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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.

Consignment Sale for Used Prom Dresses

Consignment Sale for Used Prom Dresses

All high school gals should check out their closets to see if they might have a formal dress or two they are interested in selling.

West Catholic High is holding their 8th Annual Formal Dress sale on January 11th from 11am to 2pm and anyone is welcome to bring their dresses to sell. All dresses must be in good condition; no missing buttons, broken zippers, holes or stains. The sale does not accept bridesmaid’s dresses but will sell small clutches and wraps. The parents club keeps 25% of the sale for special events at school.

Drop off your dresses on January 8th & 9th from 9am to 3pm in room 103 at the school, located at 1801 Bristol NW in Grand Rapids, MI. Additional information is available by calling Liz Miklosi at 616-887-0087.

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

Avoiding winter break brain drain: Tips to keep students focused

With the winter break approaching for students across Michigan, so too approaches the end of one semester and the beginning of another.

To facilitate a smooth transition while keeping students’ minds sharp and focused during their time off, Great Lakes Cyber Academy educators recommend a series of time-tested tips for maintaining the momentum so  the second half of the school year is even better than the first.  

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.

Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Dictionaries impress 3rd Grade Students

Even in these days of digital everything, third graders still get excited over receiving a dictionary all their own.

Kinney Grange No. 754 has handed out more than 1000 dictionaries to Kenowa Hills third grade students since 1995.Granges across the nation raise money every year to buy dictionaries for these students and others.

Tracy  Horodysky, a teacher of 15 years at Zinser Elementary, says her students still love to read the dictionary. “They use it as a writer’s tool to help them with their stories,” she said. The dictionary is still one of the most powerful things a student can keep right on their desk.

One Grange member, Emma Dausman of Walker said, “It is fun just to see their expressions as the book becomes theirs,” when handing out the books.

Information gathered from the NW Advance Paper

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

West Catholic Student of the Week-Nick Coulson

Not every graduating senior can say they have accumulated more than 2000 volunteer hours but Nick Coulson has done just that in the past four years at West Catholic High School. A lot of his hours have been with the Civic Theatre where he was involved with 13 productions along with the West Catholic school theatre department, being in four productions.

Nick is also a member of Students for Life, the National Honor Society, Peer Ministry and a Eucharistic Minister.

Nick is working at GFS Marketplace and hopes to pursue a musical theatre career at a University next fall.