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Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.

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My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of Grand Rapids)-- David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom.

In the final stages of the interview process, Marquardt visited Grand Rapids and had an opportunity to meet community members, park advocates, and City officials. Reflecting on that process, Marquardt stated, “I was impressed by the community’s demonstrated commitment to parks and recreation services. There is energy here that is intriguing and exciting.”

G.R. City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss running for mayor


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss says she would not be running for mayor if incumbent George Heartwell wasn't term limited and unable to run for reelection.

"If Mayor Heartwell would have run again, I would have gladly supported him," says Bliss. "He has done a great job leading our city."

But Mayor Heartwell must leave office at the end of the year, so on Wednesday Commissioner Bliss announced she is running to replace him.

"I believe the city is on a positive trajectory," she says. "We are the bright spot in this entire state. Maintaining that is going to be critical."

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

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My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

Summer comes to the community early with this great fundraiser to benefit the West Catholic Band Boosters this Saturday.

Shake Your Tail Feathers Dinner Dance 2015 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the West Catholic Cafetorium. This is the opportunity to enjoy margaritas with friends, experience a luau feast by Three Men & a Grill, try your luck at some raffles and take in some live music by Trilogy. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each if purchased by Jan. 27; after that date, tickets are $35.

Get your tickets at the West Catholic High School's main office. West Catholic is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. E-mail Sandy at rsfrazine@comcast.net or call (616) 293-7417 for more details.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.