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'5 de mayo' Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Thursday, May 3 at the GR Public Museum

'5 de mayo' Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Thursday, May 3 at the GR Public Museum

The Committee to Honor César E. Chávez in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum will join in a community celebration of “Cinco de Mayo” on May 3rd, at 11:30 AM. "The museum is a fitting place for this historical event.  We believe in the value of working together to share stories and lessons that inspire and expand cultural opportunities for all," says Dale A. Robertson, Museum President and CEO. 

This year's festivities will honor Dr. Juan Olivarez, President of Aquinas College, as the 2012 "Cinco de mayo" Honoree.  A special tribute will be presented to four members of the community for their work in community service and social justice, Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, Ed Sosa, Attorney Robert Alvarez, and Commissioner Ruth Kelly. 

Lt. Governor Calley to speak at GRCC commencement

Lt. Governor Calley to speak at GRCC commencement

Michigan’s 2nd youngest Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, 35, will address Grand Rapids Community College graduates at the 2012 commencement ceremony  to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on the GRCC campus.

“We’re honored to have someone of Lt. Governor Calley’s calibur and stature speaking to our students as they embark on their next stage in their lives,” said GRCC president Steven C. Ender.  “He has a great message to share based on his own experience involving hard work and what it takes to succeed – it will be another learning experience for our graduating students.”

Lt. Gov. Calley graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a B.A. in business administration and received his MBA from Grand Valley State University in 2000.  He served as a community banker for more than a decade working his way from the mailroom to vice president.  

GRFD announces Daniel Overbeek is 2012 Firefighter of the Year

GRFD announces Daniel Overbeek is 2012 Firefighter of the Year

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is pleased to announce that Firefighter Daniel Overbeek has been selected as the 2012 Grand Rapids Firefighter of the Year.  The selection was made by the American Legion – Furniture City Post #258

Firefighter Overbeek was selected for this honor for the positive example he displays to young firefighters through his dedication to his duties. His caring attitude and dedication to the department is reflected in his daily performance. He received the Medal of Valor in 2003, credited with saving a woman from the Grand River. This is the fourth time Dan has been nominated for the award. Dan was also involved and received recognition for rescuing a trapped firefighter that same year. Overbeek was appointed as a Firefighter for the City of Grand Rapids in 1988. He currently works out of the Plainfield Fire Station on the city’s northeast quadrant.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters

On Sunday, April 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer Missionary Movement is sponsoring a fundraising event featuring bestselling author Edwina Gateley. Her latest book, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters – Standing on Their Shoulders, will be the topic of discussion and she will provide us with some exquisite examples of feminine wisdom and courage.

We will hear about the women on whose shoulders we all stand.  They include saints, mystics, and martyrs; reformers, writers and environmentalists. Edwina will introduce us to women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Emily Dickinson, Rachel Carson, Pema Chodron, Dorothy Stang, Aung San Suu Kyi and Wangari Muta Maathai.

Tuesday Tabletalk - An Interfaith Dialogue: Mystics & Mystical Traditions

Tuesday Tabletalk - An Interfaith Dialogue: Mystics & Mystical Traditions

In celebration of 2012 - Year of Interfaith Understanding, the April Tuesday Tabletalk will be held on April 17, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Dominican Center at Marywood (DCM). DCM is located at 2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. Parking is free and the DCM area is barrier free. The cost for Tuesday Tabletalk is $10.00 per session and this fee includes the program and dinner.

A Local First: Grand Rapids Poets' Conference

A Local First: Grand Rapids Poets' Conference

by Matt Simpson Siegel

On Monday, April 2, another first for Grand Rapids occurs when Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) hosts The Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference: A Celebration of Grand Rapids Poetry. The four-day event is set with panel discussions, seminars and learning sessions at 108 Sneden Hall during the day, and evening readings on the second floor of the GRCC library. All events are free to the public.
 
This will mark the first time an exclusively Grand Rapids-based identity is focused on the oldest of the arts. It features poets from GRCC, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, all previous poet laureates (Linda Nemec Foster, Patricia Clark, Rodney Torreson), and “poets published extensively beyond academe, activist poets and those who have developed quietly over decades of work.”
 

One Driver's take on saving Gas & Money

One Driver's take on saving Gas & Money

Today I received a call at work from Rick Hill who lives in Grand Rapids, MI. Rick told me about a way that he is now saving gas and money.

Rick drives a 2007 Chevy Equinox and puts on approximately 50,000 miles a year as a salesman. Like most people, he pushed the speed limit whenever he could but just recently decided he was going to bring his speed down to 65 when driving on the highways.  In doing this, Rick said the mileage on his vehicle has improved 7 miles per gallon, thus saving him money also.

Rick did not want to be interviewed but thought this information would be beneficial to other people who have a heavy foot when driving.