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Pre-Reading Classes for Kids offered April 14th

Pre-Reading Classes for Kids offered April 14th

From the Grand Rapids Public Library:

Thursday, April 14
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Yankee Clipper Branch
2025 Leonard NE

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschool children, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.


Ford Presidential Museum offers free admission on April 8th

Ford Presidential Museum offers free admission on April 8th

News Release:

Grand Rapids, Mich.- Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in celebrating Mrs. Ford's 93rd birthday on Friday, April 8, 2011.  The Museum will offer FREE ADMISSION from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Birthday cake, donated by Meijer, will be given to the first 750 visitors.

Included in the free admission is the Ford Museum's feature exhibit, The American Soldier. The courage, camaraderie and human drama of U.S. servicemen and women in action is captured in 116 pictures chosen for a unique exhibition.

It assembles images taken from the earliest use of photographic apparatus to today's digital cameras, and covers Americans in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Support for The American Solider is provided by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Gerald R.

G-Sync - At The Intersection of Houston and Portland

G-Sync - At The Intersection of Houston and Portland

From Rapid Growth:

Numerous studies tell us that as oil prices rise, major population shifts begin. But most importantly, our personal transportation choices are subject to change -- especially in urban areas.

If you have traveled abroad, then you know very well what cities have excellent public transportation and you know which ones don't.

The lack of good public transportation is why you get a Houston, but once in a while, you get a Portland. Successful public transportation all comes down to planning.

The United Nations conducted a worldwide population study a few years ago, showing that by the year 2030, our urban centers will contain the vast majority of population growth. People will be migrating back to the cities because essential services are best served in dense regions.

While the mega-cities will grab plenty of headlines and people, the significant new growth will be happening within the smaller cities.

Calling All Volunteers! We Have a Playground to Build!

From: Creston Neighborhood Association

I am pleased to announce that Briggs Park will be getting a brand new playground in just over 2 months! With the help of KaBoom, the non-profit arm of Home Depot, and Amway, the kids of Creston will have a new playground to enjoy for years to come. But this will not be possible without a high participation from our neighbors! We need everyone who can to be involved in the planning and staging process of this build from start to finish. If you would like to serve on a planning committee please contact CNA!

Below is the flyer for the up and coming design day on March 16th.  See you there!

Kaboom Briggs Design Day

Riverside Tree Walk to be held Saturday, Feb 19

Riverside Tree Walk to be held Saturday, Feb 19

GRAND RAPIDS - The Creston Neighborhood Association's Living Green Committee will host a guided tour of Riverside Park to help residents identify the different species of trees and learn more about the urban forest. The tour will take place on Saturday, February 19 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and be guided by Vic Foerster, a certified arborist and author.

Click Here for additional information.

Viridian Place development rejected by City Commission

Grand Rapids City Commissioners today rejected a controversial housing development. 

The development, called Viridian Place, would have gone behind a NE side neighborhood near Maryland and I-196.

Planning commissioners approved the idea, but city commissioners were concerned about density, traffic, and changing the neighborhood's character.

Commissioners noted neighbors had a "real outpouring of concern" that the project not go forward.