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My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new gymnastics center for children in Wyoming.

The Vance family and staff members celebrated the groundbreaking of For The Kidz Gymnastics’ new facility on May 27.  The $1.5 million center will include 28,000 square feet of space-- roughly double the size of the current facility at 5690 Burlingame Ave. SW, which Alisa Vance opened in 2005.

“We’ve grown to capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our gymnastic equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance, who graduated from Cornerstone University with degrees in physical education and early childhood education.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

Orangeville Fire Department sponsoring Tigers Ball Game Trip

The Orangeville Fire Department, located in the Gun Lake Area, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Detroit Tigers play the Los Angeles Angels on April 19, 2014. The cost is $65.00 for the bus trip and the game, to be paid at the time reservations are made. Everyone going is to meet at the Fire Department at 8:00am the day of the trip.

To make a reservation and for more information, please call: Art Ribble at 269-672-7274 or Mike Ribble at 616-481-4516.

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

WYOMING, Mich.—The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is extending its hours and  teaming up with John Ball Zoo, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Blandford Nature Center to provide spring break staycation solutions for children.

From Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, kids can take part in activities like three-on-three basketball tournaments, dodgeball, bounce houses and art activities.  Animals from John Ball Zoo, the Blandford Nature Center and the Kent County Animal Shelter will also visit the Kroc throughout the week.    Children will also get more time to enjoy the climbing wall, pool and game room throughout the week.

My Town: Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Championships underway

My Town: Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Championships underway

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Championships are underway, and tickets are still available.

This is the 83rd anniversary for the championships, which began March 29.  Matchups will pick up again on April 5, April 12, April 18 and April 19 at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory in Wyoming. Tickets range in price from $13-$28 and are available on the Star Tickets website.

Michigan Golden Gloves Association, Inc. is located at  418 Leonard St. NW in Grand Rapids.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

Registration open for Pajama Dash Down Division

WYOMING, Mich.—Get ready to pull out your best pajamas as the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Cennter’s  Pajama Dash Down Division returns for a third year.

 Registration is open for the 5k run/walk.  The cost is $25 through Feb. 16 and includes a winter stocking cap.  Race fees rise to $30 from Feb. 17 through race day.  Participants can also get a free Kroc Center day pass, enter for more than $1,000 in door prizes and enjoy food, refreshments and photography.

The race will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m.