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Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

The 31-foot Duck Tape bus will roll into West Michigan this weekend.

Visitors to the bus can take part in a variety of activities, including iPad stations with tutorials on how to make a Duck Tape wallet as well as other projects, a fan photo wall,  Duck Tape formal wear and a seven-foot timeline of Duck Tape’s 70-year history.  There’s also a video and photo kiosk where you can share your Duck Tape story or snap a photo against a Duck Tape background and life-sized sculptures for more photo opportunities.

 The Duck Tape Rolls Across America tour schedule includes:

  • July 6: Meijer, 3757 Plainfield Ave. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview
  • July 7:  Meijer, 1801 Marketplace Dr. SE, My Town Kentwood
  • July 8:  Meijer, 5500 Clyde Park Ave. SW, My Town Wyoming

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The list of businesses participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is out.

So far, 68 restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual event, creating specialty three-course meals for $25. Participants include:

  • The Acorne Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview)
  • Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Avenue NW, My Town Comstock Park/Alpine Township)
  • Aryana Restaurant and Bar (5700 28th Street SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bar Divani (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Ste. 130, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave. SW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Chloe Elan (445 Ada Drive SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bobarino’s at the B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave. NW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bombay Cuisine (1420 Lake Drive SE, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille (401 Leonard St.

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27, but the Kent County Health Department is getting a head start on free testing.

Community members are encouraged to visit Sheldon Clinic Tuesday morning for a 20 minute test involving one finger poke.  Personal Health Services employees will also be available to answer any questions.  Tests are available without an appointment, and are confidential.  People who are tested will get a gift card, while supplies last.

The testing is as scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 25: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, June 26: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wyoming Clinic, 852 47th Street SW, Wyoming
  • Thursday, June 27: 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

‘Gran Festival’ fun June 22-23

‘Gran Festival’ fun June 22-23

WYOMING, Mich.-- The community is invited to this  "Gran Festival" on Saturday and  Sunday, June 22 and 23rd, from noon to 8 p.m.

This family-fun experience will take place at Holy Name of Jesus Parish and  San Juan Diego Academy, located at 1650 Godfrey SW.  Free parking will be available around the corner.  Bring the family out to enjoy food, games, music performed by live bands, dancing and much more.

For more information, call (616) 241-6489.

Concert in the Park series returns for summertime

Concert in the Park series returns for summertime

WYOMING, Mich.—Wyoming Concerts in the Park are back.

 The Kari Lunch Band will take the stage June 11 as part of the summertime series. All of the performances will take place at Lamar Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights, through August 6. 

Concerts in the Park are free, courtesy of the Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission.

Consumers Energy kicks off summer safety campaign June 8

Consumers Energy kicks off summer safety campaign June 8

WYOMING, Mich.—Consumers Energy will kick off its 101 Days of Summer Safety campaign Saturday, June 8 with UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour.

The Arrive Alive program raises awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and drunken driving.  Studies show roughly 89 percent of all Americans own a cell phone and people under 20 years are at highest risk for deadly crashes caused by distracted driving. Arrive Alive uses a high-tech simulator to allow people to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

Consumers’ 101 Days of Summer Safety is open to the utility company’s employees and their families.  The Arrive Alive Tour will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Consumers Energy’s parking lot, located at 4000 Clay Avenue SW in Wyoming.