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My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

My Town: Chamber releases 2014 Lowell Riverwalk Festival schedule

My Town: Chamber releases 2014 Lowell Riverwalk Festival schedule

LOWELL, Mich.-- The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is releasing the complete schedule for the Riverwalk Festival, which returns July 10.

The celebration will run two nights and one day.  This year, organizers are marking the festival's 20th anniversary by bringing back the pig roast Thursday night and offering a limited edition festival t-shirt.  The duck race has been replaced with the State Farm Duck Raffle, and organizers have added a Rotary Float-in on Friday night.  The entire schedule is as follows: 

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

My Town Lowell: Jukejoint Handmedowns take the stage June 19 for Sizzlin' Summer Concert

LOWELL, Mich.—Expect an eclectic mix of music Thursday, June 19 as the second act of the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series takes the stage.

Jukejoint Handmedowns started with Nathan James and Tim Foley in 2010 and has since doubled in size, with Paul Harris on steel guitar and Craig Van Otteren on mandolin.  The American roots group’s collection of songs mixes old country and western with 70s AM pop radio hits, jazz, rock and roll and contemporary music.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell.  Admission and parking is free.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or take a seat on the public bleachers.

The summer concert series is brought to the community by LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.