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Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Leaders and parishioners from Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a culturally-diverse place of worship in Grand Rapids, will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their church with a service led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison. The Church service is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30am followed by a celebration dinner at 12:30pm.

This celebration dinner is open to all people and is free to attend. It will be catered by the LINC Up Soul Food Café and held at the church, located at 961 Temple SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Oakdale’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has helped the congregation grow its’ ministries, community outreach and service programs. The church also helps other outside organizations by providing use of its facilities.

Oakdale Park CRC was founded in 1890 and has more than 400 parishioners and currently is led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison.

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Summer block parties to benefit Vets Home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Coming for your summer enjoyment - a weekly block party near downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill will be holding block parties in front of their venue at 819 Ottawa Avenue on Wednesday nights, starting June 10. The events will cost $3 for admission, but $1 of that will go to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Also, $1 from every Perrin Veteran Pale Ale will also go to the Vets Home.

Teazers, which used to be in the location of the Garage Bar & Grill, used to hold weekly street parties as well.

There will be ten Wednesday block parties plus two more on June 26th, for the Freedom Cruise and August 1st, for the Headlight Run for Susan G. Komen.

Garage Bar Block Party Musical Acts:

June 10 Big Boss Blues

June 17 British Racing Green

Creston Market reopens after renovation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids neighborhood market is back open after an extensive remodeling project.

Creston Market is now home to a new walk-in wine cellar with a full-time certified sommelier. The business plans to host wine tastings, and the owners hope the market is just the beginning of a neighborhood revitalization.

"In order to really draw those folks in and make this a place that people want to live, we felt they needed a store like this," said Lawrence Duthler. "We really wanted to create a neighborhood market that would serve the existing community we've got right here in Creston, but also draw folks in from downtown and all of the surrounding areas."

The market will also sell fresh produce. Some of that produce will be grown through a nearby urban-farm initiative.

Creston Market is on Plainfield Avenue near Caledonia Street.

Opinion: It's my Point of view on St. Mary's Church

Opinion: It's my Point of view on St. Mary's Church

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, MI. and what a pretty church it is. Today there were several vases of pink roses, I’m guessing maybe from their May procession? When I looked around the church, I’m guessing there was maybe 50 people or less at 5 o’clock Mass. I thought how sad. It is very evident that the older people at Mass who do take part in helping Father Nolan are there because they want to be, very dedicated.

I belong to Holy Spirit Parish on the west side of Grand Rapids but every so often I get the urge to go to Mass at St. Mary’s; it kind of brings me back to reality, makes me remember my childhood parish in Northern Michigan.

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How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

How Often would you ever see a Sign like this

I received this picture on my grandson Andrew’s Facebook page today.

How often has anyone ever seen anything like this? I just traveled that bridge last week with my son while visiting in Maryland.  I think it’s a Hoot.

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Cherry Health will host a free event to educate, answer questions and help community members enroll and renew their Healthy Michigan health insurance.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kent District Library – Wyoming Branch, 3350 Michael Avenue, Wyoming.


Enrollment staff will be present to provide information about Healthy Michigan and how to sign up for health insurance or renew current insurance.  Staff will also be available to assist with Special Enrollment Period or SEP, for the Health Insurance Marketplace, for those who qualify.


Additionally, computers will be available for community members to use to enroll or renew their Healthy Michigan coverage.  Certified Application Counselors will assist with the enrollment process as needed.  Spanish assistance will also be available. 


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.