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My Town: Free showings of 'Raising of America' April 16

My Town: Free showings of 'Raising of America' April 16

KENTWOOD, Mich.—America is the richest country in the world; so why does child well-being in the U.S. rank 26th out of 29 developed countries?

The answer may lie in “Raising of America,” a documentary that explores how a strong start for all children leads to better outcomes later in life and a more prosperous and equitable America.  The hour-long film, “interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive.”

 Celebration Cinema South will be holding two free screenings of the documentary Thursday, April 16.  Viewing times are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Conversations will follow each showing.  To register, visit the event website here.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Jezebel Sauce with Corned Beef - The Best

Jezebel Sauce with Corned Beef - The Best

Last St. Patrick's Day I made Jezebel Sauce for the first time, as recommended by Penzy's Spices. Everyone loved it and I found out later that it is good on several meat and cheese sandwiches. Easy to make and it keeps for a long time in the refrigerator. Give it a try!                 

Jezebel Sauce

  1. 8oz. jar of Pineapple Preserves
  2. 6 oz.  Dijon Mustard
  3. 6oz.   Horseradish
  4. ½ teaspoon Ginger (optional)

 

Mix all the above together in a jar. Shake until well mixed and store in the fridge.

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan raises awareness through random acts of kindness

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan raises awareness through random acts of kindness

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that is officially observed by the United Nations and will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2015. WDSD was established to help raise awareness of exactly what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome are an important part of our communities.

To celebrate, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan will be committing random acts of kindness on March 21 in three West Michigan communities:  Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo.  Random acts of kindness are selfless actions performed with the intention of assisting or lifting the spirits of a stranger.  Some examples include paying for someone’s fuel at a gas station, baking cookies for a local fire station, or handing out bubble gum in a public park. 

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

HBA of Greater Grand Rapids announces winner of $10k giveaway for home renovations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A homeowner in Eastown is getting $10,000 to renovate her place.

Cami Estep won the giveaway contest by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids and Option 1 Credit Union.  The two groups launched the contest in February, during the Grand Rapids Remodeling and New Home Show. 

“Our home is more than 100 years old, so the possibilities for projects are endless,” said Estep. “We were already planning on redoing an upstairs bathroom, but our furnace has been making some interesting noises lately, so we may choose to replace our aging heating and cooling system instead!”

Although she may not know exactly how to invest the money yet, one thing is for certain-- Estep and her family are very grateful for the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

My Town: Author of “How to Walk to School” addresses need for strong neighborhood schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Jacqueline von Edelberg will tell the story of how she and other neighborhood moms galvanized their community to transform a struggling neighborhood school into one of Chicago’s best at an event on Thursday, March 12 at Congress Elementary School.

Von Edelberg co-authored the book “How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance,” which inspired East Hills Loves Congress and the Congress neighborhood/school initiative.