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Million Meal March returns September 28

Million Meal March returns September 28

One in six people in Michigan often don’t know where their next meal is coming.

Help them by making plans to take part in the Million Meal March 10K Trail Hike Saturday, September 28 to benefit Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

The hike begins at 9:30 a.m. and  is bike and stroller friendly.  Participants will travel 6.5 miles from the food bank at 645 West River Center Dr. in Comstock Park to the Plainfield Township Office in Belmont and back along the White Pine Trail.

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Fifth Third Ballpark to host Midwest League All-Star Game

Fifth Third Ballpark to host Midwest League All-Star Game

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A game that’s attracted the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder will be played again at Fifth Third Ballpark next year.

The West Michigan Whitecaps will host the 50th annual 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game, scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 17.  It will be the third time the Whitecaps have hosted the game since 1995.

Many of the Major League’s best players have taken part in past MWL All-Star Games, including Cabrera (Kane County, 2001),  Fielder (Beloit, 2003), Goose Gossage, Vida Blue, Carlton Fisk, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announces $385,000 in grants

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announces $385,000 in grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Four non-profit organizations are getting $385,000 in funding to improve the neighborhoods, health, engagement and environment of Kent County.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced the grants Tuesday.   The foundation awarded Habitat for Kent County $150,000 for its Building Blocks program, which is expected to restore or rehabilitate 36-40 properties in two years for low income families.  The funding also includes $150,000 to West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition to expand and improve trails, and a $60,000 grant to Health Intervention Services (HIS) for dental rooms, a nursing station and an improved volunteer area, which should allow HIS to double the number of patients it serves.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation also awarded $25,000 in grants to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to create three Grand Rapids area programs to support local arts.

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is opening up the boathouse to Grand Rapids high school students next month, as the group prepares for a new season.

The Grand Rapids Junior Rowing Open House will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse, located at 291 North Park Street NW.  Visitors are invited to tour the boathouse, try an erg machine, meet high school rowers and coaches and get more information about joining for the new season.   

For more information about Grand Rapids Junior Rowing, visit the organization’s website here.

Hunter Safety Class Time

Hunter Safety Class Time

It’s that time of year again and people are lining up to take a Hunter Safety Course to be prepared for hunting this fall.

Marne Conservation Club at 1719 Johnson Street in Marne, MI is offering this class that is limited to 24 students. Classes begin on August 22nd and run through the 24th. Students must attend all three classes to earn their hunter’s safety certificate. Classes on Thursday & Friday run from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, 8am to Noon.

Registration available by contacting Bill Walters, 616-583-1968 or Harold Montgomery at 616-942-7784.

Community Appreciation Day August 17

Community Appreciation Day August 17

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The community is invited to enjoy free food, games and giveaways during the York Creek Apartments’ Community Appreciation Day Saturday, August 17.

This year’s event will include visits by the Whitecaps, Culvers and Buffalo Wild Wings’ mascots.  Visitors can take pictures with them from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Local police and fire departments will also be on hand to show off their vehicles.

The 7th Annual Community Appreciation Day runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the York Creek Business/Leasing Center at 650 York Creek Dr.