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My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  Varnum attorney Adam Brody has been elected to the Michigan Board of Trustees for the Arthritis Foundation. His appointment to the statewide organization follows several years of service to the West Michigan Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board, for which he was recently appointed to a three-year term as chair.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948.

Locally, the Foundation raises funds through such events as its "Tribute to Excellence," "Walk to Cure" and Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

3rd Annual Round Up at the Rink Fundraiser Tonight, November 14

The Van Andel Arena’s in-house food & beverage provider, along with the Grand Rapids Griffins are again participating in this special wishes event at tonight’s hockey game against the Texas Stars. Fans will be asked if they would like to round up their concession order at any concession stand to benefit this great cause and help make children’s wishes come true.

Ryan Rabinowitz, a freshmen at Novi High School in 2012 created this Round Up at the Rink fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Ryan is a now a junior at Novi High School & plays for the varsity hockey team.

Zombies Take Over Downtown Grand Rapids

Zombies Take Over Downtown Grand Rapids

Help benefit Michigan Blood’s, Be the Match Program with your participation in this famous Zombie Dash! This fun event is more than just a race. Its part 5K run, part obstacle course & part haunted house for the whole family to enjoy!

The 3rd Annual Zombie Dash takes place at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 25 with waves running from 6:30pm to 7pm, from sunset to darkness. The 5K course features the race pits “survivors” challenging the “undead” on a course along the Grand River. Don’t miss the excitement!

Cost for runners is $45 (kids 10 & under free with parent or guardian) and zombies “eat” for free.

Visit www.TheZombieDash.com to register & for more information.

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids will celebrate Stair Week 2014 with a leadership breakfast. Stair Week, scheduled for Sept. 8-14, will highlight the health, design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. AIA Grand Rapids members and community leaders will gather on Wednesday, Sept.