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Metro Health Farm Market returns May 9

Metro Health Farm Market returns May 9

WYOMING, Mich.—The Farm Market will return to the village green outside Metro Health Hospital May 9.

The weekly market will host a variety of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, plants and other locally grown foods, as well as handmade arts and crafts. The market will also offer free community health screens on many of the days.

People on food assistance can redeem their Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh/Market Fresh coupons at the Farm Market.  Last year, more than $7,000  in food assistance funding was spent at the Metro Health Farm Market.

This is the eight year for the Metro Health Farm Market.  Special events this season include: Kids’ Day on June 20, Christmas in July on July 25 and Health and Wellness Day on August 1, which will feature a local chef cook-off.

The market will be open every Thursday through October 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New purpose for your old cell phone: Helping soldiers connect

New purpose for your old cell phone: Helping soldiers connect

 WYOMING, Mich.—A Wyoming company is asking for used cell phone donations to help soldiers stay in touch with their loved ones for free.

CBI Telecommunications is partnering with the non-profit group Cell Phones for Soldiers, to recycle and repurpose old cell phones so they can be used by soldiers away from home.  Their goal is to collect 1,000 cell phones that will offer approximately 60,000 minutes worth of talk time.

You can drop off your gently used cell phones at CBI Telecommunications, located at 437 44th Street SW in Wyoming.  For more information, visit the CBI or Cell Phones for Soldiers website.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program was founded by Robbie and Brittany Berquist when they were just 12 and 13 years old.  So far, the charity has provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time to military members stationed around the world.

New purpose for your old cell phone: Helping soldiers connect

New purpose for your old cell phone: Helping soldiers connect

 WYOMING, Mich.—A Wyoming company is asking for used cell phone donations to help soldiers stay in touch with their loved ones for free.

CBI Telecommunications is partnering with the non-profit group Cell Phones for Soldiers, to recycle and repurpose old cell phones so they can be used by soldiers away from home.  Their goal is to collect 1,000 cell phones that will offer approximately 60,000 minutes worth of talk time.

You can drop off your gently used cell phones at CBI Telecommunications, located at 437 44th Street SW in Wyoming.  For more information, visit the CBI or Cell Phones for Soldiers website.

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Listen to early bands, help children with cancer

 

Wyoming, Mich.—The West Michigan Music Hysterical Society will take a trip back in time Sunday, with an 8.5 hour tribute to the early bands of Grand Rapids.

The “We Do Care Charity Extravaganza” will take place May 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wyoming.  The event will feature the Eschelons and The Knights from Union High School, as well as 14 other West Michigan bands.  Visitors can enjoy continuous music from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, but music lovers are encouraged to donate to “We Do Care”, a local charity for children with cancer.

The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 5830 Clyde Parke Ave. SW.  Seating is limited to 500 people.

For a complete list of the musical line-up, visit the West Michigan Music Hysterical Society’s Web page.

"Be Nice" Event at RiverTown Mall

"Be Nice" Event at RiverTown Mall

“Be Nice Bench” is only one of many that is being displayed in RiverTown Mall through May 1st. Students from Grandville High School, Austin Rankin, Sarah Trumbull and Joslyn Smith, along with their art teacher Debra Kreuyer, created a simple bench to represent the school. The exhibit is based on the Mental Health Foundation of W. Michigan anti-bullying initiative.

Grandville’s Middle School created a bench as well along with Rockford High School, E. Grand Rapids High School, Zeeland West High School, Harrison Park Middle School, Westwood Middle School, Spring Lake High School, Lowell High School, Godwin Middle School, and Timberland Charter Academy in Muskegon.

On May 1st, a live Art Event with local artists painting benches in the common area will precede the auction of the benches at 6:00pm. All proceeds from this auction will go to the Mental Health Foundation of W.

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

(Kent District Library)-- Help address childhood hunger in Kent County by supporting Kids’ Food Basket

During the month of April, KDL Gives Back will sponsor juice box collection and bag decorating stations at all 18 branches.

Drop off juice boxes and bring the family in to decorate sacks:
Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit West Michigan organization whose mission is to make sure children in our community do not go to bed hungry. The group began more than nine years ago by serving 125 kids every school day through its Sack Supper program, and