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My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.

WMEAC Film Series

WMEAC Film Series

Get inspired to take sustainable action!  The WMEAC Film Series is a fun and accessible program designed to educate the West Michigan community on pressing environmental issues by offering screenings as an opportunity to engage audiences, inspiring them toward sustainable action. This is demonstrated throughout the series with expert speakers and panelists.  

We're bringing back our environmental film series this winter with the West Michigan premiere of Promised Land, the first full-length feature film focused on the controversial topic of fracking, at Celebration Cinema! North.  The series continues with a slate of four monthly documentaries to be screened at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Promised Land
Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m.
Celebration Cinema!

Owl Moon

Owl Moon

This family program takes place on January 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Blandford Nature Center located 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Parents can RSVP their children, birth to 7 years of age to take part in this fun experience. Children will have the chance to sip hot chocolate & listen to a winter classic tale about adventures during the night of a young boy & his grandfather. A guided hike to talk with the owls will follow.

Cost: $5 – members/ $6 non-members. Limit 45 Total participants.

Call: (616)735-6240 to RSVP

Go to www.blandfordnaturecenter.org for more event listings.

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

American Horticultural Society’s 2011 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

American Horticultural Society’s 2011 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

News Release:

Alexandria, VA (May 31, 2011) Not only is there an art and a science to gardening, there’s an art and a science to making the plant world come alive for kids. For those wishing to hone their skills in this arena, don’t miss the American Horticultural Society’s 19th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium from July 21 to 23 in East Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan.