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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.

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:

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   The new Ambulance Consortium in Kent County is growing.

Grand Rapids, Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming and Rockford have already voted to form the consortium.  Plainfield Township is also considering joining.

The Ambulance Consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Kent County communities have been working on the partnership since 2010.  

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:

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.