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New Year's Eve kids overnight party

New Year's Eve kids overnight party

Parents planning to go out to celebrate on New Year's Eve might be interested in the overnight party for kids sponsored by the YMCA. The YMCA will pick up overnight guests at the Downtown and South East locations and bus them to Camp Manitou-lin for an overnight adventure of games, pizza, indoor climbing, crafts and karaoke, New Year's Eve dancing and then a morning brunch.

Call one of the YMCA locations for a reservation.

Greater GR Facebook Community urged to change profile pictures & vote to bring hunger relief to area

Greater GR Facebook Community urged to change profile pictures & vote to bring hunger relief to area

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GR/Wyoming market holds 2nd place position in national contest with 8 days to deadline



With just over one week until the Dec.

ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start

ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start

The success of ArtPrize stirred a great deal of conversation among Henry Head Start staff members. A sense of excitement permeated the school as new and unusual ArtPrize creations were discovered around town then later discussed among staff. This excitement inspired Henry Head Start staff to create their own art event to help develop a closer bond within their community.

The event took place on Thursday, November 18th, with participation from nearly 200 students, their families, and staff. The children worked on artistic creations with parents at home, as well as at school, individually and in groups. Parents submitted an eclectic collection of art pieces and staff added to the fun by offering their own art. Families and staff shared comments and laughter while viewing the art.

"Watching it all come together and the faces of the families and children strolling around the art said it all.

"Stars & Stripes" event tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Community Media Center (CMC) is pleased to announce an event at Wealthy Theatre to honor our nations Veterans, on Nov. 11. Our "Stars & Stripes" event will start with a brief set of comments by Grand Rapids resident, Rapidian writer and U.S. Veteran Michael Tuffelmire.

Michael's comments will be followed a brief keynote speech by veteran Timothy Caldwell, and the presentation of several multimedia profiles of Grand Rapids veterans, on the big screen.

Timothy will introduce Justin Pelham, a disabled veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart for serious wounds he received while serving in Iraq. Justin works with The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Segs4Vets. He has even gone to Washington to talk about being wounded.

Neighborhood Business Alliance Awards tonight at Wealthy Theatre

From: http://www.grcmc.org

Thursday, November 4th, 5:00 pm

The Neighborhood Business Awards celebrates the individuality of our neighborhood commercial corridors and the great businesses located within them. For twenty years Grand Rapids has celebrated our local businesses and recognized excellence in numerous categories. This year the event will be bigger and better as we have new and expanded categories to honor creative and innovative developments, new vendors at a “Taste of Our Neighborhoods” reception and reusable shopping bags to be distributed to all guests showcasing sponsors and neighborhood businesses.

Free and open to the public.

For more event information contact Neighborhood Ventures at 616-301-3929.

Cash donations give food pantries more options

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - When you think of making a donation to a food pantry you  may think of boxes of canned goods or dry cereal.  But as WZZM 13's Mike Roorda shows us in the attached video report, some local pantries say they would rather you donate something else entirely.

Garfield Park Spooky Night Out

Grand Rapids, MI - The Garfield Park Neighborhood Association is hosting "Spooky Night Out" on Friday, October 30th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Haunted Lodge will be decorated in true Halloween fashion featuring scary sounds and strange lights. And, If you're daring enough to make your way through, you'll be rewarded with Halloween treats.

The lodge is located at 334 Burton Ave SE and will be open to children 12 and under.

Click Here for additional information on the event, volunteering and donating candy.