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Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

by Jonathan Stoner in LOCAL LIFE

The YMCA mobile farmers market, otherwise known as the Veggie Van, now providing access to affordable, healthy produce at Pilgrim Manor.

The YMCA Veggie Van, touted as “West Michigan's first and only mobile farmers market,” is out visiting between 15 to 18 sites in Grand Rapids every week. In May they branched out beyond the SE neighborhoods. They added their first site on the NE side, the Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community.

Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza this Saturday

Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza this Saturday

The GDT Estella C Dokes Renal Food Bank was established to provide for the special nutritional needs of low-income kidney and other related diseases (diabetes and hypertension) patients. We are focused on being more than just a provider of food, but we are geared toward bringing education to create awareness and prevention.

During the month of July, we will be hosting our annual Estella C. Dokes Community Day Extravaganza on Saturday July 14, 2011 from 11pm-2pm. It is one of the many ways we strive to give back to the community and make a difference. Throughout the month we will be offering health care information, and many more opportunities to be educated on prevention and awareness.  We will have food, games, prizes and many other exciting activities for all ages to enjoy.

Archery added to Kroc Center summer activities

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has added 19 new program classes this summer. Enrollment is now open and new classes begin June 11.

Intro to Archery is one of the new classes being offered for ages 7+ at the Kroc Center this summer and will cover archery safety and terminology, followed by hands on practice at the range.  Other new classes include Art & Nature, an outdoor art class for youth and Climbing for Kids which give youth an opportunity to learn basic climbing and bouldering wall techniques. Also new this summer, adult co-ed softball and volleyball leagues and youth tennis, soccer, and day camps.

Dance classes for adults are another new feature at the Kroc Center this summer. Couples can learn dance styles such as the salsa, waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, and line dancing.  Another option for dancers is a beginner’s level dance class that will teach jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, and ballet.

SVS Vision, VSP Vision Care and Transitions Optical Team Up to Help Michigan Students

SVS Vision, VSP Vision Care and Transitions Optical Team Up to Help Michigan Students

News Release:

Mount Clemens, Mich., May 14, 2012 – Detroit-based SVS Vision is partnering with VSP® Vision Care and Transitions Optical to bring two fully-stocked, state-of-the-art mobile eye exam clinics, nicknamed “Eyenstein” and “SeeZar,” to Harms Elementary School in Detroit on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Mulick Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids on May 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., to provide free, comprehensive eye exams and eyewear to hundreds of students in need. The addition of “SeeZar” to the outreach program this year will enable more kids to receive care.

Harms Elementary is located at 2400 Central Street, in Detroit.

Calvin adds major, minor in public health

Beginning in the fall of 2012, Calvin College will become the first undergraduate institution in west Michigan to offer a major in public health--an emerging field, which offers a wide range of career opportunities both locally and globally.

Arlene Hoogewerf, chair of Calvin's biology department, is co-directing the new public health program with Economics department chair Scott Vander Linde. Hoogewerf says that the push to offer public health programs at the undergraduate level has occurred within the last five years.

Summer Enrollment Open for 30th Therapy & Fun Clinic

Comprehensive Therapy Center will again offer its popular Therapy and Fun Summer Clinic three mornings a week from June 18 to August 2. The clinic helps children with disabilities, ages 1 to 12, walk, talk, learn and play so they can read and write.

Therapy and Fun combines professional speech-language, motor and sensory therapies with recreational activities, like arts and crafts, music, story time and outdoor play.

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Wyoming Seniors on the Go

Wyoming Seniors on the Go

Today begins the first of many walks sponsored through the Wyoming Senior Center in Wyoming, MI. The walk today is being held in Pinery Park and a schedule for all future walks is available at the Senior Center.

Walking is one of the best ways of getting exercise and meeting new people. The walks are geared at a leisurely pace and are low–impact. What a great way to get out and about to enjoy Mother Nature and enjoy the company of others.

All walks take place every Wednesday morning at 9:00am beginning April 18th and running until September 26th. Meet at the Wyoming Senior Center or the designated place on the schedule each week.