Spectrum Health honors National Disability Employment Awareness

Spectrum Health recognizes that diversity of opinions and backgrounds enrich our discussions, and that inclusion leads to new ways of thinking. Join us for open-minded discussions with Spectrum Health employees and members of our community who will share their story about living with a disability. Facilitated by Disability Advocates of Kent County, learn more about best practices and creating an inclusive environment for all. Everyone is encouraged to attend the panel discussion on Wednesday, October 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, East Auditorium, 100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. This event is free and open to the public.



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.

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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‘I hope to see a sea of ‘I voted’ stickers across the state.’
October 31st, 2014 by Gisgie Dávila Gendreau

In Michigan’s last gubernatorial election in 2010, just 42 percent of registered voters in Michigan cast a ballot. In the August primary, only 18.1 percent – less than one in five of all eligible residents – voted.
It’s my hope in every election that more of us will turn out to exercise one of our most precious freedoms. [Read More]

Meijer Announces Dates for the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft
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October 30th, 2014 by Meijer LPGA

After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for food pantries across the Midwest, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world. [Read More]

Kent District Library Calendar of Events for November
October 30th, 2014 by Kent District Library Staff

If you want to learn the latest programming highlights from Kent District Library–keep this schedule handy. Everything from book discussions, computer classes, and story times. A little something for everyone! [Read More]

Mayor Stephen Kepley’s ‘Fun Five’ List
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October 29th, 2014 by Colleen Pierson

Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley has a list. He refers to it as “The Fun 5.” This is in reference to his business plan of bringing in five of his most-wanted businesses for the city of Kentwood. He already succeeded in bringing in one on the list. Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant/arcade, will open on 28th Street SE sometime in the late spring of 2015.

“I am so thrilled they will be here in West Michigan and in Kentwood,” Kepley enthusiastically explained. “They are like an Adult Chucky Cheese and I have had lots of fun there. I can’t wait to be a customer.” [Read More]

Get In Shape–Take an Adult Ballet Class With The Grand Rapids Ballet
October 29th, 2014 by Corey Lipsey

Balance need improving? Need to get in shape? Think you have two left feet. Improve your balance, grace, and blood pressure by reading about this opportunity:

Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) has introduced an Adult Ballet Class for active individuals and dance admirers looking to exercise. Come in and learn about all the ways ballet can help you stay fit. This class is open to all ranges, abilities and experience levels. The program focuses on: Ballet Technique, Stretching, and Conditioning. Don’t hesitate to bring a friend, the first class is FREE! [Read More]

Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Explored at the Grand Rapids Public Library
October 28th, 2014 by Kristen Corrado

The Grand Rapids Public Library will honor the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) October 31-November 2, 2014. Altars celebrating the lives of those who have passed away will be on view. Over 20 community-built altars honoring those who have died will be on display. [Read More]

West Michigan Tourist Association Announces its Inaugural West Michigan Photo Contest!
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October 28th, 2014 by Sarah Koupal

With so much beauty found in West Michigan, the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) wants you to show off what you love most about this beautiful side of the state and have your photo featured on the cover of WMTA’s 2015 Carefree Travel Guide!
The West Michigan Tourist Association’s Carefree Travel Guide is a longstanding travel publication dating back to 1918, with 150,000 copies printed and distributed throughout the Midwest every year. [Read More]

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