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8th annual Metro Health Farm Market opens for the season

8th annual Metro Health Farm Market opens for the season

Metro Health,  located at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW,  is hosting a weekly open-air market on Thursdays  through October 10,  from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m.

Vendors will be selling locally grown and  produced food items for purchase, including vegetables, fruits, baked goods, plants and flowers, along with handcrafted candles, jewelry  and soap.

Join Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell for a ride May 21

Join Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell for a ride May 21

All community members  are welcome to participate in a free family-friendly bike ride with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell on Tuesday, May 21.

The Mayor's Bike Ride kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center,  located at 2500 S. Division Ave. Participants will have their choice of three routes that will start and end at the Kroc Center, including a two mile or six mile ride along Plaster Creek Trail, or a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, which will be led by Alger Bikes.  All routes are round-trip on pave surfaces.

There is no need to register but helmets are required.  For more information, call (616) 588-7200 or visit http://www.grkroccenter.org/.

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is teaming up with the city of Grand Rapids to show just how bicycle friendly our area is.

The Kroc Center will offer a buy one, get one pass deal to bicyclists on Tuesday, May 21, as part of the Mayor’s Bike Ride.  The annual ride starts at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Plaster Creek Trails at the Kroc Center, located on 2500 S. Division Ave.

The 5th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride introduces the average bike rider to Grand Rapids’ bike trail system.  Participants can travel 2 miles or 6 miles from the Kroc Center, or choose a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, led by Alger Bikes.  All paricipants are required to wear a properly fitted helmet.

Wienermobile arrives in West Michigan

Wienermobile arrives in West Michigan

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is making its way through West Michigan this week.

Anggie Dogg and Kevin Bacon Bits will offer tours of the Wienermobile May 16 at the Family Fare on West State Street in Hastings.  The Wienermobile will also be available for public tours May 17 at the Family Fare on Kalamazoo Avenue SE in Kentwood, and May 19 at the Family Fare on Health Drive SW in Wyoming.  The pair will also be handing out collectible Wiener Whistles.

The  Wienermobile has been doing cross country tours since 1988.  The first Wienermobile made its debut in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1936.

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.