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City clerk urges college bound students & firsttime voters to verify their voter registration status

City clerk urges college bound students & firsttime voters to verify their voter registration status

News Release:

Unbeknownst to many people, there is a Michigan Election Law that could potentially

hinder first time voters from voting with an absentee ballot. For example, if a high school

senior registered to vote during a voter registration drive and then attempted to obtain an

absentee ballot while away at school, the absentee ballot would be denied in accordance

with the Michigan Election Law.

 

Grand Rapids City Clerk Lauri Parks recalled, “In 2008, I received numerous calls

from parents trying to assist their out of town college student in obtaining an absentee ballot

as a first-time voter.

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

News Release:

Thursday May 17 is the K-9 Cabaret!!

This brand-new event for Humane Society of West Michigan is designed to bring our community together to have fun and support the animals of West Michigan!

This year's event will honor the Grand Rapids Police Department's K-9 Unit. One of the K-9 dogs (and their handler) will be present at the event to accept the award signifying their work in the community!

We invite everyone to this event to bid on terrific auction items, enjoy fabulous food and learn how important animals are to our community! Auction items include autographed sports memorabilia, a Coach purse, a Brinkman 4-burner grill, U of M football tickets and more!!!

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Community Planning Committee Announced for Monument and Veteran's Memorial Parks

Community Planning Committee Announced for Monument and Veteran's Memorial Parks

Mayor George Heartwell and Downtown Development Authority Chair Brian Harris today announced the members of the community-based planning committee that will guide the historic evaluation, master planning and eventual rehabilitation of two key downtown public parks.

"Monument and Veteran's Memorial parks are the front yard for the Children's Museum, the Public Library and numerous local businesses and residences," Mayor George Heartwell said. "Rehabilitating these historic public spaces supports the ongoing revitalization of downtown and will enhance the quality of life in our city. We are thankful so many thoughtful community leaders have volunteered to help make this project successful."  

Valparaiso University Chorale to Perform in Grand Rapids

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The Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the nation’s leading Lutheran collegiate choirs, will travel to six cities in four Midwestern states during its spring tour in preparation for an international tour at the conclusion of the semester.

The Chorale will be in concert at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 5th at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave. Northeast, in Grand Rapids, Mich. They will perform selections by Dello Joio, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lauridsen, and a selection from the Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Faculty artist Nicole Lee will be featured on the piano.

In May, the Chorale will travel to Germany for the fourth time in 10 years, participating in the 800th anniversary of St.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

Social Art for Kids at ArtPrize!

Social Art for Kids at ArtPrize!

News release:

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.

NFL Competition for youth comes to the Salvation Army Kroc Center

NFL Competition for youth comes to the Salvation Army Kroc Center

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Rapids, Mich.,September 16, 2011 – Football season is here and the National Football League (NFL) excitement will be happening right in Grand Rapids at the local The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Established in 1961, the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 15 to compete separately against their peers in punting, passing, and kicking in a fun and engaging environment. The event is taking place at several venues around the country and the only location in Grand Rapids is at The Salvation Army Kroc Center at 2500 S. Division. The Punt Pass & Kick program is free, open to the public and is one of the oldest NFL Youth Football programs.