Community Updates: Friday, Apr. 8

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-08-2022 under NEWS

Michigan State Police conduct an investigation into a shooting involving a GRPD officer On the morning of April 4th, 2022, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that one person was dead after an officer-involved shooting. According to a press...

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Community updates: Thursday, Nov. 4

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 11-04-2021 under NEWS

Kent County starts COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages 5-11 The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is now offering COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5 to 11, after emergency authorization Tuesday by the U.S. CDC. Appointments for the Pfizer...

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Our Community's Children director retires, looks back on public service

by (Brett)

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

After more than two decades as executive director for Our Community’s Children (OCC), Lynn Heemstra retired from her role Jan. 5, leaving behind a legacy of youth advocacy. OCC, a public-private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids,...

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A two-for-one deal: Volunteers help improve 'rabbitat'

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 12-05-2018 under NONPROFITS

Cottontail rabbits are such a common sight in southern Michigan’s city parks, gardens and backyards that you may never think about where else they live or about the habitat they need beyond our neighborhoods. But rabbits also live on public...

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Flight club: Singing the praises-and dispelling the myths-of Michigan bats

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 10-17-2018 under NONPROFITS

This month, you’ll probably see a lot of red-eyed, fang-bared bat decorations for Halloween. Bats are nearly synonymous with the spooky holiday, but this association doesn’t do them any favors. In fact, bats are among the most...

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Angling for a better Michigan economy

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 05-28-2018 under NONPROFITS

Spring is an exciting time of year for Michigan fishermen, aka anglers. Now that the ice has melted for the year, anglers are switching gear and starting to head out for open water to their favorite fishing holes to spend time with friends and...

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market hosts free Spring Break activities for kids on April 4

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 03-27-2018 under NONPROFITS

On April 4, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market will host Lil Green Thumbs: Spring Break in the Greenhouse, a free event for kids and families, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Families looking for something fun to do with the kids during Spring Break can...

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Nature, mindfulness pair up for a weekend getaway—especially for women

by (Queenofgr)

Submitted 02-17-2017 under OPINION

Feeling overwhelmed, under pressure, and in dire need of a Calgon moment? Michelle Skedgell of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and Carol Hendershot of Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness know just how you feel. And, they decided to do...

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Growing Up Blandford Campaign seeks to increase capacity for Blandford Nature Center

by (GRTV)

Submitted 01-04-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Corey Turner, Development Manager at Blandford Nature Center, discusses the Growing Up Blandford Campaign and how this community-supported effort will help Blandford welcome even more...

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How to grow a rain garden in Grand Rapids to protect local watersheds

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 08-08-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Joel Betts, Green Infrastructure Associate with Plaster Creek Stewards Rain gardens have become an increasingly important tool in many urban areas for addressing the negative aspects of stormwater runoff. Over the last few years, Plaster...

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