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My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town GR South: Meet In The Image's new Executive Director

My Town GR South: Meet In The Image's new Executive Director

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to meet the new executive director of In The Image during a spring open house event on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The In The Image Board of Directors recently appointed Bethann Egan to the post.  Egan has an extensive background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, most recently with the Boy Scouts of America.  Prior to that role, Egan served as the engagement director at In the Image, from 2011 to 2012.

As executive director, Egan will oversee an organization that serves more than 900 families a week, providing necessities including clothing, bedding, appliances and other household goods.  In the Image also distributes new athletic shoes to at-risk children through the S.H.O.E.S. program each August.

In The Image is located at 1823 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

Free Tax Help Available

Free Tax Help Available

IRS-certified student volunteers from Davenport College are offering free tax preparation for anyone with an income of  below $52,00.00. Volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes for people on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 1pm.

The program is free and sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. For additional information or for an appointment, called 616-871-6147 or visit:  taxhelp@davenport.edu.

 

Art.Downtown. Returns on April 11

Art.Downtown. Returns on April 11

This one night event for the 5th year offers the community the opportunity to visit more than 30 downtown locations for a peak at the talent of over 300 local artists.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

Volunteers, along with maps will be available to assist with guidance for parking locations, galleries, studios, shops & more. Visitors will also have the chance to converse with local artists.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town GR South: MapleCreek adds a dementia director to leadership team

My Town GR South: MapleCreek adds a dementia director to leadership team

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— MapleCreek, one of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan’s senior living communities, has hired Kathy Mindes as their new dementia director.

Mindes started her new position on March 3, and is responsible for the Woods, MapleCreek’s dedicated memory care program, and The Harbor, a smaller memory care unit at The Lodge at MapleCreek.

“At MapleCreek, we want to make sure we provide excellent evidenced-based care to our residents,” said Deedre Vriesman, executive director at MapleCreek. “Based on Kathy’s experience as a psychiatric nurse, and her years of experience working with individuals with memory care issues, I know that she is going to bring a breadth of knowledge and expertise to our communities here.”

My Town GR South: Downtown Market offers spring break culinary camp

My Town GR South: Downtown Market offers spring break culinary camp

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Parents looking for a way to get their pint-sized chef out of the house this spring break have another option.

Space is still available in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s spring break camps.  Children and teenagers can learn new culinary skills in the market’s teaching kitchen and greenhouses while learning about other cultures, plants and gardening.  The day camps are described as follows:

 

Flavors of the World Kids' Camp (6 years -11 years)

http://www.flavorsoftheworld-kids.eventbrite.com   Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.