Join in community music groups!

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’d like to sing in the Rogue River Chorale or perform in the Community Band or Orchestra, we’d love to hear you. The band and orchestra practice Monday nights and the choir practices Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School. Bring your instrument or your voice and join us! For more information, visit or call the Rockford Area Arts Commission at (616) 866-7764.

John Ball Zoo throws a party

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Earth Day event will feature over 30 green organizations Yes, being green has definitely caught on. Manufacturers, architects, and businesses of all kinds have found ingenious ways to conserve and preserve. But how about every day family households that want to help? What can they do that’s affordable, simple and saves? Party for the Planet at John Ball Zoo is the place to find out. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over thirty West Michigan organizations will be attending Party for the Planet and each will offer something unique. There will be seedling give-aways, games, entertainment, science experiments, recycling and conservation  tips and of course, the animals.  Party for the Planet will also be the “one-stop-drop” for recycling of electronics and household items thanks to the on-site collection by Kent County Department of Public Works, 1-800-GOT JUNK? and Goodwill Industries.   Zoo admission for Party for the Planet is only $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under, and kids two and under are free.  John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  For more information or (616)336-4374 Full list of participants:  Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals Will be distributing free white pine seedlings City of Grand Rapids – Environments Services Disney            Will have give-aways promoting upcoming movies. Girl Scouts Will be helping kids plant seeds in take-home pots. Blandford Nature Center Will be handing out seedlings. Goodwill Industries Will be collecting clothes and household items. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Make-n-take crafts and games. Grand Valley Metro Council Green Chauffers (‘green’ taxi service) GVSU “Greening of the Grands” Project             Free blue spruce seedlings GVSU Natural Resources Management Healthy Homes Coalition Will be helping people keep their homes safe inside and out. Horizon Hydroponics Displaying tools for ‘green’ gardening. Animal Medical Center of Wyoming Land Conservancy of West Michigan Michigan Nature Association Natural Awakenings MagazineL Pioneer Construction The Rogue River Sierra Sustainable Community Development Initiative West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition WMEAC

Grattan Academy Blood Drive 2

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grattan Academy High School students Tyler Arnold, Kelly Woods, and Barbee Ryan provide snacks during an American Red Cross Blood Drive hosted by the school on Wednesday, April 1.  In addition to purchased snacks and drinks, the Middle/High School Student Council members also offered donors a selection of home baked cookies.

Celebrate Mother’s Day early at kick-off

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, crews of women volunteers will be pounding nails, raising walls and laying bricks at more than 175 Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the U.S. These non-traditional, pre-Mother’s Day activities are part of Habitat’s second annual National Women Build Week, May 2–10, sponsored by Lowe’s. You are invited to join in the fun with a Women Build Day on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some half day shifts are available). This nationwide celebration during National Women Build Week brings together women from all walks of life to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable homes for families in their local community. It also helps Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing by enlisting the help of new women volunteers. Women (and men too!) of all skill levels can play a vital role in eliminating poverty housing. Site supervisors will be on-hand to provide training, assistance, and encouragement. To register for Women Build Day, contact Colleen Mahon-VanDoren at (616) 774-2431 ext 224 or email Lunch, t-shirts and a few surprises are in store for the day!

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