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21st GRPS Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day

21st GRPS Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8:00am is the 21st Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot 5K Race. Doors at VanAndel Arena will open at 6:30am for packet pick-up and Day of the Race registration.

Participants can register ahead of time at:  grps.org/athletics/turkeytrot at a cost of $25 thru November 26th; after that it goes to $30. You may also pick up your packets ahead of time on November 27th at Union High School located at 1800 Tremont Blvd. NW in Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

There is always a need for volunteers at such events and you can register to be one at grps.org/athletics

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

Gymco gives kids a leg up on building healthy bodies, strong minds

By Chealsea Slocum
Photography by Adam Bird 

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Flu season is approaching and now is the time to get immunized.

The Kent County Health Department is administering its first flu shots of the season beginning Monday, September 23.  Adults and children six months and older are eligible for the vaccine.  Prices are $33 for the preservative free FluMist nasal spray, $20 for a preservative free four strain shot, $29 for the preservative free three strain vaccine and $25 for the three strain shot.   Parents of children who have no insurance or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines will only be asked to pay for administering the shot, which costs up to $15.

Although no cases of flu have been reported to the county so far this season, health officers say Kent County experienced a substantial increase in confirmed flu cases last season, leading to dozens of calls for vaccinations late in the season.

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Enjoy a “Night of Nets” while helping prevent malaria in Zambia during next week’s Cornerstone University games. 

Cornerstone is teaming up with Hope and Calvin colleges to purchase bed nets that prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading malaria.  The first of five fund-raising games took place Saturday, September 14.  The next benefit is Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. during the Cornerstone men’s soccer game against Siena Heights.  The last match-up to prevent malaria will be Wednesday, October 2, as the Cornerstone women’s volleyball team takes on Aquinas. 

Each suggested donation of $6 will provide a bed net for a family in Zambia.  Over the past three years, the Night of Nets campaign has generated more than $35,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 bed nets for families living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cornerstone’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 for the project.

Young and old team up for IronAge Games

Young and old team up for IronAge Games

Members of Holland Home challenged elementary students at River City Scholars to compete in IronAge Games on Thursday, September 12.

Nearly 20 residents from Breton Woods and Raybrook squared off with the students, taking part in several physical fitness stations. They competed in a bean bag toss, hula hoop, putt putt, jump rope and a memory game. When all the games were complete, the students and the IronAge competitors joined together to dance.

Enjoy a drink while helping children September 25

Enjoy a drink while helping children September 25

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If you’re over age 21, September 25 is a good day to stop by for a drink at Olive’s Restaurant & Bar.

Guest bartenders will be serving up drinks to benefit Aquinas College’s Conductive Learning Center. CLC board members Chip Behler and Andy Behler will be demonstrating their drink-making skills from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The restaurant plans to donate 20 percent of proceeds during that time to CLC.

Conductive Learning Center was founded by Chuck and Susie Saur about 17 years ago, after their son was born with a severe form of Cerebral Palsy.  CLC serves children from birth to age 26 who live with motor skill disorders connected to complications of premature birth, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or brain injury.  Specially trained teachers help each child work on physical, life and social skills necessary for adulthood.  For more information about CLC, click here.