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My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

In the Kitchen with Kal: Easy bake chicken and veggies

I was on vacation in Maryland recently abd had the pleasure of having my daughter-in-law's sister, Terri, make this dinner for us. It was all part of my son Mark's recovery from hip surgery. (You know that theory- send over a dish when someone is sick.)

Anyway, the dish arrived in time for dinner as a surprise, but Donna, my daughter-in-law, had already prepared a pork dinner for the family, so she just let this cool on the counter and put it away in the fridge overnight and we had it for dinner the following evening.  It turned out to be a very versatile dish.

Recipe:

In a 9" x 13"  pan, cut three boneless chicken breast in three pieces, add two cans of green beans on one side, and cut up red potatoes on the other side.  Drizzle one stick of melted butter all over it. Sprinkle an envelope of zesty Italian dressing mix over everything. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 

My Town: New study debunks myths about those in need in West Michigan

My Town: New study debunks myths about those in need in West Michigan

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—An estimated 492,100 people rely on Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank to fill their plates and feed their families.

That’s according to a newly-released study, titled “Hunger in American 2014.”  The study found 46 million people nationwide count on Feeding America food banks each year.  In West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, the need includes 58,200 seniors and at least 119,400 children.

“This study shows us that the face of hunger looks a lot like the one we see in the mirror,” said Ken Estelle, CEO of Feeding America West Michigan. “Most of us are one or two catastrophic events away from being in the same position.”

The study shows in roughly one-third of client households, at least one adult had worked for pay in the last four weeks.  Additionally, 40 percent had some education beyond high school.

My Town Comstock Park: Final Rotary barbecue of the summer Aug. 21

My Town Comstock Park: Final Rotary barbecue of the summer Aug. 21

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The Comstock Park Rotary invites the community to their last summer barbecue dinner Thursday, Aug. 21.

Attendees can choose a half-set  of pork spare ribs for $11, a whole set of pork spare ribs for $16 or a half grilled chicken for $9.  Each meal comes with two sides a roll and a drink. Entrées will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The barbecued meal will be served at Dwight-Lydell County Park located at 4040 Leland Ave. in Comstock Park. Delivery is also available in the Comstock Park area.

For advance orders of 10 or more, call: (616) 299-4775 or e-mail nmulder@kdl.org.    

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Comstock Park: Community outing at improved Westgate Park Aug. 19

My Town Comstock Park: Community outing at improved Westgate Park Aug. 19

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Patrons are invited to walk or ride their bike to 4906 Westshire NW to rediscover the newly improved Westgate Neighborhood Park during a community event Tuesday Aug. 19.

From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors may meet Community Policing Officer Ryan Guernsey, the fire chief and other township officials as well as mingle with neighbors, watch a pickleball demonstration and enjoy ice cream.  The outing is weather dependent.

My Town Alpine Township: Free fraud protection workshop begins Aug. 12

My Town Alpine Township: Free fraud protection workshop begins Aug. 12

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Scams are everywhere; that’s why the Kent County Sheriff’s Department is holding a two-part workshop to help residents protect themselves.

The first session is noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Alpine Township Center, located at 5255 Alpine Ave. NW.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling Dawn at (616) 784-9622. 

The seminar is sponsored by Edward Jones and will address a variety of schemes, including credit card fraud, identity theft, phishing and computer hackers.  The program is free and includes a light lunch.  The second session will take place Aug. 19.