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Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign Begins

Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign Begins

Story contributed by the Kent County Health Department
by: Lisa LaPlante

HIV rates in Michigan are nine times higher for African Americans compared to whites, and the rate of new diagnoses is climbing among the 13-24 year old African American population. The Kent County Health Department is planning several events for the Ninth Annual Michigan Black AIDS Awareness Campaign for the month of February.  Numerous testing opportunities will underscore the need to “Know Your Status.”

 

  • February 6th: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. - Heartside Ministry, 54 S. Division, Grand Rapids
  • February 7th: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Season Changes and Outdoor Activities

Season Changes and Outdoor Activities

The first snowfall of the season brings new ideas for still getting exercise during our winter months along with enjoying the beauty of nature.

For people who take advantage of the wonderful walking and biking trails that are available to all of us at no charge, now is the time to reprogram ourselves not only for walking but maybe some cross country skiing on some of the same trails.

In looking through different websites I saw advertisements for winter snow tires for bikes. I did not know this was something that was even available.

Pick out a trail; they are all mapped out at Kent County Parks Department on line where you can print off a map. Kent County has 5 main access trails at Johnson Park, John Ball Park, Douglas Walker Park and Millennium Park

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

The Veggie Mobile Sets Up Shop

The Veggie Mobile Sets Up Shop

By J. Bennett Rylah

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids may be known for its fitness centers, but it's more than a gym. Actively devoted to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all, the Y has been successful with many community outreach programs. This summer, the Y had their own farmers' market, offering local and fresh produce in the parking lot -- produce that could be purchased by low-income residents using EBT. Also, the Y recently switched their café over to the GW2 cafe, a partnership with Goodwill Industries to offer healthier options for customers and valuable work experience for those enrolled in Goodwill's hospitality services programs.

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

By Jason Lester

There is much talk these days about sustainability: sustainable business practices, sustainable farming and the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. Sheri Rop wants to see if this idealistic concept can be put into actual practice. Nourish Organic Market is her experiment to see just how sustainable sustainability is.

American Cancer Society hosts western-themed fundraiser Aug. 11

American Cancer Society hosts western-themed fundraiser Aug. 11

GRAND RAPIDS - The American Cancer Society's popular "Cattle Baron's Ball" fundraiser has a new dance partner this August.

The ACS "Stampede" is a western-themed party to be held Thursday, August 11 at EVE inside The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

Guests are encouraged to dress in western attire with prizes awarded for "Best dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl," "Big Dallas Hair," as well as a bull riding competition held inside Crush nightclub, while nationally recognized DJ Rekka will keep your boots stomping on the dance floor.

Two different ticket packages are available.

The $10 general admission ticket is good for entrance into to EVE from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m..

Free bike helmet giveaway set for Thursday

Free bike helmet giveaway set for Thursday

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids will be giving away bike helmets to children on Thursday, June 16th at the Grand Rapids Public Library's Ottawa Hills Branch (1150 Giddings Ave. SE).

The giveway will take place at 2pm with at least 50 free bike helmets available for kids ages 1 to 12.  The helmets are first-come, first-served with sizes subject to availability and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet.

Volunteers from the Griffins, Safe Kids, Centennial Securities and Delta Subaru will be on hand to properly fit the helmets.  Griff will also be on hand.

This is the fourth year for the "Lids at the Library" event.

You can find more information here.