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Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Literacy Tutor Volunteer Orientation

Make a difference by volunteering for individuals to help improve their reading, writing and English language skills!

The Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240 in GR is offering volunteer orientation sessions on Tuesday, February 9 from 2-3pm & Thursday, February 11 from 6-7pm.

Register at (616)459-5151 or at info@literacycenterwm.org

Visit www.literacycenterwm.org for upcoming orientation sessions.

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

The month of October is almost through but before it passes you have an opportunity to help struggling young families, diaper their little ones.

Drop off any size new diaper packages to any of the five participating YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids during regular business hours on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30 to help make a difference for those in need. 

Call: (616)632-1007 or visit: www.diaperdrivekent.org for more information.

Sheridan VFW to host Veteran's Dinner

Sheridan VFW to host Veteran's Dinner

Veteran’s Day is just around the corner and the Sheridan VFW Post and Auxiliary are sponsoring a dinner to pay tribute to Veterans who served in any and all wars or conflicts. They will also honor those who served in non-combat areas during wars or conflicts.

There will not be a charge for the dinner but you must make a reservation, so they can plan accordingly. If you are undecided about attending, please do not make a reservation. They are planning on approximately 200 people and right now have 183 reservations. Phone: 989-291-9680

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Lindell Holm, retired Marine Corps with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  Other guests will include representatives from the VFW Department and District and Auxiliary Department and District. Past Commanders and Past Presidents will be honored as well that evening.

V.F.W. Post in Sheridan November 7, 2015

209 W. Washington (Co. Farm Rd.)

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

While volunteering this past weekend with WZZM13 and our “Make a Difference Day” event on the GVSU campus in Allendale, I was surprised to realize how little I really knew about bone marrow transplants. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same.

The main thing I learned was that 75% of the time, if you needed a bone marrow transplant, your immediate family would not qualify, meaning they would not be a match. That is when you turn to a place such as Michigan Blood. They are also connected to the National Registry.