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Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

Free screenings and kids' activities during health festival August 17

WYOMING, Mich.—A free faith-based health festival is coming to Lamar Park.

Michigan Blues is teaming up with the Grand Rapids Pastors Association and local churches for the August 17 event.  The health festival is part of the 15th annual Dia de Clamor. It will feature free health screenings, giveaways and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a soccer clinic.

The health festival will run from noon until 4 p.m.  Lamar Park is located at 2561 Porter Street in Wyoming.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, August 10. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

How the stacks at Kent District Library stacked up in 2012

The director of Kent District Library (KDL) reviewed the organization’s performance during the East Grand Rapids City Commission meeting August 5.

According to the annual report, patrons checked out about 6.1 million books from KDL in 2012; that’s about half a million fewer than the prior year. However, the report indicates digital book checkouts nearly doubled during that same time period to 370,914.

Based on the report, KDL saw declines in total check-outs, branch visitors and library program attendance in 2012.  However, computer log-ins and summer reading club participation rose.   While KDL’s total expenditures were higher than library revenue, the fund balance covered the $107,521 difference.

Kent District Library operates 18 branches throughout Kent County, serving more than 350,000 people. 

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.