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Rock the Block returns with food, entertainment, chess tournament

Over 70 local nonprofits will be available to attendees of Rock the Block while they check out the food, entertainment and chess tournament.
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On Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local non-profit LINC will be hosting its second annual Rock the Block Health Fest. The event will feature giveaways, live entertainment, plenty of food and a car show.

Last year, over 1,500 people attended. This year, festival organizers are hoping to reach more then double that number in the southeast and southwest nieghborhoods of Grand Rapids. "We want Rock the Block to be a yearly celebration, a key within the Grand Rapids community," says Kari Bergman, Communications Coordinator.

The event will have many ways for people to learn about healthy lifestyles, education and even career opportunities. Roughly 70 organizations will be in attendance, including  Cornerstone, Ferris State, GRCCITT-Tech, health care providers and non-profits. They will be available with information for anyone who needs it. Other organizatons in attendence include the YMCA, Spectrum Health, Campfire USA and I Believe I Become. 

Students graduating from Grand Rapids Publics Schools will be honored on stage throughout the course of the event. Friends and family are encouraged to come and show their support to the seniors as they make this transition out of grade school to their futures. 

There will also be a chess tournament. It does requires pre-registration, so contact Javonte Tubbs for more information.

Alnogside Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan in sponsoring the event will Caresourse and Amway One-on-one Campaign for Children.

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