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Cool off with free Hot Kroc Movie Night July 19

Cool off with free Hot Kroc Movie Night July 19

WYOMING, Mich.—Cool off for free Friday, July 19 during Hot Kroc Movie Night at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

This family-friendly event will feature a giant outdoor water slide, a reptile show presented by Grand Rapids Public Schools, live Christian hip hop music, $1 snacks and a free indoor viewing of “Wreck-It Ralph.”  Outdoor activities begin at 5 p.m.; the movie showing will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center homepage.

Hot Kroc Movie Nights return July 19 with free movie showing

Hot Kroc Movie Nights return July 19 with free movie showing

WYOMING, Mich.-- The Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center is helping children cool down during the summer with the return of Hot Kroc Movie Nights.

The next free movie showing is “Wreck-It Ralph” on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.  Starting at 5 p.m., children can also enjoy a giant outdoor slip and slide, games and live music.  Popcorn, hot dogs, pop and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Kroc Center will hold another Hot Kroc Movie Night Friday, August 23 featuring Disney’s “Toy Story.”

Hot Kroc Movie Nights are sponsored by Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Fish for free June 8 & 9

Fish for free June 8 & 9

All anglers can fish for free June 8 and 9.

As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the state is waiving all fishing license fees for residents and out-of-state visitors. Free Fishing Weekend applies to all species of fish in inland waters and Michigan’s Great Lakes.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.  To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel

Join Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell for a ride May 21

Join Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell for a ride May 21

All community members  are welcome to participate in a free family-friendly bike ride with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell on Tuesday, May 21.

The Mayor's Bike Ride kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center,  located at 2500 S. Division Ave. Participants will have their choice of three routes that will start and end at the Kroc Center, including a two mile or six mile ride along Plaster Creek Trail, or a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, which will be led by Alger Bikes.  All routes are round-trip on pave surfaces.

There is no need to register but helmets are required.  For more information, call (616) 588-7200 or visit http://www.grkroccenter.org/.

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

Kroc Center offers pass deal to participants in Mayor's Bike Ride

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is teaming up with the city of Grand Rapids to show just how bicycle friendly our area is.

The Kroc Center will offer a buy one, get one pass deal to bicyclists on Tuesday, May 21, as part of the Mayor’s Bike Ride.  The annual ride starts at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance to Plaster Creek Trails at the Kroc Center, located on 2500 S. Division Ave.

The 5th annual Mayor’s Bike Ride introduces the average bike rider to Grand Rapids’ bike trail system.  Participants can travel 2 miles or 6 miles from the Kroc Center, or choose a 24 mile ride to Millennium Park, led by Alger Bikes.  All paricipants are required to wear a properly fitted helmet.

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.