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Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

Help firefighters by keeping hydrants clear

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- East Grand Rapids city officials are asking residents to help out firefighters when they are back out shoveling.

Here's the city's message from the latest East Express E-Newsletter:

"If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows.  

Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner.  If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire.

Homeschooled students bring Peter Pan to stage

Homeschooled students bring Peter Pan to stage

WYOMING, Mich.—Homeschooled students throughout the Grand Rapids area are teaming up to bring Peter Pan to stage.

Homeschool Performing Arts will hold its first performance Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.  Everyone involved in the production is homeschooled, from actors to stage crew.  The group’s publicist says many of them travel just to be a part of the production.

The group will rehearse for the next two weeks at the Homeschool Building in Wyoming.  All performances will take place at Caledonia High School.  The play schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Veronica at (517) 525-6651.

Salvation Army Kroc Center offers winter break activities

Salvation Army Kroc Center offers winter break activities

WYOMING, Mich. (The Salvation Army Kroc Center)--Bounce houses, arts and crafts, swimming, gaga ball, climbing wall, and $5 lunch every day are just a few of the family friendly low cost activity options available at The Salvation Army Kroc Center during this Christmas break.

For only $5.50 for kids 11 and under, $7.50 for ages 12+ families can find a lot of entertainment all week long during this holiday season.  Additionally a free family movie night will take place on Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m.

During the school Christmas break, the Kroc Center will be holding special holiday day camps on Monday, December 23 and 30–Tuesday, December 24 and 31 and Thursday, December 26 and January 2. Cost per day is $26 for members or $38 for non-members with lunch included.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve bilingual worship services begin at 7 p.m.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

Kroc Center offers free Christmas Movie Night Dec. 13

Kroc Center offers free Christmas Movie Night Dec. 13

WYOMING, Mich.—If your holiday budget is tight, the price for this weekend’s movie at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is just right.

The Kroc Center will host the first of three free Christmas Movie Nights Friday, Dec. 13. All three featured films are family friendly and start at 7 p.m.  Concessions will also be available for $1.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Dec. 13: “Arthur’s Christmas”
  • Dec. 20: “Silver Bells”
  • Dec. 27: “Polar Express”

No registration is required.  For more information, call the Kroc Center at (616) 588-7200.

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  More than one million Americans are living with HIV, and many may not even know it.

In honor of World AIDS Day, the Kent County Health Department is offering free AIDS testing at four of its facilities, no appointment needed.  The finger poke test takes about 20 minutes for results, which are confidential.  Those who get tested will receive a gift card (while supplies last) and additional information about HIV.

Testing times and locations:

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized