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East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

Lane closures on East Beltline Avenue are causing traffic backups in both directions.  Four miles of the road between I-96 and Lake Eastbrook Boulevard have been under construction since late May.  Crews are repairing concrete joints and upgrading sidewalks with American Disability Act compliant ramps.

The photograph in this article shows the traffic backup today (Saturday) in the southbound lanes.  Construction work is also forcing traffic into one lane in the other direction.  Lanes are closed 9 am to 3 pm and 8 pm to 6 am on weekdays. During the weekends, expect lanes to be closed from 8 pm on Fridays until 6 am on Mondays.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

Open House to Showcase Older Adult Programs

Open House to Showcase Older Adult Programs

News Release: KENT COUNTY: It’s the season of Senior Open Houses and while most celebrate the accomplishments of graduating high school, this Open House celebrates a different type of senior.

On July 22, 2011 the Kent County Senior Millage is hosting a Senior Millage Open House from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Wyoming Senior Center (WSC), 2380 DeHoop Ave.

The event will feature twenty minute presentations from local experts on hot topics like identity theft, healthy aging, transportation and technology. Thirty-one organizations that provide Kent County Senior Millage services will have booths and staff on-hand to explain their programs.

“The Kent County Senior Millage provides 46 unique services for older adults in Kent County,” says Anne Ellermets, Kent County Contract Coordinator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM), which administers the millage.

Open Swim at Local Grand Rapids Public Pools!!

Open Swim at Local Grand Rapids Public Pools!!

Water Safety is an Important part of Summer-time fun. When enjoying your water activities this summer please remember some basic safety facts.

According to the CDC, about ten people die everyday from drowning in the U.S. -- on average two of these are children under 14 years old.

The American Red Cross says some basic actions can help save a young life, including:

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

Join the West Michigan community in honoring the hope and courage of refugees all around the world, and those in our community, by celebrating World Refugee Day at Garfield Park. 

This event features speakers, live music, performers, food vendors, and crafts for sale that all seek to support and spread awareness of the plight of refugees. 

The event will also feature institutions in West Michigan that commit time and resources to supporting refugees in the community. 

Be Informed, get involved, make a difference, and have fun! Come down to Garfield Park on June 25th 11am to 4 pm for World Refugee Day, rain or shine. 

Admission is free. Food and crafts are available for purchase.

For more information please visit: facebook.com/worldrefugeeday

Sign-Up for the Garfield Park Community Garage Sale

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Garage sale season is here and one of Grand Rapids' largest neighborhoods is organizing a community sale.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association will host its garage sale Saturday, June 11 at Garfield Park, at the corner of Burton Street and Madison Ave. SE.

The garage sale is 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. rain or shine. If you would like to participate, you can register for a booth from GPNA.

1 booth: $25
2 booths: $35

Received after to June 1:

1 booth: $30
2 booths: $40

Set-up Time: 7:00am to 8:45am.

Exhibitors must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Any awnings, umbrellas, racks, etc. must be securely and safely placed within the confines of the booth space.

Friends of G.R. Parks plants 50 trees in Garfield Park

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Mayor Heartwell has proclaimed April 29, 2011 as Arbor Day in Grand Rapids. And the city, along with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are teaming up by planting 50 trees and seedlings in Garfield Park.

"Arbor Day is a great time to reflect on the importance of trees. And having kids out here to realize the role that trees play, from pulling carbon to stopping storm water, and beautify communities, they're all really important lessons," said Steve Faber, of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Tree planting locations will be along the Madison Avenue entrance to Garfield Park and near the parking lots and tennis courts along Burton Street.

The trees being planted come through a grant from DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grant Program with additional donations from Katerberg Verhage and Calvin College's Native Landscapes program.

Local artists taking over downtown Grand Rapids April 15!

Local artists taking over downtown Grand Rapids April 15!
On April 15, 2011 from 6-11pm, local artists are taking over downtown Grand Rapids!
Visitors are invited to experience places they may not access on a regular basis as 2 trolleys provide transportation between 25 unique downtown businesses, galleries and studio spaces. With over 250 local artists and performers involved, this event it is sure to be an exciting, dynamic evening.

Maps provide attendees a comprehensive guide to the event including listings for over 25 participating art hot spots. Major destinations include, Avenue for the Arts, the Kendall College studio spaces, Kendall College Galleries, Site:Lab, the Ionia Street Entertainment District, WMCAT, the GRAM and the UICA.

Visit the Art.Downtown. website for maps and details: www.artdowntowngr.com 

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