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Summer Reading Programs

We have some amazing summer reading programs for kids.  Sign up as early as possible so you can make the most of them.  Not all of the details have been announced, so check back for updates!

West Michigan Auto Group Mourns the Passing of its Founder, Marion “Red” Betten

West Michigan Auto Group Mourns the Passing of its Founder, Marion “Red” Betten

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of Marion “Red” Betten.  Earlier this year Red was diagnosed with lung cancer.  After a successful surgery to remove the cancer, he developed complications.  He was surrounded by loving and devoted family when he went home to his Heavenly Father the afternoon of May 26, 2011. 

Red was first and foremost a Christian and was unapologetic in applying his faith in Jesus Christ to his business enterprises.  His personal mission was to live his life in such a manner that the image of God would be evident in his life and that the love of Jesus would flow through him.  He would often share the word of God as part of his regular dealings with staff and business associates.

Local children's book author leads 250-mile bike ride to Chicago

Local children's book author leads 250-mile bike ride to Chicago

by Sara Schneider (saradipity) in LOCAL LIFE

With internet, television, smart phones and the numerous other electronic distractions, today’s youth are becoming more and more apathetic to the idea of enacting big ideas. Local children’s book author Sue Stauffacher set out on a five day, 250-mile bicycle trip from Grand Rapids to Chicago on May 16 with the hope of reigniting the desire for adventure in the hundreds of students she will visit along her route.

Stauffacher’s newly released picture book, “Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History,” all started with a postcard and a curiosity.

Lambert, Edwards & Associates donates $10,000 to YMCA for swim lessons

Lambert, Edwards & Associates donates $10,000 to YMCA for swim lessons

Information provided by Lambert, Edwards and Associates:

Thursday Jeff Lambert, the president and managing partner of Lambert, Edwards & Associates, presented a $10,000 check to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. 

The donation will fund swim lessons for urban youth at the Greater Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit YMCA brances. 

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Innovators will be gathering in Grand Rapids tomorrow (May 12) at the Civic Theatre for a TEDx event.  TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.  TED’s annual global events draw thousands of people, who want to hear from some of the most innovative people around the world.  TEDx events are independently organized local events, which have the approval of TED.

TEDxGrandRapids will bring innovators from diverse fields, from all over the world, to share their personal stories of innovation with over 500 local participants at the Civic Theatre.  Organizers have lined up 16 speakers.  The event is sold out.

For more information click on this link:  http://www.tedxgrandrapids.org        

Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit

Public Transportation 101 or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Transit

By Nicholas Monoyios

The importance of cultivating vibrant and healthy cities is generating more public attention than ever. From swanky social events to helping the homeless, the passion to improve this community is taking all forms. A critical ingredient in the recipe for community success is high quality public transportation.

Many of us who have traveled to bigger cities instantly see the obvious presence of public transportation. From local buses to subways, these routes are the essential blood vessels of urban areas. However, successful, efficient, and effective public transportation in our metropolitan area cannot be seen as a reactive solution solely for relieving busy streets. It is a proactive infrastructure that improves social equity, environmental quality and economic stimulation. Public transportation is sustainability for our community.

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