Ty Pennington to Speak at CHADD Meeting

If you’re a parent of a child with AD/HD and are looking for a support group, look no further than CHADD. On November 4th, Emmy award-winning host Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be speaking about his personal AD/HD story during the CHADD Adult Group meeting. The Adult Group meeting and presentation will take place in the Calvin College Meeter Center, off of the Library Lobby from 7-9. There is no cost or per-registration required. We hope to see you there!

Business Expo at Celebration

Need a way to get information out about your business? How about new business strategies to help your company grow? The Business Expo at Celebration Cinema South on November 6th is a great opportunity to exhibit your product or service, have lunch, and hear a special speaker for only $50! Dante Villarreal from the Small Business Development Center will be the speaker at this years event discussing Strategy Implementation and Increasing Profits. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 30th at 5 pm.

Kentwood’s Annual Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park/Kentwood Activities Center
Cost: FREE

Trick-or-Treat at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is hosting a special trick-or-treat event on Thursday, October 30 from 5-8 pm! Children and Parents alike are encouraged to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the museum, create spooky art projects, and so much more! Admission is only $1.50. For more information, contact Adrienne Brown at 616-235-4726 or visit

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Pure Michigan 400 Gets the Green Flag
Pure Michigan 400
October 24th, 2014 by Michelle Grinnell

Two of Michigan’s best-known brands – Michigan International Speedway and Pure Michigan – are extending their partnership to host the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, August 16, 2015. [Read More]

Kentwood Students Enjoy Early Success in Newcomer Program
Students in the Newcomer Center Program match letters to names
October 24th, 2014 by Erin Albanese, School News Network

With curious faces, students in Kentwood Public Schools’ Newcomer Center Program greeted visitors to their classroom, some smiling shyly and others offering beaming grins.
The 5- to 7-year-olds were busy matching plastic letters to their friends’ names, learning the shapes and sounds of the English alphabet.
“Look at this!” yelled one student in accented English, as he showed his work to Miguelina Quinones, [Read More]

New ‘Inspired Hospitality’ Kitchen and Dining Experience Coming to Eccentric Café in 2015
The Eccentric Cafe is getting an overhaul
October 23rd, 2014 by Josh Smith from Bell's Brewery

Construction has recently begun on a brand new full service kitchen and dining room at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo, adding about 130 seats. The gastro pub style space will occupy more than 6,600 square feet of space that most recently served as storage and warehouse space to the east of the original Café. [Read More]

It takes two: Parents needed as driving coaches
Secretary Johnson encourages parental 
involvement during National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 22nd, 2014 by Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State

“Parents are the single greatest influence on a young person’s safe-driving habits,” Johnson said. “I encourage parents and guardians to make the most of the time your teen spends driving with you. Take your teen driving in a mix of driving environments and conditions, such as on highways and country roads, and in rain storms and heavy fog. The more experience they get while driving with you, the more confident and safe they’ll be driving by themselves.” [Read More]

Release Your Inner Child this Halloween
Happy Halloween
October 22nd, 2014 by Michele Smith-Aversa

The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening, also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve. With all the traditions to which we have become accustomed, (carving pumpkins, dressing up, handing out candy, eating food that feels squishy and screaming for fun), according to, Halloween’s origins are born from the Gaelic culture preparing for winter.
“The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.”
That just cries out for candy, doesn’t it? [Read More]

Raise Your Glass to Grand Rapids, Voted Best Beer Town
Grand Rapids is "Beer Town" according to USA Today
October 21st, 2014 by Mike DeWitt

“Grand Rapids – a riverfront city just east of Lake Michigan – has at least a dozen breweries and its convention and visitor bureau does a bang-up job of enticing beer drinkers, brewers and connoisseurs to visit. We lift our glass in congratulations to Grand Rapids,” USA Today wrote. [Read More]

FEMA Warns Michigan Residents of Fake Building Contractors
Scam alert
October 21st, 2014 by FEMA

With more than $69.3 million in disaster recovery assistance approved for Michigan homeowners and renters, fake building contractors are angling to get their hands on some of it, state and federal officials warned.
Scam artists and other criminals often prey on survivors who have received money to repair their storm-damaged homes. Authorities in Michigan have already received isolated reports of people doing just that. [Read More]

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