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Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials:

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

Comstock Park hosts 6th annual Cancer Classic Jan. 24

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The 6th annual Cancer Classic basketball games will take place Friday, Jan. 24 with proceeds benefiting Relay For Life of Comstock Park.

This year's opponent is Wyoming.  The varsity girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by the varsity boys' game.  Cancer Classic T-Shirts and crew sweatshirts will be available in the high school, Mill Creek and Pine Island offices for $10 (T-shirt) or $20 (crew sweatshirt) starting Tuesday, Jan. 21.  Admission to the games will be $3 with the purchase of a 2014 Cancer Classic T-Shirt or Crew Sweatshirt.

Movie Night at Metro: The Weight of the Nation Pt. 2

Movie Night at Metro: The Weight of the Nation Pt. 2

WYOMING, Mich.--  Metro Health Hospital’s free movie series continues Wednesday, Jan. 22 with part two of “The Weight of the Nation.”

The second part of the documentary breaks down the obesity epidemic into four categories- consequences, choices, children in crisis and challenges.  Whether you struggle with your weight or are just curious about the subject, learn how serious obesity is and what you can do to help.

Movie Night at Metro begins at 6 p.m. inside the Metro Health Conference Center, located at 2225 Main St. SW in Wyoming.  To register, visit Metro Health’s website here.

Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Vista Charter Academy students advance to Regional Spelling Bee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two Vista Charter Academy students are on their way to the Regional Spelling Bee.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, sixth grade student Eduardo Mora took the top spot among spellers in the 4-8 grade category.  Fourth grade student Maurielle Hayes was the runner-up.   Third grade student Serenity Cain won in the 1-3 grade category.

Both Eduardo and Maurielle will compete in the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 11 at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell. 

Vista Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth. 

Meet a Harlem Globetrotter for free during anti-bullying event Jan. 20

Meet a Harlem Globetrotter for free during anti-bullying event Jan. 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Harlem Globetrotter is taking a break from the court to help prevent bullying in West Michigan.

“Flight Time” Lang will present the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” at The Salvation Army Kroc Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.  During the 40 minute program, Flight Time will show off some of his incredible ball-handling skills while talking about the bullying prevention program the Globetrotters created in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

The ABCs of Bullying Prevention are Action, Bravery and Compassion.  The program is meant to help elementary school children become more aware of the various types of bullying and how to stop them before they begin.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is located at 2500 S. Division Avenue.

ITT Tech Grand Rapids hosts open house Jan. 18

ITT Tech Grand Rapids hosts open house Jan. 18

WYOMING, Mich.-- ITT Tech Grand Rapids is opening up its campus to visitors.

The open house will take place Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ITT Tech Grand Rapids is located at 1980 Metro Court in Wyoming.

Find out about classes available at ITT and more details about the open house at www.itt-tech.edu  We look forward to seeing you there!

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including: