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Soup’s On Fundraiser

Soup’s On Fundraiser

Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcome your presence to Pietro’s through February 2017 for this Fundraiser!

For a fresh, homemade and local lunch or dinner, patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful trip to Pietro’s Soup Bar. Chef Jevon Reno’s, 3 Signature Soups made from scratch daily are a tasty break you won’t want to miss!

Throughout the month of February, a donation of $1.00 from each soup bar purchase ($2.99 each) will benefit Catholic Charities. Give Catholic Charities a helping hand with the enjoyment of the “Best Soup in Town”

Pietro’s is located at 2780 Birchcrest, SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan, off 28th Street, one block West of Breton Avenue.

Call: (616)452-3228 or visit www.pietrosGR.com for more information.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

North American International Auto Show and Auto 1910

North American International Auto Show and Auto 1910

I recently got an e-mail from one of my friends and it really rang a bell with me being the North American International Auto Show begins tomorrow, Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Detroit.

The auto featured above looks quite different from the auto posted below this article. The auto featured above sold for $950.00 in 1910 but the average wage at that time was 22 cents an hour. The average man earned between $200 and $400 per year. By comparison, the averge houly rate today is $13.33 and the high weekly wages $1644.00. These are jobs in manufacturing, building, etc.

There were 8000 automobiles total in the USA at that time and only 144 miles of paved roads. Can you even imagine what that ride was like?

Gas for automobiles could only be purchased at Drug Stores. Top speed was 10 miles an hour.

In doing a little research I found the average price of a new automobile today for the average family is too expensive for them to own at $34,000.00.

Candlelight Snowshoeing on Valentines Day

Candlelight Snowshoeing on Valentines Day

Make plans to spend time with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

Howard Christiansen Nature Center located at 16190 Red Pine Drive in Kent City is offering three Candlelight Snowshoe guided excursion through their scenic trails on Valentine’s Day. You can choose 6:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:00pm.

The excursion includes snowshoe and is a one mile hike through candle lit trails with the chance to warm up by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. It’s a romantic evening you won’t want to miss.

Member Cost: $8.00 per couple and Non-members are $15.00 per couple.

Call: (616)675-3158 for more information or visit www.howardchristiansen.org to book tickets.

Family Snow Day

Family Snow Day

Register soon to bring your family out to Blandford Nature Center for a fun snow day!


Your family will have an exciting day of snowshoe hiking into the woods, where practicing makes perfect with these giant stepping tools. Then off to a spot to build your own snow creations. Hot chocolate awaits your family at the Visitor Center, as the perfected snowshoe process maneuvers you back.

Family Snow Day takes place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm. This event is for participants ages, 7 & older.

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cost is $3 for members & $6 for non-members. Snowshoe rentals are $5 per person.

Register at: www.blandfordnaturecenter.org or Call: (616)735-6240 for details.

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Jay & Kai Jazz Trombone Tribute

Jay & Kai Jazz Trombone Tribute

The community is invited to a free Jazz musical evening with incredible arrangements of J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding, the renowned jazz duo!

Make plans to meet your friends at The B.O.B. located in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday, December 14 from 7-10pm to hear MSU Professor of Jazz - trombonists, Michael Dease and Aquinas College Director of Instrumental Music, Paul Brewer, along with bassist, Ed Fedewa, drummer, Eddie Eicher and pianist, Robin Connell.

Call: (616)490-9506 or visit www.wmichjazz.org for more information.