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Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org

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UAW sells property to Meijer Gardens


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Grand Rapids building that bears the name of labor leader Owen Bieber will be demolished next year.

The West Michigan Horticultural Society bought the United Auto Workers Region 1-D building. The society owns the neighboring Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

UAW regional director Gerald Kariem says the Flint-based union will still have a presence in Grand Rapids and won't change the services it provides. Union leaders voted to merge the Grand Rapids office with a Flint office in June to increase efficiency.

Kent County records don't yet list the purchase price of the property. A Meijer Gardens spokeswoman says it hasn't decided what's next for the property. The Gardens wants to honor Bieber, who was a longtime friend of Fred Meijer.


D.A. Blodgett St. John's is hoping to match more than a dozen children, waiting to be adopted, with loving families.


GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WZZM) - A local agency is hoping to match more than a dozen children waiting to be adopted with loving families.

D.A. Blodgett St. John's has been matching children with adoptive parents for nearly 130 years and tonight it is holding The 3rd Annual Images of Adoption Event.

"We are featuring 15 children that are currently waiting in Kent County to be adopted. We are going to tell their stories," said Joy Engelsman, the adoption program manager for DABSJ. "We are going to have adoptive parents come who have adopted two teenage boys come and tell the story of their adoption experience."

Engelsman says adoption is not as scary and complicated as some people fear and is very rewarding.

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Lewis Black Tickets on Sale, November 7

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, Lewis Black is coming with his all new “The Rant is Due: Part Deux” to the Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices are $59.50, $45.50 & $35.50 and will be available at the DeVos Place and VanAndel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, on-line at www.Ticketmaster.com and by phone: 1-800-745-3000

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Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

Miranda Lambert Tickets on Sale Friday, November 7

CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miranda Lambert comes to the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, March 15, as part of her Certified Platinum Tour.

Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

 Every Dress Has a Story Campaign Through November 14

The Girls Scout of Michigan Shore to Shore, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan & Goodwill of Northern Michigan are teaming up to make this dress drive possible.

This campaign will make a difference for those giving & those receiving. Those giving, it will help clean out closets, which in-turn provides giving back to the community. So, donate your dresses to ANY Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan or Northern Michigan store through November 14.

Then, get social! Share the “Every Dress Has a Story” initiative with all your social networks. Post your commitment to this campaign with the hashtag #EveryDress & share a picture of the dress that you’re donating plus the story behind it.

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

Godwin Hardware offers plumbing skills

(WYOMING) - Godwin Hardware is offering you the chance to learn some basic plumbing skills.

Join us for our annual free hands-on plumbing clinic where licensed plumber Brian Vance teaches how to repair the most common plumbing problems. We'll have snacks and a drawing for great prizes!