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'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

'Stuff the Bus' challenge to help 3,000 students

The “Stuff the Bus” community challenge is back.

 Now through August 9, Hand2Hand Ministries and the Student Advancement Foundation will be collecting school supplies and personal items for children.  The donations will be distributed to about 3,000 middle school students in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Jenison and Hudsonville school districts.

 “Soap, Socks and Supplies” is the theme for this fourth annual campaign. Donations can be dropped off Fifth Third Bank locations throughout metro Grand Rapids.  Financial donations are also being accepted.

 "Each year Fifth Third supplies the backpacks for the students, and we look forward to working together with the community to fill them," said Scott Stenstrom of Fifth Third Bank.

Specialty beer and wine store moves to larger facility

Specialty beer and wine store moves to larger facility

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – The Copper Vine has moved into a bigger storefront.

The new store is located across the road from The Copper Vine’s old location, at 56th Street and Wilson Avenue SW.   

The Copper Vine offers a variety of craft beers, sold individually or in six-packs.  The store also features a wide selection of wines, cheeses and accessories for your bar and kitchen. 

The Copper Vine opened in April 2011.  Its owners reopened at the new location June 26.

Wyoming Kid 2 Kid Sale returns July 20

Wyoming Kid 2 Kid Sale returns July 20

WYOMING, Mich.—Wyoming’s Kid 2 Kid Sale returns for its fifth year Saturday, July 20.

A spokeswoman for the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Department says children have reserved more than 25 tables to sell toys, games, movies, books, sporting equipment and crafts. 

The Kid 2 Kid Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wyoming Senior Center, located at 2380 DeHoop Ave. SW.  Admission is free.  For more information, call (616) 893-8363.

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Saving taxpayer money: Kent ISD consolidates printing services

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD are combining printing services to save taxpayer money and streamline service to school districts and non-profit organizations.

The newly consolidated printing service is located on GRCC’s campus.  The partnership will save money by increasing the efficiency of the college print shop and eliminating the expense of staffing copy services at Kent ISD. 

“In recent years, we’ve continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

Duck Tape bus stops in West Michigan July 6-8

The 31-foot Duck Tape bus will roll into West Michigan this weekend.

Visitors to the bus can take part in a variety of activities, including iPad stations with tutorials on how to make a Duck Tape wallet as well as other projects, a fan photo wall,  Duck Tape formal wear and a seven-foot timeline of Duck Tape’s 70-year history.  There’s also a video and photo kiosk where you can share your Duck Tape story or snap a photo against a Duck Tape background and life-sized sculptures for more photo opportunities.

 The Duck Tape Rolls Across America tour schedule includes:

  • July 6: Meijer, 3757 Plainfield Ave. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview
  • July 7:  Meijer, 1801 Marketplace Dr. SE, My Town Kentwood
  • July 8:  Meijer, 5500 Clyde Park Ave. SW, My Town Wyoming

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

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.