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Social Art for Kids at ArtPrize!

Social Art for Kids at ArtPrize!

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FREE Kids ArtPrize event allows children to create and trade Artist Trading Cards.

KENT COUNTY, Mich. - Families headed down to ArtPrize have another kid-friendly event to attend.  At the Grand Rapids Artists Trading Cards tent in Monument park (just south of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum) kids will experience social art firsthand by making and swapping Artist Trading Cards.

Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children Conference at Meijer Gardens: September 10th

Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children Conference at Meijer Gardens:  September 10th

Our Healthy Lifestyles for Young Children conference for parents and caregivers will be held September 10, 2011, from 8 a.m. to noon at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The Great Start Collaborative of Kent County is pleased to announce that popular public speaker and radio personality Tim Cusack will deliver the keynote address at the annual Great Start Collaborative - Healthy Lifestyles Conference on September 10, 2011 at Frederik Meijer Gardens.   The free conference for parents and child care providers offers training on a variety of important topics, ranging from asthma care and management, to planning healthy menus for children, to tips to handle ADHD.  Training sessions will count toward continuing education credits for interested child care providers.

Cusack is a nationally recognized speaker on the health benefits of laughter and healthy relationships.  Tim will deliver a talk on “Caring for the Caregiver”.

Grand Rapids Frugal Fun With Kids This Week!

Grand Rapids Frugal Fun With Kids This Week!

Here’s a round up of some great, inexpensive family events happening in the Grand Rapids area next week!

Friday, August 12 12:00-4:00 VSA Open House.  The afternoon will include exciting and unique events for the whole family, including: make-and-take arts and crafts activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Saturday, August 13 10:00 – 3:00 Reading Rocks Festival in Rockford.  Author’s Row, Scholastic Book Fair, Early Childhood Sensory Tent. Storybook Character Sidewalk Parade, Garden Park Stage Entertainment… oh my goodness. I couldn’t have planned this better myself.

Monday, August 15 Go pick some blueberries! Irvine has delicious organic ones!

Taste of Grand Rapids is July 22 & 23

Taste of Grand Rapids is July 22 & 23

News Release:

(Grand Rapids, MI) – The 2011 Taste of Grand Rapids & BBQ Competition is just around the corner. The event kicks off Friday, July 22nd and continues Saturday, July 23rd for two days of food tasting, live music, and a barbecue competition. Hours are 3pm to 10pm on Friday, July 22nd and 11am to 10pm on Saturday, July 23rd. The Taste of Grand Rapids will be held at John Ball Park, 1300 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Admission and parking at the Taste of Grand Rapids are free, which makes it a weekend full of affordable family fun. Patrons may purchase tastes and samples of food from over 25 participating Grand Rapids area restaurants and enjoy live, non-stop entertainment. Kids can enjoy the designated Children’s Area, and adults can enjoy beer and wine with their tasty food samples.

Family Oriented Business

Family Oriented Business

This past Saturday I tried to call Rick Krueger, the salesman who sold me a car not too long ago but there was no answer at VanAndel & Flikkema dealership on Plainfield Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Today I called and was able to connect with Rick. He said that he had received my voicemail but was not at work because VanAndel & Flikkema is not open on Saturday. I thought this very strange, especially in today’s economy, with some dealers in our state open even on Sunday. He explained that they are a very family oriented business and the owners feel the employees give their all five days a week and that weekends are for family.

Rather unusual and I applaud them.


Rain forces move of Creston H.S. graduation

Rain forces move of Creston H.S. graduation

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Friday's rain is forcing Grand Rapids Public School officials to move Creston High School's Saturday graduation ceremonies indoors.

District spokesman John Helmholdt says Creston's graduation ceremonies are moving to their rain location, Sunshine Community Church at 3300 East Beltline Ave. NE, at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Previous Coverage: Graduation moved due to rain

Creston's graduation was to be held at Houseman Field, but the ceremony is being moved indoors because a chance of rain is in the forecast for Saturday morning.

Friday's graduation ceremonies for City High School, Special Education and Adult Education were also moved to Sunshine Church.