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The Rapid holding bus fare forum August 7

The Rapid holding bus fare forum August 7

The Rapid will hold a public forum Wednesday, August 7 to address how it will handle bus fares in the future.

The bus transit service is drafting a policy for evaluating the public impact of any bus fare changes,  including when new services are added, like the Rapids  Silver Line on Division Avenue.  Officials with The Rapid say right now they are not considering raising prices, but more pass options.

Wednesday’s public forum will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Rapid Central Station second floor conference room, located at 250 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.  If you cannot make the meeting, you can comment on the issue by calling (616) 776-1100.

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

Indoor picnic and party for Kent County seniors August 9

 A non-profit organization supporting Kent County’s older community is planning an indoor picnic for Friday, August 9.

The Senior Neighbors, Inc. Senior Picnic will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Grandville High School, located at 4700 Canal Ave. SW.  The event is open to all Kent County residents age 60 and older.  The cost is $4 per person and includes lunch, music, entertainment, door prizes and photo opportunities.  This year’s theme is “Passport Around the World.”

Organizers say last year, approximately 400 seniors took part in the celebration.

Senior Neighbors has centers in My Town Grand Rapids South, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta, Walker and Grand Rapid Central.

Church members join Habitat for Humanity build August 3

Church members join Habitat for Humanity build August 3

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Members of Trinity Lutheran Church will roll up their sleeves Saturday, August 3 to help prepare a home for a family in need.

Church members will join Thrivent Financial and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help with a house project at 1118 Wheeler SW in Wyoming.  The build will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Volunteers must be 16 years or older.  If you’re interested in helping, contact Gloria at (616) 454-7454.

Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run August 1

Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run August 1

WYOMING, Mich.—The Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run  returns for a fourth year Thursday, August 1.

The event is meant to encourage all family members to live active, healthy lives.  The event will take place at Metro Health, located at 5900 Byron Center Ave. in Wyoming.

Children who participate in the free kids races all get an award for finishing.  Starting at 6:30 p.m., children ages 3-5 can take part in the 50-yard dash, a 100-yard dash is available for children ages 6-9 and kids between 10 and 14 years old can take part in a quarter-mile dash.

Proceeds from the Metro Way 5k Family Fun Run will go toward Metro Health's free and low-cost community health programs and screenings. For more information to register for the adult race or how to volunteer, call (616) 252-7341.

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Lady Bow-hunters' Night Out August 15

Lady Bow-hunters' Night Out August 15

WYOMING, Mich.-- Stop in at Al and Bob's Sports for a meet and greet, refreshments and possible prizes during the Lady Bow-hunters' Night Out Thursday, August 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Many female hunting companies will be there answering questions and helping out with any of those bow hunting issues.  

Al and Bob's Sports is located at 3100 S. Division Ave. in My Town Wyoming.