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Cash donations give food pantries more options

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - When you think of making a donation to a food pantry you  may think of boxes of canned goods or dry cereal.  But as WZZM 13's Mike Roorda shows us in the attached video report, some local pantries say they would rather you donate something else entirely.

Creston Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

By: Sandy Stuckhardt, Creston Neighborhood Association

Creston Neighborhood Association is hosting it's Annual Meeting on October 21, 2010 at Palmer School. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m; the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. City Manager and Creston resident, Greg Sundstrom will be our guest speaker. Mike Koelzer from Kay Pharmacy will share the latest information about the Creston Business District. Come meet the staff and the board of directors and hear about CNA accomplishments over the last year.

Belknap Lookout Chili Cookout and Block Sale

Grand Rapids, MI - Neighbors of Belknap Lookout are hosting a chili cookout and block sale on Saturday, October 9th starting at 8:00 am. Chili will be served from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm at 616 Clancy St NE (a donation is requested). The sale can be found at the 600 block of Clancy.

Visit http://www.noblgr.org for more information.

Fun and frugal family entertainment in Grand Rapids this week

I have a ton of stuff for you to take a look at this week.  Check out my Calendar for a full listing.

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

Fashion's night out Grand Rapids is on the horizon

From: http://www.fashionsnightoutgr.com/

For the second year in a row the world will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out together. It all started last year in New York when the United Council of Fashion Designers of America, American Vogue, NYC & Company, and the City of New York created FNO to help patrons understand the vast industry of fashion and how it helps our economy. Fashion is the largest industry in New York City. The industry employs 175,000 New Yorkers which creates $10 billion in total wages. None of these jobs exist if people don't shop. That is why it was time to make shopping fun again.

Fashion's Night Out Grand Rapids has been in the planning stage for months, but now the time is almost here. On September 10th retail stores around Grand Rapids will come together for the first time in support of one thing, “making shopping fun again”.

Fun and frugal things to do with kids this week!

There is a WHOLE lot going on this week in Grand Rapids!