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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.

Alger Heights Halloween 5K Walk/Run on October 26

Alger Heights Halloween 5K Walk/Run on October 26

The community is invited to take part in the Alger Heights Halloween 5K Race on Saturday, October 26 that beginning at 9am. Strollers & joggers are welcome but dogs, bikes, roller blades and skateboards are prohibited.  Children are invited to take part in the FREE Kids’ Fun Run, beginning at 9:45am.

Dressing up in costumes to celebrate the upcoming festive holiday is encouraged & gives eligibility to enter the costume contest. The costume contest judging is scheduled from 7:45-9:15am in the Alger Middle School gym. Kids, 12 & under do not have to be registered in a race to participate in the costume contest.  

This family-friendly non-profit race promotes Alger Heights neighborhoods, its businesses and the health of the people of the Alger Heights community.

Register on-line at www.alger5K.com until Thursday, October 24 at 12pm / Noon and get race details.

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.

Inaugural 'Cross Town Throw Down' August 29

Inaugural 'Cross Town Throw Down' August 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Ottawa Hills and Union high schools will open their football season Thursday with the inaugural Cross Town Throw Down.

Fans are invited out to Houseman Field for tailgating and children’s activities starting at 2:30 p.m.  The gate opens at 4 p.m. and kickoff is at 5 p.m. The festivities will include performances by the Grand Rapids Public Schools marching band and choir, giveaways and half-time contests.  Admission is $5 at the door.

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

Hundreds of students to get new shoes ahead of school year

WYOMING, Mich.—Hundreds of students are heading back to school with new athletic shoes, thanks to In the Image’s Shoes Help Our Elementary Students (S.H.O.E.S.) Program.

Program organizers plan to distribute 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to at-risk children before the new school year starts.  Eligible students attending Grand Rapids Public Schools and select schools in Kentwood, Wyoming and Godfrey-Lee will receive new shoes. 

In the Image added Potter’s House School to their list after realizing it would have enough shoes to serve children at that school.  Potter’s House students can pick up their shoes at 1823 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids at the following times: