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New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

Greenridge Elementary to host senior fitness classes

Greenridge Elementary to host senior fitness classes

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Greenridge Elementary School will begin hosting fitness classes for the community on Monday, Jan. 13.

Enhance Fitness plans to hold exercise classes for older adults at the school, located at 3825 Oakridge NW in Comstock Park.  Classes will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.  Classes are free, but a participants are encouraged to donate $2 per class.

The classes are in partnership with Senior Neighbors, which serves nearly 4,000 seniors in Kent County each year.  The organization’s goal is to help seniors stay healthy and independent in their own homes as long as possible.  Senior Neighbors operates five senior centers in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Lowell, Sparta and Walker.

Feeding America West Michigan celebrates record year

Feeding America West Michigan celebrates record year

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—   Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is celebrating a record year of filling stomachs.

The organization says 2013 was its biggest year for distribution, with 20 million meals provided to people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says it sent out 25.6 million pounds of groceries and household goods.  That’s more than 9 percent over 2012 and the most in the organization’s 33-year history.

 But CEO Ken Estelle says all signs point to an increase in demand in the coming months, as families struggle with limited employment and a decrease in public assistance.

 “Although the job market is picking up, they’re not the kind of jobs people can live on,” Estelle said.

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.  

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- It is relay season!  Are you ready to relay? 

The 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee is excited to begin the planning process for our May 16, 2014 event.  Teams re now forming and registration has started.

The theme for 2014 is Superheroes, which should be tons of fun to decorate and create entertaining games around.  Relay For Life of Comstock Park 2014 is all about fun while finishing the fight against cancer!  Whether you have an interest in being the captain of your team, a team member, a committee member or a volunteer, we invite you to join in the fun.

Enhance Fitness celebrates new location in Comstock Park

Enhance Fitness celebrates new location in Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Older adults are invited to grab their shoes and head out to Enhance Fitness’ newest location—at Greenridge Elementary School.

An open house complete with refreshments and prizes is scheduled for January 13.  Classes will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. starting January 14.  Each class will cater to older adults who want to build strength and improve balance while becoming healthier.  The classes are partly funded by the Kent County Senior Millage, but  participants are encouraged to donate $2 per session. 

For more information, contact Julie Lake at (616) 233-0283.

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

My name is Jaime Counterman and I am happy to introduce myself as your new American Cancer Society Staff Partner for 2014. 

While I am new to the Comstock Park event, I am not new to Relay; this will be my fourth season as an ACS staff partner and I love all things purple.  I have been lucky enough to attend your event every year that I have worked at ACS, so I am thrilled that I get to work with you for my fourth Relay season along with the Relay events in Wyoming, Sparta and Lowell.  I live in Sparta with my husband, our dog Riley and our soon to be first little girl (I am expecting on January 7, so I will be back with time to spare for Relay....you'd think I planned that or something.)