suggested personal care items (standard or travel size) are:

  • Shampoo/conditioner (including ethnic hair products)
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/body wash
  • Bath sponges/Washcloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Tissues

Filled Hope Totes can be dropped off through April 20 at Mel Trotter's Downtown Mission at 225 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids or the Mel Trotter Thrift Stores, at 555 28th Street SE in Grand Rapids, 538 S. State Street in Sparta, 363 E. State Street in Belding and 7500 Cottonwood Dr. Suite D in Jenison.

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

By Victoria Mullen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Old Navy and the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) have a fabulous message for teens: It’s chic to say ‘no’ to doing drugs and alcohol. Yes, kids, it’s fashionable to stand up to negative pressures, and to live ‘Above the Influence.’

My Town: Boxed water company riding sales wave to New York

My Town: Boxed water company riding sales wave to New York

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Less than a year after opening a new facility in Holland, a Grand Rapids-based boxed water company is looking to New York to expand its brand nationally.

Boxed Water recently hired Matt Merson to serve as its vice president of sales.  Merson  previously worked with Zico Coconut Water,  SmartWater and Coca-Cola Enterprises.  Merson will represent the company in New York.

“Boxed Water has seen incredible growth in many ways because it knows what it is, what the brand stands for. It has the potential to be a leading, mission-focused brand, and I am eager to help build our national distribution network,” said Merson. “

Merson says Boxed Water also feeds into the focus on better health and wellness, as well as more environmentally friendly living.  The Boxed Water container is made of trees that come from certified, well-managed forests that are constantly replanted to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.