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My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help when the five-day Freedom Cruise rolls into the area.

The inaugural event will arrive in Sparta June 26.  From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the village will shut down Main Street for the Motor Festival, featuring cars and bikes as well as entertainment, food and beverages. At 6 p.m. an honor cruise will take drivers and riders from Comstock Park High School to Sparta.  Proceeds from the ride will go toward the Finish the Mission veteran relief fund.

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for approximately 20 volunteers to direct visitors to parking as well as restaurants and businesses they may want to visit.  There are two shifts: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested in helping are asked to call the Chamber at (616) 887-2454.

My Town: York Creek Community Center offers free child mentorship program

My Town: York Creek Community Center offers free child mentorship program

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—School is out, but the learning is far from over at the York Creek Community Center.

York Creek Apartments kicked off its York Kids and York Teens summer mentoring program at the center this week.  The initiative offers free programming for children in the Comstock Park area.  Kids learn about a variety of topics, including health, nutrition, gardening and other life skills.  The program runs 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday  and is led by a variety of groups, including Wedgewood Christian Services, Comstock Park Public Schools and Kent District Library.

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

My Town: Deadline nears for 'Many Hands Against Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Time is running out to join Feeding America West Michigan for “Many Hands Against Hunger.”

Hunger hero Owen Ronning will share his inspirational story during the benefit.  Last summer, the 8-year-old boy went without the traditional birthday gifts, asking for a mobile food pantry instead.  With his parent’s encouragement, Owen went door-to-door, asking for money to make the pantry happen.  In June, his act of kindness came to fruition, as he and his friends distributed 5,000 pounds of fresh produce, milk and baked goods to 115 families in need.

The luncheon to support hunger relief is Thursday, June 10 at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth SW in Grand Rapids.  Those interested in attending must RSVP by 12 p.m. on Friday, June 6.  Registration is available online.  Admission is $25.

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.

My Town Comstock Park: KDL hosts Whitecaps tickets giveaway

My Town Comstock Park: KDL hosts Whitecaps tickets giveaway

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Kent District Library is teaming up with the West Michigan Whitecaps to take you out to the ball game.

Now through June 14, library patrons who stop by their local branch can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Whitecaps game on June 30 at 12 p.m.  Library fans can increase their chances of winning by commenting on the Win Whitecaps Tickets blog post on the library website.  One commenter will be chosen at random to win a pair of tickets.

KDL cardholders who do not win can still cash in.  Those who show their library card at the box office can get a free reserved seat to the game when they purchase one ticket.

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

My Town Comstock Park: Hacking for Education Golf Outing deadline nears

My Town Comstock Park: Hacking for Education Golf Outing deadline nears

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Enjoy the green while raising some green for school programs during the Hacking for Education Golf Outing, organized by the Comstock Park Educational Foundation.

The registration deadline for this event is June 1.  For a $70 entry fee, golfers get 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, dinner and entry into shot contests.  Registration and lunch is at noon, with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.  For a registration form, click here.

Proceeds from Hacking for Education Golf Outing will support the Comstock Park Educational Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that supports educational programs throughout the district.