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Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Saturday, June 22nd, is the day to finally get rid of some household hazardous waste products that most people seem to have. So many items need to be disposed of in a safe manner and this is your chance to do just that.

Kent County Department of Public works is holding this event from 8:30am until Noon at 1500 Scribner NW, in Grand Rapids. These are items they will accept: oil based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaners, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometers and aerosol cans.

Items that will NOT be accepted: fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, medication needles, latex paint and business & non-Kent County wastes.

For additional information, you may call, 616-336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850 or you may go on line to: www.accessKent.com/hhw

2013 Zumbathon to help children June 8

2013 Zumbathon to help children June 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Be a part of this healthy, good time on Saturday June 8 to benefit and raise awareness for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The 2013 Zumbathon runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeVos Place,  located at 303 Monroe Avenue NW. This high energy event features licensed Zumba Fitness Instructors from all over Michigan. Participants don’t need to know how to dance. With great musical tunes, the Zumba instructors will lead you through fun-filled moves for an important cause!

For Zumbathon tickets, call (616) 391-2000 or visit www.helendevosdhildrens.org/zumbathon to pre-register for tickets.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.

Workshop for improving health through alternative energy begins May 18

The Asian Center and Christian Family & Children Association  are organizing an energy therapies workshop.

The enrollment deadline is May 18 for “Level I: Wisdom Qigong- Still and Motion Styles.”  The workshop taught by Dr. Douglas Chung promotes energies for improving health, boosting overall energy and preventing cardiovascular diseas.

The workshop is broken up into 12 sessions, which take place 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. every Saturday, starting May 18.  The total cost is $390 per person.  Participants who finish the workshop will earn an Energy Therapist Level I Certificate.

For more information or to enroll, contact Dr. Chung by phone at (616) 780-0133 or email chungd@gvsu.edu .  For more information, contact The Asian Center by calling (616) 301-3987 or emailing theac@asian-center.org .


3rd Annual Grand Rapids Triathlon plans under way

3rd Annual Grand Rapids Triathlon plans under way

This may sound like an early notice to some people, but the 3rd Annual Grand Rapids Triathlon is really not that far off. Mark your calendars for June 9th if you are interested in participating. This event benefits Kids Food Basket.

Approximately 1500 athletes sign up for this event that brings thousands of spectators to the Ada/Cascade area.

If you feel you would like to get involved and volunteer to help with this event, you can register at www.grandrapidstriathlon.com  Additional information is available also by contacting Andy Vidro, Co-Director at andy@tris4health.com or call 616-805-3059

SilverLine construction will change hospital routes

SilverLine construction will change hospital routes

Grand Rapids - The construction of the Rapid's new Silver Line may affect some travel times to Spectrum Health Medical Center through this summer.

The first phase has already begun and will last through June. As part of the project, two stations will be installed on Ransom Avenue near Crescent. A section of Ransom near the Women's Center and Renucci Hospitality House will be closed to cars and pedestrians.

Access to the Center and Hospitality House and Spectrum's Ramp 6 will remain open, but patients and visitors need to give themselves extra time. They can also use the maps and information provided by Spectrum Health at www.spectrumhealth.org/butterworth.

Detour signs will be posted to reroute traffic during construction.