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GRPM hosting Eclipse Party 10 am-3 pm on Aug. 21

By Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM)

 

Join the GRPM on August 21 as the continental U.S. will see a total eclipse spanning from Oregon to South Carolina, with a partial eclipse taking place in Michigan. This special Eclipse Party will include hands-on activities, safe eclipse viewing and more between 10 am and 3 pm.

 

Hands-on activities for the day will include:

  • Making solar system bracelets
  • Decorating personal eclipse shades
  • Designing and building space craft
  • Making eclipse projectors
  • And more!

The party will also feature a meal deal, multiple shows on the half hour of “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon” in the Chaffee Planetarium ($4 per person), and a live stream of the total eclipse will be shown in the Meijer Theater. Visitors can also be part of a WZZM broadcast from 12 to 1 pm!

 

Activities as part of the Eclipse Party will be included with general admission to the Museum, and FREE to Museum members. Tickets may be reserved in advance by going here.

 

GRPM is located at 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

 

A limited number of eclipse glasses will be available at the Eclipse Party, on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 am.

 

ADA Celebration 2017 marks 27th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

 

By Disability Advocates of Kent County

 

The ADA Celebration is a community event to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There will be entertainment, food, as well as community partners offering information about services that are available and could benefit individuals with disabilities. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Date and Time

Wed, August 30, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Location

Kent District Library – Kentwood Branch

4950 Breton Rd. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Humane Society’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ adoption event set for Aug. 19

By Humane Society of West Michigan

PRE-APPROVED ONLY FROM 10AM-11AM, GENERAL PUBLIC 11AM-4PM

In order to get pre-approved, please visit the Humane Society at 3077 Wilson Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534 PRIOR to the event. Fill out a survey, and meet with an adoption counselor.

 

Adoption fees for ‘Clear the Shelter Day’ are as follows:

  • Adult dogs (5 months- 7 years): $145
  • Senior dogs (7 years and older): fee waived
  • Adult cats (5 months- 7 years): $10
  • Senior cats (7 years or older): fee waived
  • Rabbits: $10

Please note: no discounts available on kittens or puppies.

 

Wyoming Department of Public Safety asks for assistance in identifying CSC suspect

On Saturday, July 29, at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Wyoming Department of Public Safety responded to a local grocery store on the report of a younger black male that had inappropriate sexual contact with a female employee.  The suspect left before police arrived.  We have since been able to obtain the following surveillance photo of the suspect (on the right).

 

The Department asks that if someone recognizes the suspect to please call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616-530-7300 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Family Bonds Cancer Support Group meets Tuesday evenings

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By MetroHealth-University of Michigan Health

 

Cancer patients and their family/caregivers meet weekly for dinner and support. It’s free!

 

Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village, 5950 Metro Way, Wyoming, MI 49519. Call 616.252.8152 to register or for more information.

 

The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village is located on a secluded lot in the southeast corner of Metro Health Village. In keeping with Metro Health’s focus on holistic care, it provides a broad range of cancer services in a pleasant, therapeutic environment.

 

Upcoming events at Guiding Light Mission

 

By Guiding Light Mission


Here are some upcoming events at Guiding Light Mission, located at 255 Division Ave S in Grand Rapids. For more information, call 616.451.0236 or email info@guidinglightworks.org.


MONDAY, JULY 24 — GOLF FUNDRAISER
Invite your friends and competitors for the Builders Exchange Golf fundraiser for Guiding Light’s Back to Work program! Even if you lose, you’re still helping Guiding Light win!
 Call Starla to sign up: 616.451.0236; Ext 20.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5 — FALL BANQUET
Last year’s Annual Fall Banquet was a huge hit. This year will be even bigger. Tickets will go on sale in July. Watch our Facebook page for the official announcement.

GVSU carillonneur named president of national guild

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, university carillonneur at Grand Valley State University, has been named president of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA).

 

The GCNA’s mission focuses on promoting the carillon art by supporting the development of proficient carillonneurs, encouraging the building of new carillons and improving existing carillons, and composing and distributing carillon music. The GCNA is a member of the World Carillon Federation.

 

Vanden Wyngaard said that as president of GCNA, she hopes to nurture the next generation of carillonneurs.

 

“We have a nice group of young carillonneurs, and I want to work hard at keeping them interested, active and contributing to the growth of the carillon culture,” she said.

 

Vanden Wyngaard has served as the principal performer and teacher on Grand Valley’s Cook Carillon Tower since its dedication in 1994 on the Allendale Campus. In 1999, she completed the requirements for carillonneur member status in the GCNA and is currently serving a term on the guild’s board of directors through 2020. In the past, she also served two terms as vice-president.

 

In 2000, Vanden Wyngaard completed the diploma requirements at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort.

Delasie Nsu Bra 2017 Fashion Show on July 28 to benefit Arbor Circle

 

By Arbor Circle

 

Mark your calendars for a night of Fashion and Philanthropy! Join us on Friday, July 28 for the Delasie Nsu Bra 2017 Fashion Show at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids.

 

The theme for the event is the positive effect someone’s actions can have to inspire others. The DELASIE clothing designs will feature “Nsu Bra,” a Ghanian fabric pattern that represents the ripple effect of a stone thrown in a water well.

 

This event is sure to be a great time, PLUS 15% of the proceeds will go to support Arbor Circle. Get tickets here.

Did you know: Wyoming, Kentwood offer easy-access, must-know info

By C. Davis

 

Wouldn’t it be grand to have one central location of links to info about sidewalks, water leaks, tree trimming and more?

 

Well, there IS such a collection, and for Wyoming, it’s here. And these are just some highlights:

In Kentwood

Go here to download a handy-dandy residential guide in pdf format.

 

Register now for the Advocacy Summer Workshop 2017

 

By Disability Advocates of Kent County

Do you want to change your community, but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to learn how to build your power?

If you are a person with a disability, and you answered yes to both questions then you
should join our Advocacy Summer Workshop!

During the workshop you will build these skills:

  • How to set goals to make our community better
  • How to work with other people to make change
  • Identify other groups that will help my community and increase our impact.
  • How to make a statement at a community meeting

Meet & Greet:
July 15 from 3:30-4:30 pm

 

Workshop sessions:
July 31 thru August 3
1:30-4:30 pm

 

August 5
1:30-4:30 pm

 

Location:
Disability Advocates
3600 Camelot Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Adelyn VanTol-Wooden
616.323.2221
Adelyn.v@dakc.us

 

Register here.

 

 

Deadline is Friday, July 14 to enter Downtown Market GR’s Salsa Competition!

By Downtown Market GR

 

Downtown Market is hosting its inaugural Salsa Celebración on July 29 with a salsa-making competition. There’s a $20 entry fee for the Amateur Competition — for individuals and up to 4-person teams from the community —  and $25 entry fee for the Professional Competition — for restaurants, catering companies, food service providers and chefs only.

 

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded!

 

Register here by July 14.

 

 

KDL Kentwood branch hosts farm program

The KDL Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch will host the “Farm on the Go!” program on Wednesday, July 12, at 10 a.m.

 

The program features animals from the Critter Barn, located in Zeeland. The program is open for children of all ages.

 

The KDL Kentwood branch is located at 4950 Breton Rd. SE.

 

After the Kentwood visit, the program will head to the KDL Caledonia branch, located at 6260 92nd St. SE, July 13 for a 2 p.m. program and then to the KDL Grandville branch, located at 4055 Maple St. SW, July 18 for a 10 a.m. program.

 

For more information on this program or other activities at the KDL branch activities, visit www.kdl.org.

Chamber’s next 3rd Friday Networking Event is July 21

 

By C. Davis


Mark your calendar for July 21 for the next 3rd Friday Business Networking Event hosted by the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce. This month’s location is Buffalo Wild Wings at 2720 44th St. SW in Wyoming.

  • What: 3rd Friday Business Networking Event
  • When: Friday, July 21
  • Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, 2720 44th St. SW, Wyoming
  • Time: 11:30 am-1 pm

Register online at www.southkent.org or call 616.531.5990.

 

Roosevelt Park Ministries needs volunteers

By Bree Bode, Roosevelt Park Ministries

 

Roosevelt Park Ministries (1530 Grandville Avenue SW in Grand Rapids) is looking for volunteers! If you’re interested in any of the opportunities below, please contact Bree Bode by email here or call 616.475.5881.

 

English as a Second Language Volunteers

Volunteer ESL Teachers are needed to teach 1 1⁄2-hour ESL classes each week for a 12-week period. This is an opportunity to use your Spanish/ English speaking, and teaching skills, as well as meet the needs of the Roosevelt Park Community.


Spanish Language Volunteer

Volunteer Spanish Teachers are needed to teach an hour-long Spanish class each week. This is an opportunity to use your Spanish/English speaking and teaching skills, as well as meet the needs of the Roosevelt Park Community.


Volunteer Tutors for Spanish and English

Spanish and English Tutors are needed to work 1:1 or 1:3 in a one-hour tutoring session. The tutors need to commit to at least a four-week time span, once per week. This is an opportunity to use your Spanish/ English skills. Tutoring is done based on your schedule whether that is in the morning, afternoon, or evening.


Event-specific Volunteers

In August (on the 11th from 6-9 pm followed by a movie), Roosevelt Park Ministries will co-host the Family Fiesta, a community event in the neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the event, run games for youth, keep the park clean, and take down the event. Food and community partners will provide education/resources and a movie in the park.


Vita Tax Prep Volunteers

Volunteers with knowledge about taxes are needed anywhere from 2 hrs to 10 hrs a week, depending on your schedule. This is an opportunity to use your Spanish/English speaking skills but you need not be bilinqual. If you have tax prep knowledge or are willing to learn, you will become part of a team that on average helps over 1,000 people per year.

 


Computer Class Teacher

Volunteer Teachers are needed to teach an evening basic computer skills class. The schedule can be flexible, depending on your availability. This is an opportunity to use your Spanish/English speaking, and teaching skills, as well as meet the needs of the Roosevelt Park Community.


Bible Study Leader

Volunteer Bible study leaders are needed for weekly classes. This is an opportunity to use your knowledge of and show your love for the bible, as well as meet the needs of the Roosevelt Park Community.


The Bridge, an after-school program

Volunteers are needed to read with youth weekly during the school year (on school days) from 4:15-4:45 pm. This is an opportunity to use your passion for youth, interest in education, or love for reading as well as meet the needs of the Roosevelt Park Community.

 


Community Meal at Roosevelt Park Ministries

Volunteers are needed for one or all of the following for the quarterly community meal: securing food donations, preparing a meal, serving a meal, set up and clean up. The next meal will be October 11 in the evening.

 


Spring GR Presenters

Do you or someone you know have a family- or individually-owned business? Would you consider yourself an entrepreneur? Are you willing to work with a group of adult students who are considering or on their way to opening their own business? This is a 30-minute commitment, one or two times in the Fall of 2017. If you can share your challenges and celebrations with these aspiring students, your wisdom would be welcome.

 

Volunteer for GRandJazzFest and get a backstage pass!

By Molly Klimas

 

Hey, want a backstage pass to GRandJazzFest?

 

The event, presented by DTE Energy Foundation, needs volunteers to help at the festival August 19th and 20th at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

 

“It’s a great opportunity to get the inside view at our free, family friendly, live jazz festival!” said Chairperson/Founder Audrey Sundstrom.

 

Volunteers are needed in three-hour shifts to help present this event to the community. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, bottled water and the opportunity to help put on this free public event in the community.

 

Interested in volunteering? Go here to sign up.

Did you know: WSC offers discounted Go-Bus! Tickets

By Wyoming Senior Center

 

Thanks to a grant from the Area Agency on Aging and the Kent County Senior Millage, the Wyoming Senior Center (WSC) offers a Discounted Go-Bus! Ticket Program. Go-Bus! is a transportation service provided through the Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP) specifically for the elderly or disabled.


Go-Bus! provides door-to-door service for people who can no longer manage public transit routes. Through these grants, WSC is able to provide 10, 20 or 30 tickets per month at a suggested donation of $1.50 each. The Wyoming Senior Center is able to offer these discounted tickets to anyone 60+ who is disabled and living in Kent County.


Application for Go-Bus! eligibility can be requested from ITP at 616.456.6141 or you can fill out an online form by clicking here. Applications for the Discounted Go-Bus! Ticket Program can be obtained at the Wyoming Senior Center or download the application here.

Register now for the July 12th Kentwood Community Job Fair


By Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Heads up, job seekers! Registration for the Community Job Fair is OPEN at www.grjobfair.com.


This FREE event is open to job seekers of all ages, experience levels and industries. Companies will be looking to hire for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Bring several copies of your updated resume — and business attire is highly recommended.


Here are the details:
  • What: Kentwood Community Job Fair
  • When: July 12, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am12:00 pm EDT
  • Where: 2950 Clyde Park Ave, Wyoming MI

For 10 tips on how to prepare, go here.


Sponsored by Kentwood Community Church and West Michigan Works!

Wyoming Extends Yard Waste Drop-off Hours

By City of Wyoming


The City of Wyoming’s yard waste drop-off site will be open 24/7 through the weekend to allow for storm damage clean up.


The drop-off site, located at 2660 Burlingame Ave. SW, will return to normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, July 10. The site is free to Wyoming residents. Go here for more info.


The City is currently working to repair storm damage as quickly as possible. Trees blocking a roadway or a power line can be reported to non-emergency dispatch at 616.530.7300, ext. 1. For information on power outages, go here.


For more information, follow the City on Twitter @WyomingCityHall and on Facebook here.

SummerHouse Lavender Farm to host Bloom Festival 2017, July 7-9

By Jack Cafretsas

 

Lavender lovers will be in seventh heaven when SummerHouse Lavender Farm hosts Bloom Festival 2017. Visitors are welcome to explore the warm atmosphere of the farm July 7-9 from 10 am-6 pm, learn about the lavender growth process, listen to live music, and participate in family-friendly activities as the lavender reaches its peak bloom.

 

SummerHouse Lavender Farm was started by Dan McGavin and Carol Brown. The two felt a drive to keep active after retirement, and so they began building their dream together.

 

“We said to ourselves, ‘what do we do now?’” said Brown, who is a former professor of communications.

 

The two considered growing hops and other crops before deciding on lavender. The next step was finding their one acre piece of land in Fennville, where they then built a house in 2013 and began growing in 2014.

 

The farm now features approximately 825 plants of seven varieties. With these, a host of creations are hand-crafted. Products such as lotions, soap, essential oils, and even honey from the farm’s bees all come from the organically grown lavender.

 

The essential oils are extracted from the lavender using a large copper distillery, which aids in separating impurities from the oils. Users praise the oil for the calming restful effects it produces.

 

Inspired by these calming effects, the farm has integrated fountains and Zen gardens to create a sense of calm restfulness. The atmosphere is designed to reduce stress as visitors come to reconnect with nature.

 

Brown and McGavin say the farm’s motto is, “a creative respect for land, lavender and people.” However, the two say they cherish the people the most.

 

“We just want to share what we have created here with those who will love it just as we do,” McGavin said.

 

The Summerhouse Lavender Farm is located at 2976 – 65th Street in Fennville, Mich. For more information call 616.218.5793 or email info@summerhouselavender.com.

 

Don’t forget: City of Wyoming’s blood drive is TODAY

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By Victoria Mullen, WKTV

 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 12. City of Wyoming welcomes blood donors from 8 am-2 pm at City Hall, 1155 28th St. SW in Wyoming.

 

For more info and to schedule a time, visit miblood.org.

 

Donating Blood
Blood donors make a lifesaving difference. More than 4.5 million patients need life-saving blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada. And blood is a perishable resource that can be stored only for a short time. That’s why blood donors are needed every day.

 

Donor Requirements
You may be eligible to give blood every 56 days if you are a healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parent’s/guardian’s consent), weighing 110 pounds or more.

 

Before You Donate

  • Get plenty of rest, drink extra fluids, eat a good meal (including iron-rich foods) and avoid alcohol.
  • Eat more salty foods than usual 24 hours before you donate (check with your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions).
  • Avoid smoking right before you donate.

Donating

The entire process takes about 60 minutes. Healthy people are eligible to donate every 56 days. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Registration
    Sign in.
    Present photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.
    16-year-old donors will also need to present a parental consent form.
  2. Screening Area
    Answer questions about your health.
    Mini-physical: Temperature, pulse, and blood pressure are all checked. A small drop of blood from your fingertip is taken to test your iron level.
  3. Hydration
    Drink a bottle of water to hydrate before you donate.
  4. Donation
    A tourniquet goes on your arm above the elbow.
    A phlebotomist cleans your skin.
    The blood is collected (usually takes about 5-7 minutes).
  5. Post-Donation Station
    Take 15 minutes to sit, relax and enjoy a snack.
    Drink plenty of fluids.

Most people feel fine. Drink more nonalcoholic liquids than usual. This is important because your body replaces the liquid volume of the donated blood within 24 hours.

 

Eat more salty foods than usual 24 hours after you donate (check with your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions).

 

Avoid smoking for 30 minutes.

 

Delay strenuous exercise until after your next regular, full meal.

 

Leave the bandage on your arm for 3-4 hours to protect your skin against infection.

 

If you feel light-headed after donating, sit down or pull off to the side of the road if you’re driving and wait until you feel better before continuing.

 

Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642.5663) if:

  • You have any concerns about your donation OR you don’t feel well.
  • You have a fever above 101°F within the next 24 hours.
  • You have an unexplained fever with headache or flu-like symptoms in the next 14 days.
  • You have severe diarrhea within the next 48 hours.
  • Someone in your household develops hepatitis or jaundice in the next three months.
  • You think for any reason your blood should not be given to a patient.

The John Ball Zoo visits the Kentwood Library

Area residents and students can have an unclose encounter with live zoo animals when The John Ball’s Traveling Zoo will be making a visit to the KDL Kentwood Branch, 49500 Breton Ave. SE. Thursday, June 29.

 

 

 

The program is at 10 a.m. Participants will get the opportunity to meet some of the zoo’s many animals and learn more about the animals’ habitats and care.

 

For more information, visit www.kdl.org.

Día del Sol was a shining success!

By Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

 

Día del Sol has always been a colorful celebration of community, culture, arts, and education. This year’s event was full of fresh energy as The Goei Center hosted it for the first time. The vibrant Latin sounds of Cabildo pulsed through the air, the tastes offered by San Chez Bistro were delectable, and the student performances by Mexican Folkloric and break dance groups were absolutely captivating.


Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities raised over $61,000 from this event for the organization’s programming. This figure includes sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auction proceeds, and other donations. In addition, there were close to 300 attendees at Día del Sol this year.


Thanks to generous community support, children, teens, and entire families are creating and learning at the Cook Arts Center and the Cook Library Center.

WKTV Programming Highlights for Week of June 26

By Kelly Taylor, WKTV

 

For the complete Program Schedule, visit: www.wktv.org


EVERY WEEKDAY  

  • 9:00 am — Senior Exercise

MONDAY, JUNE 26

  • 9:30 am — Creating Vacation Memories
  • 11:00 am — Mission Evangelistica
  • 12:00 pm — U Beautiful Creation
  • 3:00 pm — Fools For Christ
  • 4:30 pm — A Day In The Dirt
  • 5:00 pm — The Adventures of Donkey Ollie
  • 6:30 pm — Whittlin’ Time: Bird House
  • 7:30 pm — Cooking With Angus: Bay Harbor
  • 9:00 pm — Community Awareness: Silversides
  • 11:00 pm — Precious Testimonies

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

  • 9:30 am — Stop The Destruction
  • 10:30 am — Jesus Is Coming
  • 2:00 pm — Diwaniya For Women
  • 2:30 pm — Positively Michigan.net
  • 3:30 pm — Steve’s Garage
  • 6:00 pm — Celebrating Life & Food: Celebrating Cherries
  • 6:30 pm — Summer of Tall Ships
  • 7:30 pm — Victory At Sea: Road to Mandalay
  • 8:00 pm — Sounds Of Summer: Electric Red
  • 9:00 pm — Kentwood Summer Concerts: The Crane Wives
  • 11:30 pm — Jim Vannewkirk in Concert

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

  • 9:30 am — After the Uniform
  • 10:30 am — Feel Like You Belong
  • 12:00 pm — West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • 2:00 pm — White House Chronicle
  • 3:30 pm — Silent Voices
  • 5:00 pm — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Sweet J Band
  • 9:00 pm — Vietnamese TV
  • 10:30 pm — Skid Road Music Videos
  • 11:30 pm — Rock Salad Festival
  • 12:30 am — Team Chicago Challenge
  • 1:00 am — You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me —  100th Episode

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

  • 9:30 am — Walking By Faith
  • 12:00 pm — Zion Reformed Church
  • 2:30 pm — Fresh Hope
  • 4:00 pm — Solamente La Verda
  • 5:00 pm — Talking God And Guns
  • 7:00 pm — Fountain Street Church
  • 9:00 pm — River Reflections
  • 9:30 pm — Catholic Forum
  • 11:30 pm — Bethany URC
  • 12:30 am — This Is Ministry: My Bicyclette

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

  • 9:30 am — Custer’s Bootscooters
  • 10:30 am — On Point Quilting Show
  • 3:30 pm — The Adventures Of Scuba Jack
  • 5:30 pm — NASA Connect
  • 6:00 pm — Is That Really Me On TV
  • 7:00 pm — Great American Brew Trail
  • 7:30 pm — Celebrating Life & Food: Celebrating the 4th of July
  • 8:00 pm — Yestervision: Dear Phoebe
  • 8:30 pm — More Music
  • 12:00 am — Midnite Movie: Return of the Curse

SATURDAY, JULY 1

  • 9:30 am — The Reading Train: Birds
  • 10:00 am — The Adventures Of Scuba Jack
  • 11:00 am — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Sweet J Band
  • 9:00 pm — Sounds Of Summer: Electric Red
  • 10:00 pm — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Sweet J Band
  • 11:30 pm — Michigan’s Finest Talent
  • 12:30 am — Late Night Sunday Funnies

Register now for ‘Beekeeping Basics’ on July 15 at Blandford Nature Center

By Blandford Nature Center

 

If you’re interested in beekeeping but don’t know anything about bees, this is the workshop for you! A guest expert, Jeff Auch, will share his knowledge, focusing on the basics and providing more learning resources for those who might want to start their own apiary.

 

Where: Blandford Nature Center’s Farm

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 2-3 pm

Cost: This program is $12 for members, $15 for non-members.

 

For participants age 15+.

 

Register here.

 

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave NW in Grand Rapids

Register your teen now for creative summer camps at WMCAT

 

By West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT)

 

For the first time WMCAT is offering summer arts and tech camps open to all middle and high school students in the community. Special guest instructors and WMCAT teaching artists will be engaging teens in everything from photography to sewing to illustration to video game design. A Hip-Hop immersion experience and stage production is also on the menu.

 

Camp descriptions and registration can be found online or you can download this PDF to register. Please note that due to an ongoing partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, GRPS students receive discounted tuition, BUT camps are open to all current middle and high school students in the area.

 

We hope to see you this summer at WMCAT!

One Wyoming Community Collaboration set for July 27

 

By One Wyoming Community Collaboration

 

One Wyoming Community Collaboration includes schools, government, churches, nonprofits and residents that strive to transform the quality of life in the community.

 

Please click here to RSVP for the event, which will include:

  • Special Guest Speaker: State Representative Tommy Brann
  • Updates from One Wyoming Community Collaboration
  • NEW Wyoming Math Initiative!
  • National Night Out 2017
  • Board of Directors Update
  • Much More

Time: 11:30 am-1 pm
Place: Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 Division Ave S, Wyoming, MI 49548

 

FREE LUNCH PROVIDED.

 

Don’t forget to Invite your colleagues!

 

Contact info@onewyoming1on1.org for more info.

‘Drawing from Nature’ at Blandford July 13 — Register now!

 

By Blandford Nature Center

 

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Are you interested in drawing? We’re taking our easels into the woods with a “plein air” program that will combine those interests: providing an enriching perspective no matter your current skill level!

 

Where: Blandford Nature Center Visitor’s Center

Date: Thursday July 13, 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Cost: This program is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

 

Program is for participants ages 12+.

 

Registration is required; click here to hold your spot today. Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave NW in Grand Rapids.

Join in the fun at ‘Boots and Badges’ June 24

By Southkent Chamber of Commerce

 

Join in the fun as Southkent Chamber of Commerce shows appreciation for the City of Wyoming’s Fire Department and Police Department at Boots and Badges Saturday, June 24 from 11 am-1 pm at  Grace Bible College, 1101 Aldon in Wyoming.

 

There will be hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, Marge’s Donuts, and a kickball game pitting the Wyoming Firemen versus the Policemen, with kids joining in. Oh, and there will be a dunk tank, too.

 

The festivities will be located north of 26th Street between Clyde Park Church of Nazarene and Grace Bible Church. Park at the Clyde Park Church of Nazarene.

 

Everybody is welcome!

Register now for Literacy Center information sessions

 

By Valeria Emmenecker, Literacy Center of West Michigan

 

Attention, prospective tutors!

 

The Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM) has scheduled information sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 10 am, Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 6 pm, Thursday, Aug. 17 at 2 pm and Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 am for prospective volunteer tutors. Each session lasts one hour

 

Here’s your opportunity to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session, you’ll have a chance to sign up for tutor training.

 

The LCWM is a nonprofit, United Way agency devoted to reducing illiteracy in our community. Based on the 2003 National Assessment for Adult Literacy and the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey, up to 14.6% of adults in Kent County lack basic prose literacy skills and have difficulty using certain reading and writing skills considered necessary in everyday life.

 

By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You don’t need to speak another language to tutor ESL.

 

Information sessions are held at the Literacy Center of West Michigan located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in Grand Rapids.

 

Please call 616.459.5151 ext. 10 or email info@literacycenterwm.org to register.

Metro Health Foundation to conduct donation drive Aug. 1

By C. Davis, WKTV Contributor

 

Metro Health Foundation will be conducting a donation drive at Van Andel Arena collecting new boys and girls toys for their Child Life Program and/or non-perishable food items to support their Community Clinic during Retro Futura on Tuesday, August 1st starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who makes a donation will be placed into a drawing to win two upgraded tickets to Retro Futura and two tickets to the Metro Health Foundation Gala.

 

Give back to your community and enjoy the summer’s biggest star-studded bill with the Retro Futura Tour 2017.

WKTV Programming Highlights for week of June 19th

 

 

By Kelly Taylor, WKTV

 

For the complete Program Schedule, visit: www.wktv.org


 

EVERY WEEKDAY  

  • 9:00 am — Senior Exercise

MONDAY, JUNE 19

  • 9:30 am — Celebrate Today: Safari BBQ
  • 11:00 am — Mission Evangelistica
  • 12:00 pm — U Beautiful Creation
  • 3:00 pm — Fools For Christ
  • 4:30 pm — A Day In The Dirt
  • 5:00 pm — The Adventures of Donkey Ollie
  • 6:30 pm — Whittlin’ Time: Reclaiming Knives
  • 7:30 pm — Cooking With Angus: Foraging
  • 9:00 pm — Community Awareness: Coastal Cruise II
  • 11:00 pm — Precious Testimonies

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

  • 9:30 am — Stop The Destruction
  • 10:30 am — Jesus Is Coming
  • 2:00 pm — Diwaniya For Women
  • 2:30 pm — Positively Michigan.net
  • 3:30 pm — Steve’s Garage
  • 4:30 pm — When Paintings Come Alive: Mars
  • 6:00 pm — Celebrating Life & Food: Celebrating Health
  • 6:30 pm — Brown Bag Gourmet: Summer Veggies
  • 7:30 pm — Victory At Sea: D-Day
  • 8:00 pm — Sounds Of Summer: Michatucky II
  • 9:00 pm — Grand Rapids Symphonette
  • 11:30 pm — Brysien Beer Concert

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

  • 9:30 am — Law Enforcement & Media Coverage
  • 10:30 am — Feel Like You Belong
  • 12:00 pm — People’s History: LGBTQ In Grand Rapids
  • 2:00 pm — White House Chronicle
  • 3:30 pm — Silent Voices
  • 4:00 pm — A Day At The Dairy
  • 5:00 pm — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Tejano Sound Band
  • 9:00 pm — Vietnamese TV
  • 10:30 pm — Skid Road Music Videos
  • 11:30 pm — All 4 One Band
  • 12:30 am — Team Chicago Challenge
  • 1:00 am — You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

  • 9:30 am — Walking By Faith
  • 12:00 pm — Zion Reformed Church
  • 2:30 pm — Fresh Hope
  • 4:00 pm — Solamente La Verda
  • 5:00 pm — Talking God And Guns
  • 7:00 pm — Fountain Street Church
  • 9:00 pm — River Reflections
  • 9:30 pm — Catholic Forum
  • 11:30 pm — Bethany URC
  • 12:30 am — This Is Ministry

FRIDAY, JUNE 23

  • 9:30 am — Custer’s Bootscooters
  • 10:30 am — On Point Quilting Show
  • 3:30 pm — The Adventures Of Scuba Jack
  • 5:30 pm — NASA Connect
  • 6:00 pm — Is That Really Me On TV
  • 7:00 pm — Great American Brew Trail
  • 7:30 pm — Celebrate Today: Safari BBQ
  • 8:00 pm — Yestervision: The Shadow
  • 8:30 pm — More Music
  • 12:00 am — Midnite Movie: Artisse

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

  • 9:30 am — The Reading Train: Art
  • 10:00 am — The Adventures Of Scuba Jack
  • 11:00 am — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Tejano Sound Band
  • 9:00 pm — Sounds Of Summer: Michatucky II
  • 10:00 pm — Wyoming Concerts In The Park: Tejano Sound Band II
  • 11:30 pm — Michigan’s Finest Talent
  • 12:30 am — Late Night Sunday Funnies

Teens can learn how to paint with soda pop at KDL program

Learn how to paint with pop at your local Kent District Library.

 

The KDL Gaines Township Branch, 421 68th St. SE, will host the Pop ‘n Paint for Teens program on Tuesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. followed by the KDL Kentwood Branch, 4950 Breton SE, hosting the program on Wednesday, June 28, at 2 p.m.

 

Participants will learn how to create their own masterpiece through this guided program. All skills levels are welcomed.

 

For more information, visit www.kdl.org.

Agricultural tourism directory a huge hit

By Janice Benson, Michigan Agritourism Association


The Michigan Agritourism Association has released Michigan Farm Fun, its 2017 directory featuring local agricultural products and engaging activities offered in every region of Michigan. This is the 10th annual edition of the popular directory, which includes agritourism destinations, including farm markets, u-pick farms, educational farms and more. The 2017 Directory is produced with support from the Michigan Apple Committee, Farm Bureau Insurance, and Chemical Bank.


“The directory has been a beloved resource as far back as 1979, when it was first published by the Michigan Department of Agriculture,” said Janice Benson, executive director of the Michigan Agritourism Association. “Today, it continues to be recognized as the best place to find family-friendly, fun activities on Michigan farms.”


Legacy Sponsor Farm Bureau Insurance has supported the directory since the Association’s first edition in 2008.


“We’re excited about the release of this year’s directory,” said Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Jim Robinson. “It lists hundreds of farm destinations across Michigan where visitors can enjoy our state’s bountiful harvest, including farmers’ markets, orchards, cider mills, and many more popular agri-tourism spots. We’re proud to support Michigan farmers and the agri-tourism industry.”


This year’s directory highlights what’s unique and special about each region of the state, from an agricultural perspective. “Michigan has a great story to tell,” said Benson. “Agriculture has been such a big part of Michigan’s history and it’s one of the most exciting stories of the future. Many people don’t realize what we have here. Michigan is really an agricultural powerhouse.”


A responsive website, www.michiganfarmfun.com, complements the printed directory for easy searching of agritourism destinations across the state and features a trip planning feature for creating an itinerary with detailed directions.


Printed copies are available at Farm Bureau Insurance offices, Chemical Bank locations in Michigan and Indiana, Michigan Welcome Centers, member locations and many Convention and Visitor Bureaus throughout Michigan.


For more information, visit www.michiganfarmfun.com.