Our network

Families

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

On Independence Day, Americans will celebrate our country’s freedom with fireworks, family, and friends. Amidst the fun and hoopla, let’s pause to remember the supreme price of freedom. The holiday is Independence Day. The day it is celebrated is July 4th. Because freedom is our most revered right as citizens of the United States, Independence Day encompasses a whole Fourth of July weekend to celebrate.

Let’s hoist up our American flags, prominently wear our red, white, and blue, and proudly show our dedication to those to whom we owe this weekend: our nation’s veterans and U.S. military.

As the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, the American Legion Auxiliary thanks the brave men and women who fought – and continue to fight – at home and abroad, along with their families who sacrificed along with them to allow us the privilege to live in the Land of the Free because of the brave.

God Bless America, and Happy Independence Day!

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

The Top 5 Pizza Franchises in the USA:
1. Pizza Hut with 15,605 Units
2. Domino’s with 11629 units
3. Papa John’s with 4700 Units
4. Little Ceasars with 4059 Units
5. Papa Murphy’s with 1425 Units

The Top 5 Pizza Sales Days:
1. Super Bowl Sunday
2. New Year’s Eve
3. Halloween
4. Night before Thanksgiving
5. New Year’s Day

The Top Fun Facts about Pizza:
1. 252 million pounds of pepperoni consumed every year
2. 100 acres of pizza eaten per day in the USA
3. 350 slices of pizza eaten each second
4. 70,000 pizzerias in the USA (9000 in New York)
5. 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide each year (3 billion in the USA)

The Top 5 Pizza Toppings:
1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon

The Top Most Expensive Pizza in the World:
1. $12,000 Luis XIII in Salerna, Italy
2. $ 8,200 Favitta’s Family Pizzeria, Henrietta, NY
3. $ 4,200 Domenico Crolla in Haggis, Glasgow, Scotland
4. $ 1,000 Nino Bellisima in New York City

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

Great Lakes Kite Festival Returns

The State Park in Grand Haven comes to life with incredible kite performances this weekend. Don’t miss the fun!

For the 28th year, the world’s best kite flyers - individuals, pairs & teams will be performing continuously on Saturday, May 21 from 10am – 5pm & Sunday, May 22 from 11am – 5pm.

Kite enthusiast and their families are invited to experience different size kites with amazing capabilities controlled by professional kite handlers. There will also be an Open Flying Field to fly your own kite.

Grand Haven State Park is located at 1001 Harbor Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan 49417.

Call: 1-866-428-2335 or visit www.mackite.com for more information.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Bissell Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof

Rain or shine the community with their families and four legged friends are invited out for an afternoon of Howlin' good times, while raising awareness for animal adoption.

Take a trip to Gainey Field located at 1661 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 24 for an afternoon, from noon - 3:00pm to experience fun-filled activities.

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.