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Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library


The Grand Rapids Public Library will hold a series of events celebrating Earth Week during the week of April 19-26, 2014. The events center around being a good steward of the earth, using locally produced goods, reuse of old items and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The week-long series kicks off with a Nature Photography Walk led by local photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to learn photography techniques while walking the Fred Meijer Trail at Millennium Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

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2 men try to rob Chicken Coop restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for two men who tried to hold up a Grand Rapids restaurant.

It happened just before 12 a.m. Tuesday at the Chicken Coop, at the corner of Hall and South Division.

Police say two men went into the building. One had a gun and wore a bandana over his face.

The clerk ran out of the business when the men tried to rob her. She was not injured.

The suspects ran away from the scene.


My Town GR South: College Avenue tree dressed up for Easter

My Town GR South: College Avenue tree dressed up for Easter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- It doesn't have leaves yet, but a tree on College Avenue is already carrying a load on its branches.

This is the tenth anniversary of the Easter Tree, located in front of a home at College and Pleasant.  Neighbors and passersby say more than 400 eggs were hanging from its branches ahead of Easter.

My Town GR South: Eastown celebrates Earth Day with plant exchange, gardening and bench building

My Town GR South: Eastown celebrates Earth Day with plant exchange, gardening and bench building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Eastown will be buzzing when Earth Day arrives April 22.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Eastown Community Association will hold an Earth Day garden cleanup and perennial exchange at its offices on 415 Ethel.  The ECA will be working with Heart of West Michigan United Way, West Michigan AmeriCorps Collaborative members and children from the GR Creative Youth Center to clean the community garden, build a new earth bench out of plastic bottles and plant new trees.  Participants in the perennial exchange are reminded to label the plants they bring.

 Residents can also sign up for a community garden plot at the office that day.  There are 16 plots available for rent on a first come, first serve basis.  Registration will take place in the ECA office.

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Generation Care expands into Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - A new center in West Michigan is taking a different approach to rehab and medical fitness.

Generation Care, which already has offices along the lakeshore, has recently expanded into Grand Rapids. The center's mission is to use everything possible to restore a patient's physical condition.

One program to help them do that is called Inspire 180. Jeraca Gouveia and Leonard Van Gelder with Generation Care talk more about how the program works.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about Generation Care. To learn more about the Inspire 180 program, click here.


The benefits of magnesium for your body


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - It's a mineral that's abundant in your body, though you might not know much about what it is or what it does. We're talking about Magnesium.

Not having enough of it can give you a headache, literally. Brandi Grimmer is a nutritional consultant at Keystone Pharmacy in Grand Rapids. She talks about why Magnesium is so important in your body and shows you a simple test you can take to determine if your body is deficient.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about magnesium's impact on the body. Click here to learn more about Keystone Pharmacy.


My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”