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Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Take charge of your life in 2014 -  by identifying the stresses and mechanical monotonous activities and moving them out of your mind and life.

Back by popular demand, Mark Walstrom,  a board certified psychotherapist and spiritual director, will offer a repeat of his program "A Way: Out, Through, and Into."  Along with Walstrom's program, Dominican Center at Marywood is adding a second program that may improve your ability to heal emotional pain and enjoy healthier relationships. Details of both programs with presenter details are below.

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation

'Gobble Wobble' organizers hope to top last year's donation

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Thousands of people are expected to break a sweat this Thanksgiving to help feed children in need.

This is the sixth year for the "Gobble Wobble," presented by Gazelle Sports.  The 4.1 mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at East Grand Rapids Middle School.   The  “Widdle Wobble,” a one mile run for children, kicks off at 8:05 a.m.

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Billy Bear Hug Foundation co-founder honored with philanthropic award

Billy Bear Hug Foundation co-founder honored with philanthropic award

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Billy Bear Hug Foundation co-founder, Charlie Wondergem is being recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan.

The group awarded Wondergem their Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award during the 27th annual National Philanthropy Day at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on November 12.

21st GRPS Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day

21st GRPS Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8:00am is the 21st Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot 5K Race. Doors at VanAndel Arena will open at 6:30am for packet pick-up and Day of the Race registration.

Participants can register ahead of time at:  grps.org/athletics/turkeytrot at a cost of $25 thru November 26th; after that it goes to $30. You may also pick up your packets ahead of time on November 27th at Union High School located at 1800 Tremont Blvd. NW in Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

There is always a need for volunteers at such events and you can register to be one at grps.org/athletics

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird