The Sixth Annual Wyoming Gives Back event is set for tonight, Dec. 1, from 6 – 8 p.m .at Rogers Plaza Mall, 972 28th St. SW.
Event attendees who bring a new wrapped toy as a donation to the Salvation Army Angel Tree will receive a raffle ticket in exchange for a chance to win prizes from Wyoming businesses. The Wyoming Public Safety Department and the Wyoming Fire Department will be on hand as well the big guy himself, Santa Claus.
Local choirs and bands will be performing during the event. Musical performances include the Salvation Army Band, Tri-Unity Christian School Cherub Choir, Godwin Heights High School Chorale, Godwin Heights School Treble Choir, San Juan Diego Choir and the Wyoming Public Schools Jazz Band.
For more information, visit www.wyomingmi.gov.
The Ninth Annual Santa Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade, which is sponsored by the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce, kicks of at 10 a.m. on S. Division Avenue from 33rd Street heading southbound to Murray Street.
After the event, residents are invited to stop by Brann’s Sizzling’ Steaks & Sports Grill, 4132 S. Division for pictures with Santa.
Holiday Open House
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will host its annual holiday open house Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 – 4 p.m.
During the open house, there is no charge at the Ford Museum. The event also features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a few of their reindeer along with holiday music.
Kentwood’s Got Talent
Talented or know someone who is? Then the City of Kentwood is looking for you.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the city is hosting a talent show, Kentwood’s Got Talent. Singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, and instrumentalists of all ages are welcome, as long as they are six-years-old or older. Guidelines and applications are now available at www.yourkprd.org. If you are interested, get those applications in soon as the Deadline is Dec. 30. First round of auditions takes place Jan. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the KDL Kentwood Branch Library, 4650 Breton Rd. SE, and the final competition takes place Aug. 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. on an outdoor state behind Kentwood City Hall, 490 Breton Rd. SE.
For more information, visit yourkprd.org.
Shopping for Others
This holiday season, spend sometime shopping for those in need. The Kentwood Senior Center has two special projects that area residents can participate in.
There is the Holiday Food Drive and Mitten Tree hosted by the Kentwood Seniors. Donations of hats, scarves and mittens can be hung on a special tree in the lobby of the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. Canned goods and non-perishable food items maybe placed under the tree.
Also the Kentwood Senior Enrichment program is hosting the Santa to a Senior program. A Senior Santa Tree with items for area seniors also is located in the Kentwood Activities Center’s lobby. Residents are invited to take a tag and bring the item, wrapped, back to the center.
The deadline for items both the Senior Santa Tree and Mitten Tree is Dec. 16. For more information, visit www.yourkprd.org.