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Wyoming 4th Graders Helping Kids' Food Basket in GR

Wyoming 4th Graders Helping Kids' Food Basket in GR

Wyoming fourth graders from Vanguard Charter Academy will head downtown on Friday to help Kids' Food Basket in Grand Rapids. The kids have been collecting wish-list items for the nonprofit organization, such as fruit cups, peanut butter, and sandwich bags for weeks. The students will tour the facility, decorate lunch bags, and then fill them with food.  Kids’ Food Basket provides what they call “sack supers”, a brown bag dinner that children in need can take home at the end of the school day. Fourth-grade teacher Cassie Blanchard said the field trip provides teachable moments on virtues such as appreciation and caring.  Vanguard Charter Academy provides a curriculum that teaches a different virtue each month.

Governor Appoints Grand Rapids Woman to State Board

Governor Appoints Grand Rapids Woman to State Board

A Grand Rapids woman is one of the latest appointees by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology.

Lynée Wells is a community planner and project manager for Williams & Works, a position she has held since 2005. Previously, she served as a senior planner for Consensus Planning in Albuquerque, N.M. and as a project assistant and historian for the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. Wells received a certificate in international business and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico.

New Executive Director at Komen West Michigan in Forest Hills

New Executive Director at Komen West Michigan in Forest Hills

Jennifer Jurgens says her position as the new Executive Director of Komen West Michigan is a dream job. Komen West Michigan is located near Cascade Road and I-96 in the Forest Hills area.

Jurgens has an extensive background in the private sector and a history of service work including TEDxGrand Rapids, Laughfest, and several events tied to cancer education, research, and awareness. "My mother passed from breast cancer when she was 36 and I was 12. As I was building my professional career, my spare time was [spent] in volunteer service for cancer related projects. When this opportunity came along, it allowed me to continue to do the things I am doing and am passionate about, but make a career out of it."
 

 

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

We may finally get the kind of winter weather we are used to in West Michigan.

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

 

2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

WMEAC Film Series

WMEAC Film Series

Get inspired to take sustainable action!  The WMEAC Film Series is a fun and accessible program designed to educate the West Michigan community on pressing environmental issues by offering screenings as an opportunity to engage audiences, inspiring them toward sustainable action. This is demonstrated throughout the series with expert speakers and panelists.  

We're bringing back our environmental film series this winter with the West Michigan premiere of Promised Land, the first full-length feature film focused on the controversial topic of fracking, at Celebration Cinema! North.  The series continues with a slate of four monthly documentaries to be screened at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Promised Land
Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Celebration Cinema!

Start the year right, give blood

Start the year right, give blood

Michigan Blood wants you to continue the season of giving by donating blood to start the new year.

If you attempt to donate at one of these blood drives, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse

       Grand Rapids
       December 31  •  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
       January 2  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
       January 3  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

       St. Joseph
       January 2  •  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.