The Humane Society of Kent County’s Kibble Konnection pet food bank helped 104 families at the first distribution on March 22, with a total of 159 dogs and 126 cats receiving supplemental food. “People were so grateful to have a place to come for help,” said Jennifer Self, Humane Education Coordinator for the Humane Society. “Many individuals spoke about forgoing their own food just to make sure their pets got fed.” All of the food distributed was generously donated by the community. With the demand for the Kibble Konnection program expected to increase, donations of pet food are now even more essential. “Kibble Konnection is run solely on donations and we’re hoping the community will pull together so we can continue to help as many people as we can,” Self said. The Humane Society of Kent County is accepting donations of new or opened unused food for the Kibble Konnection program. Individuals can drop off food Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson Dr. NW, Grand Rapids. There are also donation bins in various businesses around Kent County. A list of donation drop-off sites is available at www.hskc.org. The next food distribution date for the Kibble Konnection program is Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to pre-register if they have not already filled out an application. Applications are available by calling (616) 791-8066, at www.hskc.org, or by e-mailing Kibblekonnection@aol.com. Pet owners who qualify will be able to receive supplemental food for up to five animals and must reapply every six months. Founded in 1883, the Humane Society of Kent County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection. For more information call (616) 453-8900, or visit the Humane Society at 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids, or visit www.hskc.org.
April 1 2009
Described as George Winston meets Yo-Yo Ma, the piano/cello duo of “MacRaven” brings their combination lyric cello lines intertwined with New-Age piano sonorities to two April events. Award-winning composer and Bostwick Lake Church Music Director, Roger MacNaughton, teams with Grand Rapids Symphony cellist, Steve VanRavenswaay, on Sunday, April 12 at the 10:30 a.m. Easter Service at Bostwick Lake Church located at 7979 Belding Road. One week later on Sunday, April 19, the duo performs in support of the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ fundraiser “Arts Jam.” In addition to MacRaven, the benefit concert includes performances by Marvin Sapp, Lazy Blue Tunas, Michelle Covington, Potato Moon, and Steve Talaga and is hosted is Gerry Barnaby. Tickets for the afternoon are $20 for adults and $5 for children and are available by calling (616) 819-2156. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by an art auction with food and beverage reception at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center located at 600 Forest Hills Avenue. Parking is free.
Wise Photography, established in 1995, is moving and expanding into a new location at 1 N. Main. “I’m excited about the new location because of the added exposure” Wise said. “I have a lot of art that no one has been able to see, just hiding in my computer waiting for a chance to be seen.” “I know many people who have lived in Rockford for years and did not know we were downtown. This time around they will not be able to miss us.”